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.
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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