People with disability interested in trying UBer again?

Each Wednesday, and we are again one day early this week; we will be
bringing you an article of interest as it pertains to the topic of
accessibility and we hope you can use
it to become more familiar with this particular area.
This has become a rapidly growing and very important area and why?
Because the number of consumers in this market is growing and will continue
to do so for the forseeable future.
Governments, corporations, and individuals are paying more attention.
Please read on.
The Sterling Creations team
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld.

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People with disability interested in trying UBer again?

Uber has just launched the accessibility site. In the past, people with
disability filed law suite against Uber for not allowing guide dogs on the
ride with blind riders. To check out their accessibility policy and contact
their accessibility team, please check out this site:

https://accessibility.uber.com/,

If you have not tried uber and would like to try for free, use my referral
code:

Hinaa41UE

Contributed by Hina Altaf | August 29, 2016

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As a blind baby

My perspective
As a blind baby

Sometimes, when I am in the mood for reminiscing and remembering, I like to
ask my mom what it was like for me as a blind baby. Now that dad is no
longer around, he passed on over 23 years ago, she is the only source of
reference for me so here goes.

Mom tells me that she knew right away after I was born that something was
wrong with my eyes. She was right and she and dad did everything that they
could to help me. First, they managed to get an eye surgeon to operate on
me at six months to save my right eye. Then when I was just four, dad sent
me to England along with my mom, granny, and two brothers Jeff and Robert to
seek further treatment for my eye. Unfortunately, nothing more could be
done at that time.

Mom tells me and my aunts have confirmed this, that I used to amuse myself
by taking my heel and bang it against the bars of my crib and then I would
burst out laughing. Granny used to hang a balloon over my crib and I would
follow it with my vision. At that time, my vision was very limited.

My older brother Robert told mom that she should adopt a baby sister to keep
me company when he found out that I was blind. My twin brother Jeffrey was
always very protective and him and I were constant playmates. I had cousins
as well who were constantly around me.

I was told that I loved music, loved to play on my own and was never afraid
to play with others. I loved company but I also loved to be by myself at
times.

So, in every aspect, I was just another baby growing up in a mainstream
family except that I was blind.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a
terrific day and inviting you to go out there and share my words with
others.
Visit www.nfb.org to learn more about blind babies.

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Greetings! I’m Christian Robicheau; assistant editor at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca and alas! It is the final weekend in
September and fall is here!
This is probably my favorite season as it comes just before the great
holiday season and there is so much to the fall season.
Today, I am delighted to share our president’s weekly editorial with you
and Donna J. Jodhan is here to share a very personal moment with you.
Enjoy your weekend now.

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Somewhere over the rainbow

It is not very often that anyone has the good fortune and privilege to see a
rainbow in the sky but I can tell you that when I had my sight; I was one of
those persons.

I am not sure how many rainbows I got to see before I lost my sight but how
well I do remember a rainbow in the sky. There it was; just literally lying
there in the sky. So very colorful, so very peaceful, and one of the
prettiest things to behold!

On almost every occasion I would be sitting in a chair outside and on my own
and then I would happen to look skyward and voila! There was my pretty
rainbow just lazily looking down at me!

Some of the time I would sit there just staring upwards and then if I felt
like it I would call to others to come and see but for the most part I would
prefer to enjoy my rainbow by myself.

The other day my mom spotted one in the sky while we were sitting outdoors
on her patio and she proceeded to describe it to me. My memory began to
wonder back to those other days when I was able to see it for myself. The
rainbow had not changed; it was still its loveliest self. Colorful, large,
and simply lying there in the sky on a peaceful late evening.
So what does all of this mean to me? Somewhere over the rainbow lies my
dreams, hopes, and expectations. For me, for the kids of the future, and
for all those who are blind.

Somewhere over the rainbow lies a dream that one day a medical break through
will enable me to regain my sight. Somewhere over the rainbow lies the
dream that all blind kids of the future will have equal access to
technology, services, and education and that somewhere over the rainbow is
the hope that some day sooner than later we will find perfect peace in this
world.

