October 8, 2014

White Cane Safety Day and Service Dog Awareness Day

On Wednesday, October 15th come to the State House in Concord, NH to celebrate White Cane Safety Day and Service Dog Awareness Day.  
Two proclamations will be read in two different locations in the State House at 10am.  A reading open to everyone, for Service Dog Awareness Day, will be downstairs. Everyone will meet outside on the sidewalk in front of the State House at 9am. At 9:30 all will gather in a private dining room of the cafeteria (there will be room for everyone!). At 10am Senator D'Allesandro will read the Proclamation for Service Dog Awareness Day.
A reading of the Proclamation for White Cane and Dog Guide Users Month is restricted to just a few people and will be upstairs in the State House.
After the readings, all will meet outside to hear singing from two Middle School students who are blind: Christopher Duffley and Gabby Geraghty.
To end the gathering, all will return to the cafeteria for a bite to eat or something to drink. All proceeds from sales at the cafeteria benefit Blind Services.
So come join the crowd! Share this notice with others and encourage them to attend. Also share this notice with your veterinarian so they can reach out to their clients who have service dogs.
Let's work together to see how many white canes and service dogs can be in one place at a time. October 15th is nationally known as White Cane Safety Day. So come and help to create an awareness of all three: white canes, service dogs and guide dogs.

September 24, 2014

Extension of Comment Period for Proposed Rule Regarding Movie Theaters and Audio Description

The comment period has been extended until December 1, 2014 for the proposed regulation to explicitly require movie theaters to exhibit movies with audio description at all times and for all showings, unless to do so would cause an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department of Justice encourages the public to submit comments.

Comments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home  
Search by the phrase Movie Theaters. “Comment Now” is on the right.
You may also comment by mail at the following addresses:  Regular U. S. mail: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice, P. O. Box 2885, Fairfax, VA 22031-0885; Overnight, courier, or hand delivery: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Avenue, N. W., Suite 4039, Washington, D. C. 20005.

The proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register on August 1, 2014.The following summary is from the regulations.gov website:
Summary: The Department of Justice (Department) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in order to propose amendments to its regulation for title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which covers public accommodations and commercial facilities, including movie theaters. The Department is proposing to explicitly require movie theaters to exhibit movies with closed captioning and audio description at all times and for all showings whenever movies are produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with captioning and audio description unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is also proposing to require movie theaters to have a certain number of individual closed captioning and audio description devices unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is proposing a six-month compliance date for movie theaters' digital movie screens and is seeking public comment on whether it should adopt a four-year compliance date for movie theaters' analog movie screens or should defer rulemaking on analog screens until a later date.

September 19, 2014

Audio Prescription Devices from Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies

In June 2014, Walgreens launched a program that offers talking prescription devices for customers with visual impairments. It is called the Talking Pill Reminder. The device attaches to prescription containers and will be provided free of charge with prescription medications that Walgreens dispenses to its pharmacy customers who are blind or who have visual impairments. The Talking Pill Reminder can be recorded to speak the information on the customer’s prescription medication label, and also has an audible alarm to remind patients when to take a medication. Ask your Walgreens pharmacist for more information about the Talking Pill Reminder and other services they may offer their customers with limited vision.

In March 2014, CVS began offering ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy. The ScripTalk labels are free to CVS.com pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired. Customers can also obtain a free ScripTalk reader from Envision America that will enable them to listen to the information on the ScripTalk label. Contact your CVS pharmacist for more information about ScripTalk.

August 13, 2014


DB 77537  Still Foolin' 'em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? By Billy Crystal

DB 68766 Ernie: the Autobiography By Ernest Borgnine.

DB 69101 Cloris by Cloris Leachman

DB 72819 Bossypants by Tina Fey

DB 72221 Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny by Marlo Thomas

DB 70103 Last Words by George Carlin with Tony Hendra

DB 69691 Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin

DB 76484 I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby

DB 73788 Seriously--I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

DB 74349 My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir by Dick Van Dyke

DB 77382 Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story by Carol Burnett

July 17, 2014

Concord Reads The Last Policeman DB 76184

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters DB 76184 is the current Concord Reads selection. Concord Reads is a book program by the Concord Public Library that brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book.
Concord Reads is planning numerous events tied to the book, including a “scavenger hunt” in the fall at places referenced in the book and various discussions about the book and themes raised within, throughout the winter leading up to the author’s appearance in March. The annotation (below) may describe a book you would not normally read, but the book is set in Concord, and I hear it mentions many local spots like the McDonald's on South Main Street and the West Street playground. And isn't it great to have a book in our collection that is set in New Hampshire! So contact us and let us know you want to be put on the request list for The Last Policeman.