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Wednesday Roundup For August 14, 2013

Posted in Apple Inc

Welcome to the August 14, 2013 edition of the Wednesday Roundup brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC. Todays stories include newest rumor about Apple’s release of the new iPhone, possibilities about an Apple gaming system, questionable children’s toys, technology and learning for children, tools for individuals who would like to be public speakers, and the amazing project that a Texas man has taken on. So, get comfy with that beverage of choice and enjoy a good read.

The rumors are coming fast and furious about Apple’s plans for the next iPhone to be released this fall. The latest rumors have Apple holding an event on September 10 to make the announcement. The team at Fedora Outlier has been working hard to document all of the changes in iOS 7 and when it is finally released we will be sharing all of these changes with everyone via an update to our book The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility and our Delivering Access blog.

Okay for you gamers out there, why not an Apple TV game console? Wouldn’t that be awesome? I have never been able to play the games my grown children and young grandchildren play, but if the games were made at least a little accessible I could participate. When my children were young (25 years ago) they had an Atari and I was able to play some of those games, but today’s games are too busy for me! There is no promise that because the console would be made by Apple, that it would be accessible, however, everything else Apple makes is…..hmmmm….there is that possibility. I am sure I would not be the only Grandparent out there taking a game for a spin.

This is definitely an article that people should read before buying a toy or other item that has a laser in it. Seems that just shining a strong beam in someone’s eye can damage it, maybe even cause permanent damage. Evidently shining a strong laser in someone’s eye can take days to show damage done and even produce damage worse than staring at the sun. How many times have you seen someone think it’s funny to shine the beam in someone’s eyes, and just laugh like a crazy person when the other person flinched from the exposure. I don’t think they would be so quick to laugh, if they knew that it could actually hurt someone. The fact that these lasers are being put in toys is really scary. If adults point these things at others without thinking, what do you think the chances of a child pointing a play gun with a laser sight at another child or adult? I know that it depends on the strength of the laser, but I will definitely be taking those off my list of things to buy for children or adults for that matter.

Speaking of children…..In this age of technology, it has become apparent that it has a place in our classrooms. The educational benefits are enormous for children with disabilities as well as sighted children. Twenty years ago, it was unheard of for a child to have a cell phone or tablet (were they even around).The cell phones back then were too cumbersome to carry around in a pocket. (That kind of tells you how old I am, right?) If there was a computer in the house, it was mostly for the adults to conduct their business on. The children were allowed to get on the computer, and the learning programs were just beginning to come out. Who could have predicted the advancements and tools out there that we have today. With guidance and appropriate mediums, these tools can make our children “the best they can be” no matter if they are sighted or have a disability. The sky is the limit….but please don’t forget about fun , good diet, and play outside These are important too.

Do you have aspirations to become a public speaker, but wonder how in the world you could prepare notes for such a project? For those of the blind community who have for one reason or another never learned braille or are in the process of learning the tool, there is a tool you can use that you may already own. I can relate to those of the blind community that would like to do this, but don’t have the ability to just “wing it” and speak to a crowd who isn’t a part of the blind community. It Is easy to speak from the heart, but it takes a while to get to the point of getting over the initial “stage fright”! When you are using a device that you use on a regular basis for a technical demonstration, it seems easier because you can follow along on the device. This helpful session with a very prominent public speaker has some pointers to use devices that we may already have in our possession, to get over that “bump in the road”. Don’t give up practicing those braille skills though, because they are still quite important to a blind person.

Can you imagine building a house as a blind person? The Texas man in this story is doing just that. He has always wanted to recreate his home from childhood, and is working on it now. Prior to this large project, he has been busy building cabinets, and other wood items. What an inspiration to those who want to do something, but think they can’t do it? Ever heard that old saying, “where there is a will, there is a way.” Well, this gentleman exemplifies that and many community people have offered their services. He is doing his part to let people know that just because a person loses their sight, doesn’t mean they can’t accomplish great things. Makes Me want to go out and build something….much smaller though…maybe a birdhouse?

Hope you have enjoyed this weeks Wednesday Roundup. If you enjoy this kind of content, check out my friend and team member, Brie and her Follow Friday posts where she interviews people from the blindness community. See you next week.

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