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ADA 25th Testimonial Event

By Ann | August 4, 2015


In a panel event full of great testimonials, it was said that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) role is to lead in the achievement of ”connectedness” and “employment” for people with disabilities. Employment should be achieved through diverse and open networks and opportunities.  The agency wants to “export those ideas,” to make them a priority and do whatever they need to do to make communication accessible for people with disabilities such as blindness and deafness.

FCC hosted this event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 23, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event, presented by the agency’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, also recognized the 5th anniversary of the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), which will be occurring in October of this year.

The free webcast of the event, with open captioning over the Internet, is available from FCC.gov/live.

 

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Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities

By Ann | August 4, 2015


From FEMA-

The Ad Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have launched a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.

The new PSA emphasizes the Ready campaign’s four building blocks of preparedness –Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. The PSA will be available on the Ad Council and FEMA’s YouTube channels, as well as in the FEMA media library.

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BEP has Mobile Apps

By Ann | July 31, 2015


The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has currency identification mobile apps developed on the iOS and Android platforms. EyeNote version 2.0 developed by BEP was built on the Apple iOS platform and is downloadable from the Apple App Store. This app utilizes VoiceOver. IDEAL Currency Identifier developed by the Dept of Education in collaboration with BEP operates on the Android platform and is downloadable from Google Play. This app uses text-to-speech voice. Both apps are free and can be used on personal mobile devices such as those used to download BARD books and magazines. BEP also offers the currency reader as an another alternative. It does not require a mobile device for use. Contact BEP for more information.

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Still Alice Movie Tie-In

By Ann | July 28, 2015


Want to read a book made into a movie? Have you read Still Alice?

Talking Books Plus (TBP) has the audio version of this bestseller book that was made into a movie.  This novel written by Lisa Genova is narrated by Annie Wauters in the audio version from the National Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The book length is 8 hours, 6 minutes.  You can find this book in the TBP Catalog by searching the subjects,  Alzheimer’s disease and Women college teachers.  The book order number is DB068429.

Below is a description of the book taken from the TBP Catalog -

As she turns fifty and begins experiencing odd lapses of memory, Harvard psychology professor Alice Howland gets the life-altering diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her lecturing and traveling for work, and her relationships with her scientist husband and grown children, morph along with the disease. Some strong language. Bestseller.  2007.

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Novel Ideas Book Discussion Aug 21

By Ann | July 28, 2015


On Friday, August 21, 2015 at 9 pm the Novel Ideas Discussion Group will be talking about Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. Talking Books Plus (TBP) members may download or reserve a copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. TBP members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD.

Request DB076861.

Below is a description of the book taken from the Rhode Island TBP Catalog

Ninety-year-old Miss Isabelle asks Dorrie–the hairstylist Isabelle has come to consider like a daughter–to drive her to Cincinnati from Texas. Isabelle reveals her hidden past on the drive and helps Dorrie sort out her own life. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

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Talking Book Topics July August 2015

By Ann | July 28, 2015


The July-August 2015 issue of the Talking Book Topics book catalog published by the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is available online. RI Talking Books Plus (TBP) members may order these books through the TBP online Catalog or request titles from TBP by olis.tbp@olis.ri.gov  or phone (401.574.9310) or mail requests to: Talking Books Plus, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908.

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Mystery Book Discussion Aug 23

By Ann | July 28, 2015


On Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 5 pm the Mystery Book Discussion group will be talking about The rosary girls: a novel by Richard Montanari. Talking Books Plus (TBP) members may download or reserve a copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. TBP members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD.

Request DB59662.

Below is a description of the book taken from the Rhode Island TBP Catalog

Veteran Philadelphia cop Kevin Byrne and rookie partner Jessica Balzano investigate a serial killer who targets Catholic schoolgirls, leaving a rosary with each corpse. Byrne, who uses unorthodox methods to solve crimes, is hounded by a reporter while Jessica takes up boxing. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

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Go Set a Watchman in Hardcopy

By Ann | July 24, 2015


NLS (National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) is recording the book, Go set a watchman by Harper Lee. Expected release date of the audio digital version (DB81896) is late August 2015.

The web Braille version (BRE00097) is currently available on BARD (Braille Audio Reading Download) and the Braille hardcopy version (BR20919) is posted in the NLS Catalog as “in process.”

Hardcopies may be mailed to members when listed in the TBP Catalog. Watch for announcements on this blog when the Braille hardcopy and audio digital hardcopy formats have been added to the TBP Catalog.

 

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

By Ann | July 23, 2015


The National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) announces that  Go Set a Watchman, the new release from To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee, is now available in Unified English Braille (UEB) on the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. The Braille book number is BRE00097.

Rhode Island residents can download this book through the Talking Books Plus (TBP) catalog at http://www.olis.ri.gov/tpb/. TBP, an NLS network library, is a service of the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS.)

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World of Books Discussion Group Aug 16

By Ann | July 22, 2015


On Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 4 pm the World of Books discussion group will be talking about Deep Down Dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free by Hector Tobar. Talking Books Plus members may download or reserve a copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. Talking Books Plus members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD.

Request DB80598.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

Journalist and author of Translation Nation (DB 60626) chronicles the experiences of the men trapped in a Chilean mine for sixty-nine days after it caved in on August 5, 2010. Describes their living conditions, interpersonal relations, coping with stress, and eventual rescue. Some strong language. Bestseller.  2014.

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