Sunday April 20, 2014
AFB Press, a division of the American Foundation for the Blind, will soon release Basic Spanish for Orientation and Mobility: a Phrase Book and Dictionary, edited by Brenda J. Naimy and Matthew W. Hogel.
The manual arranges step-by-step lessons side-by-side in English and Spanish to help orientation and mobility professionals -- whose clients often vary in age, ethnicity, and cultural background -- teach blind and visually impaired persons who speak Spanish as their primary language.
Early purchasers can save $5 on the print and e-book editions through April 28th by ordering from the AFB Bookstore. The book is also available via subscription or as an ASCII file from AFB as well as Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and iTunes.
For updates on the book's release, visit AFB's Facebook page for excerpts and contests to win free copies.
Sunday April 13, 2014
Getting the most from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped means keeping up with what's going on at your network library -- many of which maintain blogs.
I got an email from the New Hampshire Talking Book Library yesterday about their blog. I liked it. In addition to information on services and how to use technologies -- such as the new BARD Mobile app -- I found a great list of digital Talking Books on baseball.
I loved seeing those book lists back in the days of their print newsletter. I look forward to more appearing on their blog.
I realized how much NLS material I get online now. I download books and magazines from the BARD site, transfer them to a blank cartridge, and listen to them on a Digital Talking Book Player.
I'm glad the library is still working on ways to improve service as the technology evolves.
Thursday April 10, 2014
Central Access Reader (CAR) is a free text-to-speech program designed for students with print disabilities (e.g. dyslexia and visual impairment) that deciphers mathematical notations, equations, and symbols that most screen readers do not support.
The app recognize symbols from geometry and trigonometry, linear algebra, calculus, math, logic, or statistics and has attracted the attention of schools across the country, including MIT and Harvard.
CAR runs on both Mac machines and PCs. Download a free copy on the CAR project website.
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Do you need help hearing what's going on in class, at the dinner table, or what someone in the front seat says during your morning commute? If you're and iOS user, soundAMP R may be the solution.
This app ($4.99 or $0.99 for a "Lite" version) amplifies sounds collected by the built-in mic on an iPhone or iPod touch while you listen in using your earbuds.
It can't amplify phone calls or music, but may give you that little extra bit of volume needed to hear airport announcements, TV dialogue, or what's going on at the table behind you.