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  1. Of GENERAL INTEREST to the Visually Impaired and Blind, Their Families and Their FriendsLinks of general interest
  2. Adaptive Computer Technology
    Adaptive Computer Technology, High and Low Tech equipment, Dealers, Catalogs and Webb pages
  3. medical and health care
  4. American Council Of The Blind's State and Special Interest Affiliates
  5. Games, Amusement, Sports and Fun
  6. For Grins and Giggles

Links of General Interest

Oregon Commission for the Blind
OMNI Media Networks
Blindskills, Inc.
AFB information center
Retinoblastoma Survivors listserv
Hooked On The Net Classified Ads

Oregon Commission for the Blind

For over 50 years, the Oregon Commission for the Blind has been a resource for visually impaired Oregonians, as well as their families, friends, and employers.
They have nationally recognized programs and staff that make a difference in people´s lives every day.
Their vision is to achieve full inclusion of visually impaired people in society. Towards this aim, they help people make informed choices about their individual goals and plans. These aspirations ultimately lead to successful employment, independent living, and social self-sufficiency.
The Oregon Commission for the Blind home page

OMNI Media Networks

"OMNI" is a public benefit non-profit organization providing:

Listen to the Oregon School for the Blind and the Oregon Commission for the Blind's Internet radio stations.

OMNI Media Networks home page


Blindskills, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation, based in Salem, Oregon, that publishes DIALOGUE, a magazine written specifically for persons who are blind or are experiencing sight loss.

Each issue of DIALOGUE contains ideas and solutions intended to enhance our readers' quality of life. Articles cover a wide range of subject matter, including adjustment techniques, mobility, employment, independence, health, technology, cuisine, student issues, sports and recreation. Short pieces of fiction and poetry, submitted by our readers, are spotlighted in each issue. DIALOGUE contains a vast resource section of products and services to aid the visually impaired in all aspects of life.

DIALOGUE is published quarterly, in four formats: braille, large print, 4-track cassette tape and IBM Compatible diskette

Phone: (800) 860-4224
Blind skills home page

Email Blindskills, Inc.

American Foundation for the Blind Information Center

AFB information center
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 1-800-AFB-LINE
Email the AFB
The AFB home page
AFB Headquarters
Phone: (212) 502-7600
>Email AFB Headquarters

Career city Career city offers job listings, a host of tips, regional slants, and strategies for job seekers.
For more information visit Home page for career city seeks to empower people in the disability community, including their families, friends, co-workers, and caregivers. We consider people living with a disability to be adaptive not physically challenged or handicapped. If you're seeking disability information and disability technology (such as universal design, accessible design, and assistive technology), disability research, services for people with disabilities, or assistive devices and products for disabled people, is the resource of choice.
Half the Planet Home page

"There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them."(Unknown)

the aging eye

A web site aimed at the diseases of the aging eye, more specifically Glaucoma, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, & Dry Eye Syndrome, as well as a resource for Low Vision.

agingeye web page

Skydive, you just might like it!

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness is to fund the research that will discover the causes, treatments, preventive methods and cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
The web site for the Foundation is:
The Foundation Fighting Blindness home page

Retinoblastoma Survivors listserv

Co list owner, Lori M. Miller
A listserv for Retinoblastoma survivors and their families. The listserv for Retinoblastoma is a global support group. They have a great mix of survivors, families and friends. A lot of the members are parents of newly diagnosed children of Retinoblastoma. This is a listserv for survivors to address particular long term issues that may accompany life after Retinoblastoma.

To subscribe send a message to:
a href=> To subscribe
In the text of the message type: subscribe rb-survivors and your name.


Hooked On The Net Classified Ads is a free web site designed especially with the blind community in mind, although anyone may post or respond to ads on the site.
The purpose of the site is to provide a central location where anyone with a "pre-owned" item for sale can post a free ad and anyone seeking "good deals" can freely browse the offerings.
Every effort has been made to make both the posting and viewing of ads simple, straight forward and speech friendly.
Best of all, it's FREE!

> The address for the web site is: Hooked On The Net Classified Ads

Regards, Jeff < Jeff@HookedOnThe.Net> - ICQ UIN: 736807 Training, Web Hosting and Design http://www.HookedOnThe.Net

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"I just had an idea that went right over my head (unknown)"

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional (bumper sticker)

Adaptive Computer Technology

AccessAbility, Inc.

Bill Belew

AccessAbility, Inc home page

Phone (voice): (541) 488-3324
Fax: (541) 488-5280


HandiWorks, a world leader in products for the blind and visually impaired, is proud to introduce the ultimate custom cases for electronic notetakers including:
the Braille Note & Voice Notes (BT & QT)!

If desired, an additional accessory case is available which will accommodate the accessories perfectly.
For example, you can store your Braille/Voice Note charger, Super Disk power chord, serial cable, super Disks, and other accessories comfortably!
When attached, the accessory case extends downward maintaining the slim contour of the case.
The case enhances the appearance and functionality of your unit and it is worth every penny.
Of course, the case has a money back guarantee!
For more information call:
818 261-8666
800 331-6123
handiworks home page

Ostrich Software

Ostrich Software, maker of Road Runner, the only handheld text-to-speech reader. Using Road Runner and the supplied headphones, you can listen to electronic text files without being connected to a PC. Road Runner holds about 2000 pages of text (up to 3 megabytes of data) and can read continuously for up to 40 hours using two AA batteries.

