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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


MAY 2002


SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY NEWS

4th Annual Northeast Georgia Senior Expo

This day of booths, exhibits and health screenings is designed for senior adults aged 50 and over in Athens-Clarke and surrounding northeast Georgia counties. Learn about services & opportunities that are available for you. It will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 9:00 - 4:00 at the Classic Center in Athens. Come say hello to us at the Special Needs Library booth!

Lions World Services for the Blind - Vocational Course

Lions World Services for the Blind announces that their next class for the Taxpayer Service Representative vocational course starts on July 15, 2002, so clients must report by June 17, 2002 for the required evaluation period. This 5-month course trains persons who are blind and visually impaired to work in the Customer Service Division of the Internal Revenue Service. Each person selected for the course will be placed in employment with the IRS upon successful completion of the program. Once on the job, the employee will assist citizens with tax questions.

Course qualifications: Good independent living and orientation and mobility skills; reading print at 100 wpm with 75 percent comprehension, or braille reading at 80 wpm with 75 percent comprehension, written communication including typing for business correspondence and filling out forms with speed of 30 wpm; braille writing with a slate and stylus at 12 wpm and braille writer at 20 wpm; math 90 percent accuracy on two consecutive tests using a calculator; high school diploma or GED with four years of college or equivalent work experience. Candidates must be U.S. citizens.

For referrals or more information contact:
LIONS WORLD SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
Attn: Sherrill Wilson, Director of Vocational Services
2811 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
(501) 664-7100 or (800) 248-0734

Telephone Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

Bell South provides free local and national directory assistance and call completion for Georgia residents who qualify by being visually or physically unable to perform these functions. Contact the TCCD (Telecommunications Center for Customers with Disabilities) at 780-2273 (no area code required) for more information. A certificate must be completed along with a letter of certification from your doctor. See their website at http://www.bellsouth.com/specialneeds/ for additional services offered for a variety of disabilities. AT&T will provide 50 Directory Assistance calls a month for free upon completion of their application. They also offer an application for exemption from charges for operator assisted call completion. Contact them at 1-800-872-3883. MCI also provides free local and long distance Directory Assistance and free Operator assisted dialing. Contact them for an application at 1-888-624-5622.

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