Directions for Kroger Community Rewards for Screen Reader Users

Enrolling New Vision as a Beneficiary of Kroger’s Community Rewards Program

Screen Reader Directions

Note: Enrolling in the Community Rewards program will not affect your Kroger Fuel Points in any way. Screen Reader Note: These directions were tested using the FireFox Browser, NVDA 2016.4, and JAWS 18.

  1. Go to www.kroger.com using your Web Broswer of choice. Typically Internet Explorer or FireFox are good choices.
  2. Press the TAB Key until you hear the Sign In link. The Kroger webpage contains active content so at periodic intervals you’ll hear “you’ve scrolled to the next promotion”. Simply Ignore these audible announcements. The Sign In link is located after the Search Button and before the Registration link. Should you need to register your Kroger card follow the directions below; under the heading Kroger Registration using a screen reader.
  3. On the Login page your cursor will automatically be placed in the email address field. There is no audible notification making this clear except perhaps a chirp from your screen reader telling you that you are in an edit field. Simply proceed by typing the email address that you registred with Kroger. Then Press the TAB Key to go to the password field. Type in your password and press enter. (Note: If you have mistyped either of these it will result in an error. And you will need to re-enter these credentials.)
  4. On the next page you’ll need to hit your TAB Key until you find a link with your First Name. This link should be located in the same place as the Sign In link was located. After the Search Button and before the Sign Out Button. Press Enter or the Space Bar once you’re on the link with your First Name.
  5. This brings up your personal settings page. Press the letter H Key to jump down the page by headings. You are looking for the heading entitled Community Rewards. 5.Once you’re on the Community Rewards Heading you’ll press the down arrow to get to the Enroll link. Alternatively, you could press the letter U (for JAWS) or the letter K (for NVDA) to get to the Enroll link. Once on the link press the Enter Key or the Space Bar. 6.On the following page you’ll need to enter the organzation name you wish to benefit from you entering the program. Press the letter E Key to jump to the edit field. This edit field will clearly state this is where you enter your organzations name or number. Press Enter to begin editing this field this may or may not be required depending on your screen reader.
  6. Type in the number 86856, which is our ID number for this program. Then press the Enter Key.
    • Note: If you in the Roanoke, Virginia area you can simply enter New Vision instead of the organization ID Number. Outside our area though, this will result in numerous results. Example: Churches with a similar name.
  7. There won’t be much telling you anything has changed but the organzation name has now appeared below.
  8. To select New Vision you can press the TAB Key until you hear Radio Button. Once on the Radio Button press the Enter Key or Space Bar.
  9. Once you’ve press Enter or Space Bar you should get feedback that you’ve selected Voice of the Blue Ridge Inc. DBA New Vision.
  10. Press the TAB Key once and this should place you on the Enroll Link or Button. Press Enter or Space Bar.
  11. Congradulations you’re done! Thank you for your support. If you want to make sure the final action is setup correctly you can press the letter H to jump down by headings again. Listen for the heading entitled Community Rewards. From this point you can arrow down through the organization you presently have set to be a beneficiary.

Kroger Registration using a Screen Reader

  1. Go to www.kroger.com.
  2. Use your TAB Key to get to the Registration Link. This is located right after the Sign In link.
  3. Use your TAB Key to get to the required fields that have to be filled out for your registration. Alternatively, you can press the letter E Key, in JAWS, to get to the edit fields quickly.
  4. You will need to fill in your email address, a password of your choice, and specify a local Kroger Store as your main store.
  5. At this point you can TAB down to the Create an Account button or link and press Enter or the Space Bar.
  6. On the following webpage you can enter your Plus Card Number or an Alternate ID. The Alternate ID or as its called Alt ID is a phone number that has already been registred with a Kroger Plus Card. It is recommended that you get sighted assistance and enter you Kroger Plus Card number.
  7. Press the letter E Key to jump to the first Edit Field. This is clearly labeled as the edit field for you Plus Card or Alt ID. If you are in JAWS you’ll have to press the Enter Key to begin editing the field. If using NVDA you likely won’t need to press the Enter Key.
  8. Enter you Plus Card Number . The Kroger Plus Card Number is located on the Kroger Card, both the wallet size one and the keyring version.
  9. Once done press the TAB key to go to the next edit field.
  10. This field wasn’t labeled in our orginal tests but it is simply a field where you enter you last name.
  11. After entering your last name press the TAB Key and you should land on the Save Button. Press the Enter Key once your on this button.
  12. At this point a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. No additional action on your part is required.
  13. You done! Thanks for your support.
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December 2016 Tech Center Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

Your Financial Support is Appreciated

Community support has been vital in achieving our mission. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, it has only been with our donor’s generosity that we are able to provide our necessary services. Your support is desperately needed more than ever so that we might continue to fulfill our critical mission for those with visual impairments.

A donation of:

  • $25 can provide large-print calendars to 12 individuals with significant vision loss.
  • $50 can provide special frequency radios to 2 listeners of the Radio Reading Service.
  • $100 can provide 5 hours of audio information via the Dial-In News Service.
  • $500 can provide more than 15 hours of individualized instruction at the New Vision Adaptive Technology Center.

No donation is too small! We welcome your contribution in any amount, and it is tax deductible! For your benefit and to help us finish the year well, please consider donating by December 31.

By Mail: New Vision, 4504 Starkey Rd Ste 120, Roanoke VA 24018
Online: https://www.paypal.me/newvision

Holidays and Inclement Weather Closings: The Tech Center will be closed on Monday December 26th and Monday January 2nd. These days follow the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. Should Roanoke County or Roanoke City Schools be closed due to inclement weather we too shall be closed.

