VFO, a leading assistive technology provider for the blind and visually impaired, which has already acquired Freedom Scientific and Optelec, has now added Ai Squared to its list of assets.
“Adding the brand, product portfolio and capabilities of Ai Squared to VFO gives us the broadest portfolio in the industry, unmatched global distribution and market leading customer support,” said John Blake, CEO and President of VFO. “The combined company will offer customers the industry’s most recognized screen magnification solutions, ZoomText and MAGic, and screen reading solutions, JAWS, ZoomText Fusion and Window-Eyes, next to the broad portfolio of video magnifiers, scan and read solutions, and refreshable Braille displays.”
There is no word yet on whether Ai Squared will keep its name and contact information, or be absorbed into another VFO company.
The San Antonio Art Museum (SAMA) provides a free multisensory tour of selected items from their collection on the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. The items on each tour are united by a theme. Using descriptive language, scents, touchable props, and music, the docents provide an experience of art that is truly accessible to all. Currently, SAMA offers seven different multisensory tours. Previous tours have included: Life, Death and the Afterlife; 19th and 20th century art in Europe and the Americas; Sculpture; and Asian Lands. Reservations are required for the tour. Call 210-978-8138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would it be helpful to have someone read the expiration date on your carton of milk? Be My Eyes can assist you with that.
Created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually impaired staff member of the Danish Association for the Blind, Be My Eyes is a free app available for iPhone that allows sighted volunteers to assist visually impaired users with daily tasks using a direct video call. The Be My Eyes app was launched in January 2015 and already has 10 times the number of volunteers as visually impaired users.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are conducting a survey of individuals with disabilities to learn more about disability identity development.
If you are at least 18 years of age, live in the United States, and have a disability, you are eligible to participate in the study. The questionnaire takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. If you choose to provide contact information, you will receive a $5 Amazon gift card; otherwise, you can remain anonymous.
This expo will include sessions and a vendor area to learn about products and services for the low vision community. The event is free. The program will not begin until 9 a.m., so individuals who arrive early will be asked to wait downstairs.
The fifth annual Houston Area Insight Expo was originally scheduled for April 30th, but had to be canceled at the last minute due to historic flooding in Houston and surrounding areas. The expo will also feature workshops and a vendor area for attendees to learn about community resources. In addition, breakfast will be provided. Attendees who registered for the first event do not need to re-register. The cost is $5 for individuals who register before July 15th, and $10 for those register after July 15th.
NLS has produced three short testimonial videos featuring patrons of the Braille and talking book program. These videos are posted on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Links with a short description of each video are below.
NLS BARD and BARD Mobile
Patrons speak about the benefits of downloading free braille and talking books, magazines, and music materials through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Mobile. (1:55)
NLS Music Materials
Patrons speak about the benefits of receiving free audio, braille, and large-print music scores, texts, and other instructional materials and recordings in the mail or downloading them through BARD. (2:26)
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has just announced his summer reading list for 2016. The Texas Talking Book Program has the majority of the list in our collection. Although many of his selections deal with math and science, Mr. Gates emphatically states that he chose books that made him think and kept him up at night reading instead of sleeping. He explains that he only chose ones that he genuinely loved.
For more information directly from Bill Gates himself, click on the video below.
In TBP’s collection:
Author: STEPHENSON, NEAL
A catastrophic event forces humanity to band together to survive, though only a handful succeed and flee Earth. Five thousand years later, their descendants number three billion and comprise seven distinct races. They embark on a journey into the unknown, to an alien world–Earth. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2015.
Title: SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND
Author: HARARI, YUVAL N
A discussion of the development of human culture and history, from the emergence of the first species of the genus Homo over 2 million years ago to the twenty-first century. Examines progress from the standpoints of biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics. Translated from the 2011 Hebrew edition. Bestseller. 2015.
Title: HOW NOT TO BE WRONG: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICAL THINKING
Author: ELLENBERG, JORDAN, 1971-
Mathematician–and former child prodigy–reveals the mathematical patterns and principles that underlie everyday life. Ellenberg argues that math is an extension of common sense and can be learned by paying attention to aspects of the world around us–including electoral politics, the stock market, and grocery shopping. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
Title: VITAL QUESTION: ENERGY, EVOLUTION, AND THE ORIGINS OF COMPLEX LIFE
Author: LANE, NICK, 1967-
Biochemist theorizes the emergence of morphologically complex life two billion years ago, two billion years after simple bacterial life arose. Discusses the basis for the question he is trying to answer, and presents evidence for his hypotheses, including cellular morphology and biochemistry, genetic divergence–including sex–and a 2010 discovery. 2015.
BR 21297; DB 83289
Please join us on Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE ROSIE PROJECT, by Graeme C. Simsion (DB 78150).
Our Book Club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call. All you need to participate is a telephone!
To RSVP, call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605, or email us at email@example.com. RSVP preferred by July 1.
THE ROSIE PROJECT is available by mail on digital cartridge. It is also available for download on BARD.
Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download the book.
THE ROSIE PROJECT
Graeme C. Simsion
Socially stunted geneticist Don Tillman embarks on an endeavor he calls the Wife Project. As he quantifies the qualities of a perfect wife, he encounters Rosie, who seeks Don’s help in identifying her real father. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.
We’re looking forward to having you join us on July 21!
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 June, 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.
The Color of Blind Exhibit
Dates: June 2, 2016 – June 30, 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