Now Available!!
At the suggestion of our customers, Ostrich Software has created a Talking Bible. This special edition of Road Runner contains either the King James, American Standard, or New American Standard Bible pre-loaded. The user interface is specifically designed to navigate easily by verse, chapter, or book. If you're interested, please contact us or send us an email at:
>Talking Bible

See the Road Runner

the more I see People, the better I like my dog. (unknown)

GW Micro Inc.

This Fort Wayne, Indiana based, adaptive software company, produces the most reliable and rock solid screen reader in the world for Windows 9x and Me.

Window-Eyes 4.0 introduces the most flexible, configurable, and responsive software for people who are blind allowing them to both listen to and feel all the wonders available through personal computers.

Control a Mac

Two questions:
how does a user access the screen if they are blind and the other is how does a user control a Mac without a mouse.
If the user is totally blind, then there is only one real product. This is outSpoken from Alva.
Look at this web page for more information:outSpoken
This program is a little expensive but provides screen reading through speech and also keyboard control of the mouse. It also works with the most recent Mac operating system.
Now, if the user only needs keyboard control and can see the screen with magnification or with CloseView (which is a screen magnfication program included with the MacOS), then Easy Access is a control panel. Easy Access lets the user move and click the mouse with the number pad to the right of the keyboard.

Ferguson Enterprises

104 Anderson Ave.
Manchester, SD. 57353-5702
Sales only: Toll-Free: 866-459-4506
Technical Support: 605-546-2366
Fax: 605-546-2212
Email Ferguson Enterprises
Ferguson Enterprises web site


Create your own braille business cards the easy way with The Impressor (TM) from the American Printing House for the Blind.

Have you ever been frustrated with the time-consuming and tedious task of creating braille business cards? Wouldn't you benefit from a device that allows for quick and easy brailling of your business cards right at your own desk?

The Impressor from the American Printing House for the Blind is the answer!

The Impressor is a sturdy, all-metal device that is similar to the stamp used by notary publics. The Impressor allows you to emboss up to four lines of braille on your business card with a single squeeze of its handle. The die which embosses braille on your card is custom-made to your specifications, with the exact information you wish to give to your clients.

The Impressor combines the following features in a rugged hand-held embosser:
Easy to use: simply insert a standard 3 1/2 x 2 inch business card into the embosser and squeeze and your card is brailled instantly.
Quality metal construction Includes an attractive acrylic base for one-hand operation.
Can emboss up to 4 lines of 13 braille cells each.
Custom-made from your business card
Measures 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches

To Order:
Call our friendly Customer Service staff toll-free at 1-800-223-1839
The Impressor: 1-03380-00, NOT AVAILABLE ON QUOTA

Revising Your Impressor
If the information on your business card changes, you can easily revise your Impressor. Simply ship the unit back to us, including written instructions on the changes you wish to have made. We will use your revised information to create a new set of metal braille plates and attach them to your Impressor embossing pads. A completely revised and ready-to-use Impressor will then be shipped back to you.
The Impressor Customer Revision: 1-03380-01, NO QUOTA

the screen magnifiers homepage

AiSquared, makers of the screen magnifiers ZoomText Xtra and BigShot Software, has announced a new product VisualScan. VisualScan is a product design for the visually-impaired to view and read printed material by scanning it. The scanned material can be magnified up to 100 times on the computer screen. VisualScan includes automatic reading features and an easy way to fill out printed forms on the computer.

AiSquared is also working on VocalScan. VocanScan will add speech to VisualScan so that visually-impaired people can listen to their printed material by scanning it.

For more details about VisualScan Visit the screen magnifiers homepage at: the screen magnifiers homepage

Descriptive Narration for the Blind

These Descriptive videos ARE PRODUCED IN The Caption Center at WGBH and ARE described by WGBH's Descriptive Video Service (DVS).
Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical were developed by WGBH's Motion Picture Access Project or MoPix, a project of the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). We are working to make more films available with closed captions and video descriptions in more venues.
WGBH/Media Access Group, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
Phone: 617 300-3400
TTY: 617 300-2489
Email the WGBH/Media Access Group
WGBH/Media Access Group
WGBH/Media Access Group

Lighthouse International

As set out by its founders in 1905, and reaffirmed by the Board of Directors, December 14, 1995, the mission of Lighthouse International is: To enable people of all ages to overcome vision impairment through worldwide leadership in vision rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy.
Extending regionally, nationally and internationally, the above mission is accomplished through: Providing rehabilitation services that encompass the full continuum of vision impairment from partial sight to blindness. Employing trained vision rehabilitation professionals, Lighthouse direct services promote productivity, independence and inclusion in school, the workplace and community.
Keeping Lighthouse consumers, their families, professionals and the general public informed about all issues related to vision impairment across the life span, including prevention, treatment, research and rehabilitation.
Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1202
Phone: 212 821-9200
(800) 829-0500
TTY (212) 821-9713
If you would like more information on low vision, vision rehabilitation or Lighthouse International programs, please E-mail link Email for more information on low vision, vision rehabilitation or Lighthouse International programs
The Lighthouse

