Future Reflections Fall 1991

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


We now have cassette tapes available of the Parents of Blind Children

Seminar which was held this year in New Orleans at the National Convention of

the National Federation of the Blind. The theme of the seminar was: We Are

Changing What It Means To Be Blind. Some outstanding speeches were given by Dr.

Kenneth Jernigan, James Gashel (NFB Director of Governmental Affairs), and many

others, including parents and blind college students. The set of three tapes

costs $6.00. Orders may be placed by writing to: National Federation of the

Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Be sure to enclose your

check or money order with your request.

We have been asked to print the following information.

     Anthony Cangelosi and Brooks Communications are interested in establishing

a "homework hotline," which would allow blind and visually impaired middle

school and high school students to get in touch with volunteers (college

students and business and community volunteers) for help in their studies.

     We plan to provide this free service through an 800 number, but we would

like readers' input to help us understand how to establish a service that would

be genuinely useful and readily available to those who would use it. Please let

us know your ideas about how best to structure the service, any resources you

think we should know about, and whether you have interest in volunteering your

expertise. You may answer in cassette, in print, or by phone to Mr. Anthony

Cangelosi at Brooks Communications, 240 Sand Springs Road, Williamstown, MA

01267; (413) 458-8030. We look forward to hearing from you.


     What is a Coloring Screen? A Coloring Screen is a simple, inexpensive item

which allows blind children to feel what they draw and color with a crayon. It

is made up of a piece of window screening which has been taped onto a sturdy

cardboard backing (no sharp edges). The child places an ordinary piece of

drawing paper on top of the screen, picks up a crayon, and- Presto-they have an

instant raised line drawing! When used for coloring it provides a pleasant bumpy

sensation along the arm of the young artist. Coloring Screens are great for kids

in the classroom, at home, in Sunday school, at a Brownie or Cub Scout troop

meeting, or anyplace a child would be drawing and coloring. Thanks to the

creative and volunteer efforts of Carol Castellano and her husband Bill Cucco,

the NFB Parents of Blind Children Division has some handmade Coloring Screens

which we can make available to parents and others. The screens come in two

sizes: 11"x14" ($5.00) and 14"x17" ($6.50). To order your coloring screen send

your request (please specify size) and a check or money order made out to

Parents of Blind Children, to: Coloring Screens, 23 Alexander Avenue, Madison,

NJ 07940. Screens will be mailed free matter for the blind. Proceeds from the

sale will benefit the Parents of Blind Children Division.

This information comes from the National Braille Press's Summer Catalog of

Exciting New Braille Products, 1991. To order a catalog write to: National

Braille Press, 88 St. Stephens Street, Boston, MA 02115. Telephone number (617)


     You Can Save The Planet:  As few books in the decade have ever done, 50

Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth empowers the individual to get up and

do something about global environmental problems. Did you know the junk mail

Americans receive in one day could produce enough energy to heat 250,000 homes?

Or that during a beach cleanup along 300 miles of Texas shoreline, 15,600

plastic six-pack rings were found in 3 hours? Do you know why six-pack holders

are dangerous to the planet? 50 Simple Things tells you exactly what to do to

solve these problems, quickly, inexpensively, and easily. You no longer have an

excuse: we have located and Brailled THE BOOK on the environment for you to

read-and it only costs $4.95. Christmas Carols: Remembering the first verse of a

favorite carol, like "Deck the hall with boughs of holly..." is easy. But what

about the second verse, and the third? If you would like your own Braille copy

of the words to 14 famous Christmas carols, then be sure to order our handy

carry-size booklet Christmas Carols for just $5. It includes Good Christian Men

Rejoice, 0 Little Town of Bethlehem, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night,

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, 0 Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, Joy to

the World, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Deck the Hall, and The Wassail Song.

We have been asked to print the following announcement.