Braille Calendars: You can order 2017 Braille Calendars by emailing the following Non-Profit your address and request a calendar.
calendars@actionfund.org

News

Here’s a recent Press Release from the NFB on the new regulations governing nearly silent hybrid cars. See the link below for the full article.
https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-applauds-issuance-pedestrian-safety-enhancement-act-regulations

Podcasts

Have you heard of the Google Home Appliance? Its brand new and a direct competitor to the Amazon Echo. So the Google Home operates as a Virtual Voice Assistant and sports many features comparable to the Amazon Echo. On this Blind Bargains Episode, number 82, you’ll hear J.J. and Joe talk about its features. See the link below.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq082.mp3

Joe Steinkamp was also interviewed on ACB Radio’s Main Menu Program about the Google Home. Check out the team from Main Menu as they put the Google Home through its paces. See the link below.
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/podcast/2016-11-11.mp3

Check out Main Menu’s program where they inteview Dr. Robert Carter from “The Tech Doctor” podcast. Dr. Carter takes the crew through his experiences over the years with Macs, iPhone, Windows, DOS, and JAWS. Have a listen at the link below.
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/podcast/2016-11-04.mp3

This Blind Bargains episode, number 80, has Jeff Bishop on to discuss his recent trip to the Microsoft Campus. On this episode you’ll also hear J.J. and Joe talk about JAWS 18, the new MacBook Pro, and the Microsoft Surface Event. See the link below for this and much more.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq080.mp3

In this Mac Accessibility Roundtable Podcast hear the team talk about the new MacBook Pro, Paypal, Siri, and the future of the Apple laptop. See the link below for episode 121.
http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt121.mp3

In episode 120 of the Mac Accessibility Roundtable hear the team talk all about the Apple Press Event. The event started off by discussing accessibility and hear the team breakdown the topic. See the link below.
http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt120.mp3

Shelly Brisbin is a blind author and journalist. Her most recent work is the iOS Access for All Book. She recently was a pundit on the Daily Tech News Show. Listen to her talk about accessibility in a mainstream setting with Tom Merrit. The youtube link below jumps you part way into the episode where Tom turns to Shelly to ask some questions but after the conclusion of the episode Shelly and Tom continue to have an awesome discussion. Have a listen at the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhoHroVvdp8&feature=youtu.be&t=23m12s

New Vision Interview

Picture of John Netzel. Wearing Suit.
We recently had the opportunity to record a 30 minute interview with WRVL – “The Journey” which broadcasts throughout the Roanoke and Lynchburg region. The interview aired this past Saturday at 6 AM, December 3rd. See the links below, where the interview was broken out into three segments.

Interview Segment 1

http://download.liberty.edu/wrvl/peck0.mp3

Interview Segment 2

http://download.liberty.edu/wrvl/klvv0.mp3

Interview Segment 3

http://download.liberty.edu/wrvl/b4k6e.mp3

Student Spotlight

The following article is soon to be published in a Veteran’s Affairs publication, about one of our students, Leonard Hubbard. See the article below.

A Veteran’s Personal Journey: Horsemanship And Therapeutic Riding

Picture of Leonard Hubbard on horseback. Next to fence outside with two other people.
Leonard Hubbard, 57, a consumer of the HUD VASH Program since 2012, has been challenged by the “ups and downs” of addiction throughout his life, including homelessness and impaired sight. Now enjoying the rewards of sustained sobriety which include stable housing, improved health and consistent family support, he sought what he describes as “something to fulfill my idle mind.”

Machele Huff, a Salem VAMC Social Worker and a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Certified Riding Instructor, responded to the Veteran’s interest in riding a horse. According to Hubbard, “I was raised on a farm and I had never ridden a horse before. Just a mule.” Sparked by the Veteran’s request, Ms. Huff connected the veteran with a Paint Thoroughbred mare nick named ‘Tay Tay’ who had recently retired from competing as a show hunter With this mare, he learned how to safely groom and lead a horse. “I fell in love with ‘Tay Tay.’ I learned how to lead and take care of her. She was the first horse I had ever been around,” Hubbard describes.

Subsequently, Ms. Huff and the Veteran’s HUD VASH case manager, Katie Poulos, brought to the Veteran’s attention the Ride with Pride Therapeutic Riding Center in Staunton, Virginia which had a Veterans Riding Program. Hubbard then independently completed his referral packet and secured his medical clearance to ride. “ I received a scholarship to attend the program during the summer and the fall sessions.” Hubbard’s sessions began in June 2016. “Since being in the program I have learned how to care about things other than myself. I have learned how to care about people more through caring about the horse. It helps me with my sobriety and when I have nothing to do, I can think about the horse. Now I have something to look forward to it in the week and now next spring,” according to Hubbard.

For Hubbard, the most difficult aspect of participating in therapeutic riding was “making up my mind to do this because of my mental health issue. Some people think you can’t do certain things when you get older and that’s not true. When I put my mind to something I can do it. The most rewarding thing is the reaction I get from the horse, case workers and my riding instructors when I can control myself and accomplish something I want to do.”

Since his sixteen week participation in the Ride With Pride Program, Hubbard has now learned how to ride various gaits on the different horses that are assigned to him. “I have learned how to maneuver the horses through cones, change directions in the arena and ride a figure eight.” He also participates in trail riding on the center’s grounds as part of his riding lesson.

