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The Braille Monitor – November, 2000 Edition

 

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New Music Translation Software:

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Opus Technologies announces OpusDots Lite, a new software system for transcribing printed sheet music into music Braille. The product is for use by parents, teachers, aides, and transcribers who know basic print music notation but may not know Braille. The software uses new proprietary Scan and Click technology, which lets the user scan the printed sheet music with a scanner, then enter the musical elements by clicking over them in the scanned image. The entered music is then translated automatically into music Braille.

A low-cost, entry-level product, OpusDots Lite translates only single-line music for band and orchestral instruments, individual chorus voices (not lyrics), and sight-reading or music theory exercises. These are the types of music most often needed in Braille by blind musicians in school music programs. A more powerful, non-Lite version of OpusDots that can translate keyboard and multi-stave music with chords and lyrics is planned for the future.

OpusDots Lite requires a PC with Windows 98 or later, a scanner, and an optional embosser or refreshable Braille device for Braille output. The software consists of a music-notation editor, a music-to-Braille translator, and a Braille editor--all integrated into one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn or use third-party music-entry or music-notation software.

OpusDots Lite currently supports entry and translation of the following musical elements: clefs, key and time signatures, notes and rests with time values from whole to 128th with up to two dots, multi-measure rests, accidentals, irregular groupings, ties and slurs, metronome markings, fingerings, text for tempo, expression and dynamics, note expressions, and barlines. The program can translate most of the examples and exercises in chapters 1 through 15 of Mary Turner De Garmo's Introduction to Braille Music Transcription, the instruction manual for those studying to become certified music Braille transcribers in the U.S.

The translated music Braille is displayed in a separate Braille editor window, so the user can view both the entered music notation and the translated Braille at the same time. The Braille editor is a full-featured editor with standard or six-key input. It can display and print out in simulated Braille or ASCII, send output to an embosser or refreshable Braille device, or export Braille to other Braille programs.

OpusDots Lite is now available at a special introductory price of $299 through December 31, 2000. Shipping and handling is $5 per U.S. order ($10 for Canada and Mexico, inquire for other countries). Program updates will be provided free until the next major release. Contact Opus Technologies at 13333 Thunderhead St., San Diego, California 92129, USA, Phone/Fax: (858) 538-9401, e-mail: opus@opustec.com, website: www.opustec.com.

Low Phone Rates:

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Zero cents per minute long distance. Pay by the month, not by the minute. Flat rate, $57 per month for residential and $99 per month for businesses. Call Lloyd Drennan at (915) 592-1758 for more information, and I'll call you right back on the service. Join me for an opportunity to make money.

Cassette Holders for Sale:

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There is no better testament to the value of a thing than the comments of a satisfied customer: "It is so much easier to find a tape I am looking for when they are organized rather than having to grope around for it in a box of mixed tapes, rattling around willy-nilly."

The NFB of Illinois once again has the perfect solution to groping "willy- nilly" in stacks or boxes of mixed tapes. For a mere $3 each you can have your very own attractive, compact white vinyl cassette holder that accommodates a dozen cassettes. Our cassette holders come complete with clear sleeves front and back for print labels and ample space on the spine for Braille labels.

Avoid the dreaded cassette avalanche by sending a check or money order  made payable to the NFB of Illinois, in the amount of $3 for each cassette holder, to Stephen O. Benson, NFB of Illinois, 7020 N. Tahoma, Chicago, Illinois 60646.

Elected:

The Blackhawk Chapter of the NFB of Illinois conducted its election of officers on September 16, 2000. The officers are Lois Montgomery, President; Allen Schaefer, Vice President; Julia Hedrick, Secretary; Ruth Schaefer, Treasurer; and Bob Gardner, Jay Miller, and Rick Olson, Board Members.

For Sale:

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Outlook Color CCTV from Xerox that magnifies text and objects up to forty times their original size, line marker for easier reading, and large yellow controls, which are easy to identify and operate, and many other features. If interested, contact Phillip Brake, 9100 Bree Road, Damascus, Maryland 20872, (301) 253-3136.

Don Capps
Don Capps

Retiring:

After serving over forty-four years on the State Board, thirty ofthose as State President, Don Capps has recently retired from the presidency of the NFB of South Carolina. Replacing him is young attorney and family man Parnell Diggs.

At the request of the affiliate, Don assumed the title of President Emeritus of the state affiliate. "I am stepping back, not stepping away," Don says. At the NFB of South Carolina's state convention in August the following officers were elected: Parnell Diggs, President; Frank Coppel, First Vice President; Lenora Robertson, Second Vice President; Dorothy Barksdale, Secretary; David Houck, Treasurer; and Sheila Compton, Nancy Hines, Phil Patterson, Marty McKenzie, and David Bundy, Board Members.

For Sale:  

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I have a new video-eye for sale. It magnifies print or any small work and displays it on a large, high-resolution RCA monitor, included. Asking $1,500. Contact Chuck Eigen (414) 962-7701, or e-mail: chuckeigen@aol.com.