     Seedlings Braille Books for Children's new 1992 catalog will be available

starting 9/1/91. Twenty exciting new selections have been added, bringing the

total number of books available in Braille to 144! Prices have not been raised

for the sixth straight year, and the average price is just $8.00 per book (which

is half of what it costs to produce the books) !The types of books offered range

from board books for infants, complete with print, Braille, pictures, and

textures, to the Newbery Award winner Number The Stars by Lois Lowry for 10 to

14 year olds. These books are always in stock-no back orders! Prompt shipping is

a high priority, but please order early to avoid the holiday rush!! To obtain a

catalog, just write to: Seedlings, P. O. Box 2395, Livonia, Michigan 48151-0395

or call (313) 427-8552.

Reprinted from Advocacy Services of South Dakota, July 1991.

     The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) was recently asked whether

local school districts could prohibit parents from tape-recording IEP meetings.

OSEP replied that the Department of Education does not have the authority to

require or prohibit use of tape recorders at IEP meeting because it is not

addressed in the regulations, but its informal view would permit their use. EHLR

213:127 (1988).OSEP noted that if the recording is made or used by school

officials, the recording itself would be an "educational record," and therefore

would be subject to the confidentiality requirements in both statutes and their

implementing regulations.

     OSEP further reviewed case law under the subject of right to privacy.

There, cases have held that the rights of a handicapped child and the child's

parents could be violated if school officials recorded an IEP meeting without

their permission. However, the privacy rights of school officials would not be

violated by tape-recording an IEP meeting because they are public officials

serving in an official capacity.

The following information comes from Exceptional Teaching Aids. To order a

catalog write to: Exceptional Teaching Aids, 20102 Woodbine Avenue, Castro

Valley, CA 94546; (415) 582-4859.

     Listen & Learn Farm Animals: Ages 6-36 months. Texas Instruments has taken

the sounds of farmyard animals and placed them in a bright yellow, talking ball.

The animal sounds activate automatically with the ball's motion and shut off

when baby is finished playing. This talking ball is designed for safety. It is

rugged and durable.

     Shellsorts: Students learn by manipulating these genuine shells. The kit

contains 48 real shells. This collection contains shells of 12 distinct types

and there are four shells of each type. Each set of four shells varies in size,

providing a wide variety of educational options. Included with this kit are

scientific facts about the shells and suggestions for educational applications

in areas such as Social Studies, Science, Arithmetic, Language, and Art.

     Software Available From Exceptional Teaching Aids: Word-TalkTM Exceptional

Teaching Aids provides some valuable extras for Word-Talk purchasers: l. Two

blank disks for data. 2. A print supplement with helpful information about

creating and using data disks. 3. A recorded cassette to help in creating data

disks. 4. A talking Apple User's Utility Disk-tips on its use are included on

the recorded cassette.

     Sensible SpellerTM Exceptional Teaching Aids provides a supplementary

step-by-step print guide and a taped tour of the program.

     Braille TalkTM allows you to send your Word-Talk files to a Braille

embosser. It knows regular Library of Congress formatting rules but is not

designed for complicated textbook Braille production.


We were recently asked to print the following information regarding a survey

conducted by the Rancho Rehabilitation Engineering Program, Project Threshold.

If you are interested in participating, please contact them at: 7601 E. Imperial

Hwy., 500 Hut, Downey, CA 90242; (213) 940-8116; FAX: (213) 803-6117.

     Dear Colleague:

     We need your help! We are trying to identify the families of children with

disabilities who have had technology recommended for them in the last two years.

A survey will be conducted with these consumers to determine their experiences

in obtaining funding. It is anticipated that the survey will take 30 minutes.

The results of the survey will be used in the development of a consumer guide to

funding assistive technology. This project is supported by the National

Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is part of the

Rehabilitation Engineering Center on Technology for Children with Orthopedic


     We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying families of children

who meet the following criteria: 0-21 years of age; have a physical, cognitive

and/or sensory disability; had technology recommended for them within last two

years regardless of whether or not they received it; the cost of the technology

was $500 or more.