Each week, Hubbard prepares for his next riding lesson by reviewing videos taken on his phone. With the assistance of adaptive equipment provided by the Salem VA’s Visually Impaired Services Team, he is able to review his weekly riding progress at home.

Recently, he was invited to compete in Ride With Pride’s Therapeutic Fall In-House Show. According to Hubbard, “it is gratifying to actually engage with something you have never been around before. I think it’s amazing when you can care for something and the horse lets you know that they realize you are caring for them.”

The Ride With Pride Veteran’s Riding Program is made possible by various Veteran Service Organization donations in the Staunton, Virginia area.

Respectfully Submitted,
Machele Huff, LCSW

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for November 2016. Are you an adventurer? Then you might enjoy playing a game as Edward Blake, a Blind Knight, in medieval times; Or perhaps a Gladiator in Roman times. These games and much more are discussed in this months AppleVis Newsletter. Object Recognition Apps and the new MacBook Pro are also discussed. See the link below.
http://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-apps-mac-apps-macos-news-opinion-reviews/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy

Local News and Events

Reoccurring Events:
“The Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) will hold its annual Christmas banquet on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the clubhouse of the Cave Spring Lions Club, located at 4801 Merriman Rd., SW, Roanoke. The evening will be catered by Adell’s of Rocky Mount, with music by the 3-D Trio. Reservations required by December 14, 2016. For information, directions or reservations please contact Dianne Decker at rdeckerjr2@cox.net” from 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
4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (South Park Office Building)

Phone: 540.985.8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center

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November 2016 Tech Center Newsletter

November 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

Large Print 2017 Calendars: We encourage you to get your orders in early while supplies last. The easiest way is to complete the online form. Please, email us for a link to this form. We will also accept requests by using the post card on the back of the old calendar, but please note that the mailing address should be changed to New Vision, 4504 Starkey Rd Suite 120. Roanoke, VA 24018. This year we’re making a special effort to make sure our supply of calendars has the most effective reach to Virginia residents with visual impairments. Our priority will be individual distribution to visually impaired Virginia residents, one calendar per individual, and group distribution only to those agencies or groups who are contributing to support our mission. Agencies or groups who wish to receive calendars should contact us by phone (540-985-8900) to request an allotment. As a benchmark, a donation of $25 can provide large-print calendars to 10 individuals. Donations can be made online at https://www.paypal.me/newvision.

Holidays, Maintenance, and Inclement Weather Closings: As a reminder the Technology Center will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. During the week of Thanksgiving, the 24th, we’ll additionally close on Monday, the 21st, and Tuesday, the 22nd, for installation of new equipment. Should Roanoke County or Roanoke City Schools be closed due to inclement weather we too shall be closed.

Braille Calendars: You can order 2016 Braille Calendars by emailing the following Non-Profit your address and request a calendar.
calendars@actionfund.org

Events: Our largest fundraising event this year is Talent Challenge for Charity at the Hotel Roanoke, November 12. The event features live painting by world renowned Blind painter John Bramblitt as well as fun entertainment by local “Stars”. Groups and individuals can purchase tickets online at https://www.talentchallengeforcharity.com/talent-challenge-buy-tickets.php.

Podcasts

Check out Scott Davert’s face off between the two voice assistants Alexa, on the Amazon Echo, and Siri, on an Apple iPhone. The Amazon Unlimited service is brand new, while the Apple Music program has been around for a little while. These are amazing services for music lovers. See the link below.
http://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast1023.mp3

If you’re interested in writing you might find this Episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond interesting. In this episode Allison Sheridan interviews Shelly Brisbin, a legally Blind author and journalist. Shelly discusses her experiences as a writer and especially as a self-publisher. Her current book is “iOS Access for All” a book all about using the accessibility features in your iPhone and iPad. Have a listen at the link below.
https://media.blubrry.com/nosillacast/traffic.libsyn.com/nosillacast/CCATP_2016_10_18.mp3

On episode 78 of the Blind Bargains Podcast listen as J.J. and Ricky talk about the Instant Pot Cooking appliance. Also hear a comment from a listener about using Learning Ally’s accessible book service. This and much more at the link below.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq078.mp3

On episode 120 of the Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast, the team discusses the October 27th announcement by Apple about their new products. Listen via the link below.
http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt120.mp3

In episode 77 of the Blind Bargains Podcast you’ll learn about the Orbit Reader, the Windows Action Center, and a Bluetooth Keyboard that Joe is trying out. Other topics discussed include the BlindSquared App, the new Learning Ally Apps, and the October Edition of Access World. Have a listen at the link below.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq077.mp3

On episode 119 of the Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast the team discusses the new iPhone 7, the delayed AirPods, and iOS 10. Learn more by the link below.
http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt119.mp3

In Episode 118 of the The Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast, the knights discuss the new iPhones and Mac OS Sierra. See the link below.
http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt118.mp3

In Episode 76 of the Blind Bargains Podcast hear J.J. and Joe discuss the Google announcements. Google announced new smartphones and a Home Assistant appliance designed to rival the Amazon Echo. Check out this episode and learn much more at the link below.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq076.mp3

Resources

Picture of iPhone
If you’re an iPhone or iPad user you might want to check out some of the Amazing podcasts and audio tutorials available at the AppleVis website. Here’s a link to the Podcast feed. Simply navigate down by links. The Audio or MP3 link often follows the Subject Title and ends with .mp3.
http://www.applevis.com/feed/podcasts

