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Summer Reading Programs at the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

Looking for something to do with your summer? Why not spend it reading books of your choice to win fun prizes! Check out details for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) summer reading program below!

Pick Your Age Group

This year’s summer reading theme is Tails and Tales, so get ready to enjoy tails and tales of all sorts this summer. LBPD has two summer reading programs that pertain to transition-aged youth. No matter which program you belong in, you will be able to tally your points for reading books, attend virtual LBPD activities, earn prizes, and enter raffles for grand prize drawings. 

  • Tweens/Teens Summer Learning: ages 11-17 (final day to earn points is August 6)
  • Adult Summer Reading Program: ages 18 and older (final day to earn points is August 8)

Register and Count Your Points!

Whether you fall into the Teens/Tweens or the adult group, you can register using Beanstack, a completely accessible website where you can track your points, books read, and activities attended.

Click here to register for the Tails and Tales 2021 Summer Reading Program with the Maryland LBPD

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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Accessible Audio-described Virtual Tours

Looking for something to do with your summer? Read below for some awesome virtual audio-described tours, many of which are taking place today! All tours listed below are featured in the NFB or ACB convention program.

B&O Railroad Museum Tour: Maryland on the Rails – Tuesday, July 6, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Zoom meeting ID: 957 8137 1847

This virtual tour will examine how before 1827 Maryland became an ideal location for the B&O Railroad, and as a result, how the B&O Railroad has continued to contribute to the robust history of this state.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Tour – Tuesday July 6, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Zoom meeting ID: 989 1183 7672

On this virtual tour, you will learn about the nation’s first space flight center that now also has the largest combined organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to increasing knowledge of Earth, the solar system, and the universe via observations from space.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Tour – Tuesday July 6, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Zoom meeting ID: 961 2567 1553

Virtually experience Harriet Tubman’s world through exhibits that chronicle the life of this resourceful woman and the many others that helped her run the Underground Railroad. Most people underestimated her tenacity and strength.

NFB Jernigan Institute Tour – Wednesday July 7, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Zoom meeting ID: 951 0732 8515

This unique tour will be conducted by Mary Ellen Jernigan and Dr. Marc Maurer, who were involved before there was a Jernigan Institute. They worked with Dr. Jernigan and will share stories about the vision, development, and growth of the NFB National Center for the Blind.

Mammoth Cave Tour – Friday July 16, 4:00 – 5:15 PM

Participate through streaming ACB radio

Explore the wonders and history of this incredible underground world. An audio experience prepared by Mammoth Cave Park. They will be on hand to answer your questions. A virtual journey you won’t soon forget.

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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KNFB Reader

The fifth in a five-part series: Accessing Visual Information Series.

We are surrounded by visual information, but it’s not always accessible. This month, the Bridges Helpdesk explores tools that put access to that visual information at your fingertips.

In this fifth installment of the series, we learn about KNFB Reader.

What is KNFB Reader?

KNFB Reader is an app which reads print information aloud to users who have print disabilities. The text can also be read using a Braille display. The app has text detection and tactile feedback to help the user ensure that they are capturing all of the text in the photo. It also features highlighting capabilities for those with low vision or other print disabilities for which pinpointing text would be useful.

How Much does KNFB Reader Cost?

KNFB Reader is available for all Apple products, as well as for Android and Windows 10. It is $99.99. Since KNFB Reader can help individuals read school assignments and important work documents, many universities, employers, and VR agencies have been known to purchase this app for individuals.

KNFB Reader Features

KNFB Reader features a variety of useful options, including:

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

June: Accessing Visual Information Series

Part 1: About Aira

Part 2: Accessing Aira

Part 3: Aira in Action

Part 4: Seeing AI

Part 5: KNFB Reader

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Accessible Assistive Technology Resources Bridges Blog Educational Resources Employment Resources Independent Living Resources Information Resources Recreation Resources Series: Accessing Visual Information, June 2021

Seeing AI

The fourth in a five-part series: Accessing Visual Information Series.

We are surrounded by visual information, but it’s not always accessible. This month, the Bridges Helpdesk explores tools that put access to that visual information at your fingertips.

In this fourth installment of the series, we find out about Seeing AI, a free tool to access visual information that is available only on iOS devices.

What is Seeing AI?

Seeing AI is an artificial intelligence application which can identify text, objects, and colors for people who are blind or low vision. This app is available in 16 languages.

Seeing AI is available for free from the Apple App Store. However, at this time, Seeing AI is not available for use on Android devices.

Short Text Mode

This mode is extremely useful because it recognizes text without requiring the user to take a photograph. Simply open the app, make sure the “short text” mode is selected at the bottom of the screen, and point the camera where you think the text appears. As soon as the application detects text, it will begin reading. Are you too far down the page? No problem. You can move the camera to a different orientation until you get the information from the document that you need. This mode is great for reading mail, school assignments, notes, menus, and receipts.

Other Modes of Seeing AI

Seeing AI has many other modes, including:

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

June: Accessing Visual Information Series

Part 1: About Aira

Part 2: Accessing Aira

Part 3: Aira in Action

Part 4: Seeing AI

Part 5: KNFB Reader

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Get Your News On Your Own Terms with NFB Newsline® (It’s Free)

This week brings the inauguration of the forty-sixth President of the United States (Joe Biden) the first female, first African-American, and first Asian-American Vice President (Kamala Harris), and the first U.S. presidential inauguration held during a pandemic. There’s no better time to get connected with a free, accessible means of getting the news you want, when you want it.

What does NFB Newsline® have to offer?

With the NFB Newsline® service, qualified individuals can receive free audio access to local state, national, and international newspapers as well as other news sources and a wide variety of magazines. Newsline® also provides access to more than 100,000 job listings from two national job sources, retail advertisements, TV listings, and emergency weather alerts and local seven-day forecasts.

Who is a qualified individual for NFB Newsline® services?

Individuals who cannot read printed publications due to vision loss, dyslexia, or a physical disability are qualified to use NFB Newsline® services. If you are already registered with any of the following, you qualify for NFB Newsline® services:

  • a state or private vocational rehabilitation agency for the blind
  • a public school special education program for the blind or state residential school for the blind
  • a cooperating regional library under the program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress

If you are NOT registered with one of the above entities, you will need to provide proof of your print disability in the application process.

Where can I access these materials on NFB Newsline®?

  • NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile app for the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod from the Apple App Store
  • Website: a secure, text-only website that is screen-reader friendly
  • Phone: 888-882-1629 (Newsline phone instructions)
  • Amazon Alexa: NFB Newsline® Alexa skill directions
  • Email: NFB Newsline® can email your news, customized job listings, and information directly to your inbox; choose your favorites and select frequency (once daily or updates throughout the day). call us at 1-866-504-7300 to set up your NFB Newsline® email service.
  • Portable Players: NFB Newsline® In Your Pocket allows you to download content directly to your digital talking book player (such as the Victor Reader Stream, the Book Port Plus, etc.

How do I get NFB Newsline® for myself?

  • Call the National Federation of the Blind at 866-504-7300 to request an application

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.