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Braille Bibles International

We are pleased to announce several new audio Bibles for the Blind. We will now start providing the Bible on digital cartridges for the NLS Digital Talking Book Player. The NLS player is a great device with more books and magazines becoming available every day. We will offer both the King James Version and the New Living Translation on a cartridge. These cartridges with the Bible will be offered free of any charge. This is a great free option for your clients. Please do not request them for your clients until they have the player. Players can be requested though your state Library for the Blind. We recommend getting the advanced player as it has better navigation functions for moving from book to book and chapter to chapter in the Bible. We are also adding two versions to our Pocket Bible selection. We will now have King James Version, New King James Version, New American Standard and New Living Translation. However due to many considerations we will begin asking for a $35 donation for all pocket Bibles. We will be dropping the CD Bible altogether, but still have a few left so if you have a client that insists on CD’s call us to see if we still have one. They will be $35 as well. All of these changes have made it necessary to redo our applications. We have created one application to request all of our Bibles in Braille, Large Print and Audio. The updated application enclosed and we will no longer accept the old application beginning July 1, 2012. Please click here for the instructions and the application form. Please advise your clients and all staff members of these changes. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
In His Service,

Craig A. Leeds, President
P.S. In the future we would like to do more of our correspondence with you via email, if you have an email address, please email it to us at info@braillebibles.org.
Braille Bibles International
Post Office 378
Liberty, Mo 64069-0378
(800)522-4253
www.BrailleBibles.org

~ Glenda Anderson, AIDB Technology Trainer, Huntsville Region

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Welcome to Fleksy from AppleVis the most recent Addition to the App Directory)

http://www.applevis.com/ios-app-directory/productivity/fleksy

Fleksy is a state of the art text input system specifically designed for people with visual impairments. It is set to revolutionize the way people think about accessibility on mobile devices. For the first time ever, blind and visually impaired people can quickly and easily type text on the iPhone, almost the same way as sighted people do.

"It felt like it was reading your mind. Absolutely brilliant" - Mike May, blind Paralympic champion.
"This is truly amazing and I never thought I could type so fast on a onscreen keyboard. This app is a game changer" - David W.
You will soon be able to type at 25 words per minute or even more, including punctuation. It is a new experience and a leap forward in
accessibility for iPhone. Please excuse any hiccups! We already have updates to this app lined up including new features and improvements. However, due to popular demand, we release this version and will continue to update with new features on a regular basis.
Fleksy is complementary to Apple's VoiceOver technology. You need to make sure you have enabled the correct settings for VoiceOver for
the application to work as intended. Please make sure you follow the setup instructions below before trying to use the application for
the first time. Also please note the application is for blind and visually impaired users only and will not work if your iPhone is not set up with the correct accessibility settings.
Setup: You need to configure the Triple-click Home function of your device. To do this, go to Settings, General, Accessibility. The Triple-click Home setting is at the bottom of the Accessibility settings and should be set to "Toggle VoiceOver."
Usage: Once you've launched the app, triple- click the home button to start typing. Fleksy is a revolutionary way to type, specifically
designed for the visually impaired. To type, tap once lightly where you think each letter of the word roughly is; don't wait for the letter to be read back to you, just keep typing each letter of the word.
To type "bananas" for example, first tap approximately where you think the letter B is. That should be near the middle and bottom
part of the screen, and you only need to do a single tap. Don't worry about being too accurate. You will hear a clicking sound to
indicate that a keypress has been registered. Next tap where you think the letter A is. That should be on the left part of the screen, and somewhat higher than your previous tap. Continue tapping the rest of the letters N A N A S to form the word "bananas." Once you are done, perform a right swipe gesture to indicate a space. The system will automatically correct your input and read out the word that you typed. To type your next word, you simply start tapping on the next letters as described. Make sure to spell words correctly and try to avoid
accidental taps. If the suggestion was not right first time, you can swipe up and down to navigate between some alternative suggestions. Or swipe left to delete the last word you entered and enter a different one.
Fleksy has more functions for entering punctuation marks, typing custom words (such as names), and includes innovative ways to help you type easily. Make sure you read the instructions contained within the app.
Finally, if you are posting a review, please consider that Fleksy is optimized to be used by blind people. Some functionality is going to seem unusual if you are a sighted user.
Patents pending.
Version1.0.1 Free or Paid compatibility This is a native iPhone and iPod Touch app that is displayed in 2x mode on an iPad Device(s). App
was tested on iPhone 4 Accessibility
Comments: There's only one word to
describe this app, and that's amazing.
I've still got no idea how it works, but the fact that it does is probably all that I need to know.
In terms of accessibility, this needs to have VoiceOver disabled.
So, simply triple-click the home button, type what you need to (the app gives you all the audio feedback that you need), and when done turn VoiceOver back on again.
VoiceOver Performance: VoiceOver reads all page elements.
Button Labeling: All buttons are clearly labeled.
Usability: The app is fully accessible without the use of VoiceOver
Link to Fleksy in the App Store: Visit developer web site

