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.

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).

Mobile Phone / Tablet Accessibility Training

A Wireless Independence Now training workshop will occur in the Dallas area on Wednesday, October 14th, from 8:30 – 10:00 am.

The presentation will cover the accessibility features of Apple and Android phones and tablets.

The workshop will take place at the AT&T Store of the Future, 5100 Beltline Road, Ste. 1032,
Addison, TX 75254

For more information, please contact Kendra Cox Ragsdale, by phone at 512-923-8934, or by e-mail at kendra.cox@att.com

Braille Sense Workshops by HIMS

Want to learn more about Braille devices / notetakers? HIMS, an assistive technology vendor, is offering free workshops in four cities in early October:

In Austin, at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, on Monday, October 5th.
At the San Antonio Lighthouse on Tuesday, October 6th.
At the Houston Lighthouse on Wednesday, October 7th.
In Dallas / Fort Worth (location not specified) on Thursday, October 8th.

All of the workshops will take place from 9 am – 3 pm, and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, e-mail Rick at rick@hims-inc.com, or call 512-837-2000, ext 1

CEU’s are available for teachers and rehab professionals.

National Federation of the Blind of Texas

NFB Texas has moved its state office from Austin to Alvin. The new president is Norma Crosby, and the contact information for the office is:

1600 E Highway 6, Suite 215
Alvin, TX 77511

In addition, Liz Wisecarver is the new point person for questions about the Newsline program. She can be reached at the above address and phone number.

The state convention for NFBT will be Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15, at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, located at 6000 Middle Fiskville Road in Austin, Texas.

For more information, visit:

Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

The USBLN Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is in Austin, Texas, from now until Thursday, October 1st, at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 9721 Arboretum Blvd in Northwest Austin.

For more information, visit:


USBLN stands for the U.S. Business Leadership Network. This is a national non-profit that focuses on the importance of inclusion in the workplace and marketplace. The annual USBLN conference is occurring in Austin this week. The conference is sold out and available only to attendees, but the Museum on Wheels is open to the public.

UT Arlington Libraries To Digitize Disability History

UT Arlington Libraries have received a $25,000 TexTreasures grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to digitize and publish disability history relating to UT Arlington and Texas.

The digitized items will be available via a web site that is planned to debut next spring. Materials featured in the collection will include personal papers, organizational records, photographs, and audio and video recordings.

For information about the project, contact Special Collections at spcoref@uta.edu or 817-272-3393.

To learn more, please click on this link:

Two new seminars from the Hadley School for the Blind

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 1 pm CDT, Hadley will present a one hour overview about the Zoomtext magnifier / speech software. Then on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, also at 1 pm CDT, Hadley will provide a one hour seminar about the vision accessibility features of the Apple operating software for iPhone. Both presentations are free but space is limited.

To register for the Zoomtext seminar, follow this link: http://hadley.edu/Seminar_register.asp?sid=286

To register for the iOS seminar, follow this link: http://hadley.edu/Seminar_register.asp?sid=287

Both presentations are audio only.

The Hadley School for the Blind provides free correspondence and Internet courses on a variety of topics for people with visual impairments. For more information, visit www.hadley.edu