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Blind Abilities: The most comprehensive resource for Assistive Technology, Accessible Devices, Blind and Low Vision Technology, iPhone demonstrations, success Stories, Job Insights, College and Career Pathways and all with a Blindness Perspective.

    AirTags Whare Are You? Ahh, FindMy to the Rescue. A Look at the AirTag Set-Up and Demo

    AirTags Whare Are You? Ahh, FindMy to the Rescue. A Look at the AirTag Set-Up and Demo

    Jeff Thompson goes through the set up process on a couple of AirTags using his iPhone. The process is nearly automatic and in no time you won’t be losing a thing. Kind of.
    If you have an iPhone 11 or 12 running iOS 14.5, you are good to go. Although, the iPhone SE, released in 2020, does not sport the A1 Nero Chip Near Field Communication (NFC) is not part of the SE features.
    You can find AirTags on the Apple Store and a handful of accessories to hold your tag as the AirTags themself do not have a hole or tab for securing to your keys or handle. With the AirTags coming in at $29 apiece and a pack of 4 going for $99, it is not too surprising that the keyring sells for $35 from Apple while the growing list of 3rd party vendors keeps growing.
    With the battery being replaceable, and the precision Finding feature in the NFC equipped iPhones, the AirTag experience is all that I expected and maybe a bit more.
    For more information about the AirTag, Check out the AirTag page on Apple.
    Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
    Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities
    On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com
    Send us an email
    Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store.
    Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    iPhone101: Emoji in Text Replacement Made Easy. Yes, Double Demo Day!

    iPhone101: Emoji in Text Replacement Made Easy. Yes, Double Demo Day!

    Blind Abilities brings you another episode in the iPhone 101 demonstrations and reviews series which will add to your arsenal of Keyboard shortcuts in the Text Replacement section of your Keyboard Settings. This one will show you just how easy it is to add emojis to your library of readily available shortcuts. 
    As Jeff Thompson demonstrated in a previous iPhone101 Demonstration, which follows this demo, Jeff shows how you can use just a couple of letters to create a shortcut which will automatically populate the dialog box or page with commonly used phrases, names, hashtags, email addresses and anything you desire. Now Pete Lane adds emojis to that list of possible shortcuts.
    Steps for Text Replacement:
    Single finger double tap on the Settings icon. , swipe down to General. Single finger double tap on Keyboard  Single finger double tap on the Text Replacement option.. Pete will then walk you through the simple process of creating a shortcut to add emojis to your library. 
    While some of us have been resistant to the use of emojis because they are so visual in nature, it is easy for blind and visually impaired iOS users to identify and use emojis effectively in any written communications we engage in, even with our sighted counterparts.
    Be sure to check out all the Blind Abilities podcast by using your podcatcher of choice and search for Blind Abilities, that’s 2 words, Blind Abilities.
    Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
    Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities
    On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com
    Send us an email
    Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store.
    Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Vispero – Empowering Independence: Vispero Vice President Matt Ater Talks User Experience and How the Vispero Team is Listening to You

    Vispero – Empowering Independence: Vispero Vice President Matt Ater Talks User Experience and How the Vispero Team is Listening to You

    Matt Ater, Vice President at Vispero, joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio to talk about Vispero and what he and his team is doing to enhance the user experience and opportunities to learn about the products we have all come to know, such as the ever so popular screen reader, Jaws.
    Matt talks about the importance of the user experience and how the Vispero team is reaching out to listen to the users and find out what can be done to improve upon the products. The entire team has a passion to keep improving upon the long line of products Vispero brings to the Blind and Visually Impaired community around the world.
    Join Matt for this deep dive into the user experience conversation and be sure to meet up with the Vispero team on a social network of your choice. From webinars, to YouTube Videos and Facebook groups, the team is making themselves available and the latest platform of Clubhouse has the team available 2 or 3 times a week, answering questions, giving tips and letting your voice be heard all in an effort to improve your user experience.
    Be sure to check out the links below to learn all about the latest from Vispero! 
    Vispero – Empowering Independence
    Freedom Scientific – High-quality video magnifiers, braille displays, screen magnification software, and #1 screen reader, JAWS.
    Contact Freedom Scientific
    (800) 444-4443
    (727) 803-8000
    Freedom Scientific Blog – News from the cutting edge of assistive technology.
    Freedom Scientific on Twitter
    Freedom Scientific on Facebook
    Freedom Scientific Training YouTube Channel
     
    Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
    Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities
    On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com
    Send us an email
    Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store.
    Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    Modesty, Integrity, a Dedicated Work Ethic and Above All, a Strong Love of Family - Meet Sandhya Rao: Attorney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and VP of iBugToday

    Modesty, Integrity, a Dedicated Work Ethic and Above All, a Strong Love of Family - Meet Sandhya Rao: Attorney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and VP of iBugToday

    Jeff Thompson and Pete Lane are joined in the Blind Abilities studio by Sandhya Rao. They recently met Sandhya a few weeks ago along with Michael McCulloch as they discussed the amazing organization called, I Blind User's Group, (iBug). You can listen to the iBugToday episode on Blind Abilities
    In this episode, they shift the focus to Sandhya, the person. Sandhya is currently employed as an Attorney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, where she conducts legal research on constitutional issues and drafts judicial memoranda.
    Sandhya describes her life’s journey, not only with her blindness, but with Osteo Petrosis, the rare bone disease which brought about her blindness, along with a myriad of other serious effects. Listen as Sandhya outlines how this illness impacted her life, but not the goals and outcomes she set forth to achieve. 
    Sandhya completed four years at Rice University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. This was followed by completing law school at Stanford University.  Clearly Sandhya has not allowed her medical condition to deter her from achieving success at the highest levels in her field.
    Sandhya offers advice for students looking towards college and the workplace, her passions such as assistive technology, the law, playing classical piano, and her strong belief that braille has been a key to her successes in all endeavors. And of course, she talks about iBug with its numerous training sessions and social activities.
    Be sure to set aside a few short minutes to listen to this fascinating guest share her story in her own humble way, with modesty, integrity, a dedicated work ethic and above all, a strong love of family   
    You can read more about Sandhya's personal accomplishments in her bio on the iBugToday web site
    Find out more about iBug on their web site.
    Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
    Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities
    On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com
    Send us an email
    Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store.
    Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    The Mojo Lens is Focused on Bringing Super Powers to Low Vision – A Conversation with Dr. Ashley Tuan, VP of Medical Devices at Mojo Vision

    The Mojo Lens is Focused on Bringing Super Powers to Low Vision – A Conversation with Dr. Ashley Tuan, VP of Medical Devices at Mojo Vision

    Dr. Ashley Tuan, Vice President of Medical Devices at Mojo Vision, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio about the development of a new and innovative product for low vision individuals called Mojo Lens. 
    Dr. Tuan discusses the fascinating and impressive capabilities of these high-tech contact lenses, which are placed on the white part of the user’s eye, called the Sclera.  With the help of a wearable device which serves as a relay, the lenses will project a variety of images to the retina, providing a "heads up and hands-free” display for the individual.   
    Dr. Tuan has been with Mojo Vision for the past five years and shares her passion, and her very personal reason for embarking on this meaningful journey as the product has evolved not only into a promising technology for sighted people, but also a significant tool which will offer enhanced vision and information for individuals with low vision.
    The Mojo Lens will be able to project various images onto a functioning portion of the retina, much like the normal eye does, in the form of an inconspicuous contact lens, thus the array    is sometimes referred to as “invisible computing.”
    Mojo Vision is proceeding methodically with the creation of its prototype and enlisting the feedback of numerous low vision members of the nearby Vista Center, a nonprofit organization which provides a wide variety of services to blind and visually impaired clients. This ensures that relevant and meaningful input is used with each step of the research and development process.  
    Be sure to set aside a few minutes to hear about this remarkable device as Jeff Thompson chats with Dr. Tuan and reveals it's almost futuristic capabilities that will afford low vision individuals improved sight through such features as magnification and highlighting of object edges, coupled with other sources of information like text messages relayed from your smart phone or the cloud.
    You can learn more about Mojo Vision on the company’s web site Mojo.Vision
    Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
    Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities
    On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com
    Send us an email
    Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store.
    Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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This podcast has it all. From day-to-day tips to inspiration to their weekly tech show. Just the best show no matter where you are in your journey.

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This episode is amazing on so many levels. Especially of course, four kids and young adults trying to find their own identity and dealing with blindness. I am inspired as I was born legally blind, yet had just
Enough site to fake being able to see. There are pros and cons to that. However I think it is great that we are embracing our blindness and excepting the tools to increase our quality of lives! Thank you to each and every blind and visually impaired person who chooses to go out and live life!

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