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Thought you might find some of these articles interesting.

Nimer J

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 Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind

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Vote for Fred's Head for 2008 BlindBargains Best of Award <>

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 03:08 PM CST

From the BlindBargains site:

"With another year behind us, it's time to once again recognize the best companies, products, websites, and people in the blind community. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Blind Bargains Access Awards. You can submit nominations for any or all of the eleven categories ranging from best new product or innovation to best website for the blind (Blind Bargains isn't eligible). New this year is a category for the best podcast or radio show. Nomination submissions are due by January 14 at 5 PM Eastern."

Use this link to vote and for complete rules: <>.

"When I Meet a Blind Person" <>

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 03:05 PM CST

I will remember that my attitudes toward blindness are vitally important in establishing healthy relationships.

I will use the words " Look," "See" and "Blind," etc. (Avoidance of these words will only make blind people self-conscious.)

I will allow them the dignity of speaking for themselves; and unless they have a severe hearing loss, I will discourage other people from talking to them through me.

I will identify myself when entering a room--or in public, so that I do not give them the insecurity of wondering who I am.

I will tell them when I leave their presence, so that I do not subject them to the embarrassment of talking to the air. I will always take care to help them know who is within speaking range.

I will offer my elbow for assistance in walking--staying about a step ahead so that they can anticipate my movements.

I will expect the blind person I am guiding to catch the door as we pass through.

I will place their hand on a door handle, or on the back or arm of a chair, for orientation.

I will caution them about ascending or descending stairs, curbs, or other obstacles in their path. (Even though they may have a cane or dog guide, a blind person may appreciate an offer of assistance in crossing busy streets.)

I will help keep them informed and aware of their present surroundings.

I will assist them at the dining table. Some appreciate clock-wise identification of food, while others master this art by gently probing with the fork.

I will allow them the personal pride of handling their own money. (A blind person can tell the difference in coins by touch, and identify paper money by various methods of folding.)

I will look directly at them when I speak, so that they can follow my voice with their eyes, and face me.

This article is made available by special permission from /Blindskills, Inc./:

The National Association For Parents Of The Visually Impaired (NAPVI) <>

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 03:04 PM CST

The National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI) is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. NAPVI seeks to assist parents in helping children reach their potential by giving emotional support, by initiating outreach programs, networking, and advocating for the educational needs and welfare of blind children.

For example, the Association: promotes and provides information through workshops and publications which will help parents meet the special needs of their children; provides an information and referral service; promotes the development of state and local organizations of, by and for parents of children with visual impairment; provides seed money awards for the establishment of local NAPVI chapters; publishes a quarterly publication entitled Awareness; maintains a national support and information network through phone and mail correspondence; increases public awareness about children with visual impairments so they are accepted by society; provides workshops and conferences; and fosters communication and coordination of services among federal, state and local agencies and organizations involved with people with visual impairments.

National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI)
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471
Toll Free: 800-562-6265
Phone: 617-972-7441
Fax: 617-972-7444
Email: napvi@xxxxxxxxxxx

Helen Keller National Center <>

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 03:04 PM CST

The Helen Keller National Center provides clinical social work services, vocational services, audiology services and computer training. Additionally, it provides a communications learning center, an independent living program, an orientation and mobility program, and a low vision program. The Center also offers training conferences and seminars for family members, professionals, and paraprofessionals serving individuals who are deaf-blind.

Helen Keller National Center
111 Middle Neck Rd.
Sands Point, NY 11050
Phone: 516-944-8900
TTY: 516-944-8737
Fax: 516-944-7302
Email: Info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:Info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

The Foundation Fighting Blindness <>

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 03:03 PM CST

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a source of information for eye care specialists, professionals, and affected families. As a world-renowned eye research organization, the Foundation funds laboratory and clinical research dedicated to finding cures and treatments for all forms of retinal degeneration. Further, it sponsors a national conference that is open to affected individuals, their families, and other interested persons.

This conference offers a forum for scientists to provide the latest updates on research advances and technology in the study of retinal degenerative diseases and provides a means for gaining practical, hands-on information about living with retinal degenerative diseases. It also provides an opportunity to share the experiences of living daily with a retinal degenerative disease and how to cope with vision loss. In addition, the conference gives participants the opportunity to visit the exhibit hall to learn about the latest in technology, low vision aids, braille and audio materials, and dog guide schools.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness
11435 Cronhill Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117-2220
Toll Free: 888-394-3937
Toll Free TDD: 800-683-5551
Phone: (410) 568-0150
TDD: 410-363-7139
Email: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Street Running With A Sighted Guide <>

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 03:02 PM CST

Street running is an activity I enjoy. When it comes to exercising, I find I am more inclined to do it with a companion than by myself. I searched among my friends for someone willing to run with me. Since we were already friends, getting used to a blind person was not necessary for her.

We went over the procedures of running with a blind person. We concluded with the agreement of the distance and speed to which we were to run.

When running with a sighted guide it is difficult to hold on to their elbow. It is best to use a rope or a piece of cloth material about 18 to 24 inches long. Each person holds on to opposite ends of the rope or cloth leaving you space to freely move your arms.

I recommend running against the traffic and that the sighted guide to be nearest the traffic. The sighted guide should warn you of curbs and oncoming cars.

At first, street running can be a little frightening. A comfortable route makes the run fun and enjoyable. I suggest establishing the route in a residential area. This way traffic is avoided, making it easier to learn the route.

Contributor: Mario Eiland

Crazy Fads <>

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 03:02 PM CST

I found a great website where you can view and read about crazy fads from the 1920's to the 1990's. Can you imagine flagpole sitting being interesting? Well in the 20's it was quite the fad. Travel through the different fads of different decades that helped to define pop culture. Find out what was cool when your parents were young, or your grandparents, or reminisce about your own youth. I can't imagine my grandfather sitting on a flag pole because it was cool.

I enjoyed browsing the fads of my generation as well as those that came before me. It was interesting what they considered to be fad materials, and what's even more fun is that a lot of them have links to other sites where you can read in depth about the particular fad or see photos of it.


Click this link to learn about some Crazy Fads: <>.

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