Scam alerts of the week

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.

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Scam alerts of the week

1. An email telling you that you need to pay a parking ticket –
You will quickly know that this is a fake if you know for sure that you have
not incurred any parking tickets.
The sender is simply attempting to get you to respond or to try and
intimidate you.
Just ignore and delete this silly email.

2. A phone call telling you that you need to verify your credit card’s
credit limit –
This phone call has been around for quite some time now and again; it is a
phone call to try and intimidate you into responding.
No credit card company would ever leave an automated message for you.
So just hang up on this annoying phone call.

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The speak to me dilemma

Greetings! I’m Christian Robicheau; assistant editor at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca and boy is November simply moving around
aye?
Time for us to get ready for Our American Thanksgiving and a happy upcoming
one to everyone!
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for today Donna J. Jodhan focuses her attention on what she calls the speak
to me dilemma.
I wish you a great weekend!

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The speak to me dilemma
By Donna J. Jodhan

Truth be told, I really do not think that this dilemma will ever go away.
It could probably be whittled down but this may only probably achieved
through committed and sustained effort on the part of persons with
disabilities.

So what am I lamenting today? It is this! The continuous challenge when it
comes to persons with sight choosing to communicate with those who we are
with instead of speaking directly with us. Yes, I can sort of understand
why this continues to be so but on the other hand I have started to find
this not just irritating, but also quite rude and disrespectful.

The other day when I was standing at the cash in the supermarket attempting
to pack my stuff, the casher said to my mom “tell her not to touch
anything.” I can tell you that it took everything in me not to have
screamed at her or to throw a fit. This would not have worked.

Instead, I should have spoken directly to her. It does not do any good to
not say anything. For if we continue to not say or do anything, this very
unhealthy circumstance will continue to persist.

What I should have said was something like this: “Mom, please tell the
casher that these are my goods and I can touch them because they are mine
and I am paying for them.”

Yes, I know! Diplomacy needs to be the order of the day here but one thing
is for certain; we need to start becoming more assertive and to teach the
sighted world that yes! You can certainly speak to me directly! Don’t
speak to the one who is accompanying me! There is no need for this!

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

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.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
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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Top app of the week – Meet the Quizoid: Trivia Quiz Game

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Meet the Quizoid: Trivia Quiz Game

If you are ever looking for ways to entertain your family on a road or train
trip then this may be the perfect game for you to look at.

Too often, families find themselves looking for ways to keep the kids busy
and occupied and the adults are looking for ways to get a bit of time off
from their kids. So check out this game.

Quizoid: Trivia Quiz Game with Multiple-Choice-Questions (iOS,
Free with In-App Purchases)

8,600 Questions | 17 Domains | No Login Needed | Offline Playable | Regular
Updates | Voice Over Support
The Game: Quizoid is a classical multiple-choice trivia quiz game, featuring
up to 8,600 questions (6,000 for free + 2,600 via in-app-purchases) from
fields of
knowledge like Arts & Literature, Astronomy & Space, Chemistry,
Entertainment, Famous People, Food & Beverage, General Knowledge, Geography,
History,
Language, Mathematics, Medical Science, Nature, Politics, Religion, Science
& Technology and Sports. In the game you can choose between three lifelines:
a Fifty-
fifty, a 2-Shots and a Change-Question joker.

Additional Features: Quizoid can be played offline anytime, making it a
great time killer on road-trips or while waiting for the train. Quizoid
features full VOICE
OVER support, making it accessible for everyone and is designed for iPhone
and iPads, including Retina displays. Whether you have an iPhone 4/4S,
5/5S/5C, 6/6Plus
or an iPad, Quizoid will fit the screen perfectly in high resolution. No
black bars or low-res graphics!
All questions are updated on a regular basis. We read every reported
question and update or remove errors as soon as possible. Oh, and the
questions are very
hard. Don’t blame us, if you don’t know a thing…

Check out the friendly App Store on your i device for more info.

