Blindness does not stop learning. Nick is learning how to type out Spanish words, listen to a Spanish real speak voice from JAWS, then email his lessons to his teachers for a grade. He will get back his work in email and listening to the corrections through the use of track changes. Independence is possible in all areas of education for the blind.

Watch Video at: Dr Robinson teaches a Virtual Lesson on Spanish with talking software in Word

 

Chemist Dr Cary Supalo, who is himself blind, has a web-based site called Independence Science which is dedicated to making Science, and specifically Chemistry, accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired.

The Talking LabQuest (TLQ) is the latest in scientific access technology for the blind and the only device developed to improve hands-on experiments in the laboratory. This hand-held, portable computer allows a student to collect and analyze data independently or within a lab group of their sighted peers. Open a world of opportunity for a student who is blind or low vision in STEM fields of study with the ISci Lab Solution. Hear or view this video below for an overview of how the TLQ feels, operates, and completes an experiment.

Go to Independence Science

People who use their eyes to receive information about the world are called sighted people or “people who are sighted.”

Sighted people enjoy rich full lives, working, playing and raising
families. They run businesses, hold public office and teach your
children!

HOW DO SIGHTED PEOPLE GET AROUND?!
People who are
sighted may walk or ride public transportation, but most choose to
travel long distances by operating their own motor vehicles. They have
gone through many hours of training to learn the “rules of the road” in
order to further their independence. Once that road to freedom has been
mastered, sighted people earn a legal classification and a “Driver’s
License” which allows them to operate a private vehicle safely and
independently.

HOW TO ASSIST A SIGHTED PERSON
Sighted
people are accustomed to viewing the world in visual terms. This means
that in many situations, they will not be able to communicate orally and
may resort to pointing or other gesturing. Subtle facial expressions
may also be used to convey feelings in social situations. Calmly alert
the sighted person to his surroundings by speaking slowly, in a normal
tone of voice.

Questions directed at the sighted person help focus attention back on the verbal rather than visual communication.

At times, sighted people may need help finding things, especially when
operating a motor vehicle. Your advance knowledge of routes and
landmarks, particularly bumps in the road, turns and traffic lights,
will assist the “driver” in finding the way quickly and easily. Your
knowledge of building layouts can also assist the sighted person in
navigating complex shopping malls and offices. Sighted people tend to be
very proud and will not ask directly for assistance. Be gentle yet
firm.

HOW DO SIGHTED PEOPLE USE COMPUTERS?!
The person who
is sighted relies exclusively on visual information. His or her
attention span fades quickly when reading long texts. Computer
information is presented in a “Graphical User Interface” or GUI.
Coordination of hands and eyes is often a problem for sighted people, so
the computer mouse, a handy device that slides along the desk top,
saves confusing keystrokes. With one button, the sighted person can move
around his or her computer screen quickly and easily. People who are
sighted are not accustomed to synthetic speech and may have great
difficulty understanding even the clearest synthesizer. Be patient and
prepared to explain many times how your computer equipment works.

HOW DO SIGHTED PEOPLE READ?!

Sighted people read through a system called “Print.” this is a series
of images drawn in a two dimensional plain. People who are sighted
generally have a poorly developed sense of touch. Braille is completely
foreign to the sighted person and he or she will take longer to learn
the code and be severely limited by his or her existing visual senses.
Sighted people cannot function well in low lighting conditions and are
generally completely helpless in total darkness. their homes are usually
very brightly lit at great expense, as are businesses that cater to the
sighted consumer.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT A SIGHTED PERSON?!

People who are sighted do not want your charity. They want to live, work
and play along with you. The best thing you can do to support sighted
people in your community is to open yourself to their world. These
people are vital contributing members to society. Take a sighted person
to lunch today!

Be nice to them, Some of my best friends are sighted people.

Shortcut keys to send emotions using Skype messenger.

