[AI] some products and their contact details
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Tue Sep 11 04:21:20 EDT 2007
Zoom-Ex portable scanner, which, according to its manufacturer ABISee Inc., is three tools in a single one-pound USB device: 1. an instant book-to-speech tool; 2. a fast, 20-page-per-minute scanner plus OCR (optical character recognition); and 3. a magnifier with no need for an X-Y table.
ABISee's Web site says, "The durable but lightweight design of the Zoom-Ex Portable Scanner consists of a 2-1/2-inch digital camera on a specially designed stand, which also serves as a guide for lining up the book or document to be scanned. Because of the unique camera and stand design, the camera is always at the exact distance needed to create a clear image, and a blind user will always know exactly where to place the material to be scanned." The Zoom-Ex costs $2,395. Call 800-681-5909 or 978-460-0480, or visit www.abisee.com.
LevelStar A company which produces a pocket-sized PDA with a 30GB hard drive for music and digital book storage. The unit, which has Wi-fi and Bluetooth capability, also contains a Web browser, word processor, voice recorder and an e-mail client. The keypad is like that of a traditional telephone, which can be used alpha- numerically or with braille code. External keyboards are also available. Levelstar.com is the Web address, and they also can be reached via telephone at 800-315-2305. The price of this device is $1,395.
Handytech, which specializes in braille displays, was also among the vendors who packed the hall. The company's latest product is a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver equipped with Way Finder Access software for use with cell phones running the Symbian operating system. At this point, AT&T and T- Mobile are the two providers with phones running that system, and your monthly plan must include the data package. Handytech will sell you a phone with speech software and a GPS receiver for $1,295. The map covers the entire United States. Call 651-636-5184, or visit www.handytech.us.
Accent Signage Systems Inc. creates custom ADA-compliant interior signage for companies throughout the world. Contact 800-215-9437, 612-377-9156, or www.accentsignage.com
Ackley Appliance Service repairs braillers. Contact 4301 Park Ave. #540, Des Moines, IA 50321; 515-288-3931 or www.braillerman.com.
Ai Squared sells the BigShot and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader software in addition to the ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard. Contact 800- 859-0270, 802-362-3612, or www.aisquared.com.
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) creates educational, workplace and independent-living products and services for people who are visually impaired. APH has several catalogs, including Products; Daily Living; Family Life; Bookstore; and Assessment. This nonprofit offers free subscriptions to Reader's Digest in braille and on four-track tape, and Newsweek in braille. Also, APH sells the innovative new MaximEyes desktop video magnification system. Contact APH Inc., 1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206; 800-223-1839, 502-895-2405, or www.aph.org.
At First Sight creates braille jewelry. Call 800-630-6650, or send e-mail to atfirstsight at ligondesign.com.
All Star Brailler Repair guarantees its work for a year. Contact 947 Delaware Ave., Mendota Heights, MN 55118; 651-343-2505, www.braillerrepair.com or alanstomba at visi.com.
Audio Bibles for the Blind, a division of Aurora Ministries, provides free cassette Bibles in a number of languages and in English on both tape and CD/MP3. Contact P.O. Box 621, Bradenton, Florida 34206; 941-748-3031, bibles at auroraministries.org or www.auroraministries.org.
Bartimaeus Library for the Blind is a lending library of contemporary Christian literature on cassette. This free service is available on regular-format cassettes; the borrowing time is one month. Catalogs are available in large print and on tape. Call 763-561-6955, or write to 3607 Woodbine Lane N., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429; bartlibraryfortheblind at juno.com.
Blind Signs developed Detectable Directional Guidance Systems to make public or private pedestrian areas safer and more accessible. The system's brightly colored markers, which have an adhesive backing, can be applied to crosswalks, ramps, public entryways, transportation gates and even stairways. Contact 800-873-0594, 541-538-0202, or www.blindsigns.com.
Bumpy Pages makes affordable braille and large-print products, including greeting cards, menus, business cards, clear adhesive labels, adjustable bookmarks and dedication CD's. Contact 972-414-5678, or www.bumpypages.com.
Capital Accessibility's Owasys 22C is a talking screenless cell phone that costs $249.95 with a two-year service plan from T- Mobile. Contact 877-292-2747, 202-595-7777, or www.screenlessphone.com.
CaptionMax provides closed-captioning, encoding, subtitling, Webcast captioning and audio description for corporations. Contact www.captionmax.com, or 800-822-3566.
Closed Caption Latina specializes in the design and implementation of technological solutions for closed-captioning, computer-aided real-time translation, video description, subtitling and dubbing. Contact www.closedcaptionlatina.com, or 407-389-0712.
