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Blind Abilities: The most comprehensive resource for Assistive Technology, Accessible Devices, Blind and Low Vision Technology, iPhone demonstrations, success Stories, Job Insights, College and Career Pathways and all with a Blindness Perspective.

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    Tech Abilities: It is HOT, and the Tech Tidbits are Fast and Furious, and VR as a Vehicle explained. News from a Blindness perspective from around the globe and the outhouse, too.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 67:35

    Serina, Callie and Jeff, dive deep into the pool of news stemming from Uber, Lyft, Microsoft, and you can check out the links and topics below. The TA Team take a journey into their Vocational Rehab experience and explain how VR impacted their destiny and how it is differed a bit for each of us. When an iPhone drops into an outhouse or even a toilet, there seems to be an urgency beyond our reach. Wow, where we ended up was a gas! Join the Tech Abilities Crew and keep up with the latest news and Tech Tidbits from around the globe and always with a Blindness perspective. Everyone has a perspective, and we know we are not always seeing things the same way, so, let us know your perspective and give us a call at 612-367-6093, we would love to hear from you.   Links and topics from the show: Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093  

    Audiom: Audio Maps for the Blind. Welcome back Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Engineer, Brandon Biggs and Meet Christopher Toth, Blind Applications Engineer.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 28:13

    Jeff Thompson is joined  in the studio by Brandon Biggs, inclusive designer and Engineer with The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKI), the foremost organization for vision research in the U. s. and Christopher Toth, an Applications Engineer. Audiom is the solution for “glancability” of a map to give an idea of location of objects, places and relationships to each other as a map does for a sighted person. Using audio soundscapes, stereo location design along with map coordinates , one will be able to mind map out a venue, park, mall through audio maps. Christopher Toth was hired on to build the application and you can find demos and give the application a try on the web at www.Audiom.net. Brandon Biggs and Christopher Toth talk about the development process and where they see Audiom in the future. Be sure to give the Beta a try and how your feedback can help make maps more accessible to us all. Read more Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    When the iPhone Itch Comes Calling: Upgrade or not? Plus, iPhone101/QuickByte: Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimizing Battery Charging

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 9:33

    Do you get that feeling of urgency to upgrade to a new iPhone every time a new one comes along? I have and I am finally coming to terms with waiting and making the best out of what I already have, own and utilize perfectly well. I have upgraded on the Apple Upgrade Plan, did the 2 year upgrade cycle, and today I am going to keep my iPhone 12 Pro Max another year and I will tell you why and how I am going to keep my iPhone in peak performance for the next year. I will also demo the Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimize Battery Charging. Hope you enjoy. Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    Tech Abilities: Pump It Up! iOS16 Beta Surprises or I Thought We Had That? Amazoning, Intersection Crossing, Pop Culture, Tech Tidbits and News with a Blindness Perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 82:30

    Tech Abilities: Pump It Up! iOS16 Beta Surprises or I Thought We Had That? Amazoning, Intersection Crossing, Pop Culture, Tech Tidbits and News with a Blindness Perspective   Serina, Callie and Jeff kind of sorta in a way talk about that WWDC event from Apple, but same as it ever was, same as it ever was, these Talking Heads jump the tracks and yes, they do find there way back through the weeds and negotiating intersections from mobility, movie going, Amazoning and many perspectives on interpreting the newly announced upcoming iOS 16 for the iPhone and the Mac OS Ventura. A bit on the Watch OS but for times sake, we actually fartleked through this episode. Yes, Fartlek is like interval training, so we did some of this and then some of that and back to this and that. Nice. You can find out all about the Apple WWDC event at www.Apple.com and let us know what you think of all the latest coming from the Apple tree, give us a call at 612-367-6093 or email us at info@BlindAbilities.com - we would love to hear from you. Web Site  

    Accessing Arts and Science: The Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, the Accessible Descriptions and Sonifications on the Chandra X-Ray Observatory web site and Sci-Fi on the Talk Description to Me podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 29:19

    Christine Malec, co-host of the Talk Description to Me podcast, returns to the Blind Abilities Studio to bring us the news about the Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Sonifications and descriptions from images from deep within our Universe and highlights some of the Star Trek and other topics from the over 106 Talk Description to Me episodes. Learn about how STEM possibilities are being made in science and how you can tune into some amazing art creatives attending the Luminato Festival Toronto from June 9th to June 19. With 6 hours of Worldwide broadcasting every day of the Festival from the Access Hub, there is something for everyone.   Here are some helpful links: Talk Description to Me podcast https://talkdescriptiontome.buzzsprout.com/   Chandra X-Ray Observatory text and visual descriptions of Chandra images https://chandra.harvard.edu/resources/podcasts/description_audio.html   Luminato Festival Access Hub https://luminatofestival.com/access-hub/ Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    ObjectiveEd: Reinforcement Learning for Students with Disabilities. Benefitting Teachers and Schools and their Blind and Visually Impaired Students

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 15:28

    Marty Shultz from Objective Ed joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about all the new developments happening at Objective Ed. ObjectiveEd's mission is to provide students with disabilities, and the parents and professionals dedicated to their education, digital curriculum and integrated performance monitoring and reporting tools that will help the students achieve their best educational outcomes. ObjectiveEd has achieved recognition by winning the Louis Braille Touch of Genius award from the National Braille Press, the American Council of the Blind Annual Award and the Florida Association for Education and Rehabilitation for Innovator of the Year. Through interactive games and innovative software programs, teachers can teach and students can learn skills, retain skills and all in a fun way through Objective Ed's program. You can learn more about Objective Ed on the web at: https://www.objectiveed.com Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093  

    Tech Abilities: Anticipation 6-6, Weather App Alerts, Facebook/Twitter Accessibility, Apple's 22 Min-Pay, SOS setup, Clipboard list, Audio Description and More Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 52:26

    Two is company as Callie takes a break from the Blind Abilities Studio this week and Serina and Jeff pick up the tech tidbits and news. From accessibility to losing sight, they dash through the latest and bring a perspective of experience and usability. Join the 2 out of 3 ain't bad crew and check out the list of topics listed below. But, believe us, there is a lot between the lines!   List of topics from the episode:   Home pod mini update   Precipitation alerts on the weather app   How to block text on iPhone in a few taps.   Apple employees get surprise pay raise as union pressure grows   iPhone SOS, here is how to set  it up.   FCC fines Twitter 150 million for deceptive ad targeting   Way Map app guides the VIP through the Washington subway systems.   We own the City  with audio description   Clipboard and saving the clips in a list using JAWS   Thanks for listening! we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    iPhone101 QuickByte: Revealing and Copying and Pasting Your Password Made Easy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 3:33

    This quick yet handy demonstration can be useful in many applications. If you need to use a password elsewhere and the password is a jumble of characters, numbers and symbols, then this method will do you well. Go to settings, swipe down to Passwords and then to the particular password you want to grab. Expose the bullets and an option to copy pops up and boom, you can paste wherever you want. This will also show you the actual characters of the password as well. Check it out and then check out all of the QuickBytes and iPhone101 demonstrations in the iPhone101/QuickByte series.   Web Site   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    The Only Constant is Change - Welcome back Tony Gebhard - Assistive Technology Specialist, Transition Program Coordinator and Singer/Songwriter/Musician

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 36:42

    Tony Gebhard returns to the Blind Abilities Studio and third time is a charm! Tony has just dropped his 2nd album of 2022 and is making change a constant as he keeps growing in his pursuit of improving towards his highest potential. Tony has always worn his heart on his record sleeve and Guided, his latest album, is a refreshing look at Tony's outlook at life and his happiness in the choices he has made. From teaching assistive technology and coordinating the Transition Program for the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Tony is reaching for more as he will also be part timing with Tech Vision and striving to become a Life Coach as well. Tony has graduated from World Services for the Blind and has settled in Anchorage Alaska and is now engaged as he shares his life with the one who stole his heart. Learn about Tony's teaching, his music and how he is taking control of his destiny and absolutely loves what he is doing. You can find out more about Tony Gebhard on the web at www.TonyGebhard.com and all his social networks, his music and resource page. Be sure to give Tony a shout and follow his blog, his bandcamp and try to keep up with Tony where the only constant is… change!    

