Showing posts from November, 2005

Deleting Unwanted Programs From Your Computer

It seems like I get questions all the time asking how to remove / uninstall programs. So, here's the step-by-step procedure:

The first thing to do is click the Start menu, Programs. Then hunt for the program you want to delete. Oftentimes, you'll find an Uninstall program under it's program group.

Another way would be to click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel. Then open the Add/Remove programs icon. You'll see a list of programs that Windows can remove from your system. Just click the one you would like to remove and hit the OK button.

If neither of the above works, you can always go to the program's folder and delete it. However, there is no guarantee that the program was confined to that folder. It could have other files distributed throughout your computer.

Finally, you might consider a program like Spring Cleaning . It can remove unused or old versions of programs and toss duplicates and unneeded files. As I mentioned earlier, you might get a message durin…

Tips On How to Repair A Video Cassette

If you've got a favorite or irreplaceable videocassette that's been broken or damaged, resist the temptation to try splicing it. A poorly spliced videotape could ruin the video-head drum in your player. All is not lost, though, if you want to salvage the tape's contents.

Take out the five screws with a Phillips screwdriver from the bottom of two videocassettes, one you can sacrifice and the one that's been damaged.

Gently separate the tops and bottoms of the cassettes. Some tapes have a label down the sides, you will have to remove these labels.

Study the way the tape threads through the cassette. You'll need to remember this later.

Discard all of the tape from the sacrificed cassette, but keep all the other parts, including the reels.

Take the first section of the damaged tape (still on its reel) from the videocassette you want to save and transfer it to the shell of the sacrificed cassette.

Attach it to the take-up reel with adhesive tape. The take-up reel will be on y…

Visually Impaired computer users can now explore technical drawings

Digitised technical drawings are typically presented and edited on standard PCs with appropriate software installed. However, blind and visually-challenged persons must access a user interface and presentation tool specially tailored for them. The TeDUB project has overcome the limitations of existing technologies by creating an innovative, accessible system. The Image Interpreter analyses drawings semi-automatically or automatically using image processing and knowledge processing techniques. The system is capable of analysing and presenting diagrams from a number of formally defined technical drawing domains, primarily electronic circuits, floor plans and software (UML) engineering drawings. Diagrams enter the system, are processed and transformed to the internal format of the TeDUB system and accessed by the Diagram Navigator, which allows users to interact via a number of devices, including an ordinary keyboard for input and textual output, either accessed through a Braille devi…

How to Know if Someone Likes You Romantically

Sometimes the direct approach is best - just ask. But if that seems too bold for your liking, look for the following signs.


Pay attention to your conversations with the person in question. Does this person show a special interest in having a conversation with you and, once started, make an effort to keep that conversation going?

Is this person "accidentally" running into you in places where he or she knows you will be, such as at your desk? At the Laundrymat on Tuesdays? At your brother's birthday party?

Make a note if he or she mentions future plans to spend time with you: "That band is coming to town soon. We should really get tickets".

Spend time alone together. Canceling other plans in order to be with you longer, or not finding excuses to leave, could be a sign of interest.

Has he or she been calling for random reasons, such as, "I was wondering if you knew what that pizza place down the street is called," followed by, "Are you hungry?&qu…

Get Help With Your Modest Needs

Modest Needs is a non-profit organization reaching out to the people conventional philanthropy has forgotten: hard-working individuals and families who suddenly find themselves faced with small, emergency expenses that they have no way to afford on their own. Most persons living paycheck to paycheck earn just barely too much to qualify for any type of conventional assistance. This means they can't receive the help they need to overcome a short-term crisis - until they've already lost everything. Modest Needs exists because they think there's a better way to do things. As far as They are concerned, no hard-working person should ever have to choose between taking a child to the doctor and putting food on the table. At Modest Needs, compassionate persons whose lives have been touched by kindness pass that kindness on to hard-working individuals and families struggling with the burden of an unexpected emergency expense. They do this by helping people afford small, emergen…

The Ketch-All Multiple Catch Mousetrap

I lived on a farm with my family during my teen-age years, and as wenter came, we found that field mice loved our home as much as we did. One problem that I always had with the old-fashioned mousetraps is checking to see if I caught anything. My father ended up with that job. How does a blind person check those things anyway? Once you set the trap, I guess you would have to use a stick or something to disarm it, but then if you have a mouse in the trap, it doesn't sound right to poke around at it. You can't reach down to see if there's a mouse, it's gross for one thing, and you may trap your finger in the process. Luckily for me, someone has solved this delemma. The Ketch-All Multiple Catch Mousetrap is a wind-up repeating trap. No bait required. Just put it two inches from the wall and for some reason the mice climb right in. A spring loaded trap door flips them into a little chamber, and they call their friends to join them. One trap catches ten a night, and t…

Freshen The Air with Light Bulbs?

