Archives 2017

Outliers with Sheronda White

A Jacquelyn of all trades, a motivational speaker to the world and simply one of the best people you can ever know.

I met Sheronda first in Detroit Michigan about 12 or so years ago then again in Baltimore Maryland several years later and what was she doing?

Preaching, motivating and singing.

In fact she is a two time winner of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) talent show for her singing abilities and it doesn’t stop there…

Sheronda has spoken at my inauguration event for the Cobb County Empowerment Chapter of the NFB we founded in 2007.

Just a couple of weeks ago we had her to speak at our church service to preach, motivate and of course to sing.

Jump in knee first to this interview and see why Ms. White is as amazing as I have always known her to be.

Getting to the finish line verses pretending

Ever met one of those people who would rather take a picture of themselves at the finish line as if they actually ran the race? They want INSTANT success when it’s just not possible for most. Yup, I get it…

There are some who make it on the first try and we call them outliers.

Most of us make it after seval attemps at doing something and then maybe we might see a glimmer of success.

In this video I’ll share my biggest failure with my mindset and how I overcame it, but most importantly I will show you how to over come it as well.

The video is below. Remember to unmute it if it doesn’t play imediately.

Here’s the quick link to the short video

Outlier’s with Roberta Joanjensen

Ever had the desire to preserve history? What about the sensation to change the world?

Well Roberta wants to do both…

She is on a mission that she needs your help with and in turn it’s going to change the world.

Her mission?

Wait and listen.

How it’s going to change the world?

Same thing… take a listen and you’ll see how to help make this place a better world for everyone on it..

Outlier’s with Chenelle Patrice Hancock

Can you say she is the best in the world in five different languages? For most of us that would be a resounding “NO”, but for this weeks guess it’s a drop in the bucket.

Chenelle Hancock speaks multiple languages and believes that anyone can do what they put their minds to.

It’s one of those things that takes mastery and Chenelle kicks the mastery meter up about five notches.

I think she is the best person in the world to ever rock the podcast in a long time and that’s because she is super driven, amazingly talented and wants to change the world through her work.

Sit back and listen, then learn and last #raise the bar…

The World Is NOW Accessible!

This week I’ve gotten allot of questions about our technology setup and how I do things. After explaining the ends and out most people asked if it was accessible or not. What I realized is that even when I told them that it was they never moved to try it out. This was even after i told them that the software had a free trial or that the vendor had a pretty great return policy.

Most of them just went back to doing the same thing they were doing before, yet expecting a different result.

A older gentleman once told me if I wanted what another man had i had to do what he did to get it. This remains true with just about everything we want and need in life.
People desire change, but they will not change to meet their needs.

Here’s the real reason why the world is now accessible and people will continue to use inaccessibility as an excuse. Think of the three ways we communicate globally and watch my video response… below

Outlier’s with Garth Humphries

Garth is one amazing dude…

I just love his accent and the name of his website.

You can check out his smooth Australian voice in this episode and some of his work over at

He’s one blind guy that I just had to get on the show just so you guys can see what’s possible in the world of business ownership and being employed full time. You would think Garth doesn’t have time for anything but work, however you’ll quickly see the fun he has changing the world.

Check him out and remember to be amazing in what you do, whenever you do it.

Outlier’s with Ever Hairston (Part 1)

With a fine name like Ever and a charm that matches you would be hard pressed to fine someone greater and more rounded than our guest Ms. Ever Hairston.

We have never had a podcast participant on with this much experience in changing the world than this wonder woman…

From marching with Martin Luther KingJr., running one of the National Federation of the Blinds’ largest affiliates and everything in between. This lady is one of a kind, simply the best and was an honor to interview.

She was such an inspiration we have done something special for this podcast in Part 2 of her interview that you will be sure to want to take advantage of, so listen to both parts and we’ll see you on the inside.

Outliers Special with the interviewer being interviewed

I usually turn down allot of interviews because of time spent interviewing you fine people around the world and running a couple of companies, being a husband, father, brother, cousin etc, however this interview opportunity was one I just could not pass up.

