[Nfbespanol-talk] NFB-NEWSLINE 2009 National Convention Schedule of Events

West, Renee RWest at nfb.org
Sat Jun 20 20:09:59 CDT 2009


  Opportunities to learn about NFB-NEWSLINE® Online’s revolutionary new
features available during NFB’s National Convention in Detroit Michigan

NFB-NEWSLINE® is looking towards the future with 
new initiatives that make use of modern-age 
assistive technology and devices.  We have four 
new initiatives, NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, 
Web News on Demand, Podable News, and KeyStream, 
and we want to share information about our new 
initiatives with national convention 
attendees.  To that end we have arranged for a 
suite to allow for hands-on demonstrations of our 
new features in addition to two tables in our 
exhibit hall.  Our suite will feature four 
computer stations so that you can gain a better 
understanding of, and first-hand experience with, 
our new initiatives.  We will have several 
open-house events in our suite to accommodate the 
time constraints of convention attendees, so 
please look through the NFB-NEWSLINE® schedule 
below to see which open-house sessions are a best 
fit with your own schedule.  You may feel free to 
drop in during any of the open-house sessions.

For those of you unfamiliar with our new 
initiatives, here’s a brief description of each 
to whet your appetite before you come visit us in 
our suite to fill up on these goodies:

Web News on Demand

Web News on Demand provides all of the features 
that subscribers enjoy with the traditional, 
phone-based service, including access to all of 
their favorite publications, the TV listings, and 
the Local Information Channel content.  With Web 
News on Demand subscribers can, for the first 
time ever, visit a secure, text-only Web site 
that offers the distinctive ability to view the 
entirety of any publication offered on the 
service.  Further, this ability affords a 
uniquely enhanced search capability as a reader 
can search for a term throughout the 
publication’s content.  A subscriber using Web 
News on Demand is able to send a full newspaper, 
a section of a newspaper, or a single article to 
his or her e-mail inbox, allowing for unrivaled 
and immediate access to a breaking news story.

NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket

With NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, we've 
increased the flexibility and functionality of 
NFB-NEWSLINE® so that our subscribers can more 
easily and quickly get their news through a 
digital talking book player (such as the Victor 
Reader Stream, Icon, or Braille+).  NFB-NEWSLINE® 
In Your Pocket is a dynamic software application 
that a subscriber installs on his or her computer 
that, through an Internet connection, 
automatically downloads the publications of the 
subscriber’s choice to his or her portable 
digital talking book player (such as the Victor 
Reader Stream, the Icon, or the 
Braille+).  Through this revolutionary initiative 
subscribers can gain easy and immediate access to 
their favorite publications and enjoy the reading 
experience that is offered with a DAISY-reading device.



Podable News
Podable News provides publication content in an 
audio format so that subscribers can use an Ipod 
or other MP3-playing device to access their 
favorite newspapers and magazines.  Also, with 
Podable News, you now have the ability to create 
your own "paper."  If you like to read USA 
Today's sports coverage, but prefer the Wall 
Street Journal's technology reporting, and you 
never miss The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs 
column, you'll really appreciate NFB-NEWSLINE®'s 
innovative functionality using your MP3-playing device.

KeyStream
This initiative streams NFB-NEWSLINE® publication 
content over the Internet, allowing for the same 
usability and flexibility as the traditional, 
phone-based service, but is accessed with your 
computer.  KeyStream is quite easy to use, even 
for those with very little computer experience.

Friday, July 3:

9:00am - 11:00am At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

11:30am - 1:30pm Affiliate President’s Gathering: 
Presentation, Demonstration, Affiliate 
outreach.  Affiliate presidents, give your 
members the good news about NFB-NEWSLINE®!  In 
this session we'll give you an opportunity to 
experience our new initiatives for yourself, and 
we'll also explore ways in which you and your 
members can share information about the service 
in your own communities.  Room 6401

2:00pm - 6:00pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

6:30pm - 8:00pm Walk-in NFB-NEWSLINE® 
informational exhibit for parents of blind 
children, as well as their children.  Please join 
us with your child(ren) for an opportunity to 
become familiar with the NFB-NEWSLINE® service 
and its new features.  Besides getting some 
hands-on experience, you'll also learn how having 
access to the news can help your child in his or 
her schoolwork and provide the foundation for a 
successful adult life.  Best suited for ages 10 and up.  Room 6401

8:30pm - 10:00pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

Saturday, July 4:

1:00 - 3:00 What’s New with 
NFB-NEWSLINE®?  Presentational Seminar: Come and 
learn about NFB-NEWSLINE®, the world’s largest 
audible newspaper service for the blind and 
visually impaired.  Topics covered will include 
information on our newest online initiatives and 
improvements to the service.  Mackinac West Ballroom, Level 5

3:30pm - 6:00pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

6:30pm - 8:00pm Gathering for professionals in 
the field of work with the blind.  Are you a 
teacher of blind students?  Are you involved in 
the rehabilitation field, or do you work for an 
agency or organization that serves the blind?  If 
so, please come and join us for an evening of 
presentations and possibilities.  You can get 
hands-on experience with our new initiatives and 
explore how they can serve to assist a blind 
child achieve educational success as well as 
provide content for an adult’s rehabilitation process.  Room 6401

8:30pm - 10:00pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

Sunday, July 5:

8:00am - 11:00 At any time during this open-house 
session, please stop by and learn about 
NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on Demand, 
and our other revolutionary new features!  We 
have four computer stations with Internet 
connections where you can get personal, hands-on 
experience with our new features.  Room 6401

1:30pm - 5:30pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

6:00pm -7:00pm Promotion, Evaluation, and 
Advancement of Technology Committee 
Gathering.  This session is for anyone working 
with, has an interest in, or teaches assistive 
technology.  We will provide an opportunity to 
gain hands-on experience with NFB-NEWSLINE®’s new 
initiatives and discuss ways to promote the 
service to your colleagues and clients.  Room 6401

8:30pm – 10:00pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

Monday, July 6:

  6:30pm until 10:00pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401

Tuesday, July 7:

6:30pm until 10:00pm At any time during this 
open-house session, please stop by and learn 
about NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket, Web News on 
Demand, and our other revolutionary new 
features!  We have four computer stations with 
Internet connections where you can get personal, 
hands-on experience with our new features.  Room 6401


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