Dinner in the Dark

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Update on Last Month’s Event

Our thanks to former Vice-Mayor Dave Trinkle for organizing ‘Dinner in the Dark’ which benefitted New Vision. We had a great time. Several interviews were conducted by local news stations prior to the event with New Vision staff. If you’d like to see the videos see the links below.
Check out these videos from WSLS Channel 10, WDBJ 7 and WFXR News.
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July 21st ‘Dinner in the Dark’

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Organizer Vice-Mayor Dave Trinkle to Benefit New Vision

Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) Add to my Calendar Roanoke, VA

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Who’s Going

Outgoing Vice-Mayor, Dave Trinkle will host a Dinner in the Dark to benefit New Vision, a non-profit organization that provides support to the visually impaired in the Roanoke region. Guests’ senses will be challenged – and heightened — as they dine completely in the dark to simulate the experience of a visually impaired person. As an added twist, servers will be wearing state-of-the-art night vision goggles provided by the Roanoke based Harris Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of Generation 3 vision intensifier technology.

“It’s cool that the vice-mayor changes every two years,” said Dave Trinkle “The dinner is a fun way to celebrate the rotating position while developing a new tradition in Roanoke where the outgoing vice-mayor hosts a farewell event to benefit an area charity. Vice-Mayor Elect Anita Price has already accepted the challenge to carry the torch when her term is up in 2018.”

The event will take place July 21, 2016. To ensure elegant food and complete darkness, the dinner will be held in the AKA Room under the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Guests are asked to gather in the Pine Room by 6pm where they will be escorted to their tables in the underground space. There are fewer than 100 tickets available at $80 per person which includes dinner and wine. Interested parties are encouraged to secure their reservations early. For more information or to request a Vegetaran option, contact: DinnerInTheDarkRoanoke@gmail.com.

“It is a unique opportunity for us to gain insight into what the visually impaired experience every day” says physician and Vice-Mayor Dave Trinkle. ”Furthermore, we live in world of information overload, where visual stimulation is everywhere. Imagine how amazing it will be, for just a few hours, to abandon the visual world in exchange for a new, more stimulating dining experience where you recognize friends by their voices and identify food by only smell, texture and taste.”

Sponsors for the event include the City of Roanoke, Harris Corporation, Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, The Fork Restaurants, and Vistar Eye Center.

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May 2016 Technology Newsletter

May 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

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News: New Vision is moving! New Vision will be moving to our new location during the month of May. Our new location will be at 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (SouthPark Office Building). This location is accessible via RADAR Bus, whether you’re located in the City of Roanoke or in Roanoke County. Our Office suite is located in a complex beside the Carilion Wellness Center, formerly Roanoke Athletic Center (RAC). Our offices are located on the ground floor, in the front eastern section. Since some of the adjoining suites are under renovation it will be most prudent to enter from the side entrance. This is located on the eastern side of the complex or the side opposite of the Carilion Wellness Center. When entering the grounds on a RADAR bus you’ll pull into the parking lot servicing the Carilion Wellness Center; hang a left and you’ll find the complex on the right. The Address 4504 is located in large letters beside the front entrance but you’ll need to continue around the edge of the building to the side entrance. Some photos are shown below of the new facility which we hope to serve us for many years to come.

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Important Note to Students: The Tech Center at our Melrose Avenue location will be closed Thursday May 19th, and the following Monday and Tuesday (23rd & 24th). So you’ll want to cancel you RADAR appointments. You’ll also want to cancel your recurring RADAR pick-ups and specify a new schedule for our new address. If you are a student with an afternoon classes please be sure to setup you arrival time for 1:30pm and not 1 o’clock as might have previously been the case. We plan to reopen at the new location on Thursday the 26th. If for some reason we are unable to open the Tech Center that day and have to postpone til the next week. we’ll be sure to let our students know.

