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IBM Home Page Reader

ByMichael McCarty-August 30, 2007Home Page Reader speaks information as it is presented on the computer screen. Users hear everything from a description of graphics, to forms, frames andtables. Enhanced navigation features provide additional help in understanding complex tables and data input fields, and a simple search function providesthe capability to look for descriptive text on a page or the entire Web. In addition to being a Web browser, Home Page Reader includes a new desktop reader with keyboard navigation and speech output for the Microsoft Windowsdesktop and selected system applications. Compatible applications include Windows Explorer, Control Panel, Notepad, Media Player, WordPad and more. Home Page Reader includes many features for users with low vision. Now those features and dialogs are on Home Page Reader menus so they are easier to access.Users with low vision can quickly change font size, type and color to customize the way information is presented to them. Windows and panes can also beresi…Post a CommentRead More »

Home Safety Tips for Low Vision: Live Independently and Avoid Falling

ByMichael McCarty-August 30, 2007By Sharon OBrienLow vision or blindness affects approximately 1 in 28 Americans over the age of 40, and the risk of low vision and blindness increases significantly with age—especially among people over 65.Low Vision is a Growing TrendToday, 6.5 million Americans over age 65 have a severe visual impairment, and experts predict that by 2030 the rate of severe vision loss will double along with the country’s aging population.Low vision can have profound and adverse effects on the overall health and well-being of older adults such as a greater risk of depression, drug-related errors caused by an inability to identify medications, and an increased risk of falls and fractures.Low Vision Increases Risk of Falls and FracturesFalls are the leading cause of death among people 65 and older, and people with low vision are at even greater risk of falls or fractures, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control.The CDC study found that 1.8 million elderly not living in nur…Post a CommentRead More »

Search Public Radio for Live Streams and Podcasts

ByMichael McCarty-August 30, 2007PublicRadioFan.netThis database that can be personalized (favorite links, time zone, etc) is both a real time directory of what’s airing on PUBLIC radio stations around the globe (WBUR, CBC, etc.) but also an excellent searchable directory of even more stations. What’s also useful is that in most cases you can go directly from and open the stream of the station you want to listen to.

Click this link to visit
Click this link to check out their directory of public radio podcasts, over 1,000 to enjoy! Podcasts DirectoryThis 2007 Webby and People’s Voice award-winner includes over 450 podcasts from member radio stations on a wide range of topics – Car Talk, Speaking of Pets, The 90-Second Naturalist, Sports with Frank DeFord, GeekSpeak, and more. Browse by topic, title, or provider.

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Stereotypes About the Blind and Visually Impaired

ByMichael McCarty-August 28, 2007By Shari-Rae TiilikainenBeing visually impaired and blind are actually two different terms. As a whole, the term visually impaired can mean anyone who has a classified visual disability;whereas, being blind, legally blind, has more scientific numbers attached to it. The great majority of those who have a visual disability can see something;it can be difficult to find someone who actually has no vision at all. As a reader, you may be asking, well, what makes you an expert on how society treats visually impaired people? Who says we treat them differently anyway?Well, I should tell you that I have worked in the field teaching visually impaired individuals, but more importantly, I am visually impaired. I can tellyou that people who are visually impaired really do get treated differently, and not always better. You can turn away and say, oh, I would never do that,but unfortunately, people do treat us differently because we have trouble with our eyes, even though you may not realize …1 commentRead More »

BrainBoost: An Answer Engine for the Net

ByMichael McCarty-August 28, 2007Question: What is the difference between a search engine and an answer engine?Answer: A search engine (like Google, Yahoo!, etc.) will find Web pages that have your search term somewhere in their text. An answer engine will find Webpages that actually answer your question directly. BrainBoost is an answer engine that I’d like to introduce you to. Once you’ve tried it, you may never want to go back to a normal search engine again. All you have to do is type in your question in plain English and see what happens! There’s no need for quotes or question marks.If you have some vision, you’ll notice that clicking on the “read more” button opens up the result Web page in a scrolling box on the BrainBoost page you are viewing at the time. That way, you don’t have to hit the Back button to get back to the search page. How cool is that?! Speech users should click on the “Click here to open in new window” link to see the result page.In a case wh…Post a CommentRead More »

