If Braille Were Print–taken from the Braille Monitor 2016–an incredibly right on article about braille vs print

by Erin Jepsen

Abi Jepsen uses a BrailleNote Apex.From the Editor: This article first appeared in Future Reflections, Winter 2016. Following is the way it was introduced by Editor Deborah Kent Stein:

Erin Jepsen is a low-vision homeschooling mother of four elementary-age children, one blind, one low vision, and two sighted. She is passionate about education for all kids and about teaching Braille. She and her family live in Idaho.

Read full story here: If Braille were Print

WOW–this is great news for all our students. JAWS and MAGic Student Edition Available on Quota! See details at APH

Freedom Scientific and the American Printing House for the Blind have partnered to make a “JAWS® and MAGic® Student Edition” available to K-12 students in the U.S. using Federal Quota funds! These special software subscriptions will be sold exclusively by APH and will allow students to install full versions of JAWS and/or MAGic on ANY computer they access (up to three machines). This will allow students to have 24 hour, 365 day-a-year access to their computers at both school and home!

Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Maddison, another Great Dane, has been her sight. The two are, of course, Inseparable.




"People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.

Every Pixar Film Is Now Accessible with Mobile Audio Description from Disney

Audio Description — the extra audio track that narrates film action for people who are blind or have low vision — has been around for decades, but even if you’re blind, you might not use it. Why? Ironically, often the problem with audio description is not really the audio description. The problem is in how AD is delivered — or rather, not delivered. For years, the LightHouse has heard and advocated for blind filmgoers who simply aren’t able to pay for their movie and enjoy it in the format of their choice. If you’re blind at the movies, you know about the broken receivers, the strange formats, poor public education and training, and the many other intervening factors that have continually stymied AD availability across movie theaters and in-home systems, ultimately stonewalling the blind film-watching experience.

Read all at: Pixar

From David Goldfield’s Blog

Free Computer Resources

One of the phone meetings of the Philadelphia Computer Users’ Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired discussed various resources available to obtain free technical help. I compiled a list of the resources which I use and ones which were mentioned by other callers. I am placing it on this Web site for anyone who might find it of some value.

Microsoft Disability Help Desk– 800 936-5900  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility

Apple Accessibility Help– 877 204-3930  — email: mailto:accessibility@apple.com

Chicago Lighthouse Helpdesk  —  screen readers including NVDA, Daisy book players, notetakers — 888 825-0080

Freedom Scientific (JAWS, MAGic, OpenBook, Focus, Pac Mate, various magnifiers and Plextalk Pocket) — (727) 803-8600

JAWS Technical Support Page http://www.freedomscientific.com/Support

JAWS Users Mailing Lists http://www.freedomscientific.com/Support/UserGroups

JAWS Headquarters http://www.freedomscientific.com/JAWSHQ/JAWSHeadquarters01

Android Access (online community) www.androidaccess.org

AI Squared- Zoomtext and Window-Eyes — (802) 362-3612

Window-Eyes Online Support (including knowledge base and mailing lists) —  http://www.gwmicro.com/support/

NVDA — English users’ mailing List –  To join the users’ list, send a blank email to: mailto:nvda-request@freelists.org with the word “subscribe” in the subject line. www.nvaccess.org

Humanware – 800 722-3393

Verizon Wireless Help for consumers with disabilities (888) 262- 1999,  http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/accessibility-faqs/#vgnEnd

AT&T 866-241-6568  http://about.att.com/mediakit/disability

Sprint  http://www.sprint.com/landings/accessibility/vision.html

American Printing House for the Blind (Bookport Plus)  800 223-1839

Freelists (various discussion groups or mailing lists) http://www.freelists.org/lists.html

Yahoo Groups (mailing lists)  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo

Google Groups (mailing lists) https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview

Microsoft Community For help with Windows, Office and other Microsoft products http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us

Applevis (for all things Apple)  www.applevis.com

MacForTheBlind www.macfortheblind.com

Access Technology Institute (to purchase training textbooks and online training classes) http://www.blindtraining.com/

Comcast email accessibility@comcast.com  phone 855-270-0379 www.comcast.com/accessibility

All Hotkeys Keyboard Shortcuts www.allhotkeys.com

KeyXL  keyboard shortcut list www.keyxl.com

Shortcut World hotkey list www.shortcutworld.com

Blind Geek Zone  www.blind-geek-zone.net

VIP conduit voice Chat with others online www.vipconduit.com

For the People Another voice-chat site, may be a good resource for online help www.for-the-people.com

Accessible World Offers various conferences online, including Tek Talk where products are demonstrated http://accessibleworld.org/archives/tek-talk-archives

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