    QuickByte: Hiding Screen pages on your Apple device and still accessing everything.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 3:32

    In this QuickByte demo, previously published in the Tech Abilities episode, Jeff takes us through the process of hiding and unhiding a Screen page on the iPhone. When you have a lot of apps and widgets filling screen pages and want to clean up the experience, you can hide the pages and still be able to access the apps through the Library, the Library search and with the Siri assistant. Just double tap and hold on the page number and then select the page you want to hide or unhide and single finger double tap. And lastly, Tap on Done and there you go! Web page we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    Storms, Wind and Fire - Yet, the Tech Abilities Show goes on! Hiding Your Screen Pages, Widgets on the Move, Passwords and Fishing, Don't Trust Trusted Friend scam, Hey Facebook Support, how about a Human Chat?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 63:22

    Serina, Callie and Jeff roll through the toughest of weather situations to bring you the latest Tech Tidbits and News from around the Tech World with that special Blindness perspective that they bring to every show. Check out the 2 demos, Hiding Screen Pages on your Apple device and Putting a Widget into place, and so much more from the Tech Abilities Crew! Here are links to some of the topics from the episode: Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    Eyeless Mind: A Memoir about Seeing and Being Seen - Author and CVI Advocate, Stephanie Duesing, Shares Her Journey into the Leading Cause of Blindness, CVI.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 30:18

    Author and Advocate, Stephanie Duesing joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to share her journey into Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) - The Leading cause of Blindness in the Developed World. Her son Sebastian was finally diagnosed at age 15 after numerous Doctors from across the States offered no explanation for her son's condition. Learn about their journey and how CVI is now the leading cause of Blindness in the developed world, yet probably the least understood, Read more Full Transcript   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    QuickByte: Grabbing Specific Text from OCR Apps on the iPhone with Usability in Mind!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 4:13

    I wanted to grab some text from a document and decided to use 3 of my favorite OCR apps on my iPhone. The 3 apps I chose were: Seeing AI Envision AI Voice Dream Scanner What I found was that all 3 apps gave me really good OCR and I could copy the text and paste into an editor of choice. I chose Notes on my iPhone. The two apps that stood out for me were Seeing AI and Voice Dream Scanner with the ability to use the Text Selection feature in my rotor to grab the exact text I wanted, thus in Envision AI I selected all and used Text Selection in the Notes app. This is not a game breaker as the end result was successful with all 3 apps. Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    A Conversation with Author Dr. M. Leona Godin - There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 41:00

    Dr. M. Leona Godin talks about her new book, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness. Gives advice to new writers and talks about her personal journey through Blindness and how her book and people's actions today can begin to change the perception that the sighted have for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    Tech Abilities: Independence loss, Peacock Soars, Netflix Struggling, VoiceDream on Mac, Twitter Escape, Edge Browser on Mac and the Merlin Bird ID App Watch out Elon Tweet Tweet.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 62:41

    Serina, Callie and Jeff share some tech tidbits and news from around the World and on this Wellness Month we dig into lost independence just a bit. Here are some links from this episode of Tech Abilities, Hope you enjoy. Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

    Wellness Wednesday - Thoughts on Positivity, Mental Health and Well Being: Keep moving forward - by Robin Ennis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 5:01

    Wellness Wednesday is a positive movement to help people through their journey, the week, day  or moment. Take from it what you want, what you need and share the positivity with your family, friends and acquaintances.  Today Wellness Wednesday's message comes from Robin Ennis, a licensed Social Worker in Colorado. Hope you enjoy! we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 www.BlindAbilities.com 

    You can make excuses, or make it happen - Dan Parker sets Guinness World Speed record at nearly 212 Miles Per Hour! 10 years to the date racing took his sight and nearly took his life.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 38:14

    Joining Jeff Thompson and Pete Lane in the Blind Abilities studio once again today is Dan Parker. This is Dan's third visit to the Blind Abilities studio, this time to share his ultimate achievement: winning the Guinness world land-speed record for a car with a blind folded driver. Dan tells his most recent, remarkable story about how he designed and built a state of the art race car which he took to Spaceport America, in southern New Mexico, at the end of March and proceeded to drive the vehicle at a World record speed averaging 211 mph.  Dan speaks of his numerous grueling hours, days and months raising attention, funding, and practicing for this event, learning to use a sophisticated audio guidance system to help him stay on track along the runway, his... Read more Check out Dan Parker's web site: www.TheBlindMachinist.com.

    Blind Piano Lessons: With nearly 20 years of teaching through distance learning, meet Mark Miller and begin playing today!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 18:43

    Podcast Summary: Mark Miller has been teaching Blind and Visually Impaired students to play piano for nearly 20 years. Distance learning is nothing new to Mark Miller and his students as he began teaching through just audio phone calls using his ears. Now with Skype and Video calls, Mark has brought his teaching abilities around the world. Through chord patterns and  minimum movement Mark's students learn songs and music theory.  You can find out more about Mark's piano lessons and contact him through his web site at: https://blindpianolessons.com Give him a call or text 847) 401-1721. Start learning or enhance the skills you already have through Mark's piano lessons today from the convenience of your own home and a time that works for you. Contact Mark today and bring music into your life. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Pre-ETS Program and Transition Services Manager Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Community on Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Tech Abilities: Oh Twitter, how have you grown. Jaws in the System Tray Alt Text is worth a thousand words, sorta. Air Pods 3? Yes, Really!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 66:34

    the crew gathered in the Blind Abilities studio and covered a lot of ground in the tech tidbits and news from around the accessibility community and more. Jeff does 3 demos on Twitter Blue, Twitter Alt Text and Twitter Shortcut keys. Callie changes her ID, or did she really? And working from home, or not? Join us for this episode of Tech Abilities and be sure to give us some feedback and suggestions by calling 612-367-6093 or drop us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com. We would love to hear from you. Here is a list of the articles and links from the show: Read more Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you!

    iPhone101: Updating Apps Automatically or Take Control of What Apps Update When and Where

