American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Winter 2017       

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ODDS AND ENDS

BOOKS

Two new books are available for purchase from National Braille Press. These titles can be ordered in Braille, BRF, TXT, or DAISY formats from:
National Braille Press
<www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/index.html>
Contact: (800) 548-7323
 
The Abundant Bookshelf: Reading Books on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
by Judith Dixon
National Braille Press
The digital revolution has brought blind people the opportunity to read on many different devices, from many sources, with a wide variety of results. In The Abundant Bookshelf by Judith Dixon explores nine reading apps in depth, focusing on the user experience with human voice narrators, synthesized voice narrators, or refreshable Braille. She also offers quick glimpses of fourteen other apps for reading books on an iDevice.

Computers You Can Talk To: Siri, Alexa, Google Now, and Cortana
by Anna Dresner
Everyone, by now, is at least familiar with Apple's digital voice assistant, Siri. But how much do you know about other voice assistants: Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, or Google Now? They can let you play music and books, control lights and other devices in your home, and buy items just by calling them out. What are talking assistants capable of, and which ones are right for you? This book is an overview; giving you an idea what sorts of things you can expect from each assistant. It tells you how to acquire and set up each assistant, and, in the case of Amazon's product, the cost. 

HISTORY

History of Blind People in the United States
<www.theblindhistorylady.com>

Peggy Chong, the Blind History Lady, has been gathering information about the history of blind Americans for the past ten years. Her website includes brief biographies of accomplished blind people of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as games that help sighted students learn about Braille. Peggy Chong's first eBook, The Blind History Lady Presents: The First Things I Learned, is available as a free download at <https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/622573>.

RESOURCE GUIDES

Insightful Publications
<www.in-sightful.com>
Contact: Christine Chaikin, (808) 747-1006
[email protected]

Insightful Publications has added a new selection to its state-by-state series of resource handbooks for the blind and visually impaired. This resource handbook covers agencies and other resources in Mississippi. Visit the company's website for a complete list of its offerings.

SCIENCE

Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2
Independence Science
<www.independencescience.com>
3000 Kent Ave. W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1075
Contact: (866) 862-9665
[email protected]

The Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 includes several improvements over the earlier model. It uses a faster, more robust interface for scientific data collection. It offers a larger hard drive, a bigger storage space on board the device, and a faster processor. There is faster keyboard access to speech rate and volume, and on-screen reverse is now available for low-vision users. Besides a faster talking Periodic Table experience, this device provides access to all of the Vernier software and published lab curricula under the new lab instructions page.

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