Talking Book Services News

Camera Mouse

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Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head.

To use Camera Mouse you need a Windows 7, Vista, or XP computer and a webcam.

Camera Mouse was developed by researchers at Boston College and Boston University to help people with disabilities use the computer. They write, "We make it available for free download, with no gimmicks or advertisements, because we want to help as many people as possible."

Braille Course

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brailleWho: Anyone 14 or older interested in learning to tactually read and write Braille
Date: Tuesdays beginning January 19, 2010
Time: 5:00 -- 7:00 pm
Where: SC Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Road Columbia, SC.

Contact Tracy Bundy at tracy1974@bellsouth.net or (803) 936-0231 for more information or to RSVP

Braille and Access Technology Survey

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The Visual Impairment Program, in collaboration with the Vision Education Partnership, was recently awarded a grant to promote the use of braille and access technology throughout South Carolina. The survey is located at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7M6678M.

It is a short survey; it should take less than 10 minutes to complete. We will use what we learn to design programs, courses, and workshops that will build increased proficiency in braille and access technology across the state.

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.

New Student Artwork on Display

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Visually impaired/blind K-12 students from across the state have their artwork on display at the State Library's Talking Book Services student art gallery. According to Pamela Davenport, Director of the Library's Talking Book Services, "The idea to display student artwork was a result of a joint venture with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind and will promote and educate the public about artwork of blind and visually impaired students in South Carolina."

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