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 5:47

    Blind Abilities presents another episode in their iPhone101 Series. Today, Pete Lane walks us through the process used to arrange our iOS Settings to allow for the “manual" updates of apps in the App Store. Why manual updates you might ask? Every once in a while, we encounter an update that present some kind of a problem, either with the way VoiceOver behaves, or something else proves to be unreliable  or unsteady. Updating your apps  manually gives you control over if and when apps are updated on your phone.   Here's how Pete's settings look in two primary areas:   App Store settings for automatic downloads, and Background App refresh:   Go to:   Settings, AppStore: Apps is off for me. App updates is off for me   Cellular Data Heading Automatic Downloads is off for me. App Downloads, I have mine set to “Always Ask” because it is Cellular on this setting. Video Autoplay is off for me. In-App Ratings & Reviews is on for me. Offload Unused Apps is on for me.   Read more  

    Summer Opportunities Fair for Pre-ETS - Attention Students, Parents and Teachers!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 37:42

    Eager to think about plans for summer? Are you between the ages of 14-21? There are so many opportunities for youth to connect, learn, and have fun!  Learn about summer student programs and the opportunities available for in-person and virtual experiences. Please share with high school students and their families. We look forward to hearing from you!  you can find out about all the programs by contacting yourSSB counselor or by contacting Sheila Koenig:   Sheila Koenig,  M.Ed. Pre-ETS Program and Transition Services Manager Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
State Services for the Blind Full Show Notes and Podcast Web page.   If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Pre-ETS Program and Transition Services Manager Sheila Koenig by phone at 651-539-2361.

    American Foundation for the Blind's Workplace Technology Survey: A Survey on the Workplace Technology Barriers Faced by Blind and Low Vision Individuals

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 12:07

    April 6 , 2022 is Assistive Technology Awareness Day, and on this day we have Arielle Silverman, Research Specialist from the American Foundation for the Blind, in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about AFB's Workplace Technology Survey that completed in January of 2022. You can find out more about AFB and the Workplace Technology Survey on the web at AFB.org and AFB.org/WTS Full Transcript (From AFB.org/WTS) The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in January 2022 announced the release of the Workplace Technology Study, a new report examining how technology in the workplace influences the experiences of workers who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind. AFB Research staff have been engaged in focus groups, a survey, and interviews to gather data to identify the workplace technology barriers faced by blind and low vision individuals, the consequences of them, and solutions that will lead to positive employment outcomes. Using a multi-pronged research approach to gather both quantitative and qualitative data, we will be able to support HR professionals, IT personnel, supervisors, and co-workers to better understand how people with vision loss can do their jobs when needed accommodations are in place throughout one's work experience. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    The ReVision Fitness App: Let's change the way we look at it! Tyler Merren's new app is ready for your workout!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 26:03

    Creator of the ReVision Fitness App, Tyler Merren, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to celebrate the release of his multi-platform ReVision Fitness App. Available on the App Store, Google Play Store, and on the web at ReVisionFitness.com. Tyler talks about what inspired the app and how he went about configuring the complexities surrounding an audio based application to provide beginner, intermediate and advance exercise training for the Blind and Visually Impaired as well as the sighted. There's classrooms, fitness studios and Fitness plans for everybody, You can download the ReVision Fitness App and give the 2 week trial a good workout. Accessibility is top notch and you can send feedback directly to Tyler right from the app. The instruction level is 2nd to none. Tyler has been an elite athlete for years and is a 4 time Paralympian. His experience and passion is built into every section of the ReVision Fitness App. As Tyler says, Let's change the way we look at it! About the App: The ReVision Fitness App is an audio based fitness program universally designed to be accessible for both sighted and visually impaired, and encompasses all levels of fitness and goals from beginner to expert, from no equipment to a full training facility. Each exercise lesson in the classroom, workout in the fitness studio, and schedule in the fitness plans, is designed by blind personal trainer and 4 time Paralympic athlete Tyler Merren. Every classroom lesson is meticulously described using clockface directions, reference points, and step by step instructions to teach proper mechanics for any exercise. Each workout includes a beginner and advanced level and options for working out with music and without. The fitness plans include general guides and schedules for various fitness goals such as losing weight and toning up, and provides useful action steps to help you get fit. Not sure how to set proper goals? We walk you through the process. Unsure of how to position yourself for particular exercises? We've got you covered. Looking for a fitness program that is accessible? This is the one for you. As a recipient of the prestigious Holman Prize for blind ambition from the LightHouse of San Francisco, the ReVision Fitness App is a program that will continue to grow to include anything and everything fitness related. This app will be your one stop shop for accessible fitness. There are no hidden charges or in app purchases, a simple monthly subscription of $5.99, or an annual subscription of $59.99 will give you full and unlimited access to every drop of material that we have released and will release as the program grows. Download today and enjoy a free 14 day trial on us. We are so confident you will love the program that we give you 2 weeks free to check it out. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and here is your first step. Download today and let's change the way we look at it! Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Braille is Thriving and Learners are On-Line with the Braillists Foundation. Meet Braillists and Advocate, Mathew Horspool.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 33:06

    Matthew Horspool from the Braillists Foundation joins Callie Gray and Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to share Callie's experience from the Beginners Course for Braille and Matthew gives us an overview about the opportunities available from the Braillists Foundation. From how Braille is taught, to the importance of learning Braille early on and how to get involved in the Braillists community. You can find out more about the Braillists Foundation on the web at Braillists.org and contact them through email at Help@Braillists.org.  And check out the BrailleCast podcast wherever you listen to podcast. And here is a great place to start if you are interested in starting Braille. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    CareerConnect: You'll Get Connected, You will Learn, You'll Engage, You'll Grow - Resources for Navigating the Transition from High School to College and the Workplace.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 17:42

    Richard Rueda, Digital Content Manager at the American Printing House for the Blind's (APH ConnectCenter), and LisaMaria Martinez, Assistant to CareerConnect, join Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about the opportunities available at the APH ConnectCenter. From the vast resources to the Job Seekers Toolkit and the  Transition Hub, the CareerConnect experience has never been so ready for the future. And as students transition from high school to college and the workplace, the ConnectCenter has something for everyone. From students to families, to teachers and counselors, the APH CareerConnect is just a click, tap away on the web at APHCareerConnect.org. Find out how you can connect, learn, engage and grow.   FULL TRANSCRIPT   Helpful Links: ConnectCenter CareerConnect APH TransitionHub Connect Calendar American printing House for the Blind Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Lachi and Foundation.App Goes NFT over the Intersection of Art and Disabilities

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 28:29

    Lachi is opening the door of opportunities for everyone to see the works of people with disabilities just as other works of art are being viewed. Join Lachi and Elijah Osborne, 2 artists, along with host Simon Bonenfant, as they talk about the intersection of art and disabilities. You can find out more about the Foundation at www.Foundation.app and keep up to date with Real advocacy and Real Music on Lachi's web site LachiMusic.com. (From the www.Foundation.app web site( Foundation is a platform that aims to build a new creative economy—a world where creators can use the Ethereum blockchain to value their work in entirely new ways, and build stronger connections with their supporters. Foundation fosters a network of mutual support between creators and collectors. We're forging a community-driven path and sharing our tools with the rapidly evolving group of developers who are excited to define this future with us. We want anyone and everyone who cares about the future of digital expression to be a part of it. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Tech Abilities: And then there was 2. Netflix says Stop it! State IDs, Rugged Cases for Air Tags, Apple says Drain is OK and Intervals Timer is High Intensity and so is Callie's Pop Culture!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 67:02