     We are hoping to obtain information related to funding a variety of

technologies such as bath lifts, environmental control systems, computers and

communication devices.


We have been asked to print the following information about a new product from

Code-A- Vision, Inc., P. O. Box 10506, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060.

     Do-Dots are little clear plastic Braille buttons, one male, one female.

These snap together easily, and non-destructively, through hem, cuff, or collar.

One button tells the clothing design (light or dark, print, plaid, stripes or

plain). The other side has Braille symbols for 45 different colors. A

Braille-coded key to the abbreviations accompanies each packet.Do-Dots are

available in packages of 100 sets for $51.95 check or money order plus $4

shipping-handling (Florida residents add 6% sales tax.)


The following information is from the Pacesetter, June 1991.

     Attorney's fees-A court may award reasonable attorney's fees to parents or

guardians of a child with disabilities if they prevail in administrative

proceedings under the IDEA. This provision of the Handicapped Children's

Protection Act was upheld when the Supreme Court declined to review a case in

which a prevailing party brought a civil action solely to obtain attorney's


     Education beyond age 21-A school district may be required to educate a

child with disabilities beyond age 21 if it needs to make up for time lost

earlier in the child's life when the district failed to provide appropriate

education. This decision by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals was upheld

when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.

     The New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped will be holding its

ninth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28, 1991. The festival will

run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be held at the Library at 2300

Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey. This year's first speaker will be Jamie

Hilton who is the director of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and

Visually Impaired. She will speak about her agenda for the Commission in this

period of fiscal austerity. This is an excellent chance for people who use the

commission to meet her. In the afternoon the adults can sit back and listen to

the storytellers for Beauty and the Beast as they take us back to that wonderful

world of "Once upon a time....  Other activities will include exhibits by many

agencies, organizations, and companies providing services or selling aids for

use by blind or handicapped people; a demonstration by Seeing Eye Puppies; as

well as programs for children. For more information about the Fall Festival,

call (609) 530-3236 or call (800) 792-8322 (New Jersey only).

We recently received the following information from Eyes of Faith Ministries,

Kenneth E. Gould, Director.

     Dear Friends:

     These past few months we have been making some major decisions with regard

to our work for blind children and adults. We are happy to announce that our

board of directors has given its approval for our relocation next month to

Dallas, Texas.

     Please pass the following information along to your publications

department, as we would like to continue receiving regular mailings from you,

including Future Reflections. Also, you may have us listed in your resource

listings as a source for Christian education materials in Braille, including

textbooks required by private Christian schools and home-schools. Our permanent

address, effective June 15, is Post Office Box 743336, Dallas, Texas 75374-3336.

Our new phone number is (214) 669-1103.


We have been asked to share the following information.

     Descriptive Video Service (DVS) is a free service carried by PBS to make

television accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. DVS provides

narrated descriptions of a television program's key visual elements without

interfering with the program audio or dialogue. The narration describes visual

elements such as actions, settings, scene changes and body language.

     To receive DVS, a viewer must have either a stereo TV or a stereo VCR that

includes the Separate Audio Program (SAP) channel. SAP is a standard feature on

most new stereo televisions and video cassette recorders. Stereo TV decoders

that convert monaural TV sets to stereo with SAP also can be purchased through

some electronics stores and mail order companies. A viewer must also live within

range of a PBS station that carries DVS.

     For more information contact: Descriptive Video Service, WGBH, 125 Western

Avenue, Boston, MA 02134; (617) 492-2777 extension 3490.

This announcement appeared in the 1992 Seedlings Catalog.

     The Detroit Free Press' Gift of Reading Program will donate a Braille book

to any blind child in Michigan, ages 0-12. Please send the child's name,

address, age, reading level, and interest areas to Seedlings-Gift of Reading,

P.O. Box 2395, Livonia, Ml 48151-0395 by November 15, 1991, so that we can mail

the book in time for the December holidays!
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