Posts

Showing posts from July, 2012

List of Accessible Cell Phones

By Robert Kingett


Since many blind people don’t know how many accessible cell phones are out there I decided to help my fellow blind community and make a list that will help the blind pick the best cell phone out of all the major carriers that offer an accessible cell phone solution! I will even talk about the cheap small cell phone carriers. Keep in mind that Metro PCS, cricket, and jitterbug do not offer any accessible cell phone solutions.
I'm also going to keep the non tech savvy in mind. This should be fun!
And so we go! Here's my weird accessible cell phone list!
Verizon network:
We all know that Verizon's plans are so steep and so wallet snatching that even my credit card said “to hell with their expensive plans!” but for those who can actually afford everything, meaning text, talk, and web, monthly, then thank god! This is the most accessible cell carrier out there, and will forever be in my book.
So who gets the top pick in the most accessible cell phone?
For the tech ge…

No-C-Notes: Alternative Method of Reading Music

No-C-Notes Bridges the gap between Visually Impaired Musicians and Printed Music Notation. No-C-Notes is an easy and cost effective way of using sheet music notation. Used by the singer, songwriter, teacher or instrumentalist who wants their sheet music spoken, not written. There is no need to learn clefs, staffs, ledger lines, note heads and flags and other visual sheet music notation as this method reads the actual tone and timing without having to know its placement on paper. Whether used for voice, keyboards, guitar, strings or woodwinds, it gives musicians a common verbal language of reading their sheet music to one another.
No-C-Notes audio music description can replace printed, Braille or Big-Note sheet music. Musicians listen to their sheet music being read verbally in the same manner as you would use an audio book. Readings can be saved any audio method such as MP3, CD or audio cassette.
Currently available is lead sheet music in audio MP3 format, along with a how-to C…

UPDATED! Fleksy: Changing the Way We Type

August 10th Update (from Syntellia news release seen on AppleVis):
Fleksy is now free to try. The free version will not allow you to copy or use the text, but will give everyone the ability to try out Fleksy before purchasing the full version. If you have already purchased the full version previously, you will automatically be upgraded to the full version.You no longer have to switch VoiceOver off to type. Please note, you have to first tap once anywhere on the screen before typing, in order to activate the keyboard. This is the way Direct Touch works.When you launch Fleksy, it is now already in typing mode. You can use the keyboard area to type. To bring up the Fleksy menu, press and hold at the top of the screen, above the keyboard area.We have re-ordered the app menus based on popular feedback.You can now remove words from the dictionary. You remove words the same way you add them: type them in manual entry mode, and then, after swiping right, swipe up to remove from the dictionary.…

Introduction: Marissa Slaughter's Personal Story

Always Moving Forward


I got my first pair of bifocal glasses when I was six months old, and surprisingly, according to my parents, I actually kept them on most of the time. When I grew older, my dad called me Speedy Gonzales because I liked to run. A lot. And I ran into things. A lot. Those collisions only momentarily slowed me down, though. They never stopped me from constantly moving forward.

Middle school and high school were difficult for me, as for many other students in inclusive classrooms growing up. When I was little, I ran forward simply because my parents and other family members told me to slow down. As a teenager, I moved forward towards college because I was desperate for something better than what I was experiencing. Instead of running into walls and acquiring more than my fair share of bruises, I focused almost entirely on academics. When I was accepted to Bridgewater College, a small, liberal arts college in Virginia, I knew that I was moving forward into a new era of m…

APH Refreshabraille 18 and iPod in Action!

This YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x9yE08w2ZY shows a fabulous story of a student using the Refreshabraille 18 and an iPod! We believe this to be a concrete example of APH's mission to provide products that contribute to independence.

Treasures from the APH Libraries - July 2012

The APH Barr Library supports research initiatives at APH, while the Migel Library is the largest collection of nonmedical information related to blindness in the world. Although the collections do not circulate, arrangements can be made to use the materials on-site. In addition, an ongoing digitization effort means APH will continue to make materials available through the online catalog at http://migel.aph.org.
Two of the many "Treasures from the APH Libraries" are described below.
From the Migel Library: Memory of Blind People: Studies in Touch, Movement, and Audition—V. K. Kool. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Social Welfare, c1981.
Memory of Blind People is a work that was intended to discuss how the repeated performance of tasks could depend on the memory of a visual reference of the action. But one of the most interesting things about this monograph is the personal connection to the report that the item provides as both a document and an artifact. The preface contains a v…

The Unexpected Child

By Donna J. Jodhan


Yes, that's me!  The unexpected child.  I was born eight hours after my twin brother Jeffrey.  Mom did not even know that she was having twins until Jeffrey was born and then the midwife gave her and dad the news.  From thereon in, almost everything in my life became unexpected.

First, I was born with a vision impairment; very unexpected indeed.  Then I somehow managed to surpass all academic expectations; quite unexpected.  Then at university I somehow managed to keep my unexpected record in tact.  I was one of the first blind people to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal Canada.  My unexpected record grew to include being one of the first blind people to graduate with an MBA from McGill University of Montreal in Canada, and one of the first blind people in the world to graduate with certifications in Microsoft Systems Engineering, and Novelle network administration. 

I do my best to preserve my unexpected re…

The Accommodation Syndrome

By Donna J. Jodhan

I used to be more accepting whenever a company or organization told me that one of their policies included accommodation or the accommodation of the needs of disabled persons.All well and good but for blind persons, this word is fast becoming a very unpleasant one.You may be asking why and here are my reasons for what they are worth.
I do not believe that any company or organization should be using this word because it gives the impression that they are going out of their way to accommodate our needs and demands.No company or organization should have to feel or be put upon to accommodate any consumer or user.It should be an automatic reflex or normal process and it should be taken in the same light as providing the same types of services and products to the mainstream world.
I am often embarrassed whenever I hear this word used in the above context or whenever I am told that this is what companies and organizations are saying.It sure singles us out and in a normal w…