    First of all, where is Serina? Hmm. Callie Gray and Jeff Thompson take over the Blind Abilities Studio to bring you another Tech Abilities show filled with news from around the World with that tech tidbit dose we all crave. Would you use a Memoji on Zoom? How's your feed on Instagram? You can change that now. Yup. You can check out the topics and links below, follow the timeline and use the Chapters feature if your podcast listening device provides the Chapter feature. Here are some of the topics listed in link form for your convenience: Netflix could soon make you pay up if you share your password with friends and family. 1:46 iCloud outages resolved after nearly every Apple service went down globally. 3:49 Apple launches the first driver's license and state ID in Wallet with Arizona. 6:04 Zoom takes on Apple's Memoji with new virtual avatar feature for video calls. 8:26 OtterBox launches first collection of AirTags cases with three rugged styles. 10:42 Excessive battery drain after iPhone update? Apple says it's normal. 16:51 Intervals Pro: Interval Timer High Intensity Interval Timer. 23:04 Instacart says it's adding a fuel surcharge to help drivers paying high gas prices. 27:05 Instagram for iOS now offers two chronological feed options, here's how they work. 29:43 More Memoji and Zoom Mustache. 36:09 Pop Culture mixed with Tidbits of Tech. 37:46  Humanware/APH/DOT Working on a Braille Speak, like a Braille Writer on steroids. 61:35 On our way out with Contact Information. 65:22 Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Believe You Can Achieve: A Conversation with Camp Abilities Founder, Dr. Lauren Lieberman. In-Person Camp returns this Summer in June!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 14:46

    Camp Abilities founder, Dr. Lauren Lieberman, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio where Dr. Lieberman tells us about the opportunities happening around the world at Camp Abilities.  Dr. Lauren Lieberman founded the Brockport, New York Camp Abilities in 1996 and conducted the last 2 years of Camp virtually during the Pandemic.  With Lauren's studies in Health and Physical Education Undergrad and Masters, she learned that she was good at teaching sports while working at the Perkins School for the Blind. She was awarded  a grant to begin a sports camp for the Blind and Camp Abilities was founded and has not skipped a beat. Models of the Brockport New York Camp Abilities have spread across the states and around the world. Students return year after year and you can listen to the passion and excitement on the videos available on the CampAbilities.org web site.  The Camp Abilities website has a wealth of resources for adaptive sports, and  instructional materials for teachers, parents, youth and links to register and learn about the Blind Soccer program. Be sure to share with friends and Physical Education teachers and help spread the awareness about the opportunities at Camp Abilities. And remember, the Camp Abilities Motto, “Believe You Can Achieve!” (From the CampAbilities.org web site) A week-long Educational Sports Camp Children with Visual Impairments  Summer 2022 Dates:June 26-July 2 We are planning for an in-person camp this coming summer! The Camp Abilities model has expanded to other locations including Long Island, NY, Alaska, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, Puerto Rico, Maryland, California, Texas, and Ireland.  Currently, there are 29 Camp Abilities across the United States and the World! Efforts are also under way to create new camps!! In the spirit of " Camp Abilities", the Camp Abilities facility operating at The College at Brockport is the only camp that is affiliated with The Research Foundation with State University of New York (RF) or the State University of New York (SUNY). All other camps listed herein have no affiliation or association with nor do they receive funding or sponsorship from Research Foundation or The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    The New Technology Center at Lighthouse Guild is Open for Everybody!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 23:23

    Lighthouse Guild President and CEO, Dr. Calvin Roberts, and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Misiti, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to share the great news about the new Technology Center at Lighthouse Guild. With the launch just behind them, Dr. Roberts and Paul explain why the Technology Center is so important to not only students and clients, but to developers as well. The Technology Center is for everybody, to learn, to assess, to help fit the right assistive technology to a need and to better understand how an assistive technology works for and may not work for the needs of the Blind, Visually Impaired and DeafBlind community. From the latest assistive technology for education, the home and to the tools that enhance one's everyday life, Lighthouse Guild's Technology Center is built for the future and for everybody. You can learn more about Lighthouse Guild and the Technology Center on the web at www.LighthouseGuild.org.   Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Bringing shelter to the Ukrainian Blind refugees, Olga Mahler would not be anywhere else right now.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2022 40:13

    Olga Mahler joins Jeff Thompson from Warsaw, Poland where she and her husband are helping accommodate visually Blind and Visually Impaired refugees from Ukraine with shelter, assistance, a bed and working with a Swedish non-profit A Demand for Action.  Without knowing how she would be able to help, Olga and her family packed up some supplies and flew into Poland with determination and a will to help anyway she could. When A Demand for Action needed some translation, Olga stepped up and with her connections to the Blind Boarding school which she attended in Ukraine, everybody benefited. Olga's social networking and presence led many Blind and Visually Impaired to the border crossings, out of the shelters, out from the bombing and into waiting Accommodations for warmth, food and for some, a ticket to Sweden or other long term shelter. Join Olga and Jeff as she shares her experience helping the Blind and Visually Impaired find safety and friendships while fleeing their homes, families and homeland. As mentioned, Olga has set up a fundraiser at: Help Us Shelter Ukraine Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Discover NaviLens: The cutting-edge technology for the Visually Impaired that now navigates with 360 technology!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 37:27

    Our guest on Blind Abilities today is Javier Pita, CEO of NaviLens Corp. Today we bring Javier in to the Blind Abilities Studio to give us an update on the NaviLens App, available on iOS and Android. Join Jeff and Pete as they delve deeply into the latest updates of the NaviLens App with Javier, and chat about many of the other useful features of this remarkable App which could have a profound impact on how we navigate both outdoors and indoors as well. This episode is an update on recent changes to the NaviLens app. You can find out the details about the basic features of NaviLens by listening to our previous interview with Javier, published on March 12, 2021. What's New With NaviLens? NaviLens 360 Vision Technology. Indoor Way-finding Technology allows you to record personal routes in an unknown space and travel them again at any time using a special NaviLens Tag which you can download directly from the NaviLens web site. You can create as many new personal routes as you wish and use them as often as you like. NaviLens 360 Vision also acts like a “magnet” with your phone by locking in the specific location of a tag in relation to  you and your phone.. Once you scan it, it retains that location despite how much you turn or move in a different direction, thus allowing you to locate your desired destination or object even if you get off track. NaviLens can also distinguish among multiple tags and objects you may be looking for by using various different audible sound effects. For example, Javier demonstrates how to search for one specific flavor of Kellogg's Special K cereal on a supermarket shelf and thus eliminating the sounds, and products that he doesn't want. He can also see where the desired flavor is located with different pitches of the clicks and beeps used by the app to direct him higher or lower to pinpoint the location of the product. You can find out more about NaviLens and be able to download free NaviLens tags on their web site at NaviLens.com. Javier emphasizes how important it is to receive feedback from users and encourages listeners to write in with  suggestions or questions relating to the product. Send an email to Info@NaviLens.com. Feel free to share any questions or suggestions with Blind Abilities by writing to: Info@BlindAbilities.com, or by calling 612-367-6093. We would love to hear from you. Of course, Blind Abilities presents this podcast with high-quality audio production including excerpts of NaviLens promotional videos to enhance your entertainment and listening experience. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Envision Glasses are at CSUN 2022! Check Them out and listen for breaking news coming out of CSUN from Team Envision and download the Envision AI App for iOS and Android.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 9:22

