February is Library Lover’s Month, and TBP is On the Road to Celebrate

February is Library Lover’s Month, so love your Talking Book Program by telling others who may be eligible for our service but may not have heard about TBP.  Spread the love – and the access to great books and magazines.

TBP Braille Story Time

TBP will be travelling all over Texas visiting public libraries for Braille Story Time – see below for more information – as well as visiting other events to promote our service and answer questions.  Look for us in your community soon!

Would your school or library like a unique story time program free of charge?  The Talking Book Program offers a story time that incorporates Braille as a teaching tool.

The program:

Our Public Awareness Coordinator, Heather Bailey, reads 2 – 3 classic picture books that have Braille and text.  Children of all ages get to feel the Braille alphabet and learn how vision impaired children and adults read the same stories others read.

A fun activity is included: each child will get to decode a Braille message using supplied Braille alphabet cards.  All materials are provided by the Talking Book Program.

Benefits of the program include sensory exposure using touch, compassion and understanding for others, and introduction to the language of Braille.

If your library or school is interested in TBP Story Time contact Heather Bailey at

512-463-5452 or hbailey@tsl.texas.gov

Outreach Dates for February 2015:

02/02 Braille Story Time – Lake Travis Library

02/04-02/05 ARC of Texas – San Marcos, TX

02/06 Special Olympics – Austin, TX

02/09 Braille Story Time  at Salado Public Library and at Boerne Public Library

02/10-02/12 Braille Story Time at Palacios Library, Calhoun Library, Jackson Library, Bay City Library and Victoria Library

02/14 Braille Story Time at Clara Mounce Library – Bryan, TX

02/19-02/20 Texas Transitions Conference – Dallas, TX

02/24 Braille Story Time at Boerne Library

02/28 Parent Resource Fair – Houston, TX


And the Winner is…

Oscar season is here and the nominees are in. As usual, some of the films nominated are based on books. Here is a list of some of those films and their corresponding books. Hurry up and read them so you can impress your friends on Oscar night!

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The term glaucoma encompasses a number of eye diseases that affect the optic nerve. Individuals over the age of 60, especially people of color, and those with a family history are more at risk than the general population. Regular eye exams that check the pressure within the eye can detect glaucoma in the early stages. When diagnosed early, treatments for glaucoma can prevent serious vision loss.

For more information about glaucoma, please visit the following web sites:
Lighthouse: www.lighthouse.org/about-low-vision-blindness/vision-disorders/glaucoma/
Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/basics/definition/con-20024042
Medline Plus: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/glaucoma.html
National Eye Institute: www.nei.nih.gov/health/glaucoma

The following are glaucoma organizations that provide education and research-related information:
American Glaucoma Society: 415-561-8587, ags@aao.org, www.americanglaucomasociety.net/
Bright Focus Foundation: 855-345-6647, info@brightfocus.org, www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/
The Glaucoma Foundation: 212-285-0080, info@glaucomafoundation.org, http://www.glaucomafoundation.org/
Glaucoma Research Foundation: 415-986-3162 or 800-826-6693, question@glaucoma.org, www.glaucoma.org/


The ABLE Act is a piece of legislation, recently passed by Congress and awaiting approval by President Obama, that will allow individuals with disabilities to set up tax free savings accounts.

Historically, being eligible for social service programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and other services has meant that persons with disabilities have been mired in poverty because they were not allowed to have more than $2000 in savings. With this legislation, individuals will be able to deposit a maximum of $14,000 per year to use for education, housing, transportation, medical care, and other expenses.

The main limitations of this bill are that each person can only have one ABLE account, and the person must have acquired the disability before the age of 26.

For more information about the ABLE Act, please visit: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/News.aspx?id=460