Dolphin Computer Access Inc. sells access software, alt-format tools, mobile tools and hardware. Contact 866-797-5921, 609-803-2171, or www.dolphinusa.com.
Duxbury Systems Inc. creates braille software that supports uncontracted and contracted translation in many languages as well as graphics, mathematics and technical braille. Contact www.duxburysystems.com, or 978-692-3000.
Easter Seals is a partner of the National AgrAbility Project, which assists disabled people employed in production agriculture on both large and small farms. The project links the Cooperative Extension Service at a land-grant university with a private nonprofit disability service organization to provide practical education and assistance that promotes independence in agricultural production and rural living. The Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers the AgrAbility Project. In partnership, the National AgrAbility Project staff at the University of Wisconsin (866-259-6280) and Easter Seals (800-914-4424) provide training, technical assistance and information on available resources to the state AgrAbility Project staffs. They provide training, site visits, on-farm assessments, technical assistance, and other information directly to the farmer or rancher with a disability. Visit www.agrabilityproject.org.
E-mail2phone allows blind and visually impaired people to access e-mail via the telephone. Contact Brad Canham, 952-513-4392, ext. 208, bradc at dana-net.com, or www.email2phone.net.
Envision America is a private, not-for-profit agency that uniquely combines employment opportunities with rehabilitation services for Kansans who are blind or have low vision. Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals who are blind or low vision in a six-state region, and it also operates retail stores on 15 military bases. Contact 2301 South Water, Wichita, KS 67213; 316-267-2244, or www.envisionus.com.
Enabling Technologies designs, manufactures and supports braille embossers. Contact 800-777-3687, 772-225-3687, or www.brailler.com.
Friends-in-Art is an organization of blind and sighted persons in visual art, tactile art, music, writing, drama, photography and other art forms. The group sponsors an annual showcase at the ACB national convention. Write to 400 W. 43rd St. #20L, New York, NY 10036.
Freedom Scientific creates screen-reading software, magnification software, and other products for accessible scanning and reading as well as braille displays, notetakers and an accessible PDA. Contact 800-444-4443, 727-803-8000, or www.freedomscientific.com.
GW Micro's products include Window-Eyes, the screen-reading software; the Braille Sense, which offers notetaking and entertainment in a single package; the Small-Talk Ultra palm-top computer; the SenseView portable CCTV; the Voice Sense, a small, light PDA with a Perkins- style keyboard; and the SyncBraille portable braille display. Contact 260-489-3671, or www.gwmicro.com.
HandiWorks sells a variety of "handy" products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Contact 17216 Saticoy St. #418, Van Nuys, CA 91406; 800-331-6123, 818-704-7511, or www.handiworks.com.
Humanware makes myReader, a low vision auto-reader; the SmartView desktop and the portable PocketViewer magnifiers; the Victor Reader family of digital talking books; the BrailleNote personal information-management systems; Maestro, an accessible PDA with speech; the ScannaR, which scans and reads documents in seconds; the Brailliant range of braille displays; and two GPS-based orientation solutions. Contact 800-722-3393, 925-680-7100, or www.humanware.com,
In Touch Graphics creates high-quality tactile maps in both permanent display and portable formats. Contact 612-220-6657, or www.intouchgraphics.com.
InternetSpeech.com's netECHO service lets users listen to any Web site by calling a toll- free telephone number. The company also provides customized audio-based Internet solutions to businesses. Call 877-312-4638, 408-360-7730, or visit www.internetspeech.com.
The Internal Revenue Service--Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication organization educates taxpayers with disabilities on available tax credits, deductions and free tax help. Visit www.irs.gov, keyword Community Network. The IRS also has several pamphlets for disabled people available, including one in the LifeCycle series, "Living and Working with Disabilities," with information about pertinent publications and the VITA program, volunteers who do taxes free for people with low to moderate income. Call 800-829-1040. Also, the Alternative Media Center provides IRS products in many alternate formats. Contact 800-829- 3676, or altmc at irs.gov.
Innovative Rehabilitation Technology Inc. (IRTI) specializes in a wide range of assistive technology hardware and software tools. Contact 800-322-4784, or www.irti.net.
Kurzweil Educational Systems's Kurzweil 1000 software scans and reads aloud print documents and digital files (such as eBooks or e-mail). Contact 800-894-5374, or www.kurzweiledu.com.
The Low Vision Store. This Minneapolis business sells adaptive equipment for work and school, including magnifiers, CCTV's, used equipment--even an affordable large-print calendar to rival the Ziegler Magazine's! Contact 800-871-8780, or www.thelowvisionstore.com.
