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.
Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.
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
Hey diddle diddle, the median’s the middle. You add and divide for the mean. The mode is the one that appears the most and the range is the difference between.
Learn the tricks to using Google drive with talking software–get it on the Pc and use it easily–the teacher can send files and can be opened on a PC, or any itool…here are your tricks
Watch video on Youtube at: Making Google Drive accessible using talking software on PC
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 ID Free
GPS or Navigation aids
AbleRoad, rate and review accessible places.
Sendero GPS LookAround
Bar Code or Label Readers
News and Radio
Earl, Use your voice to open and read newspapers
Scanning and Reading
Eyenote, identifies U.S. currency only
LookTel Money Reader
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
Many of these are magnifiers so work best on an iPad.
Essentials, allows you to see your statusbar
Eyesight, for iPad
Lumin, magnifying glass
Optelec Magnifier, does not appear to work on iPad
Photogenda Mini, easy way to see and handle contacts
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
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 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.)
OCR Image to Text
Baby Apps–Perkins Site
In a 36 hour project for the CIID, designers andrew spitz, markus 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
Find out more at: Blind Maps
A specially adapted version of the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus calculator will transform STEM education for students who are blind and visually impaired
Read all about it at: World’s First Handheld Talking Graphing Calculator for the Blind
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.
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