Sunday, June 11, 2000

Disability information easier to obtain

        The amount of information available on disability-related pics has increased dramatically during the past decade, but finding it can still be a challenge. Here are just a few of the current publications and Web sites available to point you in the right direction.

        Living with epilepsy: Epilepsy USA, editor Judith O'Toole says, is a quality-of-life magazine for people living with epilepsy. Published six times a year, the four-color 24-page publication features articles on the activities and lifestyles of people with epilepsy, news on new treatments, drugs, and discoveries about the condition.

        Introduced this year is a twice-yearly supplement, “Between Us,” focusing on women's issues. Subscribers also receive “KidsNews,” a colorful round-up of crafts, recipes and pen pals for kids with epilepsy, four times a year. Subscriptions are $15 and can be ordered by calling the Epilepsy Foundation of America at (800) 470-1655, Ext. 724, or by visiting

        Accessible television: The DVS Guide is a quarterly newsletter, available in Braille and large print, featuring PBS programs carrying Descriptive Video Service. Providing an additional audio track describing the visual elements of such popular programs as Nature, Nova, Mystery! and many children's programs, DVS can be heard on the SAP (Second Audio Program) feature of any TV or VCR. The newsletter can be ordered free by sending an email to or by calling (617) 300-3490.

        To view past issues of the DVS Guide or to find information on more than 200 home videos now available with description, visit the DVS Web site at

        For information on the Caption Center, also based at WGBH, visit

        Assistive technology: AccessWorld, a new magazine on assistive technology for people with visual impairments, was launched in January by the American Foundation for the Blind. Product evaluations of hardware and software using Braille, synthesized speech or magnification are included, as well as on-the-job profiles, interviews, calendars and news. Subscriptions are $29.95 for six issues a year, and are available in print, Braille, audiocassette, computer disk and online editions. Additional information and some live audio are also included in the online version of the magazine. To order, call (888) 522-0220 or visit

        Sounds like good news: Of interest to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or those providing services to the deaf is the Community Ear, produced by TDD America, Inc., of Portland, Ore. Begun in 1985 as a newspaper, this publication has grown to a 32-page magazine, carrying news and features of interest to those involved with hearing loss. Subscriptions are $24.95 for 12 issues. To subscribe or for additional information, contact the Community Ear by calling (503) 238-2433 or e-mail

        Cincinnati writer Deborah Kendrick is a nationally recognized advocate for people with disabilities. Write her at Cincinnati Enquirer, Tempo, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202. E-mail:


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