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Tactile Measuring Tools

A Carreer Ed teacher asks: Can you give me a source for tactile measuring tools such as tapes, rules, and levels?

Susan replies: Here are some possible sources for tactile measuring tools:

The Lighthouse Inc. Consumer Catalog, 36-20 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY (1-800-829-0500 Customer Service 24 hours a day), 12 inch aluminum and plastic braille rulers, 5 ft tactile tape measures, etc.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., Catalog of Instructional Aids, Tools, and Supplies, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085 (1-800-223-1839) (FAX: 502-899-2274) (E-Mail: info@aph.org) Tactile Glue-Down Rules (can be bonded to sewing machines, band saws, cutting or drawing boards, etc.), meterstick, 1 ft braille rulers (metric and English markings), 30-centimeter flexible rulers, etc.

Maxi Aids & Appliances for Independent Living, P.O. Box 3209, Farmingdale, NY 11735 (1-800-522-6294) 25 ft braille steel tape measures, 12 inch folding braille pocket ruler, 12 inch braille ruler, braille yardstick, prolevel, etc. In addition, Maxi Aids has investigated the click ruler and will hopefully have it available soon.

Community Advocates Inc
PO Box 83304
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-3304
Phone or FAX: 1-402-486-3091
Email: 104055.1617@compuserve.com

Click Rule (Standard)

Description: Can measure up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) with an accuracy up to 1/16th inch (1.6mm). Uses a threaded rod. Measurements can be read either tactually or aurally since clicks are emitted every 1/16th inch. Three 12 inch extensions are suplied. Six inch (15 cm) extensions are also available.

Metric Click Rule

Description: Measures up to 20 centimeters with accurate increments of one millimetre. The Metric Click Rule is a device for wood and tool set-ups. It is also an alternative to rulers and tape measures.

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Electronic Identification of Bank Notes

A blind consumer asks: Can you tell me what is the best money identifier? A family member wants to purchase a unit for me.

Susan replies:

AFB Product Evaluation - Show Me the Money: An Evaluation of the Note Teller 2 Money Identifier

I have used two Talking Note Tellers made by Brytech Inc. when teaching students to use a talking cash register as part of an applied money skills class. I believe our career education department purchased the ones we have from LS&S Group. However, I noticed that they are also listed in other catalogs. The price was $389.50. This model announces U.S. currency from $1 to $100 in English or Spanish. It takes one 9V battery. They were extremely useful to my students as well as easy to use, and the fact that the tellers are bi-lingual (English and Spanish) made them especially nice here in Texas. Although the accompanying notes to the tellers say that they are reasonably durable, they list several precautions about keeping them clean, etc. They were out of my possession for a few months, and upon their return, one was no longer functioning properly. Unfortunately, I do not know whether it was abused or not.

I've also seen a picture of The Superscan Talking Money Identifier in the Independent Living Aids, Inc. catalog. It was quite a bit more expensive at $695. In addition to verbally identifying the denomination of all bills from $1 to $100, it also displays the amount digitally. Furthermore, it will announce the sum of all bills put through the machine to a total of $9,999.

An Enhanced Note Teller for deaf/blind also exists, and it is described in Carolyn's Catalog. It gives a vibrating signal for each denomination from $1 to $100 instead of voice announcement and is priced at $525.95.

 

I have listed the contact information for several vendors below:

Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.
890 Fams Court
East Meadow, NY 11554-5101
Phone: 800-454-3175, FAX: 516-292-2522
E-mail: annmor@webspan.net
Note Teller Talking Money Identifier $395

 

Carolyn's Catalog
P.O. Box 14577
Bradenton, FL 34280-4577
Phone: 800-648-2266, Fax: 941-739-5503
E-mail: magnify@bhip.infi.net
Note Teller Talking Money Identifier $389.95
Enhanced Note Teller for deaf/blind $525.95

 

Independent Living Aids, Inc.
27 East Mall
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 800-537-2118, FAX: 516-752-3135
E-mail: indlivaids@aol.com
Note Teller Talking Money Identifier $395
The Superscan Talking Monedy Identifier $695

 

LS&S Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
Phone: 800-468-4789, FAX: 847-498-1482
E-mail: LSSGRP@aol.com
Note Teller Talking Money Identifier $389.50

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Talking Thermometers

An Assistant Supervisor of a regional program for Vision Services asks: Do you know of a vendor for talking thermometers that can be used in High School science classes?

Susan replies: Below is a list of possible vendors for talking thermometers to meet your needs.

The Assistant Supervisor of a regional program for Vision Services replies: I had tried all but Science Products. The norm is just a talking thermometer for taking body temps. However, Science Products may have just what we are looking for; they are sending a brochure for me to check. The range is 0-212 degrees, cost $395.00. Thank you for the suggestion!

 

Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.
890 Fams Court
East Meadow, NY 11554-5101
Phone: 800-454-3175, FAX: 516-292-2522
E-mail: annmor@webspan.net
talking money identifier, talking calculators, talking scientific calculator, talking thermometer, talking indoor/outdoor thermometer, talking scale, braille scale, and check writer.

Carolyn's Catalog
P.O. Box 14577
Bradenton, FL 34280-4577
Phone: 800-648-2266, Fax: 941-739-5503
E-mail: magnify@bhip.infi.net
Website: http://www.carolynscatalog.com/
talking calculators, note teller, tactile tape measure, check writing, guides, large print check register, large type and talking thermometers, and Weight Talker III electronic talking scale with memory

 

Independent Living Aids, Inc.
27 East Mall
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 800-537-2118, FAX: 516-752-3135
E-mail: indlivaids@aol.com
talking money identifier, raised line drawing kit, folding wood ruler, check writing guide, large display and talking calculators, and flyer on new RNIB talking scientific calculator, talking thermometer, etc.

 

LS&S Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
Phone: 800-468-4789, FAX: 847-498-1482
E-mail: LSSGRP@aol.com
Website:
raised line drawing kit, talking money identifier, talking thermometers, and other specialty products for the visually impaired.

 

The Lighthouse Inc.
36-20 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 800-829-0500, FAX: 718-786-5620
E-mail: info@lighthouse.org
Website:
large display and talking calculators, check writing guide, talking money identifier, rulers, tape measures, telescopic click rules, talking thermometer, etc.

 

Maxi Aids & Appliances for Independent Living
42 Executive Blvd.
P.O. Box 3209
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 800-522-6294, FAX 516-752-0689
E-mail: sales@maxiaids.com
Website:
large selection of large print and talking calculators including scientific varieties, raised line drawing kit, abaci, rulers, tape measures, prolevel, protractor, various talking thermometers, etc.

 

Science Products
Box 888
Southeastern, PA 19399
Phone: 800-888-7400
large selection of voice (talking) products including: scientific, statistical, and financial calculators, cash register, money identifier, etc.