Additional News: New Vision will be participating in the First Friday event. We’ll have volunteers from New Vision helping out and we’ll be a beneficiary from the event. First Friday’s has expanded to include the first and third Friday of the month, during the summer season. We’ll be participating on May 20 and August 5. Stay tuned via our Facebook page or Twitter to learn more. Below is a link to to the events webpage. http://firstfridaysroanoke.com/not-for-profit-organization-va/

Assistive Technology News

The CSUN conference ushers in what has been called the “The Year of Braille”. Check out Shelly Brisbin’s coverage of this event. See the link below. http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170402

Interesting rumor that Apple’s going to display and sell a limited number of accessibility accessories that can be used with their products. Read the article at the link below. http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/12/20/apple-stores-to-feature-accessibility-products-in-early-2016-report-says

Do you sometimes find Microsoft Word a challenge? Or do you fell like you could be more productive but not sure how. Check out this write-up by Jamie Pauls about the MLWordTips App. This App is designed to help Microsoft Word users who use screen-readers to be more productive. Learn more at the link below. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170403

Check out this interview with David Woodbridge. Mr. Woodbridge is known internationally for his podcasting and tutorials about iOS devices. If you want to know about a new apple product or feature that affects VoiceOver users there is a good chance Mr. Woodbridge has recorded a tutorial about it. See the link below for more. < http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170407>

Podcasts

In Blind Bargains Qast episode 59 learn about Mystic Access and NVDA. This episode contains an interview with the Mystic Access team who puts together audio tutorials on various products, such as the Amazon echo. This episode also discusses the new iPhone SE. See the link below for more. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq059.mp3

In Blind Bargains Qast 58, learn about updates to Microsoft Window’s Narrator, Facebooks automatic labelling technology for photos, Talkback 4.5, and a voice assistant app. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq058.mp3

On this April 22nd Main Menu program hear an interview with David Raistrick and Amanda Tolson, from En-Vision America. They’ll be talking about the ID Mate Galaxy, a sophisticated bar scanner, and about Scriptalk for medication bottles. Also in this episode you’ll learn about an amazing deal the American Printing House for the Blind has setup for students wanting to get JAWS. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-04-22

In the April 8th episode of Main Menu learn about The Voice Dream Reader updates and the Amazon Fire Tablet. See link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-04-08

I’ve never mentioned this podcast before. Check out the Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast. In this episode Josh discusses his iPhone 7 theory, hear a discussion of what to expect at WWDC Conference, and a interesting discussion about User Interfaces and Apple. See the link below. http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt107.mp3

In Episode 106 of The Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast, team discuss the Amazon Fire Tablet. See link below. http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt106.mp3

Tech Center Experiments

At the Tech Center we recently got a Amazon Fire Tablet. The Fire Tablet has a built in screen-reader called VoiceView and a built in Zoom. These features seem to work pretty well with the pre-installed Apps especially the Kindle bookstore. All of this for an amazing $39.

The following tablets are listed as supporting these new accessibility tools and are part of the Amazon Product line.

  • Fire HD 6 (4th Generation)
  • Fire HD 7 (4th Generation)
  • Fire HDX 8.9 (4th Generation)
  • Fire (5th Generation)
  • Fire HD 8 (5th Generation)
  • Fire HD 10 (5th Generation)

To read more about accessibility on the Fire Tablet line see the link below. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201829320

We’ll be testing more of the Fire’s features in the classroom feel free to come by and have a look.

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the April 2016 AppleVis Unlimited newsletter. Several video games are mentioned along with a famous Password Manager App. A NetFlix App update and Stop Watch among many more things are mentioned in this edition. See the link below. http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-gaming-ios-apps-iphone-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-april

Did you know?

You can get the same voices that you use with JAWS with NVDA. NVDA is a free screen-reader, designed by a non-profit in Australia. Below is a reseller of the Eloquence and Vocalizer voice packages for NVDA. See the link below. http://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20&products_id=231&zenid=9891f6d282c44ee9f2d6cd8b71fb83e6

Additionally, Windows-Eyes allows for free use of their screen-reader if your a Microsoft Office user. If you own a copy of Microsoft Office 2010 or newer you can get a free license. See the link below. http://www.windoweyesforoffice.com/

Resources

Microsoft isn’t standing still with its release of Windows 10. Windows 10 is constantly getting updates. But what might be surprising is its also getting updates to the assistive technology built in. A recent update included updates to the built in screen-reader called Narrator. You can read more about these updates as they come out on the official Microsoft Blog listed below. See the link. https://t.co/vBLfh60rhE

Local News and Events

Reoccurring Events: Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting of the Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) will be on Wednesday the 18th of May at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Dianne Decker.

