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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.

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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.

    The Universe Just Became More Accessible - Meet Timothy Spuck and the IDATA Project and their New AfterGlow Access Software for the BVI

    The Universe Just Became More Accessible - Meet Timothy Spuck and the IDATA Project and their New AfterGlow Access Software for the BVI

    Timothy Spuck from Associated Universities Inc.(AUI),, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio, and talks about his involvement with the IDATA Project.  The chief component of the project is their new and improved software, AfterGlow Access,  that aids  individuals without sight  by converting astronomical images into soundscapes which can be heard by blind and visually impaired (BVI)folks.. This software is readily accessible on the IDATA web site. Here is the page to the AfterGlow Access Software.
    `Tin explains that astronomical images are nothing more than data points which have typically been converted into visual displays, but which can easily be presented as audio arrays that can be viewed and interpreted  by anyone, with or without vision. Tim discusses his participation with his team members and other partners  on the project, showing both his passion for astronomy, and his strong belief that diversity can improve not only the quality of the science, but its impact on the work on the world in a broader sense as well.
    Listen to this fascinating discussion about how astronomy can be brought to the BVI community, and listen to some of the “other-worldly” sounds coming from space and our ever-growing universe.  Jeff brings the science down to earth with his imaginative,  common sense perspectives, and Tim continues to astound us with his grasp of astronomical concepts and his impressive imagination for how science can be leveraged in our day to day lives. 
    as usual, Blind Abilities adds sound to the mix with samples of the audio arrays that are produced by the IDATA project and the AfterGlow software. Try your own hand at interpreting the highs and lows, the timing and distance of the audio presentations of the data normally conveyed as visual images to those with sight.
    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 Store and Google Play Store.
    Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-9063 we would love to hear from you!
    Check out the Blind Abilities Community on Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group.

    • 51 min
    Taking Charge of your Goals, Destination and Education: Meet Hannah Harriman and Her Journey of Transitioning from High School to College to the Workplace

    Taking Charge of your Goals, Destination and Education: Meet Hannah Harriman and Her Journey of Transitioning from High School to College to the Workplace

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    Show Summary:
    In the Blind Abilities Studio, Hannah Harriman sits down with Jeff Thompson to talk about her academic and employment journey. From her early days and her Individual Education Plan (IEP) In Grade School to her Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) as she attended the Summer Transition Program, MN State Academy for the Blind and went off to college to her two current jobs, Hannah is excited about her future.
    Hannah’s parents had high expectations and allowed her to take charge of her future through her IEP meetings and her decisions on her educational goals. Hannah never doubted her college education and she talks about how she prepared and advanced through her transition and employment goals. Her high expectations and self-determination has made a world of difference as she handles two jobs in the career that she wanted.
    You can find out more about the Summer Transition Program and the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind by contacting Sheila Koenig by email
    and by phone at 651-539-2361.
    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.
    Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-9063 we would love to hear from you!
    Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    • 28 min
    Voice over Karaoke on the Apple Music App? Kind of, Sort of, in a Way. Demonstration of the Lyrics Feature with VoiceOver.

    Voice over Karaoke on the Apple Music App? Kind of, Sort of, in a Way. Demonstration of the Lyrics Feature with VoiceOver.

    Open up your native Music App on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook or even on Apple TV, and play a song. Open the mini-player to show the now playing screen and tap on the Lyrics button down near the bottom. With VoiceOver on, you will hear the lyrics just before the singing starts.
    You can employ Air Play and play the song on your speakers or Apple TV system while VoiceOver remains in your device for clarity, as I see it, or should I say, as I hear it? 
    Check out this short demo by Jeff Thompson and sing along to your favorite songs with VoiceOver doing the heavy lifting. No, it is not karaoke, however, it gives you a winning chance on reminding or nudging you into the correct lyric. Kind of sorta in a way like karaoke. Hope you enjoy.
    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.
    Give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-9063 we would love to hear from you!
    Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group

    • 3 min
    iPhone101: Lists, Lists and More Lists - Flicking and Swiping Be Gone,; A Couple of More Efficient Ways to Manage Your Way Out of a Long List

    iPhone101: Lists, Lists and More Lists - Flicking and Swiping Be Gone,; A Couple of More Efficient Ways to Manage Your Way Out of a Long List

    Blind Abilities adds to the iPhone101 Catalogue with this short, but informative demonstration of how to navigate your way out of a long list. Have you ever found yourself way, way down in your mail Inbox, processing your email, but when finished, you can’t get back to the top without having to flick through those endless emails, one at a time? How about the same scenario in your Messages app, or even worse, Facebook Dropbox or YouTube? 
    Pete Lane offers a couple of quick and easy tips on how to get back to the top of those screens - those dreaded lists, without having to spend your valuable time flicking backwards, or almost as time-consuming, scrolling up the screen using your 3-finger swipe down to go up the list. Join Pete as he shares these tips in a clear and understandable, and sometimes humorous demonstration. Eliminate with the tedious and inefficient flicking and swiping as you learn to use these new techniques. It will save you time in the long run!
    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

    • 12 min
    Learning Ally’s College Success Program: Giving You the Tools and Support You Need to Thrive During College and Beyond. Meet coordinator Abigail Shaw, Mentor Rachel Grider and Mentee Gabi Mendonca

    Learning Ally’s College Success Program: Giving You the Tools and Support You Need to Thrive During College and Beyond. Meet coordinator Abigail Shaw, Mentor Rachel Grider and Mentee Gabi Mendonca

    Learning Ally’s College Success Program coordinator, Abigail Shaw, gives us a history of Learning Ally and dives deep into the College Success Program.
    Mentor, Rachel Grider, and Mentee, Gabi Mendonca, explain how the College Success Program works from their experience as a Mentor and a college student perspective.
    You can get all the details on the web at College Success Program
    You can learn all about Learning Ally and what they offer on the web at LearningAlly.org or by calling 1-8000-221-1098.
    Host Simon Bonenfant is a High School student preparing for his transition to college and Learning Ally is top on his list as he embarks upon his future and successes in his academia journey. Listen how Gabi utilized the College Success Program and how Rachel came to be a Mentor in the program. Abigail gives us an overview and talks about how she was introduced to Learning Ally and all of the programs Learning Ally offers to help turn struggling students into grade-level achievers.
    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

    • 33 min
    There Is Still so Much More to Do. Thomas Reid: The Conversation. Host of the Reid My Mind Radio Podcast.

    There Is Still so Much More to Do. Thomas Reid: The Conversation. Host of the Reid My Mind Radio Podcast.

    Full Transcript Show Summary: Thomas Reid lost his sight back in 2004 and found podcasts as a way back into learning and getting his message out to the world. Coming from the IT sector, Thomas found technology and screen readers as a way back to the workplace and never looked back. He now host the Reid My Mind Podcast, is a Voice Artist and an advocate and voice for the Blind and African Americans.
    Thomas brings in his passion for music and creativity in his sound design making his podcasts interesting and exciting.
    Thomas is more than a podcast host, voice artist and advocate, he is a husband, proud father and someone who has something to say. I know I am listening and I hope you open your mind to his conversations with people who are making lives matter and the world a better place.
    You can find out more about Thomas Reid on his web site at ReidMyMind.com.
    And be sure to subscribe to his podcast, Reid My Mind on any pod-catcher of your choice.
    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

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 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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