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Newsletter February 12, 2013 PDF Email


American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Launches AccessNote

American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®

New York (February 1, 2013) - For the millions of Americans with vision loss looking for a simple, convenient way to take notes at work, at school, or at home, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today launched the AccessNote™, a specialized notetaker for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  

"Apple products have earned high points from us for their out-of-the-box accessibility for users who are blind or visually impaired," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "We designed this app to complement the iPhone's other popular features, like web browsing and email, so that users who are blind have all the tools they need in one, handy device."
A traditional notetaker is a portable electronic device that enables users who are blind or visually impaired to take notes, create documents, and access applications. These devices, extremely valuable for people who are blind or visually impaired, usually provide either speech or braille output (or both).  They retail for upwards of $2,000 and much more for those with a built-in braille display; AFB's AccessNote app is available for $19.99.
In addition to being a low-cost alternative to traditional notetakers, AccessNote allows users to combine efficient notetaking with many other features and functions of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This allows people who are blind or visually impaired to use the same popular devices that their sighted peers are using in classroom or business settings.
This is the first notetaking app developed and designed specifically for users with vision loss. AFB evaluated many of the other available notetaking apps, but found none to be very efficient or user-friendly to people who are blind or visually impaired.  


What sets the AccessNote apart includes:

  • Seamless Navigation. Customized keyboard commands make notetaking more intuitive and productive than ever before, including quick access to important features like Search All Notes, Search Within a Note, as well as several navigation options.
  • Automatic Saving. With an automatic save on every few keystrokes, notes will never be lost.
  • Cursor tracking. When navigating among multiple sets of notes,users can always pick up right where they left off.
  • Unparalleled Simplicity. With a clutter-free interface, users can create, read, find, and sync, making it easier to spend more time with actual content and less time with tools.
  • DropBox Integration. All notes, always on hand. DropBox keeps AccessNote in sync with the user's desktop (and other devices) so their notes are always available and backed up.
  • Compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards. AccessNote is optimized for efficiency with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and for today's wireless braille displays.  

AccessNote was developed in conjunction with FloCo Apps and is available on the App Store(sm). 


About AFB


The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.
Contact : Lee Huffman - AccessWorld and Technology Information Editor, American Foundation for the Blind

E-mail :   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Newsletter January 29, 2013 PDF Email

SeniorNet partners with QUE Publishing

SeniorNet Members, Volunteers, and Sponsors


We are very pleased to announce another SeniorNet Partnership and membership benefit.   


QUE Publishing, a division of Pearson Education, one of the largest book publishers in the world, has engaged SeniorNet as a partner. What this means is that you, as a SeniorNet member, can receive up to a 45% discount on some of the latest computer and technology related books and ebooks available on a wide variety of subjects:

  • Operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 
  • Software: Office 2010 and 2013, Adobe software, and much more 
  • Smartphones and tablets: iPads, iPhones, Windows Phone, Android, etc.
  • Websites: Facebook, LinkedIn, eBay, etc.  

There are also books for beginners and for experts alike! 


And so much more!


Click here today:   and use the discount codes below to save. 




Que Publishing Discount   






Leslie M. Smith


Newsletter January 23 2013 PDF Email

Have you signed up for classes yet?

SeniorNet Learning Centers now have access to the latest versions of some popular software and can simplify your learning: 

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (for image editing) 
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 11 (for video editing) 

...and new curriculum, too! 

  • Microsoft Word
    • Level 1 (basics)
      • for students with limited knowledge of Word processing programs or is new to Microsoft Word 2010  
    • Level 2 (intermediate)
      • will introduce you to features that impact the design of a document such as styles, themes, templates, graphics   
    • Level 3 (advanced)  
    •  learn how to work with columns, tables, headers, footers, page numbering, and how to print labels and send personalized mailings 
  • Digital Photo Editing for Beginners
    • Edit and add artistry to your photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery 
  • Digital Video Editing for Beginners
    • Learn how to edit your home movies with Windows Live Movie Maker 

Visit your local learning center for more information about classes.


Volunteers Needed for GrandMentor Program

GrandMentor is a volunteer program that uses the internet to connect seniors with disadvantaged children. The seniors act as literacy mentors for children in need, using a computer with internet access and free teleconferencing tools. If you are a SeniorNet member with internet access (either at home or in another location), you can help a child in need. For more information click here 

Newsletter December 2012 PDF Email


SeniorNet Members and Supporters

As SeniorNet reaches the end of our 26th year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past years. It is only with help from people like you that SeniorNet has been able to fulfill our mission (enhancing the lives of older adults and those with a need of computer training and technology education).

