Archives April 2014

Delivering Access Podcast Season 2 Episode 8 with Scott Rumery

Always being positive and encouraging others, This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

 

This weeks guest is Scott Rumery

 

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

 

Tools and technology:

Apple TV

Mac computer

iPhone

iPad

iPad Mini

Contact Info:

email: scott@fedoraoutlier.com

twitter: skooterbob

company phone: 888-958-6979

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Placing And Ending A Phone Call On An iPhone, An Excerpt From The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility, iOS 7 Edition

The process of making a telephone call sure has changed throughout the past few decades. My grandparents would have to ask an operator to place a call for them even if it was just to the next door neighbor. Does anyone remember having to use a rotary style telephone? As a blind person, I was quite thrilled when the push button keypad was created! Let’s not forget pay phones and making sure you always had change to use them.

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11 Reasons Why The Mac Rocks In My Opinion!

I started working with Apple products over 7 and a half years ago, knowing that it would be a great alternative to what was currently on the market for the blind. I use anything that talks from a braille display to Windows screen readers, but nothing gives me more pleasure than working with my Mac. Notice I didn’t say working on my Mac. OK, that was a bad joke, however it was a true statement for me. I get to create with my Mac and I can do this with very few issues from the technical side.

 

I have listed my 11 reasons why I considered moving everything over to the Apple platform and use Mac’s exclusively in my every day life. The main reason as you’ll see below is that I don’t loose the ability to work with other operating systems and the screen readers associated with them. I have the best of both worlds and so can you!   

 

Here are my reasons and why:

 

•The Mac has a built in screen reader called Voice Over that works great out of the box!

Take the Mac out of the box, plug it in, turn it on and it starts to speak to you with a press of a button.

 

•The Mac’s operating system can be installed without any sighted assistance

Need to reinstall your OS? The Mac allows you to do this easily even if you can’t see one bit

 

•The software for the Mac is relatively less expensive than the software of other platforms

The most I’ve spent on a single software product is $100 and the average is $19.99.

 

•The Mac’s App Store keeps track of all my software licenses, so no need to worry about lost software serial numbers

When you purchase software from the Macs App Store you only have to concern yourself with your Apple ID and password because Apple keeps up with your purchases and the subsequent upgrades.

 

•I can label buttons and elements for third party applications that are not accessible out of the box

If an application isn’t accessible I can label the inaccessible elements with a couple of clicks. This makes an application that wasn’t accessible, accessible.

 

•The Mac allows you to run other operating systems either in a virtual environment or through a dual-boot

I can have my Mac boot into Windows or the Mac OS and I even have the ability to have virtual Windows Machines running at the same time the Mac OS is running.

 

•I can go to any Mac and turn on Voice Over 

Well, this one is especially good to have. I can walk up to any Mac and turn on accessibility without anything needing to be installed or sighted help required.

 

•I can plug a parallel device into my Mac and the plug-n-play just works 

I have not used a CD drive or a CD for that matter in over 5 years. I plug a third party device in and the device just works as expected. In fact, I don’t even own a CD player.

 

•I can run my Mac with no anti-virus software and not worry about viruses

I have not purchased anti-virus software nor have I had the need to run anti-virus software on my Mac ever. Remember I have been using a Mac over 7 years now.

 

•When my Mac’s software is upgraded to the latest operating system, my screen reader is upgraded as well

The Mac gets an upgrade so does my screen reader. No more versions of software, no upgrade fees and best of all its free.

 

•When I purchase a Mac the screen reader doesn’t cost extra

Did I mention its free? I pay the same price for a Mac that anyone else would and my screen reader is built in.

 

These are just some of the reasons why I love the Mac, its applications and even the individuals that use them. 

 

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Delivering Access Podcast Season 2 Episode 7 with Scott Davert

Never letting blindness and hearing loss stop him. This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

This weeks guest is Scott Daverty

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:

Macbook Air

iPhone

Braille Edge

Focus 80

hearing aids

Contact Info:

email: scott@applevis.com

twitter: @kc8pml

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Follow Friday With 64Oz Games

On a rainy day with absolutely nothing to do, you could usually find me and my friends inside playing some type of board game such as Clue or Trivia Pursuit. As my vision began to deteriorate, the ability for me to play these games with my sighted peers became quite difficult and eventually it became impossible for me to play board games at all. To my knowledge there are not many board games that are accessible to the blindness community; however, that is about to change.

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OOPS, We Messed Up

Hi, 

 

Earlier this morning we sent you an email we shouldn’t have sent.

 

The email contained our latest post, but there was a problem…

 

None of the links in the email were working properly.

 

Rule #1 when you send an email: check the links!

 

Lesson learned.

 

The most important thing for me right now is to make sure you get the post.  

 

You can access the post below.

 

Sorry for two emails, but I figured it’s better to get you the post with correct links than not.

 

Make it a great day.

 

Sincerely,

VaShaun Jones – Managing Partner

 

 

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