Bender Consulting Services Virtual Career Fair

Bender Consulting Services is conducting a Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, March 20th. The fair is free to students and alumni from two and four year colleges in the United States. Prospective employers pay a fee to participate in the event.

Students and alumni can upload their resumes to the site, and then chat with employers on March 20th. Some of the chat rooms will offer video chat as well.

For more information, please visit:
disability.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/

Federal Income Tax Information

It’s that time of year again! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers an accessible web page to assist Americans with disabilities. Visit the site to for pdf, large print, and braille tax forms and instructions, watch videos in American Sign Language (ASL), and read related information.

Here is the web site:
www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility

And here is a link about local tax preparation assistance for individuals who are low-income, or elderly:
www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers

General help regarding the IRS web site is available by calling (800) 876-1715, or you can chat live with a customer service representative. The link for the chat can be found at www.irs.gov/uac/Navigate-IRSgov

Technology Tidbits

Here is some information regarding technology news and resources:

In a landmark partnership, Microsoft and GW Micro have combined forces to make Window Eyes software available free to anyone who purchases Microsoft Office products. Window Eyes will now come standard with Microsoft Office Version 10. Window Eyes is a screen reading software program that provides speech and Braille output to people who are blind and visually impaired. Please click on this link for the announcement: www.gwmicro.com/News_&_Events/Latest_News/?newsNo=299

Sitecues, by AI Squared, is a cloud-based, on-demand software tool that allows users to initiate magnification and text to speech capabilities within a web site. This technology can benefit individuals with blindness, low vision, and learning disabilities, as well as non-native speakers. AI Squared is the maker of ZoomText, a magnification and screen reading software product. For more information, including an FAQ, please visit www.sitecues.com

Appcessible is a site that aims to bring app developers and blind users together. Jonathan Mosen, the site creator, hopes that developers will invite members of the blind community to test their apps for accessibility. The web site includes a blog and podcasts: www.appcessible.net

Favor is an app that allows users to request errands from a team of runners. These errands can include anything from groceries to incidentals to take-out food. Individuals place orders and pay through their smartphones. The delivery fee is only $5 plus tip. For now, this service is only available in certain parts of Austin, but the creators hope to expand. This is a great service for individuals with disabilities who have limited transportation options. More information is available at: askfavor.com/index.php

Staff Picks – Laura – OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, DB 77198

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE begins as a man returns to his childhood home for a funeral.  As he explores his old neighborhood he is inexplicably pulled towards the farm of his childhood friend Lettie.  There he finds her family still living, unchanged despite the years.  As he sits by their pond, memories of the terrifying events of his childhood unfold.  Through the eyes of his seven year old self, we learn how the boy befriended Lettie, who, though she was 11, had been so for a very, very long time, and how they together encountered a malevolent presence from another world that used him as a conduit to cross into ours.  When he and Lettie confronted the presence to send it back, tragedy occurred.  This haunting and affecting story deftly portrays the loneliness of childhood and how tragedy can follow you your entire life, floating right below the surface of memory.

NLS Annotation:

OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE  by GAIMAN, NEIL

Sussex, England. A man returns to his childhood home for a funeral.  While there, he is drawn to the farm where his friend Lettiee lived with her mother and grandmother. After he enters the property, he remembers the terrifying experiences he and Lettiee shared. Some violence. Bestseller. 2013.  DB   77198; BR   20187

Staff Picks – Laura – Doll Bones, DB 76559

Doll Bones by Holly Black is middle-grade fiction that seems to defy classification.  It is many genres all rolled into one book!  It is a friendship tale, a coming of age story, an adventure, a bit of a mystery, and a dash of a ghost story too.  These elements mesh together to create an engaging tale of three friends on the edge of adolescence (with all its complications and confusions) who band together on a quest to bring peace to an uneasy spirit inhabiting a china doll.  The characters are realistic, the adventure is exciting, and the atmosphere is eerie and creepy without crossing over into the land of nightmares.

NLS annotation: Preteens Zach, Alice, and Poppy act out adventures with action figures and a china doll long after their classmates have stopped such play.  But when Poppy is haunted by dreams about the eerie doll, the friends begin a real-life exploit. For grades 5-8 and older readers.  2013.  DB 76559.

Can’t get enough of creepy dolls?  Try Coraline by Neil Gaiman.  DB   54845  DLD

November Book Club Podcast – The Blind Contessa’s New Machine

Author Carey Wallace joined TBP’s Book Club for the November discussion of her book The Blind Contessa’s New Machine.

Host: Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Laura

The transcript for the audio file can be found here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/tbp/Blind%20Contessa%20New%20Machine%20Transcript.txt