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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.

800-531-2063, 706-613-3655

Email: specialneedslibrary@athenslibrary.org

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


OCTOBER 2005

October is Disability Awareness Month.

This list contains books about a variety of disabilities and offers suggestions on how to lead a healthier life.

Please call us to put these titles on your request list. (706) 613-3655

Ability First Expo 2005

October is Disability Awareness Month. The Expo focuses on disability awareness but more importantly, it focuses on the potential and accomplishments of people who are differently abled. Their goal of this event is to shift focus from labeling persons who are physically and mentally challenged from being seen as disabled to being accepted as differently abled. It is also our goal to create a networking of consumers and their families and service providers while allowing hands-on experience of new technology and aids designed to enhance the lives of persons with mental and physical limitations. Activities include exhibits, music, speakers, childrenís games, door prizes, and much more! So come out and visit the Ability First Expo 2005 for a day filled with fun and information for the entire family!!

Sponsored by: Athens Council on Blind, Athens Heritage Lions Club, Athens-Clarke County Commission on People with Disabilities, Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living, The Classic Center, and VISTAS. *For more information, call (706) 549-1020.

Blind Treasures

Blind Treasures is the first auction web site dedicated for use by people who are blind. All individuals, blindness-related vendors or organizations are welcome to auction off any adaptive or general items they may have to sell. There are no listing or selling fees. Check out www.blindtreasures.com/auction/. Please call the Special Needs Library is you are having problems with your talking book machine. We can suggest some things for you to do over the phone which might help the machine start working. If the machine refuses to play, we will gladly send you another one. Donít hesitate to call with any of your machine problems!

NFB Partnership

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is excited to announce the launch of the partnership with Tickets-for-Charity, the exclusive online charitable ticketing platform of the Rolling Stones 2005-2006 U.S. Tour. The NFB has been designated as one of a select group of national charities to be featured on the www.tickets-for-charity.com. web site and will receive donations through the sale of a limited number of tickets for the Rolling Stones Tour. Tickets are available for a price that includes the face value and a fixed donation. During the checkout process, you will have the opportunity to direct 100% of the donation amount to the NFB. The National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. This donation will help improve blind peopleís lives through advocacy, education research, technology, and programs that encourage independence and self-confidence.

Interesting website

WWW.AARP.com covers the gamut of senior issues, including health insurance, grand parenting, Medicare, and financial planning.

The Not So Scary Internet

Here is a list of a few of the books we have about the Internet. Please note, technology changes quickly, so some of the information presented in these books may be slightly dated.


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