    Karthik Kannan joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio in this informative episode about the Envision Glasses and the Envision AI App. Team Envision is proudly demonstrating the Envision Glasses at CSUN at booth 1011 and you can schedule an appointment and get your personal demonstration with hands-on with the Envision Glasses. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements that Team Envision are releasing at CSUN and throughout the Summer. It has been a long time coming since an in—person CSUN event and Envision will be there with 5 members of the Envision Team.  The Envision AI App , available for iOS and Android, has many improvements making the Envision AI app the Swiss Knife of Blindness apps. Be sure to download the app and give it the 14 day trial with no obligations and you can cancel at any time, Let Envision know about your experience and check out all the breaking news on the Envision web site at LetsEnvision.com. Here is the Envision Newsletter: In just two weeks, the Envision team will be presenting at the CSUN 2022 Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim, California - will you be there too? If so let's meet! Meet us Book a demo here of our next-generation Envision Glasses and award-winning Envision App, at booth 1011 from March 15th - 18th.  Your chance to snap up your own pair of Envision Glasses for a CSUN 10% discount! Envision uses AI-powered software to extract different kinds of information from images that can then be spoken out via the Envision App or Envision Glasses products. Hear us Listen to Envision CTO and Co-Founder Karthik Kannan as he presents “Towards A Visual AI Assistant” Presentation Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022 Time: 8:30 - 9:30 am EST Location: Anaheim Marriott, Room: Elite 1-3 To know more: Click on this link to find more Information. Join the CSUN Envision Community Meetup Meet Envision at our CSUN 2022 Community Meet-Up. Connect with the community, ask us anything, try out the Envision Glasses and App and grab yourself some swag! Meet up Date: Thursday 17th March 2022 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST Location: Anaheim Marriott, 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, California 92802 Useful Links: Book Meetings Order Envision Glasses Request a Demo Meet you there! With best wishes, Team Envision   Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Tech Abilities: Just a Peek Apple? Amazon Prime Price Hike, Accessible Comic Books, Uber Rating You, CSUN and More Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 70:19

    Serina Gilbert, Callie Gray and Jeff Thompson meet up in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk Tech Tidbits and news from around the Blindness community and some Pop Culture that enhances the daily grind. Is Apple's Peek Performance just taking a peek at what performances are to come? Tricky little play on words there, Tim Cook.  Uber ratings that the drivers give you are now exposed. Check out the demo to see your ratings. Callie has a new iPad mini 6th Gen and has a use-case that works for her. Are you abusing your pinkie finger? How are you holding your smart phone? Is the CSUN in-person conference happening too soon? Amazon Prime is hiking up the annual rate, is it time to un-prime your Amazon? Accessible comic book app coming in June and lots more bits in this Peak Performance Tech Abilities episode. Be sure to check out the links and the chapter feature for your listening options. Jump from topic to topic or take in the entire show all at once, the choice is yours and the opportunity is now! Here are the links and the timeline for  a few of the topics covered: Introduction. 00:00 Let's get this show started! 00:41 Apple Event, Peak Performance March 8 at 10 AM Pacific. 02:20 Callie's new iPad Mini, Why and iPad mini and how was the set-up? 05:30 Siri Voice number 5 is in the latest iOS Beta. 10:08 Advancements Coming to AirTag and the Find My Network. 12:10 Smartphone Pinkie: Have You Been Holding Your Phone Wrong This Whole Time? 19:14 Clubhouse adds text-based chat rooms for the mic shy. 20:24 Amazon Price increase now $139 annually. 21:20 Uber now allowing us to check our ratings given by Uber drivers! 34:02 App developed by professor to help visually impaired read comics expected to launch in June. 44:55 Pop Culture: Abbott Elementary. 47:41 CSUN in person event. Too soon? 53:06 The 37th Annual CSUN AT Conference will take place March 14 – 18, 2022. Pop Culture round up, Potpourri of Tidbits,.. 59:39 Headed Out and Contact Information. 68:38 Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    With over 40 years of narrating Talking Books at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), Ray Foushee is still turning the pages.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 45:33

    Joining us on Blind Abilities is the owner of a voice that many of us will recognize from reading our favorite Talking Book selections from BARD or other NLS platforms: none other than Ray Foushee. Ray has been a Talking Book narrator at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), for almost forty years and has read more than 1000 titles in virtually every genre, ranging from True Crime and Mystery to Romance, Science Fiction thrillers  and even nonfiction.  Yes, that deep and gruff sounding voice has read romance novels! In fact, Ray shares his story of the steamy romantic fiction novel he was assigned many years ago, and we share a brief clip from his narration which reveals the character's voice he used to narrate the first-person perspective of the 16 year-old protagonist.  Ray delves deeply into his long history as a narrator with APH, beginning with how he got his start while working at a Louisville, KY TV station in the early 80's and his progression through that almost forty-year career, reading virtually every genre under the sun. He shares his likes and dislikes for particular titles, authors and genres, his techniques for how he creates his voices for each character in the book as well as other details regarding his studio and recording processes. Jeff and Pete pose such questions as: How did you get into audio book narration? What is your favorite genre and book? Do you pre-read the book before recording? How do you create your character voices? Is there a particular word or phrase that is hard to say while recording? Do you put yourself into a celebrity's mindset when arriving at a specific character's voice or inflection to use?  Of course there is much much more in this fascinating chat with one of the most popular and enduring Narrators of Talking Books who has carved his way into the fabric of so many of our lives.  You can find out more about APH and what they can do for you, on the web at https://www.aph.org. Full Transcript Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Meet Micheal Hudson – Director of the Museum for the American Printing House for the Blind. Learn about the history and what is new and upcoming for the museum renovations and tours.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022 44:29

    Blind Abilities presents Micheal Hudson, Director of the Museum for the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). The APH Museum, located in Louisville, Kentucky, comprises more than 3,000 Square feet of space and multiple exhibits which present the history of blindness, and the role that the APH played in that history. Jeff Thompson and Pete Lane sit down with Micheal Hudson, an articulate and well-versed expert in anything and everything related to the museum. He takes us on a journey through a variety of topics, such as the Helen Keller archives, recently acquired from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Micheal also describes many of the old  machines currently housed in the museum, which opened in 1994. These include braille embossers and braille writers, hard vinyl disc presses, magnifiers, refreshable braille displays, typewriters, an impressive slate collection, cassette players, live Talking Book recording studios, an entire section dedicated to the history of Talking Books, Stevie Wonder's piano acquired from the Michigan School for the Blind and much much more. Join Jeff and Pete with their fascinating guest, Micheal Hudson as they delve into dozens of the machines, displays and other items. Micheal has a myriad of stories and is not hesitant to share many of them with the Blind Abilities team, so pull up a chair and settle-in for this outstanding podcast!  APH employs more than 300 employees. Check out job vacancies through the Job Portal on their web site:  at:  www.APH.Org where you can also nominate a candidate for admission into the APH Hall of Fame, Legends and Leaders in the Field of Blindness.  Check out the museum web site at: www.APHMuseum.Org They are also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    RealSAM Pocket Launching in the U.S. Soon! Voice Activated Smart Phone for Calls, Newspapers, Podcasts, Books, Messages, Assistance and Much More, Just by Using Your Voice!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 14:00