When I found out that Chris Curran of the Podcast Engineering School had interviewed one of my blind mentors and a guy that I had heard all over the internet that I really looked up to in the podcasting industry who is also blind I knew I had to show the world that podcasting is here to stay and making money doing it well is not a figment of ones imagination.

This interview is one of my finest and it let’s me know I’m on the right track when I tell blind and other disabled individuals that you can make a living doing what you love…

How do I know this?

because I do it every day.

My issue is that i love a bunch of things.

Here’s items from my short list.

• Blogging

• Technology

• Coaching

• Playing the sax

• Eating

and of course, podcasting.

I hope my interview with Chris inspires you to podcast or at least live your dream if you are not all ready. You know how to reach us and we hope you are doing marvelously well in the mean time.

Bathroom and Kitchen Modifications to Improve the Safety of a Visually-Impaired Loved One

The following was submitted by a visitor to this site. They hope this information will help the blind and low vision community everywhere. We here at Fedora Outlier thank the author for the submission.

If your loved one recently has become visually impaired, you need to prepare your home to accommodate him as soon as possible. There are a few essential home modifications you should make to ensure his safety first, and these changes naturally will account for his comfort and confidence as well. While you may want to concentrate on modifications to areas of the home he will spend the most time in, you eventually will want to make modifications in every area of the home, both inside and outside. Our home modification suggestions will get you started.

Bathroom Modifications

The bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in your home; the Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly a quarter million people ages 15 and older go to the emergency room for a bathroom-related injury. That’s why the bathroom is one of the first places you should concentrate on when modifying your home to ensure the safety of a person with a visual impairment.

One of the first things you can do to improve safety in your bathroom is install adequate lighting. Make sure that you have lights directly above the sink or on either side of the vanity in addition to a light in the shower stall or bathtub. It’s also important to plug in a nightlight so that there always is some light in the bathroom at night.

Because the risk of slips and falls increases on wet bathroom floors and slippery shower and bathtub floors, you need to take steps to help your loved one get better traction while using the bathroom. Unfortunately, area rugs can increase the risk of falls in a bathroom, so make sure that you choose rugs that have non-slip backings on them. Avoid plush rugs that can pose a tripping hazard. You also should line the floor of the shower or bathtub with a non-slip mat.

Designate an area for razors, tweezers, nail scissors, sharp fingernail files, and fingernail clippers. All of these sharp grooming tools should be kept in the same place at all times so that your visually-impaired loved one can locate them quickly and easily without worrying about getting cut. All family members should be sure to return items to the designated area when they finish using them.

Kitchen Modifications

The kitchen is another dangerous area of the home. Hot and sharp objects pose risks to everyone, but they certainly are riskier for people with visual impairments. Of course, the goal is to help your loved one feel confident while using the kitchen.

One of the first steps you should take is labeling your cabinets and drawers until the person becomes accustomed to where items are located. You don’t have to use printed labels; something as simple as a cabinet door with a patch of Velcro or a drawer handle with a ribbon can guide a person with a visual impairment to the correct place in the kitchen. It’s also important to label food items with large print, braille labels, or tactile marks. Focus on packages and containers that are a similar size and shape when labeling food; for example, you probably don’t need to label the bear-shaped container of honey.

When labeling storage locations and food items themselves, work with your loved one to see which system of organization he would prefer. He may want all the spices located on a top shelf next to the stove because he cooks with them frequently. Or, he may want all the cans of soup moved from the pantry to a cabinet near the stove because he likes to have soup for lunch every day.

Then, decide where to store kitchen utensils, cookware, and dinnerware. It’s a good idea to keep heavy items on lower shelves to avoid accidents. It’s also better to keep knives and other sharp kitchen tools in one location at all times. Purchase guards or sheaths for your graters, knives, slicers, food processor blades, etc. And, develop a system for dirty utensils so that no one in the family places used sharp items in a sink full of soapy water and increases the risk of someone getting cut.

Once you have made accommodations to priority living spaces to ensure the safety and confidence of your loved one with a visual impairment, continue through the rest of your home. Stairways, your loved one’s bedroom, and other areas that are used frequently should take priority but it’s important to prioritize areas that can pose significant danger, such as a swimming pool. Be sure to go over the entire property and look for any potential problem areas and find appropriate solutions.