If you are trying to find an accessible App for your iPhone or iPad why not search the AppleVis website. See the link below.
http://www.applevis.com

If you are an Android user you might find the following resources useful. There’s a new book entitled, “Getting Started with Android” by Ana Garza and J.J. Meddaugh.
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/ANDROID.html

You might also find the following site useful if you are an Android user. See the link below.
https://www.inclusiveandroid.com

iOS Update for iPhones

Have you updated you iPHone to iOS 10? No? Yes? Not sure? Here’s what you need to know. First, devices as old as the iPhone 5 or 5c can be updated. Second, if your lock screen says “Press Home to unlock” then congratulations you’ve already installed iOS 10. If you instead hear “Unlock Button” below your time and date stamp you’re on the older software. So what does iOS 10 offer? What’s new? To find out more see the link below, this will direct you to last month’s newsletter. It contains a list of links and podcasts addressing iOS 10.
http://newvisionroa.org/news/october-2016-tech-center-newsletter/#ios10

It’s not a bug it’s a Feature

Here’s a feature that might bug you if you’re a VoiceOver user. This new feature is called “Raise to Wake”. The idea is you can pick you phone up and it senses the motion and turns the screen on, so a sighted person can glance at the clock and notifications. The result for a VoiceOver user is that often bumping the phone or picking it up results in the screen waking and VoiceOver Reading you the time. This feature can be disabled by going to Settings then Display and Brightness then turn off Raise to Wake. We’ll bring out new features and options in the months to come.

Now in the feature arena there is an awesome new option. Ever been annoyed by your phone automatically going to speakerphone when you pull it away from your head. This is a VoiceOver feature; but it can drive you crazy. Additionally, when in speakerphone mode you can’t use the Power/Lock button to end a call. Instead, you have to use a two-finger double tap. So to disable this feature you’ll need to go the VoiceOver Settings. Find the Audio Button and double tap. This will take you into the Audio Settings page. Turn off the feature labeled “Auto Select Speaker in Call”. Done. No more speakerphone automatically coming on in the middle of your phone calls. Here’s an added tip if you still want to place a call on speakerphone you can always direct Siri with a command like this: “Call John Doe on Speakerphone”.

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for October 2016. In this issue you’ll learn of a few more new games from the BlindFold Games crew. A new choose your own adventure game and quiz game are also discussed. There’s much more take a look at the online newsletter below. You can navigate by headings using your screen reader of choice.
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-gaming-ios-ios-apps-macos-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

Did you know?

Did you know that the Amazon Echo Dot is now $49? That’s right! The Amazon Echo Dot is the little brother of the original Amazon Echo. It has all the same functionality but doesn’t have a large speaker. It has a small speaker similar to a cellphone’s speakerphone. On the plus side, it has an audio out jack so you can plug it into a stereo speaker. I’ve order one for my personal use but I’ll be sure to bring it to the Tech Center for everyone to see.

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 16th of November at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Dianne Decker at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

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
4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (South Park Office Building)

Phone: 540.985.8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center

j j j

October 2016 Tech Center Newsletter

October 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

Large Print 2017 Calendars: You can start requesting your 2017 large print calendars! We encourage you to get your orders in early while supplies last. The easiest way is to complete the online form. Please, email us for a link to this form. We will also accept requests by using the post card on the back of the old calendar, but please note that the mailing address should be changed to New Vision, 4504 Starkey Rd Ste 120. Roanoke, VA 24018. This year we’re making a special effort to make sure our supply of calendars has the most effective reach to Virginia residents with visual impairments. Our priority will be individual distribution to visually impaired Virginia residents, one calendar per individual, and group distribution only to those agencies or groups who are contributing to support our mission. Agencies or groups who wish to receive calendars should contact us by phone (540-985-8900) to request an allotment. As a benchmark, a donation of $25 can provide large-print calendars to 10 individuals. Donations can be made online at https://www.paypal.me/newvision.

Braille Calendars: You can order 2016 Braille Calendars by emailing the following Non-Profit your address and request a calendar. calendars@actionfund.org

Additional Braille News: A local library in Roanoke had several encyclopedia volumes donated and their looking for a home for them. If you’d be interested please touch base with us here and we can give you the library’s contact info.

Events: Our largest fundraising event this year is Talent Challenge for Charity at the Hotel Roanoke, November 12. The event features live painting by world renowned Blind painter John Bramblitt as well as fun entertainment by local “Stars”. Groups and individuals can purchase tickets online at https://www.talentchallengeforcharity.com/talent-challenge-buy-tickets.php.

Volunteer Spotlight

In this new feature we’ll endeavor to give you a little behind the scenes view into the hard work our volunteers put forth for our various programs. In the photo below you’ll see Ken Wright, a GE retiree. He and Les Brown, also a GE retiree, help with our Radio repairs.