Is this too much for me to dream?

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and weekend.

To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca and I would
be delighted to send you an electronic copy of our latest newsletter. Or
you can view all of our newsletters at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com.
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Meet B G Word maze

Are you looking for a product or service that can help to make life easier
for you or a family
member or friend? Or maybe you are looking for a story to help motivate a
family member or friend who is struggling to deal with their loss of vision?
Not sure where to look?
Well, we have a nifty piece of info to share with you this week.
Enjoy!
The Sterling Creations team
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld
and check out our weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com
Available for download from iTunes and Google play musiic.
Take another 5 brings you recipes, tips on technology, mystery moment, for
the entrepreneur, and scam alerts.

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Meet B G Word maze

If you are in search of a new type of word game for someone who is blind or
visually impaired then this is a must read for you and don’t miss out on the
chance to take advantage and it is free!

This is to announce the release of a new
game entitled B G Word Maze.
B G Word Maze combines the skill of solving
a maze with the skill of unscrambling
letters to make words. The game is played
in levels. There are seven levels in all.
Each level has a larger maze and more
letters to collect.
B G Word maze can be downloaded directly
from the Spoonbill Software Blind Gamers
website at:
www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/bgwordmaze.htm

Just go out there and give this one a whirl!

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New free GPS

Each Wednesday, and we are one day early for this week, we will be bringing
you an article of interest as it pertains to the topic of accessibility and
we hope you can use
it to become more familiar with this particular area.
This has become a rapidly growing and very important area and why?
Because the number of consumers in this market is growing and will continue
to do so for the forseeable future.
Governments, corporations, and individuals are paying more attention.
Please read on.
The Sterling Creations team
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld.

