November 2017 New Vision Newsletter And Dave’s News and Technology Updates

Updates: This month we had the privilege of visiting Edinburgh Square, a retirement community. A workshop was conducted in connection with the Assistive Technology for the Elderly Program. New Vision is proud to be the recipient of a grant, from the Mary Louise Home Fund of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, to fund this program. To date over 40 seniors who’ve benefited from this program. To learn more see the link below.

Link to Brochure

Volunteers: Several of you have volunteered to help with our calendars when they get in; which is much appreciated! Soon as our shipment gets in we’ll be in touch. If you’d like to make yourself available just touch base with Courtney. courtney.bass@newvisionroa.org

Holidays and Inclement Weather Closings: We’ll be closed Thursday, Nov. 23rd, Thanksgiving day, and Monday, December 25th, for Christmas. Additionally, should Roanoke County or Roanoke City Schools be closed due to inclement weather we too will be closed. Additionally, we’ll put a notice on the answering machine here at New Vision. That’s at 540-985-8900.

Large Print Calendars: Our calendar order is in at the printers; an soon as we get them we will start getting them mailed out with the help of our volunteers.

Braille Calendars: You can order 2018 Braille Calendars by emailing the following Non-Profit your address and request for a calendar calendars@actionfund.org.

Podcasts

The Main Menu team has put out several shows recently focusing on Braille. Here’s the first in that lineup. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2017-09-29

Listen as the team, at Main Menu, talks with Larry Skutchan and Keith Creasy, from the American Printing House for the Blind, as they discuss more Braille topics. See link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2017-10-27

Microsoft’s Fall Creators update is coming to a computer near you, for Windows 10. What new accessibility features do we have to look forward too? Have a listen as the Main Menu team talked to folks from Microsoft. See link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2017-10-13

Here’s the FSCast team’s take on the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update and the implications for JAWS users. See link below. http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast145-Windows_10_Fall_Creators_Update.mp3

Jaws 2018 is out! That’s right new JAWS, new name, and new features. Learn more on this episode of FSCast. See the link below. <http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast143-What’s_new_in_JAWS_2018.mp3>

Joe talks to Jay Forry, the Blind Movie Critic again on this episode of Blind Bargains. Other topics the team discuss, include iOS 11 updates and the Windows 10 Fall creators update. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq119.mp3

iPhone Tip

Do you know what a QR code is? QR code is short for a quick response code. It is an open standard for making a fancy box-shaped barcode. QR Codes are found on almost anything from business cards, to cereal boxes, or magazines. They generally serve as links to websites. Now with Apple’s iOS 11 update your iPhone and iPad can instantly see a QR Code and prompt you to go to the website it links to. All you have to do is open the Camera App and point it at a QR Code. A dialog will appear at the top of the screen asking if you want to go to the website. Simply double-tap while VoiceOver is enabled and focused on the open website prompt. The site will open in your Safari browser. It is just that easy!

Here’s a sample QR Code, give it a try! Picture of QR Code

iPhone Updates

A new iOS 11.1 update just came out a few days ago, see the link below to read more about accessibility related fixes found in this update. Needless to say, iOS 11 has had its bugs. https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-ios-news/apple-releases-ios-111-bringing-number-fixes-and-enhancements-blind-and-low

For more comprehensive instructional materials see Shelly Brisbin’s great book “iOS Access for All”. It is the comprehensive guide to everything accessible on the Apple line of products. Shelly’s even given our students discounts in the past. Here’s a link to her latest book and she says she’ll give you the revised iOS 11 edition soon as it comes out. Case in point how do you make a three-way call on an iPhone using VoiceOver or how do you quickly close all your Safari browser tabs. Shelly’s book covers all of that. See the link below. http://www.iosaccessbook.com/

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for October 2017. See the link below for more. Topics include the Braille Talk App, for reading Braille Books, and a free version of Nearby Explorer. See link below. https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-ios-ios-apps-iphone-mac-apps-macos-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited

Ways to Support New Vision

Kroger Community Rewards

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Your Kroger Plus Card can be a powerful tool for supporting local organizations in your community. New Vision recently registered to be a beneficiary of the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Kroger will, in turn, donate toward our mission every time you, as a registered user, make purchases at their stores on hundreds of items.

If you’d like to see how to sign up, see the link below. http://newvisionroa.org/news/use-kroger-plus-card-support-us/

If you are a screen reader user then follow the link below for directions. These directions should apply whether you’re using NVDA or JAWS. http://newvisionroa.org/?p=540&preview=true

If you need additional help feel free to phone us here at the office.

