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

Blind Abilities

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

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

Blind Abilities

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

Blind Abilities
Let's Talk ScripTalk! 25 Years Strong and Growing to Meet Your Accessible Prescription Needs – Welcome En-Vision America Director of Marketing, Jenna Reed

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 29:07


Joining Lisa Bryant and Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio is En-Vision America's Director of Marketing, Jenna Reed. En-Vision America has just celebrated their 25th anniversary and has not stopped one bit. Announcing a new partnership with the Hy-Vee chain and adding 25 languages to the line of ScriptAbility Solutions available at a growing number of pharmacies across the United States and Canada. Jenna gives a brief history of the beginnings of En-Vision America, the ID Mate and a clear focus on the direction En-Vision America is headed.  Join Jenna, Lisa and Jeff in this informational podcast and find out how En-Vision America can best work for you. You can download the ScripTalk app from the App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Androiddevices. You can find out more about ScriptAbility Solutions on the web at www.EnvisionAmerica.com or call 1-800-890-1180 or email at CustomerService@EnvisionAmerica.com. 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

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Tech Abilities Christmas and Holiday Well Wishes and Joy

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 1:42


From the Blind Abilities studio from the Tech Abilities Team, Marlon and Jeff bring you a little something of r you and well wishes to all. Happy Holidays and may you all have a safe and wonderful New Year! The Tech Abilities Team 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

Blind Abilities
iPhone101: low data usage – Conserving Your Data Usage on Video and Streaming Services

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 19:35


Blind Abilities presents another installment in its iPhone 101 series with this review of several popular video and audio streaming Apps, in which we explore  ways to set up methods to reduce the amount of your cellular data you use while streaming or downloading their products. We already know that it is more cost effective to stream audio and video services while connected to your Home WiFi network as it's cost is generally lower than that of your cellular data plan, but we may not be aware of howe to take advantage of the app settings that will actually use less data. Pete Lane takes a look at the iOS Netflix app, as well as Amazon Prime Video, the native Apple Music and TV apps, Amazon music, Audible and the BARD Mobile app, and walks us through the specific settings which can be adjusted to take advantage of high efficiency streaming, lower video quality for streaming and downloading, and to set those processes to be active only while on WiFi.   These settings are not secrets nor are they hidden, but some of us may not have the time or the inclination to explore them. Keep in mind that you will be sacrificing some video quality in order to save data, but for blind or visually impaired folks, this may not be a significant issue. For those listeners with some usable vision, you may notice the lower video quality when streaming over a cellular connection. To give you an example of the data savings, in low-data mode, Netflix will only use around 1 GB of data for an hour of streaming, which is a small amount when compared with the data consumed while streaming in the higher quality 4K format. Settings demonstrated Netflix First, be sure your Netflix app is updated since your device may be running an old version. `          Ask Siri to open Netflix, or perform a single-finger double-tap on the Netflix app icon. Then single-finger double-tap on your profile. Be sure the “Home” tab is selected among the five tabs at the bottom of the next screen. Then flick right from the top of the screen and single-finger double-tap on “settings. Perform a single-finger double-tap to select “"Mobile Data Usage” located under the Video Playback section. If this setting is set to "Automatic.” Use a single-finger double-tap to deactivate it, then flick to the right and perform a single-finger double-tap to activate “Save Data”. Go back to the top of the screen and single-finger double-tap on the back button. On the previous screen. Flick right until you get to downloads, and single finger double tap. Flick right and be sure the button labeled ““Wi-Fi only,“” is selected. Flick right again and be sure the “video quality“ selection is set to “standard”. Continue flicking to the right, and be sure your "Download Next Episode” is off. This decision may depend on how regularly you view each episode of a series. Likewise, flick right and be sure your “Downloads for You” setting  is in the off position. To exit these settings, perform a single-finger double-tap on the “Back Arrow Left” button until you are back on the main Netflix screen.  You're done. Your app settings will automatically be saved. Amazon Prime Open your Amazon prime video app. Among the five tabs at the bottom of your screen, single finger double tap on “my stuff“. Flick to the right and single finger double tap on “settings,“ then flick right and select “streaming and downloads“. Be sure “streaming on Wi-Fi only“ is in the on position. Likewise, set ‘download on Wi-Fi only” to the on position. for streaming and download quality, be sure your settings are set to “good“. Go to the top of the screen and single finger double tap on the “back“ button. Flick right and select “1“ under auto downloads. * The next several streaming settings will be performed in the native iOS settings app, rather than an individual app such as Netflix or Amazon prime.  iOS Music app: Open iOS settings, and flick right until you reach music. Perform a single finger double tap. under the heading “allow Music to access“, do not select cellular data. Flick to the right until you reach audio streaming quality, and select “high-efficiency“. go to the top of the screen and single finger double tap on the “back“ button. Flick to the right and turn “download using cellular data“ to the off position. Likewise, turn “automatic downloads“ off. Under “Animated  cover art“ select “on Wi-Fi only“. flick left to the top of the screen and single finger double tap on the “back“ button. * Flick right to the TV App* Note: this will be the player app for any video streaming service you connect to it, such as Apple TV plus, CBS, ABC, etc. The connections are made in the Settings section of the separate TV app. For streaming, Turn off “use cellular data. “For “video quality,” select “fast downloads, and for downloads, turn off cellular data”. Flick left and single-finger double-tap on the “back” button. * Flick right to the Podcast settings. Under “allow podcasts to access,” turn off “cellular data,” and turn on “block download over cellular data”. Under episode downloads, set to “ask if over 200 mb”, and for automatic downloads, set to “when following”. Flick left and single-finger double-tap on the “back” button. Note: perform the same adjustments to the same settings in the Amazon music, Audible and BARD Mobile settings. 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

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A Journey Like No Other - Abandonment, Blinded, Homeless and Fighting for Self-Determination - Meet Itto Outini: – Fulbright Alumna, Journalist, Feminist, Human Rights Activist and Accessibility Advocate

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 34:04


Itto Outini's self-determination has carried her from halfway around the World to living her dream. From a journey less desired, her constant  zest for knowledge and learning proved to be the ticket out of her circumstances and onto her realizing her dream of working for the United Nations and becoming an activist for human rights and an advocate for accessibility. Itto Outini smiling with arms crossed. Most of us cannot imagine the abuse, abandonment and pain Itto endured along her way. Itto has a story and her experiences are what make her who she is today, a Fulbright Alumna, a United Nation intern, a master's degree and so much more as she helps others learn and change to help make a better world. Itto Outini joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio and they travel along her journey, her present day and her future goals.  You can keep up with Itto on her Itto Outini website where she posts articles and her writings. Check out the Fulbright Program Learn about the United Nations Development Program Visit the refugee Congress.   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

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Ayes – Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired Navigate Intersections Safely. Like Having an Audio Pedestrian Signal in your Pocket.

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 18:01


The Ayes team joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio to talk about Ayes, an Artificial intelligence company form to assist the blind and visually impaired in navigating intersections using traffic signal imagery and algorithmic computation and relaying the data to the user through audio and haptic feedback This team of 3 left their AI jobs and formed Ayes after learning from a Blind friend that intersections were a huge obstacle and keeping him from getting out and about as much as he would like. And five months ago, Ayes began working on algorithms and an app called, “OKO”. Through the camera's lens, the user can identify the traffic signal information available to sighted people and also will develop into a more robust app when object recognition and GPS navigation is incorporated into the OKO app. Available in Belgium and the Netherlands, the Ayes team is working with the CNIB in Canada and is setting their sights on the States. They have started the OKO campaign to get interested participants involved in the development and enhancement of their OKO App. To find out more about Ayes and OKO and to become a tester here are some helpful links: Link to become a tester: https://ayes.ai/get-oko Link to the Ayes web site: https://ayes.ai  Link to OKO campaign: https://apps.apple.com/be/app/oko-campaign/id1583843828  Link to OKO App (Benelux only): https://apps.apple.com/be/app/ayes-oko/id1583614988 From the Ayes.AI web site: We help blind and visually impaired people to navigate safely. OKO, our mobile application, is able to recognize the pedestrian traffic light by using the smartphone camera and our AI algorithm it is able to inform the user on the state of the pedestrian traffic light. We bring this information back to the user using audio and haptic feedback.  In the future OKO will become smarter and will be able to do much more, like detecting obstacles, incorporating GPS navigation such that blind and visually impaired people can explore new places safely. Check out the OKO campaign to see how you can help. 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

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iPhone101/QuickByte: Get Your Widgets Moving! The Battery Widget is a Must and You Want it Where? You Want it How Big? OK, Let's Do it!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 5:00


In this iPhone101/QuickByte demonstration from Blind Abilities, Jeff Thompson will Add the Battery Widget to the Today View and then move the Battery widget to where he wants it located on the screen. With a few swipes and flicks, you can pick the widget, choose the size of the widget and move the widget to the location that suits your needs. Let's start on the home screen: Touch in the body of your home screen to get the focus on an app icon. Do a 3 finger swipe from left to right to open the Today View. Note: You can skip this step if you want the Widget on the page you are on. Once again, get the focus on an item on the screen and flick up to “edit mode”. Single finger double tap to begin the edit mode. In the upper left hand corner double tap on “Add Widget”. Swipe down to “Battery” or a widget of your choice. Double tap to select. If the widget has size options, flick up through the choices of pages, 1 of 3, 2 of 3, and so on.  You can explore by touch to listen to the widget information.  Double tap on “Add Widget” when you make your choice. You are still in “Edit Mode” and you can flick up to “Drag Batteries”. Single finger double tap. Explore the screen by moving your finger around or by single finger swiping right or left. When a location seems right, flick up to drop before or after said location. Single finger double tap. Flick up to “Stop editing apps”. Happy Holidays and may the Widgets be with You! LOL 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

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iPhone101/QuickByte: MagSafe Battery pack from Apple: Not the Fastest, nor the Juiciest, It Just Works… and Works Smart!

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 4:22


The MagSafe Battery Pack will not overheat your iPhone and will reverse charge with the iPhone when charging. The MagSafe Battery Pack may not be that mega charger that makes a hero out of itself when you forget to charge your iPhone the night before, however, using the MagSafe Battery Pack will ensure you have juice for an extended period of time. It just works and it works smart. In this iPhone101/QuickByte demonstration from Blind Abilities, Jeff Thompson gives us an overview of the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack. How the MagSafe integrates with the iOS and how the MagSafe Battery Pack may not be the biggest and juiciest, but this Battery Pack is the just works and works smart. Keep watching the sales as the $74.99 was a steal from Amazon during the Black Friday event and now it lists for $89.99 on Amazon's web site. Apple's price is Holding steady at around $99. 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

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iPhone101 QuickByte: Pronunciation – Let Your VoiceOver Voices Pronounce Words and Names the Way You Want Them Pronounced. Is it Aira or Ira? Jeff or Jawff? You decide.

