Text Books & Other Materials for Print Impaired Students

Here's an exciting announcement from Bookshare: They now serve over 150,000 student members & have over 125,000 books in their collection. Of these, 80,000 are educational titles that continue tostream into the library from publishers, as well as hundreds of student textbook requests that are fulfilled every month!

These major milestones have been achieved a year ahead of schedule as part of the 5-year Bookshare for Education (B4E) award from the U.S. Department of Education,Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

To this end, Benetech, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, has received a new 1-year award from OSEP for a project called Leveraging Impact Through Technology (LIT).

Online Exercise/Nutrion Program

The National Center for Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) offers a free personalized, online physical activity and nutrition program for people of all abilities. NCPAD’s “14 Weeks to a Healthier You” offers individualized exercise and nutrition recommendations based on your preferences and abilities, plus online or telephone support. It’s like having your own personal trainer at home! The NCPAD motto is “Exercise is for Every body." They believe that everyone can benefit from a personalized exercise routine.

A Doctor's Assessment of Alcoholism

Doctor Herbert Malinoff, MD, shares his view of alcoholism as presented in the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous & updated with the neurobiology of addictive illness. Taking place Tuesday, November 15th at the SJMH Education Center from 7:30-9:00 PM. This is part of a free, ongoing Dawn Farm Education Series.

I'll Go If You Go.....

The U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center and The Prostate Net invite you to attend I’ll Go If You Go, an education program for men and women. This will be held Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti. All are welcome. Topics will include breast cancer, prostate cancer, nutrition, and intimacy. This event is free and includes brunch. To register: Call 734.998.7071 or 1.888.477.6763 or you can visit this page & complete the registration form.

Digital Talking Book Machine Firmware Update

The National Library Service Materials Development Division modifies the Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM) software from time to time to correct faults, improve usability, or to add additional features. The latest player firmware update was made on October 24, 2011. This is version 2.1.7.
WLBPD patrons with DTBMs can upgrade players to the latest software in the following manner:

Obtain the latest software from the NLS web site.

Extract (unzip) this file onto a cartridge or USB drive so that the directory "upgrade" appears in the "root" directory of the drive.

Turn on the player.

Insert the cartridge or USB drive containing the software.

The player will announce "Upgrading your player's software."

Wait until the upgrade is complete and the player restarts (about 10 seconds), then remove the cartridge.

The upgrade will only occur if the player's version is older than the version of the software on the cartridge; reinserting the cartridge will not repeat the upgrade.

If you're having trouble, you can find print and audio tutorials for this upgrade on the BARD Talk website.

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Among other month-long observations, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that results in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. You can learn more about dyslexia by visiting the International Dyslexia Association website. A person diagnosed with dyslexia could be eligible for services from the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled. This would provide them with a Digital Book Player at no charge & access to thousands of books available on digital cartridges. There are also well over 20,000 books and 40 magazines available for download from BARD, the Braille and Audio Reading Download; and many other supplemental services are available too. So that ALL may read!

Living with Low Vision Support Group

Join the Living with Low Vision group each month at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Each meeting features a guest speaker or an activity for individuals with low vision. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The October 12th meeting will feature Dan Furton from the Michigan Commission for the Blind. If you have questions, contact Gale Oren at (734) 763-9468 or goren@umich.edu.

Thirty Years Without Sight

Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL welcomes Gerald Rickert, who has been dealing with blindness for 30 years (since the age of 17) to discuss the interesting turns his life has taken and his many accomplishments. The talk on Tues., Oct. 4 will cover his education, work experiences, owning a business, travel, sports and helping visually impaired people use adaptive technology. He practices his hard won skills with veterans through his job at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, and is working to start a local bowling league especially for people who are blind.

Gerald Rickert | Malletts Creek Branch | Tues., October 4 | 7-8:30 pm

Housing Access for Washtenaw County

One of the agencies that's been instrumental in housing & services to the homeless in Washtenaw County for decades, SOS Community Services, will be closing from September 21st -September 30th. When the doors re-open they will be called Housing Access For Washtenaw County. This means the Food Pantry at SOS will close on Tuesday September 27th and will resume Tuesday October 4th under its new name, Housing Access for Washtenaw County. We will keep you posted as more details are announced.

Focus on Native Americans

The National Library Service added several titles to its Native American collection, which includes works by Native American authors as well as folklore, history, mythology and fiction. Titles are for both younger & adult readers. Many are available in both our aadl and WLBPD collection or in Large Print, too. You can find items tagged as Native American in aadl's catalog. The more items tagged, the more points to score for the Summer Reading Game!

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