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.

800-531-2063, 706-613-3655


Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek


The Special Needs Library of NEGA will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2003, for Thanksgiving Day. We will also be closed December 24, 25, and 26 for the Christmas holidays.

Web OPAC Now Ready!!

Blind, visually impaired and physically disabled library users now have access to an Online Public Access Computer (OPAC). This OPAC technology allows library users to search an online library catalog for talking books and Braille materials. Library users may then place an order for the materials they select and have them mailed out. The online catalog is compatible with adaptive technology and screen reading software so that blind or visually impaired library users can navigate and use the online catalog with ease. Library for the Blind patrons can call the library from which they are served to receive a PIN and login name. The online catalog can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection at Call us if you have any questions at (706) 613-3655 or 1-800-531-2063.

Blinded Veterans Association

Since 1945 the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) has assisted blind or legally blind veterans, whether it is service connected or non-service connected blindness, with a variety of blindness related resources. The BVA has helped to create blindness service centers around the country. These centers provide services such as orientation and mobility, daily living skills, typing and Braille reading techniques, and computer training. They can help with such issues as resolving claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs, legislative concerns, and much more. To receive a bi-monthly newsletter or membership information you can contact the national office at 1-800-669-7079.

Blind World

Blind World is a free, online magazine. Their web address is This is an interesting compilation of articles from around the world about various subjects relating to the visually impaired.

EARS for Eyes

E.A.R.S (Enrichment Audio Resources Services, Inc.) is a nonprofit public charity that provides, free of charge, audio cassette lesson tapes that teach adaptive daily living skills to the vision impaired and their caregivers. The lessons, modeled after current blind rehabilitation techniques, are for anyone coping with the loss of eyesight. EARS is committed to teaching the skills necessary to continue living life with confidence and dignity after a vision loss. EARS has a toll free telephone number for you to talk with a vision counselor who will determine which lesson tapes are appropriate for you. They will then follow up while you’re using the tapes to answer any questions you might have. For more information contact EARS at 1-800-843-6816 or visit their website at:

Blind Novel-Tees

Are you looking for a t-shirt or hat with a cute blindness slogan? One of the favorites is “Lack of sight does not mean lack of vision”, or “Brain works, Eyes Don’t”. Prices range from $12.95 for some of the hats to $16.95 for the t-shirts. If you are interested in wearing your favorite slogan, contact Blind-Novel-Tees at (937 ) 472-0585 or check their website at

Coping with Vision Loss

Our patrons suffer from a variety of visual problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. A leading supplier of aids to cope with the resulting problems is Optelec. Optelec is a leading manufacturer and distributor of magnification products, many of which are moderately priced. Big button telephones, talking watches, magnifiers for the computer screen and large print keyboards are only a few of the many vision aids available. For more information and a free catalog call Optelec at 1-800-684-7466.

Anytime, Anywhere

When we hear the term “historical mystery” many of us automatically think of the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, but murder can happen anytime and anywhere, as you will see in this list of historical mysteries compiled by Reader Advisor Susan Higgins.

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