Archives January 2016

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Blink Season 2 Episode 1: Dr. Leo, Our Biggest Fan

Leo Bissonnette, Ph.D.

Fedora Outlier may not have an assistive technology cheerleading squad but if we did, then Dr. Leo Bissonnette would without a doubt be the captain of it. He has and continues to support what Fedora Outlier does in regards to providing top notch consulting, teaching and support for all of Apple’s products to the blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind communities.

Leo, who has a doctorate in Sociology, loves assistive technology of all types and feels that it is very important that the blindness communities learn how to use such devices as iPhones, iPads and computers proficiently and independently.

How did Leo become so interested in assistive technology in the first place? I’m glad you asked that question.

In the 1980’s Leo started teaching at the Montreal Association for the Blind at a time when the first generation of VersaBrailles came out. Leo would eventually become the coordinator of Disability Services at Concordia University where he helped students learn assistive technology and how to integrate the skills learned into their daily lives. Now retired, he continues to help others learn how to use what he calls, “the important tools of a blind person’s tool box.”

My first interaction with Leo was when I asked him to be a part of Fedora Outlier’s popular AccessChat which is an interactive chat between a particular guest and the blindness community via Twitter. I remember Leo telling me that he did not use Twitter very much but that he was willing to learn so that he could participate in the chat. This open mindedness is only one of many qualities that Leo possesses when it comes to the use of assistive technology.

What I love about Leo is the fact that he is always willing to share his knowledge and ideas about new applications, products or concerns that can and will affect how the blindness community learns and uses today’s technology on a daily basis.

Leo lives with his wife Coralie in Pointe Claire, Quebec which is a suburb of Montreal, Canada along with his black Labrador retriever guide dog Addison, loves American baseball and cheers for an assistive technology firm called Fedora Outlier, LLC!

This episode of Blink Season 2 is sponsored by the iOS Master Series.

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Interact: better contact management for iOS

I recently had a chance to get an early look at the latest app from Agile Tortoise, the developer behind Drafts 4.
Screenshot of the Interact app launch screen

Interact is the latest app, and it brings contact management on iOS to a whole new level.
Gone are the days of only managing groups and editing contact data on your Mac; with Interact, you can create and edit groups, edit, delete, and create new contacts with ease from iOS.
One of the app’s most powerful features is the scratch pad. The scratch pad can detect and intelligently parse contact details and correctly sort them for quick entries. It uses natural language, much like Fantastical’s calendar entry, to recognize relevant contact fields from plain text; making it simple to select text almost anywhere and create or update contacts.
That’s right, I said almost anywhere, because Interact has its own create contact share sheet extension. Is there anyone else who thought Apple would at least add a contact extension in iOS 9?

Of course, it goes without saying, the app is fully VoiceOver compatible. So if you have ever wanted a more elegant solution for managing your contacts from iOS, then grab Interact in the App Store.
This one will certainly be a Back Stage Pass discussion, so check out the iOS Master Series to find out how you can tune in.


#AccessChat With Guest Paul Ferrara

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

Please join Brie Rumery, Junior Partner of Fedora Outlier, LLC, on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 8:00 PM eastern with her guest Paul Ferrara. Paul, a Fedora Blink contestant 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.

Paul Ferrara is originally from Wilmington, Delaware and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Gettysburg College and two Masters Degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently he lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Nikki, and guide dog Jeremiah. One of Mr. Ferrara’s passions is sports and he cohosts a weekly sports show called “The World Of Sports” that can be heard on ACB Radio Mainstream and theradiostorm.com.

Additionally, Paul enjoys playing drums, singing and playing many types of music, assistive technology, and connecting with people on social media.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 6th @ 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.


{EVENT INVATATION} Fedora Outlier presents: The iOS Master Series Virtual Tour

OK, it’s 2:00PM EDT here in Georgia and as promised we are going to unveil our latest series built on our all new Fedora Outlier LLC platform and you’re invited!

The iOS Master Series now housed at iOSMasterSeries.com is on sale now for the next 27 days.  

The price increases on February 1st 2016.

We will be giving all event attendees a free virtual tour and answering any questions you may have about the series and how it works.

The virtual tour kicks off this Friday at 7PM EDT.

You can call in or listen live using one of the methods below…

The dial in number is 712.432.0190 and the access Code is 732659.

If you are calling in from a SMART device you can click on the number below and gain immediate access…

712.432.0190,,732659

The live stream link is http://listen2.ultrastreams.us:8038/listen.pls

Either way you’ll discover how the power of iOS can help you in every walk of life imaginable and how our coaching and teaching will catapult your knowledge and understanding to the next level!

Join us Friday January 8th at 7PM EDT and let’s change the world together!!

Your iOS Master Series Coaches,
Damashe & Matt