********** Monitor Miniatures ********** Travel Magazine Available: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
The Travel Magazine is a quarterly publication available in Braille and standard two-track cassette which brings the world of travel available in print travel periodicals to those unable to access ordinary printed material. Subscriptions are $32.95 annually. For a sample copy send $1 for cassette and $5 for Braille to The Travel Magazine, P.O. Box 24236, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224. ********** For Sale: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
Completely reconditioned Perkins Braille Writer for sale. Cost is $300, payment plan is negotiable. Call evenings or weekends, (313) 885-7330 or e-mail: <[email protected]>. ********** Wanted: Interpoint full-page slate. Call evenings or weekends, (313) 885-7330 or email: <[email protected]>. ********** Al Sanchez [ Gerrie Burke
Wedding Bells: Gerrie Burke of the NFB of Virginia and Albert Sanchez of the NFB of Washington were married Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Saint George's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. Al, a longtime leader in the Washington affiliate, has relocated to Virginia. The couple honeymooned in Atlanta at our convention. We wish the newlyweds much joy. ********** Poetry Book Available: Toby Longface, President of the Tucson Chapter of the NFB of Arizona, has asked us to carry the following announcement:
My poetry book, Smelling the Roses, is ready for sale. It is like a Twin Vision(R) book, eight-and-a-half-by-eleven-inch pages with large print and graphics on the left page and Braille on the right. It will sell for $11.95 plus $1.50 shipping. It is also available with large print and graphics only for $9.95 plus $1.50 shipping. This edition measures five and a half inches by eight and a half. My greeting cards for all occasions are also available in large print and Braille. I'm using my own photography and poetry in them. They will sell six for $9.95 plus $1.50 shipping. For more information or to place an order, call Toby Longface Enterprises, 1914 West Anklam Road, Tucson, Arizona 85745, phone (520) 623-7044, e-mail: <[email protected]>. ********** Fred's Head Database: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
The American Printing House for the Blind is building the Fred's Head Database, a collection of tips, tricks, and alternative techniques by and for people who are blind or visually impaired. Fred's Head is an expert database that captures and makes available the knowledge and experience of many different people from all walks of life. Fred's Head will be available on the APH Web site with a user-friendly search interface. You'll be able to use Fred's Head to find how-to information on a large number of subjects with topics growing continuously.
The experience of APH's Fred Gissoni is the core of the database, but we are building a community of ideas. We invite you to share your ideas for solving problems you meet every day. We welcome everything from a simple solution to a detailed discussion of a complex process. Some topics already included are how to make a writing guide, marking hotel keys, how to do audio tone indexing, how to make an audio tape address book, note taking, sewing tips, how to make a Braille calendar, personal uses of Braille, where to find information on scholarships, and job search tips.
Please send your idea to APH on computer disk, cassette tape, in Braille, print, or via e-mail to Fay Leach, Expert Database Coordinator, <[email protected]>; (800) 223-1839, (502) 899-2378, fax: (502) 899-2363, American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085. ********** Putting it All Together: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
EVAS is a reliable source for the design, manufacture, integration, prompt delivery, support, and service of accessible turn-key computer solutions. We offer a wide range of technologies, including speech synthesizers, screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, Braille printers, large-print software, CCTVs, optical character recognition (OCR) reading systems, and more. Our AbilityPro Systems feature productivity- enhancing software such as a talking calculator, a text and keystroke macro utility, a clipboard extender, and a powerful address and personal information manager. Each AbilityPro Computer comes with a FirstAid Disk to enable the recovery of lost CMOS settings and corrupted master boot records on the hard drive. This disk includes digitized voice output and a large- print menu system, making it usable even when adaptive aids or the computer's hard drive are not functioning. Our AbilityPro Disaster Recovery Disks allow system engineers to restore the original setup and configuration of an AbilityPro Computer during a tech support call. Remote Access System Support is now a part of all EVAS Computers. Connecting through the modem, this specialized software turns EVAS' in-house support computer into a duplicate of the end-user's system, allowing the EVAS engineer to see first-hand the difficulty the user is experiencing. Diagnostics can be run and hardware and software reconfigurations performed to restore the system and minimize downtime. With their in-depth knowledge of computer systems, access technology, and application software and their relationships, EVAS's experienced staff stands ready to respond to questions and support customers' needs.
