April 29, 2015

No Rewinding is Necessary When Using Digital Cartridges
Digital books and magazines do not need to be rewound before returning the cartridges to the library. Unlike the old cassettes, digital cartridges have no moveable parts. A person with another digital machine will automatically start at the beginning of the book.

April 20, 2015

Netflix Audio Description Service
The follow article was issued by Netflix to give people information regarding their new audio description service. The posting of this article on this BLOG is not an endorsement of the company or product. The article is being posted to this BLOG as information only. For more information, please contact Netflix directly.

Netflix Begins Audio Description for Visually Impaired

At Netflix, we work hard to continually improve the experience for our members when viewing movies and shows on our service, including providing accessibility across devices. Now we’re expanding our accessibility options by adding audio description on select titles, beginning today with our new critically acclaimed series, Marvel’s Daredevil.

Audio description is a narration track that describes what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes. Customers can choose audio narration just like choosing the soundtrack in a different language.

In coming weeks, we'll add more titles, including current and previous seasons of the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning political thriller House of Cards, Emmy award-winning comedy-drama series Orange is the New Black, as well as Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the epic adventure series Marco Polo.

Netflix is actively committed to increasing the number of audio-visual translations for movies and shows in our English-language catalogues. We are also exploring adding audio description into other languages in the future.

Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies. We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones.

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.