Future Reflections         Convention Report 2010

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ODDS AND ENDS

TOYS AND GAMES

PlayAbility Toys, LLC
<www.PlayAbilityToys.com>
(520) 547-0922 or (866) 204-8863
shelley@playabilitytoys.com

PlayAbility Toys designs and manufactures toys for children with special needs. The toys are created and developed in collaboration with specialists in the field. The company works closely with speech therapists, physical therapists, and special education instructors to create toys and games that appropriately target multiple developmental levels for all children. Use code SDB2010 to receive a 10 percent discount.

Spoonbill Software
Blind Gamers Series
<www.omninet.net.au/~irhumph/blindgamers.htm>
games@spoonbillsoftware.com.au
           

The Blind Gamers Series is a series of free electronic games that can be played by blind and sighted players together. Games include cribbage, Scrabble, Chess Challenge, Crossword Puzzle, and several varieties of Solitaire.

RAISED LINE COLORING BOOKS

Tactile Vision, Inc.
<www.tactilevisioninc.com/coloringbooks.html>
6115 Edwards Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5T 2W7, Canada
(905) 696-8819
info@tactilevisioninc.com 

Tactile Vision, Inc., offers a series of raised-line coloring books at beginning and advanced levels. Each book contains ten pages of pictures to be colored.

Learning Sight and Sound Made Easier
<www.LSSproducts.com>
(716) 348-3500 or (800) 468-4789

Learning Sight and Sound (LS&S) sells a ten-page book of raised-line pictures for coloring.

MUSIC

True North Records
<www.truenorthrecords.com/share>
14-3245 Harvester Rd., Burlington, ON L7N 3T7
(905) 278-8883

"Music for Creative Kids" is a collection of eighteen original songs to entertain and stimulate creativity in children ages three to eight. Songs encourage safe play, teamwork, and fun activities. The package includes a list of links to free online musical resources.

BRAILLE BOOKS

Temple Beth El Sisterhood Braille Bindery
<www.TBEonline.org/childrens_braille_books_temple_braille_bindery>
7400 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
(248) 851-1100
Barbara Mandelbaum: asmandel1@sbcglobal.net

Temple Beth El Braille Bindery has a catalog of more than one thousand Braille titles for children grades K-6. Books are available free of charge; families are asked to make a small monetary donation or supply Braille paper.

Beulah Reimer Legacy (BRL)
<www.BeulahReimerLegacy.com>
April Enderton
(515) 282-0049
endertona@wildblue.net

This new resource offers over fifty print/Braille titles, created by adding Braille on clear plastic to ink-print pages. The titles include board books and books with accompanying CDs.

PACKAGE DIRECTIONS

Directions for Me
<www.directionsforme.org>
Horizons for the Blind
2 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 444-8800 or (800) 318-2000
mail@directionsforme.org

Directions for Me is a new online resource that offers accessible packaging information. The Website provides preparation instructions, ingredient lists, nutrition facts, and more for many commonly used grocery, health, and beauty products. The site was designed to be fully usable with speech and Braille output devices.

AUDIO MAGAZINE

Choice Magazine Listening
<www.choicemagazinelistening.org>
(516) 883-8280 or (888) 724-6423

Choice Magazine Listening is a bimonthly audio magazine containing unabridged articles, short stories, essays, and poetry selected from more than one hundred outstanding publications. Material may include adult content and is suitable for mature readers. The magazine is produced on four-track cassette and is also available for electronic download to patrons of the National Library Service.

ADVOCACY

You Gotta Know the Rules if You're Gonna Play the Game
<www.prweb.com/releases/2010/07/prweb4286494.htm>

This two-hour DVD, prepared by parent-advocates Graciela Tiscareño-Sato and Genro Sato, teaches parents and teachers to ensure that children with known or suspected disabilities will receive the free and appropriate public education to which they are entitled. The DVD includes firsthand experiences, sample forms, letters, parents' vision and mission statements, and work-sheets for thinking through goals.

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