- This company sells a wide variety of cane tips and canes, including kiddie canes plus aluminum, graphite and fiberglass rigid and folding canes. Orders can be placed by phone or fax and catalogs are available upon request.
- American Printing House
- This site offers abacuses, 4-track tape recorders, braille slates, light boxes, and many other items that students with visual impairments could benefit from.
- Ann Morris Enterprises
- This site offers on-line, print and audio tape versions of their catalog, although orders must placed via their toll-free telephone number. They specialize in products for people with vision loss, including canes, watches, kitchen accessories, writing accessories and education materials, to name a few.
- Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, International
- This organization prints and distributes the Bible in braille without charge. Their web site offers information about how to request a Bible. Bible are also available on cassette tape in many different languages.
- This site, an on-line adjunct to their walk-in super store, features a catalog listing the various assistive products and assistive technology they sell.
- This site is a resource directory of disability products and services for the disabled, elderly, caregiver and healthcare professional. The products of vendors that Blvd.Com links to include products for the visually impaired, wheelchairs, pediatric products, scooters, exercise and recreation equipment, and more.
- Ferguson Enterprises
- This site offers an on-line and downloadable catalog of assistive technology products. Their site is well organized and offers the extra benefit of including a number of very helpful links, such as Windows training or reference material.
- Guide Dog Users, Inc.
- This company, GDUI, is a non-profit advocacy organization of guide dog handlers, trainers, puppy-raisers, and family members. To raise funds to further the organization's efforts, GDUI makes several specialty products for or about guide dogs available in their online catalog, such as a harness pouch, a water and gear bag, and informational brochures like "Guidedogs in the workplace" and "Street Smarts."
- LS&S Group
- This company offers a wide-range of assistive products, specializing in those for persons with a vision or hearing loss. Their catalog can be downloaded or requested from their web site, but orders must be placed by telephone or fax.
- Maxi-Aids has a full-featured catalog of assistive products for visually impaired, hearing impaired and physically impaired individuals. Currently, only a portion of their products are listed online.
- This company was founded by Phyllis and Ron Schockner after Phyllis lost most of her sight due to ROP. Their company's mission is to develop its own line of products which will revolutionize the lives of sight-impaired people, as well as to bring top-quality products from other manufacturers to the visually impaired. Most of these products are low tech so everyone can afford them. Their catalog is available via e-mail, on-line browsing or download.
- This company sells a product called Parrot Plus, a voice recognition organizer with features such as: a voice recognition telephone directory, a voice pad for digitally recording notes, a voice meeting planner, a talking alarm clock and a talking calculator.
- Speak To Me
- This online catalog features nothing but talking products, including toys, calculators, watches, games, etc.
- This web site centers around a product called "Tack-Tiles", a braille learning aide invented by the father of a 14-yr. old blind son and fashioned after Lego's. This site offers the history of Tack-Tiles, information on this product and its successors (versions in Nemeth braille code, musical notation, French and Spanish braille, etc.), as well as ordering information.
- Making your own headphones that support input from 2 different sound sources
- When using voice output and either multimedia output or taped lessons on a single computer, it's hard to manage 2 sets of headphones for private listening. Specialty headphones can be purchased to provide one sound input coming in through one side of the headset, and the other sound input coming in through the other side -- however, these can be very expensive. Another option is to build your own, using the following parts available at Radio Shack for roughly $12 plus the price of the headphones:
- One pair of Stereo Headphones, with a 1/8-inch mini plug, e.g., Walkman-style
- One 1/8-inch Minijack Coupler (catalog #274-1555), for mono-to-mono or stereo-to-stereo use
- One 1/8-inch Y-adapter (catalog #274-375), which combines or splits a stereo mini 1/8-inch circuit into two mono 1/8-inch circuits
- Two Audio Cables (catalog #42-2420), 1/8-inch miniplug to 1/8-inch mini plug.
- The Coupler connects the headphones to the Y-adapter. One of the audio cables connects the Y-adapter to the one of the sound sources. The other audio cable connects the Y-adapter to the other sound source.
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