~ Glenda Anderson, AIDB Technology Trainer, Huntsville Region

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NEW Adaptive tools

Turn iPad 3 into CCTV with EyeSight App
Magnification Goes Mobile

http://www.assistivetechnology.about.com
/od/PortableVideoMagnifiers/fr
/Turn-Ipad-3-Into-Cctv-With-Eyesight-App.htm

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One Number gets it all!

For time, temperature and traffic all over the U.S., call 1-800-555-8355.


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GWSkype

GW Micro has created a simple, elegant, fully accessible interface to Skype which is designed with the visually impaired community in mind.
Having full control of the user interface also means that unlike the official Skype client, GWSkype's interface will not dramatically change from version to version. When you learn how to use GWSkype today, you can be confident that your knowledge will continue to apply in the future as new versions are released.

Why GWSkype?
GWSkype will always make the Skype service available to blind and visually impaired computer users regardless of new versions of Skype that are released. GWSkype is a demonstration of the power of interfacing with Window-Eyes. *All blind and visually impaired users who are running Windows can use GWSkype at no cost. Even those consumers not running Window-Eyes can still download and use GWSkype. GWSkype costs nothing. It is available for free at http://www.gwmicro.com/apps/GWSkype

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Good demo for iphone 4s users

There is a good mp3 demo of iphone 4s with good siri demo. Go to:
http://www.accessibleworld.org/content/demonstration-ipone-4s

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Braille Greeting Cards


The Library of Congress has prepared the list that appears below with contact information for organizations that make braille greeting cards available. Local associations serving people who are blind and visually impaired may also offer braille greeting cards. These organizations are listed in AFB's "Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada." For referral information to a local agency for the blind in your community or to order AFB's "Directory of Services," contact AFB's Information Center at 1-800-232-5463.

-  Hallmark and American Greeting Corporation also sell tactile and braille greeting cards, which are available in many retail stores.

-  American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.,
P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206-0085 Telephone: 800-223-1839 Fax: 502-899-2274 E-mail: info@aph.org Web site: http://www.aph.org

-  Braille Transcription Project of Santa Clara County, Inc.
101 North Bascom Avenue San Jose, CA95128 Telephone: 408-298-4468

-  Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL)
38 Beverly Road, Great Neck, NY11021-1330 Telephone: 516-466-9143

-  Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL60093-0299 Telephone: 847-446-8111 Telephone: 800-323-4238

-  Prophecy Designs
P.O. Box 84, Round Pond, MA04564 Telephone: 207-529-5318

-  Shadows in the Dark
22615 Mathis Rd, San Antonio, TX78264 Telephone: 210-621-2070
E-mail: info@shadowsinthedark.com Web site: www.shadowsinthedark.com

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For great Braille gifts for men, women and children go to:

http://www.braillegifts.com/site/881220/page/1898837

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Serotek is giving all Veterans with visual impairments lifetime memberships in the System Access Mobile Network, and is setting up dedicated forums for blinded veterans to share resources there:
http://www.serotek.com/why-serotek

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Blind English speaking adults can earn $120 for taking part in a 4-8 hour online survey being conducted at MIT. For information email:
saxelab.surveys@gmail.com

From Fred's Head, we learn about Open Culture, a site with lots of free courses, lectures, audio books, language courses, and more: http://www.openculture.com/

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The Jobs for the Blind blog is a name that speaks for itself:
http://jobsfortheblindblog.com/

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Richard Baldwin is looking for screen reader users to test the latest version of his drawing program for the blind, SVGDraw01 with AudioTac. It now works with NVDA, and he wants to know how it works with other screen readers:
http://www.austincc.edu/baldwin/SWT-SVG/SVGDraw01.zip

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Jackie McBride will offer a two-hour $50 online class on building a web site using Wordpress, to take place on 13 January, 2012 at 20:00 GMT. A Q&A session will follow the class, and students will receive a written textbook as well. Only ten students will be accepted in this class, but Jackie will probably offer additional sessions if there is sufficient interest, and may sell her textbook separately as well, so if you may have any interest in building a web site, this is an excellent resource. E-mail:
abletec@gmail.com