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 5:49


In this iPhone101 QuickByte demonstration, Jeff Thompson shows us how to change how vvoiceover pronounces words that just don't sound right. You can also change the word completely, the choice is yours. Do you have an App or particular word or name that gets mis-pronounced by your VoiceOver voice? You can change that in just a few quick steps. Pronunciation Replacement Go to the Settings icon and single finger double tap or ask Siri, “Open Settings”. Single finger swipe to the right  down to, “Accessibility”. Single finger double tap. Swipe down to, “Spoken Content”. Swipe to the right down to, Pronunciations. You could do a four finger tap near the bottom of the screen and land on, “Pronunciations” as an alternative and faster method. If you have no previous entries, swipe to the right twice to “Add” and double tap. If you have previous entries, swipe once to the left to “Add” and double tap. Type in the phrase you wish to substitute. Swipe to the right and enter  , “substitute phrase.  Spell out how you want the phrase to be pronounced. Swipe to the left to “Play” (located in the upper right hand corner of the screen) and double tap to hear how the new phrase is pronounced. Re-try spelling if not satisfied. Apply to specific VoiceOver Voice or to All Swipe down to, “Voices” and choose the VoiceOver voice that will apply this substitute phrase. Apply to a specific App or apply to all Swipe down to, “Apply to all apps” and double tap to toggle on or off. If you turn “Apply to all apps” off, swipe to the right and proceed through the list of apps you want the replacement to take effect. Note: Changes take effect immediately.  Be sure to check out all the Blind Abilities iPhone101/QuickBytes and subscribe to the Blind Abilities podcastwherever you listen to podcasts. 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

Blind Abilities
iPhone101 QuickByte: Setting a sleep Focus for a good night sleep for all concerned, and Siri Announcing all Notifications

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 8:51


In this iPhone101 QuickByte Jeff Thompson will show you how one can set up a Sleep Focus to ensure a peaceful night sleep and only Allowed Notifications will come through. And, setting up weekday and Weekend settings for the times of your choosing. Basic Settings: Open “Settings” with Siri or a Single finger double tap on the Settings icon. Single finger swipe right down to “Focus” and Single finger double tap to open. Swipe to the right down to “Sleep” and Single finger double tap. Toggle on or off with a single finger double tap. Swipe right down through the  “Bedtime” and Wake Time settings and tap on “Edit”. Select your Bedtime and Wake time. Tap on “Done”. Note: You can ask Siri to turn on or off Sleep Focus at any time. Allowed Notifications Heading People None allowed., single finger double tap to add groups or individuals from your contact list. Apps none allowed., Single finger double tap to add from your app list. You can toggle back and forth from people or apps. Swipe to the right Remove all people/apps or add people from contacts or from your apps list. You can allow people from your favorites or time sensitive notifications immediately when sleep focus is turned on. Apple has really put a lot of options in the Focus settings and the Sleep Mode is just one example of the personalization that you can cu for your needs. This QuickByte shows but one way to set up the Sleep mode and I hope you have learned enough to explore all the settings and make Sleep Mode a tool that you can use. Siri Announcing Notifications Go to Settings Icon, single finger double tap. Swipe down to “Focus”, single finger double tap. Swipe down to Siri Heading and swipe one more time to, “Announce notifications, single finger double tap to toggle On or Off. Be sure to check out all the Blind Abilities iPhone101/QuickBytes and subscribe to the Blind Abilities podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. 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

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iPhone101 - Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS - Part 6: Adding a Brand New Email Account To Your iDevice

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 10:14


Blind Abilities presents a new iPhone101 series entitled: "Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS - Adding, Retrieving and  Deleting, Oh My!” This new series provides various in depth demonstrations aimed at giving you the tools to effectively manage your email in an organized and efficient manner. Pete Lane walks us through each step of these processes with snappy and thorough presentations.  Part 6 Adding a brand new Gmail account to the iPhone, going into the Google.com web site, choosing an email address, and adding it to the phone. Enjoy this peppy and informative presentation in which Blind Abilities offers another educational gem in its iPhone 101 library of demonstrations.   Step-by-Step Process: Note: This process is very similar to the process presented in our previous episode for adding an existing Gmail account, except that you must choose the new email address you wish to use. If you are creating a new Gmail account, we suggest that you choose several potential new email addresses in case your favorites are already taken and therefore rejected by Google. This scenario is covered below in step 5. Ask Siri to open the “Settings” app, or perform a single-finger double-tap on the App icon. Flick down to “Mail” and perform a single-finger double-tap, then flick down and single-finger double-tap to select “Accounts. Flick down and perform a single-finger double-tap on “Add Account”. Select the email account service you wish to add by performing a Single-finger double-tap on that item in the list: iCloud, Exchange, Google / Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Outlook.com / Hotmail, or “Other”. If you choose to add a Gmail account, single-finger double-tap on Google. In this case iOS will immediately prompt you to go to Google.com to sign in and register the email account. Single-finger double-tap on “Continue” to proceed to the web site. Since you are creating a brand new Gmail account, swipe right, past the sign-in elements, skip the “next” button and single-finger double-tap on “create account button". Follow the prompts: type in your first and last name, birth date and gender, and then choose and type in the email address and login information requested. Since this is a new account, the address and password will be one you choose yourself, so think about this ahead of time. Also, you will be given a couple of email addresses to select if you so choose, but if you prefer using one of your own,  keep in mind that  many common addresses may no longer be available. Because someone else has already selected them.  In this case, Google will reject them so be ready to try another one. This may happen several times. You will now be prompted to provide your cellular phone number so Google can contact you when needed. Once you agree and type in your phone number, you will immediately be sent a six-digit security code via text message. Be ready for this as you are given a short, 30 second time frame to retrieve and enter it. Note: Dictation does not behave well in these text fields, so be prepared to type-in the information using your onscreen or bluetooth keyboard. After providing your phone number and entering the security code, you will be presented a “Save” button, single-finger double-tap. You will then move back to the previous screen showing your email accounts, including the newly added account. You can also return to your Mail App to verify that the new account is listed there as well. Congratulations, you have finished creating a new email address! Be sure to check out all the iPhone101/QuickByte demos on Blind Abilities. 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

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iPhone101 - Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS: Parts 4 and 5 - Deleting an Entire email Account, and Adding and Existing email Account to your iDevice

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 14:47


Blind Abilities presents a new iPhone101 Series entitled: "Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS - Adding, Retrieving and  Deleting, Oh My!”  This new series provides a series of in depth demonstrations aimed at giving you the tools to effectively manage your email in an organized and efficient manner. Pete Lane walks us through each step of these processes with snappy and thorough presentations.  Parts 4 and 5 introduction to the process of deleting an email account from an iOS device. Specifically, Part 4: Using his Gmail accounts as an example, going into the Settings App and deleting it. Part 5 Demonstrates how to add an existing email account to a device, using the previously deleted Gmail account as the example, adding it back to the iPhone and migrating over to the Google.com web site as is required when adding or creating a Gmail account.  Step by Step processes: Part 4 - Deleting an Email account from Your iDevice   . Open your Settings App with a single-finger double-tap, or ask Siri to "open Settings". Then flick right until you arrive at “Mail”, single-finger double-tap. Flick right until you arrive at Accounts, then flick right to the particular account you wish to delete from the list provided (Gmail, Outlook, iCloud…), single-finger double-tap to select. Flick right to “Delete Account”, single-finger double-tap. Note: iOS will alert you that deleting the account will also remove other items from your device, such as, mail, notes or Calendars. Single-finger double-tap to confirm. This completes the deletion of the account from your device. You can verify it by performing a single-finger double-tap on the “Back” button and flick through the remaining list of accounts shown on the previous screen. Note: you can also check by using your App Switcher to toggle over to your Mail app and scroll through the list of Mailboxes listed there. Activate your App Switcher by rotating two fingers, like twisting a bottle-cap, clockwise or counter-clockwise until you hear Voiceover say “Mail”, then perform a single-finger double-tap to open Mail”. Flick to the Mailboxes to verify if the account has been removed.  Part 5: Adding an existing Email Account onto your iDevice: Ask Siri to open the “Settings” app, or perform a single-finger double-tap on the App icon. Flick down to “Mail” and perform a single-finger double-tap, then select “Accounts at the top of the new screen. Flick right to “Add Account”, then perform a single-finger double-tap. Select the email account service you wish to add by performing a Single-finger double-tap on that item in the list: iCloud, Exchange, Google / Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Outlook.com / Hotmail, or “Other”. Note: If you choose to add a Gmail account, you should select Google. In this case iOS will refer you to Google.com to sign in and register the email account. Be ready with your email address and password, your name and gender, as Google will require this information during the process. Type in the email address and login information requested. Note: Dictation does not behave well with these text fields so be prepared to use the onscreen or a blue tooth keyboard. You will now be prompted to provide your cellular phone number so Google can contact you when needed. Once you do so, you will be sent a six-digit security code via text message. Be ready for this as you are given a 30 second time frame to retrieve and enter it quickly in the space provided. After providing your phone number and entering the security code, you will be presented a “Save” button, single-finger double-tap to do so. You will then move back to the previous screen showing your email accounts, including the newly added account. You can also return to your Mail App to verify that the new account is listed there as well. You are done! Congratulations! 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

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iPhone101 - Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS: Part 3, The Mail Preview Feature - Taking a Peek with VoiceOver

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 8:28


Blind Abilities presents a new iPhone101 Series entitled: "Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS - Adding, Retrieving and  Deleting, Oh My!”  This new series provides five individual demonstrations aimed at giving you the tools to effectively manage your email in an organized and efficient manner. Pete Lane walks us through each step of these processes in a snappy and thorough presentation.  Part 3: The Mail Preview feature in iOS. The Mail Preview allows us to preview - read - a portion of an email while it is unopened in your Inbox. The portion of the email that can be previewed can range from none and up to five lines and is set by you in your Settings App. This can save you time in processing your emails and make you more efficient in using your Mail App. In fact, you may even be able to scroll through the majority of your Inbox without even having to open a single email.  In this short, iPhone 101 demonstration Pete Lane shows us not only where the Mail Preview settings reside on your iDevice, but how to adjust those settings for your optimal benefit.  The Process: Ask Siri to open Settings or Single finger double tap on the Settings icon. Single finger swipe right down to Mail and Single finger double tap. Swipe right to “Preview”, Single finger double tap. Select the Preview selection you want to us.  Your Mail app will now reflect this preview in all messages in all accounts. Merely swipe to a message and Voiceover will automatically read the preview lines to you.  As an alternative to waiting for Voiceover to read the preview lines, you can also perform a 3-finger single-tap anywhere on your screen once focused on the message in the mailbox, and Voiceover will read the preview immediately. This can be an effective tool for controlling the process of managing your email quickly and efficiently. Stay tuned for Parts 4, 5 and 6 of our series, "Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS - Adding, Retrieving and  Deleting, Oh My!” as we demonstrate how to delete an entire email account, add that account back on to your iDevice and finally, how to add a brand new email account to your device. You can find Parts 1 and 2 of this iPhone101 Series and many more iPhone101 and QuickBytes here. 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

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iPhone101 - Managing Mail Messages and Accounts in iOS: Parts 1 and 2 – Deleting Single and Bulk emails and Retrieving the Deleted

