Future Reflections Summer 2000, Vol. 19 No. 2



Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE). PACER Center serves as the national coordinating office for FAPE, a federally funded partnership linking families and advocates with current research and promising practices. Its focus is the implementation of the IDEA amendments of 1997. The FAPE Web site offers a weekly newsline of hot topics, information about the IDEA law and regulations, significant case decisions, promising practices, juvenile justice issues, topics related to the IDEA, technical assistance experts, a conference calendar, self-advocate information, material on cultural diversity issues, and translated materials. To access this information contact:

PACER Center, 4826 Chicago
Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-1098  * (612) 827-2966 Voice (612) 827-7770 TTY  * (888) 248-0822 in the U.S. * (800) 53-PACER for Greater Minnesota
Web Sites:

Woolly Pen

We have been asked to print the following news release from Quantum Technology:

Blind children now have the opportunity to create drawings they can “see” through a new concept called the Wooly Pen. The simple joy of writing and reading your own name, or just doodling a picture of a favorite farm animal, is now within the reach of everyone.

The Woolly Pen was designed by Quantum Technology as a way for blind and vision impaired children to draw images with their own hands. Wool binds to a reusable adhesive pad and drawings are made by feeling where the pen has been. For more information contact:

Sarah Crowe, Quantum Technology, P.O. Box 390, Rydalmere, NSW, 2116 AUSTRALIA, Phone: (+61) 2 9684 2077 Fax: (+61) 2 9684 4717
e-mail: <[email protected]> Web site: <www.quantech.com.au>

TIME in Large Print

We have been asked to announce the following:

TIME Large Edition features 16-point type. The Large Edition maintains the sophisticated editorial content of the regular edition with a minimum of 80 percent of the regular content. The editorially rich, folio size, weekly issues ship during the same week as TIME’s regular edition. From the matte finished paper to the integrated graphics and photos, the new issue is formatted for people with vision impairments and people on the go. To subscribe call (800) 552-3773.

The Clarity Classmate

We have been asked to publish the following information:

The CLARITYAFClassmate Video Magnifier was designed in response to requests from students and teachers for a truly portable and effective video magnifier that a visually impaired student can use easily to read and write on a desktop, as well as zoom in and out on a blackboard and overhead projector. The Classmate has a unique, quick-release modular design that provides numerous options for various applications and uses: normal classroom, computer interface, drafting/design table, and more. The CLARITYAFClassmate is full color and provides up to 38x magnification. For more information contact:

Clarity Solutions, 320B Tesconi Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: (707) 526-1598
(800) 575-1456 Fax: (707) 526-3554 Web site: <www.clarityaf.com>

New Book for Sight-Impaired

We have been asked to print the following information:

The first reference book written for the sight-impaired student and those who serve their needs, A Field Guide for the Sight-Impaired Reader explains how to locate, obtain, and integrate all forms of aid to construct a world of reading equal to that of a fully sighted reader. It profiles the major blind service organizations; explores specialized formats such as Braille, large print, and electronic texts; and shows what technology readers require and where to find it. Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. (ISBN 0-313-30969-8) and written by Andrew Leibs, an award-winning writer of over 2,000 newspaper and magazine pieces, the book is available for $49.95.

To order call (800) 225-5800, or write to Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007 Phone: (203) 226-3571
Fax: (203) 222-1502
Web site: <www.greenwood.com>


Blind Contestant on Jeopardy

For the first time in the history of the popular televeision game show, Jeopardy!, a blind contestant played and racked up considerable winnings! Eddie Timanus, a popular sportswriter for USA Today, required very few adaptions. The producers eliminated video-related questions and provided him with a Braille listing of categories and a keyboard so he could write down his “Final Jeopardy” wagers and answers.

Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

This fun recipe came to me from Gail Bryant, a blind teacher in Missouri, who got it from Bonnie Sherrell over the internet:


5-1/2 cups flour

2 cups salt

8 teaspoons of cream of tartar

1 container (1-1/2 oz) of pumpkin pie


3/4 cup oil

orange food coloring (2 parts yellow,

       1 part red)

4 cups water


Mix all ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. All done! Store in a plastic bag.