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World of Visually Impaired Highlighted in Weekly Program

Blind and Beyond Radio Show is a program for individuals interested in learning about the world of the visually impaired as well as the delights and challenges of how to live successful and productive lives.

The show is sponsored by Blindfold Games, a venture that creates audio games for the visually impaired with dozens of games for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Innovator Marty Schultz has created companies that design games for play by thousands of the visually impaired worldwide. The games include casino games such as Blackjack and Bingo, card games such as Crazy Eights and Rummy, puzzle games like Simon and Color Crush, television games similar to Wheel of Fortune and Word Ladder, and active games such bowling and pinball.

Mileage stipends will be considered for events more than 50 miles away but will be capped at $75. After receiving approval to participate in an event, the veteran will receive a packet along with USABA apparel that he/she is expected to wear during the event and a call to share a photo on social media.

Originating on Sundays in Orlando, Florida, from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time on WOKB 1680-AM, the program is also streamed live at wokradio.com. Listeners can also tune in on the Victor Reader Stream through Internet radio or on their Smartphones via the TuneIn Radio App. It is also possible to call 518-712-0057 and listen to the show live right from one’s phone without using any app.

Audio Information Services Open World to Blind

BVA member Shawn Wilbur, Nebraska Regional Group, has recommended that BVA members more seriously consider utilizing the wealth of information offered by the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS).

The three-day event is the 19th annual reenactment of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, France, on the Lake Erie shores of Conneaut, Ohio, August 17-19, in Conneaut Township Park. Admission is free for what many observers have called the most realistic and educational D-Day reenactment of the World War II era.

IAAIS connects and supports organizations for people with disabilities worldwide. The Radio Reading Services the organization supports still includes 32 locations in North America. There are more than 100 worldwide. In almost all cases the services are provided free of charge.

Although vision loss is not the only reason people may not be able to read normal printed material, it is still the biggest factor. Almost one and a half million Americans are legally blind, and of those, over 90% do not read Braille. Well over 20 million Americans have experienced significant vision loss, and that number rises every day.

Over six million Americans over 65 have vision loss that prevents them from reading. But there are nine million people in the 45 to 64 age range with vision loss. As these “baby boomers” age, the numbers with vision loss will likely dramatically exceed those of the present generation of seniors.

Volunteer readers and computer speech can read daily newspapers, magazines and best-selling books to thousands of people at a time at low cost through Audio Information Sevices. These services can include closed-circuit radio broadcasts, dial-in telephone newspaper systems, personal recording and internet broadcasting and program archives.

IAAIS has worked with Ibiquity and National Public Radio in the development of new digital technology that expands the capabilities of HD Radio to serve the needs of the blind.

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