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 14:24


This new iPhone101 series provides five individual demonstrations aimed at giving you the tools to effectively manage your email in an organized and efficient manner. Pete Lane walks us through each step of these processes in a snappy and thorough presentation.  Parts 1 and 2  An Introduction to various ways to delete individual emails, one at a time or in bulk quantities and then the process of retrieving deleted emails.             Process 1 - How to delete individual emails from your Mail App: Method 1: Open the Mail app by single finger double tapping on the Mail icon or ask Siri to, “Open Mail”. Single finger swipe left to right down to the email you want to delete. Flick up or down to the action item, “Delete”. Single finger double tap. Method 2: If you are reading an email and want to delete it, flick up or down to, “Trash”. Single finger double tap. You will then be placed in the next email message, opened and ready to read. Note: When deleting from an opened email, the app will open the next email automatically. You may or not want desire this action of auto-opening. You can also go back and delete from the email list as in the previous method above. How to delete multiple emails quickly: Open your Mail App with a single-finger double-tap, then flick right and select the account where you wish to delete emails, i.e. Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, etc. - single-finger double-tap. Then flick to the right and perform a single-finger double-tap on the Edit button. This will activate  a Select button. Single-finger double-tap on “Select All”, and proceed to step 3 below. If you do not wish to delete all of your mail messages, flick right and select  each email you wish to delete with a single-finger double-tap. Voiceover will say “selected” for each item you select..  At the bottom of the screen, single-finger double-tap on “Trash” or “Archive” to delete the selected messages. Retrieving Deleted email messages: After opening your Mail app with a single-finger double-tap, flick right until you reach your “Trash folder. This is where your deleted messages have been placed.  Flick right into the list of messages and select those which you wish to retrieve by performing a single-finger double-tap. When all have been selected, perform a 4-finger single-tap towards the bottom of your screen. Flick left with one finger until you reach “Move”, then single-finger double-tap. You will then be placed on the “back” button at the top of your screen. Flick right until you reach “Inbox”. Single-finger double-tap and the messages you have selected will be moved there.  You can verify this by flicking right into your list of messages in the “Inbox” to find they are no longer there.  Stay tuned for more installments in this new iPhone101 series, “Managing email Messages and Accounts”, when we explore how to delete entire accounts from your device,  and add both existing and new email accounts to your iDevice. We hope this will give you a more efficient approach towards managing and working in your Mail app in the future. 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 612-367-9063 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

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Updated! iPhone101 QuickByte: How to Turn on Emergency Bypass on iPhone for Calls and Texts. Don't Miss That Call!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 3:58


Welcome to another iPhone101 QuickByte from Blind Abilities. In this QuickByte, Jeff Thompson shows how to turn on Emergency Bypass for those specific  contacts for specific moments when you need that call or text. Occasionally you might like to put your phone on silent or put it in do not disturb mode for those times you may be at the theatre or cinema, or you could be in an important meeting. But at the same time there may be occasions you need to be on standby to receive an important call from a child, parent etc. Setting up Emergency  Bypass for a specific contact: Single finger double tap on the Phone icon On the bottom tab bar, single finger tap on Contacts. Select the contact you want to allow to bypass. Swipe to the left to “Edit”. Single finger double tap on edit. Single finger swipe left to right down to Ringtone. Single finger double tap. Single finger swipe left to right down to Emergency Bypass. Toggle on or off by single finger double tapping. Tap on Done in the Upper right hand corner to save changes. Again, tap on Done in the Upper right hand corner to save changes. Emergency Bypass allows sounds and vibrations from this person even when the ring switch is set to silent, or when Do Not Disturb is on. 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101 QuickByte: Adding Locations to the Weather App. How's Your Weather? How about Montreal, Jacksonville and Colorado Springs?

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 5:19


In this iPhone101 QuickByte, Jeff Thompson takes us through the native Weather App and demonstrates how to add locations such as cities or airports to the location list. How to arrange the locations in a preferred order and how to change from Fahrenheit to Celsius or Celsius to Fahrenheit. Join in and learn how to add family, friends and points of interests to your location list in the native Weather App. Adding and Arranging locations in the native Weather App Open the Weather App, Hey Siri,, “Open Weather App”. Or single finger double tap on the Weather icon. Note: By default the opening screen will be of the location that holds the top position on the Location List. And, if the Weather App remains in your App Switcher, you will return to the last screen you were previously on. This demo is conducted as if the Weather App was not in the App Switcher, thus, opening to the default landing screen. 4 finger tap to go to the very bottom to “Location List”, single finger double tap. To add a new city, single finger swipe left to right twice to, “Search for a city or airport” search field, single finger double tap. Enter your city or airport by typing or dictation. You can use the 2 finger double tap to activate dictation or use the “dictate” button in the bottom right hand side of the keyboard. A list will populate just below and with a couple single finger swipes left to right, single finger double tap on the location you want. A new screen opens with your choice and can be added to your saved list of locations by single finger double tapping on, “Add”, in the upper right hand of the screen. You can choose, “Cancel”, and return to the search list and continue searching. To remove a location from your list: Open the Weather App, Hey Siri,, “Open Weather App”. Or single finger double tap on the Weather icon. 4 finger tap to go to the very bottom to “Location List”, single finger double tap. Swipe down through your list and flick up to the delete choice  and single finger double tap. Note: ensure that your Rotor setting is set to, “Actions” for these choices to appear. Moving Locations in the list While on the Location List page, go to the location you want to move and flick up until you have the desired, Move Up or Move Down, single finger double tap. OR Drag and drop by going to the location you want to move and then single finger swipe left to right to, “Reorder Button, Draggable”. Do a single finger double tap and hold, then slide your finger up or down, listening and let go when the desired location is achieved. Changing from Fahrenheit to Celsius or Celsius to Fahrenheit. Open the Weather App, Hey Siri,, “Open Weather App”. Or single finger double tap on the Weather icon. 4 finger tap near the top of the screen  and single finger swipe left to right to the, “More”, button, single finger double tap. Single finger swipe left to right down to Fahrenheit or Celsius and Choose by Single Finger Double Tapping on either one.   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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101 QuickByte: Banners, Badges and Sounds, Oh My! Notification Settings for Repeating Messages.

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 4:36


In this iPhone101 Quickbyte, Jeff Thompson takes us through the Message Notification Repeat settings and Banners, Sounds, Badges and Announcements. The main serving in this QuickByte is the settings for repeat alerts. However, along the way, Jeff shows us what he has the settings set as and gives us a little insight on the reason behind his choices. Go to Settings on your home screen, single finger double tap. Single finger swipe left to right down to Messages, single finger double tap. Single finger swipe down to Notifications, single finger double tap.. Swipe left to right down to customize Messages, single finger double tap. Choose between, “Repeat Alerts Never” or “”Repeat Alerts”. If Repeat Alerts is selected, Choose between Never, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 times to repeat. 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 612-367-9063 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

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Iphone101 QuickByte: A Refreshing Look at The App Store Setting and 2 Refreshing Gestures

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 7:45


In this iPhone101 Quickbyte, Jeff Thompson dives into the App Store Refresh and then tours the App Store Settings. While Apple does not push the updates to the App Store as much as some of us would like, doing a refresh gesture can maximize the app updates that are available. Two Refresh Gesture Techniques First, get the screens attention by touching a random area on the screen or page you want to refresh, then use one of the following gestures: The single finger double tap and hold then slide down and let go. The 3 finger pull down. This is my fav. One area in particular that these gestures work nicely is in the App Store. Note: If you have App Updates set to automatic, this will not be necessary. To change or to set up auto app updating, see below. When checking for app updates, Single finger double tap on the App Store icon. On the Today screen, single finger swipe left to right one time to My Account. Note: if you do not land on the Today screen when opening the App Store, Single finger double tap on the Today tab in the tab bar at the bottom left corner  of the screen. Then single finger swipe left to right one time to My account. Single finger double tap on My Account Single finger Swipe left to right down to, “Available Updates” or “Updated Recently”. Refresh the screen by doing either the single finger double tap and hold then slide down and release, or, do the 3 finger swipe down from the top and release. Note: the number of available updates may appear or increase significantly if updates are available. You can use these gestures to refresh web sites in Safari or other apps. Whilst the Safari Address/Tab bar has now been adapted with a refresh button, giving us another method of conducting a refresh. To change your app update settings from or to Automatic do the following: Go to settings and single finger double tap. Single finger swipe left to right down to App Store and single finger double tap. Single finger swipe left to right down past the Automatic Downloads heading. Single finger double tap on Apps to on or off. Single finger swipe left to right once  more down to App Updates. Single finger double tap to turn App Updates on or off. Single finger swipe left to right past Cellular Data heading. Single finger double tap on Automatic Downloads on or off. If choosing to turn on cellular Data for Automatic Downloads, single finger swipe left to right one more time down to “App Downloads, Ask if over 200 mb” and single finger double tap to turn on or off. Single finger swipe left to right down to, “Video Auto-Play”, single finger double tap to turn on or off. Single finger swipe down to, “In-App Ratings and Revues”. Single finger double tap to turn on or off. Swipe down to, “Off-load Unused Apps”, single finger double tap to turn on or off. 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 612-367-9063 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

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Accessible Pharmacy: A Comprehensive Medication Management Health Care Company Specializing in Services for the Visually Impaired Community. Get the App!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 32:25


Our guest today is Alex Cohen co-founder of Accessible Pharmacy, a company which provides a multitude of services, but first and foremost it is a comprehensive medication management healthcare company specializing in services for the visually impaired community. Recognizing that this community is not homogenous, and that every individual has individual needs including within its health care services, they work on a case by case basis to match their various services to the individual's needs. Once accessible Pharmacy secures the patient's insurance information, they contact all of the servicing physicians to fully understand what those doctors are prescribing and what the patient's needs truly are. Accessible Pharmacy then becomes a member of the healthcare team, and coordinates all of their medication needs with the various physicians, as well as informing the individual patient of the various packaging options available for their medication's. These include braille, large print, and talking prescription labels provided by Script Talk all of which can be delivered to the patient's front door.  Note: check out a previous episode of the Blind Abilities podcast for more detail regarding Script Talk . Alex Cohen was not born blind, but experienced severe nearsightedness in his youth, eventually being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the wills hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Intent upon completing a degree in hotel management, Alex assumed the position of hotel manager in a local Philadelphia hotel. Recognizing that he was unable to continue in that career, he went back to school to become a professor who taught hotel management, a "hospitality professor". While working on his PhD thesis in marketing, he studied the marketing of various products within the disability community, specifically, how to make a more inclusive marketplace for people with disabilities. as he dug deeper, he realized that many websites of top companies across the nation were inaccessible. Moreover, he delved into the personal impact on the people, i.e. blind and visually impaired technology users as well as their families. He eventually identified substitutional empathy. Which causes friends and family members to feel the inconvenience and hardship of their disabled friends as they experience an accessible technological products. He and his partner and cofounder, Andy Burstein, embarked upon reaching out to see Pacific pharmacies to ask what services, if any they provided to blind and visually impaired customers. The results prompted the formation of accessible Pharmacy to fill the gap that clearly exists in that segment of the marketplace. They launched the company in May 2020, deep in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their service of providing home delivery of prescription medication was particularly appealing to their consumer market during that time. The convenience of pre-sorting pills etc. was also appealing to blind and visually impaired customers who may have spent considerable time doing so on their own otherwise. They have now developed an app, Accessible Pharmacy on the App Store, that contains an OCR camera and QR code reader which is all voice activated. Customers can use that to read all of their prescription labels, as well as two access accessible pharmacy services online. Additionally, you can access their website at accessiblepharmacy.com or via their various social media platforms. They are also partnered with Seeing AIas a Specialized Help resource on that app. Dealing frequently with senior aged customers, Alex encourages users to contact the company by phone where they will not be subjected to multiple layers of menus and phone navigation hoops through which they must Jump. Ultimately he says they prefer to speak with their customers to get the full picture of their medical and health care needs. * Call  215799 9900. Currently registered and 31 states, Accessible Pharmacy continues to work to grow their company across the nation. they are also launching their new product line for pre-measured medication‘s for children, in order to aid buying and visually impaired parents, as well as their pet care medication line. They will also be providing educational seminars, and a conference on Diabetes and breast cancer awareness in which one may enroll via their website.  Inclosing, Alex shares his advice with young blind and visually impaired individuals: don't deny yourself anything“. Do not let opportunities pass you by because of your blindness. Additionally, most people are kind and genuinely wish to help. Don't turn down an offer of assistance that might save you valuable time with which you can do more pleasurable and productive things elsewhere, such as spend time with your family, your kids, or doing something that is fun! Good advice Alex! Be sure to listen to this informative and enjoyable interview as Simon Bonenfant  chats with Alex Cohen of Accessible Pharmacy a strong provider of a valuable service to the BVI community. 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 612-367-9063 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