The title got your attention didn't it? No, I haven't totally flipped my lid, and no, my personal intelligence light bulb hasn't burned out. Fresh2 makes fluorescent compact light bulbs coated with a titanium dioxide film. The fluorescent UV light causes a chemical reaction with the film, and the resulting oxidation eliminates odors. I know it sounds far fetched, but the things really work. I ordered a pair for our laundry room which is located in our basement. We replaced the room's sixty watt incandescent bulb (which we kept on all the time) with this new Fresh2 forty watt fluorescent fixture. I immediately liked the fact that we're saving electricity, but within one day, the odors were completely eliminated. The only problem that some may have is that the air should circulate around them, meaning that they work best in exposed sockets, which isn't the most attractive look. Results will vary based on the size of the room. A similar technology is being us…

Don't Get Stuck Running Speaker Wires

I have been using these wonderful little Mounting Squares from Scotch for about 2 years now for holding things up, down, and together, and have loved them. They are Clear, easy to remove from surfaces, and can be purchased from any home improvement center. I was desperately searching for an easy and elegant way to tack down my speaker wire for a new surround sound system when I stumbled upon these little gems and knew that I had found the answer. These squares are like a cross between Sticky Tack and the best Scotch tape you've ever used. They are gooey and very sticky, yet hold their form and are almost totally invisible. For tacking down speaker wire, many folks nail those little "U" shaped brackets into the wall; but these are so much better. I simply stuck one to the wall, stuck the speaker wire to it and then stuck another one over it to make a "sandwich" with the speaker wire in the middle. It looks fantastic, it's non-marring, it's easy and…

Stop Drafts Cold With The Twin Draft Stopper

Lots of people visiting my house comment on all the different gadgets I have, but the only one they ask me about, so they can get one of their own is my double draft stopper. Sometimes the simple and cheap is more impressive than the complex and expensive.
The Twin Draft Stopper is two long cylinders of styrofoam that slide into a cloth cover, which is then slid under the door and holds the foam in place to stop drafts. The foam can be trimmed to fit your door and the extra fabric folds back and fastens with hook/loop material. It glides with the door, can be easily removed, and the cover is machine washable. They're available from a variety of web sites, and are a lot cheaper than having your doors replaced.

Click this link to purchase the Twin Draft Stopper from the Improvements Catalog.

Bugzooka Those Nasty Bugs From Your Home

Spiders up in the corners of the ceiling. Mosquitoes lurking on the wall by the light. Flies on the windowpane. You can hear them, feel them, but they're hard to hit, and when you do, they squish. So don't even try to hit them, yuck! The Bugzooka looks, sounds, and is priced like a kids' toy but is highly evolved efficiency when it comes to removing bugs from your home. No batteries. Just cock the bellows on your hip, point the extendable end to within an inch or two of the offending insect, thumb the trigger, and FWOOP!, insect magically gone. Stroll the country house---thirty spiders, fwoopety-fwoop, all gone in five minutes. Don't suck bugs in to your expensive vacuum, some can crawl out of the hose, and who wants bugs in the bag when it comes time to change it. Bugs are sucked, in good condition, into a chamber on the end of the Bugzooka where they can be studied by a child (probably male) or released humanely. If you really don't care to see the bugs up clo…

Gardening Gloves for the Blind

My wife used to come in after a day of gardening with her hands roughened and scratched. Sure, she had gardening gloves, but they'd always get pulled off and forgotten the first time she had to do anything delicate. Leather, canvas, cotton -- nothing would stay on her hands. Last year she picked up a pair of Atlas 370 gloves at the local garden store. They're extremely thin, lightweight, and flexible, so there's no need to take them off. The palm is tough nitrile -- made it through a season with no punctures or tears -- while the back is a cool, breathable knit. You could tie your shoes without taking these off. These gloves were actually designed for precision assemblers. Gardeners discovered them and adopted them in a heartbeat. They're pretty easy to find at local garden centers (many of which also carry a heavier cold-weather version), but several on-line retailers stock them. For blind or visually impaired gardeners, they work great!

Click this link to visit the …

Native Baby Sling

Like most Americans, I hauled my firstborn around in his carseat or infant carrier, which made traveling on public transportation very interesting. Have you ever tried to use a dog guide while packing a child? For my second child, I researched slings extensively, and bought one from a company called New Native. This carrier goes over one shoulder and the opposite hip. It is popular for those finding conventional carriers too bulky, and looking for a carrier that can easily be stuffed into a diaper bag or purse. It can be worn with the baby in front, side or back. For mom, it is ideal for discreet nursing. Made from 100% cotton fabric, with no buckles, padding or metal rings that can slip or be uncomfortable. Extra small and larger sizes are available upon request. They make sizes up to 5XL in a variety of colors.

