Talking Book Services News

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.

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.

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.

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.

NFB & Santa Promote Braille Literacy

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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.

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