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  • From: "Sarah Alawami" <marrie12@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:21:38 -0700

Oh wow. I might look into that last article .

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

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Website and Blog for Returning Veterans

Posted: 28 Apr 2009 12:10 PM PDT

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched its "Returning 
Veterans" Website to welcome home Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan 
conflicts with a social, Veteran-centric Website focusing on their needs 
and questions.

The Website will feature videos, Veteran stories, and a blog where 
Veterans are encouraged to post feedback.  The site also will 
restructure the traditional index-of-benefits format found on other VA 
pages into question-based, categorized, and easily navigated links by 
topic. This will allow Veterans to find benefits of interest easily and 
discover related benefits as they explore.

Click this link to visit 


You Can be a ConfidentReader 

Posted: 28 Apr 2009 11:26 AM PDT

ConfidentReader is an assistive reading software package, designed to 
help persons with dyslexia to improve both their reading and spelling 

The software converts electronic text into speech using a 
natural-sounding voice, allowing persons with dyslexia to bypass 
difficulties with text processing issues, while providing them with the 
capability to obtain written information through sound. The software 
reads electronic text, speaks what is written, and highlights the 
material in order to assist the person with associating the sounds they 
hear with the visual information they are seeing. There is a typing echo 
feature which recites text back to the person automatically by letter, 
word, or sentence, so that mistakes in typing are heard and may be 
corrected immediately.

Click this link to learn more at 


No More Phone Books Please! 

Posted: 28 Apr 2009 10:21 AM PDT

As a person who is blind, one of the most wasteful things that gets 
dropped on my porch is the print phone book. I don't know about the rest 
of you, but my phone book goes right into the trash. I can't read it and 
I don't have any furniture that needs to be leveled or is missing a leg, 
so out it goes.

I hate simply throwing something away, but I have no use for a print 
book of telephone numbers. I'd like to stop the phone company from 
sending it to me so I wouldn't have to toss it out. is an organization working to educate consumers 
and promote the green movement to eliminate the unsolicited delivery of 
the Yellow and White Pages. This site is aimed at starting a national 
movement to solicit the White/Yellow Pages industry to proactively stop 
the delivery of books or to begin moving legislation to mandate this 
activity. This is similar to the National No-Call Registry that has 
stopped the unwanted solicitation calls to consumers.

Click this link to learn more about 


Achilles International 

Posted: 28 Apr 2009 09:55 AM PDT

Achilles International is a worldwide organization that encourages 
persons with disabilities to take up running and participate in races 
with the general public.

The organization, headquartered in New York City, provides aspiring 
athletes with coaching, training sessions, encouragement, technical 
expertise, logistical support, and race entry fees.

 From its beginning in New York City, the organization has evolved into 
Achilles International, with chapters throughout the United States as 
well as in Canada, Norway, Mongolia, Japan, Ecuador, New Zealand, 
Russia, and South Africa. Achilles International accommodates athletes 
with many types of physical limitations including (but not limited to): 
blindness and visual impairment, deafness and hearing impairment, 
Cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Multiple sclerosis and those with 
traumatic brain injuries. Achilles team members have competed on 
crutches, on tethers (for blind runners), in wheelchairs, on artificial 
limbs and sometimes with no aides at all.

By enabling the disabled to participate in mainstream athletics, 
Achilles International has, throughout its 26-year history, been one of 
the vanguards making sports and recreation more accessible, enhancing 
the personal achievement and self-esteem of countless athletes with 
special needs. Call 212-354-0300 for more information or visit them on 
the web at


Opening Stages to People with Disabilities 

Posted: 28 Apr 2009 08:02 AM PDT

Opening Stages is a quarterly email subscription newsletter published by 
the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and directed at people with 
disabilities pursuing careers in the performing arts and related fields. 
The producer is Betty Siegel, Manager of Accessibility at the Kennedy 

Opening Stages has been published since 2001. Regular features include 
interviews with artists, perspectives on relevant issues, listings of 
resources, and news and notes. All issues of the newsletter are archived 

To become a subscriber and receive Opening Stages free of charge:

    * Click this link to email your request for a subscription to
      Opening Stages along with your name, email address and snail mail
      address to access@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    * You can also mail the same information to:

      Accessibility Program
      Opening Stages
      The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
      2700 F. Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20566-0001

    * Fax your request to: 202-416-8802

If you do not want to receive your newsletter via email, you can request 
a hard copy and receive it in large-print or Braille.


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