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I've just placed my Christmas letter on my blog at ArdisBazyn.blogspot.com or you can find the link on my website:
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Hi all,

Spread the word about talking tax forms

 

 

      The Alternative Media Center wants you to spread the word about talking tax forms <http://amc.enterprise.irs.gov/pdf.php> . Talking forms are the latest tools to aid those who are blind or visually impaired. The forms are easy to use with Microsoft Active Accessibility compliant screen readers and Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Recognition Software. Tell your friends and neighbors – you could make taxes less taxing for someone.

 

      The AMC provides alternative media resources for you and for taxpayers with disabilities. Popular products include accessible electronic files and hard copy Braille and large print. Please visit the AMC <http://amc.enterprise.irs.gov/index.php>  Web site for these and other products.

  

Ardis Bazyn
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Re: Fw: Accessible Cash Register and Credit Card Terminalwhich Can Work With Quick Books

Kae Pohe
 

Dear Ardis,

Pas this on to Charis Austin

Check out: http://www.intuit.com/

There is a QuickBooks POS system that looks fairly reasonable…  You can get the standard version and upgrade… We have been checking out different programs and this looks like the best and most economical so far.

See you at Sagebrush…

Later,

Kae

 

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Hi all, I received this request today. If you can assist, please let me know.

Hi,
I am employed at a non-profit rehabilitation agency which serves people who are blind and visually impaired.  Our accounting software is QuickBooks.  Our
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card terminal which is older.  When we upgraded we had trouble finding a company that would work with us.  The cash register we are currently using is
very simple piece of equipment.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Charis
Charis Austin, B.A.
Client Advocate
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
456 Cherry, S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 458-1187
(800) 466-8084
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Ardis
 

Hi all, I received this request today. If you can assist, please let me know.
Hi,
I am employed at a non-profit rehabilitation agency which serves people who are blind and visually impaired.  Our accounting software is QuickBooks.  Our
Director is looking for an accessible cash register/credit card program that will interface with QuickBooks.  The people who are accessing Quickbooks are
sighted.  Those of us who are blind or visually impaired only have to access the credit card and cash register portions.  We currently have a talking credit
card terminal which is older.  When we upgraded we had trouble finding a company that would work with us.  The cash register we are currently using is
very simple piece of equipment.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Charis
Charis Austin, B.A.
Client Advocate
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
456 Cherry, S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 458-1187
(800) 466-8084
caaustin@...
www.abvimichigan.org
Ardis Bazyn
For inspirational speaking, business coaching, or writing: www.bazyncommunications.com
Check out my books and other products
Ask about Yoga cd package especially for blind and visually impaired


Fw: Fwd: rest areas closures

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I thought everyone would be interested in this.  Shelly Martin saw it and forwarded it to me. 

>>> "Shelly M. Martin" <smm@...> 12/7/2009 9:30 AM >>>

Good morning all.  Below is an article that I happened to see on aol news when I was checking my e-mail.  At the end is a state-by-state list of highway rest area closures.

 

Shelly

 

Fewer Rest Stops Add to Travel Woes

By Liz Behler

 

November 16, 2009

Travelers driving during the holiday will find fewer open rest stops along the highways.

Rest areas have been targeted in recent efforts to curb state spending and alleviate budget concerns. What started as a quiet trend this summer has emerged into a much larger movement. To date, a significant percentage of the approximately 2,500 rest stops along interstate highways have been shuttered. Even more stops are slated to be closed as the winter season progresses.

Georgia led the pack, shutting down two service plazas on Interstate 85 near Atlanta this summer. The state is also considering closing more, or, alternatively, keeping them open and limiting their hours of operation.

"We've just got significant budget deficits and are trying to find ways to save money,” said David Spears, press secretary for the Georgia Department of Transportation, reported the Associated Press on November 9th. Spears estimates that each closed rest area will save the state $300,000, but adds that the need for rest stops in Georgia’s rural areas is still valid.

Colorado quickly followed suit, shutting down two of its rest areas as well. The state is now considering shutting down yet another highway stop near Pueblo.

The Arizona Department of Transportation closed 13 rest areas in October, citing a budget shortfall amounting to $100 million.

Virginia is another cash-strapped state that has felt the pressure to shut down rest areas, having closed 19 of its 42 locations. The state estimates that each closed rest stop saves them close to half a million dollars. Other states that have closed stops due to budgetary concerns include: Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Vermont.

