Lyft Offers Free and Discounted Rides on Election Day

The ride source service Lyft is partnering with national voting and non-profit organizations to provide low cost or free rides to individuals on election day. Many voters admit that transportation is their biggest obstacle to voting in local and national elections.

Lyft is available in all fifty states, but may not be available in local areas. Click here for a list of cities that offer Lyft service: https://www.lyft.com/rider/cities
The Lyft app is available on iOS and Android platforms.

The last day to register in vote in Texas for the November election is October 9th. You can pick up a voter registration application at various places like high schools and public libraries. You can also print a voter registration application here: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp
You must register at least 30 days before the election in order to be eligible to vote.

In many cities the Democratic Party will also provide free rides to polling places. Persons with disabilities may also vote by mail.

For more information on Lyft’s #TheRidetoVote initiative, visit https://blog.lyft.com/posts/2018/8/22/get-out-the-vote
More details will be available closer to Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 6th.

The Color of Blind exhibit at the San Antonio Public Library

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The Color of Blind is an interactive art show by Trina Geurra Bacon and Katherine Brown. First debuting in 2013, “The show allows visually impaired individuals, along with others with special sensory needs or challenges, to better connect with art,” explains Bacon. During the month of August, the San Antonio Public Library’s Central Branch gallery will host a “best in show” exhibit of some of Color of Blind’s fan favorite pieces. “Everyone should be able to fully experience art. We say ‘Yes- please touch the art!’” The Color of Blind will be free and open to the public during Central Library hours of operation.
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The Color of Blind Exhibit
Dates: August 7, 2016 – August 26, 2016
Times: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: San Antonio Public Library, Central Branch, 600 Soledad St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
For more information visit: mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500

Talking Book Program to be Closed from 5 pm Friday, June 22 through 8 am Monday, July 2nd:: El Programa de Libros que Hablan estará cerrado de las 5:00 pm el Viernes 22 de Junio hasta las 8 am el Lunes 2 de Julio.

Starting at 5 pm on Friday, June 22nd, we will be closed to the public while we upgrade our computer system. We will reopen on Monday, July 2nd at 8 am.  While we are closed, you may leave simple requests such as book orders or contact information changes on our voicemail, and they will be processed during our closure. We regret that we will not be able to call you back; if you need to speak to a staff member, please call back when normal hours resume on July 2nd.

Please do not visit the library between June 22nd and July 1st, as we cannot accommodate walk-in patrons during the closure.

You may also contact us via e-mail at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.  While we are closed, email requests will be processed, but no replies will be sent.

Thank you for your patience while we make this important transition.

Comenzando a las 5:00 pm el Viernes 22 de Junio, estaremos cerrados al público mientras actualizamos nuestro sistema informático. Abriremos de nuevo el Lunes 22 de Julio a las 8:00 am. Durante nuestra clausura, usted puede dejar mensajes sencillos en nuestro correo de voz, como ordenes de libros o cambios en su información de contacto (teléfono, dirección, etc.) Esas solicitudes serán procesadas durante la clausura. Sentimos no poder regresar las llamadas durante ese tiempo; si necesita hablar con un miembro del personal, por favor llámenos cuando reanudemos nuestras horas hábiles el 2 de Julio.

No podremos admitir visitas en persona del 22 de Junio al 1ero de Julio, ya que no estaremos capacitados para ayudar usuarios durante nuestra clausura. Usted puede mandarnos mensajes por correo electrónico a tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.  Durante nuestra clausura sí procesaremos solicitudes recibidas por correo electrónico, pero no mandaremos respuestas.

Gracias por su paciencia durante esta importante transición.

The Color of Blind exhibit at the San Antonio’s Plaza De Armas Gallery

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The Color of Blind is an interactive art show by Trina Geurra Bacon and Katherine Brown. First debuting in 2013, “The show allows visually impaired individuals, along with others with special sensory needs or challenges, to better connect with art,” explains Bacon. The exhibit showcases artwork designed especially to evoke smell, touch and taste. “Everyone should be able to fully experience art. We say ‘Yes- please touch the art!’” The Color of Blind is free and open to the public.

The Color of Blind Exhibit
Dates: April 17, 2017– April 20, 2017
Times: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 115 Plaza De Armas San Antonio, TX 78205

For more information call: 210.206.ARTS or 210.206.8787

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

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The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) is hosting the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition. This annual event features films that display disability accurately and positively. The festival was created as an entertaining way to eradicate common misperceptions about disability.

Founded twelve years ago by CTD staffer, William Greer, this is the first film festival in Texas with an explicit focus on cross-disability films. Since its foundation it has grown to be the longest running and most successful disability film festival in the state.

This year the festival will feature The Rebound and Deaf Jam at the Alamo Drafthouse Village the first weekend of November, 2016.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival
Dates: November 4, 2016 – November 5, 2016
Times: Doors open at 5:45 PM and close at 9:45 PM

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Villiage, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78757

For more information visit: http://www.txdisabilities.org/news-events/film-festival/filmfestival-2016/2015-festival

Register to Vote by October 11th

The deadline for registering to vote in the November 8th general election is October 11th.

Here is the web site for information on registering to vote in Texas:
http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/you-must-register-by/

Use this link to determine if you are already registered to vote:
https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Here is a link to the voter registration application:
https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp

You may also register in person at your county Voter Registrar’s Office, which is usually the County Tax Assessor – Collector’s Office. Here is a link to the offices by county:
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml

In addition, most public libraries, government offices, and high schools have voter registration applications.

You may fill out this online form to request that a postage-paid voter registration application be mailed to you:
https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrrequest/index.asp
Mail the completed application to the county Voter Registrar’s Office.