Keyboard Shortcuts for Font Control in MS-Word

ByMichael McCarty-August 28, 2007Ever wanted to change the font style or the size of the current font in MS-Word? Changing these attributes is not something just for sighted people, here are some keyboard commands that will help anyone who uses a screen reader.First, let’s address the font style.To access the font type list, you’ll need to use Ctrl + Shift + F. This will highlight the current font name in the list and it will allow you to have control over the list using the keyboard. You can scroll up and down with the arrows. If you know the name of the font you’re looking for, you can type in the name. But keep in mind, the spelling must be exactly correct and you must includethe correct capital letters. If you know the name of the font, but not the correct spelling, you can just type the first letter of the name and it will take you to that part ofthe list. You can then use the arrow keys to find the correct font.Whatever method you use to find the name of the font you’re looking for, hi…Post a CommentRead More »

Is That Movie Really Based on True Facts?

ByMichael McCarty-August 27, 2007We’ve all heard those movie trailers that say that a movie is “based on a true story”. Well, have you ever wondered if a story that isbased on actual events was accurate? You can find out by visiting an interesting website with an interesting name, Chasing the Frog.Navigation on this Website is pretty simple. On the main page, you will find the most recent entries in the center of the page, with a larger listing offto the left side. Or, you can click the link on the right hand side that says “Browse Our True Stories Section.” The movie 300 was a very popular movie, based on a real battle in history, but how closely did the movie follow history? I was actually very surprised by all the information I found about the Battle of Thermopylae and the Spartans and Persians. I was even moresurprised to find that they included pictures, links to actual texts, video and more. Not only did they point out where the truth was stretched for goodmovie making, they even…Post a CommentRead More »

Outlook Express Sends Messages Where There Are None

ByMichael McCarty-August 27, 2007Do you use Outlook Express and even though your Outbox appears to be empty, it keeps trying to send a message? What’s going on? There are a couple of things you can check before you go off and switch email programs.The first thing you’ll want to check on is your Outbox folder. Go in there and click on the View menu and choose Current View. Once there, make sure the”Show All Messages” choice is selected. This ensures that you’re able to see all of the messages that are contained in your Outbox folder. If you thensee an email message appear, you can send it off normally or even delete it if you want. The next thing you can check is within the Outbox folder itself. Go to File, Folder, Compact. If nothing happens, your folder is probably okay and you don’tneed to worry about it any longer. If you happen to get an error message, the Outbox.dbx file may be damaged. There are a couple of causes for this. One could actually be an antivirus program that sca…1 commentRead More »

Share Your Folders With FolderShare

ByMichael McCarty-August 24, 2007I’ve used all kinds of file-sharing programs, some primarily handle a particular type of file such as Hello the image sharing program, or Grouper used for sending huge files back and forth. Well this program also allows the sharing of files, and like the others, this has its own features and attributes, some of which are quite impressive. The best feature of all is that the program is totally accessible.With Foldershare you can share, download and even synchronize folders on multiple PCs at the same time. Wow! In addition to this. the program has laid out a “Hold your hand” tutorial that will give anyone a sense of confidence with any chosen procedure. “Sounds great,” you say, “so how do you use it?” Well, to start off, you need to download the program. After you have properly installed it you will then need to create an account. This is a simple process which entails a name, email, and password, and presto, you’re registered. One unique thing…Post a CommentRead More »

Print Speaking to the Blind

ByMichael McCarty-August 23, 2007Print Speaking to the Blind is a podcast service enabling visually impairedpeople to download The Glasgow Herald, Sunday Herald, Evening Times,Scottish Sun, Radio Times Scotland, Inside Soap, Earth Matters, SFX,Star Trek, Empire and More magazines/ newspapers, all for a membershipfee. Don’t know about podcasting? No problem, the service is also available on cassette and compact disc. New members will need a username and password to access all the features they offer. To pay your membership fee andto get details of how to use the service either follow the instructionson the podcast site, email [email protected] or telephone0141-563-0306. The membership form can be downloaded at For more information, contact:

