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Flying Blind, LLC
2007 News Archive Section


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 President's Message

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RELEASED ON:  December 18, 2007  ARCHIVED ON:  March 8, 2008  |

 
Beautiful wreath covered with snow and decorated with red Poinsettas and pine cones. Greetings! And welcome to the final installment of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News for 2007. I can’t believe that we’re wrapping up yet another year, and I would like to personally thank all of you who have supported me and the many Flying Blind, LLC efforts over the past twelve months.
 
I’d also like to thank those of you who have shared your compliments and constructive feedback regarding our Company Newsletter. It’s been a rewarding and fun process for me, as well as those who have contributed to this effort, and without a great audience such as yourselves the fruits of these efforts would not have been possible.
 
In this Volume of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News our FB-Eye Spotlight focuses on a company who makes inaccessible computer applications accessible by customizing the application rather than adjusting a given screenreader to make the application accessible.
 
This Volume’s installment of E-Blink has some insanely rock-bottom specials on refurbished adaptive technologies. And, I’m so excited to be featuring HumanWare’s Victor Reader Stream in a new installment of the EyePod TechnoCast!
 
We’ll be sharing a few FB TechNotes throughout the newsletter as well. So pour yourself a great big glass of Egg Nog, get situated in your favorite Easy Chair, and join us for an entertaining and resourceful newsletter.
 
To you and yours from Flying Blind, LLC, may you have a joyous and safe Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!
 
Respectfully,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

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 FB-Eye Spotlight:
 Strand Management Solutions, Inc.

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FB-Eye Spotlight Logo Strand Management Solutions, Inc.
www.StrandManagement.com
 
This installment of the FB-Eye Spotlight introduces us to Strand Management Solutions. This website and application development firm specializes in Section 508 Remediation Services for mainstream organizations seeking a comprehensive evaluation of their websites’ or applications’ accessibility to persons who are vision impaired.
 
Strand Management’s approach to Section 508 Compliance is straightforward and practical.
 
Strand Management Solutions, Inc. Logo Why does an organization have difficulty accomplishing these services without the proper expertise and development know-how?
 
A company’s visually impaired users or employees may quickly become frustrated by an application’s inaccessibility. Often, this frustration does not lend itself well to optimal communication with the organization, the organization is often unable to identify where these application obstacles are, and if they do, they are more often unsure how to best overcome these access barriers within a primarily visual and graphical environment.
 
Strand Management Solutions, Inc. brings nearly thirty years experience developing web and database applications. Along with being expert interface developers, for over twenty years Strand Management has worked with the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired to first make their applications accessible, and then to provide these services to other organizations.
 
Strand Management will evaluate your application and then provide you with remediation alternatives that include either application development services or direction for your technical staff to make your applications accessible.
 
Strand Management will work to fully refine and test your application and, if you desire, provide training and support for your users.
 
Contact Strand Management when you need the job done with real world results!

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 E-Blink ShowCase: 2007 Holiday Specials

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E-Blink ShowCase Logo Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to have a number of E-Blink Specials just in time for the holidays.
 
This, by far, is our most STACKED edition of E-Blink yet, with a little something for everyone!
 
Flying Blind, LLC is offering free shipping for all of these E-Blink products within the Continental United States and accepts all major credit cards and PayPal transactions.
 
Please feel free to E-Mail E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 if you have any questions, or simply wish to purchase any of the refurbished products listed in this E-Blink Showcase.
 
Please note that all products are available only while supplies last, so hurry!

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US$750.00
VoiceNote Classics for US$750.00 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
 
When it was initially introduced in 2000, the VoiceNote Personal Data Assistants were the first Windows-based notetakers designed for those of us who are vision impaired.
 
Whereas the needs of its customers have evolved over the past seven years, so have the VoiceNote’s capabilities. The VoiceNote gives you instantaneous access to countless applications including, but not limited to:
  • Word Processing of documents, while converting them into Braille or a range of mainstream text formats including Microsoft Word, print or emboss any document, translate between Braille and text.

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  • Send and receive e-mails with attachments, store addresses, create folders. Supports standard POP3 e-mail services.

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  • Schedule single or recurring appointments and set reminder alarms and synchronize with Microsoft Outlook's Contacts.

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  • Store and organize your contact information, look up an address quickly and simply, paste it into a document or e-mail, synchronize with Microsoft Outlook's Contacts. Or create your own database.

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  • Read e-books in standard Braille or text format, and download and unpack Bookshare.org e-books.

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  • Surf the net - do research, online shopping and banking, save pages, download files.

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  • Listen to MP3 audio books or music, and return to the point you stopped listening to your last MP3 file.

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  • Create complex mathematical calculations, insert the answer into an e-mail or document.

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  • Context-sensitive help and fully-indexed user guide are available at the touch of a key.
All VoiceNote Classic models are being sold with new batteries, a 6 month manufacturer’s warranty, the latest Keysoft Version 7.5, and a compact flash card for data storage.
 
