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Adventures in Dallas – The End

The Rest of the Story…

Looking back at the days that Marcy and I spent in Dallas at the 2015 ACB Convention definitely brings a smile to my face. Yes, it was a bit stressful at times. Yes. We pushed ourselves to limits that I did not think were possible; however, Marcy and I survived our first national convention and I am very proud of that fact.

We went to the convention having absolutely no idea what to expect or how we would accomplish the tasks we might face, but we were willing to step outside of our comfort zones and make our first convention a success, even if we did get thrown a few curve balls and I continuously hummed the theme song to Indiana Jones!

The other reason that I am so proud of our accomplishments at the convention is that for the first time, us ladies, represented Fedora Outlier, LLC at a national convention by providing several workshops on how to use iOS and the Mac. By providing these workshops, Marcy and I were given the privilege to inform attendees about our business and why Fedora is unlike any other assistive technology firm in the world.

We took time out to attend some very knowledgeable seminars such as, “Learning How to Use Facebook and Twitter on an iPhone” and “What Accessible Apps Do You Use on Your iDevice?”

We visited the very busy but quite popular exhibit hall, where Marcy and I both spent way too much money buying products from GuideLights and Gadgets for our guide dogs and where I found it necessary to abandon Marcy at the MaxiAids booth because she couldn’t make up her mind about the type of talking watch she wanted to purchase and I wanted to visit more booths, which I did until she tracked me down!

We made new friends both two and four legged, discovered that by making friends with the manager of the Kitchen Table restaurant that you can get a truly awesome chef salad, that tour buses do not have enough leg room for both you and your guide dog and that that there are times when you should not where sandals around a group of blind or visually impaired individuals because you might just get your toes stepped on!

In closing, I will be the first to say, for I won’t speak for Marcy, that attending my first national convention was a learning experience.

I learned that all those years of orientation/mobility training actually paid off, especially when we got lost. I learned that as a professional business woman that it’s important to be completely prepared for anything that might happen, which I will be the first to admit, I could use a bit more practice in. I learned to deal with frustrating circumstances without having too many “melt” downs and the most important thing that I learned from attending my first convention was the fact that I, along with hundreds of other blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind individuals is that we all share the same goals, dreams and aspirations.

If you haven’t attended an ACB national convention before, then I highly recommend that you consider coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2016. Marcy and I are looking forward to being there and creating new memories and I know without a doubt it won’t be boring!

2015 has been a banner year for myself, Marcy and the entire Fedora Outlier team and that’s why I am so excited about what the firm has planned for the New Year. You can find out more about Fedora Outlier and all of the services we provide by visiting our web site and signing up for our newsletter or personal web pages.


Adventures In Dallas Part Three

Dining Out In Dallas

Friday, July 3rd was a very busy and long day for me and Marcy. We did a great deal of walking throughout the Sheridan hotel along with riding up and down the elevators several times before arriving to the correct floor and let’s not forget walking down deserted hallways in search of a particular meeting room. However, I must say that we were quite proud of our accomplishments by the end of the day.

That’s why when Marcy suggested that we find a nearby restaurant to eat at instead of dining at either the hotel sports bar or the pricey Kitchen Table hotel restaurant, I piped up and said, “why not!” I should have known better.

Since Marcy is pretty much a vegetarian, it was necessary for us to not only find a restaurant that was within walking distance of the hotel but that would also cater to both of our nourishment desires. I was looking forward to a nice, thick, juicy Ribeye, but I compromised and let Marcy choose the restaurant. I’m such a good friend!

After a great deal of discussion and searching a couple of apps such as All Access and Blind Square, we decided on what sounded like a nice little Italian place called Campisis, plus it sounded like it was not too far from the hotel.

We put our shoes back on, harnessed up our dogs, grabbed our purses, phones and definitely our appetites and headed out the door. We got on the elevator and made it down to the lobby without any problems whatsoever this time and we even found someone who walked us to the entrance of the hotel. Everything was going great! What could go wrong I asked myself?

Since Marcy is a little better at directions then I am and also knows how to use GPS apps more than I do, I let her take the lead. She typed in the address and we then both took a deep breath and crossed the street from the hotel. Let’s just say that was about the only correct thing we did. After walking a few blocks and retracing our steps several times, we decided that we needed to stop someone and ask for some help. Fortunately, while we were trying to decide what to do, a nice young gentlemen, who we found out was also attending the convention and had some very good functional vision, helped us a great deal.

To make a long story short, between the help of our new found friend, I really do wish I could remember his name, and the strangers we stopped along the way, we did indeed make it to Campisis’s Italian restaurant for dinner. We invited our companion to join us, for without him we would probably never had found the place and the three of us, okay five of us, if you count the dogs at our feet, had a marvelous meal.

The staff at Campisis was very helpful and the food was excellent. We actually went back there a couple of more times with other new friends we met at the convention; however, instead of walking we splurged and took Uber.

If you are ever in downtown Dallas and are staying at the Sheridan Hotel, I would definitely recommend popping into Campisis’s Italian Restaurant for a bite to eat! You definitely won’t go wrong with anything you order off of the menu!

As we say in Italian, “Mangia!”

The Adventures in Dallas series is quickly coming to a close; however, don’t fret, there’s a lot more posts coming your way in 2016. What can you expect next from Brie, Marcy or any of the Fedora Outlier team? Well, you’ll just have to follow one or all of our personal Fedora pages to find out!


