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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.

Phone: 800-531-2063, 706-613-3655

Email:specialneedslibrary@athenslibrary.org

Staff: Paige Burns, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek


FEBRUARY 2002


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GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DIVISION OF REHABILITATION SERVICES

Announces Town Hall Meetings & Public Meetings For Input Into The FY2003 State Vocational Rehabilitaiton Plan
Wednesday, February 20
Town Hall Meetings, time varies with location
Public Meetings, 4:00 - 5:00

Town Hall meetings will be held throughout the state as an opportunity for interested citizens, clients, employers, and community advocates to ask questions and engage in dialogue with a panel of rehabilitation staff concerning Vocational Rehabilitation services, policies, and procedures.

The Public Meeting will originate from the GPTV studios in Atlanta and will interconnect twelve DRS service delivery regions LIVE via satellite allowing audiences at each site to hear comments from the entire state. Input at the Public Meeting must be submitted as follows: oral presentation by telephone of 3 minutes or less or maximum of 2 pages double-spaced typed or written. Written comments can be submitted by mail to the VR Program State Plan, Georgia DRS, 2 Peachtree Street, 35th floor, #404, Atlanta GA 30303 - before February 15 if you want your written comments included & read the day of the Public Meeting. Locations for meetings throughout the twenty-one counties served by the Special Needs Library are listed below.

Region 2 (Gainesville) 770-535-5930

Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Rabun, Stephens & White

Region 3 (Atlanta) 404-657-2239

Gwinnett

Region 5 (Athens) 706-354-3900

Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Walton

Region 6 (Macon) 478-751-6272

Putnam

Region 7 (Augusta) 706-650-5600

Hancock

National Braille Press offers Catalog by Email

National Braille Press is dedicated to making braille books available at the same price as print equivalents. Their book announcements are now available through an email list. To subscribe, send an email message to: majordomo@world.std.com. Leave the subject area blank and in the message area write "subscribe nbp." You will receive about four messages per month with braille book listings, and you may unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions at the bottom of each mailing. To find out more about the National Braille Press and all of their new titles, go to www.nbp.org, where you can also try some sample word puzzles, see tables of contents, read some sample poems, download free books, order print/braille valentine cards and much more! You may also reach them by phone at 800-548-7323.


Benefits Navigator

The Benefits Navigator counselors provide free counseling and information on work incentives, how work will affect your SSI or SSDI payments, and other programs and services that will assist in your transition to employment. Although this particular program does not serve all 21 counties that are in the Special Needs Library service area, they can help refer you to similar services in your area. For more information, contact Benefits Navigator, c/o Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30309, 866-772-2726, www.bpaoga.com.

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