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College Guide for Students with Visual Loss

By Andy | August 10, 2016

Did you know that fewer than 15% of individuals with vision loss earn their bachelor’s degree? This  statistic prompted the team at to research how they  might lend additional support to the visually impaired community so that more students can go to college and earn their degree.

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NFB-Newsline Expands Job Searches

By Andy | August 4, 2016

If you needed another reason to join the National Federation of the Blind, it has added USA JOBS to its job listing resources. Check out the details about using this new resource at NFB.

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Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities

By Donna | August 1, 2016

Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities or Access and Functional Needs

It’s hurricane season in Rhode Island and the Atlantic Coast. Are you prepared for a weather emergency? If you, or someone you know, has a disability or access or functional needs, be sure to take additional steps to stay safe, healthy, mobile, and independent during a disaster.

Find out about assistance programs that may be available in your local community and register in advance with your local office of emergency services, non-profit groups, and health departments. Start by registering with the RI Department of Health Special Needs Registry. Enrolling in the Special Needs Emergency Registry lets police, fire, and other first responders in your community better prepare for and respond to your needs during a hurricane, storm, or other emergency.

Many people may need extra help during a time of emergency, including people who:

Make a disaster supply kit, a “go bag”, in advance of an emergency. Stay mobile and independent by including items in your disaster supply kit that meet your needs such as:

Looking for more ways to plan? Check out this video from the Ready Campaign and the Ad Council. The video is for all communities and shows people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The video provides equal access and includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreter, and audio description for viewers who are blind or have low vision.

The site includes a page to support Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs.

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AFB AccessWorld Magazine

By Andy | July 28, 2016

If you want to read about online “technology news for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired ” check out the American Foundation for the Blind AFB AccessWorld Magazine

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BARD will be offline

By Neshmayda | July 27, 2016

BARD will be unavailable starting 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2016, through 8:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016, EDT, to perform equipment maintenance.

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HathiTrust and National Federation of the Blind Collaborate

By Andy | July 20, 2016

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IOS Training at Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) )

By Neshmayda | July 14, 2016

Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired now offers training sessions for those who own or are interested in purchasing ios devices (ipads, iphones, ipods etc.) You will have the opportunity to learn about Voiceover, Zoom, basic accessibility tweaks and tips, and a variety of accessible apps that can assist you with everyday tasks like magnification, color and money identification, notetaking, accessing books and newspapers, and much more.

For more information, please contact Sandy Pritko at 401-462-7907. You must be a client of Services for the Blind to participate. If you are not yet a client, please contact Sandy at 401-462-7907 to find out if you are eligible.

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Accessible RI Guide Available

By Donna | May 20, 2016

The 2016-2017 publication of Accessible RI: The Resource for Navigating the Ocean State is now available. The guide, available in print or online, provides information about accessibility at public and commercial facilities, including the following categories: libraries, parks and recreation, well-being services, and dining. Each location is marked with accessibility codes for: parking, van parking, route from parking to facility, main entrance dimensions, and bathrooms.

The publication is a project of the MS Dream Center of Rhode Island. The Talking Books Plus Library is a sponsor of the guide.

The print version of the guide can be purchased online for $4.95 plus a $1.55 shipping fee.

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Smart Magnifier app

By Ann | March 11, 2016

Do you have low vision? Do you have an Android mobile phone? Not only can you use the mobile phone to play TBP/NLS talking books, with the Smart Magnifier app you can use the mobile phone to enlarge print from the Talking Book Topics book catalog. If you have trouble reading the book numbers in the print version of  the Talking Book Topics book catalog, use the Smart Magnifier to enlarge the book numbers you want to call in and request.

Talking Books Plus accepts book requests 24/7. When the library is closed, leave your full name and the book numbers of the books you want mailed. Staff will process these requests when the library opens.

According to the google website, the Smart Magnifier app turns your device into a magnifying glass by using camera zoom, auto-focus and LED flash. For more details and a demonstration of the app, visit


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BARD Offline Tuesday March 15

By Ann | March 11, 2016

Alert Message from BARD Operations Supervisor-

BARD will be taken offline for 30 minutes beginning at 9:00 PM Eastern, on Tuesday March 15 2016. This is nothing more than a maintenance issue. BARD should be back online by 9:30.

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