Other states, like Wisconsin, have managed to ward off closures by cutting back in other areas, such as hours of operation. New Mexico is keeping their rest areas open, but has closed two bathrooms due to insufficient funds.

States that are facing closures in the near future include South Carolina and Colorado.

Some feel that rest stops are no longer necessary due to the proliferation of gas stations and fast food restaurants. Even retailers, like Wal-Mart, are offering the travel-weary alternative places to stay by permitting recreational vehicles to camp out in their parking lots overnight.

Others maintain that the rest stops are vital to modern car travel.

"In a way, rest areas are something that have been taken for granted and are just there," Joanna Dowling, a cultural historian who runs the website RestAreaHistory.org, told the AP. "They have become this natural essential part of American travel."

The American Trucking Association is among the opponents of the recent closures, arguing that privately operated truck stops located off highway exits wouldn’t be able to cope with the excess traffic, reported the Wall Street Journal.

AAA also weighed in by pointing to data showing that 20 percent of highway car crashes involve drowsy drivers—a number that could increase due to disappearing rest stops.

"From a traffic safety standpoint, we are concerned about it,"John Townsend, manager of public relations for AAA's Mid-Atlantic Club, told the AP.

Despite current conditions, some states are bucking the trend by using stimulus money to revitalize rest areas.

Due to their wide-open spaces and distance between shops, drivers in states like Iowa, Texas, and Kentucky depend on rest stops even more than drivers passing through other states. As a result, these states have been investing in rest areas.

After shutting down almost half a dozen older rest stops, Texas opened two new locations in December of 2008 which featured interactive kiosks, playgrounds, surveillance cameras and a police outpost, reported the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, the state has continued making improvements by outfitting each of its nearly 100 rest stops with wireless Internet hot spots.

There are only two states in the Union that are totally unaffected either way—Alaska and Hawaii—both of which never had any rest stops to begin with.

Thinking of driving this holiday season? See below to find out how many are open (and how many may be closing) in your state.


Rest Stops By State

Alabama: 19 Rest Areas and 8 Welcome Centers; None closed due to budget constraints
Alaska: No rest stops 
Arizona: 18 Rest Areas; 13 closed in mid-October due to budget constraints
Arkansas: 19 Rest Areas and 12 Welcome Centers; 2 Rest Areas have been closed and are now only being used for truck parking
California: 70 Rest Areas; 17 closed due to budget constraints and remodeling efforts
Colorado: 34 Rest Areas; 2 closed over the summer and another closure is being considered near Pueblo
Connecticut: 7 Rest Areas; None closed
Delaware: 2 Rest Areas; 1 currently closed for renovations
Florida: 53 Rest Areas; None closed
Georgia: 17 Rest Areas and 8 Welcome Centers; 3 closed due to budget constraints
Hawaii: No rest stops
Idaho: 29 Rest Areas; None closed
Illinois: 30 Rest Areas; None closed
Indiana: 30 Rest Areas, None closed
Iowa: 40 Rest Areas; None closed. The state is actually updating rest area facilities at the rate of one every year. 
Kansas: 20 Rest Areas; None closed
Kentucky: 24 Rest Areas; None closed
Louisiana: 34 Rest Areas; 24 closed since 2000 (with 4 closed within the last year alone) 
Maine: 50 Rest Areas; 2 closed along I-95 in Pittsfield due to budget constraints
Maryland: 12 Rest Areas; 3 closed due to budget constraints, modified hours and other operating changes imposed on other areas
Massachusetts: 20 Rest Areas; None closed, but 5 tourist information centers had cuts to close the state’s $600 million mid-year budget gap
Michigan: 81 Rest Areas and 14 Welcome Centers; 4 closed
Minnesota: 77 Rest Areas and 3 Welcome Centers; None closed due to budget constraints
Mississippi: 11 Rest Areas and 10 Welcome Centers; None closed
Missouri: 30 Rest Areas; None closed
Montana: 52 Rest Areas; None closed
Nebraska: 26 Rest Areas; None closed
Nevada: 10 Rest Areas; None closed
New Hampshire: 17 Rest Areas; None closed
New Jersey: 5 Rest Areas; 3 closed not due to budget constraints
New Mexico: 32 Rest Areas; 2 bathrooms were closed as a result of insufficient funds to restore them after vandalism and age
New York: 35 Rest Areas; None closed
North Carolina: 60 Rest Areas; None closed. The state recently opened an additional rest area
North Dakota: 29 Rest Areas; None closed
Ohio: 55 Rest Areas; 2 closed for reconstruction
Oklahoma: 11 Rest Areas; None closed
Oregon: 63 Rest Areas; None closed
Pennsylvania: 33 Rest Areas and 15 Welcome Centers; None closed
Rhode Island: 3 Rest Areas; None closed
South Carolina: 24 Rest Areas and 9 Welcome Centers; None closed currently, but the state may face closures in 2010
South Dakota: 22 Rest Areas; None closed
Tennessee: 32 Rest Areas; None closed. The state recently opened another rest area. 
Texas: 91 Rest Areas; None closed. The state is adding more rest stops and upgrading locations
Utah: 20 Rest Areas; None closed
Vermont: 17 Rest Areas; 3 have been closed and others have had their hours cut
Virginia: 42 Rest Areas; 19 locations have been closed this year due to budget constraints
Washington: 40 Rest Areas; None closed
West Virginia: 18 Rest Areas; None closed. All locations have plans for being demolished and rebuilt in the future. 
Wisconsin: 30 Rest Areas; None closed, however budget cuts have led to reduced hours at some locations
Wyoming: 18 Rest Areas; None closed

