American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Special Issue: Early Childhood

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Exceptional Parent Magazine for the Special Needs Community

Exceptional Parent provides emotional support, practical advice, and up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special health-care needs. Articles in the July 2018 issue include: "Creating Accessible Home Bathrooms for Kids," "Animal Therapy," and "Travel and Autism without Fear." Print and email subscriptions are available.


National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen St.
Boston, MA 02115

A number of board books for babies and preschoolers are available from National Braille Press. They can be purchased singly or, at a discount, in sets of three. Titles include Animal Kisses; Hop on Pop; Bears and a Birthday; What's Wrong Little Pookie?; That's Not My Monkey; That's Not My Pony; and That's Not My Elephant.

Writing Your Way: Composing and Editing on an iPhone or iPad
by Judy Dixon
Available in Braille and electronic formats

Most of us who have used an iPhone or iPad have done some writing on it, but how many are ready to write a term paper or full-length article with this technology? In this comprehensive reference guide, Judy Dixon explores strategies and techniques that can make writing and editing on your device a breeze.


Seedlings Braille Books for Children

Seedlings has added eight new children's books to its collection in Unified English Braille (UEB). Brand-new titles are Grumpy Bird (for toddlers and preschoolers); Just Critters Who Care and Finding Dory: Big Fish, Little Fish (for beginning readers); and Wishtree (for ages 8-12). Four more titles have been converted from the old Braille code: Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Indian in the Cupboard, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, and Where the Red Fern Grows.


We Can Hear You Just Fine: Clarifications from the Kentucky School for the Blind
by Matthew Caudill, Haley Hall, Shane Lowe, Madelyn Loyd, Selena Tirey, Kianna Waller, and Cherish Willis
Edited by Joe Manning
Perfect Paperback, 2016
ISBN 978-0-9914765-2-7
Available in paperback at

Created under the auspices of the Louisville Story Program, this unique book compiles the oral histories of seven students at the Kentucky School for the Blind. The authors come from a variety of backgrounds, but their stories share the theme that the desire for acceptance and dignity and the drive to succeed and have a meaningful place in the world are common to all of us.


Computers for the Blind

Computers for the Blind provides refurbished computers with assistive technology installed at affordable prices. Recently Computers for the Blind has partnered with VFO, whose brands include Freedom Scientific and Ai Squared. Laptop and desktop computers with monitors are available with Windows 10, and they ship with JAWS and ZoomText installed.

TechVision Newsletter

Each month Dr. Denise Robinson, a teacher of the visually impaired based in Washington State, compiles a newsletter packed with tech tips for students and teachers. A searchable collection of past issues is available on the website.


Blindy.TV: Taking the Vision out of Television

Blindy.TV is a project created by blind people who believe that blind people should be able to enjoy the same television programs that entertain and contribute to the shared culture of their families and friends. The current service provides channels of audio-only television programming in several genres, all with audio description.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Did you know that the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults produces over 12,000 Braille calendars each year? These pocket sized calendars are given free to any blind or deaf-blind person in the United States.

Each calendar is embossed with the days of the week, the date, and all of the major national and religious holidays. You will love how quick and easy it is to use, not to mention the convenient size of the calendar.

If you or someone you know needs a 2019 Braille calendar, please feel free to complete the short online application at If you do not have access to the online form, you can send an email to [email protected] or call 410-659-9315 to request the calendars as well.

2019 Braille Calendars
Contact: Adrijana Prokopenko: [email protected]

Adrijana Prokopenko, a blind teacher in Macedonia, is selling 2019 Braille calendars for $6 apiece. A portion of the money raised will go to the NFB and to help the hungry around the world, and $2 per calendar will be used to help Adrijana attend the 2019 NFB convention in Las Vegas.

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