SC Residents with Disabilities

News about NFB-NEWSLINE®,

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The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina is pleased to announce today the availability of NFB-NEWSLINE® to all blind and print-disabled South Carolina residents.

NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service that allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access hundreds of local and national publications as well as job and TV listings over the telephone or via online methods.

SC Youth Leadership Forum

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Students 17-21 years old are invited to attend the SC Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) July 13th-15th. This is a three-day program for SC students with disabilities who have demonstrated leadership potential in both their school and community. This leadership forum is designed to assist youth with disabilities in further developing leadership skills and in using resources that can help them face challenges to becoming participating members of their communities.

80th Anniversary of Talking Books

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On March 3, 2011, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)--the Library of Congress' talking-book and Braille program--will celebrate 80 years of helping visually impaired and physically handicapped individuals enjoy reading their favorite books and magazines.

One Book, One Columbia @ Richland County Public Library

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The City of Columbia and RCPL have joined forces to launch the first citywide reading adventure, One Book, One Columbia.

All residents of Columbia and Richland County are invited to participate between April 1 and May 15, and then share their experiences with friends and neighbors.

The first selection for this annual event is Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.

Retirement of Frank Kurt Cylke, Director of NLS

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The following announcement came from Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian of Congress for Library Services concerning the retirement of Frank Kurt Cylke

"I am writing with the news that Frank Kurt Cylke, longtime director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), has retired from federal service effective February 28, 2011.

Federal agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today posted an online toolkit comprised of resources to assist federal agencies in recruiting, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities. The kit is available at http://www.dol.gov/odep/federal-hire.

NFB 2011 Scholarship Program

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Each year at its Convention in August, the NFB of SC gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.

All applicants for these scholarships must be:

  • Legally blind,
  • Residents of South Carolina or attending a college or university in South Carolina
  • Enrolled in or plan to enroll in a post-secondary course of study.

For more information go to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina website.

IRS provides assistance for people with disabilities

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Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for download from IRS.gov for sight impaired individuals. These products range from talking tax forms to Braille formats, and are accessible using screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and voice recognition software. Click on the links below to download these forms and publications:

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to Celebrate Its 80th Anniversary

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On March 3, 2011, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)--the Library of Congress' talking-book and Braille program--will celebrate 80 years of helping visually impaired and physically handicapped individuals enjoy reading their favorite books and magazines.

Read the NLS press release for more information.

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