Alastair C McPhee
Managing Editor
Cue and Review Recording Service
Crowhill Business Centre
18 Crowhill Road
Phone: 0141-563-0306
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.cueandre…Post a CommentRead More »

Accessible Voting Technology For The Blind

ByMichael McCarty-August 23, 2007The ES&S AutoMARK is a system designed to give people with disabilities more independence at their local poling place. The 40,000 polling places across 42 states that currently use or are considering the optical scan method of ballot-marking will be candidates for this state-of-the-art voting machine, which uses a touch screen, allows for an auditable paper trail and gives disabled Americans the option to vote privately and independently. The addition of this technology to an existing optical scan system will bring those polling places into compliance with the Help America Vote Act(HAVA) of 2002 requiring all polling locations to be equipped with at least one voting machine for people with disabilities by January 2006.The ES&S AutoMARK offers a virtually fool-proof way for all Americans to vote accurately with a high level of confidence that their vote is private and secure — and, since the Chad fiasco of 2000 — gives polling places reliable and legal documents in case o…Post a CommentRead More »

The Blind Doctor

ByMichael McCarty-August 23, 2007In 1912, at the age of 24, Jacob Bolotin became the first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine. By the time he was thirty, he was one of the top heart and lung specialists in Chicago. A new biography, The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story tells about the amazing life of a remarkable man who was born blind to poor Jewish parents in Chicago in 1888 and fought his way into and through medical school.During the last years of his short life, Dr. Bolotin used his celebrity to give speeches around the Midwest to raise the awareness of the world to the plight of the blind. His words are as timely today as they were in 1922 when he said:”I am blind, and I am a doctor. The fact that I am standing here before you is living proof of what we, the [blind], can achieve.. The major problem for us is not our affliction, but the wall of ignorance, injustices, indifference and misconceptions that separate us from you who can see. We must break down that …Post a CommentRead More »

What is Academic Plagiarism?

ByMichael McCarty-August 23, 2007Many students lack a clear concept of what plagiarism is, and why it matters, so this site will be useful for teachers trying to train them in academic honesty. It not only illustrates various forms of plagiarism, but in each instance shows how to use the misappropriated material responsibly.

Click this link to read the article Academic Plagiarism Defined by Professor Irving Hexham.Post a CommentRead More »

Braille Instructions for Over One Hundred Games

ByMichael McCarty-August 21, 2007Have you ever found yourself halfway through a particularly engrossing game of chess, not sure if the really fancy move you’ve planned out is entirelylegal? Or maybe a fellow card player has played a card you didn’t think should have been allowed? Or are you just one of those game fanatics who strivesto learn everything there is to know about a specific game? It definitely sounds as if all of you could use a booklet or two of game directions now andagain!With instructions available for over a hundred popular games, the Braille Bookstore’s Game Directions series insures you’ll be able to read up on any game of your choice. Plus,each book provides a detailed outline of the game, its objectives, how you win, rules and regulations, and so much more. In short, you’ll never be leftpuzzling or debating at your next game night!

Click this link to visit the Family Games section of the Braille Bookstore’s website. Once there, look for the “Game Directions&quo…Post a CommentRead More »

Crayola Audio Ruler

ByMichael McCarty-August 21, 2007Assistive devices can come from the strangest places, but we certainly don’t mind when a company comes out with a product that can be used by both the blind and the sighted. Imagine my surprise when I came across this little product from a crayon company.Measure out loud with this incredible talking ruler! Great tool for the blind and low vision – especially handy for students. Measures up to one foot ineighth-inch increments. Just roll a line and listen to your measurement. Built-in speaker clearly announces distance measured in female voice. On/Off switchconserves battery life. Contains 3 non-replaceable button cell batteries. For ages 6 and up. Weighs: 1.5 oz. Easy to use: Just flip open protective cover and slide switch down to turn unit on, place pen tip at start of measurement line, hold down button and “draw”line. Measurement wheel rolls keeping track of measurement. Release button and measurement will be read aloud. Ink marks the distance measured then di…Post a CommentRead More » Affordable Speech Programs

