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  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 07:38:07 -0600

Look at the third or fourth article about educational software.

"every time I say something they find hard to hear
they chalk it up to my anger
and never to their own fear"
Ani Difranco: I'm Not A Pretty Girl 1995

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Subject:        Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind
Date:   Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:13:14 +0000
From:   Fred's Head <fredshead@xxxxxxx>
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 Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind

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Low Vision Aids from Ocutech <>

Posted: 19 Mar 2009 11:09 AM PDT

Low vision impacts almost everything a visually impaired person does. Seeing family from across the room, recognizing friends from a distance, seeing signs and packages in the grocery store, watching TV from a comfortable distance, and seeing the beauty in the world around you are all undermined from visual impairments such as macular degeneration. We're sure you can add many additional visual activities that you miss because of low vision.

You shouldn't let macular degeneration or other visual impairments leave you sitting around, isolated and depressed. Ocutech's bioptic telescopes may help you to regain your visual connection to the world around you.

Ocutech, Inc., founded in 1984, is a developer of innovative hi-quality bioptic telescopes for the visually impaired. With grant support from the National Eye Institute (NIH) and the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Health, Ocutech bioptic systems have been carefully developed and studied and have been preferred 3 to1 in independent clinical trials.^DNB Ocutech VES-bioptic telescopes are used by thousands of visually impaired individuals throughout the world.

The original Ocutech bioptic telescope, called the VES, was invented by Ocutech's president, Russ Pekar, Ph.D., who is himself visually impaired. Dr. Pekar knows personally the needs and challenges faced daily by the visually impaired, and he is devoted to creating low vision aids that are effective, easy to use, attractive and comfortable to wear.

In 1996, Ocutech received worldwide attention when it created the first and only autofocusing bioptic telescope called the VES- AutoFocus. The development project took over 6 years and almost $1 million to complete. Now, thousands throughout the world wear the VES- AutoFocus and experience the closest to normal magnified vision possible from a low vision aid. Individuals who had never been successful with bioptic telescopes gained new-found freedom with the VES- AutoFocus.

Products include:

   * VES-AutoFocus Telescope System
   * VES-II, available in 3x, 4x, and 6x.
   * VES-Mini that allows binocular magnification
   * Image Minifier and Field Viewer developed for retinitis pigmentosa
     and other field constricting disorders.

109 Conner Dr, Ste 2105
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Toll Free: 800-326-6460
Phone: 919-967-6460
Fax: 919-967-8146
Email: Info@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:Info@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Visit Ocutech's website to learn how bioptic telescopes can help individuals with macular degeneration or other visual impairments accomplish things they thought they would never do again: <>.

Three Books about Blindness & Related Topics <>

Posted: 19 Mar 2009 10:29 AM PDT

While looking through The Braille Forum <> from the American Council of the Blind <>, I found the following three books and wanted to share them with you.

       Words in My Hands

Diane Chambers has a degree in therapeutic recreation and is a sign language interpreter. She has also written, /Words in My Hands: A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey/. This is a true story about Bert Riedel, an elderly deaf-blind man who played classical piano. Before he lost his sight and hearing to Usher syndrome, he was a dentist in Lombard, Ill. Diane met Bert when he was 86 years old and taught him how to read tactile sign language.

While the story illustrates psychosocial factors that complicate the disabilities of deafness and deaf-blindness, it carries an inspirational message as well. It shows that miracles can happen where there are dedicated professionals and caregivers.

For more information about the book, visit <> or contact Diane Chambers at 303-591-1040.

       As I See It

/As I See It/ by Robert Theodore Branco is a collaboration of events and facts presented by a blind adult. It discusses a wide variety of topics relating to blindness, including discrimination, myths, adaptive technology, training, legislation, etc. The book's ISBN is 9781434323521 and is available through

       Dealing with Vision Loss

Blind since birth, Fred Olver has devoted his life to demolishing stereotypes and breaking down barriers, and as a rehabilitation teacher, he has taught others facing vision loss to do the same. Now Olver presents a comprehensive guide for anyone directly or indirectly affected by vision loss in his book, /Dealing With Vision Loss/ (published by AuthorHouse).

Olver offers answers and hope for individuals losing their vision, their family members, parents of visually impaired children, those who interact with the visually impaired on a regular basis and people interested in pursuing a degree to work with the visually impaired. /Dealing with Vision Loss/ is also a vast resource of practical information, explaining how to find everything from talking watches to braille playing cards to magnifiers.

For more information, go to <>, or contact Fred Olver at 314-226-9699.

Braille Writer Repair <>

Posted: 19 Mar 2009 08:13 AM PDT


Alan Ackley has been repairing Perkins Braillers for more than twenty years. He learned about braille and braillers in his spare time from his day job at the Iowa Commission for the Blind (ICB), where he worked first in the accounting department and now works in the library. After experimenting on his own with a "guinea pig" brailler provided by the ICB, "Braillerman" received factory training in Brailler repair and reconditioning and has worked on over 2000 Braillers for people and institutions all over the United States and Canada.

Ackley Appliance Service
4301 Park Avenue #540
Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone: 515-288-3931
Email: aackley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:aackley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

       The Selective Doctor

Bring your brailler back to life! The Selective Doctor, Inc., specializes in the repair of Perkins braillers. You can send your brailler to:

The Selective Doctor, Inc.
P.O. Box 28432
Baltimore, MD 21234

Free matter shipping is accepted. Please insure your brailler. The company will include the cost of return postal insurance to your invoice. For more information, call 410-668-1143 or Click this link to email braillerrepair@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:braillerrepair@xxxxxxxxx>. You may also visit the website <>.

Educational Software for the Blind <>

Posted: 19 Mar 2009 07:10 AM PDT

Hugh Haggerty operates a website that offers a variety of educational software and games. Many are specifically designed for people who are blind or losing vision. One such program helps you learn braille using a standard computer with adapted keys.

HAGGERTY ASSOCIATES was founded in 1981 in Cranbury, New Jersey. Original software designs included educational programs for Secondary Schools. As time went on, the company branched out into accounting software for Credit Unions, and eventually into hosting and designing websites for small business and organizations.

"Today, our main focus is educational software. This software includes Mathematical software, Physics, Biology, Science, and testing and instructional software. Some of our software is FREE."

Click this link to visit <>.

Tweet from JAWS <>

Posted: 19 Mar 2009 06:19 AM PDT

Are you on Twitter? Isn't it amazing how popular this micro-blogging site has become? Now Twitter can be even easier to use with scripts for JAWS that allow you to tweet from anywhere in Windows.

Jawter, in essence, can turn your screen reader into a Twitter client. You can read tweets from the people you follow, write a tweet to your own Twitter page, reply to someone's tweet and activate any link they might send. Blind Cool Tech has a podcast you can listen to in order to learn more about Jawter, click this link to download <>.

Click this link to download the Jawter scripts for JAWS from <>. Click this link to visit Fred's Head on Twitter: <>.

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