Braille Book Review

March-April 2010

In Brief

The following information on the digital transition has been reprinted from the previous issue for the benefit of patrons.

Free Mystic Seaport passes available

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has renewed its membership with Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea and is once again offering NLS patrons use of a free one-day seaport pass. The seaport is a world-renowned, not-for-profit historical and educational institution occupying thirty-seven acres on the Mystic River, near New London, Connecticut. Highlights of the site include restored tall ships, tours by shipwrights and craftsmen, and a variety of exhibit galleries.

The pass entitles two adults and three children or grandchildren under eighteen to free admission to Mystic Seaport on the day of the week specified on the pass. The opportunity is available year-round. The pass will be sent by express delivery and will include a prepaid return envelope.

If interested, e-mail or fax (202) 707-0712, attention Mystic Pass Coordinator, Publications and Media Section. Include your name, street address, telephone number, and the date and day of the week you wish to visit Mystic Seaport.

For visitor information, including accessibility details, membership opportunities, directions, lodging, and more, go to


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Free screen reader for Windows users

Serotek and the Accessibility Is a Right (AIR) foundation are providing System Access To Go, a free screen-reader software program, to Windows users with Internet access. The screen reader will read most documents, program menus, and web pages on Windows-based computers only while the system is connected to the Internet. To download or run the software go to The site offers the option of creating an account so that each time you connect to the Internet your screen-reader settings and other preferences will appear.

In addition to the free screen-reader software, Serotek sells other versions of system access tools that do not require an Internet connection. For more information, visit Information about the AIR foundation is available at

Social Security Administration offers communication in special formats

The Social Security Administration now offers communication in alternative formats for blind and visually impaired individuals who have applied for or receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Important information from the Social Security Administration is available in the following formats:

If you are already registered to receive information and wish to change the format visit the web site at and fill out the Request for Special Notice Option form, call 1-877-708-1776 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or write or visit your local Social Security office. If you would like to receive information in a format not listed above, call 1-800-772-1213 to make a request.

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