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Just human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect and Inclusion, The New Book by Dr. Arielle Silverman, Research Specialist at AFB

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 22:06


News Flash: The book is now up on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats! Buy it here. Prices are: $14.95 for the paperback and $4.99 for the E-book. Book Cover: Just Human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect and Inclusion by Arielle Silverman. Dr. Arielle Silverman joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio and introduces her new book, Just Human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect and Inclusion, is a combination of a memoir divided into chronological segments with lessons learned and for others to take from and learn themselves. Arielle brings us front and center as well as taking a look into the future through the glass of research and experience.  Dr. Arielle Silverman is a Research Specialist at American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), and has conducted research studies for the last 10 years. Her passion has remained and we are all looking forward to her work with AFB.  Her blog, Disability Wisdom has been publishing articles for the last 3-4 years and with her focus on her new book and new job, we can still expect her blog to be producing articles in the near future. To stay on top of what Arielle is doing and to find out more about her book, join Arielle's Facebook group and not miss a thing. With all of Arielle's life and work experience, her advice to Transition Students is good as gold and Her book, just human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect and Inclusion, Is Also a Great Read for Transition Age Students, parents, teachers and especially those who are wanting to become a teacher. You can join the Just Human Quest Facebook Group, Follow her Disability Wisdom blog, and contact Arielle at Arielle@DisabilityWisdon.com . 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101: Screen Recordings and Screen Shots – Setting Up, Creating, Taking and Sharing with Siri and Voiceover Accessibility

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 11:29


Blind Abilities adds to the iPhone101 Series with an in depth review of how to create a screen recording in iOS using Voiceover. Pete Lane shows us how to retrieve the screen recording element from  the Settings app  and place it in the desired location in your control center, but that's not all he covers in this  jam-packed episode!  Additionally: Shows us how to activate our microphone for use with the screen recording. Demonstrates how to ask Siri to take a Screen Shot (a photo of our iOS screen(; share both The screenshot and the screen recording directly with a friend hands-free. How to retrieve both from the Photos App. takes a quick jaunt through the Blind Abilities App as he uses it to help demonstrate the screen recording process Join Pete for this thorough demonstration of all of these features in this 12 minute podcast that is guaranteed to educate and entertain!  Now let's lay out each procedure in a step-by-step format so it's clear for everyone to follow: Securing and placing the screen recording element in the control center: We first need to have the screen recording element available in our control center. Here's how we do it! Flick to your settings app and perform a single finger double tap to open it. Flick about halfway down the screen until you reach control center. Perform a single finger double tap to open it. Flick down until you reach the Heading called: “Included Items.” Flick to the right until you reach the item labeled Screen Recording. A single finger double tap will automatically place this item in your control center, but you can first pinpoint the precise location where you want this feature to reside when it is there. To do this, perform a single finger double tap and hold on the button following the screen recording element, labelled: “Reorder Screen Recording, draggable button.” Then slide your finger up or down the screen until you hear voiceover say the location where you wish to place this element. Release your finger and this item will be placed in that slot in this list, as well as in a similar location in the Control Center.  . now we need to go to our control center. Place your finger at the very top of your screen. You should hear voiceover speak one of the elements in the status bar, I. E. Time, Wi-Fi, cellular Network, battery percentage, etc. Once there, slide your finger down the screen beginning in the upper right hand corner until you hear the second audible sound. Lift your finger and your control center will open. Alternatively,      you can swipe up with three fingers from the bottom of your screen until you hear the second audible click to accomplish this. Flick through the various items in the control center until you reach the screen recording element. Remember, it will be in the same place here as it was on the list in the Settings App. Note: Be prepared to decide on what you will want to record using the Screen Recording feature, as our next step will be to start the recording. Also, you may wish to turn on Do Not Disturb in order to avoid unwanted sounds while in screen recording mode. You can ask Siri to do this, and see our previous iPhone 101 episode on Do Not Disturb for more information. Making a Screen Recording: Now that we have our Screen Recording element in the Control Center, we are now able to begin recording. To do this: 1Perform a single-finger double-tap on the Screen Recording element. Voiceover will count down 3-2-1, at which point the recording will begin. To stop recording, merely return to the Control Center and do a single-finger double-tap to stop. How to activate your microphone with Screen Recording: Go to the Screen Recording element in the Control Center. Flick up with one finger and you will hear two options. Perform a single-finger double-tap on “Open Controls”. Single finger double-tap to select this. You will be presented a list of options.  Flick right until you reach “microphone”. This will  be in the off or on position. If off, single-finger double-tap to toggle it on. Now all sounds will be recorded, including your voice and other sounds within reach of the microphone. You can do a single-finger double-tap to begin recording, or exit the Control Center by sliding one finger up from the bottom of your screen until you hear the second audible click. If your iPhone has a Home button, press it  once to exit. How to ask Siri to take and Share a Screen Shot and Screen Recording: While a Screen recording is a recording of  all audio and video occurring on your phone, a Screen Shot is merely a still photo, or snap-shot of a single screen on your phone. It's easy and fast to grab one. Say “Hey Siri, take a Screen Shot.” Siri will take a photo of whatever screen you are on. You may also press and hold your Home button and say the same thing. You may hear a clicking sound like a camera shutter as this happens. Ask Siri to share the image. Merely ask Siri to share with the person by name. You can shorten this process to a singled command by asking Siri to send a Screen Shot to (name).  Note: since screen shots and recordings are visual in nature, you may wish to turn off your screen curtain before beginning the process so recipients with usable vision are able to view the image. You can do this by performing a 3-finger triple-tap.   Retrieving Screen Shots and Recordings From your Photos App:  Screen shots and recordings are photos and videos and are therefore deposited into your Photos App. To retrieve them, do the following: Flick to the Photos App on your Home screen, or ask Siri to open Photos App. Single-finger double-tap to open it. Flick down to the bottom of the opening screen and perform a single-finger double-tap on the Tab labeled “Albums”. You may use a 4-finger single-tap toward the bottom of the screen in lieu of flicking multiple times. From the top of this screen, flick right and go down to the button labeled “Recent”. Single-finger double-tap to open. Flick twice and do a single-finger double-tap on the button labeled “Select”. Flick down until you locate your desired image. . You may choose to swipe up with three fingers in lieu of flicking multiple times to move down your Recent list. These are labeled by “Screen Shot” or “Screen Recording” respectively. Perform a single-finger double-tap to select the item. You may now view the item, delete it or share it by selecting the Share button on the screen. 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 612-367-9063 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

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This is my World, if you would like to come and share it with me, that's beautiful and I hope you enjoy it. Meet Sarah Caltieri, Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Advocate and more.

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 80:01


Sarah Caltieri jumped across the pond to join Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio and talk about her new song, Yesterdays, her songs in general and about bringing awareness to Blindness. Her songs give us a glimpse  of her life experiences and the journey into Blindness as well. Sarah and Jeff dive into a variety of topics including,  is societies limited expectations any different in the U.K. than in the U.S.A? We may be oceans apart but we share a lot of common ground. Especially in the public sphere. And if you like this, You can join Sarah's Secret Sofa on YouTube and stay up to date with Sarah's conversations covering a variety of topics around bringing awareness. Sarah is a singer/songwriter, actor, advocate and a bit of a fashionista when she wants to be.  From a long road of challenges to a career of success, Sarah sports a confident attitude and navigates her pathway towards her passions and joy. Music is her first and foremost endeavor and with her new songs out this year and her previous album getting an ear, it is a sheer pleasure to have Sarah join us in the blind abilities studio to talk just about everything on this huge stage called life. You can find out more about Sarah Caltieri and her music on the web at www.SarahCaltieri.com and on YouTube at Sarah Caltieri. All music in this podcast episode is from Sarah Caltieri 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 612-367-9063 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

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Qudsiya Naqui – Lawyer, Advocate and Podcaster. A Conversation about Transitioning From Sighted to Blind and From College to the Workplace, Running, Biking and Getting Down to the Struts.

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 36:41


Qudsiya Naqui has experienced losing sight, transitioning from reading to listening to audio, learning about the White Cane and advocating all along the way. Qudsiya is aa Lawyer and reflects back about her journey, her advocates, her way of choosing a college and how Tandem Biking and Running has opened up communities where she is thriving. Qudsiya has a lot to say about her experience transitioning into Blindness and the experiences Qudsiya shares are lessons we can all take from.  Qudsiya produces a podcast called, “Down to the Struts” , and here is the description from the web site, DownToTheStruts.com Qudsiya Naqui is a lawyer and activist living in Washington DC. She identifies as a blind, South Asian woman, and is dedicated to making spaces and systems more inclusive of disabled people through public education, storytelling, and amplifying the voices of disabled people. Here is a snippet from Qudsiya's article in Vox: The best $34.32 I ever spent: My white cane As a blind person, it was a conscious investment in my own independence. …As I settled into my hotel room that night, I thought about the object that made this whole trip possible: my white cane. Wielding the cane in the airport, at the restaurant, and in the hotel made me feel powerful and in control, but I recalled a time when that was not the case. I remembered when pulling out the white cane filled me with shame. It was the symbol of my failure to be sighted. Read the entire article on Vox 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101: Voice Memos – Not Your Basic Recorder Anymore. Enhanced, Concise, Speedy and Voiceover Ready, Right There in Your Device!

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 16:31


In this  episode of the ever-growing iPhone101 series  from Blind Abilities focuses on exactly that, the Voice Memos app. This app has become significantly more sophisticated and robust in recent years, including with the advent of iOS 15. However, the interface and operation still remains very simple, quick and convenient. You can capture your thoughts, your guitar riffs, melodies, that phone number or email address, or any other thought that might cross your mind with a few short gestures and taps! Voila! You have it saved for posterity, or at least fame, fortune or celebrity! But, as we mentioned a moment ago, This app is capable of much much more! For example, if you want to “spruce it up” a little to share with family, friends, your Publisher, Agent or social media, just take advantage of one or more of the later features like the Trim function which allows you to delete unwanted noise at the beginning or end of your recording. There's also a feature which eliminates periods of silence during playback, or enhances the quality of the audio to make it sound more professional and cleaner.  Join Pete Lane as he takes us through a comprehensive review of this convenient but powerful recording app, demonstrating each of these features, one at a time, at an easy pace. See how to make a simple recording or enhance it to reflect a more polished product. This app is a “native: Apple app and comes loaded on all iDevices: iPhone, iPad, iPod, the Mac and even on your Apple Watch.  So sit back and relax, and have a listen to this short, 17-minute demonstration as Blind Abilities enhances our understanding of an iPhone app in a way that only they can do: with clarity, humor and flair! How to record a voice memo: Open the Voice Memos app on your iDevice. Single finger double tap on the Record button, Single finger double-tap on Done to end the recording. How to play a voice memo Open the Voice Memos app on your iDevice. Single finger double tap on a recording on the Voice Memos screen,. double-tap on Play. To delete the recording, tap the Done button then tap Delete. Note: Voice memos you record on any of your devices automatically sync to your Mac, iPad, Apple Watch  and any iOS devices where you're signed in with the same Apple ID. How to take advantage of the Trim feature in the Voice Memos app: Single finger double tap on the More Options button,  Single finger double tap on Edit and select the Trim button. How to utilize the new play back features  - playback speed, Skip Silence and Enhanced Recording: Single finger double tap on Playback Settings, Single finger double tap on either or both options. The speed slider control as well as the other off and on options are clearly shown, Single finger double tap on the close button. Single finger double-tap on the Play button.   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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101: Music Recognition and Shazam – Hey! Who Sings This? What Song is This? A Variety of Ways to Use Music Recognition and that Magical App Shazam