To learn more, visit EVAS on the Web at <www.evas.com> or call (800) 872-3827. ********** Elected: The NFB of South Dakota recently held elections with the following results: Karen Mayry, President; Minni Erickson, Vice President; Irene Sears, Secretary; Peggy Klimisch, Treasurer; and Tina Blatter, Denise Jones, and Mike Klimisch, Board Members. ********** Arizona Perkins Brailler Repair Service Back in Full Swing: We have been asked to carry the following announcement: We are happy to report that, after incurring considerable staffing shortages in the past year, the Arizona Brailler Repair Service (ABRS), which is a cooperative enterprise between the Arizona Instructional Resource Center of the Foundation for Blind Children and an Arizona state prison, is up and running again. The cost for labor is $30 with a six-month warranty on labor. Parts are extra. Usual turn-around time is under four weeks, somewhat longer if unusual parts need to be ordered from Howe Press. Special care should be given to safe packing, preferably the original box and packing material. Any insurance is to be paid by the machine owner. For more information or to send your Brailler for repair or maintenance service, please contact the AIRC, the Foundation for Blind Children, 1235 E. Harmont Drive, Phoenix, Arizona 85020, (602) 678-5810, or visit the Web site <www.the-fbc.org>. ********** Garment Labels Available: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
We provide washable Braille and large-print garment labels available in packages of twenty-five or fifty. These labels withstand washing and drying, so you can attach the label to your garment by either sewing or safety-pinning the label to the fabric. With your first order you will receive an index of colors so you can learn our color abbreviations and color saturation guide, which distinguishes between light and dark colors. Currently we have blue, black, purple, white, yellow, red, green, gray, tan, pink, and orange available. The cost for twenty-five labels is $12.95, and for fifty labels the cost is $24.95. For more information contact Denise at (610) 642-4442. ********** New Catalog Available: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
Give the gift that says something--Speak to Me's new catalog features a large variety of holiday gift ideas. Some of the newest products include Zenith VCR with confirmation; voice- recognition phone with answering machine; a large variety of digital recorders; lots of new talking magnets, key chains, novelty clocks; graduation and wedding gift ideas; many new talking toys and games for children; plus many more practical and fun items for the whole family. Call (800) 248-9965 to request your free catalog, which is available in print, on cassette, or on IBM-compatible disk. ********** Joe Ruffalo Appointed: We recently learned that on March 17, 1999, the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services appointed Joseph Ruffalo, Jr., President of the NFB of New Jersey, to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the term expiring June 30, 2000. Congratulations to Joe. ********** Attention Amateur Radio Enthusiasts: We recently received a letter from Muhammad Ameen, who lives in Kerala Province in India. He has a bachelor's degree in English and teaches in a private institution. In 1994 he achieved his long-held dream of qualifying as an amateur radio operator. His call sign is vu3 vuc. But because he does not have a transceiver (which he says is an important piece of equipment, particularly for blind radio operators) he fears that he will never be able to use his hobby. Purchasing a transceiver is beyond his financial means. He hopes that someone reading this notice might be able and willing to help him. If so, his address is Muhammad S. Ameen, Darul Huda, Peringala Post Office, Kumarapuram via, Aluva, Kerala, India 683565. ********** Refreshable Braille at 25 Percent Savings: Blazie Engineering announces a 25 percent price cut on PowerBraille 40, its popular forty-cell refreshable Braille display. PowerBraille 40 now costs $4,495. This special price still includes all of Blazie's standard warranties, guarantees, and product support after the sale.
PowerBraille 40, an enduring and proven performer, instantly transforms screen information into 6- or 8-dot refreshable Braille. ScreenPower software is included, allowing users to receive Braille, speech, or both types of output simultaneously.
Users get forty cells of refreshable Braille, full compatibility with four computer operating systems including Microsoft Windows, and battery-powered portability. PowerBraille 40, complete with thirty-month warranty, is fully featured for maximum user convenience and control.
