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Welcome BARD Mobile! App for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

The BARD Mobile App has arrived for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users! You must have version 4.3 or higher of the iOS operating system to use the app. This is such great news for us and for our members. You can now enjoy your Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) audiobooks, audio magazines and Braille files on your Apple mobile device.

Find your Inner BARD. It's National Poetry Month!

It's National Poetry Month and it is time to find your inner bard!  Be inspired by other poets and share your favorites.  Here are several online resources from the The Academy of American Poets (AAP):

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships are Available!

The deadline for academic scholarships from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is quickly approaching.  The application deadline is March 31st, 2014. Need more information? Visit the NFB web site at https://www.nfb.org/scholarships

We Honor Black History Month

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) honors Black History Month by placing a spotlight on Zora Neale Hurston, a writer of the Harlem Renaissance movement. Enjoy this brief profile of Zora from the Smithsonian Channel.

Uncle Sam provides Accessible Tax Forms

Yes, it is that time of the year. Tax season. Oy!

Do you need accessible federal tax forms?

TBBC Honors Dr. King

Listen to TBBC staff and volunteers describe how the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have influenced our lives.


We Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We join the world to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here is a link to a NPR story on Dr. King's "Mountaintop" speech delivered on April 3rd, 1968 in Memphis. It was his last speech. Dr. King was assassinated the next day. This link has an audio news story and an audio excerpt from the speech.


Apps to Help you Get Started with a New Mobile Apple Device

If the holidays brought you a new iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and you do not know where to get started, AppleVis is here to help you. AppleVis is the web site of a user group of blind and visually-impaired people who have Apple devices.

Interested in Tactile Graphics? 3D Technologies?

As many of us know, tactile graphics are all the rage these days.  Three dimensional technologies are particularly important to enrich the learning experience of those with vision impairments.

We Honor Nelson Mandela

We join hundreds of millions to honor the life of Nelson Mandela. His autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom..," can be downloaded from BARD. It is DB39555.

You can listen to his 1993 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech here.


Assistive Technology Innovation for People with Paralysis

News stories about technology being developed to enhance the independence of people with physical impairments always inspire us. Here is news about an assistive technology innovation for people who do not have the use of their arms or legs due to tetraplegia.

BARD Mobile Tutorials are Here!

BARD Mobile rocks!  That is the feedback we have received so far from our members.  Today, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) released audio-described video tutorials on how to use BARD Mobile.

We Give Thanks

All of us at TBBC are honored to serve our members.  With simple words of kindness, we give and receive many acts of generosity each day.  We wish all of our members and their families a most wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. To those celebrating the first night of Hanukkah, we light our candles in unity.

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