All that and this product is being sold at a price point close to the same price as an off-the-shelf PDA! Contact Flying Blind, LLC while supplies last!


US$895.00
Mountbatten Pro for US$895.00 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
 
Introduced in 2000, this alternative to Braille Reading and Writing is the perfect solution for making Braille learning fun and exciting for blind children.
 
The Mountbatten Pro emphasizes the necessity for developing Braille literacy skills while introducing students to the fundamental basics of adaptive technology. The Mountbatten Pro is also a palatable alternative to the Perkins Braille Writer which was developed in the late 1940s.
 
Flying Blind, LLC is ecstatic to be able to provide to you the Mountbatten Pro for US$895.00, approximately the same price as a new Perkins Braille Writer.
 
To drive home the significance of this special pricing, imagine a Personal Computer priced at the same price as a manual typewriter developed in the 1950s! Well that’s what we have here on the Braille writing front while supplies last!

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US$795.00
Two Braillestar 40 Refreshable Braille Terminals for US$795.00
 
Often selected as the Braille display of choice by many Federal Employers of persons who are blind, this Braille terminal combines serial and USB connectivity to a PC with stand-alone notetaking functionality via QWERTY or Braille input.
 
Each display comes with a 90 day service warranty, and is a fantastic value for the PC user who reads Braille!


Photo of an EasyBraille Refreshable Braille Terminal Docked in front of a Laptop Keyboard with a hand on it.
US$2,495.00
Three EasyBraille Refreshable Braille Terminals for US$2,495.00
 
This sleek, USB Braille Terminal offers to the PC user a compact Braille alternative with ergonomically positioned navigation and Braille keys.
 
Each display comes with a 90 day warranty.
 
The EasyBraille does not require any additional batteries or bulky power supplies and is a great value for the mobile laptop user.

Feel free to contact Flying Blind, LLC about any of the phenomenal bargains listed above at any time. We’ll be checking E-Mail and Voicemail over the holidays!
 
If you represent an agency, organization, or manufacturer who wishes to have your previously operated equipment represented in a future E-Blink ShowCase, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com to discuss placement within this section for future E-Newsletters.

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 FB Tech Notes

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Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC is excited to announce that it will be launching a series of workshops and seminars for rehabilitation and educational agencies who provide services for persons who are vision impaired.
 
The seminars will focus on developing functional academic and vocational adaptive technology skills designed to provide successful outcomes within the classroom and workplace.
 
These seminars will be geared toward the service professional who wishes to compliment their service provision with strategies designed to change the lives of their consumers.
 
Also, consumers who are serious about incorporating products and strategies into their educational and rehabilitation plans are welcome.
 
More information about these workshops will be forthcoming in late January / early February, 2008. In the meantime, all interested parties should E-Mail FBWorkshops@Flying-Blind.com for more information.

Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC happened upon the following information while reading another Adaptive Technology Newsletter, and after contacting this organization, is pleased to introduce you to BlindBargains.com, another great resource for buying and selling used equipment.
 
BlindBargains.com is a new web site that tracks and posts deals, sales, and discounts on blindness-related products, as well as other items usable by people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Visitors can view the latest headlines or search through past deals to find everything from talking caller IDs to memory cards.
 
Other services are also available, such as the auction gateway, a simple interface to search for blindness-related items on eBay.
 
Visitors can stay updated with a daily E-Mail list of bargains or through an RSS feed.
 
The site also contains news pertaining to the blind community, articles and reviews of products and web sites, and links to other useful resources.

Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC is excited to be conducting two presentations at ATIA 2008:
 
"A Step Beyond Notetakers: Wireless Braille Solutions in Action!" focuses on the latest in wireless Braille access to a variety of desktop and Mobile applications.
 
"Let Your Fingers do the Walking: Exploring Mobile Access" unveils in further detail the powerful alternatives that PDAs and Smartphones offer to those of us who are vision impaired.
 
More information about each presentation will be forthcoming in January prior to ATIA.

I hope that all of you have enjoyed this E-Newsletter, and I thank you for taking the time to read it. As always, all suggestions are welcome.
 
Once again, we at Flying Blind, LLC wish you and yours a joyous and safe Holiday season and much success and happiness in 2008!

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 Event Announcements

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Red and White Bullhorn Poised for Announcement I hope this message finds all of you enjoying your November, and for those of you within the U.S., I trust that you're joining me in spending a little extra time on the treadmill this week in making advanced preparations for our Thanksgiving festivities next Thursday!
 
I would like to announce 2 events where I will be conducting presentations over the next couple of weeks.
 
In the interest of not clogging up your inboxes, I'll consolidate the announcement of both presentations in this E-Newsletter.
 