ByMichael McCarty-August 21,, a division of NextUp Technologies, LLC, provides award-winning Text-to-Speech software for consumers, business customers, educators, and those with visual or vocal impairment, or learning disabilities. markets innovative Windows software designed to save time and deliver vital information. TextAloud reads text from email, web pages, reports and more, aloud on your PC. TextAloud can also save your daily reading to MP3 or Windows Media files ready for playback on your iPod, PocketPC, or even on your TV with Tivo’s Home Media Option. Be more productive or just be entertained wherever you go with this text reader. Business people, students, educators, writers, lawyers, homemakers and busy people from all walks of life find TextAloud to be an essential tool they use every day. It’s been featured in The New York Times, PC Magazine, Writer’s Digest, on CNN and more.NewsAloud is a talking personal “news agent” that finds the stories users wan…Post a CommentRead More »

Digital Content at the Touch of a Paper Button

ByMichael McCarty-August 20, 2007TouchSmart Publishing creates exciting and easy-to-use interactive books, and other printed materials, that connect to digital content when readers touch icons on pages in the books with just their fingers or with a pointer. Through use of a “touch user interface” (TUI) we help students get connected to digital content on the world wide web, and on DVDs, CDs, and hard drives. This content then can be shown on a television or computer.TouchSmart Publishing is a digital divide solution for the K-12 and higher education community targeting all students in math, science, and with special needs.

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Accessible diabetes Tracking with SiDiary

ByMichael McCarty-August 20, 2007SiDiary makes the control of diabetes much easier. Data capturing is a cinch and analysis will help to improve your therapy. The key is a profile wizard that will ask a few diabetes related questions and will configure the software to best fit your personal needs and computer skills. Begin with the more simple screen and add features as you become more familiar with the program. Features include:

Suitable for all diabetes types (Type 1, 2, Lada, Pregnancy-/Gestational-diabetes etc.) with or without medication (Pills, Insulin) and for all therapy types (Basetherapy, CT, ICT, Pumper etc.)
Read data from almost all common blood glucose meters
Simple interface for data entry, use of different devices for entering data (Windows-PC, PocketPC, Cellphone) with automated sync-mechanism and merging of all data.
Automated sending of SMS messages to your doctor or a trusted person if you have tracked a critical blood glucose level.
Analysis, trends and graphical feedback for adjusting your di…Post a CommentRead More »

Trail Link: Your Guide To Summer Fun

ByMichael McCarty-August 17, 2007“Welcome to TrailLink, the most robust source of FREE trail information on the Web. We invite you to search the TrailLink database for detailed information on surface types, access points, locations, distances, services, reviews, photographs and local links for America’s 1,250 rail-trails, plus many other canal towpaths, greenways and non-rail-trails.”Who could create a better introduction than that? I hope it gets you fired up to go trail blazing this summer? I can’t wait to investigate some of the local trails near me.The greatest thing is that it’s FREE. There is also the fact that it helps you find great trails near you or in places you may vacation to. You can search by keyword, state, or by activity. I used the state because I wanted to find what was nearest to me, but if you have a great activity in mind I highly recommend that option. If you have someone you want to get out into nature that needs the use of the wheelchair-choose wheelchair in the a…Post a CommentRead More »

Teaching Spanish To The Blind

ByMichael McCarty-August 17, 2007Message: Dear Fred,I am a teacher’s assistant looking for tips on my student having to take Spanish next year. The teacher has approached me for guidance. Can you shed any light on this subject or direct me to sites that are applicable? I have tried to search the net but have not acquired any good info or was not able to access sites. Just some good basic info. Thank you!First of all, you need to find out what book is going to be used to teach the class. Write down the following information:

