EDUCATION, INFORMATION, AND ENTERTAINMENT
to the American Council of the Blind of Oregon, OmniMedia
Networks, Inc exists! It provides education, information and
entertainment world wide and for the Pacific Northwest.
DeLaunay, a blind individual had a dream. That dream was that
the Internet could be made accessible for visually-impaired,
older and disabled Americans.
The American Council of the Blind put fruition to that dream.
With the initial ACBO seed money: the OmniMediaNetworks, Inc
not for profit organization was formed, along with providing
two cassette duplicators with which the Puppy Prattle newsletter,
and the Stylus are produced. It should be added that the Puppy
Prattle and the Stylus are read by an incredibly talented
Golden Hours Radio volunteer, one Ms. Rebecca Becker, a Portland
area actress, history--and drama professor.
of the support of the ACBO, OMNI is able to provide seven
web streams of information:
OMNI Radio: Audio Web Cast with entertainment hosted
by individuals with disabilities.
OCFB Radio: Professional Long Distance Learning and
Radio: Provides Golden Hours Radio
Book: A book of the week
Events: Independent Living Fair, Portland, Salem and
Sounds: Local News, Events and points of interest affecting
the southern Willamette Valley Communities of Oregon brought
to you by Lane County Independent Living Alliance (LILA)
confidence of the ACBO in OmniMediaNetworks, Inc. has allowed
OMNI to become one of the unique among national radio broadcasting
networks, one of only a few which target radio programming
to seniors and people with disabilities, all of which is provided
through the application of readily accessible current technology,
i.e., internet audio and video streaming.
education is provided by partnering with current long distance
learning curriculum for programs such as the Oregon Commission
for the Blind, as well as the Oregon School for the Blind.
Information is provided through partnerships and direct web
site links to existing providers such as AARP, American Clearinghouse
for the Blind, US Government and other media sources, such
as the American Council for the Blind, and the American Printing
House for the Blind.
Inc "Will Be:"
Through the continuing support of Oregon Council of the Blind,
OMNI will further provide great informational program tutorials
on internet usage.
work through the Oregon School for the Blind which features
OSB students who read the Statesman Journal will continue.
Additionally, OMNI will continue to develop the long distance
will further its pursuits of live coverage of events on its
OMNI Events stream. In the past, OMNI has broadcast such events
as the Guide Dog Users of Oregon Romp, the Race/Unity Festival.
Most recently OMNI broadcast the Wellness Conference, as well
as some of the Oregon State, Bridges to Independence grant--funded
Independence Fairs. And as we speak, plans are being finalized
to cover the Casey Eye Institute's Macular Degeneration Expo,
as well as a joint Seniors First and Elders in Action Summer
Jerry DeLaunay cannot begin to express how exceedingly grateful
he is for the strong support of the American Council of the
Blind of Oregon. ACBO has made it possible for one Jerry DeLaunay
to have his dream come true, to have the Internet accessible
to visually-impaired, older and disable Americans--all over