Warmest Regards,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

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 TECH EXCHANGE Technology Forum Hosted By The
 Chicago Guild For The Blind

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Guild For The Blind Logo. Reads Guild for the Blind. Focused on You. On Friday, November 16th, I'll be speaking at the TECH EXCHANGE Technology Forum hosted by the Chicago Guild for The Blind, located at 180 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601-7463. www.guildfortheblind.org.
 
This presentation, entitled "Integrating Technology Into One's Workplace and Community" will focus on the practical strategies and utilization of adaptive technology that can help those of us who are vision impaired overcome barriers within one's community as well as within one's place of employment.
 
I will be demonstrating three types of adaptive technology that make it possible for me to run my own business. The following solutions will be showcased:
  • Brailleconnect — A wireless braille assistant that can interact with a mobile phone, PC, or PDA.

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  • Mobilespeak Smartphone Screen Reader — A way to turn an off-the-shelf Smartphone into an affordable, dynamic notetaker.

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  • System Access — A mobile screen reader that makes any PC accessible.
So if you live in the Chicago-land area, please feel free to come and join us for this interactive demonstration.
 
For more information, please contact Kathy Austin by phone at (312) 236-8569 or by E-Mail at kathya@guildfortheblind.org.

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 Getting In Touch With Literacy, 2008 Conference

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Getting In Touch With Literacy Logo Flying Blind, LLC is both humbled and honored to be participating in the Getting In Touch with Literacy, 2008 conference, to be held at the TradeWinds Island Grand, St. Pete Beach, Florida, November 29th through December 2nd, 2007.
 
For more information about this exciting event, please visit www.gettingintouchwithliteracy.com.
 
I'll be conducting an electronic poster session entitled "From The Classroom to the Workplace — Incorporating Wireless Refreshable Braille into Successful Outcomes".
 
This poster session will showcase the entire line of BAUM Retec AG's VarioConnect (also known as Brailleconnect) Refreshable Braille solutions. For more information about Baum's entire product offerings, please visit www.baum.de/index-e.php.
 
Flying Blind, LLC will be representing Baum at this conference, and I'll be available to conduct demonstrations on the usage of the VarioConnect product line on both Mobile and Desktop platforms. To schedule your appointment for a demonstration, please E-Mail me at gtlbaumdemo@flying-blind.com and I'll be happy to spend a bit of time with you in a few weeks.
 
I look forward to visiting with those of you who can make either event, and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Look for the next Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletter to arrive in your inbox during the first half of December, which will be chock full of exciting articles and points of information.

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 President's Message

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Autumn Leaf Greetings! And welcome to another issue of the Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletter. We hope that you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing summer, and have made the transition to Fall without any hitches. It’s truly amazing that there are only three months left until we move the clock forward another year!
 
Firstly, as a point of interest, and due to a number of requests by low vision readers, we have provided a new button within each article header (indicated by the large plus sign) which will launch a version of the article which will be more conducive to our readers who have limited functional vision for access.
 
For those of you wishing to access Flying Blind, LLC E-News articles via these buttons, please don’t be shy about providing me feedback about its readability for you, both from the standpoint of comfort, and efficiency. It’s often challenging for an E-Newsletter and Website to easily accommodate the preferences of non-visual, visually impaired, and sighted readers, but that is our focus at Flying Blind, LLC. Please E-Mail comments to me directly at Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com.
 
In this issue, our FB-Eye Spotlight focuses on a company whose mission is to provide non-profit agencies and for-profit businesses avenues for growth through the U.S. Federal Government.
 
Our EyePod TechnoCast provides a demonstration of the wildly popular KNFB Reader, and this issue’s E-Blink ShowCase ties nicely into this podcast demonstration!
 
In our FB Tech Tips PodCast, we explore some useful tricks for searching using the Start Menu in Windows Vista. And, we also have some exciting news and points of interest which you’ll find in FB Notes.
 
So make yourself comfortable, try to pull yourself away from that exciting football or baseball playoff game, and enjoy the many exciting and informative articles we have put together for you in this Volume of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News.
 
I hope you will find this Volume both enjoyable to read, as well as a resource for new information.
 
Respectfully,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

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 FB-Eye Spotlight: G2G Consulting, LLC

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FB-Eye Spotlight Logo G2G Consulting, LLC
www.G2Gconsulting.com
 
This exciting company is captained by Liz Powell, an entrepreneur who has extensive experience in working for and with the U.S. Congress.
 
G2G Consulting, LLC provides government affairs, fundraising, public relations, event planning, grant writing, and economic development services for non-profits and businesses — all the while implementing each of the necessary actions to go from Government, to Growth.
 
G2G Consulting, LLC Logo G2G Consulting, LLC includes a team of professionals with years of experience in government, politics, and grant writing, with a proven track record for delivering quantifiable results that meet clients' specific needs.
 
G2G Consulting, LLC has secured 8 earmarks (federal funding) for 9 clients in the Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations process which totals over $10 Million (as of 9/24/07).
 