 

 

_____________________________

Shelly Marie Martin

Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

120 E. Baltimore Street, Suite 1700

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

410-962-1030

410-385-0869 (fax)

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Ardis
 

THE WHITE HOUSE
 
Office of the Press Secretary
 
For Immediate Release
 
December 2, 2009
 
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 2009
 
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
A PROCLAMATION
 
This year, in an effort to renew our global commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities, the United States became
a proud signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty represents a paradigm shift, urging equal protection
and benefits for all citizens, and reaffirming the inherent dignity and independence of the 650 million people living with disabilities worldwide. Today,
as we commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate the skills, achievements, and contributions of persons with disabilities
in America and around the world. We recognize the progress we have made toward equality for all, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring individuals with
disabilities can reach their greatest potential.
 
Despite our increased efforts, persons with disabilities continue to face barriers to their full participation in society. In the United States, Americans
with disabilities still experience discrimination in the workplace and in their communities. In developing nations, 90 percent of children with disabilities
do not attend school, and women and girls with disabilities are all too often subjected to deep discrimination. If we are to move forward as a people,
both at home and abroad, all individuals must be fully integrated into our human family. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a time to
renew our commitment to the principles of empowerment, dignity, and equality. The United States has co-sponsored and joined consensus on the United Nations
General Assembly Third Committee's resolution titled, "Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities." We must continue to embrace
diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms, and insist on equality of opportunity and accessibility for all. Let our efforts remind us that when
we work together, we can build a world free of unnecessary barriers and include every member of our international community.
 
NOW,  THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of
the United States, more do hereby proclaim December 3, 2009, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I call on all Americans to observe this
day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
 
BARACK OBAMA
 
Eric Bridges
 
Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
 
American Council of the Blind
 
2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 650
 
Arlington, VA 22201
 
Phone: (202) 467-5081
 
Fax: (703) 465-5085
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and

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Register by December 31, and save $50!

 

 

 

 


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30th RSVA Sagebrush Conference
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Arrangements for Larry Jones

Ardis
 

Hi all, I received this message from Janet Wetmore in IL about Larry Jones' passing. We will miss this active and dedicated member of RSVA.
Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that this email is being sent to you this evening. We have lost one of our dearest friends - Larry Jones. We wanted to inform everyone
about the arrangements that have been made to pay our last respects to Larry and offer our sincere condolences to his family. The arrangements are as
follows:

Visitation Services:
Visitation services will be held at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton, Illinois on Monday November 23rd from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The address of the
Moss Funeral Home is 105 South Main Street, Trenton, Illinois 62293. The phone number is 618/224-9255.

Funeral Mass:
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 24th at 11:00 a.m. The location of St. Mary's Catholic Church is 218 West
Kentucky, Trenton, Illinois 62293.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations in Larry's memory can be made to the RSVA - Durward K. McDaniel Memorial Fund. This information
is also being provided via a special message on the ICBV Information Line. The information line phone number is 312/663-0279.

Please share this information to others you may know of by forwarding this email to them or by giving them a telephone call.