Click this link to see if the New Native Baby Sling is right for you.

Medicinal Benefits of Whole Foods

"For the first 5000 years of civilization, humans relied on foods and herbs for medicine. Only in the past 50 years have we forgotten our medicinal "roots" in favor of patent medicines. While pharmaceuticals have their value, we should not forget the well-documented, non-toxic and inexpensive healing properties of whole foods. The following list is but a sampling of the health benefits from whole foods."

Examples"Apple. Lowers cholesterol and risk for cancer. Has mild antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory estrogenic activity. High in fiber, helps avoid constipation, suppresses appetite. Juice can cause diarrhea in children". "Asparagus. A super source of the antioxidant glutathione, to lower cancer risk". "Avocado. Benefits circulation, lowers cholesterol, dilates blood vessels. It's main fat, monounsaturated oleic acid (also concentrated in olive oil), acts as an antioxidant to block artery-destroying toxicity of bad-type-LDL c…

What's That Acronyma?

APH, ACB, KSB, KCB, VIPS, TARC, NCAA, NAACP, GDUI, and NFB. Don't you hate it when someone throws you an acronym? You spend the next few seconds rolling it over in your mind, trying to figure out what they are talking about, so as not to look too behind the times. Maybe you just received the latest office memo and there's about to be a big purchase from, you guessed it, another acronym! Wouldn't it be great if there was a place where you could go to look up this funny name, and actually know what it stands for? There is, and the link is at the bottom of this article. Acronyma is a large, online database full of acronyms. You simply put in the acronym, hit the "search" button, and get instant results. As of this article, there were 471909 acronyms and abbreviations for you to search. There are also acronyms and abbreviations in Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese.

Click this link to visit the Acronyma home page:

Freelance Opportunities for Disabled Latino Writers in the U.S.

the National Technical Assistance Center for Latinos with Disabilities, is looking for reporters with first person experience with Latino culture and disability. Reporters are needed to write articles documenting

success stories about how Latinos with disabilities living in the U.S. have found jobs or advanced in their careers

experiences and challenges disabled Latinos face in obtaining education, training, assistive technology, independent living services and jobs in both urban and rural communities in the U.S.

Latino organizations reaching out to serve disabled members of their communities

disability organizations reaching out to serve Latinos

analyses of the situations of disabled Latinos in areas of the U.S. that have a high concentration Latinos with disabilities

obstacles and failures, especially if something was learned from the experience

interpretation of how new federal initiatives or legislation impact disabled Latinos Reporters will be expected to use a variety of techniques to…

Insight Radio: Europe's Only Radio Station Serving The Blind and Partially Sighted

Insight Radio broadcasts over the Internet providing tailored, accessible information for people who are blind or visually impaired. By tuning into Insight Radio, a blind or partially sighted person can listen to a selection of newspapers on the same day they hit the street, thus overcoming the situation where it can take up to three days for them to receive an abridged audio recording of newspapers. The station also has a regular and popular line-up of news and entertainment programmes, supported by live studio debates and phone-ins. This project is achieving a great deal, not the least helping to break down the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people in having quick and easy access to information. It also provides a valuable training ground for blind people who may be interested in building a career in broadcasting. The station has had fifteen people enter into full-time employment or training within the broadcasting industry, including BBC Scotland. Insight Radio…

Smith-Kettlewell Journal for the Blind

The entire contents of The Smith-Kettlewell Technical File are now available by FTP. The Smith-Kettlewell Technical File is a quarterly technical journal for blind and visually impaired readers that contains, among other articles, a seven part series on soldering techniques, and an extensive series on basic electronics construction methods which culminates in building a series of practical test instruments. also included are numerous articles on specific integrated circuits and other solid state devices. To find this journal, go to this case-sensitive site:

You may also contact Tom Fowle at if you have difficulties accessing the site.