The GE retirement program is assisting Virginia Voice, in Richmond, with repairing some of their radios and told them about New Vision, in Roanoke. Les Brown reached out to us. We are so thankful for their time and willingness to help us. And we thank our other volutneers for their industrious efforts as well. Picture of Volunteer Ken Wright working on a radio

News

Buddy Brannan recently wrote up on his blog about his experience with an accessible Samsung TV. That’s right, a TV where the menu’s are read out too you audibly. See his blog entry about it below. https://t.co/83TrfmTfZ9

If you’d like to hear his little audio walk-through see the link below. http://buddy.brannan.name/blog/wp-content/uploads/Samsung-TV-Demo.mp3

If your interested in finding out more about iOS 10 and the new iPhones you might check out the link below. It takes you to the show notes for Blind Bargains Episode 73. Joe Steinkamp includes a lot of helpful links to various sources. See link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15880

Podcasts

In this Mac Accessibility Round Table the knights discuss iOS 10, Apple TV updates, and Watch OS. See the link below. http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt117.mp3

Check out Blind Bargains Episode 74. Humanware’s Victor Reader updates are discussed, NVDA’s new tutorial on Microsoft Word, and a controversial subject about Screen Reader detection. This and much more at the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq074.mp3

Check out this AppleVis podcast about the new featues in iOS 10 for iPhones and iPads. See link below. http://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast1004_0.mp3

In this Blind Bargains Episode learn more about the Orbit Braille display, the new NVDA release, JAWS 18, and iOS 10 features. This and much more from J.J. and Joe at the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq073.mp3

iOS Update for iPhones

The newest version of iOS is out. That’s the software that runs on iPhones and iPads. This new version is version 10. It can be installed on devices as old as the iPhone 5 and 5c. Two new features include the ability to turn off the automatic speakerphone feature that sometimes comes on while making a call. That always drove me crazy by the way. Secondly, and wait for it.. wait for it.. that’s right we now get a new pronunciation dictionary! That’s right! You can now tell it how to properly pronounce your friends names or other commonly misprounced terms. There’s much more, so be sure to see the link below for a in-depth listing of iOS 10 features and bugs. http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-braille-ios-news/what-s-new-ios-10-accessibility-blind-low-vision-and-deaf-blind-users

Here’s a series of podcasts from Cool Blind Tech that speaks more on specific points connected with iOS 10. This update affects iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Apple TV devices. See the show titles below that double as links to the episodes.

iOS 10: A Swipe Through the Major New Features

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Mail Has Amazing New Features In iOS 10

Don’t Touch That Remote! I’m Watching Apple TV

This Browser Has Teeth: Exploring Safari On iOS 10

iOS 10 What’s new: Emergency Bypass

Raise To Wake In iOS 10: It’s Alive

New Voices In iOS10: The Voices In My Head Saturday, September 17, 2016 8:40 AM

iOS 10 What’s new: Rock Your Clock

Don’t Take The Long Way Home: Disable Press Home To Unlock On iOS 10

iOS 10 What’s new: It’s Time To Move It!

iOS 10 what’s new: Big Changes In The Messages App

iOS 10 What’s new: Braille Screen Input Catching Up Thursday

The above was an amazing amount of content put out by the team over at Cool Blind Tech. But there’s more so feel free to check out there website below or the RSS Feed. http://www.coolblindtech.com

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for September 2016. See the link below for the full listing of Apps and products being discussed this month. http://www.applevis.com/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-september-2016

Student Spotlight

In this new feature we’ll seek to occasionaly mention some local experiences from our Tech Center.

Recently, a former student was able to complete an adoption of a child. And on the other end of the spectrum another former student was able to get some accessible training materials so she could enter the state run training classes for those interested in adopting a child or serving as foster parents. We’re thrilled to see the success and continued achievements of our students.

Did you know?

Did you know? That Podcasts are syndicated on-demand audio recordings that can be automatically downloaded. Podcasts are an extension of RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds. In short say you love a 15 minute daily news summary from NPR or you love to listen to the Blind Bargains Podcast every week. These are all available as Podcasts via the Google Play and Apple iTunes Stores. Meaning if you subscribe to the free Podcast feed your device will automatically download the newest episode so you can listen at your conveince and always have the newest content at your finger tips. Podcasts are even available on the Victor Reader and Amazon Echo. If you’d like to know more feel free to contact us.

Windows 10 Bugs

We’re not sure if this is a bug. But it most certainly seems to affect users of ZoomText on Windows 10. Especially, if you depend on the reader functionality. I’ve heard several students say that ZoomText isn’t giving them the level of audio feedback they were accustom too. Now I suspect the new ZoomText Fusion doesn’t have this problem but that’s just a guess. However, a free solution is to combine your use of ZoomText with one of the following screen readers: NVDA, Windows-Eyes (for Office), or Narrator. We’ve been trying NVDA with ZoomText with two students in the Tech Center with good results. It seems to result in more detailed descriptions of content, espically if the user is using the mouse a lot.

Tech Center Workshops

We’re entertaining ideas about having more workshops now that we’re in our new space. What technology topics, with an accessibility twist, might interest you?

Let us know what you think either at the Tech Center when you attend classes or via the link below. Or feel free to respond to this email.

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 19th of October at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Dianne Decker at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

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 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (SouthPark Office Building)

Phone: 540.985.8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center

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September 2016 Tech Center Newsletter

September 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

Tech Center News: The Tech Center will be closed for the week of September 19th through the 23rd.

In other news, we recently purchased a Amazon Echo for the classroom and are having a tons of fun figuring out how to use it. The Amazon Echo is part of a small line of hardware appliances manufactured and sold by Amazon. The Echo is a Voice Assistant device. It allows you to give a variety of voice commands to receive your news, hear podcasts, find telephone numbers and addresses of local business, and much more. If you’d like to know more feel free to shoot us and email or swing by sometime. See the link below for a video about the Amazon Echo and its features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkOCeAtKHIc

Large Print 2017 Calendars: You can start requesting your 2017 large print calendars! The easiest way is to complete the online form below. We will also accept requests by using the post card on the back of the old calendar, but please note that the mailing address should be changed to New Vision, 4504 Starkey Rd Ste 120. Roanoke, VA 24018. This year we’re making a special effort to make sure our supply of calendars has the most effective reach to Virginia residents with visual impairments. Our priority will be individual distribution to visually impaired Virginia residents, one calendar per individual, and group distribution only to those agencies or groups who are contributing to support our mission. Agencies or groups who wish to receive calendars should contact us by phone (540-985-8900) to request an allotment. As a benchmark, a donation of $25 can provide large-print calendars to 10 individuals. Donations can be made online att https://www.paypal.me/newvision.