Our sincerest thanks,
Joe & Jan

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talking credit card machines

Ardis
 

Does any one know or have information about talking credit card machines? I used to know a company but haven't been able to find that info. Thanks.
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Re: SBA found lacking in oversight

Will Burley
 

 
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Subject: [rsva-l] SBA found lacking in oversight

I hope no RS vendors are doing this...

The Government Accountability Office audited a handful of service-disabled veteran-owned small business contracts, and might have discovered the tip of a large iceberg of fraud.

Of more than 100 allegations of fraud and abuse, GAO audited 10 firms between October 2008 and November 2009 and found that ineligible companies improperly received millions of dollars in set-aside and sole source SDVOSB contracts. The audited firms received approximately $100 million in SDVOSB contracts and another $300 million through other small business programs such as the 8(a) program for disadvantaged minority groups and the HUBZone program for firms located in historically underutilized business zones.

According to the Small Business Administration, $6.5 billion in federal contracts were awarded to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in fiscal 2008.

The firms GAO studied committed the fraud in several ways. One company owner was not a service-disabled veteran, another was owned by a service-disabled veteran, but he did not control the firm's daily operations, and several SDVOSBs were serving as pass-throughs for large and sometimes foreign corporations. In the case of a pass-through, a firm or team listed a service-disabled veteran as the majority owner, but all work was performed and managed by a nonservice disabled person or firm, in violation of program requirements.

Gregory Kutz, GAO managing director of forensic audits and special investigations, told the House Small Business Committee on Thursday that the case studies show "significant control weaknesses" in the program, including effective fraud prevention by the Small Business Administration.

"The SDVOSB program is essentially an eligibility-based program," Kutz said. "However, neither the SBA, except when responding to a protest, nor contracting officials are currently verifying the eligibility of firms claiming to be SDVOSBs."

Neither SBA nor contracting agencies have processes in place to access Veterans Affairs Department records listing individuals who are valid service-disabled veterans, Kutz said. Contracting officers also are not required to validate a firm's eligibility before an award. And unlike the 8(a) or HUBZone programs, firms professing eligibility are not required to submit documents substantiating this claim.

Perhaps most discouraging, Kutz said, was that in many fraud cases, federal contracting officials were "actively involved" in and aware of the misrepresentation. He cited an example of a contract for furniture at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., where the contract was awarded to a firm -- essentially a shell company -- owned by a full-time contract employee on the base. "The base director of business operations also told us that MacDill had about $14 million in service-disabled veteran-owned small business sole source and set-aside contracts in 2008, and 90 percent of firms that received these contracts were front companies for large businesses," Kutz told lawmakers.

Committee members of both parties expressed outrage and disgust at the misuse of a program designed to help injured veterans.

"Imagine being a veteran who is injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, yet despite your injuries you still manage to launch your own business. Then imagine finding out that you are losing out on contracts designated for veterans because a big company found out how to get around the rules," said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y. "What kind of message does that send to veterans in this country? We've got to stop it."

Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., said fraud alone would be problematic, but in this case it shuts out deserving individuals and firms from crucial opportunities.

"The firms denied contracts are those owned by individuals who made a significant sacrifice in defending our country," Graves said. "That is simply unacceptable."

GAO finds extensive fraud in disabled veteran-owned small biz program

Lawmakers and GAO both said at the hearing that there must be greater and swifter penalties for those violating the SDVOSB program. While Mills said SBA has recommended that the 10 firms GAO studied be investigated by the SBA inspector general, Kutz said many, if not all, could still be eligible to receive federal dollars.

"It's important when they lie to us and cheat that we do something about it," Kutz said. "You can suspend someone without going through a lengthy three-year process of debarment."

Administrator Karen Mills said SBA was working closely with Veterans Affairs to strengthen oversight of the program, but that primarily SBA is responsible for ensuring SDVOSBs were in fact small businesses, and VA is responsible for ensuring the owners are service-disabled veterans.

"The culture of the SBA is that we will not be the agency of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement," Mills said. "We have an aggressive, new attitude towards this; it is explicitly one of our priorities."

Kutz echoed the idea that this priority is relatively new for SBA.

"SBA is good people, but the history of SBA has been as an advocacy organization, not an enforcement organization," he said. "Therefore, you're not going to have the right kind of people, necessarily, that are very good at this. But I would argue that if you're going to be an advocate for small businesses, you need to deal with the integrity of the programs, and today's hearing is a good start."

 

Ardis Bazyn
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