If you and/or your organization are looking for results delivered in a caring and responsive manner, please contact G2G Consulting, LLC at:
 
G2G Consulting, LLC
11000 Cedar Avenue, Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44106
(P): (216) 658-3995
(F): (216) 658-0364
(E): LPowell@G2GConsulting.com

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 E-Blink ShowCase: KNFB Reader

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E-Blink ShowCase Logo In keeping with the theme of this Volume's EyePod TechnoCast, in which we illustrate the functionality of the KNFB Reader, Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to showcase the KNFB (Kurzweil / National Federation of the Blind) Reader in this installment of E-Blink, your source for quality tested, refurbished equipment at unbeatable prices.
 
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KNFB Reader
US $1,995.00

Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to announce that it is selling a KNFB Reader that has hardly been out of its shipping box, and has seen very minimal use.
 
Flying Blind, LLC has quality tested this innovative approach to hand-held scanning, and has ensured that the most recent KNFB software has been preinstalled.
 
Forged from the creative minds of Dr. Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind, this first-of-its-kind portable reading solution enables you to instantly scan (via photograph) and have read back to you a wide variety of hardcopy documents, and then store them on the unit’s on-board memory, as well as share these files with a PC and many of today’s other popular notetakers.
 
The possibilities and opportunities are endless with this revolutionary alternative to much larger and much more expensive stand-alone scanning alternatives.
 
Flying Blind, LLC is selling this KNFB Reader for US $1,995.00, which includes shipping and handling within the Continental United States.
 
Now that’s over US $600.00 off the Reader’s Suggested List Price!
 
All major credit cards and PayPal transactions are welcome, so please contact us today at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com, or call (216) 381-8107, to take advantage of this fantastic bargain!

If you represent an agency, organization, or manufacturer who wishes to have your previously operated equipment represented in a future E-Blink ShowCase, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com to discuss placement within this section for future E-Newsletters.

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 Code Factory Press Release

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Breaking News! Code Factory, whose products are endorsed and used by Flying Blind, LLC announces its new “User-Centered Licensing” Scheme, once again setting new standards for access to mainstream applications and hardware.
 
Read on for more information!
 
CodeFactory Logo Code Factory Launches User-Centered Licensing For Its Software Running On The Windows Mobile® Platform
 
New Licensing Method enables Activation Anytime From Anywhere, Free Movement of Licenses Between Devices, and more!
 
Terrassa Spain - October 1, 2007, Today, Code Factory, the global leader in mobile software development for the blind and visually impaired, announces that it is introducing a new licensing method for its products running on the Windows Mobile operating system, providing its users with unparalleled flexibility in how they activate and use the software they purchase.
 
Formerly, users of Code Factory products for Windows Mobile licensed their devices using a serial number generated by the device. This serial number was sent to Code Factory and a license code received which allowed the device to run the software. This device-based licensing method made it necessary to activate the device manually, by entering long codes, from the PC or device, to charge a small fee to move from one device to another, and to enter a new serial number whenever a new product or enhancement was purchased.
 
All these drawbacks have been overcome with the new licensing method. User-centred licensing, where the product is licensed to the user and not to any particular device, allows users to activate their mobile device anytime and anywhere through their PCs, via the internet from the device itself, or by sending an SMS/text message. Users can now move their licensed software from device to device free of charge an unlimited number of times. There is no need to enter any codes into the device itself, the process is entirely automated and all the user need do is initiate the request for an activation.
 
"Our products support the largest number, and widest range, of mobile devices in the AT industry," says Eduard Sánchez Palazón, C.E.O. of Code Factory. "Our customers demand flexibility in the way they use their software and hardware, and that's what this new licensing system is all about. Users of our products can now activate their software wherever and whenever they like, they can activate quickly and easily and, most importantly of all, they're able to keep up, free of charge, with increasingly innovative mobile devices."
 
Larry Lewis, President of Flying Blind, agrees: "In an industry where it's fashionable for companies to charge customers thousands of dollars to update proprietary solutions that are out of date within months of being released, it's both mind-blowing and refreshing for those of us who are vision impaired to benefit from such an innovative approach to portable information management. I've been an exceedingly satisfied Mobile Speak customer for over three years, and compared to the costs that I accrued when I used a legacy notetaker, have spent a minimal amount in phone upgrade fees to move between four different mobile phones. But I'm both excited by, and impressed with, this incredible news and what it means for those of us who are blind and use mobile applications!"
 