Amazon Smile Program

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If you want Amazon to make a donation to New Vision every time you make a purchase you can use the link below to sign up for the Amazon Smile Program. Follow the step by step directions. Sorry, we haven’t had a chance to put together step-by-step directions for screen reader users yet. See link below. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1210770

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 15th of November 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 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (South Park Office Building)

Phone: 540.985.8900

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david.ward@newvisionroa.org
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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

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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

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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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April 2016 Technology Newsletter

April 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

News: New Vision had a very successful event on April the 1st called “Music to Remember”. We appreciate the communities support and that of the Miss Virginia Family.

Podcasts

Editors Note: There’s a number of podcasts featuring interviews and product highlights from the recent CSUN conference. These are listed below under the heading, “CSUN 2016 Podcasts”.

Check out this Blind Bargains Podcast 57 episode. This episode has a wrap-up of various ‪‎CSUN 2016‬ observations; especially concerning Braille devices, portable Magnifiers, and Apple’s new iPad Pro. See link Below. http://www.podtrac.com/…/www.blindbargains…/audio/bbq057.mp3

Ever wondered what was happening in that Disney movie your kids or Grand-kids were watching? On this Blind Bargains episode Patrick demonstrates an amazing audio description App from Disney. J.J. also demos his new Samsung Galaxy S7 smarthphone and Joe gives us a tip of the week for Windows 10’s Start Menu. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq056.mp3

Do you have more questions about the Amazon Echo or the new versions that were just released? If so, you might find them answered by Liam, the Gadget Guy, in episode 55 of the Blind Bargains Podcast. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq055.mp3

Check out this Main Menu episode, released April 1st. CSUN 2016, TapTapSee, and Uber are all discussed. See link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-04-01

On this Main Menu episode Jenine Stanley discusses several different iOS Scanning Apps. If you’re interested in OCR and Object recognition this episode is for your. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-03-25

On this Main Menu learn more about Shelly’s new book IOS Access for All. You’ll also find a smack down between, three voice assistants; SIRI, Google Now, and Hound App. See the link below. http://mainmenu.acbradio.org/file.php?method=download&episode=2016-03-11

On Assistive Technology Update episode 254 you’ll learn a little about Cybathlon, with Dr Robert Riener. Also you’ll learn about Facebook’s new initiative to uses artificial intelligence to label photos for those using screen readers. Additionally learn about Twitter’s initiate to add ALT tags, See link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atupdate/ATU040816.mp3

Interested in Fashion and Technology. Check out episode 253 of Assistive Technology Update. Has an interview with Emily Davison from FashionEyesta.com. See the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atupdate/ATU040116.mp3

On AT Frequently Asked Questions episode 26 you’ll hear feedback on the following questions. Are there Apps on Android that would mimic the iOS Speak Selection and Speak Screen commands? Various questions about accessible appliances Q3. And finally, “How do I reset my Windows 10 computer?”. For this an much more see the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atfaq/ATFAQ026.mp3

On AT Frequently Asked Questions episode 25 you’ll hear feedback on the following questions. Are there audio tutorials for the NVDA screen reader? Are there any suggestions for an accessible password manager? Do you know of any accessible travel websites? How different is Windows 10 from Windows 7? These questions and many more will be featured on this episode of AT-FAQ, see the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/atfaq/ATFAQ025.mp3

Do you enjoy Trivia Games? If so Quizoid might be the App for you. Listen to this brief description on Accessibility Minute Podcast; see the link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/accessibilityminute/AM177.mp3

CSUN 2016 Podcasts

A $49 tablet that is accessible with a built in screen reader or via a screen magnifier, does such a thing exist? Listen to J.J. as he interviews Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect at Amazon, about the Amazon Fire Tablet. I think you’ll be surprised. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Amazon.mp3

HumanWare announced a new product at the CSUN show, the newest BrailleNote running Android and with a touch screen interface. Listen to J.J.’s extensive interview about this product with a 32-cell and 18-cell Braille Display. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_humanware.mp3

A Braille Electronic Book Reader with a $700 price point, is it possible? In this interview, J.J. speaks with Ed Rogers and Dave Williams about the progress of development on the Canute. Bristol Braille Technology Canute reader has eight-lines of 32-cell Braille. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160322_Bristol_Braille.mp3

In this interview, J.J. talks with three representatives from Google about TalkBack an other accessibility features of Android. Other Google services are also discussed. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_google.mp3

