Braille Book Review

November-December 2003

In Brief

New technical circular NLS has published a new technical circular, Audio Technology Initiatives (03-02), summarizing progress in the production, storage, and delivery of digital talking books and in other applications of digital technology.

Student financial aid guide available The U.S. Department of Education now has available an updated audio recording on compact disc that provides information about federal student aid to students who are blind or visually impaired. The guide covers federal grants, loans, and work-study programs, as well as non- federal sources of aid. Students can request one or more copies of the free guide by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll free at 1-800-433-3243.

Park Service offers access pass The National Park Service makes available to United States citizens or permanent residents who are blind or permanently disabled a lifetime entrance pass to national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. The Golden Access Passport admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee; where a per person entrance fee is charged, the pass admits the pass holder, spouse, and children.

The Golden Access Passport also provides a fifty percent discount on federal use fees charged for many facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and tours. The pass may be obtained by showing proof of medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law. It must be obtained in person at a federal area (national park, historic site, wildlife refuge, etc.) where an entrance fee is charged.

The National Park Service portal "Visit Your Parks" at may be used to locate a convenient park service site. It is recommended that visitors telephone the site to inquire about pass availability and required documentation before traveling.

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