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Accessible Mobile Reading Apps

By Alicia Waters | December 12, 2016

The NLS reference Guide for Accessible Mobile Reading Apps describes accessible software applications (apps) for smartphones and other mobile devices, which can be used by those who are visually impaired to read books, newspapers, magazines, and other print material.


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Research on Dyslexia

By Andy | November 30, 2016

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading print. It is a condition that qualifies a person to receive talking books through our program. There is good news to report that researchers are making progress in assisting people with dyslexia. Listen to the following report from NPR ED and find out how.


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NLS to review refreshable braille displays

By Andy | November 9, 2016

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed an amendment to the 1931 Pratt-Smoot Act. This amendment passed by Congress and signed by the President will allow National Library Services to explore providing refreshable braille displays to members in the future. Karen Keninger, NLS Director, is hopeful new refreshable braille displays will be developed that are “low cost, low maintenance” devices which NLS could acquire to loan to NLS members in the coming years. For further discussion of the topic and additional NLS news select the following link:

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Talking Books Topics on Digital Cartridge

By Andy | October 31, 2016

The National Library Service mailing for Talking Books Topics on Digital Cartridge is changing. The mailing container has the return address printed on a label affixed to the container, so there is no need to insert or flip a mailing card when you return the cartridge. Simply return the cartridge in the mailing container. The order form is mailed separately to you, with a pre-addressed mailing label to your regional library address. Just send it back to your regional library, and they will complete your order.

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i Can Connect National Program

By Andy | October 21, 2016

The goal of this program is to get technology into the hands of Americans with combined hearing and vision loss, so they can connect with family, friends and community. The program provides braille devices, computers, mobile devices, phones, and signalers to eligible individuals. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-825-4595/TTY 1-888-320-2656 or connect to their website.

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2017 NFB Scholarship Program Begins November 1st 2016

By Andy | October 14, 2016

The National Federation of the Blind will announce its 2017 Scholarship program beginning on November 1, 2016. There is the ” Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship ” for $12,000 plus several additional scholarships worth over $112,000 for blind high school seniors through graduate school students. The applications process begins November 1, 2016 with a deadline of March 31, 2017. For more information E-Mail or go to their website.

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Be Prepared to Vote on November 8th, 2016

By Andy | October 5, 2016

The RI Secretary of State has all the information you will need to be prepared to vote at your local polling station. If you have vision loss or physical challenges refer to the information on their website.

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2016 University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium

By Andy | September 21, 2016

The University of Rhode Island began its popular 2016 Honors Colloquium discussion series on September 20th at 7:00pm in the Edwards Auditorium at the URI Kingston Campus.   The topic of the nine lecture series is ” Inequality and the American Dream “. The lectures are open to the public and continue each Tuesday through November 29th. For more information visit the URI Honors Colloquium website.

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2016 NFBRI State Convention October 14th and 15th,

By Andy | September 14, 2016

The 46th annual National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island Convention will be held at the Radisson Airport Hotel , 2081 Post Road, Warwick, RI on October 14th and 15th. On the 14th, the free Assistive Technology Fair runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. On Saturday, there is a full day of meetings, presentations and conversations with friends. To learn more about registration for the Convention

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FEMA Region I Disability Integration Newsletter

By Donna | September 9, 2016

The Fall 2016 edition of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I Disability Integration Newsletter offers resources for planning and responding to adverse weather and other emergency situations.  FEMA is committed to ensuring inclusive and accessible emergency management programs and services. The Newsletter is online.

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