Code Factory will be releasing version 2.0 of Mobile Speak for Pocket PCs and Mobile Speak for Windows Mobile Smartphones in the coming weeks. This will be a free upgrade for all current users. Upon the release of version 2.0 of each product, all current users will have the opportunity to migrate to the new licensing system. Users will be able to activate, deactivate, and reactivate their software using a PC with an Internet connection, wireless internet and/or cellular internet access directly from their mobile device, or through SMS text messaging. To read in greater depth about the many advantages of the new licensing method, visit: http://www.codefactory.es/ucl
 
About Code Factory
 
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Terrassa/Barcelona, Spain, Code Factory is the global leader committed to the development of products designed to Eliminate barriers to the accessibility of mobile technology for the blind and visually impaired. Today, Code Factory is the leading provider of screen readers, screen magnifiers, and braille interfaces for the widest range of mainstream mobile devices including Symbian-based and Windows Mobile-powered Smartphones as well as Pocket PC phones and PDAs. Its product line is the only one to support phones working on the GSM, CDMA and WCDMA networks. Code Factory's success lies in giving excellent customer support and in responding immediately to the needs of its end users. Among our customers are well-known companies and organizations like ONCE, and carriers such as TMN, Vodafone, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and AT&T. Our partners enable us to provide excellent text-to-speech, in many languages, for Mobilespeak products and to incorporate support for over twenty wireless braille devices into our software.
 
For more information, feel free to contact Code Factory at:
Code Factory, S.L., Rambla d'Egara 148 2-2, 08221 Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain
Tel. +34 93 733 70 66,
info@codefactory.es,
http://www.codefactory.es

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 BumpyPages.com

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Bumpy Pages
www.BumpyPages.com
 
This Dallas-based small business was founded and is run by Elaine Rooney, a blind business owner who has a passion for developing a variety of products to make the lives of print impaired individuals more comfortable and enjoyable.
 
Bumpy Pages is your source for Braille and large print greeting cards, announcements, labels, etc.
 
Check out Bumpy Pages on the web or contact them for more information by calling (972) 414-5678, or by E-Mail at info@bumpypages.com the next time you have the opportunity to add a special access touch for that special someone.

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 FB Notes

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Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC is excited to announce a partnership between Flying Blind, LLC and Incentive Selections, a New Jersey-based provider of customizable, web-based rewards platforms for employers and/or manufacturers wishing to reward specific, defined behaviors of its employees and resellers.
 
Flying Blind, LLC’s founder, Larry L. Lewis, Jr. is honored to be driving this company’s sales and marketing efforts.
 
Stay tuned for more information about Incentive Selections in upcoming Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletters.
 
You can visit Incentive Selections on the web at: www.incentiveselections.com.

Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC is both humbled and appreciative to have been given a forum in the September 2007 Issue of AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind’s Online Publication dedicated to the Adaptive Technology Industry, products, and emerging trends and practices.
 
Visit the link below to read “Connecting the Dots: Life Beyond Notetakers”, authored by Flying Blind, LLC Founder Larry L. Lewis, Jr. who shares his perspectives on wireless refreshable Braille access, notetaking, and mobile screenreading technology:
 
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw080504

Flying Blind, LLC Logo Due to the success of its E-Blink Initiative, Flying Blind, LLC is considering the adoption of an E-Commerce platform that would be integrated into the Flying Blind, LLC website whereby manufacturers and qualified users of adaptive technologies might participate in having a sort of E-Bay-type Forum where they might buy and sell technologies using the Flying Blind, LLC Website as a purchasing and selling vehicle for these transactions.
 
Please feel free to send us an E-Mail at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com with your comments and feedback.
 
It’s important to determine how many individuals might use such a service before making the financial and “sweat equity” investments involved in such an effort. Your feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated!

We thank you for reading this edition of the Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletter and welcome any and all comments and/or suggestions that might assist us in the continued optimization of our educational marketing efforts. Until next time!

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 President's Message

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Dr. Russell Smith
Greetings, and welcome to another edition of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News.
 
We hope that you’re all surviving the "dog days of August", and are enjoying some good times in the sun while creating new memories with friends and family.
 
This installment of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Russell Smith (pictured above), who was taken from us much too soon two years ago today.
 
Your presence is sorely missed Russell, and we dedicate this E-Newsletter to your unwavering focus, and your passion for providing cutting-edge technology solutions for those of us who are blind.
 
To read more about Dr. Smith’s life, and death, please visit the "Larry Lewis Tribute to Dr. Russell Smith" and "About The Death of Dr. Russell Smith" pages of the Flying Blind, LLC Website.
 
In this issue of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News, the FB-Eye Spotlight highlights an organization who promotes inclusion within one’s place of worship.
 
This month’s EyePod Technocast - Volume 2 will provide you with a demonstration of SA (System Access) To Go, the industry’s first web-based screen reading solution developed by Serotek.
 
We’re also introducing a second podcast this month. FB Tech Tips will provide technical guidance in addressing issues related to how to get the most out of today’s adaptive and mainstream technologies. And, we have some new and exciting summertime specials on E-Blink.
 
We also have a few FB-Notes that we’re certain that you’ll find most interesting.
 
So please, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the wealth of new information that we have put together for you in this installment of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News.
 
If you have comments or suggestions as to how we might further optimize your E-Newsletter experience, please don’t hesitate to E-Mail me directly at Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com and we’ll be certain to take your feedback into consideration.
 
