American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections Special Issue: The Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
Do You Dream in Color?
The National Federation of the Blind, in collaboration with the filmmakers, is proud to present Do You Dream in Color? A new, critically acclaimed documentary about blind youth and the educational and societal challenges they face. The film, directed by Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy, is available through video-on-demand platforms from Uncork'd Entertainment, and public screenings are being planned. Do You Dream in Color? is a poignant coming-of-age story that captures the inspired journeys of four courageous teens as they strive to achieve their goals: to be a sponsored skateboarder, to travel the world, to become a rock star, and to be the first family member to graduate from high school. Their stories shine a provocative light on the social and institutional obstacles faced by blind people and what it takes to surmount these barriers.
New Books on Technology
National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen St.
Boston, MA 02115
Microsoft Outlook Keystroke Compendium
Information in this book applies to Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook 2007. Use Outlook to manage email, set and assign tasks, schedule meetings, and more, all using keyboard shortcuts.
Android Commands and Settings: A Reference Guide for Eyes-Free Users
by Ana Garza
Ana Garza's reference guide of Android commands with brief explanations assumes that you already know how to use Android, but may occasionally need help remembering an accessibility command or setting.
The Mac Sierra Operating System: A Brief Overview of What's New
by Janet Ingber
Getting Started with the iPhone and IOS 10: Step-by-Step Instructions for Blind Users
by Anna Dresner
The new edition of NBPs souped-to-nuts tutorial for beginners.
All of these new books are available for purchase in Braille and electronic formats.
No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
by Buddy Levy and Erik Weihenmayer
Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press, 2017
The first blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Erik Weihenmayer, continues his saga of adventure in this new memoir. He describes a mountain-climbing expedition with a group of blind Tibetan teens, the founding of No Barriers U.S.A., and his daring kayak adventure through the Grand Canyon.
Impaired, but Empowered: A Memoir of Faith, Fortitude and Fortune
by Walter Ashby
UP-Words Press, 2017
Blind since early childhood, Walter Ashby defied the expectations of most of the people around him, who were convinced he would never amount to anything. Today Ashby is a financial advisor, and he has held several positions within the FDIC. In this memoir he recounts his story of struggle and achievement.
My Most Wondermous Crepen
by Judi Piscitello
Westbow Press, 2017
Available in auditory and Braille formats
In this memoir Judi Piscitello celebrates the life of her husband, who was blind from birth. Charlie Piscitello was a successful musician and later became a dedicated pastor. Drawing upon Charlie's letters and personal essays, Piscitello describes Charlie's work as a pastor and his role as an advocate for people with disabilities.
Contact: Christine Chaikin, (808) 747-1006
Insightful Publications offers a series of state handbooks listing services, organizations, and other resources for the blind and visually impaired. These screen-reader-friendly handbooks are designed for consumers and professionals. Currently handbooks exist for Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Texas.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy's Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) of the US Department of Labor has launched a new informational website. From the latest changes in Section 508 to progress around Section 501, the regulatory landscape around accessible information and communications technology is ever evolving. To help employers, employees, and technology providers understand the latest federal regulatory developments, PEAT has launched “Policy Matters,” a centralized resource that covers what's happening in the world of accessible technology-related public policy. Featuring plain-language articles, policy briefs, and analyses, “Policy Matters” explores how key policy developments apply to the workplace.