SC Residents with Disabilities

NFB & Santa Promote Braille Literacy


From the National Federation of the Blind:

Baltimore, Maryland (November 15, 2010): Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season.

The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program


Many people with hearing or speech impairments have difficulty using a typical phone. The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program (SCEDP) provides free, specialized phone equipment. Examples are: a phone that amplifies the signal so the caller can be better heard, or text on a screen that shows what the caller is saying. Other equipment amplifies the user's voice.

Official GMAT Study Guide Series Now Accessible to the Visually Impaired


The GMAT is a standardized exam used by thousands of MBA and other graduate management education programs worldwide as part of the admissions process. The Official Guides from GMAC are the only GMAT test-preparation books that feature actual test questions used in the past on the exam. The series includes a comprehensive study guide as well as books focused on the quantitative and verbal sections of the exam. Each guide contains detailed explanations of the answers to each included GMAT question.

Student Art Gallery Opening


The public is invited to attend the unveiling of the State Library's Talking Book Services Student Art Gallery 2010 installation from 11:30am-1:00pm on Wednesday October 27th, 2010. The gallery is located at 1430 Senate Street, Columbia, SC. For more information, contact Pamela Davenport at 803-734-8650 or email her at

National Disability Employment Awareness Month


"In October, Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation's economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens."

To learn more, follow the link to the Library of Congress website.

Four Track Cassette Tapes Out, Digital Flash Drives In


October 1, 2010 marked the end of the production of four track cassettes for the State Library's Talking Book Services (TBS) patrons. Diminishing guaranteed availability of supplies has forced this cessation of audiobook production on cassette. Now first-time produced National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) audiobooks will be available only on flash memory cartridges and online.

Online Catalog Users Please Note


The web address for the Talking Books Services Online Catalog has changed. It is now You may need to update your "Favorites" listing in your web browser. Using the links from the Talking Books Services or State Library website will take you to the correct address.

Voting, Accessibility, and the Law


From the National Federation for the Blind website--

"To assist protection and advocacy systems personnel, state election boards, and consumer organizations in encouraging the active participation of the blind and visually impaired in voting activities, the NFB has prepared The Blind and Visually Impaired Voter's Guide to Voting. The guide is available in Microsoft Word, formatted Braille (BRF), and audio format."

For more information, click the link below:

Library of Congress Talking-Book Program Receives APEX Award for Publication Excellence


The 20-page booklet "Talking Rooms: Walking Through History at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Headquarters" has received an APEX 2010 Award of Excellence in the One-of-a-Kind Government Publication category.

"Talking Rooms" portrays the history of library service to blind and physically handicapped individuals by taking readers on a tour of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the fourth APEX Award that NLS has received since 2006.