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Here's another reminder that Greenwich Library currently offers an email service for patrons who can't come into the building to ask a reference question (or help in general). We set up this service so patrons, especially those with disabilities, as well as working professionals and others "on the run", could get in touch with the library without any hassle.To access this service, click here

And the Technology Training Center downstairs next to the library café has a "Drop In Computer Lab" that's described as follows:

Get hands on assistance with downloading audio books and eBooks using OverDrive, Library databases, Microsoft Office, Internet search, email,online forms and more with library staff every Tuesday and Saturday 11 am-12 pm, and Thursday 3-4 pm.

(NOTE:  The Drop In Lab will be closed between December 23rd 2014-January 3rd 2015 on account of the holidays.)

So be sure to check out these library resources when you get a chance!

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As a follow-up to my previous post on enrolling online for health insurance, writer Mary Agnes Carey at Kaiser Health News lists five tips on what to look for when you enroll.   Whether you're signing up with HealthCare.gov or state exchanges like our own Access Health CT, you'll want to read Ms. Carey's article first.  The piece includes advice on changing current plans, billing, and finding out if you qualify for financial help.  Click here to read it.

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Open enrollment for 2015 health care insurance coverage began this weekend (November 15th, 2014) and continues until February 15, 2015.  Access Health CT notes that " you can also shop and compare costs, providers and health plan benefits, and select a different plan if that would better meet your needs."  Go to their website by clicking here for more info. 

For coverage to begin January 1, 2015, you must select your health plan by December 15th 2014, if you're new to the Marketplace, not eligible for auto-enrollment, or want to select a different plan than the one you had for 2014.  Access Health CT adds that if " you select a plan after December 15, 2014, your coverage for that plan will not start until a later month. Remember, you will not be able to enroll in the Marketplace after February 15, 2015, unless you qualify for Special Enrollment, for example, you lose your existing health coverage; you relocate to Connecticut; or you experience certain other qualifying life events".

If you need help creating an Access Health CT account or finding an In-Person Assister, Navigator, Certified Application Counselor or broker located near you or that speaks your language, contact the Call Center at 1-855-805-4325.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the Call Center at the TTY line at 1-855-789-2428.

Even more information on picking the right insurance coverage that can meet your needs can be found at HealthCare.gov by clicking here.  Good luck!

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America Website

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The stated mission of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVoA) website is "helping veterans and all people with spinal cord injury and disease... enjoy the high quality of life they deserve".  As Veterans Day is tomorrow, friends and families of vets might want to check out the site by clicking here.

PVoA offers paralyzed veterans and their families assistance with long term care and support, social security, legal services and employment, among other areas.  They even detail the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to persons with disabilities here.  So check out this amazing resource if you can!

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now has a website up for persons with disabilities who feel they may be being discriminated against when looking for housing.  Click here to pull it up.

The website offers info not only to persons with disabilities but also to housing providers and building design professionals as well. You can also find a link to the site on our ADA Page by clicking here, then scroll down to "HUD".  

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We've just updated our ADA Page by adding some new links to websites that can assist persons with disabilities.  In the weeks to come, I'll be spotlighting some of those sites at this blog. 

First up is the law firm Swope, Rodante P.A.'s website posting on traumatic brain injury (TBI), which also shows  how brain injured persons can find "various training and employment opportunities"  This post goes into exactly what TBI is, what state and federal resources are available to assist brain injured persons find/keep jobs and/or receive social security and veterans' benefits.  It also lists (with links) where to find these agencies, as well as public and private foundations, charities, and government agencies.  For more information, click here.

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Back in April, I mentioned our then-new accessibility services brochure was available in hard copy or off our ADA Page.  Now we've just put out an updated version.  Click here to read it.

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Here's another reminder (the last one was over a year ago) that Greenwich Library currently offers an email service for patrons who can't come into the building to ask a reference question (or help in general). We set up this service so patrons, especially those with disabilities, as well as working professionals and others "on the run", could get in touch with the library without any hassle. 

To access this service, click here

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From MakerBot: Robohand

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RoboHand.pngAt last month's MakerBot program at the library, the presenters showed a brief video focusing on how 3D printers can assist persons with Amniotic Band Syndrome, or just have missing digits on their hands due to other causes.  Check out the video below;


More information at MakerBot's site here.


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The FingerReader,developed by scientists at MIT, who created a prototype using a 3-D printer, can give visually impaired people access to printed words.

As noted in this article:

"The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office." 

There's still more work to be done on the device before it can go on the market.  For more information, click here.

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