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 12:00


 Have you ever spent time listening to music, only to run across a song where you just can't recall its title, or the artist who wrote or performed it?  Blind Abilities presents a demonstration of the music recognition feature in iOS which is a handy and really cool feature that allows you to quickly identify songs and artists that you  hear around you, and even songs that are playing on your own phone or tablet. in fact, there are a few quick and easy ways to find out this information, and that's exactly what we'll be reviewing today.   Picture yourself in a boat on a river, or out in the car listening to the radio, in a store hearing music from speakers in the ceiling, or listening to a  music streaming service or any other source of music where you hear a song playing.  In this demonstration, Pete Lane demonstrates how to use the Shazam app to capture and process the audio, and fill you in on its title, composer and performer. He  walks us through how to ask Siri to identify the information about music you might hear around you, or even on your own device. Finally, imagine you are scrolling through YouTube, Dropbox or another streaming app on your phone, and a random song plays that you are  unfamiliar with. here you can simply open your control center and tap on the music recognition widget and get the information you want.  how do I place a music widget in my control center you might ask? well it's easy.  Go to settings on your Home Screen and perform a single-finger double-tap. Flick down to control center and do another single-finger double tap. Flick to Music Recognition and double tap on “Insert Music recognition”. This will add it to the Control Center. There are two easy ways to open the Control Center to invoke Music Recognition or for any other reason. First, place your finger in the Status Bar which is the thin strip that runs across the top of each screen on your device. Then you can do either:  Run one finger down the screen from the top of the page until you hear the first of two audible clicks. You can do this anywhere on the screen but it may be easier to do so along the edge, using your phone case as a guide to keep your movement straight Perform a 3 finger swipe up from the bottom of the screen. In both cases you will hear Voiceover say “Control Center” as it opens.  Once your Control Center is open, simply navigate to your Music Recognition element and perform a single finger double tap and it will begin processing the song and tell you it's composer and performer. Be sure to join Pete as he demonstrates this cool feature that will never leave us high and dry for specifics about the music we love. Be sure to join Pete as he demonstrates this cool feature that will never leave us high and dry for specifics about the music we love. we want to thank the composers and artists who contributed to our musical line-up today:  Special thanks go out to: * Chee Chau -  Big Bang    * Jim Brinkman - Home Again * Marcus Roberts - Express Mail Delivery  * Jeff Thompson - On the Rebound, performed by Archie Anderson * Pete Lane - Greater Heights and Going Out Tonight  * We were able to demonstrate the Shazam app and other music recognition features with the help of these people and their songs without fear of copyright infringement issues. * Shazam is a free stand-alone app available in the App Store. Feel free to offer any feedback you might have, including suggestions for topics we might consider for our demonstrations or podcast interviews. We value your opinions and welcome your input! 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101 QuickBytes: 6 Quick Bytes for the iPhone, and More! Searching in Settings, Back Tapping Double Tap and Triple Tap, Keyboard Clicks, Lock Sound and System Haptics.

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 7:27


The iPhone101 Series is growing and now we are adding Quick Bytes to the ever growing series. In this Quick Byte we have 3 quick demos broking into Chapters: Searching in Settings. 00:43 Back Tap – Double and Triple Tap. 02:16 Key Clicks, Lock Sound, System Haptics. 05:12 Searching in Settings. Settings Search Text Field You can search for a topic when you open Settings and type in your query and with the results populating just below, single finger swipe to the right  and choose from the options. Let's search for Back Tap from the settings search box. Type in Back Tap, single finger swipe to the right and single finger double tap on Back Tap.  Note: You can dictate your search query using Siri as well. While in the Search field, two finger double tap and after the beep, say, Back Tap.” you can single-finger swipe left to right and find the search results just below the search field. Searching from the Settings page allows you to explore quickly and is an easy way to discover more settings options and solutions you may have been looking for. Setting Up Back Tap By tapping the back side of your iPhone with a double tap or a triple tap, you can assign gestures, shortcuts and commands to operate instantaneously.  Note: setting down your device can initiate the back tap gesture inadvertently.  Myth Buster Alert: The back tap gestures will work through a case. Double Tap Back Tap Settings Accessibility Touch Back Tap Double Tap Triple Tap Back Tap Settings Accessibility Touch Back Tap Triple Tap Turning on Lock Sounds, Keyboard Clicks and System Haptics. Do you like to know that your iPhone locked by hearing a sound of a lock closing? Have you heard the Keyboard Clicks while typing? Is your iPhone vibrating a bit too much when getting feedback?  You can toggle these settings on or off and choose what suits you best. Settings Sounds and Haptics Keyboard Clicks Lock Sound System Haptics 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 612-367-9063 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

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Believe You Can! The Believe You Can Virtual Talent Show Returns Bigger and Better than Ever Before! Join the Live Show, and Support the Creative Talents at www.BelieveYouCan dot Live

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 27:11


Believe You Can, the virtual talent show and fundraiser sponsored by the Philadelphia Keystone chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is this Saturday, October 16 at 7pm. Simon who serves as the chapter's secretary  talks  with hosts, Lisa Bryant, David Goldstein and Stacie Leap along with chapter president Harriet Go, who is also one of this year's performers. It's a great conversation and behind the scenes look into how the show came to be and a sneak peek into this year's lineup. Tickets are on sale now at $10 and $25. To purchase tickets go to: www.BelieveYouCan.Live For information about the Keystone Chapter contact Harriet Go at: goharriet00@hotmail.com See you there! 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101: VoiceOver Recognition - Image Descriptions, Screen Recognition, Text Recognition, and using the Rotor and setting up Quick Settings.

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 18:37


Adding to our iPhone101 series, this demonstration explores VoiceOver Recognition and the 3 major features and the settings you want to be familiar with when using the iPhone or iPad VoiceOver accessibility feature. The Rotor and the Quick Settings is demonstrated as well as having access to the VoiceOver Recognition settings can be very beneficial “on the fly”. Here is what Apple has to say about VoiceOver Recognition: Use VoiceOver Recognition on your iPhone or iPad With VoiceOver Recognition, your device can recognize images and text in apps and web experiences where VoiceOver support—like alt text or ARIA labels—is missing. What you need To use VoiceOver Recognition, you need one of these devices using iOS or iPadOS 14 or later: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later iPad mini (5th generation) or later iPad Air (3rd generation) or iPad Air (4th generation) iPad (8th generation) or later All iPad Pro 11-inch models All iPad Pro 12.9-inch models Turn on VoiceOver Recognition Go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver. Check that VoiceOver is turned on. Tap VoiceOver Recognition. Then select any of the available options to turn them on. Image Descriptions When Image Descriptions is on, VoiceOver describes images in apps and on the web. When using the Camera app to take a photo, VoiceOver also describes what's visible in the viewfinder. VoiceOver lets you know if an image has sensitive content before it describes the image. Image Descriptions is available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin - China mainland), English (U.K.), English (U.S.), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Spanish (Spain). Screen Recognition When Screen Recognition is on, VoiceOver recognizes an app's interface controls to help you navigate it. Text Recognition When Text Recognition is on, VoiceOver reads the text it identifies within images and photos. Text Recognition is available in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English (U.S.), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (Spain). Choose a Feedback Style To choose how VoiceOver announces unlabeled icons or images, select Feedback Style: Speak: VoiceOver first says "possibly," then it describes what it recognizes. For example, if VoiceOver finds an unlabeled triangular icon in a music app, it might say something like "Possibly Play button." Play Sound: VoiceOver first plays a quick sound, then it describes what it recognizes. For example, when you select a photo of a pet in your Photos Library, it might play a sound, then say something like "A black dog lying on a blue and white blanket on a wooden floor." Do Nothing: VoiceOver describes what it recognizes without notifying you first. 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 612-367-9063 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

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Tech Abilities: In Depth, Spontaneous and Off the Rails! A Look at Live text/OCR on the iPhone Camera, Amazon's New Product Line, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Vision Loss Progression and more Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective.

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 94:19


The Tech Abilities Studio was organized prepared and then, we went off the rails. Even the best of planning did not stop the spontaneity from over-riding the intent of an outline. Is this a bad thing? You be the judge.  You can listen using the chapter feature if your player has it, or just take it all in one big binge.  Serina, Raqi, Jesse and Jeff jump the tracks and go in depth on unintended segues that are thought provoking and yes, the  spontaneous nature made it through the editing process and defied Raqi's claim that Jeff does not like spontaneous. Hmmph. I say. We really go into some deep discussions so grab a lifeline and jump on in with us. 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 Tre in the Blind Abilities Studio! 01:25 Live Text and OCR straight from the iPhone Camera. 03:07 Live Text. 04:11 Navigating text from a photo Live Text/OCR Text Detection Demo. 08:14 Amazon Event  18:23 Astro Home Robot  19:29 Amazon revealed a home assistant robot, called Astro, which can help with home security monitoring, act as a mobile device, and more. It has a 10-inch touchscreen that can show a “face,” and it scoots around your house on wheels. You can request an invite to buy it as part of Amazon's Day 1 Edition program, and it costs $999.99. The robot will begin shipping to selected customers later this year. The Echo Show 15.  24:57 Amazon announced its biggest smart display yet, the $249.99 Echo Show 15. It has a 15.6-inch, 1080p HD display that's designed to be a shared hub for families, and it has a new AZ2 chip. It will be available later this year. Designed to hang on the wall. The Echo Glow Device for kids 31:25 Amazon's new Echo Glow is a videoconferencing device designed for kids. It has an eight-inch display to see friends or family members and a touch-sensitive tabletop projector gadget that can be used to play games, read books, and make art. It will have content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Mattel, and Sesame Workshop. If you want to try Glow, you can apply to the early access program, and if you're selected, you can buy it for $249.99. When it is released to a wider audience, it will cost $299.99. Amazon Smart Thermostat   Amazon announced a new Smart Thermostat that works with Alexa, which it made in partnership with Resideo, the makers of Honeywell Home. It will cost $59.99, and preorders open Tuesday. Hey Disney Virtual Assistant built on Alexa  31:54 Amazon and Disney announced a new voice assistant called “Hey Disney,” which is built on Alexa. It offers a lot of Disney-themed Alexa experiences, and it will also be available in Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms for better hospitality. The “Hey Disney” assistant is “expected next year,” though it's a paid skill unless you are staying at one of the resorts. There's also a new Mickey Mouse-themed Echo Show 5 stand, which is available to preorder Tuesday for $24.99. Ring's Always Home Cam Drone  32:07 Last year, Amazon revealed the Always Home Cam, which puts a Ring camera on a drone. If you're interested in getting one, you can apply for an invite starting Tuesday. The drone costs $249.99. Ring Video Doorbell package alert  32:07 SLING TV IS COMING TO ECHO SHOW DEVICES AMAZON WILL LET YOU TEACH ALEXA CUSTOM SOUNDS  35:56 Amazon's new Custom Sound Detection will let users teach Alexa custom sounds, which could be useful to let you set smart home routines or trigger alerts. AMAZON IS ADDING NEW CONTENT TO ITS KIDS PLUS SERVICE Amazon is bringing new content to its Kids Plus subscription service, which offers kid-friendly books, movies, games, and more. The new content includes Blippi's Treehouse Alexa Together 38:10 ALEXA TOGETHER IS AMAZON'S NEW SERVICE TO CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS REMOTELY. Amazon's new Alexa Together remote care subscription service will replace the free Alexa Care Hub in 2022 and adds new features like compatibility with fall detection services. Alexa Together will cost $19.99 per month, and you can try it for free for six months. And if you're a current Care Hub subscriber, you'll get a year of Alexa Together for free. New iPad Mini Raqi  43:15 New iPhone 13 Pro Max 512 Gigabytes Jesse  49:17 Low Vision and the New iPhone and iOS15. 53:47 Why did Jeff return his iPhone 13 Pro Max? 61:27 iOS 15 jitters and other issues popping up. 65:12 Vision Loss Progression  78:24 When Vision Loss catches up with you. Guide Dogs and Canes, one without the other. 82:30 How we adjust to people judging and some teaching moments. Heading Out to the Bye Bye and Astro Scissor Hands. 90:25 Outro and Contact Information. 93:06 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101: Getting Your Home Screens Organized – Part 1