Maxi-Aids sells a wide variety of assistive products for people with visual, hearing and mobility impairments. They also have household, technology and medical/health products. Call 800-522-6294, 800-281-3555 (TTY), or visit www.maxiaids.com.
Piano Boutique. William Benjamin's business card says, "piano tuner extraordinaire" and "The tuner alone preserves the tone." Contact him at 2625 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308; 800-297-1861, or www.pianoboutique.biz.
Polara Engineering Inc. manufactures accessible pedestrian products, such as accessible pedestrian signals and ADA-compliant pedestrian push buttons. Its Navigator APS provides audible and vibro-tactile features for all pedestrian phases, while the BullDog Push Button offers durability and state-of-the-art electronic technology. Contact 888-340-4872, 714-521-0900, or www.polara.com
QuikScrybe Inc. is a one-stop transcription shop for all braille, sight-saving large-print and audio CD needs. Contact 303-485-6895, or www.quikscrybe.com.
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic's library contains an extensive collection of audiobook titles in a broad variety of subjects at all academic levels. Anyone with a documented disability that makes reading standard print difficult is eligible to use RFB&D's audio textbooks, but they must become a member. Contact 800-221-4792, or www.rfbd.org.
RJ Cooper and Associates carries special software and hardware products for persons with special needs. A very nice man, Louis Herrera, showed me two of them: an accessible mp3 player as well as the Thunder screen reader, which plugs into a Windows computer with a USB port. This portable, simple and powerful screen reader is tailored for blind people who may be new to using a computer, or who need a simpler, cheaper alternative to more costly (and comprehensive) programs. Contact 800-752-6673, 949-582-2572, or www.rjcooper.com.
Sendero Group manufactures GPS products, including the BrailleNote, VoiceNote and other adaptive technology. Contact 888-757-6810, 530-757-6800, or www.senderogroup.com.
Serotek Corporation has developed a network that enables users requiring adaptive technology to access the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and shopping while using the simple FreedomBox designed interface. Over the years, Serotek has added products that allow users with varying disabilities the freedom to access computers outside their homes. Contact 866- 202-0520, or www.serotek.com.
Sighted Electronics Inc. manufactures braille displays, braille embossers, braille notetakers, screen readers and screen magnifiers. Contact 800-666-4883, 201- 666-2221, or www.sighted.com.
The Social Security Administration has produced the pamphlet, "Working While Disabled- -How We Can Help." Contact 800-772-1213, 800- 325-0778 (TTY), or www.socialsecurity.gov.
Talking Tabs teaches guitar using all-audio music instruction on CD's. Contact 800-660-6850, or www.talkingtabs.com.
TalkingThermostats.com sells several thermostats that talk. Contact P.O. Box 27145, Golden Valley, MN 55427-0145; 800-838-8860 or 763-591-9557.
Tenacity Corporation's newest software is Access A Phone, which is designed to allow people with vision, mobility and cognitive impairments to utilize the full functionality of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones with ease and comfort. Contact 866-756-0321, or www.tenacitycorp.com.
According to the FCC.gov Web site, VoIP technology allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line. Some VoIP services may only allow you to call other people using the same service, but others may allow you to call any telephone number. Also, while some VoIP services only work over your computer or a special VoIP phone, other services allow you to use a traditional phone connected to a VoIP adapter.
Vision Cue offers a select assortment of braille, low-vision and speech products from a variety of key manufacturers. Contact 4858-A S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225; 888-318-2582, 503-297-1510, or www.visioncue.com.
WGBH/Descriptive Video Service provides descriptive narration of key visual elements, which is then inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue to help low-vision viewers to better understand the story. Descriptions are accessed on TV programs via the Second Audio Program (SAP) option, which is standard on most contemporary TV's and VCR's. DVS descriptions are currently available on: 169 PBS stations nationwide; Turner Classic Movies cable network; selected series on the CBS, Fox and Nickelodeon networks; feature films; large-format and IMAX films; and more than 200 major home video releases available for purchase through the DVS Home Video catalog or on loan at 1,300 public libraries nationwide. No special equipment is required, only a standard TV and VCR are needed to enjoy home videos. All videos are sold at the suggested retail price--there's no additional charge for the description. Described movies are also available on loan from more than 1,200 public libraries. To purchase a DVS Home Video, call 317-579-0439. To request a large-print catalog, call 888-818-1999. To request a braille catalog, call 888-818-1181. To hear a listing of the latest DVS Home Video titles available or to hear a listing of television programs broadcast with DVS, call 800-333-1203.
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