Future Reflections         Special Issue: The Teen Years

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ODDS AND ENDS

NETWORKING

NFB-Link
<www.nfblink.org>
 help@nfblink.org
NFB-Link provides mentoring relationships for individuals who would like resources and guidance on a variety of blindness topics. The program pairs individuals seeking information or advice with experienced Federationists. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about a variety of blindness issues, from how to use services at college effectively to how to re-pot an orchid using nonvisual techniques.

SERVICE DOGS

NAGDU Education and Advocacy Hotline
(866) 972-3647
The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU) has launched an innovative new service. The NAGDU Education and Advocacy Hotline offers information about the legal rights of individuals who use service animals and allows callers to speak with an advocate who is trained to resolve access denials. Currently the hotline provides general information about service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as specific guidance concerning restaurants, taxis, and health care facilities. Future plans include summaries of specific state laws and guidance in a variety of languages.

CHESS

Be Someone
 <www.besomeone.org>
Contact: Janice Davis
(678) 526-0292
Be Someone is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that uses the game of chess to help at-risk youth discover their potential and learn the skills necessary to win in any situation. Since Be Someone opened more than a decade ago, thousands of children have proven to themselves and others how much they can achieve with determination and perseverance.

TACTILE GRAPHICS

TactileView Weblog
<www.tactileview.com/weblog>
TactileView is a software program for producing tactile maps, pictures, and diagrams. The design software allows production on a Braille embosser or on microcapsule paper. The Web site includes an extensive catalog of images that can be produced using this method.

SCIENCE

MOLinsight Web Portal
<www.molinsight.net>
Contact: Joao Aires de Sousa
jas@fct.unl.pt
MOLinsight is a gateway to open-source software as well as software freely accessible to students that can be integrated in strategies for blind users to process chemical structures. It includes the NavMol program, a molecular editor for visually impaired users. The NavMol program enables the user to navigate the structure of a molecule atom-by-atom, providing information about neighbors of each atom and bond types. It also allows structures to be changed by adding or deleting atoms and bonds. This is a very simple application that uses the MS-DOS or Linux shell command-line interface. Users interact with the program via the keyboard and text-to-speech software or Braille display. Testers of the new improved version are welcome.

BOOKS

BLIO
 <www.blio.com>
Developed by K-NFB Reading Technology, BLIO is a new ebook reader that is fully accessible to blind users. The free software can be downloaded to a computer running a Windows operating system. The program provides access to more than three million books that can be downloaded free of charge, as well as some seventy thousand titles available for purchase.

Bookshare

 <www.bookshare.org>
Bookshare announces a new partnership with Sourcebooks. Sourcebooks publishes college and test study guides including Gruber's SAT, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and The U.S. News and World Report Ultimate College Guide, as well as books about college life such as The Naked Roommate: and 107 Other Issues You Might Run into in College, by Harlan Cohen. Bookshare is a library of nearly one hundred thousand electronic books that can be read in DAISY format or using a refreshable Braille device. Any student with a qualifying disability may subscribe free of charge.

The Real U Guides
National Braille Press
<www.nbp.org>
88 St. Stephen St., Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160, Ext. 520
Three titles from National Braille Press may be of particular interest to teens and young adults. The Real U Guide to Your First Apartment, The Real U Guide to Bank Accounts and Credit Cards, and The Real U Guide to Your First Job are available in Braille and ebook formats.

TECHNOLOGY

Top Tech Tidbits Newsletter
Flying Blind, LLC
<www.flying-blind.com>
 enews@flying-blind.ccsend.com
Sent via e-mail every Thursday, this newsletter offers the week's updates on adaptive technology. Each listing links to a site where the reader can find further information.

YourTube
<www.povidi.com/yourtube>
YourTube is a free, accessible Web interface for the wildly popular YouTube. The interface allows users to search effortlessly for audiovisual material on the YouTube site. Search terms are entered and the results are shown as headings. The player controls are easy to use with a screen reader, and alternative colors are an option for users with low vision. Povidi NZ Ltd is a New Zealand-based company committed to developing solutions that matter for the visually impaired.

IDEAS

TED Talks
 <www.ted.com/talks>
TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." This site makes available more than nine hundred eighteen-minute talks delivered by world leaders in such fields as science, medicine, the arts, and global issues. Hear what the experts have to say about the sound the universe makes, the birth of words, the causes of cancer, and much, much more!

GAMES

7-128 Software
<www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html>
7-128 Software has reviewed over one hundred Web sites and compiled a list of the top twenty-five sites for blind gamers. The sites listed give information about blind-accessible games and blind gaming communities.

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