Houston Low Vision / Blindness Support Group

The Robert Cizik Eye Clinic in Houston operates a low vision / blindness support group that meets on the second Friday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. – noon, in the Cizik Eye Clinic Conference Room on the 19th Floor of Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza. Each meeting focuses on a different topic related to vision impairments. February is Low Vision Awareness Month, so that meeting will emphasize local resources that are available to educate and empower the low vision community.

Please contact Tamara Traber for more information about these monthly meetings:

To learn about the Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the Cizik Eye Clinic, click on this link: http://www.cizikeye.org/low-vision-visual-rehabilitation/

Unified English Braille (UEB) Information Available

As of January 4, 2016, Unified English Braille, or UEB as it is commonly called, is now the official literary code for the United States and all other English-speaking countries. From this point forward, all Braille books and magazines available from the Texas Talking Book Program, through the National Library Service, will be produced in UEB format.

Braille users need not fear this change. UEB is not drastically different from the previous Braille code. Minor updates have been made to contractions, capitalization, punctuation, and other symbols.

Please contact the Disability Information and Referral Center at 800-252-9605 (toll free in Texas), 512-463-5458, or e-mail tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov for a fact sheet on UEB resources. You may also visit the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) web site at http://www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html for more information.

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– IN THE HEART OF THE SEA by Nathaniel Philbrick, DB 50271

The recent theatrical release of the movie In the Heart of the Sea, featuring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Ron Howard, has generated new interest in the book that inspired it. Author Nathaniel Philbrick won the National Book Award for nonfiction for this exploration of the 1820 sinking of the Whaleship Essex, the event which inspired Herman Melville to write the classic novel, Moby Dick.

Written in a compelling literary style, The Heart of the Sea delves into the survivors’ long journey and fight for survival. Philbrick compares their story to that of the mutiny on the Bounty and other survivals at sea. Taking a scholarly approach, he examines various studies about leadership traits that result in successful outcomes during times of crisis. In addition, Philbrick investigates Herman Melville’s interest in the story and subsequent writing of Moby Dick.

NLS Annotation for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: THE TRAGEDY OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX by Nathaniel Philbrick (DB 50271): Relying mainly on the cabin boy’s journal discovered in 1960, the author recounts the disastrous 1819 voyage of the whaling ship Essex. He describes the attack of an eighty-five-foot bull sperm whale, and the ensuing starvation, dehydration, and cannibalism that befalls the shipwrecked survivors. Bestseller.

If you have already read this book or enjoy true life nautical survival adventures you may also like IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: THE GRAND AND TERRIBLE POLAR VOYAGE OF THE USS JEANNETTE by Hampton Sides (DB 79535). Or if you prefer a fictional sea adventure, you might try TERROR by Dan Simmons (DB 63124).

AHEAD: Austin Disability Employment Symposium and Job Fair

The AHEAD symposium and job fair will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Region 13 Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Road, in Austin. The symposium runs from 8:30 – 11 am, with the job fair to follow from noon to 2 pm.

Both the symposium and the job fair are free for job seekers and employers. A continental breakfast will be available from 8 – 8:30 am.

Online registration is required prior to the event for both job seekers and employers. Registration will close at noon on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Space is limited.

Job seekers with disabilities should register by following this link:
Job Seeker Registration

Employers interested in attending the symposium may register here:
Employer Registration

Employers interested in having a booth at the job fair may register here:
Booth Registration

AHEAD is an acronym for Alliances Helping Employers Achieve Diversity and is not affiliated with the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).