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Voice of the Nation's Blind Articles

Seal of Disapproval  4/26/2006
We recently received a note from one Debbie Bacon. She wrote to tell us of further developments following from the attempted removal of a baby boy from the home of Marco and Adalina Zepeda, as reported in the January 2005 issue of VNB.

As of April 11, 2006, the process of creating and managing Google accounts is mostly accessible to the blind thanks to the implementation of audio captchas.

Mr. Leventhal works with IBM on creating a standard that will allow newer, more advanced languages and platforms for the creation of Web content, such as dynamic HTML and AJAX, to include accessibility for the blind. He graciously agreed to an interview via email to talk about his exciting work and the future of Web accessibility for the blind.

From March 22-25, 2006, the twenty-first annual Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, sponsored by the Center on Disabilities at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), was held in Los Angeles. VNB was at the conference and on hand to check out all of the new technologies and important topics related to accessibility for the blind.

Trials of a Genius  4/26/2006
As C. Michael Mellor, editor emeritus of the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind, points out in his new biography of the man who gave the blind the gift of literacy, Louis Braille was born within weeks of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, yet he never achieved the fame of these other luminaries, either during his lifetime, as they did, or afterwards.

A Mentor of Mine  2/17/2006
In my life there have been many mentors that have had a profound impact on my life. One of them was Evangeline Larson, 'Vangie,' who was more than a friend and a teacher. A member of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota for many years, she knew what a mentor truly was.

Grice's third book of tactile astronomical images, Touch the Sun: A NASA Braille Book, has just been released through a cooperative effort among the National Federation of the Blind, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Joseph Henry Press, and the newly formed VIEW International Foundation, which specializes in the production of books with tactile graphics.

On the surface, the popular Web search engine Google seems to be completely accessible to those of us who are blind. Once you try to access Google's more advanced services and functions, however, you'll run into the bugaboo that has been stalking blind Internet users in one form or another for some time now.

The most popular site for downloading digital audio titles is This site carries a wide variety of books, from the latest bestsellers to contemporary fiction, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, and children's books. A wide range of nonfiction titles like biographies, how-to and self-help books, history, and more is also available.

Nothing has helped me be the person I am today more than the mentors I've had along the way. Some have been encouraging and have said 'follow your dreams.' Others have said, 'Go beyond your wildest dreams and be surprised at what you can accomplish.' But a very important few have said something infinitely more important: 'You'll never do big things if you keep considering the normal things you do to be extraordinary and looking for praise when you do them.'

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