Start your Career as a Travel Agent

Imagine a future in the exciting Travel IndustryWorking at home in your own home-based travel agency is one of the most exciting business opportunities available. The Ctravel terminal has placed Soneil Vision as a leader in its field with a leap in current technology. Ctravel software is Internet based software that will give access to all travel and ticketing networks. It can be used in a call center, in a travel agency office, at home as an extension of the office or anywhere as an independent travel professional. The blind person can able to read each single line displayed and ultimately make a booking. Ctravel allows blind travel agents to login and check for:

The lowest fares available
Availability options
All applicable rules and routing
Passport and visa regulations
Special meals and services
Complex itineraries with stopovers and open jaws
Waitlist and sell-up booking classes
Calculate the airport taxes
Reserve the seat allowing you to view the file later
Print the ticket directly from…

Light Up Your Portible Devices

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Cables with LED Light-Up Connectors!They may look like ordinary clear cables... but power up your PC and the clear connectors light up! Great for case-modifyers or just for fun, and they're very helpful for identifying cables when you've got several USB devices connected at a hub.

Get organized and look cool at the same timeThese great cables are available in 3,6, and 10ft. lengths, in blue, green, clear, and red colors.

Click this link for detailed information on these light up USB cables, or to purchase the cables from

Voice-Dialing and Information Services over the Phone: Weather, Traffic, Airlines, Taxis, and more

Message: hello fred! I'm working with a blind 80 something year old Veteran who asked me about cell-phones. I don't know much about them. He would like one with voice input capacity. I'd greatly appreciate any help with this you might be able to offer. location: California Let me begin by saying that the majority of the phones on the market today are not accessible to the blind. Menu functions like checking the status of the battery, call waiting, the call list, and the address book are almost impossible to use. There are phones that speak this information, but they are very expensive, and if he's like me, spending several hundred dollars for a cell phone is out of the question. I always said that if I spent that kind of money, I'd drop the phone as soon as the purchase was completed. Cingular Wireless has a plan where you can get the software free if you are blind or visually impaired, but the phone costs $249, which is a lot of money for a cell phone. Th…

Hotline for Disability-Related Air Travel Problems

In August 2002, the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (Enforcement Office), established a toll free number that consumers who experience disability related air travel problems may use to obtain information and assistance. The hotline is staffed from 7 am to 11 pm local time in Washington, D.C., seven days a week, and provides general information to consumers about the rights of air travelers with disabilities and assists air travelers in resolving time-sensitive disability-related issues that need to be addressed in real time. Unfortunately, many members of the public are still not aware of the existence of the hotline, and as a result the hotline is not being sufficiently used. The Enforcement Office asks that you advise members of your respective organizations about the existence of an aviation consumer disability toll-free hotline and encourage them to call the hotline if they should experience disability-related air service prob…

The Kansas Audio-Reader Network

The University of Kansas' Audio-Reader Network, the second-oldest radio reading service in the nation, makes print accessible for people who are blind or who cannot use printed materials because of a disability. Audio-Reader was one of only two radio reading services in the nation -- Minnesota was first -- when it was established in 1971 by Lawrence philanthropist Petey Cerf. Today, with the help of FM radio broadcasters, cable TV companies, microwave relay systems and the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation Satellite Network, reading by radio is available to thousands of people across Kansas and western Missouri, with some Audio-Reader programming available via satellite to other radio reading services across the United States. Audio-Reader is generally broadcast on the subcarrier of an FM radio station. This means a special radio is required in the home. The radio is provided by Audio-Reader, on loan, for as long as it is wanted. In some locations Audio-Reader may only be available …

Describe Online for the UK

Ever wondered where to go after you step onto the platform or how to find your train when you leave the bus or taxi? Ever felt lost in the maze of tunnels and galleries where no natural light reaches you? Ever been left wondering what the sign really means when you don't know where you are, let alone where you're going? Describe Online, a web site in the UK, is publishing text guides to public premises, on a web site which is accessible to all who can benefit from this information. Ever been shocked by the silence you received when you hoped to hear the information you've been waiting for? The site contains guidance information relating to the London Underground and National Rail networks, together with our first guide to a town centre. It also contains an accessible National Rail map and National Rail station finder as well as a growing number of guides to stations throughout the country. With Describe Online's text guides of various locations, the user can better …

Magnification Devices for People With Macular Degeneration

Enhanced Vision is a developer of innovative products designed specifically for people who are legally blind and have macular degeneration and other low vision conditions. They have helped thousands of people regain their visual independence by providing the ability to read, write, watch TV, enjoy a play and live again. Dedicated to helping individuals maintain their independence, Enhanced Vision has leveraged leading technologies to develop a full line of superior, easy-to-use tools at affordable prices. Products are sold through specialized agencies and eye care professionals throughout the distributors' world. The company is located in Orange County, California. Information on their popular JORDY, Merlin, Flipper, Acrobat and Max products are available online. Review features, specifications plus download their screensaver!

For more information on Enhanced Vision use the contact information below.