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Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 10:29


Blind Abilities is committed to meeting your needs as a listener and a dedicated iDevice user. as a part of our effort to do so, we are fine-tuning our focus on our iPhone 101  series towards addressing real life situations in which you might apply some of the features and techniques we present. We want to help you understand how we might use them in our day to day routines, in hopes that you too will be able to enhance your iPhone or iPad experiences. We are presenting a new series and some mini-series as we travel this journey with you.  Jeff just released the iPhone101 QuickBytes series which presents "Byte-sized" features to help you better use your iDevice, and now Pete brings you a new mini-series called “"Getting Your Home Screens Organized." This series will address a few simple but overlooked actions including moving apps, hiding screens and utilizing the App Library. We hope this will allow you to become better organized, help you locate your important apps,  set aside those which you don't access as often, and work more quickly and productively. In Part 1 of this mini-series, Pete delves into how to move apps from one location to another on the same screen, from one screen to another, into and out of folders, and how to rename a folder. Buckle-in for this short, fast and informative trip through the process of rearranging apps and beginning the process of organizing your Hone Screens. There are a lot of quick gestures, flicks right and left, and up and down, so enjoy and here are some tips when operating in edit mode: Enter editing mode on your home screen. Flick up and double tap when you hear edit mode. Leave edit mode – from the bottom of the screen, single finger  slide up and note that after 10 seconds of inactivity, edit you will leave edit mode.  edit mode. Flicking up or down will need to be followed by a single finger double tap to enter that action. Just like when you entered edit mode. Note: Be sure that you can edit apps on home screen by going to Settings, Accessibility, Voiceover, and then Rotor Actions, single finger double tap and toggle on the edit apps on home screen option. 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101 Quick Bytes: Battery Health, Seeing AI with Siri Shortcut made Easy, Mail Message Threading. 3 Quick Bytes for the iPhone, and More!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 7:53


The iPhone101 Series is growing and now we are adding Quick Bytes to the ever growing series. In this Quick Byte we have 3 quick demos broking into Chapters: Battery Health. 00:44 Seeing AI with Siri Shortcut made easy. 03:55 Threading Apple Mail Messages. 06:06 Battery Health:  Settings Battery Battery Health Seeing AI with Siri Shortcut  made easy Open Seeing AI Menu Settings  Siri Shortcuts Mail Message Threading Settings Mail Organize by Thread (on/off) 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 612-367-9063 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

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Tech Abilities: Do You Need a Hero App? Facebook and Ray-Ban Smart Glasses or Not? Apple's California Dreaming, Direct Touch Typing, Use Factors for the iPad Mini and Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective.

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 83:51


The Tech Ability Team is in full force and we begin to show how we differentiate when it comes to styles, use factors and preferences. From buying out-right or on the trade up program, to Direct Touch Typing and using the Apple Watch, we all stand by our own way and we do get it that what works for you, works for you. Raqi talks about her Ipad Mini purchase and her use factor, Serina dives deep into Direct Touch Typing, and the entire team gets up front and personal about the Apple event, California Dreaming. We do as we do and sometimes, not as we say. (Jeff snickers as Serina crosses her arms and looks away.) What the heck is this Hero App from Ayes? Do we need a Hero? And how about Facebook and Ray Ban launching 20 styles of smart glasses? Or, are they really all that smart? Join the team from Tech Abilities in the Blind Abilities Studio and give us some feedback and/or suggestions by calling 612-367-6093. We would love to hear from you! Be sure to note that we use chapters so you can jump from topic to topic as you desire. The time stamp is also provided for reference as well. Here are the links and notes from this Tech Abilities episode: Preamble with Chapter and phone announcements. 0:00 Let's get this show started! 0:42 Hero App by Ayes – Gather Data for Blind People. Help out blind and visually impaired people by gathering data Grab images of intersections, pedestrian traffic lights and different difficult situations you encounter as a pedestrian while walking. The Hero app, provided by AYES, let you upload all these images and videos very easily. AYES will use the footage to make their algorithms even better and help out blind and visually impaired people with their mobility. 03:03 Introducing Ray-Ban Stories: First-Generation Smart Glasses Today, we're excited to launch Ray-Ban Stories: smart glasses that give you a new way to capture photos and video, share your adventures and listen to music or take phone calls — so you can stay present with friends, family and the world around you. Built in partnership with Facebook and EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban Stories start at $299 USD and will be available for purchase in 20 style combinations. 07:33 California Streaming. 15:02 Apple TV Plus New series and seasons! 15:27 Apple Fitness Pilates and Guided Meditation added. Introducing guided meditation, with video and audio sessions. Available on 9.27. 15:42 Coming Soon: All together now. Group Workouts, powered by SharePlay, let you and up to 32 of your favorite people work out together. Cheer each other on or talk smack face to face. See when someone closes an Activity ring. And during HIIT, Treadmill, Cycling, and Rowing workouts, you get a notification when someone moves ahead of the pack on the Burn Bar. 16:44 iPad From $329 or $27.41/mo. 17:45 iPad Mini: A15 Bionic. 8.3-inch all-screen design. Ultrafast 5G. 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center. From $499 or $41.58/mo. for 12 mo. Stage. Touch ID. USB-C. Discover the new iPad mini. How does Raqi utilize the iPad Mini? 19:04 iPhone 13 and 13 mini: Advanced dual-camera system. Ceramic Shield. A15 Bionic chip. Longer battery life. 23:39 iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max: The biggest upgrade ever to the Pro camera system. Take a good look. 23:39 Apple Watch 7. 34:49 Roll out of iOS 15. 41:16 Direct Touch Typing? 43:57 Typing on the Apple Watch Keyboard. 54:46 Do you use raise to speak? 61:19 Almost the End, however… 67:02 Adaptation Store Cane Sale this month! 70:01 Sopranos Now Has Audio Description on HBO. 75:55 We Be Done, Outro and Contact Information. 80:31 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 612-367-9063 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

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Feather Chelle Releases New Book, The Color of Darkness , an Abilities Awareness Activity Book for Young Readers, Blind and Sighted alike

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 14:13


Feather Chelle has just released her 4th book and joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about the activities, poems and lessons she brings to this wonderful book. Of which you can receive free by sending an email with the word Subscribe in the subject line.  The Colors of Darkness  is a great addition to any classroom, group and brings awareness to the spectrum of abilities people have in a fun and interactive way.  Feather was on earlier this year and talked about her Blindness journey, family, kids and much more. You can check out Feather's previous podcast episode on Blind Abilities: Author Feather Chelle Has So Many Interesting Chapters in Her Life, I just wanted to keep turning the Pages. And Her New Book, Stranded, is a Page Turner as Well! To receive your free copy of The Colors of Darkness Click on this email link and Subscribe will already populate the subject line and you will soon be enjoying Feather's latest book. 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. Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

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Tech Abilities: VR Perspectives on Back to School and Mac vs PC vs Notetakers. Plus, WiFi Calling, EZ Shortcuts, Mail Threading Messages, Deleting Apps with a Flick and a Tap and more Tech Tidbits and News

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 88:05


The Tech Abilities Crew took on some tough conversations and a lot of good information was laid out on the table. Will there be a Mac vs PC showdown this month? We actually went at it a bit and stay tuned when Raqi and Lisa return to the Blind Abilities Studio to balance out the battle royal. Jesse, Serina and Jeff brought a great perspective on the tools for education and gave some great tips from their own educational journeys.  Check out the list and links below for all the tech tidbits and news covered by the team. You can use the chapter feature in your podcast player to jump to the topics you want to listen to first, then 2nd and so on.  Be sure to subscribe to the Blind Abilities Podcast with your favorite podcast player. That's 2 words, Blind Abilities.  Thanks for listening. Introduction. 0:00 It's Show Time! 0:41 Cane sale? What's the Adaptation Store got this month? 6:13 Apple Event Tuesday September 14, 10 Pacific, 11 Mountain, 12 Central and 1 PM. Eastern Time. 6:32 Comply Air Pod Pro foam Tips - Medium, small, large or assorted. 12:46 Apps we always debate about keeping. Deleting an app from your update list. 15:13 Favorite Siri commands: Create an appointment, set reminder, Read Text with Seeing AI, etc. 18:13 Apple TV Plus series, SEE has returned for 2nd season and I am riveted. The Morning show returns for season 2 on the 17th of September. Ted Lasso anybody? 22:48 WiFi calling explained. Pros and Cons and FaQs. 26:52 Swordy Quest releases 5.3 Plus an emergency fix! Way to go Charlie! 29:23 Back to School tips for students. From a Voc Rehab perspective. 30:38 Windows 11? 39:46 PC vs Mac vs Notetakers from a VR perspective. 43:31 Favorite Fn Commands  PC users. 58:05 Apple mail, grouping messages or not? Plus Demo. 64:25 More on Back to School and Education. 76:13 Recapping and Contact Info. 82:10   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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101 – More Special Effects for the Messages App in iOS. By the Way, Congratulations, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 13:25


Adding to the iPhone101 Series, here is another iPhone101 demonstration, In which Pete completes his romp through the remaining screen effects embedded in the iOS Messages app. Listen as he updates us on two more effects, the Happy Birthday and Emoji Replacement features. be sure to join Pete as he adeptly navigates the step by step processes for using them both, with his typical humor, sound effects and musical flair which make listening to the iPhone101 Series so enjoyable. The first of these screen effects allows you to generate full animated screen images easily automatically by merely typing or dictating a short, common phrase, such as Happy Birthday, congratulations or happy new year. The latter involves a somewhat more tedious process of using the emoji action on your Rotor to find and substitute emojis in lieu of words in your text message. Both features are fully available and accessible to Voiceover users of iOS. Pete suggests checking a couple of settings in order to get optimal results from these effects: Open your Settings app and flick down to Accessibility, go to Motion, Set Reduced Motion to the Off position, and Set Auto Play message effects according to whether you prefer to hear and see these effects automatically or voluntarily. Regardless of whether you communicate with blind or sighted friends or family members   using text messages, your messages will be more interesting and personal with the use of the screen effects described in this and our previous iPhone101 episode, so set aside about 13 minutes of your valuable time to give them a listen. You won't regret 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 612-367-9063 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

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Swordy Quest Creator Charlie Seligman Talks Accessibility and App Development and Creating the Same Experience for Everyone. Plus Some Hidden Tips and Upcoming Gems.

