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20/20 Access: Our Online Newsletter

20/20 Access

Published by the Association of Blind Citizens

Spring Snippets 2005

Association of Blind Citizens

P.O. Box 246

Holbrook, MA 02343

Phone: (781) 961-1023

Fax: (781) 961-0004

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(781) 654-2000

Vehicle-Donation Line: (888) 881-9090


Plain in Maine

We renamed The Advocate 20/20 Access, and we hope you enjoy this mini spring edition. Find links to interesting articles in our Blindsided column and a list of helpful resources in our Marketplace section.

While working on this issue, I thought about how technology affects our lives. With scanners or closed-circuit televisions, we can read the printed word. With screen readers or large-print software, we can access computers. And with artificial-vision systems or bioptics, some of us can even drive.

But great gain comes with at least some loss. How does technology negatively affect you? I admit that when my home loses electricity, I usually take a nap or just stare into space hoping the power will quickly return. Does that mean I'm dependent on what's supposed to help me be independent?

If I listen to Talking Books too often, does that isolate me from my family? Or does being accustomed to that eloquent-sounding narrator make me discontent when a family member mispronounces a word when reading to me? Along these lines, I came up with five good reasons to become Amish:

5. The end of telemarketer calls!
4. No more spam!
3. Keeping up with fashion becomes obsolete!
2. No electric bill!
1. You don't need a license to drive a horse and buggy!

And now on with the rest of this, er, electronic newsletter...



The Association of Blind Citizens announces new products and services for the benefit of its readers. ABC lists these for free and assumes no responsibility for the quality of the products nor the reliability of the services.

Braillerman Alan Ackley repairs Perkins braillers at competitive prices. Visit him at

GW Micro announces Window-Eyes 5.0. For details check out

Hadley -- -- offers a free course titled Going Places. Learn how to travel safely and confidently this spring.

Huge Print Press enlarges text anywhere from 16 to 44 point. Visit for large-print books already in stock, and discover how you can have your favorite books, magazines and other materials in the print size you need.

MonoMouse turns your television into a video magnifier. This mouse-shaped device offers an affordable solution to your magnification needs --

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