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Remembrance Day 2017

Remembrance Day 2017
By Donna J. Jodhan

No, I was not there! And no, I was not even born when those two terrible
tragedies took place; World War I and World War II! However, I have
learned enough over the years to be able to fully understand that were it
not for so many thousands of young men and women, I would not be here today.
Hence my letter as follows.

We never met and I never had a chance to hear your voice, shake your hand,
or embrace you! I never had an opportunity to know anything about you:
What you liked to do in your spare time, what you liked to eat, where you
lived, nor anything else. All that I knew was that you gave your life to
save the world!

I never heard you laugh or cry! I never heard you speak! I never heard
your footsteps and I never knew how tall you were or how handsome or pretty
you were. Yet for all of this you have mattered to me over the years and
why?

You were the young man with the toothy grin who went fearlessly and daringly
into battle because you felt it your duty to do something to save the world!
You were the young woman who gave up your life to tend the injured and
wounded and who spent endless hours comforting others. You were the one who
never batted an eye when you were told that you needed to put country first
in order to save people that you had never even met.

You stifled your doubts and fears and with a brave face and heart you left
the comfort of your home, the bosom of your family and friends, and as you
waved goodbye to your worried sick parents you probably knew that you would
never see them again! All that you knew was that you were going out there;
to travel thousands of miles across the seas to perform a very important
task!

You gave up all of your hopes and dreams, your girlfriends and boyfriends,
your dances and parties, and so much more all in the name of country and
world! You really had no idea what you were being asked to do! All that
mattered to you was that you were going out there in the name of saving
others!

Then as you faced the first enemy planes and ships you somehow knew in your
heart that it was just too late to turn back! And as the sun shone brightly
down on you and your buddies as you approached those beaches in Europe you
knew that somehow it would be a miracle if you were ever able to see your
loved ones again!

You did as you were told! You did what you were trained to do! You fought
bravely and strongly but as you lay there in some foreign land gasping for
air and listening to the moans and cries of your fallen buddies close by all
you could have the strength to do was to say “mama!” You knew that you were
dying because your heart was now beating much more slowly and soon it would
be over!

One long last look up at the skies filled with aircrafts and planes of all
sizes! You could not tell which were the enemy’s and which were yours! One
final glance outwards at the beaches filled with mayhem and confusion and
then your last breath was used to say “I’m sorry mom and dad!” Then the
last thing that you would ever remember would be those hot stinging tears
running swiftly down your burning cheeks!

Then it was indeed all over and now you would find yourself in an unfamiliar
place!
A place with lush greenery, pure blue skies, and a magnificent ocean as
smooth as glass before you and alas! No more pain! You realised that you
were now in another world and soon you would see some of your buddies
running towards you! No more fear and no more hesitance for you! Just
Paradise!

Maybe some day I’ll have the privilege and pleasure of meeting you and when
I do I’ll bow before you and then reach out my hand to you! I’ll take it in
mine, squeeze it gently and hold it for a wee moment. Then I’ll say in a
soft strong voice: “Thank you my wonderful angels.”

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Top apps – from Apple Vis

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Welcome to the October 2017 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis
website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best
content posted to AppleVis – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this
post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is
at heading level 4.
New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Blindfold Millionaire (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Blindfold Millionaire is a fully accessible trivia game inspired by the TV
Game Show “Do you want to be a millionaire”.
You start the game by picking one of the answers for each question. If you
get it right, you win some cash, and move onto the next question. If you are
wrong, you lose all the cash you’ve won so
far, and go home broke. You must answer all 15 questions correctly to win
one million dollars.
The game includes lifelines such as phoning a friend, asking the audience,
or removing half of the wrong answers. You can walk away at any time and
keep your winnings.

