Future Reflections        Convention Report 2011

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New Voices Institute
Contact: Don Stedman, (919) 834-2636
The New Voices Foundation is an outreach organization based in North Carolina, serving children with severe communication and/or mobility impairments to maximize their learning potential through a program of short-term, intensive, individualized instruction. The goal is inclusion--in all aspects of school, home, and community life--with a transition back into a local school environment. The New Voices Institute provides information about the New Voices model, provides interested organizations with speakers about New Voices programs, and offers consultation and technical assistance to groups planning to serve children with significant communication and mobility challenges. Services are available at no cost or for the cost of travel and accommodations.


Drawing with Your Perkins Brailler: An Activity Guide for Creating Tactile Drawings
by Kim Charlson
This Braille book gives detailed instructions for creating thirty-six tactile drawings using the Perkins Brailler. The book is divided into four sections: basic shapes, animals, holiday drawings, and drawings related to transportation. Children can color the pictures they have made and can experiment with their own original drawings.

Parenting Special Needs Magazine
Contact: Chantai Snellgrove, (772) 532-4423
Parenting Special Needs Magazine is a free online publication that appears six times a year. Articles cover education, socialization, play, future planning, and more for children with disabilities of all kinds.

Magnets and Ladders
Contact: Lisa Busch, gjbusch@comcast.net
This online literary magazine seeks stories, poems, and essays by people with disabilities. Content includes many genres and is not limited to disability themes. Authors may also subscribe to an email list to share work in progress and learn about upcoming writing classes and conferences.

Breath and Shadow: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature
Breath and Shadow is a quarterly literary journal that explores the disability experience through poetry, essays, fiction, drama, and interviews. All work published is written by people with disabilities. Children and teens are strongly encouraged to submit their writing. Work from anywhere in the U.S. is welcome, but New England authors are given priority.


The Dolly Parton Imagination Library
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and the Dollywood Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership that expands Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) program to provide accessible books to blind and visually impaired children. With the support of Penguin Group USA, a growing collection of audio files of DPIL titles will be offered as free downloads. Beginning in 2012, APH will produce selected Imagination Library books in print/Braille format. The books will be sent free of charge to two hundred eligible families. Other families will be able to purchase the books at affordable prices. Ms. Parton says, "I am just thrilled we can work together to bring this same joy [of reading] to all children who may have trouble seeing but who have no trouble in believing that all of their dreams can come true."


Anatomy in Clay
2198 W. 15th St., Loveland, CO 80538
(800) 950-5025
Anatomy in Clay produces detailed models for the teaching of anatomy and physiology. Hand-crafted models of the human body are available, as well as models of the horse, dog, chimpanzee, and other vertebrates. The company's trademark is, "The mind cannot forget what the hands have learned."

Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters
by Dr. David Hurd
NASA Lunar Science Institute
This book includes eight tactile illustrations representing aspects of the moon's surface. Explanatory text is available in CD, PDF, and MP3 formats.


Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder
According to research, non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder affects about 50 percent of totally blind people. The inability to perceive light causes a disruption of the 24-hour sleep-wake pattern, causing cyclical bouts of nighttime sleeplessness and daytime fatigue. This website includes news updates, personal stories, and information on research studies.


NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access)
NVDA is a free open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Major features include support for over twenty languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation. NVDA provides output in synthesized speech and is compatible with many Braille displays. It is bundled with eSpeak, a free open source multilingual speech synthesizer.


Talking First Aid Kit
1750 Briell Ave., Unit B6, Ocean, NJ 07712
(800) 377-4544
This company markets first aid kits for treating such emergencies as bleeding, shock, and burns. Each kit has color-coded instruction cards and audio instructions that are available with the push of a button.


2012 National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Contact: NFB Scholarship Committee, (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2415
Contest Period:  November 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $12,000.  To be eligible, a student must be legally blind and must plan to be enrolled full-time, or working full-time and enrolled part-time, in a program of postsecondary education in the fall semester of 2012.   See website for complete details or contact the scholarship office for print materials.

2011 American Grants and Loans Catalog
(888) 341-8645
This catalog contains listings on more than 2,800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants, and loans offered by the U.S. government plus 2,400 programs funded by private corporations and foundations. Those who purchase the catalog have access to a live database that is updated daily. The catalog is available in print ($149.95) or CD ($69.95) as a searchable PDF file.  Note that high school counselors and college financial aid offices may have this catalog.

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