J.J. speaks with Larry Skutchan, of the American Printing House for the Blind about the new Orbit Reader 20 Braille display which should sell for around $500. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160327_aph.mp3

About 75% of the students who attend classes at the Tech Center use Ambutech canes. Listen to Joe’s discussion with Ambutech about their canes and new tips. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Ambutech.mp3

Joe sits down with Brian and Louise Hartgen to talk about updates of Leasey a productivity suite designed to work with JAWS. See the link below for more. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Hartgen_Consultancy.mp3

J.J. examines a prototype of a Braille smart watch, by Dot Incorporated. Listen to his interview with Eric Kim. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_dot.mp3

Check out Joe’s conversation with Ian Hamilton and Adriane Kuzminski about audio games. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160327_Audio_Games_with_Ian_Hamilton.mp3

Danel Novak, from BlindShell, is interviewed about a new Android Phone his company has produced with accessibility in mind. See the link below for the interview. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_blindshell.mp3

Can smartphones help the upcoming generation learn Braille? Listen to this interview with Han Kim, of Ohfatech, about their new product that claims to do just that. Even allowing sighted parents who might not know Braille to be in a position to help their Blind child as she or he learns Braille. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Ohfatech.mp3

What happens when you combine a Windows 10 tablet with a 32-cell Braille display? You’ve got a new product from Inside Vision. Learn more via the interview below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_insidevision.mp3

In this interview with Tony Han, of NeoAccess, J.J. asks about the new Neobraille, a 32-cell Braille display that runs on Android 5.1 system. Hear the interview at the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_neobraille.mp3

Shelly speaks with James McCarthy, President of HIMS Inc., about the company’s new GoVision video magnifier. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_HIMS_low_vision.mp3

Several of our Students at the Tech Center have Ruby handheld magnifiers. Check out this interview with Freedom Scientific about the new Ruby 7inch unit and their other low-vision products. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_freedom_low_vision.mp3

Shelly Brisbin talks with Jeff Bazer, of Dolphin Computer Access, about the exciting enhancements to SuperNova Software Magnifier. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_Dolphin.mp3

Listen to Erik Bondemark, the CEO of Low Vision International, as he’s interviewed by Shelly Brisbin about the new MagniLink S and MagniLink Pro magnifiers, with built in OCR. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160327_LVI.mp3

J.J. interviews Bjorn Lefstedt, of Index Braille, about the newest offerings and the V5 embosser which includes new text-to-speech support, printing from a USB flash drives, and a way to print from mobile devices. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160328_index.mp3

Shelly Brisbin talks with Wendy Greenwood, of Reinecker U.S., about the Mezzo Vario, a compact CCTV device. Learn more via the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160329_Reinecker.mp3

Check out J.J.’s interview with the folks over at AiSquared as they talk about the new ZoomText Fusion. It combines a screen reader with a screen magnifier. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/160324_ai_squared.mp3

To see more coverage from CSUn 2016 go to Blind Bargains via the link below. http://blindbargains.com/search.php?kw=%23CSUN16

iPhone & iPad Info Nugget

In a recent iOS software update, version 9.3, several new features were released. First off-line dictation is now available. As an example, you can have an iPad that’s not on WiFi and still dictate to any typing input field. And to be clear this feature is not synonymous with SIRI; SIRI still requires an internet connection. A second feature that may be useful to low-vision users involves blue light filtering for night time usage. Several studies show that exposure to blue light at night can affect people’s ability to get a good nights rest. Now on iOS you can set the display to automatically reduce blue light at night time. Unfortunately this feature is disabled for those who use “Inverted Colors” or other color filtering for low-vision needs.

SIRI Info Nugget

Have you ever wondered if SIRI would do or could do something? Here’s an awesome list of voice commands assembled over at AppleVis and recently mentioned on ATU Episode 253. See the link below for the list. http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios/ios-7-siri-command-list?utm_content=buffer37541&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Did you know?

On most laptops you have a built in microphone. Combine this fact with Windows 10 and you have a powerful voice assistant called Cortana. To launch Cortana press the Windows Key + the letter C. Listen to for the tone and speak your question or command after the tone. Additionally, know that when you first run Cortana you may be prompted to agree to the Privacy Policy. Enjoy!

