edited by Cynthia G. Hawkins
The announcement of products and services in this column does not represent an endorsement by the American Council of the Blind, its officers, or staff. Listings are free of charge for the benefit of our readers. “The ACB Braille Forum” cannot be held responsible for the reliability of the products and services mentioned.
To submit items for this column, send a message to [email protected], or phone the national office at 1-800-424-8666, and leave a message in Sharon Lovering’s mailbox. Information must be received at least two months ahead of publication date.
Envision Conference East
Envision Conference East will be held May 19-21, 2022, at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Envision Conference is the only multidisciplinary conference with the goal of closing practice gaps and disseminating the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques, research and technology. For more information, or to register, visit www.envisionuniversityevents.com/ConferenceEast2022.
Rare Patient Voice
Get paid for your opinion! Patients (age 16 +) and caregivers (family, friends) of any disability, disorder, syndrome, disease, or condition are provided an opportunity to voice their opinions through surveys and interviews to improve medical products and services.
Rare Patient Voice connects you with researchers who are developing products and services which can help you and others with your condition. They need patient input so that they develop products and services that have a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. Over the past seven years, Rare Patient Voice has paid patients over $6 million.
You will earn $100 per hour for participating in studies. We pay by check to ensure patients can use their compensation in any way they wish.
To sign up, go to https://rarepatientvoice.com/TGalanos/. If you need assistance, contact Jennifer Neal, Data Management and Social Media Outreach Associate, via email, [email protected], or phone (410) 598-0076.
Discounts on Internet Service
The Affordable Connectivity Program, which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission, passed in November 2021. For more information, and to sign up, go to https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov:443/ or call 1-877-384-2575.
Healthy Weight at Home Study
Healthy Weight at Home is a free weight loss program for parents with a child (8-18 years) who has a disability. Participants get 12 weeks of video coaching sessions and directions for an evidence-based approach to safe and effective weight loss. This is part of a study being conducted at Towson University.
Everybody gets the weight loss program, and the weight loss coaching is free. And you may get the chance to get a $50 gift card for participation. To learn more, contact the Physical Activity and Public Health Lab at [email protected].
ACB’s Executive Director on TV
Cooking Without Looking TV show hosts Allen Preston and Annette Watkins recently welcomed ACB’s executive director Eric Bridges, his wife, Rebecca, and their son, Tyler, as they gave tips on parenting when you are totally blind and your children are sighted. Eric provided tips on cutting and staying safe in the kitchen while Tyler showed off his cutting skills and sliced potatoes for their favorite roast potato recipe. Rebecca also showed how to prepare Eric’s favorite dish, Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs.
Watch by visiting http://ow.ly/gueY50Hv2YT.
Rebecca’s recipe for Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs is available at http://ow.ly/wN1R50Hv2YX.
New from National Braille Press
Now available is “Friday Morning Quotations - Volume 2,” compiled by K. Wilson. This is a spiral-bound braille booklet with 52 new quotes that are useful for speeches, toasts, and braille reading practice.
Also new is the “Morning Quotations Set!” You can get the five latest quote book compilations all at once.
Looking for an easy-to-mail gift? Take a look at our print/braille magnets. Quotes include: “When I count my blessings, I count you twice!,” “You Rock,” and “Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice,” among many others. See them all at https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/braille-gifts.html.
For more information, call 1-800-548-7323, or visit www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/index.html.