Two Horses  
Author Unknown

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.

But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing….
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind.

His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.
 
This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell.
It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow..

As you stand and watch these two friends,
You’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is,
Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns
To the shelter of the barn each evening,
It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses,
God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse
Being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way….

Good friends are like that…

You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.

And remember…

Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.
 
Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly…….
 
                                               
And leave the rest to God!

BigBrowser is an Internet browsing application designed to help Low Vision users more easily navigate the web on their iPads. It’s extra large keyboard and controls, expanded pinch zooming, and multiple color themes make content easy to read.

BigBrowser utilizes custom features that were created specifically for those who require increased magnification to read. It was designed to enhance your browsing experience, however, there are limitations. In this initial iteration of BigBrowser, the custom keyboard does not interface with text fields within web pages due to some constraints within iOS. Also, certain web pages (YouTube and Twitter being the most prominent) don’t allow for pinch zooming when viewed on an iPad. Both of these limitations are out of our hands but we will keep working to find a solution that can be included in future updates. The Apple ratings system requires that this app be rated 17+ solely because it does not restrict the user’s ability to locate and view certain materials on the web.

Find out more at: BigBrowser: iPad App

iDevice Apps for Visually Impaired

This information was taken from Applevis.com.  I have not looked up the price for any of these apps.  Please let me know if you try any of these and how they work.

COLOR IDENTIFIERS

AidColors

Color ID Free

Color Identifier

Color Reader

ColorDetect

ColoredEye

ColorVisor

HueVue

Say Color

VisionHunt

 

GPS or Navigation aids

AbleRoad, rate and review accessible places.

Ariadne GPS

BlindSquare

iMove

Sendero GPS LookAround

 

Bar Code or Label Readers

AudioLabels

Digit-Eyes

LookTel Recognizer

TapTapSee

Vizwiz

MoneyReader

 

News and Radio

Earl, Use your voice to open and read newspapers

iBlink Radio

NFBNewsline

VIP Radio

 

Deaf/blind Communicators

HIMS Chat

Humanware Communicator

 

Scanning and Reading

SayText

TextDetective

VoiceEye

Money Identifier

Eyenote, identifies U.S. currency only

LookTel Money Reader

VisionHunt

Prizmo

 

Book Readers

DaisyWorm, does not support Bookshare or NeNIMAS files.

InDaisy, Supports Bookshare and Newsline

Learning Ally, must have annual subscription to Learning Ally

Pastime Audio Book Player, reads books in iTunes

Read2Go

Low Vision

Many of these are magnifiers so work best on an iPad.

Big Browser

Essentials, allows you to see your statusbar

Eyesight, for iPad

Lumin, magnifying glass

MagLighting

Optelec Magnifier, does not appear to work on iPad

Photogenda Mini, easy way to see and handle contacts

 

Input Aids

AccessNote, AFB Notetaker

Braille Sonar, allows for look-up of braille symbols

BrailleTouch, enter information in uncontracted Braille

Braillist, Braille keyboard for your phone

Fleksy, predictive text input method

 

Miscellaneous

AccessWorld, read AFB Access World

Blind Bargains, check things listed on Blindbargains.com

Light Detector, transforms light into sound

Looktel VoiceOver Tutorial, helps new users practice VoiceOver gestures

Talking Calculator or Talking Scientific Calculator

ViA, helps blind and visually impaired people find apps specially designed for them or very helpful apps.

VO Calender

VO Starter, program designed to offer training on VoiceOver features.

Voicebook VO, allows for basic facebook functionality.

 

ODDs and Ends for orientation and mobility

VIa (Visually Impaired Apps)
HOPSTOP (public transit, cabs, etc.)
MAPS (apple)
OCR Image to Text
Voice Dream
Notability
Illuminate
Dragon
FlashCard+

Baby Apps–Perkins Site

http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/ipad-apps

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a 36 hour project for the CIID, designers andrew spitzmarkus schmeiduch and ruben van der vleuten
have developed an assisting device for the visually impaired to help improve their abilities in discovering
and navigating new routes throughout cities. known as ‘blind maps’, the braille-like interface provides
users an interactive experience with real time auditory feedback and tactile integration. it allows you
to become aware of upcoming intersections, turns and hazards on route – helping them adapt to
unfamiliar environments.

Find out more at: Blind Maps

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

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