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Catch the 68th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind Online!!!

July 1, 2008 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Catch the 68th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind

July 1-5, 2008

The National Federation of the Blind–the voice of the nation's blind–will
be streaming portions of its annual convention over the Internet. The NFB
National Convention is the largest gathering of the blind anywhere in the
world. If you cannot be in Dallas, Texas, to catch the excitement in
person, you will be able to get portions of the convention via the Internet.
To connect to the NFB convention stream, simply visit the NFB Web
site––and click on the "Tune In to the National Convention
Now!" link.

To view the full NFB 2008 Convention Agenda in a Microsoft Word format,

The NFB Convention live stream schedule is as follows (note that all times
are Central Daylight Time):

Tuesday, July 1
9:00-11:30 a.m. NFB Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 2
7:45-8:45 a.m. March for Independence Rally/Louis Braille Commemorative Coin
design unveiling–note the rally program is scheduled to begin at
approximately 8:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. NFB General Session
2:00-5:15 p.m. NFB General Session

Thursday, July 3
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. NFB General Session

Friday, July 4
9:00-12:00 p.m. NFB General Session
2:00-5:00 p.m. NFB General Session
7:00-11:00 p.m. Annual NFB Banquet

Saturday, July 5
9:00-12:00 p.m. NFB General Session
2:00-5:00 p.m. NFB General Session

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HumanWare Launches Version 2 of the Victor Reader Stream DAISY, MP3 and NISO Player

July 1, 2008 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker


Longueuil, Canada, June 30, 2008 — Victor Reader Stream, the pocket-sized
portable MP3 player designed for blind and low-vision people has swept the
world wide market place since its launch in September 2007. Heralded by its
users as the most significant assistive technology in recent years, the
Stream has already enhanced the life style of thousands of blind and low
vision people world wide. In addition to the variety of audio formats (MP3,
DAISY, and NISO books and music) supported by Victor Reader Stream, the new
version 2 software will add even more media and text formats.

Victor Reader Stream version 2 will now play electronic Braille files with
its built-in text-to-speech including multiple formats of English Braille
encoded files, Unified English Braille, and non-English Braille formats.
Version 2.0 also adds playback of Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Rich Text
Format (RTF) files. , Further, the bookshelf feature has been extended to
enhance the access and playback of all media types with special new features
for Audible books, Podcast files, and music.

With the addition of the new media types of version 2.0 the Stream now
provides a pocket size device that can play an impressive list of alternate
format books and documents available to the print-disabled. IT will play the
special navigable DAISY and NISO digital talking books produced by most
libraries for the blind in the world. It can be authorized to play the
AudioPlus digital books from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
in the United States. It can play digital books. It can be
authorized to play the popular commercial audio books, newspapers, and
magazines from It is optimized to integrate with
who provide an extensive repository of digital multi-media content for blind
and low vision people. It also plays MP3,, OGG Vorbis, WMA, Wav, AMR-WB+,
SPX, and FLAC audio files. The built-in text-to-speech can play electronic
text formats including BRF (Braille), HTML, RTF, TXT, and XML. In addition
to its extensive digital player capabilities, it has a voice recording
functionality for recording of voice notes, meetings, and lectures.

What Stream customers are saying:
"I love my Victor Reader Stream and it travels with me wherever I go."
"This is one of the best products I have seen come along in a long time. It
is well made, works right out of the box, and reads just about any kind of
book you need read."
"It's one of the most impressive and well-planned and well-working pieces of
equipment I have seen for a long time."

"We appreciate the overwhelming enthusiasm of our customers and are pleased
that we have been able to incorporate many of their suggested new features
and improvements in the enhanced version 2 of the Stream", says Gerry
Chevalier, HumanWare Victor Reader Product Manager. "And the best news is
that the latest version 2 software can be installed for free on all existing
Victor Reader Streams."

The Stream has extensive navigation features for moving through audio books
and text files, including functions that allow you to move to the next
chapter, section or page, or to set bookmarks. For all audio book and media
formats the Stream provides a variable speed control with digital pitch
correction which allows the reader to accurately listen at higher than
normal playback speed.

The player is completely accessible by blind and low-vision users. All keys
and messages are provided through audio feedback. The player has a built-in
User Guide and a Key Describer mode.

Besides playing electronic text, the integrated text-to-speech voice
announces the track names of music files. It uses an SD memory card to store
books and music transferred from a computer.

Victor Reader Stream can be purchased online at (in USA).
Current Victor Reader Stream users can upgrade their player to software
version 2.0 online at

About HumanWare

HumanWare ( is the global leader in assistive technologies
for the print disabled. HumanWare provides products to people who are blind
and have low vision and students with learning disabilities. HumanWare
offers a collection of innovative products include BrailleNote, the leading
productivity device for the blind in education, business and for personal
use; the Victor Reader product line, the world's leading digital audiobook
players, and SmartView Xtend, the first fully modular and upgradeable
CCTV-based video magnifier.

For more information:

Nicolas Lagace
Tel.: (450) 463-1717

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