App News

Do to the coverage CSUN has taken up in this months newsletter will simply refer you to the AppleVis Unlimited Newsletter. See the link below. http://www.applevis.com/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-february-2016

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 20th of April at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Dianne Decker at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

Your Thoughts

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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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Tech Center Newsletter for November 2015

November 2015 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

We’ve had an exciting time since the last newsletter. The Tech Center’s second workshop was well attended on October 21st. It focused on Apple Mobile Devices. Points from that workshop will be shared in the months to come, in this newsletter. So stay tuned in.

Former Attendees: Those who were able to attend one of the previous workshops were presented with two special offers. As a reminder Ms. Brisbin made her eBook available at a 25% discount to attendees. And Fedora Outlier has made their 12 step guide to using the iPhone available free of charge. The link to Ms. Brisbin’s discounted book is below and if you’d like the free eBook from Fedorra Outlier just send me an email. http://bit.ly/shellysbook

For more about Fedora Outlier’s training programs for iOS see the below link. https://www.fedoraoutlier.com/

WFXR and WSLS Interviews: WFXR and WSLS recently had several interviews with New Vision’s staff including our Executive Director John Netzel and David Ward. Additionally an interview with Lila Dickerson, President of the New Vision Board was conducted. Interviews with Dr. Joe Blackstock and Savannah Lane (Miss Virginia) were also conducted in connection with our upcoming charity event. This special event is coming up Saturday, November 14, 2015. It’s entitled the Talent Challenge for Charity. See more at link below. https://www.talentchallengeforcharity.com/

The video links to the WFXR and WSLS websites are listed below. This first video focuses on our Technology Center and includes an interview with New Vision’s A.T. Instructor David Ward.

Direct Link to the Website.

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

Direct Link to the Website.

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

Direct Link to the Website.

We also had WSLS Channel 10 come by and conduct some interviews about our services and charity event. Watch that video below via the direct link to the WSLS site.

Link to Main WSLS Site

Large Print 2016 Calendars: You can request your 2016 large print calendars and if you’re still waiting on yours don’t worry you’ll be getting it shortly. If you still need to request one you can use the card on the back of the Calendar. Simply fill it out and then mail it in; to request the upcoming 2016 Calendar.

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

In Other News

Want to make $250 for a days work? Check out this info, from Virginia Tech, directed to the Blind and Low-Vision communities. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking individuals who:

  1. Are 18 years of age or older
  2. Are legally blind

-Total participation time: one day at VTTI in Blacksburg, VA (up to 8 hours)
-Consisting of questionnaires, a hearing test, a 2.5 hour experiment session; lunch will be provided, then another 2.5 hour test session
-This project pays $250 for full participation
-Your data will be kept strictly confidential

If you are interested in learning more, Please contact us at: 540.231.1277 or email, ahall@vtti.vt.edu

Reference “the CROSSING Study” in your message. All inquiries welcome!

In other news NFB is accepting applications for College scholarships. Thirty applicants will be winnners and the scholarships range in value from $3000 to $12,000. See link below for more info. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13687

Freedom Scientific’s JAWS 17 beta program is over. JAWS 17 is officially available now. What’s new? Should I upgrade? Check out the link below for a listing of new features you’ll find in JAWS 17. http://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew

Are you interested in downloading JAWS 17? Check out the link below, which includes more info about JAWS 17 and Windows 10 support. http://www.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS

Podcasts

Do you love games. Check out this cool audio demo of several games you can get on your iDevices. The audio production on this podcast really makes it worth a listen. See link below, to this Blind Bargains episode. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq038.mp3

Here’s a recent Blind Bargains Episode, post Halloween. Topics that are discussed include the new Audio Chromecast, JAWS 17, and Eloquence and Vocalizer voices for NVDA. Enjoy! See the link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13703

Apps for your Apple Devices

Check out the most reacent AppleVis Unlimited Newsletter for October 2015. See the link below. http://www.applevis.com/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-october-2015

iDevices Info Nugget

Here’s a little snippet from our workshop about iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. If you’re using VoiceOver, the built in screen-reader, you can double-tap four fingers to turn on the gesture help feature. This is synonymsis with the JAWS help feature (INSERT + Number 1 Key) except for finger gestures.

Accessible Technology Tip for the Month

Before running a Windows 10 upgrade be sure to run Freedom Scientific’s special compatibility tool for JAWS users. You’ll also want to have a copy of the newest JAWS just in case. The compatibility tool is called FSPrepareWin10_enu.exe. You can download the file and find Windows 10 upgrade directions for JAWS users at the link below. https://www.freedomscientific.com/Support/TechnicalSupport/Windows10Upgrade

Did you know?