Current Version: 1.1.5 (October 26, 2017)
Read Blindfold Millionaire’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-millionaire
Visit Blindfold Millionaire’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/blindfold-millionaire/id1290923195?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

2. BrailleTalk (iOS, Free With US$69.99 In-App Purchase to Unlock Full
Version)
Braille Talk is an application that reads out Braille electronic book using
synthesized voice incorporated into iOS devices, such as iPhone or iPad.
It deals with various kinds of voices: Since it corresponds to various voice
types embedded in iOS, you can select the voice of your choice.
Customize sound settings: You can freely set the speed, pitch and volume of
reading.
Check the word during reading loud: One sentence is displayed during reading
loud, you can check the detail explanation of the character on the screen.
Move freely reading place: You can move freely to any volume, page, line,
heading, pageslider.
Set bookmark: You can place bookmarks on any specific page and jump to
reading location where you set the bookmarks.
Word Searching: Enter any character, and you can move to the exact reading
position.
Downloading books: You can download books by logging in online library by
the Safari, or others, finding the book then downloading through Braille
Talk. You also store books in online storage,
such as Dropbox.

Current Version: 1.1 (October 10, 2017)
Read BrailleTalk’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/braille-talk
Visit BrailleTalk’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brailletalk/id1067503021?mt=8

3. Highlands, Deep Waters (iOS, US$3.99)
While investigating a murder in a small Scottish town, you’ll find yourself
embroiled in a world of secrets, cultists, and abyssal horror. What are you
willing to do to solve the case? And what will
you do when you don’t like the answer?
“Highlands, Deep Waters” is a 340,000 word interactive horror novel by
Fernando B Neves and Lucas Zaper, where your choices control the story. It’s
entirely text-based—without graphics or
sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
Play as an insightful Detective, a resourceful Criminal or a mysterious
Scholar.
Gather and interpret clues with the Deduction system. Will you solve the
case?
Face the hidden truths that derange your mind with the Sanity system.
A carefully crafted town including hand-drawn maps, unique history and
peculiar inhabitants.
Play as a male, female, gay or straight. The Abyssal Ones treat everyone
just the same.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (October 5, 2017)
Read Highlands, Deep Waters’ AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/highlands-deep-waters
Visit Highlands, Deep Waters’ App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/highlands-deep-waters/id1288269331?mt=8

4. Nearby Explorer Online (iOS, Free)
Nearby Explorer Online is a free indoor and outdoor location app designed
for use by people who are blind. It works much like the full featured Nearby
Explorer app, but it does not include
NAVTEQ onboard maps.
The app works by letting you select from several different location related
options about what to announce as you move. These include typical items like
street name, address, and nearby places
as well as the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are
optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is
available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the
level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This
keeps both hands free and lets your preferred voice speak the
characteristics of the environment as you move.
You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional
targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for points
of interest or tilting it vertically to function as a
compass. This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with
the touch screen while moving. You may even mark a point, then use the
position of the device to get haptic feedback
about that point’s location.
Nearby Explorer Online includes a transit feature that provides detailed
mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and
Canada. It treats transit stops just like favorites and
points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you
move, but in addition, transit stops add next vehicle stop time, direction
of travel, and route name to the announcements.
You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even follow a route.
You may virtually move to any area and search, or use the transit maps for
that area.

Current Version: 1.14.0 (October 19, 2017)
Read Nearby Explorer Online’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/nearby-explorer-online
Visit Nearby Explorer Online’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nearby-explorer-online/id1095699328?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

5. Speech Central: School Reader (iOS, US$2.99)
This edition of text to speech app is specially crafted for schools to make
learning more productive and accessible, helping everyone to find his way to
better grades and greater knowledge.
With 11 supported text file formats, you can import any material to be read
aloud – supported document types are: PDF* (imported in an intelligent way
so that repetitive text in headers and
footers is skipped), Microsoft Word (.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx),
OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.odt, .odp), .html, .txt, .rtf, supported ebook
formats are .epub, DAISY and .fb2 and emails
in .eml format. All those formats will work only if a document has no DRM
(PDF files with passwords can be imported).
The app can also import the content of web pages with a special care to
limit this access only to the safe content by receiving only the pages
shared from Safari.
The app is tested to be accessible with VoiceOver by legally blind users. It
can be used as an assistive technology and helper for people with visual
impairments and disabilities like dyslexia
(dyslexia friendly font is included in the app), and it contains many
settings specially crafted for those purposes. Bookshare, an accessible
online library is integrated into the app.