Enhanced Vision
17911 Sampson Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Toll Free: 888-…

Free Computer Help, Tech Support, and Tips at MalekTips

The MalekTips website was created in 1998 by Andrew Malek of Envision Programming. The page's goal is to freely disperse computer-related tips, hints, and informative articles. Tips are organized to be easy to find, and are presented clearly, in easy-to-understand language. MalekTips also provides author-supplied links and descriptions to public-domain, freeware, and shareware software available over the Internet.

Background InformationMalekTips was originally known as Malek's Win95 Tips Page, a personal website created in the summer of 1996. Malek's Win95 Tips Page provided tips, hints, and software links solely for the Windows 95 © operating system. The page won numerous awards and praise from the Internet community for its easy-to-find and comprehensive selection of Win95-related information. Through MalekTips, they have expanded this service by providing many types of computer-related tips, including Internet and web development help, as well as help for other Windows ©…

National Church Conference of the Blind

The National Church Conference of the Blind holds an annual conference in different locations throughout the United States featuring Bible teaching, workshops, tour, talent time, fellowship and more. They believe:

That the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
In one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His vicarious, atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. The group also offers a free Spring and Fall taped newsletter. To receive the taped newsletter contact:

34 Ramsey Rd.
Phenix City, AL 36869-5903
(334) 297-6432

Click this link to visit the National Church Conference of the Blind's home page:, or use the contact information below.

National Church Conference of the Blind
P.O. BOX 196

Scan Printed Materials Faster With Text Cloner Pro

Designing tools to work with screen readers and not duplicating what they already do well. Premier Literacy's scanning package Text Cloner Pro focuses on both Accuracy and Speed. Text Cloner Pro has two different scanning methods: high-speed and high-detailed scanning. Switching between the two scanning modes is just a matter of which key to press-F5 or F6. Now your low-cost scanner can be fast. Text Cloner Pro was tested with a portable Canon LIDE 20 scanner, and the low-end $600 Dell laptop, running Window-Eyes 5.0. Text Cloner Pro was able to scan and recognize five pages a minute with 99-percent accuracy. For professional or academic requirements, getting information into the computer so that it can read it, in an expedient fashion, is critical for success. The two different default-scanning modes make it so you rarely have to make menu changes while scanning . and less time scanning equals more time reading. The difference is the high-speed mode is only looking for text. If…

National Industries for the Blind Fellowship for Leadership Development Program

Are you an individual who is blind, excels at your job, and sets high goals for yourself? Do you want to gain the skills and experience necessary to take your career to the next level? Would you like both on-the-job and classroom experience dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of business leadership? If you answered "yes" to those questions, the Fellowship for Leadership Development may be for you! The Fellowship is a two-year, professional, salaried program that combines on-the-job experience with formal management training. Fellows are blind individuals who demonstrate leadership competencies and a high potential to succeed and prosper in a management position. At the completion of the Fellowship, successful fellows will be hired in professional managerial positions within NIB and the network of NIB associated agencies.

For the application form, guidelines and more information, please visit the National Industries for the blind's web site: If yo…

Simply Speaking to Your Computer

Powered by IBM's sophisticated large vocabulary voice recognition technology, LDHC's Simply Speaking product is an easy-to-use voice recognition and text-to-speech interface program that allows the user to dictate into many Windows based programs, including Outlook and Explorer. Useful for a variety of actions including e-mailing and instant messaging, Simply Speaking will convert voice into typewritten text and operates with an extremely high accuracy level. Simply Speaking will also read back highlighted text from any Windows application.

For more information about LDHC and their product, Simply Speaking, please visit either of the following two links:

Click here to visit the Simply Speaking home page:
Click here to visit The Learning Differences Help Center home page:

Using A Microphone With My Computer

So you're thinking of doing some recording with the computer. Maybe a podcast? You plugged in a microphone to your computer but you can't hear anything. How can you get it to work? It could be that the microphone is muted or not turned up. To check this, either double-click the little speaker in the system tray (down by the clock), or follow these steps to get to the "Volume Control" through the Start Menu in Windows.

Press your "Windows" key, or the "Start Button" on your keyboard to open the Start Menu.
Press the letter "P" until you reach "Programs" or "All Programs" and press enter.
Press the letter "A" until you get to "Accessories" and press enter.
Press the letter "E" until you reach "Entertainment" and press enter.
Press "V" for "Volume Control". You will be presented with a series of volume control sliders. Tab through the sliders until you reach "…

Don't Leave Home Without Your American Express Braille and Large Print Card Statements

American Express has braille and large print card statements for members with vision impairments in the United States. Cardmembers can request the new service by calling the American Express toll-free customer service number at (800) 528-4800, or the customer service number listed on the back of their American Express Card. American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, network and financial services provider founded in 1850. It is a leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel, financial planning, investment products, insurance and international banking.