Respectfully,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

NEWS:

 FB-Eye Spotlight: Desktop Braille Publishing

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FB-Eye Spotlight Logo In this installment of the FB-Eye Spotlight we turn our attention to Desktop Braille Publishing, an organization based in Fresno, California committed to providing inclusion for persons who are Braille readers within one’s Church.
 
Desktop Braille Publishing, is a not-for-profit organization who transcribes a variety of books and literature for individuals wishing to participate within churches which are a part of the American Baptist Association.
 
Desktop Braille Publishing Logo So often, the word “inclusion” is used when referring to educational and vocational environments. Desktop Braille Publishing freely provides its printed message in alternative Braille formats readily available to those wishing to receive these materials.
 
Flying Blind, LLC is both humbled and privileged to donate a complimentary portion of this newsletter to promote the exceptional work done by Desktop Braille Publishing, and encourages Braille readers everywhere to utilize the services provided by this organization.
 
Flying Blind, LLC also encourages those of you who may feel obliged to make charitable contributions in support of the ongoing efforts of Desktop Braille Publishing to visit their website and please do so.

NEWS:

 E-Blink ShowCase: Refreshable Braille and
 Accessible Mobile Technologies

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E-Blink ShowCase Logo This month’s E-Blink Showcase is chock full of unbelievable bargains for users of Refreshable Braille and Accessible Mobile technologies.
 
Blame it on the August heat, but Flying Blind, LLC has managed to secure some crazy-low discounts on the following Technologies!

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Two Alva Delphi 440 Refreshable Braille Displays!
 
This state-of-the-art Braille Terminal was the first Braille Display to implement the use of two rows of touch cursors for added functionality from the Braille display.
 
Flying Blind, LLC has two of these 43 Braille Cell Displays on sale this month.
 
This product has a suggested list price of $5,195.00 USD, but Flying Blind, LLC is offering both displays for the unbeatable price of $895.00 USD per Display while supplies last!
 
Both Braille terminals come with a one-year extended warranty from the time of purchase, have undergone a comprehensive check-out, and are warrantied with VisionCue in Portland, OR. VisionCue distributes and supports Optelec's products for the blind in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Two Alva 544 Satellite Classic Braille Terminals!
 
This Braille Terminal is the first Braille Display to combine Alva’s ergonomic Satellite Keypads on either end of the Braille Display to provide limitless functionality and navigation options throughout Windows applications.
 
Flying Blind, LLC has two of these 40 Cell Braille Displays on sale this month.
 
The Satellite’s suggested list price is $5,495.00 USD, but Flying Blind, LLC is offering both displays for $2,950.00 USD per Display while supplies last!
 
Both Braille terminals come with a one-year extended warranty from the time of purchase, have undergone a comprehensive check-out, and are warrantied with VisionCue in Portland, OR. VisionCue distributes and supports Optelec's products for the blind in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Two Accessible Pocket PC Cellular Phones!
 
Flying Blind, LLC is excited to offer to its customers two accessible Windows Mobile PDA Phones with the latest version of Code Factory’s Mobile Speak Pocket software preinstalled on each phone.
 
Flying Blind, LLC has one Cingular 8525 with Mobile Speak Pocket preinstalled.
 
Flying Blind, LLC also has one T-Mobile MDA Windows Mobile Phone with Mobile Speak Pocket preinstalled.
 
Both options provide the end user exceptional access to the Windows Mobile Operating System as well as the ability to utilize all of the benefits of either the AT&T or T-Mobile wireless networks.
 
Both phones plus the Mobile Speak Pocket Screen Reader have a suggested list price of $995.00 USD per device. Flying Blind, LLC is most pleased to offer this turn-key solution for only $500.00 USD per device!


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Incredible pricing for Mobile Speak Pocket Screen Reader!
 
Flying Blind, LLC has been able to secure pricing whereby it is able to offer its customers a $350.00 USD price on Mobile Speak Pocket, the world’s first screen reader that makes hundreds of PDAs and cellular phones accessible to those of us who are vision-impaired!
 
This discounted price is currently $245.00 USD off of the suggested list price of $595.00 USD.
 
So contact Flying Blind, LLC to assist you in your efforts to access many of today’s popular mobile applications!

Order requests and/or questions regarding any of the products listed above may be directed to: E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com.
 
If you represent an agency, organization, or manufacturer who wishes to have your previously operated equipment represented in a future E-Blink ShowCase, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com to discuss placement within this section for future E-Newsletters.

NEWS:

 FB Notes

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Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the book "Nickie’s Nook, Sharing the Journey", written and self-published by Nickie Coby, a young lady who is an aspiring author and is a blind user of numerous adaptive technologies.
 
This is an excellent read and is comprised of essays, Blog posts, stories, and journal style posts. It mostly discusses blindness, chronic pain, disability issues, and life with her guide dog, Julio!
 
To learn more about, and to order this inspiring collection, please visit www.nickiesjourney.info.
 
