Books Aloud is an independent nonprofit organization located in
San Jose, CA. Books Aloud tapes can be mailed anywhere within the
United States. There is no charge for our
services. We provide free audio book library services (via
U.S. mail) for people who are unable to read printed books on their
own, due to a physical, visual, or a learning
disability. We try to make sure that we have "required
reading" (core curriculum) books. Through
our growing Sight & Sound program, we can often --
but, not always -- lend the printed book along with the audio book.
Blind, visually impaired, learning or physically disabled individuals
who are unable to read conventional print, hold a
book, or turn the pages are eligible.
Michigan Alliance for Families has teamed up with Michigan Integrated
Technology Supports to produce a parent/educator friendly AT guide.
Computer and Software Accessibility for the Disabled
Up - Developed in
Turkey, the Tek device allows paraplegics - those without the use of their
legs - to perform everyday tasks from shopping in the supermarket to ironing
Creature Comforts: Assistance Animals Now
Come in All Shapes and Species -
What’s most striking about Ann Edie and her miniature guide horse,
Panda, is that after the initial shock of seeing a horse walk into a
cafe, or ride in a car, watching them work together makes the idea
of guide miniature horses seem utterly logical. Even normal. So
normal, in fact, that people often find it hard to believe that the
United States government is considering a proposal that would force
Edie and many others like her to stop using their service animals.
Software That Opens Worlds to the Disabled - One computer
program would allow vision-impaired shoppers to point their
cellphones at supermarket shelves and hear descriptions of products
and prices. Another would allow a physically disabled person to
guide a computer mouse using brain waves and eye movements.
Robotic Suit Helps Disabled Walk - A robotic suit that reads brain
signals and helps people with mobility problems became available this week to
rent in Japan for •220,000 ($2,100 U.S.) a month — an invention that may have
far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly.
w/Disabilities Gaining Independence Through Video Games -
Today’s video games serve a multitude of functions ranging from
entertainment to exercise and even education. Now, three graduates from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Class of 2008 have created a game with an
even more important purpose—to foster independence among disabled individuals.