Houston Area Insight Expo

5th Annual Insight Expo
Sponsored by the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)
Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9 AM – 2 PM, registration begins at 8:30 AM
Location: University of Houston (Main Campus), Health and Biomedical Sciences Building, 4811 Calhoun, Houston, TX

The theme this year is “Advocacy In Action” with workshops discussing Advocacy in the Community, Advocacy in the Workplace, and Advocacy in Government.
It will be a half-day of programming, workshops, and shared resources for the greater Houston visually impaired community.

For more information visit: facebook.com/havintx

The Talking Book Program visits Rodriguez Elementary School

On Tuesday, March 8th, Disability Information & Referral Coordinator Dina Abramson and Reader Consultant Victor Hunter, along with Texas State Library Communications Officer Steve Siwinski, visited Rodriguez Elementary School to help the students celebrate Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Victor read a print/Braille copy of his favorite Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham to two second grade classes as school librarian Barbara Mott held up the pictures from a print version of the book. After the reading, Dina and Victor answered questions about Braille and blindness. Each student received a Braille alphabet card. And the two classroom teachers gave Victor thank you notes with Braille on them. When the students learned that Victor’s birthday was the next day, they sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

Special thanks to Steve for taking pictures and providing transportation. Also a big thank you to Amanda Shaver from Bookspring for helping to set up the event.

Here are some pictures:

TBP Reader Consultant Victor and DIRC Coordinator Dina with staff from Rodriguez Elementary. Big smiles all around.
TBP Reader Consultant Victor reads a Braille copy of Green Eggs and Ham aloud to a rapt audience of Rodriguez Elementary students.
TBP Reader Consultant Victor holds up a print-Braille copy of Dr. Suess' Green Eggs and Ham.
Rodriguez Elementary students enjoy exploring Braille with Braille alphabet cards.

Schneider Family Book Awards

The American Library Association has announced the winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards for 2016. Each year the Association selects books in three age categories that portray realistic depictions of children and teenagers with disabilities. This year, two books were awarded prizes in the nine – thirteen age category. Winning authors and illustrators receive $5,000 and a framed plaque.

Please click on this link to read about the winning books:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/01/25/childrens-books-disability/21819/

You can request the winning books from the Talking Book Program! Here are the titles, authors, and book numbers, along with annotations for each book.

EMMANUEL’S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH by LAURIE ANN THOMPSON

BR 21066

NLS Annotation: Born in Ghana with one deformed leg, Emmanuel was raised to reach for  his dreams. He hopped to and from school more than two miles each way,
provided for his family, and eventually became a cyclist and activist
for people with disabilities. PRINT/BRAILLE.  For grades K-3 and older
readers. 2015.

FISH IN A TREE  by LYNDA MULLALY HUNT

DB 80497, BR 21151 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Bullied and moved from different schools, sixth grader Ally creatively
distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia and encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. Commercial audiobook.   For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE  by KIMBERLY BRUBAKER BRADLEY

BR   20662, DB   80472

NLS Annotation: A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by TERESA TOTEN

DB   82326, BR   21201 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Adam struggles with his OCD therapy assignments, and his relationship with his divorced parents doesn’t help matters. During a session at
his OCD support group, however, he falls for fellow member Robyn and
decides to save them both. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook.
For senior high and older readers. 2015.

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:
ttraber@cizikeye.org
713-559-5216

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).

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:

http://disabilityrightsonwheels.org/

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.

To Kill A Mockingbird Read-a-thon

Barnes and Noble held a nation wide read-a-thon of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD on July 13th in anticipation of the release of Harper Lee’s new book GO SET A WATCHMAN.  Victor, a Reader Consultant, represented The Talking Book Program by reading a chapter of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in Braille.

A photo of Victor seated at a podium, reading.

A photo of the book, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, with Victor in the background.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is available for TBP patrons to borrow in Braille (BR 12850), Digital Cartridge (DB 77672; DX 36414) and to download from BARD (DB 77672; DB 36414).

NLS Annotation: Scout Finch is an outspoken and literate six-year-old tomboy when she begins her tale of growing up in a small Alabama town with her brother Jem and her attorney father Atticus. The children’s intense curiosity about a reclusive neighbor is eclipsed by Atticus’s attempt to defend a black man against charges of raping a white woman. Pulitzer Prize winner. For high school and older readers.

If you loved TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, you may also be interested in:

MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR: LIFE WITH HARPER LEE (DB 79569) NLS Annotation: Journalist describes becoming friends with author Harper Lee (born 1926), known to her family and friends as Nelle, and her sister Alice and eventually moving in next door to them. Provides insights into Lee’s reclusiveness and reluctance about writing another novel after To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 36414/77672). Bestseller. 2014.

MOCKINGBIRD: A PORTRAIT OF HARPER LEE  (DB 64071; DX 64071; LB 05211) NLS Annotation: Biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird based on extensive interviews with acquaintances and the papers of Lee’s lifelong friend Truman Capote. Traces Lee’s Alabama childhood, time in 1950s New York City, and reclusive life after the 1960 publication of her only novel. 2006.

 

TBP Attends Belton Senior Expo “Roaring Twenties” Event

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Belton County Senior Expo brought together over 100 vendors educating seniors on health awareness, Veteran Services, and organizations devoted to enhancing life experience.

The Talking Book Program was proud to attend this event and reach over 300 members of the public as well as vendors who will spread the word about the Talking Book Program.

The event, hosted at the Bell-County Expo Center, included door prizes, talks on planning for the future, and a themed costume contest, “Roaring Twenties”.

If your organization would like Talking Books for Texans to attend a meeting for a presentation, conference or training please contact us at 1-800-252-9605 or through email at TBPInfo@tsl.texas.gov.

Two women looking at Talking Book Program material at the Talking Book booth during the Belton Senior Expo

Attendees check out TBP material at Belton Expo

Woman reading "Talking Books for Texans" newsletter about the TBP program at the Belton Senior Expo.

Belton Senior Expo 2014

September 2014 Outreach Events

Visit Talking Books for Texans at these events:

09/20 Eye on Vision / Low Vision Fair

Location: Bedford Public Library, Bedford TX; 10am-4pm

09/23 Belton’s 2014 Senior Expo

Location: Bell County Expo Center, Belton, Texas; 8:30am-12:30pm

09/26 -09/27 American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) Annual State Conference

Location: Hilton San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, Texas; 9am-5pm each day

09/26 Central Texas Libraries Annual Meeting

Location: Kyle Public Library, Kyle Texas; 10am-11:30

09/26 Silver Link Boomer Fair

Location: Balcones Country Club, Austin, Texas; Noon – 6pm

If your organization would like Talking Books for Texans to attend a meeting for a presentation, conference or training please contact us at 1-800-252-9605 or through email at TBPInfo@tsl.texas.gov.