Your Thoughts

If you have any thoughts about what could be mentioned in an upcoming newsletter or comments on this newsletter feel free to reply or fill out the following form. See the following link. http://goo.gl/forms/9WXsbr3jPp

Contact Info

New Vision 3435 Melrose Avenue Roanoke, VA 24017

Phone: 540–985–8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center

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New Vision’s New Location

New Vision News and Updates

News: New Vision is moving! New Vision will be moving to our new location during the month of May. Our new location will be at 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (SouthPark Office Building). This location is accessible via RADAR Bus, whether you’re located in the City of Roanoke or in Roanoke County. Our Office suite is located in a complex beside the Carilion Wellness Center, formerly Roanoke Athletic Center (RAC). Our offices are located on the ground floor, in the front eastern section. Since some of the adjoining suites are under renovation it will be most prudent to enter from the side entrance. This is located on the eastern side of the complex or the side opposite of the Carilion Wellness Center. When entering the grounds on a RADAR bus you’ll pull into the parking lot servicing the Carilion Wellness Center; hang a left and you’ll find the complex on the right. The Address 4504 is located in large letters beside the front entrance but you’ll need to continue around the edge of the building to the side entrance. Some photos are shown below of the new facility which we hope to serve us for many years to come.

Picture of SouthPark Office Building and arrow pointing to the Eastern Portion of the bulding as a temporary entrance

SouthPark Office Building

Important Note to Students: The Tech Center at our Melrose Avenue location will be closed Thursday May 19th, and the following Monday and Tuesday (23rd & 24th). So you’ll want to cancel you RADAR appointments. You’ll also want to cancel your recurring RADAR pick-ups and specify a new schedule for our new address. If you are a student with an afternoon classes please be sure to setup you arrival time for 1:30pm and not 1 o’clock as might have previously been the case. We plan to reopen at the new location on Thursday the 26th. If for some reason we are unable to open the Tech Center that day and have to postpone til the next week. we’ll be sure to let our students know.

Additional News: New Vision will be participating in the First Friday event. We’ll have volunteers from New Vision helping out and we’ll be a beneficiary from the event. First Friday’s has expanded to include the first and third Friday of the month, during the summer season. We’ll be participating on May 20 and August 5. Stay tuned via our Facebook page or Twitter to learn more. Below is a link to to the events webpage.
http://firstfridaysroanoke.com/not-for-profit-organization-va/

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Event: Music to Remember

The Miss Virginia Scholarship Program and New Vision, Roanoke’s organization helping vision impaired people connect to the world, are ready for a star-studded fundraising evening of musical entertainment and a silent auction with hor’derves.

“Music to Remember” with Jane Powell and the Miss Virginia Family is Friday, April 1, at Roanoke’s Sheraton Hotel, 2801 Hershberger Road NW. The auction begins at 6 pm; showtime is 7:30. Well-known award-winning R&B/jazz vocalist Jane Powell and her band will join Savannah Lane, Miss Virginia 2015 and top 15 finalist to Miss America, and several Miss Virginias and musicians.

Powell has performed worldwide with award-winning musicians and singers and is excited to bring her act home to Roanoke. She says, “I’m really looking forward to the big shebang on April 1, and you all KNOW I’m no April Fool! I am so excited to sing in the same program with Miss Virginia and I know we are going to have a ball together!!! Let’s not forget the great causes we’ll all be supporting that evening — both New Vision (free services for blind people) and the Miss Virginia Scholarship Program that helps those across our state!”

Savannah Lane, Miss Virginia, is excited to join Powell onstage. “Music to Remember is an event you’ll never forget. A combination of jazzy classics to upbeat current hits will leave you dancing in your seat…for two great causes!” Lane is studying foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. Her goal is to become an FBI agent and ultimately run for Congress. As Miss Virginia, Lane travels the state promoting her platform, “The Power of Performance – “P.O.P.” – encouraging music in everyone’s life because “it’s sometimes the only response when words alone are not enough”. She’s also an advocate for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Other performers include Miss Virginia 2014, Courtney Garrett; Nashville-recording artist Meghan Shanley (Miss Virginia 2001); Beverly Cooke Young (1982); Kelli Quick (1997); Kimberly Johnson Block (1985); and Adrianna Sgarlata Hill (2006); Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen, Hayley Boland from Troutville; and the pageant’s musical director, Derek Shorter, a Franklin County native studying at the Berklee School of Music.