#AccessChat With Michael Ciarciello

Fedora Outlier, LLC
AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed To Access
Announcement

Please join Brie Rumery, Junior Partner of Fedora Outlier, LLC, on Wednesday December 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM eastern with her guest Michael Ciarciello. Michael is one of Fedora Outlier’s Blink contestants who will be participating in Fedora’s #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access. This unique interview via Twitter allows the blindness community the opportunity to interact each week with a particular person, organization or business that is making or continues to make an impact or change the lives of the blind, low vision and deaf-blind communities.

Michael Ciarciello is an educator computer instructor and accomplished musician at the Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (MAB) in Montreal, Quebec. Michael teaches students who are blind how to use screen readers such as the: Macintosh, GarageBand, Logic Pro, Protools, and Pc software’s such as Word, Windows Live Mail, Jaws for Windows, sonar, and GoodFeel, along with CakeTalking scripts.

Mr. ciarciello loves to teach and share knowledge across the world. In Michael’s mind, everyone has an equal footing when it comes down to learning skill sets to be successful in life for their needs.”

In his spare time, Michael loves to listen to comedy, Hockey and artistically draw.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 30th @ 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central or 5:00 PM Pacific for #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access!


#AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed To Access takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 8:00 PM Eastern, so mark your calendars and join Brie for an hour of interesting and enlightening conversation among friends.


Redeeming an Amazon gift card with your iPhone

Are you tired of having to get sighted friends or family read you the code on the back of an Amazon gift card? Also trying to scan it in with little to no ability to do so easily? Well here is a way to use your iPhone’s built in camera to do so via the Amazon shopping app.

You can find the app here.

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If you like this tip check out our IOS Master Series for more content like this.
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Using Blab on iOS

Blab is emerging as one of the leading social broadcast and networking tools.
What is Blab?
Michael Babcock describes it like this:
“Blab is a wonderful platform to connect with others, especially if it’s not feasible to get out of your house and network.”
Learn the basics of using Blab on your iOS device curtesy of our own Michael Babcock.

If you can’t use the player, click here to listen.
After learning how to use Blab, be sure to look Fedora Outlier up and check out our Blabs.


#AccessChat-A Twitter Chat Committed To Access

Fedora Outlier, LLC
AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed To Access
Announcement

Please join Brie Rumery, Junior Partner of Fedora Outlier, LLC, on Wednesday December 9, at 8:00 PM eastern with her guest Ryan Harvey, a Fedora Outlier, LLC Blink contestant. Ryan will be participating in Fedora’s #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access. This unique interview via Twitter allows the blindness community the opportunity to interact each week with a particular person, organization or business that is making or continues to make an impact or change the lives of the blind, low vision and deaf-blind communities.

Ryan Harvey is a voiceover artist and an aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for restoring localism and community self-expression on the radio. Harvey has been the voice of numerous productions for Jay Peters and Alleyway Studios, including a full-length documentary on the life of third-century theologian Athanasius of Alexandria. He is currently conducting a feasibility study for an eventual syndication company which will pioneer new programming ideas for talk radio programmers. His college research and his professional aspirations reflect his desire to see blind and visually impaired people succeed in becoming more productive citizens who are liberated from the federal welfare system. He holds a B.A. in communications from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 9th @ 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central or 5:00 PM Pacific for #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access!


#AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed To Access takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 8:00 PM Eastern, so mark your calendars and join Brie each and every week for an hour of interesting and enlightening conversation among friends.


Wild Card 5, Conversing with Mom

In life you have those that influence you to be the best you can be…

For me that person was my Mother.

She told me over and over again that a handicap is in my mind and I could be whoever I wanted to be, go where ever I wanted to go and do what ever I wanted to do.

No matter what others told me I knew that leading the blind into greatness was a HUGE passion of mines.

Just like Mom I enjoy helping my blind family to overcome life’s obstacles and raise our culture to a higher level.

Listen to the interview, get empowered and most of all help others along your journey.

Just a couple of Wild Cards left, so enjoy and get ready for season 2 of Blink coming in December 2015.


3D Touch? News to me.

Hello all. Let me first explain the title of this blog. 3D Touch saved my Apple News experience on my iPhone 6S. Still wondering how? Well here goes the reason.

 

 

  This goes back to when I had my 6PLUS and had been using the News app for a short while. I had learned about the feature which let you add sources to it from webpages on the internet. I was going to one of my favorite wrestling sites and decided to add it to my News app. Well I guess it was not the correct type of page. basically I was going nuts because I could not get any stories from it. It just kind of sat there laughing at me.

 

 

  I tried over and over again to remove it but it kept coming back. I did this by unchecking News in iCloud. Every time I turned it back on in iCloud ,after it was gone from News, it would be placed back in to my favorites of news. Also when i went in to edit there was no way to remove it. I had a major issue in my books.

 

 

  I had just gotten my new iPhone  6S and was playing around in News one day and decided to try something. I flicked in to favorites and on to the entry that had so long been a virtual thorn in my side. Not real but mentally as painful. I had heard of this thing called 3D Touch. so i pressed hard on the entry. What do you know? It actually opened it and said there was no entries! I then flicked and found a delete button which i promptly used. No more virtual thorn in my side. The evil journey had come to an end. all thanks to Apple and their wonderful 3D Touch!

 

 

  Until next time we meet in the words of the immortal George Carlin (May the forces of evil get confused on the way to your house.(