Saturday Technology Training Sessions Blog

This Blog includes information related to Library Adaptive Technology events, archives, presenter and participant recommendations and suggestions.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is a FREE mobile app that connects blind and visually impaired individuals to sighted helpers from all over the world through a live video call.

http://bemyeyes.com/

Use for:
Finding lost items
Describing pictures, paintings or other artwork.
Matching or explaining colors
Reading labels on household products
Reading on computer screens if websites are inaccessible or screen readers are not available
Shopping in supermarkets and stores
Identifying the expiration date on perishable food packages
Familiarizing yourself with new locations
Distinguishing between products (Canned foods, shampoos, and soaps, spices etc.)
Determining if lights are turned on or off
Finding out when public transportation (busses, trains, etc.) are departing or arriving
Resolving electrical or technical issues

Monday, March 27, 2017

Verizon offers Text to Speech functionality for the Fios TV

Verizon offers Text to Speech functionality for the Fios TV on-screen guide to enhance accessibility for visually impaired customers. If you need help getting the Text to Speech feature working on your set-top box, contact us anytime at 1.800.Verizon (1.800.837.4966).


http://www.verizon.com/about/accessibility/text-speech

Monday, January 23, 2017

Music for the Blind

www.musicfortheblind.com has beginner courses for piano, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, drums, trumpet, violin, flute, saxophone, ukulele and penny whistle in all-audio format. No print, no written music, no video and no Braille.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Veroniiiica

https://veroniiiica.com/ is an assistive tech blog complete with posts about accessible Android and iOS settings.

Veronica is local to the DC/MD/VA area.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Tech News

http://www.atechnews.com/

John Williams is the managing editor of ATechNews.com.  He has been writing about disability issues since 1978 and, in 1982, coined the phrase “Assistive Technology,” which has since become the universal term to describe products that benefit people with disabilities.
jwilliams@atechnews.com.



Thursday, September 29, 2016

iPhoneTip

On the iPhone, in the "Health Data" app that comes already installed on the phone, go to the first item - named "All", there are some unexpected trackers that may be useful. Inhaler Usage Number of Times Fallen When you tap "Add Data", it defaults to the current day and time but you have the option to change it. This data may be useful to share with your doctor when you have your next appointment.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

YourTube

YourTube is an accessible YouTube player which now uses HTML 5 instead of Flash. You can search for and watch videos in an accessible format from your computer or phone: http://www.povidi.com/yourtube/

Thursday, September 1, 2016

NLS Reference Guides

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped makes Reference Guides available online. Included are lists of organizations that produce calendars in braille, print/braille, large print, or audio, lists of accessible software applications (apps) for smartphones and other mobile devices, which can be used by those who are visually impaired to read books, newspapers, magazines, and other print material, and many other useful lists. https://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/guides/index.html

Thursday, August 11, 2016

From Top Tech Tidbits at flying-blind.com

1) August 2016 issue of AccessWorld http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

2) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New in Accessible Apps for July 2016 http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-ios-ios-apps-mac-os-x-news-opinion/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

3) Ranking Screen Readers in Windows10 Anniversary Update: The Results Will Surprise You!" https://www.coolblindtech.com/ranking-screen-readers-in-windows10-anniversary-update-the-results-will-surprise-you/