The name of the book
The author
The date it was published
The ISDN number
Once you have this information, head over to The American Printing House for the Blind’s web site: and look for the “Use Louis to search for and order APH products!” link.On the resulting page, click the link that says “Search for Textbooks, Recreational Reading, and Downloadable Files”. If you have the ISBN number of the book, choose the search option “ISBN or Catalog N…Post a CommentRead More »

Listening To Podcasts With The Book Port

ByMichael McCarty-August 17, 2007PodcastingBack in February, I read an article in the New York Times about a way to use audio and RSS technology which is called podcasting. Basically, its a way of getting mp3 files which other users create and upload to a server automatically downloaded to your machine/mp3 player as soon as they become available. Now don’t let the “pod” in the name “podcast” put you off–you don’t need an Ipod to take advantage of these files–your computer or any portable mp3 player (like the Book Port (TM) will work just fine. Not all podcasts are in mp3 format, but the vast majority of them are.Now, you will need some software, or an aggrigator (frequently referred to as a podcatcher)! I knew immediately that this was the answer to my mp3 file prayers, and have been exploring the wide world of podcasts ever since. What a goldmine of audio! There are podcasts available on every conceivable subject from news, technology, sports, music, and comedy. You can find se…Post a CommentRead More »

The Cook’s Thesaurus

ByMichael McCarty-August 17, 2007Well, if you love to cook, personally I love the eating part, then you’re going to love this site! It’s a Cook’s Thesaurus! What exactly does that mean? A thesaurus helps you find another word for something. Example:

Hot – the thesaurus shows that you can also use burning, sweltering, spicy, and it also gave me a list of other words for those words. You can find entries for just about anything: vegetables, fruits, dairy, liquids, grains, baked goods, and so on and so forth. This is a great site that may just save you from going to the grocery store!

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The Caps Lock Blues

ByMichael McCarty-August 16, 2007Don’t you hate it when you accidentally hit the Caps Lock key? What if you could set your computer up so it alerts you when you accidently turn Caps Lock on? With this tip, I’ll show you how to make your computer beep & flash the next time it happens.Let’s get the computer to beep when you hit the Caps Lock key. Here’s how:

Click the Start button, or press your “Windows” key.
Windows 95/98 users click on “Settings”, or hit the letter “s” until you get to “settings” then press “enter”. Click on “Control Panel”, or hit “c” until you get to “Control Panel” and press “enter”. (XP Users, hit the Start button, then click on “Control Panel” or hit “c” until you get to “Control Panel” and press “enter”).
Hit “a” until you get to “Accessibility Options”, or click it with your mouse.
Use control+tab to navigate to the “Keybo…Post a CommentRead More »

Would You Please Brighten That Text!

ByMichael McCarty-August 16, 2007Friends tell me that they hate visiting a web site that has dark text on a dark background. Even with a screen magnification program, they don’t want to make a lot of changes to their configuration just to see a particular site. Is there an easy way to make these readable they ask? Yes, and it’s very simple.Sometimes a background doesn’t load right, or maybe it’s just bad design, plain and simple. Either way, some pages are just hard to read.The next time this happens to you, hit CTRL-A. All the text on the website will be selected (highlighted). The selection color is normally blue with white text. Much easier to read than, say, a dark red on a black background. This works with email in Outlook Express too!Post a CommentRead More »

Where Did That File Go?

ByMichael McCarty-August 15, 2007Have you ever downloaded a file then couldn’t find it? I usually download to my desktop or my downloads folder, but do occasionally change folders. If you can’t find a downloaded file in the usual place, try to download again and you’ll see the location under the “Save in” field. Most browsers remember where your most recent download was saved. Hit “Cancel” once you know the location.So, you still can’t find that file? Let’s go at this another way by using the search function in Windows.Click the Start button and select “Find” or “Search” depending on your version of Windows. A screen will open up that allows you to search for files.To do a search, just type the name of the missing file in the “Named” box. If you’re using XP, you’ll need to click the “All files & folders item” and type what you’re looking for into the “All or part of a file name” box.If you’re not sur…Post a CommentRead More »