Look at some of what we accomplished in 2012:

  • We opened new centers
    • Quinault Indian Reservation, Learning Center, WA
    • Second Union Baptist Church, Learning Center, Washington D.C.
    • An International Research Center for product and services for those "50 years old and better", Brooklyn, New York.  
  • SeniorNet Social Media was created to extend education and awareness
    • Our blog:  Social Media Scoop for Seniors
    • SeniorNet on Facebook
    • SeniorNet on Twitter
  • We launched new partnerships
    • GrandMentor Program, giving members the opportunity to volunteer by reading to underserved elementary school children via Skype.
    • Vistaprint, providing logo'd marketing collateral to SeniorNet Centers to increase their awareness in their local communities.
  • New Membership benefits/discounts with more new partners  ( Holiday Membership Benefits )
    • Telikin, all-in-one, easy-to-use touchscreen computers designed with seniors in mind offers significant product discounts to our entire membership. The Telikin has been piloted in centers with seniors that are impaired and the feedback has been fantastic.
    • Clarity (division of Plantronics), provided new amplified cellphones designed uniquely for seniors to SeniorNet leaders and is offering holiday discounts to SeniorNet
    • Pearson QUE Publishing, one of the largest computer book publishers in the world, offers special discounts and tutorial reference products to our centers and members.

As you know, the world is becoming increasingly connected through the internet, and it is more important than ever before for seniors to know essential computer skills. To this point – with the support of our strategic partners, we were able to provide the latest Microsoft and Adobe software to our centers, as well as SeniorNet‘s user-friendly curriculum (student instruction) for all ages.

We know you receive many requests for donations, and we know your money is important to you. Please take a moment to consider helping us to make a difference.

Please know that any contribution from you, large or small, will go a long way empowering seniors and those that need new technology skills.

Go to and click on Donate Today!

Or mail your check/money order to:
12801 Worldgate Drive
Suite 500
Herndon, VA 20170

Remember, SeniorNet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation you make is fully tax-deductible!

We have a lot planned for 2013 and hope you will continue supporting SeniorNet‘s mission. Thank you again for your loyalty and dedication over the past years.

Leslie M. Smith
SeniorNet Chairman

October Newsletter 2012 PDF Email
SeniorNet HQ News

Volunteers Needed for Curriculum Development ...

SeniorNet’s Curriculum Development Department is looking for volunteers who would like to join us in developing new curriculum for our SeniorNet Learning Centers.

Our aim is to meet the needs of both our current student membership, incoming ‘boomers’, as well as the challenges of our ever changing technology scene. We are looking for people who understand those needs and would like to share their knowledge with all our SeniorNet Learning Centers.

Be it a single product or several, your knowledge is more important than your writing skills.

If you are interested in developing course manuals and workshops please contact Hank Clemente at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Increase Awareness for your Learning Centers with SeniorNet Branded Print Templates ...

The SeniorNet/Vistaprint portal is for the exclusive use of SeniorNet Learning Centers. Access to the portal is available to all Learning Center Leaders through Leadership Exchange. The print products include Brochures, Flyer, Rack Card and Post Card. To download and view product samples click here: click the download arrow on the far right (Allow a few seconds for the download to complete).

Drive Membership With Two New Course Offerings Now Available ...

SeniorNet’s Curriculum Department has recently completed two new course offerings that will soon be available at your local SeniorNet Learning Center: “Digital Photo Editing for Beginners” and, “Video Editing and Movie Making for Beginners”.

The courses use MS Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker programs which are included in Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials, a FREE download from Microsoft.

Organize, edit and share.Windows Live Photo Gallery supports many formats so you can import your photos from your camera, mobile phone, or camcorder directly to your computer.

Photo Gallery makes it easy to organize and edit your photos so they look their best, Then, using the video editing features available in Windows Live Movie Maker, we show you how to edit videos and combine them with photos into a single movie (including titles, credits and music) to enjoy and to share with family and friends.

See what you can click the download arrow on the far right. (Allow about a minute for the download to complete then click open)

Microsoft Word 2010 Manual available in December ...

