October 28, 2016

Get Out and Vote: Accessible Voting in New Hampshire

Since 2002, the Help America Vote Act has demonstrated the federal government’s commitment to providing accessible and private voting options for all. Following the One4All accessible voting system debut at the 2016 New Hampshire Presidential Primary, those with varying degrees of vision loss now have a unique opportunity to vote electronically. The One4All system is a tablet-based system with voice output that’s designed for voters who have any number of visual impairments, from those with low vision to those who are completely blind.
“I believe New Hampshire is one of the first, if not the first, states to fully adopt tablet-based voting technology,” said NHAB President & CEO, David Morgan. “Though we know the system is imperfect and will require improvements to ensure full privacy, One4All is a step in the right direction toward fully independent and private voting for those with sight loss.”  One4All will be available for the New Hampshire State Primary Election in September and the General Election in November.
For more information about the One4All accessible voting system, please contact New Hampshire Association for the Blind at
(603) 224-4039.

September 22, 2016

White Cane and Dog Guide Awareness Month

October 15th is National White Cane Awareness Day. This year there will be several events in New Hampshire that will feature interactive activities that demonstrate use of the white cane and dog guide for independent and safe travel. Demonstrations of emerging technologies that will soon be supplementing the original symbols of blindness will also be on hand for discussion.
Please look for the big blue and yellow banner!

Saturday, October 1st 10:00 am
Monadnock Fall Festival
City Hall Plaza, Keene, NH

Saturday, October 15th 10:00 am
Applecrest Farm Orchards
133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, NH

In addition, the quarterly meeting of the Dog Guide Users of New Hampshire will feature presentations on the history of the white cane and dog guides. This is a luncheon meeting - Dutch treat - and open to the public. Please RSVP by October 15th to attend this luncheon. You may call
603-434-6042 or email: cholmes33@comcast.net

For more information about these events, please contact New Hampshire Association for the Blind at (603) 224-4039.

August 8, 2016

Braille and talking book program videos on YouTube

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. Following are short descriptions of each video and the links for viewing them.
  • NLS Braille and Talking Books and Magazines
    NLS patrons speak about the benefits of receiving free braille and talking books, magazines, and music materials in the mail: The freedom to read their way. Length: 1 minute 50 seconds. bit.ly/1TJdR6H
  • 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 the BARD Mobile app. Length: 1 minute 55 seconds. www.bit.ly/292nu30
  • 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. Length: 2 minutes 26 seconds. bit.ly/28SSLDT
Please watch the videos and share with others to spread the word, so that all may read.

July 19, 2016

NFB NEWSLINE Informs Voters

Just in time for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, you can log into NFB-NEWSLINE and get up to the minute information about the leading candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election. 
To hear about the candidates for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election using the telephone access method, press five on the main menu for “Newspapers in a Different State”, then five for 2016 “Presidential Election”.  From there you can choose “Breaking News”, “Daily Newspaper”, “International”, or “Magazine” search results for Clinton or Trump. You will be able to read articles from today’s and yesterday’s publications.
To read about candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election using NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile, choose “Publications”, then “Publication Options”, then “All Publications” and look for “Breaking News Search Results” or “Daily Newspaper Search Results” or “International Search Results” or “Magazine Search Results” for Clinton and Trump to read the most current information available.
In order to obtain this information, we have performed a Global Search for the candidates under “Breaking News” or “Daily Newspaper” or “International” or “Magazines” and created the articles listed in this new section called “2016 Presidential Election”.  To obtain further information, you can use the Global Search function to search under additional topics. 
Additional election information will be added as it becomes available.  Don’t forget to get out and vote!
NFB-NEWSLINE, A service of the National Federation of the Blind

May 23, 2016

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning may unearth forgotten items, especially unused cassette players and cassette tapes from the New Hampshire Talking Book Library. Readers may keep their playback devices as long as they are using our services. However, audiobook equipment like the cassette players and the digital players are federal government property and must be returned to the talking book library when not in use. If you are not sure how to return a player you are not currently using, please contact us at (800) 491-4200 and a staff member will assist you.