Electronic copies of this book cost $9.00 USD and hard copy print and large print versions cost $16.00 USD.

Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC will be formalizing a number of online and onsite training initiatives focusing on providing the highest quality training for the products that it endorses and will have some exciting training initiatives to announce this Fall.
 
For all of your Adaptive Technology Training needs, please E-Mail Training@Flying-Blind.com.

Flying Blind, LLC Logo Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to announce that it’s Founder, Larry Lewis, will be featured as a contributing author in the September Issue of AccessWorld.
 
Stay tuned for this issue of AccessWorld where Lewis unveils his thoughts about Wireless Refreshable Braille Access, his opinions on projected market shifts, and his take on the three leading manufacturers of Wireless Braille hardware.

Thank you for reading Volume 3 of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News. We hope that you’ve found it both enjoyable and useful.

NEWS:

 Flying Blind, LLC Launches "FB-Eye Spotlight",
 "E-Blink ShowCase", and "EyePod TechnoCast"
 Initiatives

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Greetings!
 
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you for your kind words and encouragement following the launch of our Company Website (www.Flying-Blind.com) and subsequent E-Newsletter. It is both an honor and a privilege to be able to utilize the World Wide Web to convey our position on current and emerging technological trends and practices, and your feedback is wholeheartedly appreciated.
 
I am proud to announce the launch of three new Flying Blind, LLC initiatives that I hope you will enjoy and find useful.
 
First, the "FB-Eye Spotlight" will be devoted to showcasing a particular adaptive technology, mainstream technology, or service provider's efforts and contributions to those of us who are vision impaired, and is intended to be a venue where you, the reader, gain exposure to a specific organization to add to your arsenal of personal and professional resources.
 
Secondly, Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to announce the launch of its "E-Blink ShowCase" initiative, which brings to you, the consumer and/or purchaser of today's adaptive technologies, unbeatable bargains on certified previously owned equipment which has the Flying Blind, LLC "Stamp of Approval" with regard to functionality and condition.
 
Lastly, Flying Blind, LLC's "EyePod TechnoCast" is our first venture into the world of podcasting, and is intended to showcase innovative, affordable, and life-changing solutions for those of us who are vision impaired. You won't find overpriced, overhyped products that are limited in their scope and design in this forum. Alternatively, we will strive to provide you with lower cost alternatives and/or strategies to enable you to enjoy all of the benefits of what mainstream technologies have to offer your sighted colleagues, friends, and family. Many thanks to Dennis Bartlett for his contributions to this first Volume of Flying Blind, LLC's EyePod TechnoCast.
 
We will also be providing you with information on a few Flying Blind, LLC-specific presentations and events during the coming weeks. So please enjoy these new enhancements, and as always, feel free to forward them on to your colleagues and friends and return any feedback which we will definitely take under advisement.
 
Thank you, and for all of our U.S. Readers, have a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday!
 
Respectfully,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

NEWS:

 FB-Eye Spotlight: Braille Works

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FB-Eye Spotlight Logo This installment of FB-Eye Spotlight takes us to Dover, Florida, the home of Braille Works (www.brailleworks.com).
 
"Making The World A More Readable Place", this organization's commitment to producing an immense variety of content in alternative tactual and audio formats with exceptional quality and efficiency has netted this organization key relationships with several Adaptive Technology Industry leaders, as well as a number of medical and financial institutions.
 
BrailleWorks Logo Braille Works also transcribes menus for many of our favorite restaurants. Braille Works is willing and available to meet your access needs within educational, corporate, and community settings, and is able to produce high quality Braille and audio media in an efficient and expedient manner.
 
Visit the Braille Works Website to learn more about Braille Works or call (800) 258-7544 for more information.
 
And be sure to mention that you read about Braille Works in the FB-Eye Spotlight!
 
Respectfully,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

NEWS:

 E-Blink ShowCase: Braille Blazer Embossers

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E-Blink ShowCase Logo Flying Blind, LLC is ecstatic to bring to you the E-Blink ShowCase, your source for previously operated equipment at an unbeatable cost to you, the deserved customer!
 
Photo of a Braille Blazer Embosser In this edition of the E-Blink ShowCase, Flying Blind, LLC has 11 Braille Blazer Embossers that are still in their original shipping boxes and are selling for US $1,200.00 per Blazer while supplies last.
 
This classic embosser is a phenomenal option for persons wishing to create hardcopy Braille for personal use, and is a fantastic bargain for educational institutions seeking to purchase an exceptional embosser for thousands of dollars below the cost of competitive, complex alternatives.
 
Please note that Flying Blind, LLC will ship these units to any location within the Continental United States free of charge, but will need to pass on shipping costs for units that are purchased and shipped outside the US. You will also want to note that these units do not come with a manufacturer's warranty.
 
So order your Braille Blazer Embosser while supplies last, and stay tuned for more E-Blink ShowCase Specials in the coming weeks!
 
Order requests and/or questions may be directed to: E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com.
 