    Brendan Lewis joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio and gives an overview of the RealSAM Pocket.  The RealSAM Pocket is the easy to use Mobile Phone, especially designed for people with Sight Loss. RealSAM Pocket is able to Make Calls, Read Messages, listen to Books or Newspapers and get Assistance just by Using your Voice. No need to learn a complicated touch screen or struggle with reading small buttons; just Press one button and talk. Pocket can also connect directly to other Bluetooth devices, including hearing aids. Join Brendan Lewis and Jeff Thompson to learn about the RealSAM Pocket and how you can be notified upon the release and stay up to date on all the RealSAM Pocket news! Follow RealSAM Pocket: •          On the web at www.RealSAM.US •          In the U.K at www.RealSAM.CO/UK •          On Facebook at RealSAMPocket •          On Twitter @RealSAM_UK Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    iPhone101 QuickByte: Punctuation: Do You Want to Hear a Comma, a Period or a Question Mark? Proof Reading, Maybe, All the Time? Maybe Not. Math and Science Specific? Maybe So. Choosing System Punctuation Groups and Creating Custom Groups.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 9:20

    In this iPhone101/QuickByte from Blind Abilities, Jeff Thompson takes us through the Punctuation System Groups and Creating Custom Groups. You can determine if Voiceover reads aloud Some, none or All punctuation. Imagine your email reading back like this: Hi comma Everybody comma How are you all question mark I am fine period  This can be annoying unless you are proofreading a paper, legal document or maybe you like it that way? If you just want Some punctuation such as, an equal sign, the degree symbol from your weather report or the percentage sign when checking your battery, then the System Group - Some maybe best for you. None is the 3rd setting where no punctuation will be spoken basically. You can check out these system groups, All, Some and None by going to the Punctuation settings and choosing your preference. You can change a system group by creating your own system group based off of either the All, Some or None group. This will allow you a good starting point rather than starting from scratch. So if you like the Some settings and want to add or tweak a few punctuations, then start with the Some group. If you like the None punctuation setting and want to add a few punctuations, then start with the None group. And if you love All punctuations, but want to make a change to a specific punctuation or 2, then start with the All group. Here is how it's done. Go to the Settings icon on your device and single finger double tap. Single finger swipe left to right down to Accessibility and single finger double tap. Swipe down to Verbosity and double tap. Double tap on Punctuation. Your current setting will be read aloud, such as, “Active Punctuation Group, Some”. To investigate the settings or to change, single finger double tap. The list of System Groups are listed and your current choice is announced by the word, “selected”.             You can double tap on any of the choices, investigate your changes by reading a document, checking your battery level, reading your weather app, etc. You can always come back and change this setting. Creating Your Own System Group Based Off the All, Some or None Groups In the Punctuation settings, swipe down to, “Add Punctuation Group” and double tap. From the pop up list choose which list you want to base your new list off, double tap on, “All”, “Some” or “None”. You can name your list and change the default replacements. I would suggest investigating your changes in a note or document where you can determine the changes.             If you want to delete a system group you created, swipe to the group and by single                    finger flicking up or down, you can double tap on delete. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Interested in Joining an Association of Blind Students? The Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students is Hosting Their 2nd Annual Virtual Piano Bar !

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 21:46

    Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students (PABS) gathered in the Blind Abilities Studio to announce the 2nd Annual virtual Piano Bar Fundraising event. Happening on Wednesday, February 16 from 6 PM Eastern, 5 PM Central and 3 PM Pacific Time. This 3 hour virtual event will showcase college students playing piano and singing songs and engaging with the participants. President of the Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students, Simon Bonenfant, introduces the performers as they unveil‑ their songs of choice and the dedications and tributes that you will be able to hear by registering for the Piano Bar event at www.NFBP.org/Piano-Bar.  The cost is only $5 and the PABS members thank you for all your support. If you are interested in joining an Association of Blind Students, check out these links to the Student Associations at NFB or ACB and see how you can participate and learn, share and contribute to the body of like-minded students engaging in their educational journeys. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Tech Abilities: Windows 11, Notifications Disappearing, New Gucci Bag, Getting a Pet Dog as a BVI and a Lot More Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022 60:34

    The Tech Abilities crew gathered in the Blind Abilities Studio to cover news and tech tidbits from a Blindness perspective. Serina, Callie and Jeff are joined with Jesse and they cover a lot of topics from the new Gucci Bag for the Air Pod Max Headphones for only $980 Microsoft 11, Aira and the Puppy Bowl Webcast, getting a pet dog as a Blind person, Instagram and Accessibility and much more.  Marlon and Tre make a Toast Master thingy. Check out the links and timeline of topics below. Chapters Available You can listen using chapters if your player allows and jump to the topic of your choice. Links and Topics from the Episode Welcome. 00:00 Let's Get this Show Started. 00:41 Introducing the Team and Toast Master Skit. 01:29 9to5Mac, Deals: AirPods Max $100 off, 05:00 Don't like the AirPods Max Smart Case? Gucci has its own case for just $980.  Face ID with a Mask is way better than using your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone 7:48 Connecticut man arrested after trying and failing to stalk someone with an AirTag. 09:07 February 13th - the Big Game and Puppy Bowl with Aira 10:53 Aira COVID Promotion revisited NFB Sponsors Initiative to Address Inaccessibility of Covid-19 At-home Testing Crafting an Accessible Instagram Feed. 15:06 Notifications Temporarily or Permanent. 18:58 Microsoft Windows 11 is downloaded and installed! 24:48 How accessible is your exercise equipment? 32:15 Peloton bike, Concept 2 Model 2 Rowing machine, Treadmill Blind Abilities Fantasy Football  winner Pete Lane. 34:10 Looking for more teams. Activision/Blizzard acquired by Microsoft, What does this mean for accessibility and usability? 34:10 Sony buys in as well! Callie Quest at Miami Lighthouse and Braille. 42:03 Can a Visually Impaired person get a pet dog? 45:28 Exercising differently. 53:27 Bye-Bye/Credits. 59:17 Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    iPhone101 – Photos, Links and Documents in the Messages App: No More Fruitless Searching in Apple's Orchard.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 10:32

