Flying Blind, LLC E-News - Volume 13
Current Information on the Adaptive Technology Industry
is always available on the Flying Blind, LLC Website at:
Welcome to another jam-packed newsletter full of lots of exciting information about Flying Blind, LLC related products and services.
We trust you had a great summer and are enjoying the final three months of 2008. In this edition of the Flying Blind, LLC Newsletter we introduce you to a company who is providing thousands of electronic images of tactual graphics as well as some strategies for producing these graphics as hard copies.
We showcase the new Alva Braille Controller in this installment of our EyePod TechnoCast, and we provide you with some details on Flying Blind, LLC’s first ever webinar designed to guide non-profit organizations through the process of obtaining ear-marked Federal Funding to support the services they offer. We also have some excellent bargains in our E-Blink Showcase.
So make yourself comfortable. We hope that you will enjoy reading and listening to all that we have put together for you in this Volume of the Flying Blind, LLC Newsletter. As always, please feel free to e-mail me directly with comments, questions, or suggestions.
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
President and Founder
Flying Blind, LLC
VIEW International Foundation http://www.viewinternational.org
In this edition of the FB-Eye Spotlight, we introduce you to VIEW International Foundation, Your Source For Tactual Graphics.
VIEW International Foundation is pleased to make available a large number of tactile diagrams developed for use by college students. Initially this collection was only available on CDs. Schools may purchase all or part of the collection depending on their needs.
To utilize the files in this collection, a school must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader® software and a means for printing on and processing capsule paper. Schools and individuals can download the most current version of the free Adobe Reader® software here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.
There are 11,280 files in the complete collection. The complete collection is on ten CDs and sells for $259.00. Each individual CD will sell for $59.00. These prices include shipping and handling.
The CDs are designed to run as a CD based product, and no installation is needed. To utilize these diagrams, they must be printed on capsule paper which is then processed with a machine like the PIAF ("Pictures in a Flash" from http://www.quantumtechnology.com.au/piaf) that activates the paper producing a raised image. The list below shows the CDs available and the number of images on each CD.
VIEW International Foundation
230 Peach Tree Drive
West Monroe, LA 71291-8653
Phone: (318) 396-1853
Email: email@example.com (Start subject line with: "Tactile Diagrams".)
Please don’t forget to mention that you read about VIEW in the FB-Eye Spotlight!
Flying Blind, LLC is excited to offer you our very first Webinar, designed to provide decision-makers of non-profit agencies with invaluable direction for procuring monies to fund the services they offer to their communities.
The Webinar will be held on Monday, November 17th, 2008 at 4:00 PM EST. Flying Blind, LLC’s special guest speaker, who will lead the webinar, is none other than Liz Powell, Esq., MPH – Principal and Founder of G2G consulting, LLC (http://www.G2GConsulting.com).
G2G consulting, LLC provides government affairs, fundraising, public relations, event planning, grant writing, and economic development services for non-profits and businesses - taking all necessary actions to go from Government, to Growth. G2G includes a team of professionals with years of experience in government, politics, and grant writing, and a proven track record in delivering quantifiable results that meet clients' needs. G2G has secured 8 earmarks (federal funding) for 9 clients in the Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations process that totals over $10 million (as of 9/24/07).
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to join us on-line for this complimentary workshop. More information about login details will be forthcoming within the next few weeks. And, Flying Blind, LLC plans to make webinars such as this available to you on a regular basis, so please feel free to e-mail us your suggestions regarding future webinar topics.
In this installment of our EyePod Technocast, we give you a tour of the Alva Braille Controller, it’s product philosophy, and its many different functionalities and uses.
The name Alva is to Braille displays what Mercedes is to automobiles, and this sixth generation of Alva’s product offering surpasses its first five stellar efforts by far. Come join Larry Lewis as he gives an in depth overview of:
The Alva Braille Controller operating as a stand-alone notetaker
The Alva Braille Controller accessing Mobilespeak-equipped cellular phones
The Alva Braille Controllers “Alva Explorer” utility
The Alva Braille Controller as a USB storage device
The Alva Braille Controller’s direct U3 access to Windows,
And the Alva Braille Controller’s USB and wireless access to a PC.