Microsoft Word 2010...The third in our series of three Word 2010 manuals will be available to all SeniorNet Learning Centers in December. This will complete our series of three levels of Word 2010 manuals: Level 1, The Basics; Level 2, Intermediate; and Level 3, Advanced. Each Level contains four lessons and students can select the course level that meets their needs.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) - The SOP will be updated and available to Center Leaders on November 15th .

SeniorNet Learning Center News

Council House, SeniorNet - Suitland, MD – Launched May 2011

Tara Maxwell Exemplifies Center Leadership

She has been recognized by federal, state and local government officials for her dedication in support of seniors. She goes above and beyond to help, guide, and support seniors as they engage computer technology.

  One of the things that we appreciate about Tara – is that she always reaches out to support SeniorNet nationally. Starting with ensuring that her center was represented on Capitol Hill last year at our 25th Anniversary Celebration – to her recent willingness to pilot new products.

Tara we salute you for all you do ...

SeniorNet Partnerships Update

GrandMentor Program Kicks off for Fall 2012 ... A Big Thanks from GrandMentor Program to SeniorNet.

Click this link to access the Thank You letter and to learn more about the program.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and are a SeniorNet Member – please contact Cara Frame, SeniorNet’s Office Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Clarity Phones

Thank you to those Centers that participated in our Clarity Phone Program ... It was very successful!

Ten phones were provided to Center Leaders to test and keep !! The feedback provided from the centers was helpful to Clarity and much appreciated.

SeniorNet is grateful for our partnership with Clarity.

Telikin Computers

Telekin Lady

Thank you to those Centers who have adopted and are using the Telikin technology in their centers!

The feedback has been extremely positive and we are so glad to be making a difference is the lives of those who need it.

The SeniorNet – Telikin partnership continues to grow. We are pleased to announce a ‘Holiday Special’ with Telikin that will run through December 31st. See the details below.

Holiday Season Offer for SeniorNet members ...

Telikin, the easy to use, all in one, touch screen computer will now be available to Senior Net members and affiliates at a special discount price during the holiday season! Find out why thousands of seniors love Telikin! Telikin integrates popular features such as video chat with integrated Skype, easy photo sharing with an integrated Facebook application, email, contacts, weather, news, full web browser, word processing, built in video help and more, in a sleek, Linux based, virus free system! With a large monitor, intuitive interface, easy menu of popular features, and extensive customer support, Telikin helps people stay connected to their families, friends and the world. With Telikin VIP Support we help you connect to the internet, setup accounts for email, video chat, Facebook, and more. This special offer is only available through Telikin sales associates. Whether you’re looking for special gift for mom or dad or want to treat yourself, call 1- 800-721-8036 to order your Telikin today!

The Telikin will be of significant value to those who are impaired. If you purchase any of the Telikin models Cara Frame, SeniorNet’s Office Manager - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ...with your membership number and proof of purchase.

You will receive an additional $25 from SeniorNet HQ in addition to the Telikin discount. We hope the Telikin will help the recipient enjoy the world we see every day via the internet. Click to go to the Telekin website.


Keeping Seniors Safe...


Did you know that older adults and seniors are disproportionately targeted by scam artists? Whether it’s a phone call, an email, an ad, a fax, or a text message, con artists today utilize all of the outlets the 21st century offers to perpetrate fraud against us. And, con artists count on older adults to be uninformed or naïve, making for an easy target. Don’t give them the satisfaction of being right.

Read...Computer Scams, Shams & Spam – How to Safely Enjoy Your Online Time
... by Pam Hogan

To learn what you need to know, to be informed and to remain safe. Click here to get started.
If you are interested in ordering this book please visit the SeniorNet website at

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The Water Hour

Milestone Broadcast and thanks many members of SeniorNet for being part of the International Day of Peace.

Pause for Peace

1. Pause for Peace on International Peace Day was a major success. At 12 noon est we paused in Times Square, NYC and it was broadcast to the world. Peace One Day had a concert with Elton John that evening and on September 23rd we had our Vigil For International Peace 8 hour concert in Central Park. Planning has started for next year’s event when we will do our best for a World Cease Fire. Pause the World for Peace and then Party! Will be the Mantra. Go to to watch all the concerts. Anyone who wants to volunteer please let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , volunteers will start to get the word out, video editing of content, create content and other important outreach.


2. The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

Thank you!


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