What is the UPBC?

The purpose of the organization is to create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home, school and society; to provide information and support to parents of blind children; to facilitate the sharing of experiences and concerns among parents of blind children; to develop and expand resources available to parents and their blind children; to help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults; and to function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children in their ongoing efforts to eliminate discrimination and prejudice against the blind and to achieve for the blind security, equality and opportunity.

The membership is open to parents of blind children, educators of blind children and others interested in promoting the purposes of this organization.

We are a division of the National Federation of the Blind which is the largest organization of the blind in the country. Refer to: http://www.nfb.org/

Utah Parents of Blind Children is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Bookshare Info

Here is a great opportunity to keep up on reading during the summer.

Win an iPad 2 in the “Bookshare Everywhere” Summer Contest!

May 11, 2011
by Mario Oliveros

Image of beach with Bookshare Everywhere Summer Contest written in sand

Tell us all the ways Bookshare made your summer fun!

One of the best things about Bookshare is that you can take it anywhere you want. Whether you go on vacation, hang out at a local park, or curl up on a comfy chair at home, you can enjoy Bookshare books wherever you want.

This summer, don’t just have fun reading with Bookshare, enter the summer contest and you might win some totally awesome prizes, like an Apple iPad 2!

Who can play:

Contestants must be U.S. Individual Members of Bookshare in grades K-12 and college. Don’t have an individual membership? Parents or students 18 years old and above can sign up today; use promo code: contest! Teachers, got students you want to help provide Individual Memberships? Watch this 4-minute tutorial!

How to play:

  1. Enter the contest by completing the Contest Entry Form and guess how many books will be read during the contest.
  2. From June 1 to August 19, 2011, download and read as many Bookshare books as you can.
  3. After reading a book, tell us how the book made your summer fun on the Book Entry Form (LIVE JUNE 1st). Submit as many book entries as you want to increase your chances of winning!

How to win:

GRAND PRIZE: Apple iPad 2

  • Guess how many Bookshare books will be read by the end of the contest! The contestant who comes closest to the total number of downloaded books, without going over, will win a brand new iPad 2! (The winner must download and read at least one Bookshare book this summer.) Last year, hundreds and hundreds of books were downloaded and read. How many books will there be this year???

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: 4 Read2Go iOS apps, 1 HumanWare Victor Reader Stream, 1 HumanWare ClassMate Reader and 6 SanDisk MP3 players!

Bookshare judges will review all submissions and select winners based upon the following categories*:

  • Participants who download and read the most books this summer
  • Participants who had the most fun this summer (be creative in writing your submissions!)
  • Participants who read Bookshare books in the most interesting places
*Winners will be selected in each of the following grade sections: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, college

Blind How/Project Strive

The NFB of Utah and Project STRIVE have launched a website that we are beta testing. Come test drive. Sign up. Upload videos, audio, articles. Comment, add to favorites and send us any glitch you find :) www.strive.ws (Beta site). In future will be www.blindhow.com
We allow any member of the site to submit articles, questions, and tutorials.