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 41:06


Full Transcript Charlie Seligman joins Jesse Anderson from Illegally Sighted YouTube Channel and Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio for a great conversation about how Charlie got started developing games and how accessibility became part of his passion. With a community behind him all the way, Charlie is living his dream as the popularity of his adventure Role Playing game (RPG) has exploded among the Blindness community. Although Swordy Quest is for both sighted and visually impaired users, Charlie has taken to accessibility for all the right reasons and he is engaged and making friends within the community now known as Swordy Questors. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @SeligmanVenture and join the SwordyQuestors on the Facebook group. Charlie leaves tips and announcements as well as polls to keep Swordy Quest developing in the way that the community desires and advises. Charlie wants to hear from you! You can find and subscribe to Jesse Anderson's YouTube Channel IllegallySighted and stay up to date on accessible gaming. Be sure to check out the Tech Abilities show on Blind Abilities and stay up to date with the latest Assistive Technology, breaking news and happenings from a Blindness perspective. 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 612-367-9063 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

Blind Abilities
iPhone101 – Screen Effects: Sending Audio Enhanced Special Screen Effects with the Messages App and Responding with the React Feature to Messages

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 9:02


Blind Abilities adds to their iPhone101 Series with this brief and fast paced trip through the iOS Messages app. With this visit Pete Lane reviews how to send iMessages with special screen effects. with a minor change to your ”send” gesture, from a simple double tap to a double tap and hold. You can add animated visual and audio effects to a text message,  adding some entertainment and fun to an otherwise drab piece of text Pete describes how to generate a message with either full screen effects, of which there are eight available, or bubble effects which are a little less elaborate, but possess some flair as well. he also shows us how to add visual graphic images when replying to an incoming iMessage via  use of the react button in the messages app. all of these effects are simple to generate, but they can add so much to your text communications. Check out this quick romp through the messages app as Pete typically enlists the use of his own sound effects, music and humor to make these demonstrations more enjoyable! He also takes some liberties with his presentation to ensure we all hear the full audio sounds of each effect by eliminating the Voiceover description of the visual experience, showing us both the real iPhone effect as well as the stripped-down audio version only. All you need to do is set aside less than 10 minutes of your valuable time and become reacquainted with the special effects features in your native Apple messages app. You won't regret 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 612-367-9063 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

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Tech Abilities: Adaptations Sale, FlickType Saga, Disney's Adaptive Costumes, iOS15 Nears, Going Back from Beta, The Vale Arrives for Accessible Gaming and more Tech Tidbits in the News

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 79:19


The Tech Abilities Team kicks off with a Back to School Sale from the Adaptation Store and then some Flick Type battle with the Apple Store. Braille Screen Input is the keyboard choice of many and Disney announces Adaptive Costumes for Halloween. While some of us are Beta testing iOS15, one of us went back to 14 and tells us how. Better foam tips for Air Pod Pros and an inexpensive Loop for the Apple Watch. HBO is getting revamped and accessibility on the iPhone App is going well while HBO on Apple TV is not needing some choices to stick. Accessible gaming is getting some attention and of course, Swordy Quest gets it's mention once again and again. Join in this delightful journey through the latest tech tidbits and news from around the world of accessibility, Blindness and life itself. Wow, that went deep, didn't it? Here is the timeline and links related to the topics mentioned in the episode: Episode Introduction. 00:00 Let the Show Begin! 00:56 10% Off Back to School at the Adaptation Store. 3:50 Flick Type calls it quits or, did Apple stiff them? 5:17 Braille Screen Input Keyboard Option. 11:03 The Mantis Q40 from APH.org. 12:46 Disney announces Halloween Adaptive Costumes for people with Disabilities. 16:36 iCloud for Windows updated with New Password Manager App. 17:57 The PC vs Mac Battle continues! 19:19 iOS 15 beta and the Safari Address bar saga. 21:32 Apple TV remote gets firmware update and Remote Sexy! 29:47 Apple announces SharePlay will not launch with iOS 15. 32:23 Comply Foam Apple Air Pod Pro 2.0 Replacement Tips 3 sets of 2.  $24.99! 36:58 Jubanke Metal Magnetic with case, stainless steel milanesemeshloop$12.99! 40:31 HBO App is getting revamped. Plus, HBO iOS Audio Description. 44:37 Going Back from the iOS 15 Beta and How it is done. 48:10 From the listeners. 56:43 Love Raqi and Lisa.  Larry Birdsong writes the Tips and Tricks and suggests bringing a battery pack when traveling. Europe and so forth. Just easier.  Apple Events? Rumor Has It. 58:55 Chapters are a hit! 61:26 Hearthstone Access from Blizzard. 62:34 The Vale from Falling Squirrel. 65:24 As an audio based game, The Vale sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and provide a truly novel experience for visually impaired and sighted gamers alike. IllegallySighted YouTube Channel Demo Video Swordy Quest Chit Chat. 67:16 Attack of the Bee or was it Bees? 72:56 Closing thoughts and contact information. 74:32   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 612-367-9063 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

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IPhone101 - iOS Reminders App: Hey Siri, Remind Me to…

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 20:23


Blind Abilities adds another episode to their expanding library of iPhone101 Serieswith this 20 minute walk-through of the iOS Reminders app. Reminders is a native Apple app which comes on all iPhones, iPads and iPod devices. Reminders provides a convenient and effective means for scheduling and tracking tasks, creating Shopping and To Do lists,  and generally manage your plans for day to day activities in the future.  Join Pete Lane as he embarks on a 2-part approach towards Reminders, by first walking through the app “interface" manually using Voiceover and navigating element-by-element, typing task and list titles and becoming familiar with the power of the app. In part 2 he uses Siri to perform all of the same activities, an approach which is clearly simpler and more convenient, particularly for Voiceover users. Here are some of the Reminders functionalities you will learn: How to create a Shopping or Grocery list to ensure you have all the ingredients for that special meal. How to create To Do list on which to plan that special project. How to schedule Reminders on specific days and times, or when we arrive at or leave a particular location. How to create a group. how to assign responsibility to specific members of that group. How to share reminders with others. While the app can be confusing, Pete points out some of the pitfalls and offers tips on avoiding them. We all wish our lives were simpler and less chaotic, right? Well it just might be a pie in the sky dream, but with the use of the easy iOS Reminders app, we can at least organize the chaos!   Set aside 20 minutes to listen to this iPhone101 episode to acquaint, or reacquaint yourself with Reminders. Better yet, just press your Siri button and say: “Hey Siri, remind me to listen to the latest episode of iPhone101 on Blind Abilities!” In this Demo, Pete adds entertainment value to the demonstration with music and sound effects. Not all effects you hear are actual iOS sound effects. 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 612-367-9063 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

Blind Abilities
Matthew Whitaker Releases His 3rd Album, Connections, Finishes His 2nd Year at Juilliard and His 1st Interview in the Blind Abilities Studio! Meet Matthew Whitaker Musician Extraordinaire!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 39:24


Matthew Whitaker started playing piano at age 3 and has been studying and practicing music ever since. He plays all types of music and Jazz is the place where he likes to reside as he has the freedom to improvise. Matthew has just released his 3rd album, Connections, and talks about the recording process, the people he worked with and how his original songs came about. Matthew takes us through his arrangements, time shifts and his instruments surrounding him in his studio. Matthew also stresses how he does not let his Blindness hold him back. From rock climbing, skiing  to touring the world and entertaining people with his music, Matthew always finds the time to take a break and we caught him at just the right time for this interview. His 2nd year at The Juilliard School and his 3rd record now complete, Matthew joined Jeff and Pete in the Blind Abilities Studio. Learn about Matthew's musical journey, his passion for music and his wide range of musical instruments  that fill his studio. Most importantly, you get a chance to meet Matthew Whitaker, a 20 year old musician who just happens to be Blind. And, as you will find out, a pretty nice guy! You can find out more about Matthew Whitaker on his web site and be sure to check out Matthew's music wherever you listen to music. 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101: Freeing Up Storage Space on your iDevice by Removing Large Files and Attachments by Recommendations from Your iDevice Itself!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 10:16


Is your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch big enough? Are you constantly worrying about not having enough space on your phone to upgrade to the latest iOS update, or even download that new app you want? If so, you may be experiencing “Small Device Storage Syndrome”. This is a potentially serious condition which is growing among smart phone users around the globe and you owe it to yourself to find out if you are afflicted by this ailment. Ask yourself the following questions: Did you spring for the 256 Gb model? Or maybe the 512 Gb model when you have only used 50 Gigs on your last three iPhones?  Have you already decided on the larger phone the next time you upgrade, even though you just bought the latest model? Will you justify buying the largest model available, even though it will cost $200 more than you are paying in rent?  Do you panic Whenever your available storage space dips under 200 Gigs? Do you instantly delete each and every message in your Messages app or What's App as soon as you read it? Answer key: if you answered yes to all of these questions, you may be suffering from an illness called “Small Device Storage Syndrome”. This bears the symptoms of always feeling like you just can't have enough iPhone storage, no matter how much available space you have.. It's like a constant hunger! Well, here at BlindAbilities, we provide urgent care attention to those who suffer, and we do not “judge”, regardless of your addictions or habits. Let this episode of the iPhone101 series  start the healing process and begin the journey back to normalcy. One way to start this process is to clear out some of those large, unneeded or unwanted files such as videos, photos, audio files or documents that are occupying large chunks of space. in this episode Pete Lane walks us through a couple of methods to do precisely that. Learn how to free up storage space on your device by clearing out large attachments received in your Messages app and more! Join Pete as he walks through the iPhone storage settings, describing how to identify which apps are using the most space on your device, which are your largest files,  and how to remove them. As usual, Pete describes in detail the step by step ways to do this And of course, he enlists the help of music and effects to make your listening experience entertaining and enjoyable along the way. Listen  in on this brief and fast-paced demonstration of deleting large attachments to free up that priceless space on your device,! Here are the steps for Storage Recommendations: Go to iPhone settings, Go to General, Go to iPhone Storage:  Go to Recommendations: Review the list of Large Attachments that you have received in your Messages app and decide whether or not you wish to save them or you can delete them. This list is provided for you in order of size so you will know how much storage space they are occupying. Review your apps which are also displayed in order of space occupied. This will help you know which are taking up the most space on your phone as you move forward.    Stay tuned as Blind Abilities continues to add to its growing library of iPhone 101 demonstrations aimed at teaching you about specific features or apps on your iDevice, or reacquainting you with some that have faded with time. Also, be sure to offer suggestions for additional topics that Jeff and Pete can cover in future episodes of this series. 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 612-367-9063 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

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Megan Hale is Taking Adaptive and Blind Physical Education to the Field of Educators and Helping Bring Trail orienteering to the Microsoft Soundscape App

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 28:47


I first heard of Megan Hale when she posted a YouTube video announcement about her upcoming YouTube Channel, Blind Physical Education, and new right away that Megan's passion and enthusiasm would be of interests to our many listeners. Megan wants to educate Physical Education teachers about the possibilities and available adaptive techniques so more BVI students can participate beyond the level of low expectations. Megan attended Camp Abilities and was given the opportunity and adaptive techniques for full participation in the sports along with other Blind and Visually Impaired attendees. This experience changed her perspective and now Megan is parsuinga career to change the perspectives of the Physical Educators and get the other Megan's out there off the bench and onto the playing field. Megan is working with Microsoft and the Soundscape App to create an outdoor experience with Trail orienteering. Learn more about, this and her goals in this educational episode from Blind Abilities and be sure to check out the latest from Megan's YouTube Channel Blind Physical Education. You can also learn about Camp Abilities, the educational sports camp for children and teens who are Blind, visually impaired and deafblind. 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 612-367-9063 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