Please contact us via Phone, Email, Twitter, or Facebook for a link to the online form.

Braille Calendars: You can order 2016 Braille Calendars by emailing the following Non-Profit your address and request a calendar. calendars@actionfund.org

News

Do you know a Blind person who’s expecting? Check out this service to get a 3D Printed image of your ultrasound, for one Euro. See the link below to learn more. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15842

Check out this article by Scott Davert about the Nearby Explorer App from the American Printing House for the Blind. Here’s a brief description from the App Store: “Nearby Explorer is a full featured GPS app designed for use by people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics.” This App is available on iOS and Android devices. To learn more and see links to the App store see the link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15797

Wish you could quiz youself on your Braille knowledge? With this new Amazon Echo skill you can! Read more at the link below or give it a try next time you’re in the Tech Center. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15796

TalkBack on Android has added several features including a pronunciation table. Learn more at the link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15754

Podcasts

Check out Blind Bargains Episode 71, entilted “Echoes Of Herbs And Spices”. J.J., Joe, and Scott have many topics they tackle. Scott talks about his Amazon Echo Dot and the remote control with a built-in microphone. The Android 7.0 update, MAGic 13 update for Windows 10, and the Tip of the Week about turning text easily into audio files are all discussed. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq071.mp3

In this Blind Bargains Episode 72 the team discusses an HD Radio with talking controls, Angie’s List, Amazon Home and Home Advisor services for getting those home repairs and other things done around the house. There’s also a nice discussion about training with assistive technology products. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq072.mp3

Check out this episode of Cool Blind Tech as the team talks about the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 and its accessibility features. See the link below. https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/coolblindtech/VIP_-_Talking_About_Whats_Hot_and_Whats_Not.mp3

In this Cool Blind Tech listen as Alex demonstrates some new accessibility features in iOS 10 for various Apple Devices. See the link below. https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/coolblindtech/iOS10_-_A_Swipe_Through_the_Major_New_Features.mp3

In the Mac Accessibility Round Table podcast listen as the team discusses the past 5 years since Tim Cook took over Apple. Also hear about the Orbit Reader 20 and the new Apple TV Remote App. See the link below. http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt114.mp3

Hear the follow-up from the Knights of the Mac Accessibility Roundtable as they discuss the September 7th Apple Announcement. Topics include the new iPhone and Apple Watch. See link below. http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt116.mp3

In this episode of Main Menu listen as the team discusses low-tech solutions for making things accessible around the house. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-09-02

Ever wondered where the nearest bus stop is? What about what restraunts you pass by while in the car? Wouldn’t it be just great if I could point my cell phone in a particular direction and it tell me what’s accross the street? The App Nearby Explorer was recently released on iOS; listen as it is demonstrated in this episode of Main Menu. See the link below? http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-08-26

Comic books for Blind folks! You must be kidding, Nope. Take a listen to this interesting interview with Guy Hasson, founder of Comics Empower, on this episode of Main Menu. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-08-19

This is a must listen. Microsoft has been making steady improvements to accessibility tools in Windows 10, especially the recent Anniversary Update. Listen as the Main Menu team and friends talk with the Microsoft team responsible for these improvements, namely screen reader, Narrator. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-07-29

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for August 2016. Apps discussed this month include Blindfold Bowling With Friends, Blindfold Greeting Card App, Castro Podcasting App, and Nearby Explorer App. See the link below for the full listing of Apps and products being discussed this month. http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-applevis-ios-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-august-2016

Did you know?

The Apple TV which opperates much like a Roku has VoiceOver Built-in. This means you could navigate with a remote control and have menu items read out to you when you’re trying to find that Star Trek episode you wanted to watch on NetFlix. Additionally, the newest Apple TV has SIRI with voice command controls.

Tech Center Podcast and News

This is a low-quality audio walk through of installing the new Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update, from our instructor David Ward. He had one hiccup he dealt with. That being that Narrator switched to automatically starting upon reboot which could interfere with other screen-readers. Take a listen at the link below. http://goo.gl/wnr4UY

Windows 10 Bugs

In addition to Edge accessibility issues we’ve noticed, here at the Tech Center, that Google Chrome hasn’t been working to well with JAWS. This as best as we can tell is unique to Windows 10’s version of Google Chrome.

Tech Center Workshops

We’re entertaining ideas about having more workshops now that we’re in our new space. What technology topics, with an accessibility twist, might interest you?

Here are some ideas I’ve had but feel free to give me your feedback at the comments link below.

  • Board Game Night! Not so much a workshop but for those of you who use Braille are you interested in playing some old favorites like Monopoloy, Uno, or something else?
  • How to protect yourself Online? Avoiding fraud and your financial information from being stolen.
  • How to use an Amazon Fire Tablet to read books, play audiobooks, watch movies, and read email for $49.
  • How to rent movies, watch TV shows, using an Apple TV, Xbox, and/or Amazon Fire TV.
  • Apple Devices Advanced Workshop. We’d cover power features of iOS and Apps. Such as image recognition Apps, custom keyboards, Braille Reference tools, and the like.