For more information contact Blazie Engineering, 105 East Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill, Maryland 21050. Phone (410) 893- 9333, or visit the Web site <www.blazie.com>. ********** In Memoriam: We recently learned that James McGinnis, who served as President of the California affiliate in the late sixties and early seventies, died at home in San Francisco, February 24, 1999. He was a native of Topeka, Kansas, and lived in California for thirty-five years. He is survived by his wife Leslie; his children Marilyn, Stephen, Bonnie, Gay, and Randy; and numerous grandchildren. Jim was a professional jazz musician (guitar), a piano technician, and director of Broadcast Services for the Blind. His love for life, people, music, and baseball was infectious. As an advocate for the rights of the blind, he fought a good fight. A truly remarkable and memorable man, he will be deeply missed. ********** Specialty Items: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
My name is Scott Bush, and I live in the Chicago area. I am legally blind and have my own company called LTT Sales, which specializes in advertising and specialty items such as hats, T- shirts, coffee mugs, pens, or anything to put a company's name or event on. I am dedicated to giving the highest quality and lowest cost to meet any customer's needs. I can be reached at (815) 254- 6680 or by fax (815) 254-6681. Please call with your text inquiry or for a catalog. ********** No Longer Doing Business: Marie Caputo has asked us to carry the following announcement:
Due to the significant decrease in computer prices, Transcription Technologies, Inc., is no longer in business. Thank you for your patronage. ********** Elected: The Denver Chapter of the NFB of Colorado held elections at its May meeting. Elected were Scott LaBarre, President; Julie Deden, First Vice President; Doug Trimble, Second Vice President; Tom Anderson, Secretary; and John Deden, Treasurer. Jennifer Wenzel, Eric Woods, and Jeremiah Beasley were elected to the Board. ********** Melody Lindsey Appointed: Family Independence Agency (FIA) director Douglas Howard announced the appointment of Melody Lindsey as the director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind Training Center in Kalamazoo, effective May 16, 1999. The MCB Training Center is a residential training facility, which has been in Kalamazoo for nearly thirty years. Melody is a 1986 NFB Scholarship winner and Past President of the NFB of Alaska. She has worked in rehabilitation in several states, most recently in New Mexico.
"We know the leadership, experience, and talent which Ms. Lindsey brings to the center will benefit Michigan citizens for many years," said Howard. "Her fervent belief in the capacity of people to fulfill their dreams and achieve independence is contagious." ********** For Sale: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
Accent SA speech synthesizer, $200. Jumbo Brailler, excellent condition, $400. Office 97, $140 includes shipping. TeleBraille, slow coming on, but operational, asking $1,500. All prices are negotiable. Contact Isaac Obie at 755 Tremont Street, Apt. 205, Boston, Massachusetts 02118; (617) 247-0026; e-mail: <[email protected]>. ********** Elected: The Bix Beiderbecke Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa held elections on April 5 with the following results: John TeBockhorst, President; Mary Hartle-Smith, Vice President; Tom TeBockhorst, Secretary; Mike Smith, Treasurer; and Kallie Smith, Board Member. ********** World Conference: A world conference showcasing excellence in assistive technology is scheduled October 6 to 9, 1999, at the Radisson Twin Towers Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), and the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) collaborate to bring you comprehensive opportunities to learn, to meet personally a wide range of peers and experts, and to contribute your experiences to the continued improvement of our field.
With the ATIA World Conference '99 as the centerpiece of this experience, ATA and USSAAC add their national meetings to form an unrivaled event with a week of in-depth training sessions, presentations by leading professionals, an extensive Exhibit Hall, a Hands-on Lab, and much more. Conference fee for early registrants is $235, regular, $285, and on-site, $325. For a list of companies exhibiting at the conference, contact ATA at (415) 455-4575 or visit the ATA Web site at <www.ATAccess.org>. e-mail: <[email protected]> or phone (847) 869-1282. ********** World Series Baseball Game: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
You can play baseball on your computer using all the great teams of the past on Version 13 of the World Series Baseball Game and Information System. You can also review the history of baseball, find out who is in the Hall of Fame, check out all the baseball records, and try out your knowledge of the game on a 1,000-question quiz.
In the game, you are the manager, changing pitchers, pinch hitting, sacrificing, purposely passing batters, moving the infield in, etc.
