Audiobooks Made Easy – BARD Express

Learn About BARD Express

Excerpt from Jan. 2017 Newsletter By David Ward

So the BARD Express Application is brand new; that means nobody has used it yet, so we’re all in the same boat figuring out how it works. But I think you’ll find it much easier than that older way of doing things described earlier in the News section. We’re going to install this new application on all workstations in the Tech Center, so you can come in and get some practical hands on experience. As mentioned above it pretty much takes care of everything; no need to go to the website or use Humanware Companion for file transfers. Below are some links to some Youtube videos talking about BARD Express.

An Introduction to BARD Express

BARD Express: Browsing the BARD Collection

BARD Express: Setting & Changing Preferences

BARD Express: Managing Devices

BARD Express: Transferring Materials to a Cartridge

BARD Express: Tips & Tricks

There are a total of 9 How-To videos; for a full listing see the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpAGnumt6iV5ycDQt9YGoQnd9uIXNU0pa

Is BARD Express the only way to get your BARD Books? No, you can still use the old way as outlined before. However, the BARD Express application gives you better feedback about downloads in progress and much more. Additionally, if you’re a NVDA user you might have found Humanware Companion a little buggy; it appears from preliminary testing you won’t have this problem with BARD Express. Oh, I almost forgot, there is also the BARD Mobile App. This is an App you can install on your Apple Device, Android Device, or Amazon Fire Tablet. This App has been around a while but I thought I’d mention it just in case some hadn’t heard of it yet. Anyhow, I hope that gives you an idea of its feature set; see the link below to download the application. The application is designed to run on computers running Windows XP all the way up to Windows 10.
https://nlsbard.loc.gov/bmm/BARDExpressInstaller1229.exe

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David Ward
Assistive Technology Instructor
david.ward@newvisionroa.org
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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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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.

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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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Tech Center Newsletter for August 2015

New Vision News and Updates

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 that will go live August 1st at the 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 press release from the ACB, entitled “Walgreens Launches Nationwide Program Offering Talking Prescription Devices for Customers with Visual Impairments”. See the link below. http://www.acb.org/walgreens

Check out this recent press release from the NFB, entitled “National Federation of the Blind and Verifone Collaborate to Make Taxicab Terminals Accessible”. See the link below for more. https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-and-verifone-collaborate-make-taxicab-terminals-accessible

Check out J.J. Meddaugh’s blog post about the new iPod Touch, is worth buying? See link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13188

Read about the National Federation of the Blind awarding $50,000 to various individuals and organizations who’ve made significant controlbions to the Blind and Low-Vision community. See the link below.
https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-awards-50000-0

Two thousand four hundred and eighty individuals at the recent 75th annual NFB convention set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™. What did they do? Read more at the link below.
https://nfb.org/gwr

Check out this article by Joe Steinkamp, entitled “For The Early Adopter In All Of Us, Here’s A Whole bunch Of Information On Windows 10”. There’s a lot of information and links in this article so be sure to look at all the headings to get a good break down of diiferent aspects of Windows 10. See link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13189

Here’s a few articles that Joe, mentioned above, links to that you might find especially useful to you if your using a screen reader or magniication software.

Here’s a Microsoft article entitled, “Windows 10 upgrade considerations for screen reader and magnifier users”. Check out the link below to read more. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2015/07/03/windows-10-upgrade-considerations-for-screen-reader-and-magnifier-users.aspx

Here’s a Freedom Scientifc press release about using JAWS 16 and Magic 13 with Windows 10. See the link below. http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/141

If your thinking up upgrading and your a JAWS user you might want to check out this advice from Freedom Scientific. See the link below. http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/141

If your a ZoomText or Windows-Eyes user you might want to check out this article from Ai Squared about Windows 10. See link below. http://www.aisquared.com/news/more/windows_10_status_update/

Learn more about the Windows 10 voice assistant called Cortana. For those who are not familar with Cortana, she is very similar to Apple’s SIRI voice assistant. See link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI4tj1YZbiM

Technology News

Read about how the new Duxbury software suite will allow you to convernt those old Braille Files into modern UEB. See link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/b/13182

WebAIM’s survey is presently open and collecting info about Blind Users and the screen readers they use. Check out this description of the survey and a link to fill it out. See link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13181

Check out Dolphin’s SuperNova 15, which is now available as a free public beta. This software combines screen reader technology and magnication. See more about the beta download and its compatibility with Windows 10 at the link below. http://www.yourdolphin.com/newsitem.asp?id=777

Latest Podcasts

How does a Blind programmer become a waiter at a restaurant? Listen to his story below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150714_dens.mp3

Check out the Blind Bargains Qast 24: entitled “N, F or C?”. Hear about NVDA, Duxbury, the new iPod Touch, and a ton of U.K. topics surrounding accessibility. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq024.mp3

Dave Wilkinson talks to a large group about the Smart Beetle, Braille Sense And Even More Braille From HIMS. Check out the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/2015_summer_hims1.mp3

Martin Roberts from Humanware talks about UEB with the Apex products and GPS with the Trekker Breeze Plus. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150714_humanware.mp3