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
New free GPS

Autour (French for “Around”, pronounced “oh tour”) is
an eyes-free mobile system designed to give blind
users a better sense of their surroundings. Although
other systems (e.g., Humanware’s Trekker
http://www.humanware.com/en-
usa/products/blindness/talking_gps/
and standard GPS tools) emphasize navigation from one
specific location to another, typically accomplished by
explicit turn-by-turn instructions, our goal is to use
ambient audio to reveal the kind of information that
visual cues such as neon signs provide to sighted users.
Once users notice a point of interest, additional details
are available on demand.
When you start Autour for the first time, you’ll be
guided through an interactive tutorial that
demonstrates a few of the app’s modes of operation.
These include Radar, which announces places as the
radar sweeps past them in a circle around the user, and
Beam, which acts like a flashlight, announcing places in
the direction the user is facing. Other modes, and the
settings menu, are described in detail in the
instructions . Autour can be used hand-held, or largely
hands-free, by leaving the phone in a pouch around the
user’s neck, as desired. To ensure correct behaiour, it’s
important to specify the “carry mode” in the app’s
setting menu so that Autour knows which way the
phone is being held.
The Autour user experience is tightly tied to spatialized
audio, preferably using bone-conducting or open air
headphones so as not to interfere with the natural
sounds of the environment. Names of places appear to
come from locations surrounding the user, thereby
giving a sense of directionality and distance. This allows
for parsimony of representation and less intrusive sound
cues. Imagine the difference between a mechanical
voice stating, “Restaurant, 50 meters, 60 degrees to your
left” vs. a very short “Restaurant” spatialized in the
correct direction.
A short video is available for viewing here:
http://autour.mcgill.ca/en/
Autour app helps visually impaired individuals
learn what’s around them
We invite you to download the app at the next link and
try it out
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/autour/id887476373?
mt=8&l=en
Below are instructions for the app and the third and final
section covers technical information.
*II. Instructions
Autour is a cartographical application for the blind
that has been developed at the Shared Reality
Laboratory of McGill University.
It can run on the iPhone 4S and other more recent
iPhones, but it does not run on the iPad or the iPod
Touch.
Autour has several modes : the tilt of the device
allows you to choose between two of the modes, a
horizontal one and a vertical one. By default, the
vertical mode is Radar sweep mode, and the
horizontal mode is the Beam mode. On top of this,
you have the following modes : Shockwave,
Browse, Tutorial, Menu, and a mode that just waits
for GPS lock. In any horizontal and vertical mode,
you can tap the screen twice quickly to hear the
address where you are, the status of sensors, and
also a summary of places around you. While that is
spoken, you may interrupt by tapping the screen
once or by tilting the device.
Radar Mode
This is one of the two kinds of Sweep Modes.
Point the device up with the screen facing toward
you, then touch the screen. This will start an
automatic sweep. You will hear a ticking sound
indicating the progress of the scan around you
clockwise, along with the names of the places
around you. There are 48 ticks per turn, equally
spaced around you, but not equally spaced in time,
because saying the name of a place slows the
sweep down. To pause a sweep, touch the screen
again. Slide a finger from right to left to hear a
detailed version of the last place you have heard,
telling you its distance and direction. Slide again to
hear the previous place in the history, or from left to
right to hear the following place in the history. If you
go past the oldest spoken place in the history or
past the most recent, a tone will play instead. To
stop hearing about a place, touch the screen.
While the Sweep mode is doing nothing, you can
continue the sweep by touching the screen.
Beam Mode
Tip the phone so the screen is facing up. You can
activate and deactivate the beam in the same
manner as in Sweep modes, and you can go
through history in the same manner as in Sweep
modes too. When the beam is activated, the
history is erased then the places that are
approximately in the direction of the device are
enumerated in order of increasing distance. If you
turn the device sufficiently in a clockwise or
counterclockwise way, the history will be erased
again, the new direction of the device will be
chosen as the reference, and the places will be
enumerated in that approximate direction instead.
Standby Mode
When GPS does not work well, Autour chooses
this mode instead of any other horizontal and
vertical mode, until the GPS works again. The only
thing allowed in that mode is the double-tap.
Menus
To enter the Menu mode, slide a finger upwards,
then do as if you were in the Settings app, except
that to exit, use the Back button, not the Home
button. Instructions about settings are found directly
in the Settings menu or its sub-menus, in the same
way as in the Settings app. There, you will find
additional instructions appearing below each
control to which they refer. The About menu
contains various texts, such as this manual, as well
as the possibility of retrying the interactive tutorial.
Unlike the first time, the tutorial can now be
interrupted by pressing the main button then going
back into Autour. The Other menu contains means
of accessing applications Transit App, Google
Maps, Apple Plans, as well as of going see our
webpage and writing us email.
Shockwave Mode
In the Settings, go to the Sweep mode selector,
and select Shockwave. Then leave the menus and