For more information, visit the American Express home page:

Get Your Ticket To Work

Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps Social Security disability beneficiaries navigate the employment process and overcome the barriers to finding fulfilling careers. Ticket to Work connects Social Security disability beneficiaries to various programs - from employment to vocational rehabilitation - so they have the tools, assistance, and guidance they need to find the right job. Eligible beneficiaries receive a "Ticket" in the mail. Ticket-holders can redeem their Tickets to obtain services from public or private providers in their local community, including the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, which make it possible for people with disabilities to get into the workforce. These approved providers, called "Employment Networks" (EN), are private organizations or government agencies that have agreed to work with Social Security in providing employment services and supports to beneficiaries with disabilities. Once Ticket-holders have …

Accessible Voting

The ES&S AutoMARK is a new system designed to give people with disabilities more independence at their local poling place. The 40,000 polling places across 42 states that currently use or are considering the optical scan method of ballot-marking will be candidates for this state-of-the-art voting machine, which uses a touch screen, allows for an auditable paper trail and gives disabled Americans the option to vote privately and independently. The addition of this technology to an existing optical scan system will bring those polling places into compliance with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 requiring all polling locations to be equipped with at least one voting machine for people with disabilities by January 2006. The ES&S AutoMARK offers a virtually fool-proof way for all Americans to vote accurately with a high level of confidence that their vote is private and secure -- and, since the Chad fiasco of 2000 -- gives polling places reliable and legal documents in …

Adult Dyslexia Organisation

The Adult Dyslexia Organisation, British charity No. 1022854, was founded in 1991 and is run by dyslexics on a full time basis. The ADO empowers a minority, which is sadly often overlooked. Dyslexia can affect anyone regardless of social or economic background, and the wide diversity of their membership reflects this. The aims of this organisation are to enable and support men and women who have dyslexia. They try to meet these aims by:

Providing a checklist for people who think they may be dyslexic.
Being sensitive to the many different circumstances which adult dyslexics can face.
Advising on issues relating to employment and education.
Providing opportunities for members to explore and discuss their experience of this disability in relation to its effect on the family or on an individual's development.
Encouraging public and professional awareness.
Providing opportunities for people who contact them to gain skills in office procedure and administration by voluntary work in their mod…

The Perkins School for the Blind

Celebrating over 175 years of service, the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts is the first school for the blind in the country, where Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, were educated. Today Perkins serves 60,000 people who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities - from babies to school-age children to elders, here and in 55 developing countries around the world. Perkins has been, and continues to be, a source of inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind, deafblind or with multiple disabilities across the nation and the world. True to its Mission, Perkins School for the Blind continues to grow and evolve with the needs, desires and dreams of its students and their families. The School fulfills, enriches and teaches. But ultimately, Perkins provides its students with the tools and knowledge to chart a course toward each individual's maximum level of independence, rich in experience and overflowing with potential.…

H. A. L. T. E. R.

(Handicapped Athletes Learning To Enjoy Riding)H. A .L. T. E. R. is an affordable Therapeutic Horseback Riding program which has served disabled residents of Spartanburg (and surrounding counties) and students at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind since 1987. Therapeutic Horseback Riding is now a growing therapeutic field in the United States, Canada and Europe. Recognized by the American Physical Therapy Organization and the American Occupational Therapy Organization, Therapeutic Horseback Riding has received national media attention. USA Today, People, CNN and CBS networks have recently done features on the topic. H. A.L.T.E.R., a 501 (c)(3) organization, provides services with a dedicated corps of volunteers and public support. The Saturday morning (five week) sessions generally run from early Spring through late Fall each year (see schedule on their site). For information about how you can help support this project, please contact Tom Adams at The Palmetto Bank, 8…

What Is Section 508?

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

For more information on Section 508, click this link to go to the official Section 508 web site: .

Light Perception

I'd like to thank Dianna Amarich for sharing the following post from her blog at I've been doing a lot of thinking today about my vision, or what's left of it. I have light perception. At least I used to have light perception. I can't say for certain now that I have it at all. I don't remember when I went to the eye doctor and found out that it's been fading. I just know that there came a time when I couldn't tell if a light was shining in my eye or not. At the time, I don't know if I was too bothered about it, but I am now. I used to have to wear sunglasses all of the time because the light would be so bright it would hurt my eyes. Even to have to look at it for a short time. I couldn't even stand camera flashes for pictures. Nowadays, I don't notice these things, or not as often. And I wish I did. At least I was seeing light for certain then. Now my brain is playing tricks with my eyes. I do…