Macintosh computers out of the box have a Zoom application similar to ZoomText and a full screen-reader similar to JAWS. Additionally, you can purchase ZoomText for a Mac at roughly $200 less than the PC Version.

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, November 18, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 pm. This is at the usual location. As always, whenever possible the Lions clubs of the Roanoke Valley will provide rides for those who are visually impaired and have no other means of transportation. 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 3435 Melrose Avenue Roanoke, VA 24017

Phone: 540–985–8900

David Ward – Adaptive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center

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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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2nd Workshop

Tech Center Workshop Update

iPhone & iPad Basics

Picture of iPhone

Our workshop on September 30th was very popular and registrations for attendance surpassed expectations. Hence, will be repeating the workshop for those who didn’t get a chance to attend the first one. This second workshop will be held on October 21st, a Wednesday, at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The format will be primarily the same but with more transitional information for those who’ve never owned a smartphone, since we know they’ll be several in attendance who’ve never own such a device. If you’ve already spoke to our instructor, David Ward, about attending this workshop no additional registration is required. However, if you were registered and scheduled to attend, and couldn’t make it, please fill out the registration again as outlined below.

You can fill out the registration by using the link below, or send an email with the appropriate information (as outlined below), or call the office (540.985.8900). Bear in mind if you’re using local transit such as RADAR or CORTRAN plan accordingly. Perhaps scheduling to be their earlier than 1:30 and later than 3:30, so you don’t miss any of the program or the opportunity to ask your questions. Valley Metro Bus service passes our 3435 Melrose Avenue Address at about 30 minutes past the hour (Bus 91). Our full address is at the end of this email and is the location for this workshop. If your planning to ride Valley Metro to attend please let us know so we can keep an eye out for you; at times they drop folks off on the far end of our parking lot an it can be disorienting if you’ve never been to the New Vision facilities before. There will be a brief intermission during the workshop for everybody to take a break and stretch. If you have any special needs that might affect your ability to benefit from a classroom style environment feel free to contact us with your concerns or questions.

Link to Registration.

Or give us a call to register. We’ll need the following registration information. 1. Your Full Name. 2. The best way to contact you should something unexpected force the workshop to be rescheduled. Phone number or Email would be sufficient assuming your not already registered for New Vision services an we have that info on file.

So as a reminder what are some of the topics that will be discussed during this workshop? Topics will include the following.

  • Basic Gestures for those using the built in screen reader, called VoiceOver.
  • Basic Gestures for those needing a screen magnifier solution, up to 16x Magnification.
  • Tactile Screenshots for iPad and iOS 8 will be available.
  • Basics of using a On-Screen Keyboard or Telephone Dial Pad.
  • A discussion of some Basic Built in Applications or Apps.

We’ll also have a short Q&A and a hands-on section with some Apple devices. Additionally, almost all the subject material will apply to those who own or are interested in purchasing an iPhone, iPad, or an iPod Touch manufactured in the past 3 years.

Do you know others who might be interested?

If you know someone else who might be interested in these workshops feel free to forward them a link to this webpage. The more the merrier. Alternatively, you can have them give us a buzz or send us an email here at New Vision.

Staying Informed

If you’d like to stay informed about future workshops and receive the newsletter, please sign up at the link below.

Sign Up for Newsletter & Future Notices about Workshops

Contact Info

New Vision 3435 Melrose Avenue Roanoke, VA 24017

Phone: 540–985–8900

David Ward – Adaptive Technology Instructor

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Tech Center Newsletter for September 2015

September 2015 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

The Tech Center will be having a Workshop at the end of September, Wednesday the 30th. It will focus on Apple Mobile Devices an there use by the Blind and Low-Vision communities. This workshop will isolate some of the basics of their use. These Apple Mobile devices include iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. See the Workshops heading below for more information.

Additionally, in the Tech Center this month students have been playing with a unique device called the Amazon Echo. This is a voice command and home automation tool from Amazon. If you’d like to learn more see the link below. http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-SK705DI-Echo/dp/B00X4WHP5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440709249&sr=8-1&keywords=Echo&pebp=1440709251706&perid=0X5CAS3BQ74VVSKWFRFB&linkId=16602389#compare

As a Reminder: We have a special event coming up Saturday, November 14, 2015. It’s entitled the Talent Challenge for Charity. It will be held at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. This event will be benefiting New Vision and the Margaret R. Baker Charitable Foundation, Inc. & Miss Virginia Pageants. Tickets will be $90 a person and will include dinner. For those desiring to reserve a table for ten there’s a $50 savings; a table of ten being $850. You can specify your tickets to benefit the Talent Challenge Star of your choice. See more on website link below. https://www.talentchallengeforcharity.com/

Large Print 2016 Calendars: You can start requesting your 2016 large print calendars. On the back of the Calendar is a card you can cut out, fill out, and then mail in; to request the upcoming years Calendar.