The event features a tribute by Courtney Garrett, Miss Virginia 2014, to WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were killed about six months ago. Garrett will perform an original song, “Forever On the Air”, by Salem composer/musician Tommy Holcomb. She recorded the lead vocals for the piece recently released on CD that will be on sale. Part of the proceeds benefits the scholarship funds set up in Parker and Wade’s names.

Quick Facts

Tickets $25

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Evening’s Schedule

6:00pm – Silent Auction & Hors D’oeuvres 7:30pm – Musical Entertainment

Sponsored by Starkey Medical Esthetics of Roanoke and Salem.

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Interviews by WFXR

Check out the following videos created by WFXR about New Vision’s programs and upcoming Charity Event.

This first video focuses on our Technology Center and includes an interview with New Vision’s A.T. Instructor David Ward. See the link below.

Direct Link

This second video highlights our Talent Challenge for Charity. And has a interview with Miss Virginia 2015, Savannah Lane. See link below.

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Our third video is an interview conducted with Dr. Joe Blackstock about the Talent Challenge for Charity Event. See the link below.

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Talent Challenge for Charity

A Couple Dancing in Formal Attire Join us for our special event on Saturday, November 14th 2015! It will be held at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. This event will be benefiting New Vision and Margaret R. Baker Charitable Foundation, Inc. & Miss Virginia.  

SCHEDULE

6:00 p.m. Cocktails

6:30 p.m. Welcome and Dinner

8:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Talent Competition and Guest Dancing

 

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TICKETS

(Ticket price includes dinner – But bring cash for cash bar!)

$90.00 – General Admission (Single unreserved seat at table)

OR

RESERVED TABLE for 10 (Get a $50 Savings!!) only $850.00 (Payable as table of 10 only; Sponsorship Opportunities Available!)

  PUT ON YOUR RED DRESS BABY AND YOUR HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS!! (Or your most fun cocktail attire for girls and guys) and bring your friends to have one of the most exciting and fun filled evenings.

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*NEWS* Talent Challenge for Charity website!

The website is up and you can start buying your tickets. More information below at the Talent Challenge for Charity Website.

www.TalentChallengeForCharity.com

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Feedback about Workshops – iPhone & iPad (Part 1)

How Did We Do?

We’ve had wonderful feedback about our two recent workshops. We’d like to share some photos and notes from them.

Our workshops focused on the accessibility features found in iPHones and iPads. With a special focus on VoiceOver, SIRI, and Zoom. These tools make the iPhone functional for Low-Vision users and those who have total vision loss.

Pictured is Instructor David Ward standing beside a projector screen.

Workshop Notes

Zoom

Apple devices allow for color modifications and Zoom up to 16x. This makes the iOS platform a wonderful mobile solution for the Low-Vision community. This feature can be combined with VoiceOver.

How does Zoom work?

Here’s some gestures you will need to know.

  1. To Turn it on you Use a Three-Finger Double-Tap. This is after the Zoom option has been enabled in accessibility settings.
  2. How to change Zoom Magnification Level. Use a Three-Finger Double-Tap-Hold and Drag. On the second tap hold your three fingers on the glass an drag up to magnify or down to zoom out.
  3. How to Navigate. Use three fingers to slide the magnification window around the screen to view different objects on you home screen or in an App.
  4. Inversion of colors, Fonts Sizes, Button Layout, and Several other features can affect readability. These can also be adjusted under accessibility settings.

Resources

Here’s some other places you can look to learn more.

  1. AppleVis.com – Has Newsletter, campaigns, and reviews of iOS Apps and Updates.
  2. Contact Apple > Email: accessibility@apple.com > Apple Support: 1-877-204-3930 > Website: www.apple.com/support/accessibility/
  3. iHabilation.ca – Has free training videos and the tactile screenshots of iPad screen layouts with Braille descriptions.
  4. Book “iOS Access for All” * By Shelly Brisbin * 25% Discount * Website: http://bit.ly/shellysbook 5. Book “The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility, iOS 7 Edition “ > By Fedora Outlier

Stay tuned for our next post about VoiceOver.

Assistive Technology Instructor, David Ward, demonstrates iOS Gestures on an iPad to two students.

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