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Tech Abilities: Deep Nosing, Battery Packing, Laundry Lens App, Air Pod Pro Betas Conversation Boost, the Tech Lending Library. And more Tech Tidbits in the News

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 69:35


Welcome to another Tech Abilities episode from the Blind Abilities Studio. This episode dives into the latest news and gadgets from the world of technology with a blindness perspective. Joining Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio is Serina Gilbert, Raqi Gomez, Jesse Anderson and Lisa Salinger and of course Marlon flies in from Trinidad for a bit. If your podcast player supports chapters, then you can jump to the topic of your liking at any time, however, this episode was designed to be taken in in one giant bite, but go ahead and nibble away if you desire. Here is the chronological list of topics covered by the team: Podcast Guy Skit. 0:00 Episode Introduction. 1:38 It's Show Time. 3:21 Short cuts for skipping next track and adding to playlist. 9:04 How is the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack? 14:32 ‘Laundry Lens' for iOS reminds you there's an app for everything, including doing your laundry. 17:58 Audio Description for the Olympics experience. 21:17 Microsoft pauses free Windows 365 cloud PC trials after 1 day! 23:04 Hands-on: You can now run Windows 365 on iPad, and Microsoft even has an app for it. 30:02 Swordy Quest Continues. 32:01 Everything That Has Happened Since The Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Was Filed. 34:18 Title Second AirPods Pro Firmware Beta Adds Conversation Boost. 40:15 WhatsApp finally rolls out new View Once feature, immediately buried by Telegram. 45:42 Rapid COVID-19 Test. 47:14 Tech Lending Library at State Services for the Blind (SSB). 55:52 Taming Gaming Web Site. 65:54 Contact Info. 68:20 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 612-367-9063 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

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iPhone101: Script App Demonstration and a conversation with Envision America's Director of Marketing, Jenna Reed

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 22:25


iPhone101: Script App  Demonstration and a conversation with Envision America's Director of Marketing, Jenna Reed   Blind Abilities adds to its growing library of iPhone 101 demonstrations with this in depth perusal of the ScripTalk app for iOS, coupled with an interview with Jenna Reed, Director of Marketing at Envision America. Envision America is a 25 year-old company who offers the Scriptability program, of which ScripTalk is a part.  Scriptability provides a variety of accessible labels for prescription medications, including  booklet-style, large print (known as ScriptView), dual language and Controlled Substance Safety Labels that attach securely to the medicine bottle. It also encompasses braille overlay labels, and talking labels (ScripTalk), which involve an RFID digital label affixed to the bottom of your pill bottle. In this iPhone 101 demonstration, Pete Lane focusses on using the free iOS ScripTalk app, also available for Android, which reads the RFID labels on the iPhone. Join Pete as he first chats with Jenna Reed from Envision America who relays to us the history of the company, from its inception when its primary product was ID Mate, a talking bar code scanner, a popular device for blind and visually impaired customers, but which has been recently retired and no longer available for purchase. Jenna assures owners that all warranties will be honored for repairs and maintenance, that spare parts are available, and that any and all efforts will be made to assist users with any problems they may encounter with ID Mate devices. Meanwhile, the company is focused on their accessible prescription labels which are a dynamic and useful product for more than 20,000 blind and visually impaired users. As an alternative, Envision America also provides a stand-alone device which will read the RFID label without having to use the smart phone app.  Once again Blind Abilities addresses the interests of their listeners with a detailed, yet quick review of an iOS app that is used across the blindness community. Listen as Pete shares his process of enrolling in the ScripTalk program following a potentially dangerous experience in which he mixed-up two different medications using his “tried and true” method of organizing his daily medications. While this method failed, it fortunately led to his decision to join the ScripTalk program which offers an almost foolproof process of identifying prescription medications reliably.. Pete walks through the features of the ScripTalk app, describing how to perform both the Quick Scan and Full Scan options, and delving into the other elements of the app, including the My Meds, Pharmacies and Help tabs, which provide considerable information to users.   As usual, Pete includes some humor and effects which provide for an interesting demonstration and an entertaining listening experience for you.   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 612-367-9063 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

Blind Abilities
Beyond Vision: Enriching the Lives of Americans Who are Blind Through the Dignity of Work Valued by Customers and the Community.

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 19:57


From Beyond Vision, Jennifer Wenzel, Stephen Gould, Diana Voigt, Michael Newman and Javier Johnson join Jeff Thomson in the Blind Abilities Studio to share how Beyond Vision is creating opportunities through employment for people who are Blind or Visually Impaired. This is not your Grandfather's Sheltered Workshop is a statement that rings through clearly in this conversation. Michael and Javier work int the machine shop and shipping and receiving departments while Jennifer, Stephen and Diana are in the front office with hiring and marketing responsibilities. Learn how they came to work at Beyond Vision and how they are enhancing the  career opportunities, building awareness in the communities and building relationships with some of the top businesses through providing a quality product and service. You can find out more about Beyond Vision on the web and see how you can become part of the growing team. 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 612-367-9063 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

Blind Abilities
Tech Abilities: Swordy Quest, Ziggy's Masculine Voice, Mag Safe Charger, Beta Backups, Clubhouse is Open, Peloton Game,Diablo2 Accessibility, Messenger's Soundmojis and Busy Boxes for Adults!

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 71:40


The crew jumps through the hoops and then some, bringing you a wide perspective on some of the latest news and definitely some perspectives that are quite unique. Either way we see it, there is something for everyone. Join Serina, Raqi, Jesse, Lisa and Jeff in episode 31 of Tech Abilities and also podcast number 771 of the Blind Abilities library of podcasts. Marlon and Lori join the crew for a few moments for some lite humor. Here are the topics, links and times of each as you can search or use the Chapters feature if your podcast player supports chapters. Introduction. 00:00 Lori Who?  1:25 Pre-Show Ramble 2:50 Official Show Start 13:52 Mag Safe Battery Pack from Apple. 5w and 15w charging with pass-through feature.  $99. Can also be used to charge air pods! 16:42 Alexa finally gets a masculine-sounding voice option 23:41 Magnifier in Control Center.  Go to Settings, Control Center and Add Magnifier. 26:43 iOS 15 Beta 3 has new feature for setting Text Size. Settings, Control Center and add Text Size. You can add Global or to specific  apps. 27:32 Backing up before Beta woes strike. 31:26 Game coming to Peloton Exercise Bike. 35:27 Marlin and Do-Do. 38:43 Apple plans for 5G iPhone SE to help phase out iPhone mini. 40:00 WhatsApp rolling out new calling interface for iPhone users. 40:34 Versa Slate? Where is it? Or, is it just a Fidgit Spinner? Coming in August? 42:46 Clubhouse is no longer invite-only. 47:58 HOW WE'RE MAKING DIABLO® II: RESURRECTED™ MORE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE. 49:50 Road 96 launches August on PC and Nintendo Switch with accessibility. 52:04 Swordy Quest is striking hot. 53:16 Who's Boss? 56:21 Emojis finally have a voice: Introducing Soundmojis on Messenger. 58:36 Wave Goodbye and Rambling On. 65:16 Sign Off and Contact. 70:31 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 612-367-9063 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

Blind Abilities
The Best of Folk Through 88 Keys: Meet Marcus Roberts, the Jazz Master - Disciplines of Music in the Key of Life

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 60:45


 Our guest today is Marthaniel Roberts, who goes by “Marcus: Roberts. Marcus is a Jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and Professor of Jazz music at Florida State University (FSU).  Marcus was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Showing an early interest in, and a strong aptitude for music, initially with the gospel music in his family's church and later in the popular R&B sounds of his era, he first ran across the chords of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and the captivating sounds of  Jazz music while scanning the local FM radio dial  at a very early age. He was given his first piano by his parents at the age of eight, and never looked back. Marcus attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB), in St. Augustine where he learned more  about music and the discipline it would take to truly excel in the art.. He  went on to FSU, where he honed his piano skills under the tutelage of classical pianist, Leonidas Lipovetsky. This is a special interview to which you should be sure to Listen-in as Jeff and Pete chat with this supremely talented, intelligent and articulate artist, Professor Marcus Roberts, who shares his impressive knowledge and passion for Jazz and his interest in advancing its presence among the music audience. Marcus, with his piano by his side, discusses musical theory, compositional principles and techniques, musical history and offers a fascinating lesson on the evolution of Jazz and the blues.  Of course, Blind Abilities adds its own special highlights to the podcast with ample excerpts of Marcus's amazing music.  Also, hear about Marcus's insights into the issues facing the Blind and Visually Impaired, and how he is eager to more actively participate in advocacy initiatives within the blindness community. You will no doubt be enthused by Marcus's passion and fervor as he chats with Jeff and Pete in the Blind Abilities studio. Marcus is the founder of the Modern Jazz Generation, a multigenerational ensemble, as well as The Marcus Roberts Trio. He has released multiple recordings with both ensembles,   some excerpts from which can be heard in this podcast. So be sure to take some time out of your busy day to enjoy this in depth but fascinating interview with “The J Master” himself as he leads us down the  path of ‘musical enlightenment, in an extremely entertaining way. You will definitely not be disappointed! You can find out more about Marcus, his life as a blind musician, his career, and be sure to listen to and enjoy his music on all of the regular sites and streaming services, on his Youtube channel and on his website. 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 612-367-9063 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

Blind Abilities
iPhone101: Sharing a Contact and Eliminating the List of Recommended Recipients from the Share Sheet:

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 6:20


Blind Abilities adds to their iPhone101 Series with this short and sweet demo of how to quickly share your contact information or that of a friend or colleague with someone using the standard iOS share sheet. This feature is built into the individual Contact page and facilitates the simple sharing of a Contact Card for yourself, another individual, a business or organization. Pete Lane walks us through the process quickly and nimbly with concise and understandable guidance of each simple step along the way.  As an added bonus, Pete shows us how to eliminate or hide what is often a lengthy list of friends or colleagues with whom you can share links, articles, videos or yes, your Contact information within the standard Share Sheet found universally throughout iOS. For some of us, this list of names and apps can clutter our process for sharing our chosen information. Pete shows us a simple and quick setting to change that will eliminate this list. Pete adds sound effects to enhance the demonstration and ad some variety to the presentation. Set aside a handful of minutes now, and save valuable time and effort later. 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 612-367-9063 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

Blind Abilities
iPhone101: Linking Contacts in iOS

Blind Abilities

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 6:27


Blind Abilities adds to their iPhone101 Series demonstrations with this short and simple  walk-through of linking multiple Contacts in your iOS Contacts app. Have you ever ben frustrated to find you have created more than one contact page for the same individual, business or organization? This can be done inadvertently or as a result of creating a new contact from a new email you received, or other correspondence, but it can cause somewhat of an inconvenience when later searching for that Contact.  Well there's a quick and simple way to consolidate those contacts, merge added information into a single new Contact page and remove any duplicate information. Join Pete Lane as he takes us through the easy step by step process that may save you time and effort in the future. Here is the linked to the related Contact demo: iAccessDemo: Reviewing The Contacts App For IOS 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 612-367-9063 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