    Join Pete Lane for this short iPhone101 demonstration of this available and time-saving new feature in iOS. Be sure to check out the entire iPhone 101/QuickByte series on Blind Abilities. Apple  has made available a new feature in the Messages App which puts all links into a single, sequential list. So if you are looking for a photo, video, article, Tweet, song link ore pretty much any other link, you can engage this feature and quickly locate the item. Here are the steps on the iPhone: Open your iOS Messages app and perform a single-finger double-tap on the name of the person who shared it with you. Perform a 4-finger single-tap at the top of the screen and you will find the “Back” button. Flick once to the right with one finger and perform a single-finger double-tap on the name of the sender. You will land on a new screen which contains the list of all links you have traded with this person in chronological order, broken into categories, such as photos, links, Documents, etc.. Merely flick to the right several times with one finger until you reach the first Heading and begin your streamlined search for the link. When you locate your link, activate it by performing a single-finger double-tap,   By the way, the link Pete is looking for is a USB Wired headset made by Sennheiser. Here is that link: Sennheiser Consumer Audio Sennheiser PC 8 USB - Stereo USB Headset for PC and MAC with In-line Volume and Mute Control, Black. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Taking on Blindness, Stepping Back and Stepping Up – Meet Sree Roy: Assistive Volunteer Extraordinaire

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 39:56

    Sree Roy is an Engineer by education, training and profession. Immigrating to the US in 1976 at the age of seven. Sree's vision loss began in his late 30's, well after he had completed college and entered into a high-tech career as an engineer specializing in call center support and technology.  In this intriguing interview, Sree discusses his journey through vision loss, how he learned from his brother's and sister's experiences a few years earlier, each of whom had very different approaches towards adapting to, and living with Retinitis Pigmentosa. Listen as Sree shares his feelings about losing his sight at the peak of his career and professional success and shares his deepest thoughts about transitioning into a new phase of his life where he would give back of his time and energy. Sree discusses the events leading to his finding the training and skills in iOS and how he connected with no less than five organizations where he now volunteers to provide instruction to blind students on the use of iDevices. Join Pete Lane and his guest, Sree Roy with this interesting and relevant discussion of how one blind person's journey through sight loss led to a fulfilling new life's avocation. Relevant web sites and links discussed in this interview:  The iBlind Users Group, who offer several online training and discussion sessions free of charge to anyone who wishes to attend: The Reston and Vienna VIP, whose space is made available by the Access Services Branch of the Fairfax County public library. They can be contacted for more information regarding the free Zoom training sessions conducted by Sree on various iOS topics at: Phone: 703-324-8380 Online:   Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Tech Abilities: COVID Masks, Tests and an Aira COVID Promotion, Amazon Clothing Store? Stitch Fix Preview, Direct Touch Typing Bug Fixed and Tons More Tech Tidbits with a Blindness Perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 74:38

    The Tech Abilities crew slid into the Blind Abilities Studio to bring you another episode of news and happenings from of course, a Blindness perspective. Covid Test and N95 masks are available and so a set of MagSafe chargers from Mophie on the Apple Store. Did you know Siri can fast forward and bring up Audio Description on Apple TV? Yup, and by the way, Happy B-Day Serina! Orcam wins at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the Orcam Read. The Direct Typing feature for VO is now fixed with iOS 15.2 Beta 2. Aira has a Covid promotion you may want to use when you get your home test or go into the Doctor's office to be tested.  Jeff does a Legacy Contact demonstration and Marlon is called upon to get some Killer Bee Honey? Yes, Marlon is our man on the spot when he is not in the cafeteria. We hope you enjoy! You can listen as an entire podcast and you can use chapters to jump around and devour this episode slice by slice. Here is a summary and timeline of our Tech Abilities episode: Welcome. 00:00 Let's Get This Show Started. 00:41 Thunder Snow and Send in Marlon. 03:39 Free Covid Rapid Test Kits and N95 Masks. 05:35 Ordering is Accessible on iPhone, Mac and PC. Aira Covid promotion. 10:35 Use Aira while going to get tested, and doing the test yourself. www.Aira.io What information can Apple Legacy Contacts access? 15:06 Apple Digital Legacy: Everything you need to know! Legacy Contact Demo. 15:44 HOW TO SET UP A LEGACY CONTACT  (note you need to be running iOS 15.2 to access this feature) On an iOS device, go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security., Then Legacy Contact.  On a Mac, go to System Preferences > Apple ID > Password & Security and manage Legacy Contact. Under Legacy Contact, follow the instructions to add a Legacy Contact. If you use Family Sharing, you can choose a family member from the list; alternatively, add someone using their email or phone number. Notify your Legacy Contact and share an access key via Messages. If they accept, a copy of the access key is automatically stored in their Apple ID settings. If they decline, you will receive a notification. The access key is required to get into your account if you pass away. While you can add a Legacy Contact who isn't on iOS 15.2, they won't be able to store the access key in the settings on their device, so you should provide it to them in another way. Legacy Contact is part of the Digital Legacy program and is available now.  Amazon is opening a clothing store next to Nordstrom and JC Penney. 22:31 Stitch Fix. 28:32 the direct touch typing bug  is fixed in iOS15.2 Beta 2. 31:49 Callie is a Video recording artist! 35:16 OrCam Technologies Personal AI Solutions: CES 2022 Innovation Award and 2021 TIME Best Invention. 38:14 OrCam MyEye PRO, a 2022 CES Innovation Awards Honoree in both the Accessibility and Health & Wellness categories and a 2019 TIME Magazine Best Invention, is a wearable device specifically designed for people who are blind or have low vision,  OrCam Read, recognized in November as a 2021 TIME Magazine Best Invention and a CES 2021 Best of Innovation, is the first of a new category of super-efficient, easy-to-use handheld digital readers that enables people with reading challenges and those with low-to-moderate vision loss to effortlessly read the texts they need, and to successfully complete assigned classroom reading and accomplish their daily tasks.  Top Golf Experience. 43:11 Mophi has 2 new MagSafe Charger Stations in the Apple Store. 46:00 mophie 3-in-1 travel charger, MagSafe compatible, $149.95, mophie 3-in-1 Stand for MagSafe Charger, $89.95, Happy Birthday Serina, and she is how old? 62:19 Audio Description News. 63:37 Using Siri on your Apple TV to fast forward, go back and to turn on Audio Description. 69:11 Bye bye and Contact Information. 72:35 Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Vision Buddy: A Low Vision Solution for Seeing the World Around You – Improving the Lives of People with Disabilities Through Technology – Meet Vision Buddy CEO Zack Afridi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 18:04

    Zack Afridi joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about Vision Buddy, a revolutionary device to assist people with Low Vision.  Vision Buddy is the world's first ultra-simple TV watching system designed to assist the visually impaired in performing day to day tasks. By plugging the Vision Buddy Streamer to an existing cable box, streamer or any other provider, you will be able to see your favorite TV programs with enhanced image quality. Zoom in or out to enjoy a movie theater experience right in your living room! And, with a click of a button switch to magnification/camera mode and see the world around you. It's that simple! The upcoming version of Vision Buddy can link to your computer allowing you to have your screen right before your eyes and, an optional  portable camera for those day to day tasks you want to do anywhere.  Be sure to check out Vision Buddy on the web to see the latest news about the Vision Buddy offerings.  Subscribe to the Vision Buddy YouTube Channel and stay up to date about the latest news and offerings from the Vision Buddyteam. See what others are saying about Vision Buddy. You can call Direct at 833-787-2020. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Tech Abilities: Ahh, that Smell of Theater Popcorn and Where's My autonomous car? And a Lot More Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective!.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 62:49

