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Thanks 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.

Jerry DeLaunay, a blind individual had a dream. That dream was that the Internet could be made accessible for visually-impaired, older and disabled Americans.

OmniMediaNetworks, Inc, "is:"
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.

Because 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 Training
  • WRAIN Radio: Provides Golden Hours Radio
  • Omni Book: A book of the week
  • Omni Events: Independent Living Fair, Portland, Salem and Eugene,
  • Eugene 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)

The 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.

Further 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.

OmniMediaNetworks, Inc "Will Be:"
Through the continuing support of Oregon Council of the Blind, OMNI will further provide great informational program tutorials on internet usage.

OMNI'S 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 learning feature.

OMNI 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 Symposium.

OmniMediaNetwork's, 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 the world.


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