tip the phone as you would in Radar mode. The
Shockwave mode is identical to the Radar mode,
except for the following aspects. Instead of sorting
by direction, this mode sorts by distance, therefore
the sweep is done as a circle that starts where you
are and grows until the maximum distance
specified in the settings, and at that moment, a
new sweep starts in the same manner.
Browse Mode
In Settings, go to Horizontal mode and select
Browse. Then leave the menus and tip the phone
as you would in Beam mode. To play the the place
closest to you, swipe a finger to the right. Swiping
to the right again will get you to the next place in
the list ordered by distance. Swiping to the left will
get you to the previous place in the list. A tone will
play whenever you try to go past the end of the list
or before the beginning.
Other notes
Please note that the place information from the
phone GPS and compass can be unreliable. Do
not rely on Autour for navigation or safety; it does
not replace a cane or guide dog. If the GPS signal
is poor, Autour will stop announcing places and
play a quiet wobble noise periodically while waiting
for a better location fix. If the compass accuracy
degrades, places will be spoken with north, south,
east or west directions rather than a position such
as front right. To recalibrate the compass, move
the phone in front of you in a figure eight pattern,
with the screen pointed up toward the sky. Autour
works poorly in areas where the sky is blocked by
tall buildings, which causes the GPS to provide
poor location information. This is difficult to fix, but
you can try holding the phone so it has the best
possible view of the sky.
If your area has good Foursquare™ data, we
strongly recommend setting Autour to use their
information, as it is often much more relevant than
that from Google Places. This is primarily because
it can be better ranked by checkins and reviews,
meaning you are more likely to hear about
locations that other people like. That said, Google
Places is more comprehensive.
Note that the information from the Google Places
or Foursquare™ databases can contain errors. If
you want them corrected, contact the responsible
company by the appropriate means.
Autour does not work in a moving vehicle, and will
simply stop playing locations. This is partly
because of server response time – our current
server cannot return results fast enough to keep up.
But it is also because the modes of Autour are not
designed in function of a fast-moving user. If you
would like to see a version of Autour that supports
car and bus use, please contact us so we can
gauge the interest in this feature.
Finally, keep in mind that Autour is a research
project and is not a commercially supported
application. You can email us at
autour@cim.mcgill.ca
Finally, keep in mind that Autour is a research
project and is not a commercially supported
application. You can email us at
autour@cim.mcgill.ca
with comments,
suggestions, and bugs. You may also ask to
participate in our research. Note that we are a
research team at McGill University, and are eager
to hear about problems you encounter and
suggestions for new features, as well as stories
about how Autour helped you.
The instructions page is here:
http://autour.mcgill.ca/en/instructions.html
*III. Techical Information
Autour currently runs on iPhone 4s or later; the
Android version is presently being prepared. The
app uses the smartphone’s built-in compass,
accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS hardware to
determine the user’s location and orientation.
Nearby places are retrieved automatically via the
Autour server. The appropriate sound scene is
then rendered using the
libpd
library to run
PureData
(Pd) patches.
The Autour server acts as an intermediary for real-
time requests to Google Places™ and
Foursquare™ to locate companies, public
buildings, monuments, etc. The Autour app can
then render these places in different ways, e.g., by
relative direction (“front right”) or by cardinal
direction (“northeast”). Category names (e.g.,
“bar,” “fast food”, etc.), are spatialized to sound
like they are coming from the actual location of the
POI, giving a direct cue as to its direction and
distance.
The server contains a copy of bus stops from 38
public transport companies of major
urban centres
across Canada
; it also contains certain portions of
OpenStreetMap
for all of Canada, as used to find
the nearest point on the closest street, to name
intersections, and obtain the contours of parks and
certain large buildings such as hospitals.
OpenStreetMap data is copyrighted by its owners,
who provide it under a free license (ODbL).
There is a Video demonstration at this link.
http://autour.mcgill.ca/en/
If using a screenreading software and visiting the
above link, press the letter b once. A play button is
highlighted. Press the spacebar to start the video.
User testing
We have worked with both French and English
organizations for the blind in Montreal, including
the
Institut Nazareth & Louis Braille
(INLB) and the
Montreal Association for the Blind
(MAB) to test
Autour with a number of blind participants. These
user tests have taken the form of informal
walkabouts while soliciting feedback, more formal
tests with specific tasks to complete using Autour
while on the streets of Montreal, and also longer-
term deployments where blind individuals were
loaned iPhone devices to use in their daily
routines. Feedback has been generally positive for
the system as a whole, but has also pointed out
numerous usability and other issues that have
been factored into the design. A paper (link below)
summarizing the results across several of these
tests was presented at the 2013 ACM Conference
on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).
Source:
Ron & Danvers
And the Autour – McGill University in Canada.
I am unclear if the app works in the U.s. I certainly
hope it eventually does if if not yet available.