Assistive Technology Loan Program

Members of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) can join the Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) to take advantage of access loans, which are now available for any product, device, or building modification designed to assist someone with a disability. Borrow from $1,500 to $25,000 or more for up to 72 months with no down payment required. The borrower need not be the beneficiary of the purchase. Qualified purchases include, but are not limited to: assistive technology, durable medical equipment, housing modifications, and rehabilitative equipment. DCU offers convenient repayment methods, including electronically, at a DCU ATM, at any DCU branch, or by mail with a loan payment coupon. If you direct deposit your net pay, Social Security, or pension into your DCU checking account and make electronic payments for the full term of your loan, your interest rate will be one-half percent below that for other payment methods. Rates are also based on your personal credit…


soundaround is the international interactive audio magazine for blind & partially sighted people. This is the first magazine to provide a web site that is self-speaking, you don't need a screen reader to access the Soundaround site. This blind friendly web site is navigated by using the number keys on your computer keyboard. Listen to the voice prompts, and then choose which article you would like to hear. At the end of each item you can either listen again, or move on to something else. The prompt will tell you what options are available. It's as simple as that! If you'd like more information on Soundaround, an MP3 file of the Soundaround Promo can be downloaded by clicking this link. Contact information can also be found below. The Sound Around magazine is one hundred minutes of programming that is sent on cassette to bli nd or visually impaired people in the United Kingdom, and is a Registered Charity supported by public donation. Charity Registration number: …

Seeing The World Without Color

Have you ever been curious to know what people who are Color Blind see? How do they distinguish between the large numbers of colors that are out there? Can they tell certain colors? Let your curiosity lead you to Vischeck. Vischeck offers a web service that simulates the world as seen by color-blind observers, observers at a distance, or users of LCD displays. The integrated vischeck system has been developed by two scientists at Stanford university:

Robert Dougherty PhD Dr. Dougherty completed his doctoral work in the psychology department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia and the BC's Children's Hospital Visual Neuroscience Lab before moving to Stanford. After a short leave from academics to run a small company, Dr. Dougherty returned to Stanford as a senior research scientist to help form the new Stanford Institute for Reading and Learning (SIRL). He …

Premier Literacy

Premier Assistive Technology was founded in 1998 with a mission to provide assistive technology to persons with disabilities and give them access to today's technologically oriented world. In targeting those objectives, they are rapidly finding that their technologies are beginning to reach far beyond the boundaries that have historically been framed by the visually disabled software market to other emerging areas. They have developed a complete suite of products that address "reading and information transfer" needs for individuals with visual and mobility challenges. Applications for learning disabilities, general literacy and English as a second language can also be well-served using existing and emerging assistive technologies. Their suite of products continues to grow and includes the following products and technologies:

Scan & Read Lite©
Scan & Read Pro©
Talking Word Processor©
Text Cloner Pro©
Talking Calculator©
Scan and View©
Complete Reading …

Victor Reader Classic

The Victor Reader Classic digital talking book players (Classic, Classic +, and Classic + with recording) enables playback of the latest DAISY version 3 digital talking books and a wider variety of other audio formats as well as offering more effective book navigation features. The Victor Reader is a popular player for DAISY version 2 books produced by libraries for the blind and as these libraries transition to the DAISY version 3 books which have even more extensive navigation features, the Victor Reader is ready to offer the enhanced DAISY 3 reading experience. Books that are produced in the DAISY 3 standard, also called the NISO Z39.86 standard in the United States, allow a blind or otherwise print-disabled person to navigate a digital audio book much like the equivalent print book. The reader can jump from chapter to chapter, section to section, select random pages, or even set electronic bookmarks. The Victor Reader can play MP3 files as well as the popular OGG Vorbis compress…

A Fork In The Road

The folks at Fork in the Road have been making low vision simulators since 1994. The simulators have been purchased by organizations and individuals in the US , Canada , Europe , Asia , Africa and Australia . Their goal is to help educate people about low vision. The simulators provide a reasonably accurate picture of some of the functional limitations and abilities of different types of visual impairments. Some of the most common causes of low vision in the developed world are: macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Other eye diseases that can cause low vision include RP (retinitis pigmentosa) and brain injuries (including strokes). Of course, wearing a simulator does not portray what it is like to have low vision, as that is a permanent situation that affects a person in ways beyond his or her ability to read or walk about. However, spending some time wearing a simulator and attempting to do various everyday tasks can quickly give fully-sighted per…

SARA (Scanning and Reading Apliance)

