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If you are blind or cannot read or need help remembering when to take your medications, here are a few options to help

1. The ScripTalk by Envision America-(click on link to open) is free to any person who signs up to use a participating pharmacy. It is a loan, so if you change pharmacies you need to return the device. Participating pharmacies include CVS mail order, some individual pharmacies, and some Wal Mart Pharmacies. You can see the participating pharmacies on the Envision Website or if you go to your local Wal Mart and request they get one, they have been very receptive according to Envision America.

2. Walgreens offers talking prescription labels, they use a different system. The recordable label also has an alarm to remind patients of the time to take their medications. Even if you do not use Walgreens pharmacy they are selling the recording devices with alarms for $10 each.
http://news.walgreens.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=5869

 

Introducing UEB Online

UEB Online is a training program for sighted people to learn Unified English Braille (UEB). Unified English Braille has been adopted by many countries and replaces standard english braille. This program is the first online UEB training tool. The program is suitable for classroom and specialist teachers, parents, teacher aides and other professionals supporting children and adults with vision impairment.

This program has been created by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre. We acknowledge the support and permission from the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities and Australian Braille Authority for the adaptation of content from the Unified English Braille: Australian Training Manual, 2013 (edited by Howse, J., Riessen, K., & Holloway, L.).

I am presently taking this online class. I like to get the jump on knowledge so I can teach my students along the way to keep updated with braille in general. This class is excellent, self paced…on either a Mac or PC…learning the new Braille code. I highly recommend this great and easy way to learn. When you finish, get the certification you need….and it is free!

The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)’sEffective Practices for Description of Science Content within DigitalTalking books at: http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx

The “Accessible image sample book” (DIAGRAM PROJECT) at:
http://diagramcenter.org/standards-and-practices/accessible-image-sample-book.html

Tthe UKAAF (UK Association for Accessible Formats ) Guidance at:
http://www.ukaaf.org/formats-and-guidance#accessible   and
http://kn.open.ac.uk/public/workspace.cfm?wpid=3560

Other examples of equivalent text descriptions (Accessed) at:
http://access-ed.r2d2.uwm.edu/EqTDs/

The Audio Description Project
An Initiative of the American Council of the Blind

The following table is an alphabetical listing of movie titles which have been released commercially on DVDs and/or Blu-ray discs with audio description tracks, followed by the year in which they were released (on disc, not necessarily the year the movie itself was released).  The word "The" has been left in place alphabetically; so if you can't find your video, you may wish to look under "T."

For complete list, Go to the Audio Description Project

When you click on the wanted item, it will auto load you to Amazon to pay for it and then download

In 1996 the United States Department of Education sent the following in a letter to all U.S. schools:
    "Schools should remain cognizant of their responsibility to provide equal educational opportunity for individuals with disabilities when procuring technology systems for the use of students and staff, particularly multimedia, graphics and graphical interface (such as Windows) applications. Obviously, every computer or piece of technology equipment need not be equipped for use by persons who have disabilities. But overall, technology devices and systems of technology used by students, teachers, or other school employees should be capable of being used, or adapted for use, by individuals with disabilities. It is quite possible to unintentionally construct new barriers when acquiring educational technology systems if schools do not consider accessibility features. In many cases, decisions now being made about the selection of systems configurations, and computer hardware and software will provide the technological infrastructure to be used in schools for years to come. If every school adds consideration of accessibility to its decision-making process when acquiring technology, it will greatly increase the ability of students, teachers, and other individuals with disabilities to participate equally in the information age with their nondisabled peers.
 
    "Students with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from a school district's programs and activities. If computer technology is part of a public school's education program, Section 504 and Title II of the ADA require a school to provide students with disabilities with accessible computer hardware and software so that they are not excluded from the education program. In addition, the computer hardware must be placed in a location that is accessible to students with disabilities. If technology is purchased that cannot be made accessible, it will have to be retrofitted, replaced, or some other adaptation will have to be made so that students with disabilities can have an equal opportunity to participate in the education program. If equal access to an education program can be provided through other means, a particular technology may not need to be fully accessible to every student. However, technology should be readily available that can provide access for individuals with all types of disabilities. Where technology is the "sole provider" of information or services, for example, an electronic library system or a single station that provides Internet access, it must either be accessible or be able to be made accessible in order to provide students with disabilities with an equal opportunity to participate in the education program.
 
    "In addition, the ADA requires public elementary and a secondary school to take appropriate steps to ensure that communication with individuals with disabilities are as effective as communication with others. Communication in the context of information technology means the transfer of information through computers, including the resources of the Internet."
    – Assistant Secretary Judy Heumann, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 202022

Recently several of my students have been plagued with adware and malware….AND…Every so often my computer gets infected with malware and adware too and just uninstalling and wiping the browsers does not do the complete job. So if you open a site, even one you know is good and a voice comes up(which is aweful when using talking software) and ad pops up saying their ad, then you are infected. This next option worked well, though I did not download all the software at the end of their to do list, as I plan on just going through this option of picking out the problems each time as it is good to just get a clean start every now and again to rid yourself of other problems you may not be aware of—–Here is the site:

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-adware-popup-ads/

Happy Cleaning

The debate is never ending on which is the most widely used computer (PC vs Mac)? Is the tablet going to take over the industry? Quick answer is the PC with Microsoft office and NO, the tablet is not powerful enough to take over the real life workload.  Real world wide work is done on the PC and the saturation point of the tablet has hit with sales dropping to meet that saturation point. Together, they are great tools, but to keep up with what your employers  wants or school demands, will take a desktop computer.

See the wonderful graph attracted, or data table below and for more information to keep up on what is the reality of the situation and not just an argument point, go to StatCounter Global Stats and get the reaiity check that is needed. Especially if you are making decisions on what a child should be learning in school

OS Market Share Perc. (Jan 2013 to Jan 2014)
Win7 43.59
WinXP 17.51
Android 8.05
iOS 7.53
MacOSX 6.06
Win8 4.91
WinVista 4.49
Series 40 2.22
Linux 1.1
SymbianOS 1.1
Unknown 0.78
Samsung 0.78
BlackBerry OS 0.62
Win8.1 0.41
Windows Phone 0.27
Win2003 0.2
Sony Ericsson 0.09
bada 0.05
LG 0.04
Chrome OS 0.03
Nokia Unknown 0.03
Win2000 0.03
Win8 RT 0.02
Nintendo 3DS 0.01
Playstation 0.01
WinNT 0.01
Other 0.05

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