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What forgetting does to me?

My perspective
What forgetting does to me?

In the normal scheme of things, forgetting is something that we all have to
deal with but when you are blind, it means much more. It means spending so
much more time looking for misplaced things and this is why I have to spend
so much more time in being super organized.

Whenever I forget where I have put something, I have to resign myself to
spending additional time to find it but whereas the sighted person would be
able to spot it more easily and quickly through visual checks, I have to
remember and then use my hands to locate where I think it is. If it is
where I think it is, then great but if it is not then I have to use the
memory process and the hand finding method to go looking.

This is why I am so organized. It works most of the time but like anything
else there are those days when things go wrong.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a
terrific day and urging you to go out there and share my thoughts with
others. Visit www.acb.org to learn more.

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I can only imagine – Olympics athletes

Greetings! I’m Scott Savoy; managing editor at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca and ah yes! This is probably one of the
hottest Septembers that we have had in a very long time so we may as well
enjoy it because guess what is just around the corner? I’ll let you guess.
Today, I am delighted to share our president’s weekly editorial and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan muses about Olympics Athletes.
I wish you a great weekend.

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I can only imagine – Olympics athletes
By Donna J. Jodhan

Yes! As someone who has never been one and one who can only stand on the
sideline or sit in my living room and spectate, I can only imagine.

The lives of Olympics athletes must not be a very easy one at the best of
times as a lot of time is spent on justifying actions both privately and
publicly and let us not forget the constant media attention that has to be
dealt with.

For better or for worse; the media is an Olympics athlete’s best friend when
said athlete is able to meet expectations and excels at said expectations.
However whenever said athlete fails to meet all of this then here is where
the real challenge comes into play.

Never mind all of this but what about all of the commitment, dedication, and
hard work that must be put forth if any Olympics athlete expects to succeed?
The rigorous hours of training that goes in to it all? The commitment that
is made up of not just the athlete but also on the part of parents, family,
coaches, and other associates?

An Olympics dream is not one that is to be taken lightly! It is a dream
that needs to be perpetuated from inception until the podium is reached and
even when the podium is just beyond reach then the dream needs to be
reformatted, and a renewed commitment made.

Only the best of the best is able to stick with this mammoth commitment to
the end. It is so easy to give up and give in whenever stumbling blocks
appear in the path and it is so very difficult for many Olympics athletes to
overcome these stumbling blocks no matter how resolved they are to do so.

This is why I as a person take my hat off to all of those who continue to
participate in Olympics. I applaud the podium winners, and I applaud those
who cross the finish line behind the podium winners. I applaud all of those
fine men and women who actually are able to compete.

To athletes and their families and their friends, to the coaches and
organizers! Thank you!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and weekend.

To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca and I would
be delighted to send you an electronic copy of our latest newsletter. Or
you can view all of our newsletters at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com.
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Meet B G Word maze

Are you looking for a product or service that can help to make life easier
for you or a family
member or friend? Or maybe you are looking for a story to help motivate a
family member or friend who is struggling to deal with their loss of vision?
Not sure where to look?
Well, we have a nifty piece of info to share with you this week.
Enjoy!
The Sterling Creations team
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld
and check out our weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com
Available for download from iTunes and Google play musiic.
Take another 5 brings you recipes, tips on technology, mystery moment, for
the entrepreneur, and scam alerts.

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Meet B G Word maze

If you are in search of a new type of word game for someone who is blind or
visually impaired then this is a must read for you and don’t miss out on the
chance to take advantage and it is free!

This is to announce the release of a new
game entitled B G Word Maze.
B G Word Maze combines the skill of solving
a maze with the skill of unscrambling
letters to make words. The game is played
in levels. There are seven levels in all.
Each level has a larger maze and more
letters to collect.
B G Word maze can be downloaded directly
from the Spoonbill Software Blind Gamers
website at:
www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/bgwordmaze.htm

Just go out there and give this one a whirl!

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B2G! What is it? It’s a

Each Wednesday, we will be bringing you an article of interest as it
pertains to the topic of accessibility and we hope you can use
it to become more familiar with this particular area.
This has become a rapidly growing and very important area and why?
Because the number of consumers in this market is growing and will continue
to do so for the forseeable future.
Governments, corporations, and individuals are paying more attention.
Please read on.
The Sterling Creations team
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld.