You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old when you apply, and you need to have a Driver’s License, ID card, or Social Security card.

Future blog posts will have more information about the upcoming election. Please contact the Disability Information & Referral Center at 800-252-9605 if you have any questions.

Banned Books Week: 25 Banned and Challenged Classics

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Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week: September 25th through October 1st, 2016!

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records all challenges or attempts to ban books. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

The titles below represent 25 of the banned or challenged books on that list in the Talking Book Program’s collection. For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week web site.

Title: GREAT GATSBY
Author: FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT
BR 00089, BR 11057, DB 16147, LB 00377

Title: CATCHER IN THE RYE
Author: SALINGER, J.D.
BR 01617, BR 11909, DB 47480, LB 00182

Title: GRAPES OF WRATH
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN, 1902-1968
BR 01621, BR 09954, DB 68308, LB 00233, LB 06026

Title: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Author: LEE, HARPER
BR 12850, DB 36414, DB 77672, LB 04882

Title: COLOR PURPLE
Author: WALKER, ALICE
BR 07222, BR 12265, DB 58842

Title: ULYSSES
Author: JOYCE, JAMES
BR 10287, DB 19994

Title: BELOVED
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 16707, DB 26026

Title: LORD OF THE FLIES
Author: GOLDING, WILLIAM
BR 01595, BR 09480, DB 48388

Title: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
Author: ORWELL, GEORGE
BR 10312, DB 73474, LB 02843

Title: LOLITA
Author: NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH
BR 13157, DB 67388

Title: OF MICE AND MEN
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN
BT 03345, DB 48515, LB 04513

Title: CATCH-22
Author: HELLER, JOSEPH
BR 11980, DB 48063, LB 01027

Title: BRAVE NEW WORLD
Author: HUXLEY, ALDOUS
BR 01601, BR 11922, DB 47108, LB 02990

Title: SUN ALSO RISES
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 03615, BR 16853, DB 34114, LB 04118

Title: AS I LAY DYING
Author: FAULKNER, WILLIAM
BR 12386, BT 00963, DB 49008

Title: FAREWELL TO ARMS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 12510, DB 49506, LB 00380, LB 04736, LB 06068

Title: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
Author: HURSTON, ZORA NEALE
BR 16074, DB 35745

Title: INVISIBLE MAN
Author: ELLISON, RALPH
BR 08550, BR 14988, DB 56346

Title: SONG OF SOLOMON
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 09632, DB 38330

Title: GONE WITH THE WIND
Author: MITCHELL, MARGARET
BR 01609, BR 08519, BR 11427, DB 33082

Title: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Author: KESEY, KEN
BR 12698, DB 56351

Title: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE; OR, THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE: A DUTY-DANCE WITH DEATH
Author: VONNEGUT, KURT
BR 17373, DB 64540

Title: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 00484, BR 12455, DB 49108, LB 03367

Title: CALL OF THE WILD
Author: LONDON, JACK
BR 09833, BR 12582, DB 49486, LB 04818

Title: SEPARATE PEACE
Author: KNOWLES, JOHN
BR 10776, DB 24697, LB 01155

Governor’s Committee Top 10 for the ADA Anniversary

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Texas Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities has compiled a top 10 list of state agencies and the accessibility initiatives of each agency. Here is the Top 10, with links to learn more about the various programs. And by the way, check out who comes in at #4!

#10 Texas Secretary of State
Vote Texas:
http://www.votetexas.gov/voters-with-special-needs/

#9 Texas Workforce Commission
Civil Rights Division:
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/programs/civil-rights-program-overview

#8 Texas Historical Commission
Providing access to historic properties:
http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/buildings-and-property/providing-access-historic-properties

#7 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Information on wheelchair-accessible parks and historic sites:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/wheelchair-accessibility-in-state-parks

#6 Texas Department of Public Safety
State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR):
https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/stear/public.htm

#5 Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP):
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/stap.shtml
Note: On September 1st, the STAP program will move to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.

#4 The Texas State Library & Archives Commission
The Talking Book Program:
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/index.html

#3 Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
Architectural Barriers Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS):
https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ab/abtas.htm

#2 Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Accessibility Center for Electronic Information Resources:
http://accessibility.hhs.texas.gov/

#1 Office of the Governor – Committee on People with Disabilities
Texas Key Laws & Resources:
http://gov.texas.gov/disabilities/resources

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!

This Halloween, get your monster on!

Do you adore scary stories? Are you addicted to Horror novels or alien-monster films? Do your friends look at you sideways when they catch you reading yet another paperback that features a serial killer or a case of demonic possession?
Actually, your spooky predilection is mostly normal. Mostly. The magazine Psychology Today once asked Horror film director Clive Barker why people love to get scared. His answer: “It empowers them… One of the ways you take hold of the things that frighten you is to grasp the nettle very tightly, so it doesn’t sting.” That explains a lot.
So; now you have Clive Barker’s blessing to read scary things to your cob-webby heart’s content. And while you’re at it, find out more about why you love dark tales so much. Spend this Halloween reading some of the following titles.

  • ON MONSTERS: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY OF OUR WORST FEARS by Stephen Asma.  DB 72161 / BR 19224.
  • MEDUSA’S GAZE AND VAMPIRE’S BITE: THE SCIENCE OF MONSTERS by Matt Kaplan.  DB 75865.
  • POE’S CHILDREN: THE NEW HORROR, AN ANTHOLOGY.  DB 68446.
  • BIG BOOK OF GHOST STORIES. DB 76004.
  • MONSTER’S CORNER: STORIES THROUGH INHUMAN EYES. DB 75497.