Nylon Gloves: The no-stick solution to reading Thermaform braille

ByMichael McCarty-August 14, 2007Sweaty or sticky fingers can make reading Thermaform braille a slow and frustrating process. There’s a simple solution: get yourself a pair of lightweight nylon gloves. The gloves are typically used by product inspectors and people who handle sensitive computer and machinery parts. The nylon keeps your fingers from sticking to the Thermaform plastic yet the material is thin enough to let you continue to read the braille dots. You can find nylon gloves at many computer and photography stores, and at online glove dealers. Buy gloves in bulk for the best price. If you are in a pinch for a quick, low-cost solution to this sticky situation, use an old pair of panty hose. Just cut some material to fit your hand. Your fingers will literally “run” across the page.

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Sending Pictures with Outlook Express

ByMichael McCarty-August 13, 2007So you’ve got this great picture of your new dog guide, and you want to share it with another visually impaired friend. Did you know that you can email the picture to them using Outlook Express? Follow these steps:

First, Create a new message and make sure that you have Format set to “Rich Text (HTML)”.
Use ALT+I to open the “Insert” menu.
Use your down arrow key to move to “select Picture”, or click it with your mouse.
A dialog box will come up that allows you to browse to the picture’s location on your hard drive.
Find your picture, hit OK , and you’re all set.

Note that you can set a few other options before you hit OK. Here’s a quick rundown:

Alternate Text – This will be displayed in place of the picture if the recipient’s e-mail client is not able to, or not set to, display pictures. Under Layout – Alignment – This lets you set your text wrapping. For example, if you set it to Left, the image should appear on the left of the mess…Post a CommentRead More »

Media Files and Players

ByMichael McCarty-August 10, 2007OK, so you want to play audio and video files on your computer, but you’re totally confused by all the different filetypes, what players you need to play them, and all that? Well, here’s a listing of some of the most common filetypes you’ll run into:

.wav – the oldest Microsoft type of sound files. Most sounds that you hear at startup and such, including “You’ve got mail” are waves.

.mid – Most instrumental music on web pages are MIDI files. Rather than representing musical sound directly, MIDI files transmit information about how a song should sound that is then processed by your sound card. WAV files represent musical sound directly.

.mp3 – these files started the current digital music revolution. Songs can be saved in near CD sound quality and they are compact, thus easy to share (much to the chagrin of the Recording Industry.

.mpg – usually MPEG-4 Video (MP3’s big brother)

.ra /.rm – RealAudio/RealMedia (RealOne Player)

.mov -Quicktime Movie File

.asf – Ac…Post a CommentRead More »

DECtalk for USB

ByMichael McCarty-August 10, 2007Access Solutions’ latest synthesizer; the DECtalk USB weighs only 9 ounces and measures 5.5×3.6×1.1 inches. Its features include a Motorola DragonBall 150Mhz processor, 32Mb SDRAM, 16Mb flash memory, a 2.50 inch built-in speaker for higher speech quality, 6 languages, and 7.5 times more processing power then the retired DECtalk Express for instant responsiveness.The DECtalk USB is a serial text to speech synthesizer capable of being connected to a computer via a standard USB or RS232 serial port. Utilizing todays modern technology, the DECtalk USB is extremely responsive and delivers a quality of speech that you would only expect from DECtalk. Unlike most serial synthesizers, the DECtalk USB takes full advantage of the high speed transfer rates of the USB bus. In simple terms, start and stop speech commands to the synthesizer appear to be instantaneous.As an added bonus, the DECtalk USB comes equipped with a standard RS232 serial port and is 100% backwards compatible to the re…Post a CommentRead More »

Pucker Up For A Blind Kiss

ByMichael McCarty-August 10, 2007Blind Kiss is an internet radio program that discusses what it is to be blind, maybe the best thing to do is to simply quote the web site.”If you’re looking for traditional support or ideas on how to cope with this terrible affliction then, um, this may not be the place for you. We’re here to explode some of those media notions that being blind is some kind of living death, a mystical twilight state or a call to bravely climb mountains”. It’s all going to be OK now”!Click here to visit the Blind Kiss home page. You will need an MP3 compatible player to listen to the Blind Kiss program.Post a CommentRead More »