Let us know what you think either at the Tech Center when you attend classes or via the link below. Or feel free to respond to this email.

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 21st of September at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Dianne Decker at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

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 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (SouthPark Office Building)

Phone: 540–985–8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center david.ward@newvisionroa.org

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August 2016 Tech Center Newsletter

August 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

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. (Note:The WFXR video is the most accessible if your using a screen-reader.)

WFXR’s Virginia Fist News Segment

WSLS Channel 10 News Segment

WDBJ Channel 7 News Segment

Changes in Email: New Vision has recently setup email accounts at our new domain name at newvisionroa.org. While our old accounts will remain active for a while we urge you to update your records and use our new accounts. The Tech Center’s new account is techcenter@newvisionroa.org. If you’re a volunteer reader, Courtney Bass’ new email address is courtney.bass@newvisionroa.org.

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 August 5. Stay tuned via our Facebook page or Twitter to learn more. Below is a link to the events webpage. http://firstfridaysroanoke.com/not-for-profit-organization-va/

News

Microsoft’s One Year Anniversary update to Windows 10 comes with several improvements to Narrator the built in screen-reader. Read more at the link below. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22798/windows-10-narrator-get-started

Neat article from Access World entitled, “Tackling the Research Paper: Tips and Tools for Success for People with Vision Loss”. If you’ve every found putting together your thoughts in a wordprocessor dificult or conducting the research you might find this article interesting. See the link below. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170701

Check out Bill Holton’s article on Access World about accessibility coming to the Kindle Paperwhite via a audio adapter. See the link below. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170703

Jamie Pauls discusses the continued improvements NetFlix is making with Audio described content. Check out this Access World article at the link below. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170707

Learn more about the BeSpecular App which is a Vision assistance service. Read Bill Holton’s take on this new service for iOS devices. See the link below. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw170706

Podcasts

The national NFB and ACB conventions took place last month, so, there’s tons of audio content from the various podcasts. So enjoy! The format might vary on a few of these with a very brief description or show title and be followed by a link; do to the shear number of podcasts.

First up, the Blind Bargains Podcast.

This round up from the NFB and ACB conventions contains info about Ride Hailing Apps, OCR, Notetakers, Braille Displays, a Tip, Sound Off and even a Last Word. This was recorded in a live setting so the audio isn’t the greatest. See the link below for episode 68 of the Blind Bargains Podcast. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq068.mp3

NFB 2016 Audio: Feeling The Future Of Art With 3d Photoworks

NFB 2016 Audio: Raising The Bar Graph With 3d Printing And Cornell Tech

ACB 2016 Audio: Explore More With Blind Abilities

NFB 2016 Audio: Navigate A 3d Audio Soundscape Through The Cities unlocked Project

NFB 2016 Audio: The Eye Of AIRA Looks Upon The World At Large

ACB 2016 Audio: Fine The Temperature You Like Best With A Talking Thermostat

NFB 2016 Audio: Facial Feelings Found On Facebook

Main Menu

Check out this Main Menu Program recorded on July 29th. It addresses some of the new accessibility features that will be rolling out with the one year anniversary update of Windows 10. Learn about Narrator and its inporovements. See link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-07-29

Convention Highlights from the Main Menu Team from July 15th

ACB Link Update, iPitchPipe and Loopback are featured on this episode of MainMenu.

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for July 2016. Apps discussed this month include the Blinfold Basketball, Blindfold RS Games, and the new BeSpecular App. See the link below for the full listing of Apps and products being discussed this month. http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-ios-ios-apps-mac-os-x-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

Did you know?

You can still get Windows 10 Upgrade for free! If you use a screen reader or other assistive technology there’s a process for getting it free still. We’re going to try out the process here at the office for a workstation we just ordered from Computers for the Blind so we’ll let you know how it goes. To read more see the link below. http://www.microsoft.com/accessibility/windows10upgrade

Additionally, here’s a few more comments from Scott Davert about the process. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=15658

Tech Center Podcast and News

Hello David here, I’m the instructor here at New Vision. As a low-vision iPhone user I’ve taken the plunge and I’m trying out a new Android phone. Some things are very different, somethings fantastic, other things not so great. But its a process and I’m learning step by step. If you’d like to hear my first impressions about the cost and form factor of this Nexus 5x Android phone take a listen to this brief audio clip below. Just remeber I’m doing a lot of comparisons with the iPhone; mostly because its the dominant phone used by the Blindness community. We might end up rolling several of these out. Not only about Android but other subjects and devices. So take a listen at the link below. http://goo.gl/0wUQ2N

Tech Center Workshops

We’re entertaining ideas about having more workshops now that we’re in our new space. What technology topics, with an accessibility twist, might interest you?

Here are some ideas I’ve had but feel free to give me your feedback at the comments link below.

  • Board Game Night! Not so much a workshop but for those of you who use Braille are you interested in playing some old favorites like Monopoloy, Uno, or something else?
  • How to protect yourself Online? Avoiding fraud and your financial information from being stolen.
  • How to use an Amazon Fire Tablet to read books, play audiobooks, watch movies, and read email for $49.
  • How to rent movies, watch TV shows, using an Apple TV, Xbox, and/or Amazon Fire TV.
  • Apple Devices Advanced Workshop. We’d cover power features of iOS and Apps. Such as image recognition Apps, custom keyboards, Braille Reference tools, and the like.

