A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE
SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA
The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia is a part of your public library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hancock, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Rabun, Stephens, Walton and White counties. We do not endorse any product or service mentioned in this newsletter.
Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek
The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia will be closed Monday, September
6, 2004, for Labor Day!!
I am scheduling outreach visits to all of our 21 counties. If you would like for
me to share information about all the services available from the Special Needs
Library contact Stacey at 1-800-531-2063 or 706-613-3655. I will be happy to
schedule a presentation for your agency, retirement centers, nursing homes or
Vacation Reading Program
To our younger patrons….you still have the month of August to get those books
read for the Vacation Reading Program. We will be figuring out who all
participated in the reading program at the end of August and awarding a prize to
our patrons (17-years old and younger) who read 12 or more books. Hurry, there’s
A new law gives people with Medicare the power to start saving on prescription
drugs. Medicare is contracting with private companies to offer Medicare-approved
drug discount cards. You can choose one of the discount cards offered by these
private companies to help you save on outpatient prescription drugs. If you have
lower income that makes it hard to pay for your prescription drugs, you might
get extra help.
To get help comparing your options and to find out how to enroll, call
1-800-633-4227 and ask about “drug savings.” TTY users should call
1-877-486-2048, or go to www.medicare.gov on the web. Select “Prescription Drugs
and Other Assistance Programs.”
Visiting a National Park this Summer?
The National Park Service makes a lifetime entrance pass to national parks,
monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that
charge entrance fees available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are
blind or permanently disabled. The Golden Access Passport admits the pass holder
and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle to parks with a per-vehicle
entrance fee; where a per-person entrance fee is charged, the pass admits the
pass holder and his or her spouse and children. The Golden Access Passport also
provides a 50 percent discount on federal usage fees for facilities and services
such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and tours.
The pass may be obtained by showing proof of a medically determined permanent
disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law. It must be
obtained in person at a federal area (national park, historic site, wildlife
refuge, etc.) where an entrance fee is charged. To locate a convenient park
service site, visit the National Park Service portal “Visit Your Parks” at
www.npsgov/parks.html.. Visitors are encouraged to telephone the site to inquire
about pass availability and required documentation before traveling.
Helpful Travel Resources
“New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability” is a free
booklet available from the US Department of Transportation’s Consumer
Information Center, P.O. Box 100, Pueblo, CO 81002; or by visiting
Call the Toll-Free Hotline for Air Travelers with Disabilities at 1-800-778-4838
(voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY) daily, between 7 am and 11 pm Eastern Standard
“Access Amtrak: A Guide to Amtrak Services for Travelers with Disabilities” is
free and available in limited quantities in large print, Braille and on tape.
Call 1-877-268-7252 or visit www.amtrak.com/plan/accessibility-index.html
For travel resources in Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe, click on the
“Travel” link within the “Community and Lifestyle” section of
www.visionconnection.org or call 1-800-829-0500.
Here is a list of books, compiled by Reader Advisor Paul Mathews, on real-life
catastrophes and tragedies.
- RC 50200 Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John
- RC 56439 Aboman’s Guide to: Survival & Self-Reliance: Practical Skills for
Interesting Times by Joseph A. Bigley
- RC 53309 Twin Towers: The Life of New York City’s World Trade Center by Angus K.
- RC 54285 Rudy Giluliani: Emperor of the City by Andrew Kirtzman
- RC 53784 Disaster! The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 by Dan
- RC 51969 Shackleton’s Forgotten Men: The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic by
- RC 46388 Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed
America by John M. Barry
- RC 47621 Great Lakes Shipwrecks and Survivals by William Ratigan