Archives 2016

Blink Season 2 Episode 2 with Shelly Smith

It’s literally been almost a year since we’ve posted about a contestant on our television show titled Blink.

Usually Brie would write this post, but it gives me amazing joy to talk about Shelly Smith from South Carolina from my perspective.

Shelly is one amazing, passionate and loving person who knows karate and will smile and kick you in the knees at the same time.

I’m joking, but serious.

As a person that helps in her community, her friends and her family Shelly was a natural fit for the Fedora team.

She’s bubbly and is always there to assit.

I’d like to welcome Mrs. Smith to the FO team and in the comments you can too.

Listen to her brief welcome interview with Brie and stay tuned for season 3.

It’s titled Outliers and it’s on the Delivering Access Network.

Outlier’s (THE PODCAST) Coming January 2017

So after 4 incredible seasons interviewing the worlds most amazing people living with a disability, we bring to you…
the Delivering Access network
and Outlier’s, the podcast.

You heard it right…

We created a media network for the rest of us.

Do you have a show that you ever wanted someone to hear and you didn’t know how to generate a audience, obtain sponsorship or edit your episodes?

Well we got what you need to get up and running today.

I’m kicking off the network and season 5 with my show Outlier’s. Get a sneak peak of episode 0 here

and if you would like to get your show on air and generate a income, you can send a email to

Enjoy the season

More than one way to skin a virtual cat… Denise gets help

Denise wrote in on this post

wanting help with creating a new product for those in wheel chairs that are blind.

Michael writes in and says…

Vashaun, Mike Harrell here with Georgia Industries for the Blind. I read Denise’s email about a dog harness for people who are blind and in wheel chairs. The GIB is always looking for new products, especially in the sewing line. We do a lot of sewing. Also, we have an experienced industrial engineers who have spend a lifetime in the textile/sewing business. Please let her know we can work with her on her idea. You can forward this email to her or send me her contact info.

People don’t believe it unless they have proof, so I shot a video, of course.

Here it is…

You too can find or create work that is meaningful, purposeful and profitable.

“Let’s change the world together!”Fedora Outlier LLCVaShaun Jones

I’ve told you what it is, how it works… Now here’s how to get it!

Denise writes in and says…

Dear Vashan,

I like your message. But, how does someone like me, who knows what
skills she has translate those skills into money/ For example, I have
been an advocate for adults with disabilities for almost fourty years.
I know what needs to be done to advance the disability cause. But no
one pays advocates. WE MAKE GOOD VOLUNTEERS. But being a volunteer
doesn’t pay the bills, yet alone paying for advocacy related expences.
I have been also working on a wheel chair design and harness that
would allow a dog to guide and pull a blind person who relies on a
wheel chair for mobility purposes. I’ve been told by guide dog schools
that it cannot be done. But I know that it can be done; but not with
traditional equipment. Here again, there is no money for research and
development. . So, this brings me back to my original question, how
does someone like me translate my skills into employment?

I answer her question on this video…

{TGIW} Are you confusing skills, passion and purpose?

Thank GOD it’s Wednesday! Right?

Hey how are those new skills working out for you? Are they moving you towards your goals?

Do you have goals? What about your passion?

Same questions…


Most people have skills, others have passion and skills but most people don’t know how they take all three things and bring them to life.

This video breaks them down into small bite size chunks and make skills, passion and purpose easy to understand.

Here’s the video

Let’s help the blind and disabled get to work!

VaShaun Jones – Visionary

{EVENT REMINDER} iOS 10, Mac OS 10.12, Watch OS 3 & their new features live tonight

Join myself, Matt and the rest of the Fedora gang tonight at 9PM EST, 8PM CST, 6PM PST for…

a discussion of the latest updates to the Apple Watch OS, Mac OS and iOS releases on a live Access Chat.

Learn what’s new and exciting plus how the technological advancements can increase your productivity and enhance your life.

Call in using the dial in number of 712.432.0190 with the access Code of 732659.
Calling from a SMART phone? CLICK TO CALL

You can also listen via the live audio stream.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow our commentary. We’ll be using the hash tag #accesschat

It’s our goal to empower you tonight through educating you on the changes, updates and newest advancements in Apple’s born accessible technology.

Join us!

The Fedora Outlier team

Creating PDFs on iOS

screen showing the workflow steps

I am a heavy user of the built-in print to Pdf feature on the Mac. I had to find a way to have the same functionality on iOS…And using the combination of the VoiceOver rotor and Workflow, I have my solution.

I walk you through the process in this video, so check it out, and let me know what you think.

Here are the promised links from the video:

Get Workflow on the iOS App Store

Get the PDF to Dropbox Workflow here

Get the PDF to cloud, for use with the iOS document provider

The opportunity in failure

Pic of myself and John speaking with a group in Pennsylvania

Pic of myself and John speaking to a group of TVI's

Four years later in Harrisburg PA. myself and John speak to a group of educators and blind service providers.

See above pics

Rewind to our humble beginnings and what you’ll discover is that our first presentation all those years ago as a firm was horrible, but the opportunity we got from that epic failure was priceless…

View my video on taking the opportunities when you fail and transform them into enormous successes.

Next post…

How to label items on both the Mac and iOS

Continue to equip, encourage and empower the blind to do more,be excellent and live with greater success!

Lesson 0: Introduction to the Audio Performance Series

In this series you’ll find both Mike and myself having major fun as he teaches me and ultimately you how to master both Garage band and Logic Pro as a blind person.

Listen to the introduction…

Our lessons will always consist of three components per post…

  1. We’ll have an image of the component of either Garage Band or Logic Pro that we are working on in each lesson.

This is for social and the sighted and just because we can post beautiful images as blind people.

  1. You’ll get the text of what you’ll discover in each lesson.

Because this is audio we’ll be typing as little as possible. After all it is called the Audio Performance Series for a reason, right?

  1. You’ll get the audio file of each lesson along with the following…

•Weekly quick tips

•Community Forum

•Weekly lessons

•Monthly master classes

All premium members will have access to these additional features…

•25% off all other Fedora Series and services

•Access to our Audio Performance Series Backstage Pass

•25% commission with everyone you refer to the Audio Performance Series that becomes a member with our Appointed Affiliate Program

•Two additional months free when you pay your membership in full

•1 hour of private 1 to 1 coaching each month

Get registered at and we’ll see you on the inside.