In Other News

Check out this article talking about the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Special Olympics. http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/five-ways-were-celebrating-special.html

With the 25th Anniversary in mind, check out, this article by Ms. Lucas entitled, “7 Myths About the Americans With Disabilities Act”. http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/7-myths-about-the-americans-with-disabilities-act.html

Read about a cancelled protest NFB was planning on conducting just a few days ago. See link below. https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-postpones-planned-protest-tomorrow-new-york-city-schools-panel-cancels

Technology News

Windows 10 is still a big topic for folks running ZoomText, JAWS, and other Accessibility technology. Check out AiSquares two part video series about upgrading to Windows 10. AiSquared now owns the screen reader software known as Window-Eyes which is used in these demonstartions but a lot of the information would apply to whatever A.T. solution you are using.

Check out this AFB Access World article about Microsoft Office 2016 for the Mac. See link below. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw160902

ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 10 is available in a “pre-release” form. Read more about it at the link below. http://www.zoomtext.com/product-news/windows-10-status/?utm_source=ZoomNews+from+Ai+Squared&utm_campaign=8b4c0c5067-Windows+10+Announcement&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4fc312fd04-8b4c0c5067-52211685

Here’s a neat Access World article about Apple Music streaming music service. I’ve heard positive things from Students who find it very accessible and SIRI friendly. See the link below for more. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw160903

Latest Podcasts

Check out this Blind Bargains Podcast, Episode 25. Joe, Byron Lee and Rick Reed all talk abut their experiences with Windows 10 and various A.T. solutions. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq025.mp3

Check out the FSCast episode talking about JAWS 17 and what new features it will have. Plus an incentive to buy a new Service Maintenance Agreement. Check out the link below. http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast113-JAWS_17_part1.mp3

Check out Blind Bargains Qast 29, entitled “Stars, Moons And Legal Correspondants”. Listen as J.J. talks with Tim Elder a legal expert about the A.D.A. and its finer points. Joe also shares a neat iOS tip about scrolling to the top of the screen with two gestures on your iPhone. Check out the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq029.mp3

The WebAim Survey results are in; and controversy ensues. Find out why in this Blind Bargains Podcast, episode 30. Also listen to Joe demo a adventure game on iOS. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq030.mp3

Apps for your Apple Devices

Check out the AppleVis Unlimited report for the month of August. This documents a number of accessible Apps on iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch. Read the report at the link below. http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-august-2015

Accessible Technology Tip for the Month

On Windows 10 you can press and hold the Windows Key and tap the Enter key once to turn on Narrator. This will even work during Windows setup.

Did you know?

Did you know that on Twitter the Blind community typically uses the hashtag a11y to mark posts connected with topics involving Blindness, Low-Vision, and Accessibility.

Books & Magazine

As an FYI the National Library Services’ BARD site has been experiencing problems. So don’t feel like your all alone, we’ve all been dealing with it. Hopefully the problems are connected to the new enhanced features we were promised back during the NFB and ACB conventions. Here’s a little background i found on the problem, that brought down the site. https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13400

Workshop

iPhone & iPad Basics

By popular vote the Workshop will be conducted Wednesday September 30th. The program will begin at 1:30pm and last through 3:30pm. A email detailing this more will be set out along with registration information.

More about this Workshop: What are some of the topics that will be discussed during this workshop? Topics will include the following.

1) Basic Gestures for those using the built in screen reader, called VoiceOver.
2) Basic Gestures for those needing a screen magnifier solution, up to 16x Magnification.
3) Tactile Screenshots for iPad and iOS 8 will be available.
4) Basics of using a On-Screen Keyboard or Telephone Dial Pad.
5) A discussion of some Basic Built in Applications or Apps.

We’ll also have a short Q&A and a hands-on section with some Apple devices. Additionally, almost all the subject material will apply to those who own or are interested in purchasing an iPhone, iPad, or an iPod Touch manufactured in the past 3 years.

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

Sherrie Oliver – Volunteer Coordinator voice@vobr.org

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