Trimming the List of Things People Can’t Do

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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By David S. Joachim
Published: December 6, 2006; The New York Times

As both the price and size of computer chips shrink, manufacturers are enhancing the abilities of things like phones, navigation systems and even home appliances. These so-called accessibility technologies are not only for those with disabilities. For people with chronic ailments, these products are also a way to prolong independence.

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Braille Resources

Last updated: May 22, 2016

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  • About Braille from the National Braille Press (NBP). If your child or student is blind, you may be wondering whether or not they need to learn braille. Read on to find out more about how braille works, why it's important, and where to find braille resources.
  • The Braille Bug The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) created the Braille Bug web site to teach sighted children about braille, and to encourage literacy among all children.
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    • Blind and Low Vision Products AbleData's database of products for people with visual disabilities. Major Categories: Computers, Educational Aids, Health Care, Information Storage, Kitchen Aids, Labeling, Magnification, Office Equipment, Orientation and Mobility, Reading, Recreation, Sensors, Telephones, Time, Tools, Travel, Typing, Writing (Braille).
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  • Enabling Technologies manufacturing Braille Embossers for over 43 years.
  • Humanware – Blindness products makers of the BrailleNote and BrailleNote PK, screen readers, embossers, reading machines talking GPS, and other items for blind, low vision, deaf/blind communication solutions.
  • Unified English Braille (UEB) is an English language Braille code standard, developed to permit representing the wide variety of literary and technical material in use in the English-speaking world today, in uniform fashion. From Wikipedia.
  • U.S. National Library Service (NLS) Factsheets: Web-Braille

Recycling Computer Hardware & Software for the Disadvantaged

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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  • National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk, and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives. NCF uses donated used computer technology resources that no longer meet an enterprise's or an individual's needs and gives them a second productive life as a tool for developing human potential.
  • Three ways to recycle old computer systems you don't want anymore.
  • A Better Way Computer Recycling R2:2008 Certified IT Asset Recycling & Destruction – computer recycling for Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia and all surrounding areas.
  • E-cycle Washington Washington's FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible electronics recycling program has been operational since January 1, 2009. Products accepted at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites are: computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, televisions, portable DVD players and e-readers.
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