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
B2G! What is it? It’s a

New from National Braille Press
Now available from National Braille Press
is the B2G! What is it? It’s a portable,
Android-based
refreshable braille computer with optional
smart phone, designed specifically for
blind people.
The B2G allows you to add or remove apps,
and to tailor your device the way that you
want. It
has an 8-dot braille keyboard, space bar,
navigation pad, forward and back buttons,
as well as a
20-cell refreshable braille display. The
user interface includes many of the command
sets used
by traditional braille notetakers, as well
as some new ones.
MOBILE | ERGONOMIC | INTUITIVE
SIMPLE DESIGN
FAQ:
How can I get technical support for my B2G?
We are setting up a technical support line
now, however, in the meantime you can call
customer service at 617-425-2520 or Email
B2G tech support at b2g.support@nbp.org.
Can I copy files from my computer onto the
B2G?
The B2G can copy files just like any other
computer. It has a file management app that
allows you to copy, and paste to and from
an SD card or a USB drive.
Can the B2G do UEB and EBAE?
Yes, you can select whether you want to
type in contracted or uncontracted braille
in UEB or EBAE.
Where can I save files?
The B2G has internal and external memory
capabilities. With the file manager you can
make your own directories, and save files
such as documents, photos, and music.
Can the NBP Editor create docx files?
Yes, the NBP Editor can save files as .doc
and .docx, plus other formats as well.
Can I download apps from the Google Play
Store onto the B2G?
Yes, of course! We’ve also provided easy
download links for apps that may be of
special interest to B2G users here, but you
can download any app from the Google Play
Store as well!
Can you use the NLS BARD app on the B2G?
Yes, the Android BARD app can be downloaded
onto the B2G for BARD customers. It is on
the B2G Resources page with APPS you can
download.
Can I use a QWERTY keyboard with the B2G?
Yes, you can plug in a QWERTY keyboard into
the USB port or use a Bluetooth keyboard
with the B2G. A mouse can also be used the
same way.
Can you connect to a monitor?
Yes, the B2G has a composite video port
(RCA jack) that can be used for diagnostics
and connecting to a monitor or television.
The output is similar to a smartphone or
tablet that shows your apps, photos, and
documents on the screen.
Is the B2G capable of working with
different languages? If so, how do I insert
extended characters such as é, ü, ñ, and ®
amoung others?
In the settings mode you can choose from up
to 60 languages, however, you can also set
the B2G to type in Unicode where many
symbols can be rendered. These tables are
also included in the user interface
manual.
There also short videos to help new users.
View them here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=CXLaOjS7yTw&feature=youtu.be&list=PLHfxrWafA2xBGojXI5BruBEKpqpjzfi
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A B2G Resources Page is available here:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/technology/b2g/b2g
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Wheelchair or cane?

My perspective
Wheelchair or cane?

A few months ago, I decided to ask this question to the airline attendants
as I stood waiting for assistance. I have been an airline traveler for more
years than I can remember but it never fails. Each and every time I ask for
assistance, out comes the wheelchair and each time I have to politely say
that I do not want one. I would prefer to walk and take the arm of my
sighted assistant. Even when I specifically ask for assistance by booking
the services at the airport before hand, the same thing happens. I always
state that I do not require a wheelchair but alas! There is one for me to
seat myself in.

Another thing that I have noticed over the years is that when it comes to
assistance, the wheelchair passengers are always assisted first and I am the
last to be assisted. Now, I know that someone has to be last in line but
why all the time does it have to be me? Am I missing something or do I need
to be educated? Would it be better then for me to take the proffered
wheelchair?

Maybe someone reading this blog can give me a logical answer. I’m Donna J.
Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and
encouraging you to go out there and share my thoughts with others. Visit
www.nfb.org to learn more.

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