Volume IV Number 3, September 1997

Department: Online Information And Networking

Steve Noble
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic



Blind Development is an unmoderated discussion list dedicated to the issues involved in the development of computer products an d adaptive equipment for blind and visually impaired computer users. The purpose of Blind-DEV is to serve as a catalyst in speeding the development of emerging assistive technologies, and to ensure that access to new computer technologies is built-in rather than needing to be added after the fact.

To subscribe to this list, send email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu with a blank subject line and with the following command in the email body: subscribe blind-dev


Blind-ETC is a new list designed for the discussion and support of topics relating to the blind and visually impaired community . The List encourages discussion of computer operating systems, adaptive technology, new products, sales announcements, and other pertinent information.

To subscribe to the list, send email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu with a blank subject line and the following line in the body of the text: subscribe blind-etc


CSW-Diabetes is intended for college students and high school seniors 17 or older with diabetes. If you would like to subscribe to this list, send email to majordomo@list.sjcme.edu with a blank subject line and the following line in the body of the text: subscribe csw-diabetes



The ADD/ADHD Newsletter for Parents is a monthly newsletter which discusses various approaches to helping children with these disorders. Topics to be discussed include the use of medications, cognitive and behavioral approached to therapy, support groups, biofeedback training, nutritional approaches, and many other pertinent areas.

To subscribe to this newsletter, send a blank email to homebi@hartley.on.ca (no command statements are needed).


To receive the Braille Monitor as a monthly electronic newsletter, you should send email to listserv@braille.org with a blank subject line and the following command as the body of the note: subscribe brl-monitor



The Access Board is an independent federal agency which has three primary responsibilities. First, the Board enforces the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 which requires federally financed buildings to be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Second, the Access Board develops accessibility guidelines for entities covered by the ADA. The agency also provides technical assistance and training on these guidelines. Finally, the Board is responsible for developing accessibility guidelines for telecommunications equipment under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The web site for the Federal Access Board contains useful information on current regulations relating to disability access. The site can be located at HTTP://www.access-board.gov


The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 49 million Americans with disabilities. NCD is composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed b y the U.S. Senate. NCD's overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. The NCD web site contains government reports and other useful information and is located at http://www.ncd.gov


The Blindness Resource Center is a new section of the web site operated by the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) , a private non-profit educational institution serving the needs of educators within the disability community. The Resource Center contains a wealth of very useful information in the blindness field. You can reach the Blindness Resource Center at http://www.nyis e.org/blind.htm#index


MCARE, the National Clearinghouse on Managed Care and Long- Term Services and Supports for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, has established a web site providing the most current information on managed care, long-term services and sup ports, and self-determination. The web site can be reached at http://www.mcare.unh.edu


The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is a library and information center on disability and rehabilitation. Funded since 1979 by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), NARIC collects and disseminates the results of federally funded research projects. NARIC's document collection, which also includes commercially published books, journal articles, and audiovisuals, grows at a rate of 250 new documents per month. Many of these documents and other useful information c an be found on their web site at http://www.naric.com/naric


Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is a national non-profit organization which has recorded text-books for blind and visually impaired students since . Over the years, RFB&D has expanded its consumer base to include the full range of 1948 print related dis abilities such as individuals with mobility impairments and cognitive perceptual disorders such as dyslexia. RFB&D currently has a lending library of some 75,000 recorded books, and also distributes some books for purchase in electronic form ats. To learn more about RFB&D, or to search their new web-based catalog of books, you may visit their web site at http://www.rfbd. org

Noble, S. (1997). Online information and networking. Information Technology and Disabilities E-Journal, 4(3).