Check out yet another Sight Village production where they talk to folks from Dolphin about Supernova Beta and its compatibility with Windows 10. Supernova is a combination screen reader and magnifier software suite. See the link below about the latest with this product. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150714_dolphin.mp3

“Thunderous applause for Georgie, Enhancing your Android Phone” is the title of this Sight Village podcast. List as Dave asks about the Georgie Phone for Android. Sight Village describes this software for Android as “a suite of apps that is powerful yet easy to navigate one-handed. Contact lists, music and more are available within the Georgie program.” Learn more at the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150714_georgie.mp3

“Ever touched a talking watch? How about more than 30 types of them?” asks the Sight Village Team. Check out this fascinating interview and discussion entitled “Cooking And Color Identification With Cobolt Systems”. Learn about Cobolt’s wide range of talking products. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150714_cobolt.mp3

Ian and David Bradburn talk about the Baum corporation and their brands of video magnification and Braille displays. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150714_baum.mp3

There’s a lot of convention coverage from NFB and the ACB check out some of the Podcasts below.

J.J., Joe, and Jeff Bishop talk about the trips to the ACB and NFB conventions. Wonderful summary of events. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/bbq023.mp3

Here’s some NFB coverage. Check out this discussion about Braille Embossers. This segment is entitled, “Braille’s Best Friends, Cosmo and BERT from E-Brailler”. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150706_ebrailler.mp3

Here’s some coverage from the ACB convention. Learn about iHabilitation and their tactile iOS orientation and teaching tools. What is “Ear Hand coordination”? See the link below for more. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150708_ihabilitation.mp3

Check out this super cool technology that was used at the ACB convention, called “indoor GPS”. Ever had trouble navigating inside a large building, learn how the ACB folks tackled this problem. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150708_lowvizguide.mp3

Shelly talks to the Ai Squared folks about ZoomText Fusion. What is it? When is it coming? And why should screen reader folks pay attention? See the link below for this exciting interview. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150708_aisquared.mp3

Fitness and Leisure

Ever thought about taking up golf? learn more about Blind Golfing! See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150714_blindgolf.mp3

Tons of our students at the New Vision Tech Center enjoy using the NLS BARD Audio book system. Hear about what’s coming in the future for the Website, Android, and Apple devices. See the link below. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.blindbargains.com/audio/150708_nls.mp3

There’s still tons of audio from the ACB and NFB conventions and the awesome team at Blind Bargains. For more see the link below for more convention coverage. http://blindbargains.com/audio/

Accessible iOS Apps

Check out more info about the latests in accessible Apps from AppleVis. See the link below from their July 1st posting. http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-ios-ios-apps-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible-apps-june-2015

Books & Magazine

Here’s a recent update from the folks at the NFB Newsline about a new paper they’ve added.

“NFB-NEWSLINE is proud to add The Hill, a national newspaper, to our list of publications.

The Hill will be featuring an op-ed by NFB President Mark A. Riccobono on the challenges that we still face, particularly with access to the Internet and other technologies, as the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities act approaches.”

Local News & Events

New Vision was mentioned recently in the Roanoke Times. John Netzel (Executive Director) and David Ward (Adaptive Technology Instructor) recently visited the Cave Spring Lions Club and discussed New Vision’s suite of services. See the article at the following link. Thanks to CSLC for their invitation and wonderful hospitality! http://goo.gl/KbPHWE

Reoccurring Events: Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Lions Sight Foundation Building at 501 Elm Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. RAVE is a support group for blind and low vision individuals who live in the Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem areas. Whenever possible, the Lions Clubs of the Roanoke Valley provide transportation for those who have no other means of transportation to the meetings. For further information or for a ride, please contact us and we’ll put you in contact with Mrs. Decker or you can email her at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

Here’s the RAVE line up for the next few months.

AUGUST 19TH – Dr. Stuart Tims, Ophthalmologist with the Vistar group. He will speak about his mission trips to Honduras as well as field questions from those in attendance.

SEPTEMBER 16TH – The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired hold several Public Hearings across the Commonwealth each year to glean feedback from consumers as to how successful they are in meeting the needs of those using the services of VDBVI and to also accept suggestions as to how those services might be improved. Since R.A.V.E.’s founding in 1991, VDBVI has held all but two of its Public Hearings for the Roanoke Region in conjunction with R.A.V.E. meetings. This is primarily due to the Roanoke area Lions Clubs who help provide transportation.

OCTOBER 21ST – Mrs. Kari Decker, Director of Therapeutic Services for Roanoke County Dept. of Parks & Recreation, has invited R.A.V.E. to hold its October meeting at the Green Ridge Recreation Center, located at 7415 Wood Haven Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019. This would give blind/low vision individuals an opportunity to try out exercise equipment, tour the facility and ask questions about obtaining assistance by staff if needed.

Your Thoughts

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Contact Info

New Vision 3435 Melrose Avenue Roanoke, VA 24017

Phone: 540-985-8900

Sherrie Oliver – Volunteer Coordinator voice@vobr.org

David Ward – Adaptive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center newvisiontechcenter@gmail.com

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