The National Federation of the Blind
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Prodigy releases new Count-a-Dose. Count-a-dose is a medical device that allows a blind or vision impaired person with diabetes to fill an insulin syringe independently without assistance. In addition to the release of the count-a-dose, Prodigy is pleased to announce a new Low Vision Center on their website, this center contains information about the Prodigy® Count-a-dose™, Prodigy Voice™ Meter, and soon to be Prodigy IQ Pump information. For additional information or to place your orders for the Count-A-Dose please call: 866-908-9201. You can also order these products from the NFB Independence Market.

Do you love your new Digital Talking Book Player, but don't like to download books on to a flash drive which sticks out of the side of the machine? Now you can buy a blank, 1 GB talking book cartridge for $14.95, and a 36 inch USB compatible cable for $3.95 from Adaptive Technologies. 1-978-462-3817;

Have you always wanted to play a musical instrument, but don't know where to begin? Check out Bill Browns beginner audio series for guitar, piano, harmonica, saxophone, violin and flute. Visit or call 1-888-778-1828 for more information.

Movie Theatres with audio description come to CT!
Rave Accessible Theatre Locations (each has one equipped auditorium)
Rave Motion Pictures Buckland Hills (Manchester)
Rave Motion Pictures Connecticut Post 14 (Milford)
Rave Motion Pictures North Haven (North Haven) Rave Motion Pictures Southington (Southington)

Two New Online Resources For Described Movie Fans: will get folks to a page which lists DVD and Blu-ray titles that have description, and offers an Amazon click through option to go directly to Amazon to purchase the movie. A separate page, linked from that URL, lists all the movies Rave has described since DVS debuted in 1990.

Speaking of descriptive movies… you can download free descriptive movies at You will need to register (which is free) then enter the site, click on the movie vault link, and browse the hundreds of movies which are available for download.

Public Release: 26-May-2010
Journal of Neuroscience Methods
UCI researchers create retina from human embryonic stem cells UC Irvine scientists have created an eight-layer, early-stage retina from human embryonic stem cells, the first three-dimensional tissue structure to be made from stem cells. Lincy Foundation, private donations, Contact: Tom Vasich, or 949-824-6455.

Are you frustrated by not being able to read nutritional facts or directions on the food you purchase at the grocery store? Now there is a web site with thousands of product labels available in either large font or in a speech friendly format. Visit: to see what you've been missing.

In September 2010, the Connecticut Office of State Ethics ruled that while employees and Board members of BESB (the Board of Education and Services for the Blind) are public officials, they are entitled to receive services from BESB, and there is no inherent conflict of interest. Members of the Deaf Blind Advisory Committee, the Agency Consumer Advisory Committee (ACAC), the Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors and the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) were determined not to be public officials as their roles are more advisory in nature.


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Updated January 31, 2011