BULLETIN BOARD

A Newsletter of the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
(Summer 2000, Volume 18 Number 1)

"Introducing The Work Site"

Kenneth S. Apfel, Commissioner of Social Security, has announced the launching of a new web site--The Work Site--which contains important information and support for disability beneficiaries, employers, service providers, advocates and others whose goal is to help those persons with disabilities work.

Persons with disabilities face serious challenges when attempting to enter the workforce. Assistance programs are often complex and poorly coordinated, forcing individuals to piece together information and to develop work strategies on their own. They often find that employers are reluctant to hire persons with disabilities, which can discourage them from looking for work. Young people with disabilities, especially those who are leaving school and preparing to work, lack role models and mentors to guide them. The Work Site, developed by the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Office of Employment Support Programs is designed to be an important information source.

"The Work Site will help to eliminate the barriers that persons with disabilities face when they attempt to enter the workforce," commented President Bill Clinton. "The Social Security Administration is bringing employers, advocates and services together in this new economy to provide meaningful assistance for individuals with disabilities."

The web site is fully accessible to people with disabilities. This is significant since fewer than 5 percent of all Internet sites are accessible to people who are visually impaired or hearing impaired or have limited dexterity. The Work Site is built to serve the information needs of its five principle customers and provides the information in easy to understand terms.

"The Work Site puts important, but often hard-to-find information in one easy-to-access location," noted Commissioner Apfel. "Social Security beneficiaries who want to work and those who want to help them will benefit from this new service." Go to www.ssa.gov/work to take a look at The Work Site.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The U.S. Department of Education today announced a new Web site to showcase the government's efforts to help America's infants and pre-schoolers with disabilities and their families.

The site, located at www.fed-icc.org, will provide a convenient storehouse of information for parents of children with disabilities, focusing on the efforts of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC). The FICC facilitates federal, state and local activities related to serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, ages birth through 5, who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as other federally funded programs such as health care, child care and social services. The FICC is an advising body to cabinet secretaries from the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Defense, and Interior, as well as to the commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

The Milwaukee Public Library's trial netLibrary collection of 1,500 non-fiction e-books is now available! MPL has added "Electronic e-books" to the "What's New" heading of the MPL homepage http://www.mpl.org. That link will take members of the public to an MPL explanatory page and then to netLibrary's MPL collection page where the person can open their account. Library Collection books are available through Milwaukee Public Library's connection to netLibrary and can be checked out for two hours at a time. This collection includes 1,500+ non-fiction copyrighted titles from netLibrary's Private Collection which Milwaukee Public Library is considering subscribing to after this free trial period. Public Collection books are available for free to anyone in the world and include many classic titles that are in the public domain and no longer under copyright protection. These include political speeches and documents such as the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Private Collection indicates books that the Milwaukee Public Library has not selected to be part of its collection offered free to its customers. Once you have set up your netLibrary account you may elect to purchase access to these titles on your own. For more information refer to the help files on the netLibrary site: http://www.netlibrary.com/.

Goodbye Nancy, hello Tanya! Many of our LBPH readers who frequently phone in for reader's advisory help have been distressed to learn that Nancy Anderson has left WRLBPH. Everyone who cares about Nancy will be happy to learn that she has transferred to the Central Children's Room of the Milwaukee Public Library, where she is helping delighted children, who already are asking for her assistance. Nancy's replacement as Reader's Advisor is Tanya Bach, who comes to us from the Alverno College Library. Please join us in welcoming her--she's looking forward to working with all of you.

The National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, opened an exhibit on "The Disability Rights Movement" July 6, 2000, which marked the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The exhibit examines the history of grass roots activism by people with disabilities, their friends and families to secure the civil rights guaranteed to all Americans.

A fellowship is available from The National Rehabilitation Hospital, which pays $30,000 a year for 2 years to a student with a disability to study disability health policy at the graduate level. If interested, contact Dr. Susan Pasbro, Associate Director for Research, CHDR, at 202.466.1904 or SEP1@MHG.EDU.

Art Education for the Blind, 160 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012 has donated two copies of their multi-sensory kit "Art History through Touch and Sound: European Modernism" to the Regional Library, where it is available for borrowing. A copy also is available for borrowing from the Milwaukee Public Library.

The General Cinema Mayfair Mall, 2500 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53213 is the first conventional motion picture theater in Wisconsin to offer movies with audio description. For specific dates and times audio-described films will be shown, phone them at 414.777.0467.

Resources

The Health Care Financing Administration has prepared a number of informational brochures on cassette and given them to the Wisconsin Regional Library for circulation. Titles include:


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