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AFB Announcements

Braille Bug

Do you have the Braille Bug?? American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has a web page for you! Check out www.afb.org/braillebug/. This page has links to information about Braille (the man and the code), Helen Keller, and games and ideas to help teachers and parents talk with children, sighted and visually impaired, about Braille.

Celebrate Braille literacy anytime!

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has developed a packet to help commemorate Braille Literacy Month, observed in January to honor Louis Braille's birthday. January is past, but Braille literacy can be celebrated any time! Packets include, among other things, fact sheets about Braille, Braille alphabet cards, a poster about Braille, and resources and information for parents about Braille. You may obtain a packet by writing The National Literacy Center, AFB, 100 Peachtree St., Suite 620, Atlanta, GA 30303, calling (404) 659-6957, e-mailing literacy@afb.net, or by calling AFB's Information Center at (800) 232-5463 or the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) at (800) 562-6265.

AFB Technology and Employment Center

American Foundation for the Blind has a new program, The AFB Technology and Employment Center. Resources at the center focus on two key areas. The AFB Tech Product Evaluation Laboratory is working with software and hardware developers to make mainstream products accessible. The Careers and Technology Information Bank is a data base of over 2000 individuals who have a visual impairment and are willing to give first hand information about their job experiences and use of assistive technology. Check out the variety of professions represented by this group at http://www.afb.org/info_document_view.asp?DocumentID=223. For information about the Technology and Employment Center, go to www.afb.org or call (800) 232-5463.

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