The game comes with 262 teams. The game is being played by sight-impaired baseball fans of all ages in forty-eight states on IBM-compatible computers with screen readers and synthesizers. The price is still the same as when the game was first introduced in 1986--only $15 to new users, $5 for updates. Send your check to Harry Hollingsworth, 692 S. Sheraton Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319 or call (330) 644-2421 or e-mail <[email protected]>. ********** Affordable Talking Scientific Calculator: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
Orbit Research has introduced ORION TI-34, the world's first affordable talking scientific calculator for blind and visually impaired students and professionals. Priced at $199, the 11- ounce, pocket-sized calculator is a breakthrough in math and science education for special-needs students. At close to a third of the cost of other talking scientific calculators, ORION provides unrivalled features and ease of use.
The calculator vocalizes each key pressed and reads out displayed answers in a clear, natural voice, while maintaining the functionality and ease of use of the TI-34. The calculator has over ninety-five scientific functions including statistics, trigonometry, and Boolean logic. Visually impaired users will find ORION's unique learning mode particularly useful because it enables them effortlessly to locate and identify any key even in the middle of a calculation without interrupting it.
The unit comes with built-in, rechargeable batteries that provide over seven hours of continuous operation, as well as a mains adapter which doubles as a battery charger. Included with the unit are an impact-resistant plastic cover, a high-quality earphone for private use, and instruction manuals in large print and on cassette tape. Orbit Research provides a one-year warranty and toll-free technical support and customer service.
Further information on ORION is available at <www.orbitresearch.com> or by contacting Orbit Research at 3422 Old Capitol Trail, Suite 585, Wilmington, Delaware 19808, (888) 606-7248 or fax (888) 606-7248. ********** For Sale: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
I have for sale a DecTalk Express with headphones, AC adapter, and connector cable. I will take the best offer. For more information contact Kerry Stein at (205) 425-0800, weekdays and (205) 967-4901, evenings and weekends. ********** High Holiday Machzor Available Free to Blind: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
The Jewish Heritage for the Blind announces the availability of the High Holiday Machzor Hebrew/English large print or Braille edition for the visually impaired. To receive your free copy while supplies last, mail or fax your request accompanied by a note from your medical doctor or eye care specialist confirming that you have a vision problem. Send to the Jewish Heritage for the Blind, 1655 East 24th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11229, fax: (718) 338-0653. ********** Extra-Large-Print Books with Enhanced Pictures: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
The artists at Harvard Ranch Publishing introduce a new book series that combines digitally enhanced imagery with very large print. The books are designed for older adults and those with visual impairments but appeal to nearly everyone. Harvard Ranch worked closely with professionals and the visually impaired themselves to create books that convey beauty and warmth. The books also spark memories and imagination, which in turn promote conversation. The books are easy to read but intellectually engaging and visually intriguing. The first three books focus on timeless poetry, Biblical passages, and familiar hymns. They are illustrated with colorful drawings and photographs and are spiral-bound so they lie flat when open.
The series includes A Walk in the Garden, Verses from the Bible, and Favorite Hymns and cost $24.95 each. Add $2.50 for shipping and handling. You may call 1-800-815-9533 or contact Harvard Ranch Publishing, Box 842, Kalispell, Montana 59903, fax (406) 752-9678, e-mail <[email protected]>, or visit the Web site at <www.harvardranch.com>. Methods of payment include major credit cards. ********** Sports and Recreational Videos Available: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
The Michigan Blind Athletic Association, MBAA, has three videos available to assist and enhance physical education programs. They include the following:
ACCESS Sports video, eighteen minutes, discusses the ACCESS sports model, which suggests ways to assess and adapt most sports to include visually impaired students in a physical education program. Costs $35.
MBAA Sports Camp video, eighteen minutes, discusses the annual MBAA Sports Camp for visually impaired youth. Founded more than ten years ago, this camp assists visually impaired students and their instructors in adapting physical education and sports programs to include visually impaired youth. Costs $35.
Introduction to Goal Ball, eight minutes, discusses the game of goal ball, including rules and regulations. This is a very fast-paced video. Costs $30.
To order, send a check or money order or purchase order to Michigan Blind Athletic Association, c/o Sherry Gordon, Secretary, 4423 Sunnydale Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006, (616) 337-3276. ********** Spanish Edition of Diabetes Publication Available: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, RRTC, announces the availability of a Spanish version of its 1997 publication, Serving Individuals with Diabetes Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. This publication was produced in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind and is available in large print and on audio cassette for $30. Interested individuals should contact Ms. Kelly Schaefer at (662) 325-1363 for more information. ********** NFB PLEDGE ********** I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its Constitution.