This is a fairly lengthy podcast, but well worth the listen. For any comments or questions regarding this revolutionary approach to refreshable Braille access, please contact us either by telephone or e-mail.
You may click on, or forward, the following link to download Volume 6 of the EyePod TechnoCast in MP3 Format (40.0 MB @ 96Kbps) now:
Or you can subscribe to the EyePod TechnoCast Feed using the RSS link provided below. Enjoy!
Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to offer the following items in our E-Blink ShowCase, your source for affordable, refurbished equipment manufactured by this industry’s leaders.
If you have questions about, or are interested in purchasing any of the products listed below, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.
Flying Blind, LLC is offering free shipping on all of these E-Blink products within the Continental United States and accepts all major credit cards, PayPal transactions, and Bank Certified Checks.
Please note that all products are available only while supplies last, so hurry!
Manufactured by Quantum Technology, this is a fantastic Braille writing tool which introduces the blind student to the fundamental necessity for developing braille literacy skills by reinforcing Braille writing with digital audio output. And, it’s priced at a comparable price to its mechanical predecessor, the Perkins Brailler.
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This is a fantastic bargain for a tried and true 85 Cell Braille Terminal. This product is in excellent working condition and can be easily set up to run with today’s most popular screenreaders.
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Three BrailleConnect (VarioConnect) 12 Compact Refreshable Braille Terminals manufactured by Baum Retec. All three displays tout ergonomics and portability coupled with a state-of-the-art industrial design. This pocket-sized braille display is great for portable usage with an accessible cellular phone or for spot-reading using a portable laptop.
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This 24 cell option provides the user with portability, yet enough Braille cells to affectively access a PC.
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This 32 cell alternative is a fantastic portable option for PC usage.
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If you represent a manufacturer, agency, organization, or conscientious user of Adaptive Technology wishing to have your previously operated technologies represented in a future E-Blink ShowCase, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com to discuss placement within future Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletters.
Flying Blind looks forward to meeting and visiting with any of you who can make the following events:
Flying Blind, LLC at Vision Impaired Solutions for Total Access - VISTA Conference
WHEN: Thursday, October 16th, 2008 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Campus of the University of Notre Dame, Lafortune Student Center, Dooley Room and Room 202, South Bend, IN
Larry Lewis will be speaking about the advent of accessible mobile screenreaders and refreshable Braille displays, and will be discussing how they can be customized to meet a vision impaired student’s and/or employee’s needs on campus and within the workplace. Flying Blind, LLC will also be demonstrating many of the technologies that it endorses in the exhibit area of the conference.
Detailed information about the conference, along with contact information and a registration link, may be found at http://www.kanebrolin.com/.
Flying Blind, LLC at the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium
WHEN: November 2nd - 4th
WHERE: Chicago-land Area
Larry Lewis is pleased to have been asked to speak at this conference to be held in the Chicago-land area, November 2-4, and will be presenting on Integrating Non-Visual Access Into A Library’s Gaming Experience. For registration details for this event, please visit http://gaming.techsource.ala.org/index.php/Registration.
Finally, with a Presidential Election looming in the weeks ahead, we thought it would be important to provide an objective, non-partisan resource that might direct you to some information regarding both parties' positions on topics relating to persons with disabilities.
The Ohio Legal Rights Service has prepared a side-by-side comparison chart of the presidential candidates' positions on disability-related issues. The chart is based on information from the candidates' Websites, their Senatorial Websites, and supplemented by other sources.
Read the "2008 Presidential Candidate Positions on Disability-Related Issues" chart on the OLRS Website at: http://www.olrs.ohio.gov/prescompare.htm.
Please note that Flying Blind, LLC does not endorse either candidate. This information is being provided solely for educational and informational purposes.