Here and There edited by Sharon Strzalkowski

The announcement of products and services in this column does not represent an endorsement by the American Council of the Blind, its officers, or staff. Listings are free of charge for the benefit of our readers.  "The Braille Forum" cannot be held responsible for the reliability of the products and services mentioned.  To submit items for this column, send a message to, or phone the national office at 1-800-424-8666, and leave a message in Sharon Lovering's mailbox.  Information must be received at least two months ahead of publication date.

Carmel Needs a Family

Carmel is a 6-year-old child who needs a forever family. She was born with her sight but has become legally blind. Carmel is stable medically and has the ability to respond to her caregivers. She has a smile that brightens a room and she is considered a very sweet and lovable child. She is medically needy and requires 24-hour medical monitoring. In addition to being visually impaired, she is also non-verbal and non-ambulatory. Carmel enjoys listening to all kinds of music and loves being read to. She can respond to bright lights and to movement in a room, and enjoys toys with lights, music and vibration. She needs a family that can meet her medical needs or is willing to learn how to do so. If you are interested in providing a forever family for Carmel, or know someone who might be, please contact Kellisha Owens at (954) 414-6000,, fax (954) 414-9237, or write to her at Childnet, 313 N. State Rd. 7, Plantation, FL 33317.

Eye Will Needs Your Help

Eye Will, Inc.'s mission is to bring the education and social tools necessary to the visually impaired children of Central Valley, Calif. This non-profit organization provides special tutoring services, support groups, technological visual aids, braille instruction, a talking book library, and music.  Eye Will is looking for donations of any used or extra equipment or resources that you may be able to send. Please also send any information, brochures or packets with information that could benefit the children and their families. For more information, visit, or phone (209) 417-4420.

Walmart Expands Talking Prescription Program

The ScripTalk Talking Prescription program is being offered to customers across the country through Walmart mail order. In addition to the national mail-order program, Walmart now offers ScripTalk at 33 stores around the country.
To order ScripTalk talking prescription containers for use with prescription medications obtained from Walmart, you must first contact Walmart. For mail order, Walmart has a dedicated toll-free phone line for ScripTalk requests. The toll-free number is 1-888-227-3403.
To listen to the talking label provided by Walmart, you will need a reading device from En-Vision America, called the ScripTalk reader, which is available free of charge to Walmart pharmacy customers who are blind. En-Vision America has a dedicated toll-free line for requests, which is 1-855-773-2579 (1-855-SPEAK-RX). You only need to order the device once; it will work with any Talking Prescription label you receive from Walmart.
If your local Walmart store doesn't yet offer ScripTalk, contact Walmart at 1-888-227-3403 to request that the ScripTalk containers be offered at your store.
Which stores offer ScripTalk?  
Walmart #432
214 Haynes St.
Talladega, AL 35160
Phone: (256) 761-1819
Walmart #2113
1607 W. Bethany Home Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Phone: (602) 246-6601
Walmart #2280
600 Showers Dr.
Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone: (650) 971-0878
Walmart #2598
3661 Truxel Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 928-9673
Walmart #2751
601 Englewood Pkwy.
Englewood, CO 80110
Phone: (303) 789-7209
Walmart #3125
3615 W. Bowles Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123
Phone: (303) 218-4879
Sam's Club #8120
3122 Dick Wilson Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 671-2711
Sam's Club #8138
1175 Beville Rd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: (386) 760-3078
Walmart #5854
8400 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33155
Phone: (305) 351-9519
Walmart #3235
1425 NE 163rd St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Phone: (305) 949-5451
Walmart #579
2355 US Hwy. 1 S.
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: (904) 794-4134
Walmart #4520
4021 Lagniappe Way
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Phone: (850) 656-7211
Walmart #3210
2760 N. Dirksen Pkwy.
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 522-4054
Walmart #1580
10617 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46229
Phone: (317) 895-0316
Walmart #5991
3137 S. Seneca St.
Wichita, KS 67207
Phone: (316) 361-3351
Walmart #1206
3132 College Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 952-0776
Walmart #2867
3225 Towne Center Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: (517) 487-9161
Walmart #2939
200 Marketplace Dr.
Richland, MS 39218
Phone: (601) 939-2958
Walmart #391
2270 W. Main St.
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: (662) 842-9375
Walmart #1014
4000 S. Bolger Rd.
Independence, MO 64055
Phone: (816) 478-3975
Walmart #1872
2750 Prospect Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 443-3455
Walmart #2593
2310 E. Serene Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone: (702) 270-7837
Walmart #5178
220 Enterprise Dr.
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: (973) 361-6709
Walmart #2210
3290 Sheridan Dr.
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 691-0738
Walmart #2058
1725 New Hope Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: (919) 790-9856
Walmart #2552
4200 SE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97266
Phone: (503) 788-0400
Walmart #2141
1675 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 468-4230
Walmart #1183
2401 Augusta Rd.
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: (803) 791-8114
Walmart #2625
1025 W. Trinity Mills Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75006
Call the mail-order center at 1-888-227-3403.
Walmart #4554
2525 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512) 354-8904
Walmart #651
4145 Dowlen Rd.
Beaumont, TX 77706
Phone: (409) 899-3615
Sam's Club #6686
300 W 1905 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: (801) 478-1695
Walmart #5753
6303 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306
Phone: (703) 253-9908
Walmart #5697
7025 W. Main St.
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: (414) 203-0683

Sports Encyclopedia

Andrew Leibs has recently published a new book, "The Encyclopedia of Sports & Recreation for Persons with Visual Impairments."  It profiles more than 100 blind athletes (elite and novice) and presents information on hundreds of accessible recreation programs, providers, and products. It also outlines how and where someone can get started in sports.  The foreword is written by Dr. Lauren Lieberman, founder of Camp Abilities and a leading expert on adaptive sports and physical education for the blind and visually impaired. Mark Lucas, executive director of the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, wrote the afterword. For more information, contact Andrew Leibs at (603) 433-9157.

iPhone Updates

"iPhone iOS6 Updates: Getting Started with the iPhone for Blind Users" by Anna Dresner is now available in braille, ebraille, Word, ASCII text, ePub, or DAISY.  This book supplements "Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS5 for Blind Users."
If you already know the basics of using the iPhone, this update will show you what's new. This book includes updated versions of the braille display and Bluetooth commands and revised versions of all the appendices.  An additional appendix lists all the apps referred to in this book, along with links you can use to find them in the iTunes store.
For more information, visit, or call 1-800-548-7323.

Science Sense Tours

New York's Museum of Natural History offers Science Sense tours to visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Specially trained tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects.  Science Sense tours are available to individuals or groups, and are free with museum admission. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Programs may be subject to change. For additional information, or to register for a Science Sense tour, call (212) 313-7565 or e-mail
Sunday, May 19th, 10 a.m.: Scales of the Universe.  Explore the Scales of the Universe, a 400-foot-long walkway that hugs the glass curtain wall along the Rose Center for Earth and Space, that introduces visitors to the relative sizes of galaxies, stars, planets, and atoms through text panels, interactive terminals, and models.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2:30 p.m.: Living Large.  Join us on a big expedition throughout the museum as we discuss and examine several larger than life icons, such as the blue whale, the giant sequoia, dinosaurs, and the 63-foot-long Great Canoe.