Ability Hub

ByMichael McCarty-August 10, 2007This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers. It provides information on assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible.

c/o The Gilman Group, L.L.C.
P.O. Box 6356
Rutland, VT 05702-6356
Phone: 802-775-1993
Fax: 802-773-1604
Email: [email protected]
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Gardens for Every Body

ByMichael McCarty-August 09, 2007p>The goal of this site is to show how to make gardening accessible to persons with physical limitations-thus the term “Every BODY” in the title. Not only is this site informative, but fun as well.. To navigate around this site choose one of the numbers on the pictures, or use the text links that follow.1. Container Gardening – this section talks all about container gardening in it’s many varieties, from window boxes to hanging baskets. The information you need to know about this type of gardening is all located here. On the main picture on the home page you’ll have noticed that this section was by some window boxes-it’s nice to have a visual of what they are talking about, isn’t it? 2. Raised Beds – this talks about raised beds, that is, the garden is higher than the ground level and may be enclosed with decorative trim. This section goes into the four different types of raised beds, how to construct one, and how to take care of it. 3. Garden Pathways …Post a CommentRead More »

Listen To Music From Around the World

ByMichael McCarty-August 06, 2007Welcome to the World Music Network, where you can hear types of music from all over the world. I fell in love with this site, but when it comes to music I have pretty eclectic taste anyway. The site is divided into four sections: News, Catalogue, Listen, and Network.

News – Here you can read interviews, take quizzes, and learn all about what’s happening in World Music.
Catalogue – Here you could buy something if you wanted to.
Listen – the heart and soul of this page. Here you can listen to and watch music from around the world. You will need RealPlayer, Media Player, or QuickTime to use this section, and let me tell you it is well worth it.
Network – Here you will find links, and more information about the World Music Network. A musical journey around the world that is well worth the trip. Click here to visit the World Music Network page: a CommentRead More »

Fidelco Facts

ByMichael McCarty-August 06, 2007Occasionally, I get inquiries about Fidelco and their German shepherd dog guides from orientation and mobility professionals as well as potential clients and their loved ones. While searching the net, I found Fidelco at a Glance, which contains some pertinent facts about the organization.Fidelco is New England’s only guide dog school. They have clients in 32 states and four provinces in Canada.
Fidelco is a 501 (c) (3) and 509 (a) (1) public charity.
Fidelco is dedicated to promoting increased freedom and independence for people with visual disabilities by providing them with the highest quality German shepherd dog guides.
The Fidelco shepherd is a “breed-within-a breed” with the physical structure and temperament best suited for guide work.
Fidelco pioneered “In Community Placement” in the U.S. Through this process, clients are trained with their guide dogs in the communities where they live and work. In 2006, their instructor-trainers traveled more than 1…Post a CommentRead More »

Finding Her Courage

ByMichael McCarty-August 05, 2007By Lauren Elizabeth RodriguezImagine living in a world where you don’t feel safe, where you fear even the slightest bit of human contact, even if it is harmless. Imagine being afraid to speak, for fear of being punished. Imagine being trapped in your own mind, where your nightmares are as real as night and day. For eleven-year-old Julie Hartson, she doesn’t have to imagine it because she’s living it. Even though she and her sisters, Megan and Molly, are living with their aunt Abby and are starting a new chapter in their lives, it’s still hard not to look over their shoulders sometimes. It’s especially hard for Julie after she is involved in an accident that causes her mind to be trapped in the past. It all starts one afternoon when Julie takes their horse, Rose Petal, for a ride. Julie feels free and happy whenever she’s taking rides with Rose Petal through the trails behind her aunt’s house, but on one particular day, Rose Petal is spooked by a mysteriou…Post a CommentRead More »More postsPowered by Blogger

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