RFB&D is now Learning Ally!

December 18, 2011

This entry is posted by Lauren Tappan:

Learning Ally, formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic®, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation’s largest educational lending-library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia or other physical disability.

Memberships cost $99 per year.


You should also check out the free NC Library for the Blind.


The NCLBPH offers a wide range of books and magazines. The same book and magazine titles found most other public libraries are available for loan. Materials are in large print, braille, or audio formats. The audio materials are either cassette tapes or digital cartridges. Patrons may read one or more formats of their choice. The cassette tapes are recorded at slower speed than commercially available tapes. Thus, the library also loans specially designed cassette players to patrons who request tape service. Special accessories for the cassette players, such as remote controls, breathe switches, and extension levers, are available to those who need them to use the players. Amplifiers are also available; however, require a separate application signed by a doctor that goes to the National Library Service to be filled. The NCLBPH repairs, at no cost, the tape and digital machines loaned to patrons. A toll-free telephone line for use throughout North Carolina is also offered for book requests, quick service and to answer any questions you might have about the service (1-888-388-2460). The Friends of the NCLBPH’s library newsletter,Tar Heel Talk, is provided quarterly to patrons and is available in all formats.



Eylea approved to treat wet age-related macular degeneration

December 6, 2011

Eylea (aflibercept)has been approved by the FDA to treat patients with wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans ages 60 and older by gradually destroys a person’s sharp, central vision. It affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows people to see fine detail needed to do daily tasks such as reading and driving, as well as being able to read or recognize people’s faces.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Eylea approved to treat wet age-related macular degeneration – Hartford wellness | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/wellness-in-hartford/eylea-approved-to-treat-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration#ixzz1fi2V8QxC

ZoomText 10

December 1, 2011

This post is from Lauren Tappan.

 I just downloaded a trial version of Zoom Text 10.  The advantage of Zoom Text 10 is that you can now read pdf files and it is much easier to have Zoom Text read web links from your e-mail.  I started having problems tracking my e-mail messages. .  Zoom Text Tech Support was able to help me out and problem solved.  I have found Zoom Text Tech Support very helpful in straightening out any program problems.
      I also suggest looking up AI Squared Zoom In blog as it has more helpful information for low-vision users.