Let us know what you think either at the Tech Center when you attend classes or via the link below. Or feel free to respond to this email.

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 17th of August at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Dianne Decker at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

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 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (SouthPark Office Building)

Phone: 540–985–8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center david.ward@newvisionroa.org

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Dinner in the Dark

Logo of Dinner in the Dark

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.
WFXR Virginia First Logo and Link to Video WSLS Channel 10 Logo and Link to Video
WDBJ7 Logo and Link to Video

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July 21st ‘Dinner in the Dark’

Logo of Dinner in the Dark

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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June 2016 Tech Center Newsletter

June 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

News: New Vision has moved! Our new address is 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. The new Tech Center classroom space was completed ahead of schedule and is now all setup to go! So there won’t be any need for students to enter the office from the side entrance; instead simply use the front entrance.
When Arriving on RADAR
Picture of SouthPark Office Complex
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. I’ve been told at this point there is signage that says “SouthPark Office”. The Address 4504 is located in large letters beside the front entrance. Some photos are shown below of the new facility which we hope to serve us for many years to come. Picture of the Front Entrance of the SoutPark Office Building.

Important Note to Students: The Tech Center is up and running. Despite some heating and air duct work we got done this past Tuesday, the 31st, we’re back up and running. We are also looking to update the Tech Center with some new workstations and equipment so stay tuned in!

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 August 5. Stay tuned via our Facebook page or Twitter to learn more. Below is a link to the events webpage.
http://firstfridaysroanoke.com/not-for-profit-organization-va/

Podcasts

Check out Blind Bargains podcast number 63. Here you’ll hear JJ and Joe talk about Google IO conference, free courses from Deque, and an interview with the Makers of the Guardian Circle App. Oh, I almost forget you’ll hear about Pickles the guide cat. See the link below for more.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq063.mp3

Apple’s been making some further strides in the accessibility field. Learn more about their new described video offerings in this episode of Blind Bargains, episode 62. Additionally, you’ll hear about some of the new accessibility tools being sold in the Apple Online store; this includes a refreshable Braille display. This and much more, please see the link below.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq062.mp3

On episode 61 of Blind Bargains hear about the NFB’s settlement with Uber and about ZoomText now supporting Microsoft Office 2016. See the link below for more.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq061.mp3

Check out this Main Menu episode dated May 27th. We’ve already got our socks blown off with the $49 Amazon Tablet. Take a listen to this episode where Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, and Mark Mulcahy, Developer on the VoiceView Team talk about something new. VoiceView, is a screen reader, that is now running in Beta on the Amazon Fire TV. The Amazon Fire TV is a set-top-box for your TV that allows you to stream movies and TV shows. See the link below for more.
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-05-27

In this episode of Main Menu Scott Davert shows off the Amazon Echo Dot. Two popular apps, Roger and Alexa get together. Dan Kysor talks with Mike May about Seeing Eye GPS and then Larry Skutchan tells us about Nearby Explorer another GPS app. See link below.
http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-05-20

Tech Center Workshops

We’re entertaining ideas about having more workshops now that we’re in our new space. What technology topics, with an accessibility twist, might interest you?

Here are some ideas I’ve had but feel free to give me your feedback at the comments link below.

  • How to protect yourself Online? Avoiding fraud and your financial information from being stolen.
  • How to use an Amazon Fire Tablet to read books, play audiobooks, watch movies, and read email for $49.
  • How to rent movies, watch TV shows, using an Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick?
  • Apple Devices Advanced Workshop. We’d cover power features of iOS and Apps. Such as image recognition Apps, custom keyboards, Braille Reference tools, and the like.

Let us know what you think either at the Tech Center when you attend classes or via the link below. Or feel free to respond to this email.
http://goo.gl/forms/9WXsbr3jPp

iPhone & iPad Apps

For more about what’s going on in the App Store check out the latest AppleVis Unlimited Newsletter for May 2016. A few neat Apps discussed include a BBC Music App and the Big Finish Audiobook App. See the link below for more. http://www.applevis.com/blog/accessories-advocacy-apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-applevis-assistive-technology-braille-ios-ios

Did you know?

That in Microsoft Word you can select text and press the Control Key and the letter D to access the Font dialog box. From here you can quickly modify a font for a specific section or an entire document. Additionally, you can use the F12 key to prompt Microsoft Word to open the Save As Dialog box. I find this last shortcut, especially useful, it saves you several confusing steps in Microsoft Word 2007 and above.

Local News and Events

Annual Lake Event: Saturday June 25, 2016, at Claytor Lake State Park they’ll be the annual Lions on the Lake Event. This is presented by Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club. Here’s a little about the event from Mrs. Ament.

“The Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club is hosting the annual ‘Lions at the Lake’ event for visually impaired individuals. People of all ages are welcome especially children, to enjoy boat rides and being out on the lake, snacks and good company. Family members are of course welcome as well.

When: Saturday, June 25, 11 am to 2 pm, at Claytor Lake State Park, Picnic Shelter 2 (see map overleaf) If you, your family member or a friend are blind or visually impaired and are interested in more information please contact

Suzanne Ament seament@radford.edu
Tel: 540-381-0963″

Annual Picnic Event: 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 15th of June at 7:00 PM. This will be the Picnic in the Park, that RAVE holds annually, it will be held at Waldron Park. For more information contact Dianne Decker at 540.562.0455 or at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

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 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (SouthPark Office Building)

Phone: 540–985–8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor

j j j