February 2018 Newsletter With Dave’s News and Technology Updates

Picture of receipients of the Foundation of the Roanoke Valley grants for 2018, includes a picture of Executive Director of New Vision Guy Byrd

Updates: In 2017 we placed 62 Amazon Echo’s with seniors in the Roanoke area, in connection with our Assistive Technology for the Elderly Program. If you are interested in attending a workshop and entering the program give us a buzz or to learn more see the brochure link below.

Link to Brochure

Fund-raiser

New Vision is participating in the Roanoke Valley Gives day on March 14th. You can schedule your donations even now, ahead of time via the link below. This event will allow us to make updates to software we use everyday here such as ZoomText and JAWS. Our students will benefit by having access and using the newest and most robust Assistive Technologies in our Tech Center. See the link below to schedule your donation. http://newvisionroa.org/donate?newsletter

If you’d like to support our f1undraising in other ways we really need your likes and shares on Facebook. You can also use the link below to post a comment in support of New Vision along with a link to our donation page for Roanoke Valley Gives.

New Grant

New Vision is proud to again be the recipient of a grant from the Mary Louise Home Fund of The Foundation for Roanoke Valley. It will be an awesome privilege to serve our local community in using Assistive Technology. For more info stay tuned in via our website and the link below. http://www.foundationforroanokevalley.org/

Podcasts

On the Mac Accessibility Round Table the team discusses a number of products including the Orbit Reader and the new Apple HomePod. The update to iOS 11.3 is also discussed by the team. Check out the link below. http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt148.mp3

On this episode of Blind Bargains you’ll hear the team review the big new technology of 2017. Their top ten items include the AIrA glasses, Orbit Reader, the Seeing AI App, Windows-Eyes, and VFO acquisitions. See the link below for more. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq131.mp3

On Episode 147 of the Mac Accessibility Round Table Josh De Lioncourt talks about one of his primary tools for writing his books. The team also discusses HomeKit and Amazon Prime Video. See the link below. http://maccessibility.net/podcast/maccessibility_rt147.mp3

Check out the first episode of the new year from the Blind Bargains Podcast. The team talks about some of the things they saw at CES and Joe talks about his new 12 pound Google smart speaker. See the link below for more. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq130.mp3

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for January 2018. See the link below for more. https://applevis.com/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-january-2018

Android and Google News

Check out this little note from Google about technical support for those with disabilities using Google products.

Google tweeted “We’re pleased to announce the launch of our first dedicated Google disability support team! Agents are available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PST through email and only in English language. Contact the team at disability-support-external@google.com

Echo Tips

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Here are a few things to try. Some practical, some just fun.

  • “Alexa what’s the tallest mountain in New York?”
  • “Alexa, who’s going to win the super bowl?”
  • “Alexa, how many astronauts have been to the moon?”
  • “Alexa, what are the top five mospopulated countries?”
  • “Alexa, when were the Dark Ages?”
  • “Alexa, dont mention the war.”
  • “Alexa, open the pod bay doors.”
  • “Alexa, when is the next blue moon?”
  • ‘Alexa, tell me a dinosaur joke.”
  • “Alexa, when am I going to die?”

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.

Registration expires each August, and if you did not renew last summer, please do so now.

If you’d like to see how to sign up or renew, 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 21st of February 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
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david.ward@newvisionroa.org
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March 2017 Tech Center Newsletter

News

The CSUN Assistive Technology conference was being held in California the last week of February. And there’s bound to be a lot of news and interviews coming out of that event. To read more about the annual conference see the link below.
http://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/2017/sessions/

New Vision News and Updates

New Vision is proud to partner with Roanoke Valley Gives, our region’s awesome 24-hour online giving challenge. This exciting event is organized by the Foundation for Roanoke Valley and is set to start at 12 A.M. on March 15, 2017.

What is Roanoke Valley Gives?

It is a day of community giving! One of the primary goals is to empower those who love the community to easily support their favorite causes or charitable organizations.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley has teamed up with Click & Pledge for this annual event to allow you to give directly to participating nonprofit organizations that positively impact our community every day.

So, mark your calendars and “give where you live”!

What You Can Do!

Our goal is to raise $5,000 during this 24 hours of local giving. Please help us by rallying your friends and family to support New Vision. Here are some easy ways in which YOU can help:

  1. Like the New Vision Facebook and Twitter pages and share the New Vision page on your personal account.

  2. Post your support of New Vision’s participation in Roanoke Valley Gives on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

New Vision Facebook New Vision Twitter

  1. Add the Roanoke Valley Gives logo and link to your emails. Logo for your email is shown below along with the link.

Roanoke Valley Gives Logo for March 15th 2017

Donate Now

  1. Get a set number of people at your office, church, neighborhood, school to give $5.

  2. Recruit 5 people to help spread the word. Whether by phone, email, social media or word of mouth. Ask 5 people to tell others about New Vision.

Our Donate button on newvisionroa.org is now linked to the Roanoke Valley Gives portal for March 15th!

Podcasts

Check out the 20,000 hertz podcast. This is a delight to listen to and really enlightened me about audio description. This is a separate audio track added to movies and TV shows that fills in the gaps about what is happening on screen. They interview a Blind Movie critic, from YouTube. Have a listen.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/304305143/download?client_id=cUa40O3Jg3Emvp6Tv4U6ymYYO50NUGpJ

On Blind Bargains 90 J.J. and Joe talk about ride sharing services. Shelly also has a pre-recorded interview with an executive from the VFO group about ZoomText 11. Also there’s a discussion about a new piece of DISH Satellite TV equipment that is accessible. See the link below.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq090.mp3

On Episode 91 of the Blind Bargains Podcast you’ll hear about the history of audio books, the next update to NVDA, and much more. Other topics include the release of Magic 14, the new ChromeVox screen reader, and the Fire TV. See the link below.
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq091.mp3

iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out the AppleVis’ Unlimited Newsletter for February 2017.

ZoomText 11 the Saga Continues

That’s right another blurb about ZoomText 11. Since our last newsletter there has been some additional materials that have come out. This includes six videos from VFO/AiSquared team. Here’s a link to the main listing of videos on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHybM17gK2fAJ0TSy16Qq3PPj4cV6YpZ4

Here’s a breakdown of each of the videos subject by subject.

Here’s an additional article explaining the transition you might experience going from ZoomText 10 to 10. See the link below.
http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/posts/zoomtext-11-new-key-commands

Did You Know?

If you are a ZoomText user and you are moving to 11 you’ll likely need a new serial code. The serial code unlocks the software and tells the company you’re a paying customer. You’ll likely receive this serial in the mail if you have an active software maintenance agreement. Otherwise you can run the software for 60 days in demo mode.

Amazon Smile Program

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If you’d 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. A more complete set of directions, for screen reader users, will be included in the next newsletter and on our website. See link below.
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1210770

More New Vision News

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Our esteemed colleague and Executive Director John Netzel has taken a new position elsewhere and we here at New Vision wish him well in his future endeavors. Guy Byrd is taking over for John, as our new Executive Director effective, March 1st 2017. We welcome Mr. Byrd to New Vision and look forward to achieving great things.

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 March 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## March 2017 Technology Newsletter

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center

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