Good News for iOS Low Vision and VoiceOver Users

March 17, 2014

The update from iOS 6 to iOS 7 was painful for both VoiceOver and low vision users for a variety of reasons.  The most notable, though it may seem minor, was the fact that VoiceOver would say “Screen Locked” twice – not in quick succession, but just as you were falling asleep is when it […]

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Come See Us in Cali

March 12, 2014

I know with this winter we’ve had, I’m happy to be heading to sunny San Diego for the annual CSUN conference next week.  Not just for the weather, though admittedly that’s looming large in my mind since we’re on the cusp of Winter Storm Vulcan – seriously, who names these things?  In any case, we […]

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Blind Hockey Puts Rivals On Same Side of Puck

March 10, 2014

Despite the intense rivalry on Olympic ice, Canadians and Americans are shooting for the same goal when it comes to blind hockey.  When I first heard of a blind hockey program in Canada, I was skeptical.  The ice has always been a comfortable place for me, with its smooth and predictable surface and good contrast […]

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Paralympic Games Start Tomorrow!

March 6, 2014

Though the political climate is murky at best, the Paralympic Games begin in Sochi tomorrow.  Opening ceremonies air tomorrow at 11 AM on NBCSN and the games begin in full force on Saturday with a full day of alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling. For a complete list of […]

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The Extra (Three) Miles

March 4, 2014

If you missed this story in the news, it’s a gem.  I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice it to say that a man who is blind remembered what it was like to grow up isolated from normal kid activity.  He didn’t want to see that happen again, so he went knocking […]

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Testing the Apple TV Waters

February 27, 2014

Using a Staples gift card I won, I treated myself to an Apple TV.  After all, exploiting my luck to buy a year’s supply of paper was just way too practical.  Paper, a known entity, did not hold the same intrigue as a little box, whose value I did not completely understand and am still […]

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Voice Dream And Bookshare Rock Together

February 25, 2014

It’s electrifying when two tools, used together, are even greater than the sum of their parts.  Such was the case when it occurred to me to look for song lyrics on Bookshare.  Typically, I use Bookshare’s material for listening to books using the Voice Dream app.  For song lyrics, I search the internet.  But an […]

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ZoomText Mac Tips & Tricks – Easily Accessing the Preferences Panel

February 21, 2014

If you’re new to ZoomText Mac, you might be wondering how to adjust your settings or tweak features since there isn’t a toolbar that automatically pops up on screen.  Everything is in the Preferences Panel – but how do you bring that into view? Since there’s no true “task bar” like there is in Windows, […]

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Blind Character in New TV Show

February 18, 2014

Next week, a new show premieres on NBC called “Growing Up Fisher”.  They’ve been promoting it pretty heavily during the commercial breaks of the Olympics, of which I have been absolutely glued (in my next life I’m coming back as an ice skater, I just know it).  The premise of the show really caught my […]

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A Chat with Sue Martin

February 13, 2014

After interviewing local ski legend Wendy Cram last autumn, I had to try this format again.  Sitting down and talking with another human was a nice diversion from typing all alone at my desk.  So after reading Sue Martin’s book, “Out of the Whirlpool”, I knew I had to talk with her next.  Her story […]

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