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

Picture of Amazon Echo (1st Generation)

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

Picture of Kroger Plus Logo

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

Picture of Amazon Smile Logo

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
Assistive Technology Instructor
david.ward@newvisionroa.org
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June 2016 Tech Center Newsletter

June 2016 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

News: New Vision has moved! Our new address is 4504 Starkey Rd. Suite 120, Roanoke, VA 24018 (SouthPark Office Building). This location is accessible via RADAR Bus, whether you’re located in the City of Roanoke or in Roanoke County. Our Office suite is located in a complex beside the Carilion Wellness Center, formerly Roanoke Athletic Center (RAC). Our offices are located on the ground floor, in the front eastern section. The new Tech Center classroom space was completed ahead of schedule and is now all setup to go! So there won’t be any need for students to enter the office from the side entrance; instead simply use the front entrance.
When Arriving on RADAR
Picture of SouthPark Office Complex
When entering the grounds on a RADAR bus you’ll pull into the parking lot servicing the Carilion Wellness Center; hang a left and you’ll find the complex on the right. I’ve been told at this point there is signage that says “SouthPark Office”. The Address 4504 is located in large letters beside the front entrance. Some photos are shown below of the new facility which we hope to serve us for many years to come. Picture of the Front Entrance of the SoutPark Office Building.

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

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

Podcasts

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

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

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

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

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

Tech Center Workshops

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

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

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

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

iPhone & iPad Apps

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

Did you know?

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

Local News and Events

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

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

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

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

Annual Picnic Event: Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting of the Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) will be on Wednesday the 15th of June at 7:00 PM. This will be the Picnic in the Park, that RAVE holds annually, it will be held at Waldron Park. For more information contact Dianne Decker at 540.562.0455 or at rdeckerjr2@cox.net.

Your Thoughts

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

Contact Info

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

Phone: 540–985–8900

David Ward – Assistive Technology Instructor

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Tech Center Newsletter for October 2015

October 2015 Technology Newsletter

New Vision News and Updates

The Tech Center will be having a repeat workshop in October, Wednesday the 21st. 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.

Former Attendees: To those who were able to attend the previous workshop on September 30th two special offers were made available. 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/

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.

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

Check out this article by the National Federation of the Blind who applauds a landmark agreement with Seattle Public Schools about accessibility. https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-applauds-landmark-agreement-seattle-public-schools

Read this breakdown of new features in iOS 9 for Apple Devices. Check out this AppleVis article at the link below. http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-assistive-technology-braille-ios-news-opinion/what-s-new-and-changed-ios-9-accessibility

Read about how the National Federation of the Blind feels about Senator Michael Bennett and his proposed legislation. Link below. https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-applauds-senator-michael-bennett-senator-supports-legislation-integrate

Latest Podcasts

Check out this Blind Bargains Podcast discussing the latest news about Android from the recent Google Conference. Link below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13520

Here’s a fantastic new podcast by Shelly Brisbin. Shelly recently made her book, called “iOS Access for All”, available at a steep discount to our workshop Attendees. Check out episode 3 of the new “The Parallel Podcast” as Shelly discusses the new Apple TV. Link below. http://traffic.libsyn.com/shellyspodcastgr8vey/3_Everyone_Wants_an_Apple_TV.mp3

Check out this Blind Bargains Podcast recorded just a few hours after the Apple Event held on September 9th. Guest Buddy Brannan and BBQ Regular Shelly Brizbin talk about the announcements. Learn more about their take on the announcement below. http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13421

Apps for your Apple Devices

Check out the AppleVis Unlimited report for the month of September. 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/apple-apple-watch-braille-ios-ipad-iphone-mac-os-x-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-accessible

Accessible Technology Tip for the Month

Windows 7, 8, and 10 include a free screen enlargement program and screen reader software. These tools are functionally similar to ZoomText and JAWS respectively. You can launch these tools by pressing the Windows key + the letter R. This will open the Run dialogue box and you can type in magnify or narrator and press enter. If you intend to try these applications you’ll need to temporarily shut-down any other A.T. software to avoid conflicts or other weirdness.

Did you know?

Did you know that iOS 9 allows you to change the default SIRI voice to male or femaie and to three different dialects of English. American English, Australian English, and finally British English. This gives you the ability to have SIRI use a different voice than you might use with VoiceOver. Additionally, iOS 9 has a search field now in the settings section.

Accessible Apps

Learn about the App called CrowdVis at the link below. The AppleVis description says about the app that “CrowdViz is an iOS app that unites blind people with our trusted sighted assistants. Blind users can receive immediate sighted help by connecting to a trusted assistant and it is as easy as a click of a single button.” So sounds like its a crowd sourced TapTapSee style App. Read more below. http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/crowdviz

In iOS 9 Apple has added the ability to incorporate Ad Blocking technology into the iPhone and iPad products. Ads at times, especially when inaccessible, can break the internet for Blind users. Read about Crystal an iOS App devoted to blocking Ads. See the link below. http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/crystal-block-ads-browse-faster

Workshop

iPhone & iPad Basics

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.

More about this Workshop: 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.

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, October 21, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 pm. It will be held at Green Ridge Recreation Center. Located at 7415 Wood Haven Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019 – (540) 777-6300 instead of the Lions Sight Foundation Building. Mrs. Kari Decker will be giving us a personal tour of the facilities, including the work out center. 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 newvisiontechcenter@gmail.com

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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

David Ward – Adaptive Technology Instructor for the Tech Center j j j

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.

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