 

Text Description Emoticons
( angel ) Angel angel skye smiley
: @ Angry skype angry smiley
( hug ) Bear hug skype bear hug smiley
( beer ) Beer msn tongue out smiley
( blush ) Blushing skype blushing smiley
( bow ) Bowing bowing skype smiley
( punch ) Boxing boxing skype smiley
( u ) Broken heart broken heart smiley
( ^ ) Cake cake skype smiley
( call ) ”Call me” call me skype smiley
( cash ) Cash cash skype smiley
( mp ) Cell phone cell phone skype smiley
( clap ) Clapping clapping skype smiley
( coffee ) Coffee coffee skype smiley
8 – ) Cool cool skype smiley
; ( Crying crying skype smiley
( dance ) Dancing dancin skype smiley
( devil ) Devil devil Skyp smiley
( doh ) ”Doh” doh skype smiley
( d ) Cocktail drink skype smiley
| – ( ”Dull” dull skype smiley
( emo ) Emo secret msn smiley
] : ) Evil grin evil grin Skype smiley
( flex ) Flexing flexing skype smiley
( F ) Flower flower skype smiley
( chuckle ) Giggling giggling skype smiley
( handshake ) Handshake handshake skype smiley
( happy ) Happy happy skype smiley
( h ) Heart msn moon emoticon
( wave ) ”Hi” hi skype smiley
( inlove ) ”In love” in love skype smiley
( wasntme ) ”It wasn’t me” it wasn't me skype smiley
( envy ) Jealous jealous skype smiley
: * Kissing kissing skype smiley
: D Laughing laughing skype smiley
( e ) Mail mail skype smiley
( makeup ) Makeup makeup skype smiley
( mm ) Mmm mmmm skype smiley
( ~ ) Movie movie skype smiley
( music ) Music music skype smiley
8 – | Nerd nerdy skype smiley
( ninja ) Ninjay ninja skype smiley
( n ) Thumbs down no skype smiley
( nod ) Nodding nodding skype smiley
: x No speak no speak skype smiley
( party ) Party party skype smiley
( pi ) Pizza pizza skype smiley
( puke ) Sick sick skype smiley
( rain ) rain cloud raining skype smiley
( rofl ) Rofl rofl skype smiley
: ( Sad sad skype smiley
( shake ) ”No” no skype smiley
( skype ) Skype logo skype logo smiley
| – ) Sleepy sleepy skype smiley
: ) Smiling smiling skype smiley
( smirk ) Smirking smirking skype smiley
: – | Speechless speechless skype smiley
( * ) Star star skype smiley
( sun ) Sun sun skype smiley
( sweat ) Sweating sweating skype smiley
( talk ) Talking talking skype smiley
( think ) Thinking thinking skype smiley
( o ) Clock clock skype smiley
( yawn ) Yawning tired skype smiley
: p Tongue out tongue out skype smiley
( wait ) ”Wait” wait skype smiley
( whew ) ”Whew” whew skype smiley
; ) Winking winking skype smiley
: ^ ) Wondering wondering skype smiley
: S Worried worried skype smiley
( y ) Thumbs up thumbs up skype smiley

Welcome to Android Access, your portal to information on accessible Android apps and programs for the blind and visually impaired. We’re excited to be a part of the Android community, and look forward to your comments, feedback, and submissions. If you’re new to Android, check out our Getting Started page. Keep up to date with the latest reviews and news by following @AndroidAccess on Twitter.

For all those Apps you are looking for that are accessible for the blind, this is the page to go to: Android APPS

To add a braille display go to: APH braille display

 This braille display will also work with tablets such as the Nexus 7

More Android commands: http://tech.aph.org/rbd_doc.htm#Android

Android comes with a screen reader called TalkBack that works with synthesized speech. It is activated in Settings/Accessibility.
Once you get TalkBack going for speech, you need to download and install BrailleBack to get the braille feedback.

Learn how to do track changes in Word for all types of editing: This is an audio/visual lesson with talking software

Learn all the keyboard commands to move quickly

Make Comments,

Add tracks,

Edit with spelling and grammar features

Spell Checking features

Accept or delete tracks

Accept and delete comments

Watch a student working on track changes: Track Changes with 9th grade student

 

 

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