The colorful SARA is so simple to use that it works right out of the box. Just place a book, magazine, newspaper, bill, or other document on the scanning surface and press a button. SARA reads aloud in a crisp clear voice. Absolutely no technical or computer experience is needed. SARA can read columns and sidebars as well as text in a huge array of type styles and colors. SARA's design recognizes the special needs of its users. A small group of large buttons perform all the basic functions any user needs. The buttons on a straight-forward keypad, are colorful, with tactile symbols that convey each button's use. If assistance is needed to identify a button, a Help key can be pushed to speak the button's name and function. Front-mounted stereo speakers make SARA easy to hear, and the RealSpeak® voice can be changed for the user's preference. The speaking speed and volume can be adjusted while reading or controlled to read a single word or line at a time. User…

Learning While Traveling Life's Eyeway

This site intends to be a comprehensive source of material that informs, inspires and includes persons with visual impairments. In addition, the site caters to the requirements of parents and guardians, medical professionals, rehabilitation experts and service providers. is a project of the Score Foundation which is registered as a Trust, and is based out of New Delhi. They believe in the unlimited potential of the human-being. They also believe in the power of information, which not only informs, but also inspires, enriches, empowers and encourages people to pursue their passions and make a contribution. It is said that "A Disability is God given, but a handicap is man made." A vision impaired person tends to get marginalised and excluded from various facets of life due to a lack of understanding, sensitivity and accessible designs. With the passage of time the constant exclusion leads to the disability transforming itself into a handicap. The second major po…

Accessible Food Preparation Directions

Message: Is there a website or book which gives preparation instructions for packaged products such as Betty Crocker?
location: West Virginia This is a great question, and I have found three sites that may have the books you're looking for.

National Braille Press sells braille books of package instructions. Call them Toll-free at (888) 965-8965 or visit the National Braille Press web site:
. The Volunteer Braillists and Tapists of Madison WI have books of package instructions in braille. I searched their site and found the following books that may be of interest:

Back of the Box Gourmet by Michael McLaughlin
Best Recipes - From the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars
by Celia Dyer
Betty Crocker Hamburger and Tuna Helper Collection by General Mills
Betty Crocker Potatoes by General Mills
Betty Crocker's Bisquick Cook Book by BettyCrocker&General Mills
Betty Crockers Cookie Book by General Mills
Betty Crockers Creative Recipes with Bisquick by General Mills …

the Family Center on Technology and Disability

The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. They offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies. Whether you're an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, they hope you'll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities. There are 1500 member organizations of the Family Center on Technology and Disability Network. All members have the same comonalities:

They share a concern for the families of children with disabilities.
They're committed to providing useful information and resources to help children with disabilities fulfill their potential.
They share an interest in remaining current on developments in the field of assistive technology.
As a knowledge network, they pursue collaborative activities to strengthen individual organizations and the netw…

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities is the center that provides information to the nation on:

disabilities in children and youth;
programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities;
IDEA, the nation's special education law;
No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and
research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities. Anyone can use their services-families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). Their Web site has information on the following:

Specific disabilities
Early intervention services for infants and toddlers
Special education and related services for children in school
Resources and connections in every state
Individualized education programs
Parent materials
Disability organizations
Professional associations
Education rights and what the law requires
Transition to adult life

^DELand much, much more!

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myReader from HumanWare Restores the Joy of Reading

myReader, a low vision auto-reader, manufactured by HumanWare (, is changing the face of low vision and restoring partially sighted people's reading ability. The machine took three years to design and manufacture in New Zealand and was awarded 'Best Design' by the New Zealand Institute of Designers. It looks set now to improve the lives of thousands of partially sighted people in the UK. Using advanced digital technology, myReader captures the text placed underneath its camera and displays it on a built-in 15 inch, flicker-free LCD screen. myReader can then enlarge the text and re-format it so it appears in one of three ways: a column designed to fit the whole screen, a row across the centre of the screen or just one word at a time. The text then automatically scrolls on the screen at the speed selected by the user. myReader offers controls and an interface that are easy to use by people of different ages and different levels of vision and ab…

Organize Your Life

If you've been fighting a losing battle with clutter in your home, your place of work, or even in your spiritual life, I have a site for you! As a totally blind person, I hate clutter, and this is a wonderful resource. Welcome to where learning how to organize is fun... really! is a rich resource of office and home organizing articles, tips, and fresh, easy ideas on how to get rid of clutter from every part of your life... from the garage to your filing cabinet to your spiritual matters! they show you how to organize anything and everything! Get organized completely with this site. Read one article a day, put one suggestion into action a day. With their help, you will enjoy how harmony and a sense of control can come from the clutter of your surroundings. Yes, it can be done. And you can do it with help from this site!

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