Showing posts from August, 2012

Those Little Dots Often Save Me

By Donna J. Jodhan

If you take a moment to look at your computer keyboard or even the keypad on your home phone or your cell phone, you should see that more often than not, certain keys are marked with either a dot or some sort of cut edge.  For the phone's keypad, there is often a raised dot on the #5 key and on several computer keyboards, there are cut edges placed on certain keys such as the f and j keys.  Some phone keypads may even have a raised dot on the #0 key as well and I do believe that some remotes are similarly configured; either with a dot, a raised edge, or keys of different shapes.

In the normal scheme of things, there are many blind persons who depend on these very subtle indicators to help them quickly locate keys on their keypads.  Keys with dots, cut or raised edges, and keys with different shapes often save me from pressing the wrong key and I am grateful for them.  Now, if only we could find a way to standardize all keypads in this way and if it is already a st…

The History of Labor Day

Have you ever wanted to know why we celebrate Labor Day? It traditionally marks the end of summer and is celebrated with a day off work, parades, and cookouts, but where did it all start?

During the Industrial Revolution in America, workers' rights became a tense issue for many: 12-hour working days, no days off (7 day work week), very low pay, unsafe working conditions, and child labor all contributed to workers' fears and concerns. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched in New York City, on the first Monday in September. This became a popular tradition, but it wasn't until the deadly Pullman Strike of 1894 did Congress make Labor Day a Federal holiday.

To learn more about the history of Labor Day, visit The History Channel's History of Labor Day page.

On the site, you will find:
Labor Day History: This section breaks down into four parts, with each bringing you a different facet of Labor Day history. How did we come to celebrate Labor Day?
What events took place…

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2012 Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

Children with disabilities have been the focus of the Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kidsfor 20 years, and the latest issue is better than ever.

The 2012 guide is chock-full of appropriate toys grouped by skill sets that apply to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. This year, the guide also includes safe play tips just for kids with special needs to avoid playtime injurie, as well as the National Lekotek Center's list of Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys.

The toys are not grouped by disability, nor is age-appropriateness suggested overtly in the guide. As parents of special needs children know all too well, disability doesn’t define ability. Rather, symbols are used to gather toys by the skills they encourage. And every toy fits into at least two categories, which include auditory, language, social, creativity and more.

The National Lekotek Center, which evaluates hundreds of toys on their suitability for children with physical, cognitive or…

2012 American Grants and Loans Catalog

Press Release:
The American Grants and Loans Catalog is now available. Our new and revised 2012 edition contains more than 2800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants and loans offered by the US federal government. In addition you will also have access to over 2400 programs funded by private corporations and foundations. That is over 5200 programs available through various sources of financial providing organizations. NEW: You will also have access to our live Database that is updated on a daily basis. This product also provides daily email alerts as programs are announced. The Database is also available with IP recognition. This allows you to login without a username or password (Great for libraries or educational institutions who want their users to access the database).
Businesses, students, researchers, scientists, teachers, doctors, private individuals, municipalities, government departments, educational institutions, law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, f…

A Brief History of Early Talking Books and Players