SC Residents with Disabilities

Second Annual Braille Challenge to be Held at State Library

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The second annual Braille Challenge to be held in South Carolina will take place at the State Library's Talking Book Services Library on Thursday, February 4, 2010. Applications are due by December 11, 2009.

Google to Add Captions, Improving YouTube Videos

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"In the first major step toward making millions of videos on YouTube accessible to deaf and hearing-impaired people, Google unveiled new technologies on Thursday that will automatically bring text captions to many videos on the site." New York Times article.

Audiopoint's New Voice Terminal Service Breaks the Silence of the Internet

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Text-to-Voice Service translates Web content over telephone. Designed for visually impaired users or those with limited internet access, Voice Terminal Service (VTS) provides instant access to user-defined Internet content in real-time over ordinary landline or mobile phone. It combines Internet surfing capabilities and email access with Notifier service for anytime, anywhere functionality.

New Digital Talking Book Players Arrive at State Library

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This past April, the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, entered the first phase of its transition to a digital playback system, as well as releasing an upgraded version of its pilot download website.

Blind Midlands Author Records Memoir at SC State Library

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Midlands resident Carmella Broome and the Talking Book Services (TBS) division of the SC State Library will soon be completing the recording of Ms. Broome's memoir. Carmella's Quest: Taking On College Sight Unseen is published by Red Letter Press of Columbia and was released in standard print in Feb of 2009. During the past several months, Ms.

Braille Literacy Campaign

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How many children in America are not taught to read? The answer is 90 percent if the children are blind. Most Americans are shocked to hear this statistic. And we should be. The blind read and write using Braille, so why is our educational system failing to teach Braille to so many children? Why are these children being denied the opportunities that come with a proper education?

Shelby Craig Takes Us Out to the Ballgame

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Thirteen-year-old Shelby Craig is from Summerville, South Carolina, but has been to Detroit fifty-five times. She has been making the trip once or twice a year since she was six-weeks-old to visit her eye doctor, Dr. Michael Trese. A pediatric retinal specialist with Beaumont Hospital, Dr. Trese sees children from all over the world. Shelby speaks very highly of her doctor. "Knowing Dr.

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