    In the Tech Abilities Studio Serina and Jeff are joined by Callie Gray straight out of Miami. The crew starts the year talking about eh latest gadgets and news released from the Holiday season and even have a few items they acquired. Tre jumps in and lets Jeff and Marlon have a little piece of his mind. From MagSafe Battery Pack to an affordable headset that sounds great to some new Aftershocks, the crew has some goodies to share. Audio Description gets a good share of chat and what is it about Theater popcorn? Really?  Is the Air Pod Pro 2  going to light up the lives of those seeking some LossLess sound and a case that makes noise? We will have to see. Do you use your Apple Air Tags in a creative way? And Find My is very helpful. Yes, it is. And, How about that Audio described Rose Bowl Parade? Delicious! So jump on in and join the crew in this New Year's first episode of Tech Abilities. You can listen using the chapter feature if your player has it, or just take it all in one big binge. Give us a call at 612-367-6093 and leave us some feedback, suggestions or just say, Hi! We would love to hear from you! Here are the links, notes and timeline for the episode: Introduction. 00:00 Let's get this show started. 00:          41 Tre gives Marlon and Jeff a piece of his mind. 1:30 Who is that Siri Voice #3? 2:56 MagSafe Battery Pack. 4:40 Jeff and Callie review the new MagSafe Battery Pack from Apple. Microsoft Surface Adaptive Kit makes Microsoft's laptops more accessible. 8:43 Comes with bump dots for keys, colored labels for ports and device openers. Apple AirTags used by criminals in high end car thefts. 14:00 According to a recent report the Apple AirTags are being used in more and more car thefts in Canada. The Find My app makes it easy to keep track of your Apple devices. Locate items you've attached AirTag to. And keep up with friends and family. It works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac — even if your missing devices are offline. And your privacy is protected every step of the way. Rose Bowl Parade gets Wall to Wall Audio Description from Audio Eyes. 22:18 AirPods Pro 2 may come with lossless audio support and a charging case that makes sound. 25:25 Apples Autonomous car? 26:41 That First Uber Trip and Uber Pets? What? 33:49 Spectrum Access - don't forget it's available! 38:30 Where is Jeff? 45:26 Goodies from over the Holidays. 46:14 SignHouser Consumer and Aftershokz Aeroplex Headsets, Tender Organics. Callie's gone off script! 53:14 Theater Popcorn? Is it all that? 55:00 Garrets Popcorn 58:21 GoodBye and Contact Info. 59:55 Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    It's Hockey! Christine Malec and JJ Hunt from the Talk Description To Me Podcast Join Jeff Thompson to Talk and Describe Blind Hockey. It's Not Just for Canada Anymore!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 51:56

    Christine Malec and JJ Hunt from the Talk Description To Me Podcast, join Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk Blind Hockey. Coming off a week of Talking Hockey Christine and JJ are ready to hit the rink and talk Blind Hockey specifically. Jeff Thompson is a member of the Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey Team and has played alongside Team USA in various events. Explanation of the game, the passion for hockey and how no matter what people may think, once that puck is jingling and then dropped, it's Hockey! Players from the states have come together to play a game they love and at one point, never thought the game was going to be available or even an option to play.  Canada has been active in developing Blind Hockey since the early “70's while USA started as recently as 2018. Fighting through the Pandemic, the challenges have been great and numerous teams across the states have been holding events bringing awareness to the diversified sport of Blind Hockey. If you or anybody you know who may be interested in learning more about Blind Hockey and how they can get involved, check out the web site of the United States Blind Hockey Team or www.MNWildBlindHockey.com and find out about Blind Hockey in your area. Be sure to check out the Talk Description To Me podcast on the web and wherever you listen to podcast. On Twitter @TalkDescription and check out their 85th episode, “It's Hockey Night Tonight!”  Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    iPhone101 QuickByte: Creating and Naming Groups in the Messages App as Simple as That!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 4:52

    Do you sometimes receive texts in your iOS Messages App where you are among one or more others in a group of recipients? Have you wondered how to create such a group to make it faster and easier to share messages with your friends and family? Pete will show you how to do just that. Open the Messages app. Flick to the right until you reach the compose button. Perform a single-finger double-tap. Type or dictate each of the names of group recipients in your text field, paying attention to iOS suggestions from your contacts list. When done filling in all the names in the group, flick to your right and type or dictate your first text message  on the “message, text field“ line. If this is a group that you expect to contact often, check out our Quick Byte episode on Pinning Recipients in the iOS Messages App. You can name the group with its own unique name. Pete chose to name this new group “Three Stooges”. Here is the process of naming a messages group: Single-finger double tap on the button that says: “change name of group”  Type in the new name in the text field provided. Follow the prompts and you're done.  You can also add a photo and/or an emoji to enhance the appearance of the new group as well. Just follow the step by step instructions and you're done. However, this is not necessary if you just want to name the group. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    iPhone101 QuickByte: Pinning People and Groups in the Messages App: Organizing Your Favs by Pinning their Messages to the Top of the List

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 4:44

    In this iPhone101 Quickbyte, Pete Lane takes us through the Messages App and shows how to Pin a person or group to the top of the messages list. When using the iOS Messages App your list can become cluttered with individuals and groups which makes  it difficult to locate someone in your ever-growing list of recipients. A convenient way to prioritize this list is with the use of the “Pinning” feature which allows you to permanently place those people whom you contact frequently  at the top of your list, making them easier to find.     Let's walk through the steps to do this: Open Messages app, flick right with one finger until you arrive at the recipient whom you wish to Pin (the recipient can be an individual person or a group of recipients - check out the Quick Bytes episode on creating group recipients in the Messages App).  Flick up with one finger until you hear voiceover say, “Pin”. perform a Single-finger double-tap. Now the recipient has the “Pinned“  status, and you are ready to place him or her in a specific location among your other “Pinned “ recipients. Flick up with a single finger until you hear voice over say, “drag item“. Perform a single-finger double-tap. Flick left or right, up or down the list), of other pinned recipients until you hear the Voiceover cue for were .  you wish to place the newly pinned recipient - i.e. either before or after a particular recipient on the list. Perform a single-finger double-tap to drop them. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 we would love to hear from you! Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    iPhone101 QuickByte: Speeding Up a YouTube Video Just like Speeding Up an Audio Book, Sort Of, Kind Of

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 5:03

    In this iPhone101 Quickbyte, Pete Lane takes us through the Messages App and shows how to speed up a YouTube Video if you so desire.   Are you wondering why you can't speed up the playback speed of a YouTube video like you can with one of your audio books? Well you can, and it's simple and fast.    Here's how to do it:     Open the YouTube app. Flick to the search field, and type in your search command  for the video you wish to view. Perform a single-finger double-tap to play the video. Once in the video screen, flick to the right until you find the “more actions“ button. Perform a single finger double tap to open the list of menu options. Flick to the right with a single finger until you find the option that says, “playback speed“. Perform a single-finger double-tap. Flick through the choices until you find your desired playback speed , (i.e. from .25x to 2x). Perform a single-finger double-tap to select. Now you are back on the play screen. Flick to the right until you land on the Play button. Perform a single-finger double-tap to resume the video.