Future Reflections         Summer 2010

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ODDS AND ENDS

NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM THE NFB

Go to www.nfb.org and follow the link under Products and Technology to Product Catalog, then use the Search box. 

Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade: Working toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child (Pre-K to Middle School)
by Carol Castellano
Catalog Number LSA110 (print)
National Federation of the Blind
200 E. Wells St., Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
This new book provides an approach to the development and education of blind/visually impaired children based on the concepts of equal expectations and the right to equal opportunity. A main focus of the book is how to keep the child's education on track and to create a remediation plan if things have gone wrong. Chapters cover such topics as academics, independent living skills, independent movement and travel, social awareness and social skills, and self-advocacy skills. The book encourages parents to look toward the future without fear and equips them with the information they need in order to raise their blind/VI child for an independent life.

Parenting without Sight: What Social Workers and Attorneys Should Know about Blindness
Catalog Number LBP36
This free publication provides introductory information to those potentially involved in assessing the competence of blind parents to care for children. The pamphlet promotes the view that blind parents are equal to this responsibility when they effectively use nonvisual techniques. Illustrated with color photographs, the pamphlet gives practical examples to show how blind parents handle everything from diapering an infant and giving medication to teaching colors and helping with homework.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS 

Message of Hope Christian Ministries
(866) 421-3066
message-of-hope@unityonline.org
Message of Hope provides the following services free of charge to the blind and visually impaired community: Daily Word Magazine and Daily Word Message of the Day on CD, in Braille, and via email; nondenominational, spirituality-centered literature in audio, Braille, and electronic formats; and letters of prayer support on cassette or in Braille.

Fire Protection Publications
Oklahoma State University
 JLavine@osufpp.org
Fire Protection Publications/OSU is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the fire service leader in producing high-quality, technically accurate, and affordable fire training and educational materials. FPP has produced several booklets in large print and contracted Braille, including Home Fire Safety for People Who Are Blind/Low Vision and Home Fire Safety for People Who Are Hard of Hearing. Several booklets in Spanish are available in large-print editions. FPP has also produced six print/Braille books on fire prevention for children. These books can be printed in uncontracted Braille on request.

Anne and Alex, 1996
VIEW International Foundation
<www.viewinternational.org>
With this title, VIEW International announces the launch of a new series of children's books. The books feature the adventures of two adopted children, one of whom is blind. This book is available for purchase as an electronic download.  (Go to Current Projects to locate a link to this book.)

MATH AND SCIENCE

Geometro
 info@geometro.net
 <www.geometro.net>
Geometro offers a hands-on system for teaching three-dimensional geometry. Sets of manipulatives include triangles, squares, pentagons, and hexagons. By joining the pieces with magnetic connectors, students can build a wide variety of structures. Workbooks (standard ink-print) are available at four grade levels (1-3, 4-5, 6-7, and 7-8). Geometro products are also available through the American Printing House for the Blind <www.aph.org>.

Discover a New World Microbe Models
 <wwwmicrobemodels.com>
Created by microbiologist Dennis Hill, these detailed models can help blind students deepen their understanding of viruses, algae, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Some ninety microbes are shown on nineteen plates. The microbe models are made of polyurethane plastic and housed in a maple storage case.

Sounds of the Natural World
Macaulay Library
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 254-2404
 macaulaylibrary@cornell.edu
 <www.macaulaylibrary.org>
What was that strange sound you heard last night? Was it a screech owl? You can find out by visiting the Macaulay Library online. The library has amassed some 65,000 digitized recordings of birds, mammals, amphibians, and even fishes from all of the earth's continents. This site is a wonderful resource for students interested in learning to identify birds and animals by sound.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Social Networking and You: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for Blind Users
National Braille Press
88 Saint Stephen St., Boston, MA 02115
(800) 548-7323
 <www.nbp.org>
This new offering from National Braille Press is designed to help readers understand social networking. It explains how networking sites can be accessed by blind users. The book is available for purchase in hardcopy Braille and electronic formats.

Facebook Tutorials for Screen Reader Users
<www.stacybleeks.com>
Created in May 2010, these free online tutorials are designed for users of Internet Explorer. Everything is doable from the keyboard. Topics covered are Facebook navigation, finding friends and sending messages, accessing your Facebook wall, and posting your Facebook profile pic.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

<http://moviesfortheblind.com> - Established in 2007, this site posts the soundtrack of a film with audio description as a weekly podcast. Previous posts are available in the archives. Movies on the site are in the public domain, including some of the earliest "talkies" from the 1920s.

<www.blmicemart.com/assets/product_images/movies2.html> - The Movie Vault section of the Blind Mice Mart Website contains nearly two thousand movie soundtracks with audio description added. Available as podcasts for free download, films range from classics to last year's blockbusters.

<www.describedmovies.org> - Created by the Media Access Group at WGBH/Boston, this site lists hundreds of audio-described films that have been released in DVD and Blu-ray formats. The films are available for purchase from <www.amazon.com>.

<www.mopix.org> - This site provides information to consumers and industry members interested in learning more about motion-picture access. It contains links to theater chains that have incorporated a descriptive video system using headsets.

 <www.captionfish.com> - At this site a visitor can search by zip code to find local theaters that use audio description.

MAPS

Tactile Vision Inc.
6115 Edwards Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2W7
(905) 696-8819
info@tactilevisioninc.com
 <www.tactilevisioninc.com/maps.php>
Tactile Visions, Inc. offers a wide selection of raised-line maps and atlases. Maps are produced on 11x11 or 11x17 inch paper, and some include color as well as tactile markings.

ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps
In Touch Graphics
(212) 365-6902
info@clickandgomaps.com
 <www.clickandgomaps.com>

ClickAndGo Maps is a narrative wayfinding service modeled on the "directions" feature of Google Maps. ClickAndGo has taken this model and compiled additional nonvisual information to provide customized walking directions. Information is free for blind and deafblind users and is available online or by telephone.

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