Each year the White Cane Committee of the Lions of Michigan awards three $3,000 scholarships to visually impaired individuals.
The deadline to apply is December 31. Scholarship checks are presented during the Michigan Lions Forum in February or March. Visit the Lions of Michigan webpage for more information.
Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in 2014, to grad students working on PhD degrees. In addition to money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2014 NFB Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Applications are accepted for five months, from November 1, 2013, to March 31,2014. Go to www.nfb.org/scholarships for complete rules and requirements.
Are you a person with a disability or a friend or family member of someone with a disability? Do you want to share your opinions about the needs and services for people with disabilities in your community?
If you answered YES, then you qualify to take an important survey about the service needs for people with disabilities in our Michigan communities.
To take MRS Michigan Needs Assessment Survey make one of the selections below:
To take the survey by phone, please call Su Pi at (517) 432-0273.
Library of Congress Braille and Talking-Book Program Releases Book Download App through Apple
The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app is now available through the Apple App Store. The app, which is free, allows readers to download audio and braille books from their NLS BARD accounts. BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.
NLS Director Karen Keninger said, “The BARD Mobile app allows searching, downloading and reading braille and talking books and magazines on one fully accessible, mainstream device. It’s a library in your pocket.”
She explained, “With BARD Mobile, patrons can play talking books and magazines on their iOS devices. Patrons may also read electronic braille books, magazines and music scores using a refreshable braille display connected to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through Bluetooth.”
“BARD Mobile is another benchmark in our use of technology to enhance the delivery and reading experience of NLS patrons,” Keninger said. “NLS developed the BARD Mobile app in response to demand from our borrowers. Blind and disabled Americans are as keen as everyone else to use mobile devices. Our younger patrons are particularly eager to use the same gadgets as their peers.”
BARD Mobile will make reading not only more accessible, but more portable. “We anticipate that significant numbers of readers will adopt the app as their primary reading device,” Keninger said. “As a growing percentage of blind and disabled Americans adopt mobile devices, the app will provide a highly valued avenue to NLS materials.”
NLS is also working on an app for Android devices.
National Federation of the Blind, Detroit Chapter
December 14 at 261 MACK AVENUE (LOWER LEVEL OF THE DETROIT REHABILITATION INSTITUTE)
For more information, please contact Leonard Gross, President of the NFB Detroit Chapter, at 313-875-3071. New members are always welcome.