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Your source for accurate and timely AMD information on the Internet, presented by the Macular Degeneration Partnership.
the Macular Degeneration Partnership

Freedom Scientific

St. Petersburg, Florida; October 30, 2000. Freedom Scientific, Inc., a leader in assistive technology products for people with sensory impairments and learning disabilities announced today that it will be extending its technical support hours effective October 30, 2000. Customers needing support can now call until 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time for all of the company's software and hardware product lines.
Customers needing Software Technical Support should call 727-803-8600 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time for JAWS for Windows, MAGic, OPENBook and WYNN.
The Hardware Technical Support hotline for VERA, Note-Takers, Braille Displays, Braille Embossers and all other Blazie products is 561-223-6443 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
On-line help is also available at: Freedomscientific

Accessible Games

Accessible Games are Windows 95/98 games designed specifically for blind and visually impaired computer users. At this time, the games on this site are compatible with JFW version 3.3 or higher and Window-Eyes version 3.1 or higher.
Here is a list of the games now available.
Accessible Word Scramble, Accessible Battleship, Accessible BlackJack, Accessible FreeCell, Accessible Memory, Accessible Simon, Accessible WordPlay And Accessible Yahtzee
These games are lots of fun. Give them a try.
If you have any questions, comments, or need technical support, contact me at: ">Email Games for the Blind

Games for the blind home page

The Matilda Ziegler Magazine

The Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind, a lively and entertaining monthly that reprints articles covering a wide range of interests from the foremost newspapers and periodicals. These articles cover health, travel, nature, personalities, history, science, music, sport; you name it!
Editors at the Ziegler scan four national newspapers a day and over 30 magazines a month, selecting from them the articles that eventually will be reprinted in the Ziegler.

The Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind circulates throughout the world and is published in two formats: Grade 2 braille and four-track, half-speed cassette.
There is no print or diskette edition. The magazine was founded in New York in 1907 by Mrs. William Ziegler, and is maintained by her endowment for free distribution to legally blind people.
To order a subscription, contact:
Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
80 Eighth Avenue, Room 1304
New York, NY 10011

Phone: 212-242-0263 or FAX at: 212-633-1601
The ziegler magazine
Email The ziegler magazine

Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA is a national nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. Disabled Sports USA now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent physical disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.

Disabled Sports USA

Christiansen Designs

Have you checked Christiansen Designs?
"If you thought Braille was just for people who are blind, you might want to take another look. features new products from our popular collection of Braille jewelry - groundbreaking designs in cuff bracelets, rings with standard phrases or special orders.

We can now support your fundraising initiatives with substantial discounts on bulk orders. We have several items particularly suited to this. our Braille key rings or our "Read For Fun" Book Pins for example. We will be happy to quote you.
email us at Email Christiansen Designs
or call us at (802) 649-2925
or write to us at Christiansen Designs, P.O. Box 583, Hanover, NH 03755
Braille jewelry by Christiansen Designs

Young Opportunities, Inc.

Ted Young

Young Opportunities sells computer and adaptive technology for disabled persons, and consults on computer and employment related matters for the blind and visually impaired.
They are located in Glenside, PA 19038.
Their phone number is 215-572-5882.
Email Young Opportunities, Inc.
Ted Young's home page

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Health Tips and News

The Straight Dope On Food, Health and Exercise

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it.  Everything wears out eventually.  Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster.  Want to live longer?  Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?  A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies.  What does a cow eat?  Hay and corn.  And what are these?  Vegetables.  So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.  Need grain?  Eat chicken.

Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).  And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable slop.

Q: Is beer or wine bad for me?  A: Look, it goes to the earlier point about fruits and vegetables.  As we all know, scientists divide everything in the world into three categories: animal, mineral, and vegetable.  We all know that beer and wine are not animal, and they are not on the periodic table of elements, so that only leaves one thing, right?  My advice: Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?  A: Well, if you have a body, and you have body fat, your ratio is one to one.  If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: At the gym, a guy asked me to "spot" for him while he did the bench press.  What did he mean?  A: "Spotting" for someone means you stand over him while he blows air up your shorts.  It's an accepted practice at health clubs; though if you find that it becomes the ONLY reason why you're going in, you probably ought to reevaluate your exercise program.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?  A: Can't think of a single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No Pain-No Pain.

Q: If I stop smoking, will I live longer?  A: Nope.  Smoking is a sign of individual expression and peace of mind.  If you stop, you'll probably stress yourself to death in record time.

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?  A: You're not listening.  Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil.  In fact, they're permeated in it.  How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: What's the secret to healthy eating?  A: Thicker gravy.

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?  A: Definitely not!  When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger.  You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about trying to live a longer and healthier life.

Living by these guidelines will take 10 years off your life.  Which may not be all that bad considering it would be the last 10 years, which aren't that great, anyway. 




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This page started on October 29, 2000 by John A. Fleming
Last updated on November 4, 2001

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