If you represent an agency, organization, or manufacturer who wishes to have your previously operated equipment represented in a future E-Blink ShowCase, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com to discuss placement within this section.
 
Respectfully,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

NEWS:

 Upcoming Events

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Tri-Fold Calendar Standing Upright Flying Blind, LLC will be participating in the following events over the next couple of weeks:
 
On Tuesday, June 26th 2007, Flying Blind, LLC and its partner, Integrated Concepts Research Corporation (ICRC), will be jointly hosting a Code Factory Event at the Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel's Apollo Room in Washington D.C.
 
Two sessions will be offered showcasing all three flavors of Mobilespeak Software: one at 9:00 AM, and a repeat session that afternoon at 1:00 PM.
 
There's still limited space to attend either of these sessions. So, if you're in the D.C. area and wish to learn more about these revolutionary access solutions, E-Mail your RSVP to psteitz@icrcsolutions.com or call (703) 488-9330 before 4:00 PM EST on Monday, June 25th 2007. Click here to access the entire invitation.
 
Flying Blind, LLC will also be representing Code Factory Software at both summer consumer conventions.
 
On Saturday, June 30th 2007 Flying Blind, LLC will be participating in the American Council of the Blind's Information Access Committee Meeting from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
 
Flying Blind, LLC will also be conducting a Mobilespeak Pocket + Refreshable Braille Display Demonstration in the HumanWare Suite on Sunday, July 1st 2007 at 1:00 PM at the National Federation of the Blind's 2007 Summer Convention; stop by the Humanware Booth for Suite Number details.
 
Mr. Larry L. Lewis, Jr. will also be participating in a variety of product demonstration activities throughout this conference, so please visit www.nfb.org to learn more about this year's Convention to be held in Atlanta, GA from Saturday, June 30th 2007 to Friday, July 6th 2007.

NEWS:

 Larry L. Lewis, Jr. Guest On The ThruOurEyes.org
 “Hot Button” Internet Radio Show

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ThruOurEyes.org Logo On Wednesday, June 20th 2007, Mr. Larry L. Lewis, Jr. was a guest on the ThruOurEyes.org “Hot Button” Internet Radio Show.
 
Click on or forward the link below to listen to Mr. Lewis participate in an intriguing discussion surrounding the usage of guide dogs versus white canes.
 
www.thruoureyes.org/podcasts/
wtoe062007HotButtonPod49.mp3

NEWS:

 Welcome To The New Home Of Flying Blind, LLC

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Browser Address Bar with http://www on it stretched across a backdrop of the world's continents. Greetings!
 
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the newly-launched Flying Blind, LLC Website.
 
The new home of Flying Blind, LLC, at www.Flying-Blind.com, will familiarize you with Flying Blind, LLC, its mission, company goals, and the projects on which Flying Blind, LLC is currently collaborating.
 
This new website will also offer you a fresh perspective on the current state of the Adaptive Technology Industry, as well as Flying Blind, LLC’s hopes and desires for those of us who are blind, and who wish to better equip ourselves to experience all that the various mainstream technologies have to offer.
 
Flying Blind, LLC is committed to providing you, the blind consumer, service provider, purchasing agent, or distributor/manufacturer of Adaptive Technology, with the necessary guidance to optimize the services and/or products that you provide and/or buy.
 
Flying Blind, LLC also looks forward to learning from you as well, as we work together to shape the direction of the Adaptive Technology Industry.
 
Flying Blind, LLC is about seizing opportunities by empowering its customers through the optimization and utilization of both currently established and emerging Adaptive Technologies that parallel the trends evidenced within mainstream development efforts.
 
Flying Blind, LLC seeks to accept nothing less than the complete solutions that those of us who are blind so rightfully deserve.
 
With Flying Blind, LLC, the sky is definitely the limit!
 
I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to visit this website, and we at Flying Blind, LLC look forward to serving you in the days to come!
 
Respectfully,
 
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
    Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com
    President and Founder
    Flying Blind, LLC

NEWS:

 What Are The Advantages Of Doing Business
 With Flying Blind, LLC?

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The following are just a few of the advantages enjoyed by clients who currently collaborate with Flying Blind, LLC:
 
Small, Flying Blind, LLC Logo Icon Used As A Bullet Over fifteen years of professional experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors of the Adaptive Technology Industry.
 
Bullet Company Founder has been a user of Adaptive Technologies since their birth in the late 1970s.
 
Bullet Exceptional product management and project management expertise for creating new business development initiatives.
 
Bullet Precise and objective evaluation and optimization of current business model.
 
Bullet Incomparable ability to identify and efficiently service specific market segments through appropriate product and service positioning and placement.
 
Bullet Company motives are driven strictly through success-oriented solutions.
 
Bullet An unwavering commitment to removing barriers imposed by mainstream technologies within educational, vocational, community, and residential settings by implementing the necessary strategies and adaptations to access these technologies.




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