Game Coupon:

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Personal Computer Systems produces audio games for the blind community. The Windows games are audio only, so everything is spoken by a human voice, which means that you need no screen reader. If you request a list of games for DOS and Windows, you will receive a coupon for $10 off any game. This offer expires December 31, 2000. Check out games on the Internet Web site at www.pcsgames.com, where demos may be downloaded.

Contact Personal Computer Systems, 551 Compton Ave., Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861, Phone (732) 826-1917, e-mail: pvlasak@monmouth.com.

Elected:

At its September meeting the Suburban West Chapter of the NFB of Massachusetts elected the following officers: Mary Ann Lareau, President; Thomas Duffy, Vice President; Lucille Burkhardt, Secretary, and George Blake,Treasurer.

Math Teacher Needed:

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I am looking for a special education teacher willing and able toteach basic math from first grade through the seventh grade level. The teachermust know how to teach blind people with special needs such as retentionproblems in math. You may contact Robert Groff, Jr., 487 P.C. Circle, Quitman,Arkansas 72131.

Great Results:

Judy Jones reports with pleasure that, as a result of advertising inthe Braille Monitor, she has received fifty orders for Final Touch Braillebooklets. We would say that it pays to advertise in the Braille Monitor, except, of course, that we do not carry advertising, only announcements of interestto our readers.

Changing Hands:

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As of August 1, 2000, Peggy and Jerry Howell purchased the mobility products business formerly owned by Mariano Pacini of Detroit, Michigan. The business will operate under the name of Howell Mobility Products. They carry a line of aluminum folding and straight canes and several specialized cane tips. For a product list or more information call (248) 548-1788, email: jhowell@michiganconnect.com  or visit the Web site http://www.howellmobility.com/.

Elected:

The Greater Springfield, Massachusetts, Chapter elected new officers at its June meeting. Elected were Walter Woitasek, President; Bob Baron, Vice President; Cindy Hess, Recording Secretary; Basil Maurice, Treasurer; Rita Shea, First Member at Large; Wanda Stebbins, Second Member at Large, and Horace Edwards, Sergeant at Arms.

New Chapter:

On Saturday, May 20, 2000, the Panhandle Chapter of the NFB of Idaho met to adopt a constitution and elect officers. The new officers are Al Spooner, President; Mike Mello, Vice President; DeLaine Exley, Secretary; and Bill Lambert, Treasurer.

Two New Videos Available on International Exchange and Disability:

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The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) announces the release of two new videos related to the inclusion of participants with disabilities in international exchange programs. All Abroad! NCDE's new informational video for disability audiences showcases the major benefits of international exchange and the wide range of opportunities available. It answers frequently asked questions about funding, accommodations abroad, and how to be involved hosting international exchange participants from other countries.

NCDE's new Building Bridges Training Video is aimed at international educators and exchange professionals as a companion guide to the NCDE publication, Building Bridges: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Exchange Programs. The video provides practical how-to information on topics such as recruiting, homestays, accommodations abroad, and where to obtain disability-related information. This video can be used as a tool to train both new and experienced staff at international exchange organizations.

NCDE is managed by Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Both videos are available with audio description and captions. To purchase either video, please specify the video you are ordering and mail $49 to Mobility International USA, PO Box 10767, Eugene, Oregon 97440.

For Sale:

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A TeleSensory CCTV system (a Versicolor camera, an M19 monitor, stand, including all cables, and user's manual) for sale at $800, as is (originally cost $3,195). If shipping is necessary, buyer will need to pay for it. The system is in good working order. It will magnify materials up to sixty times theoriginal size. Inquiries can be e-mailed to <jstutler@rcn.com  or call (410) 848-6684.

Portset Reader for Sale:

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Listed price for this Portset Reader--$2,895. Its condition is perfect (never used). Asking $2,000 or best offer. This reader is a one-box, stand-alone scanner with built-in speech. Will read aloud all of your text documents from newspapers to books to personal letters. Easy to use, has instruction packet. Portable, 47 cm by 26 cm by 14 cm.     Light weight. Contact (609) 986-9406 and ask for David concerning the reading machine.

Braille Jewelry for the Holidays:

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Check <www.braillejewelry.com  for new products, new services, and new brochure--all from Christiansen Designs.

Braillejewelry.com features new products from our popular Braille jewelry line--ground-breaking designs in cuff bracelets, rings with standard phrases, or special orders. We have more new designs, including cards in the pipeline for the holiday season--plus the extensive 2000 collection of exclusive jewelry.

We can also now support your fund-raising initiatives with substantial discounts on bulk orders of several items--our Braille key chains or our Read- for-Fun Book Pins for example. We will be happy to quote you favorably on your choice. A brochure showing our newest collection is available uponrequest. Phone or e-mail for yours. Don't forget to send your address!

To order, e-mail us at kim.christiansen@valley.net ; call us at (802) 649- 2925; or write to us at Christiansen Designs, P.O. Box 583, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755. You can use your Visa or MasterCard or pay with a check.

    

NFB PLEDGE

I pledge to participate actively in the effort 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.

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