Current Version: 3.3 (October 13, 2017)
Read Speech Central: School Reader’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for
more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/speech-central-school-reader
Visit Speech Central: School Reader’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-central-school-reader/id1290457452?mt=8

6.
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Top scam of the week

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.

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1. An email summoning you to the Federal Court –
From the get go you must know that this is a fake email and all you need to
do is to delete and have a giggle.
First off; the email is riddled with grammatical errors.
Second it does not address you by your full name.
Third it asks you to appear at the Canadian Federal Court in Ottawa and even
dares to provide you with a ticket number.
If you make the mistake to respond to this saying that you are not the
correct person then guess what?
Your email address will be captured and then the rest can only be left up to
your imagination.

2. An unknown text message to your iPhone –
Well, it should only be automatic for you not to respond to any unknown
number.
For if you do so, such is the sophistication of hackers today that they will
capture your cell’s number and then use it to attack your CIM card and then
gain access to all of your important stuff that you store on your cell
phone.
So, simply delete this text.

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Let’s be more positive

Greetings! I’m Scott Savoy; managing editor at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca and welcome to November; and guess what is
just around the corner? Can’t you hear those bells starting to gingle and
yes! Santa Clause is just now beginning to yawn loudly!
Before you go to bed this evening please do not forget to turn back your
clocks.
We apologize for the early warning about this last week.
Today I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna J. Jodhan makes a plea for us to be more positive!
So just go out there now and enjoy your weekend.

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Let’s be more positive

We are living in a world where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to
see the good in things and in each other but we should not let this stop us
from being more positive.

We continue to face challenges that often make it more difficult for us to
smile, laugh, and be cheerful; but we should not allow this to stop us from
being positive.

We continue to come up against situations where instead of someone saying
thank you for having done your best or that they appreciate the time that
you took to get the task done; they instead complain, criticize, and when
asked to help they turn their backs on you and say that they do not have the
time.

What we need to do is that each time just before we succumb to the urge to
criticize and complain; we should take a wee moment to look at ourselves in
the mirror and figure out why we would want to complain and criticize.

We need to ask these questions of ourselves: Would we have done the task if
called upon? Could we have done as good a job or even better? Why are we
really criticizing and complaining? Is it to help the person or simply to
be an irritant?

Whatever it is, at the end of the day we need to realize that negative
criticism and complaining only serves to create and foster such things as
dissention, discomfort, and negative backlash. What we need to do is to
replace this with constructive and positive words of encouragement.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

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.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
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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Top app of the wk – The Hear and Now

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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The Hear and Now

How Do You Watch Peak TV If You’re Blind?

Inside the burgeoning world of audio description, a game-changer in
accessible TV

by Kelsey McKinney

Reprinted from “Vanity Fair,” June 2017.

The fifth season of “House of Cards” begins with a pair of dress shoes
padding toward a doorway. They belong to President Frank Underwood, on his
way to interrupt a congressional hearing. Most viewers will experience it as
a quiet moment — but in this version of the episode, there’s a voice
speaking, and it’s not Kevin Spacey’s fourth-wall-breaking narration.
“Underwood marches over a gleaming floor in a stately corridor,” it tells
us. “Frank puts on a lapel pin.” And just before the opening credits begin —
after Frank has arrived on the Senate floor, where he demands those gathered
to declare war — the voice interjects once more: it needs us to know that
Frank has made eye contact with the viewer, because the assumption is that
we won’t be able to see it ourselves.

A record-high 455 scripted television shows aired in 2016, and a 2016
Nielsen report found that Americans are watching an average of five hours of
television every single day. But the nation’s 24 million visually impaired
citizens can’t easily take part in the defining cultural medium of our age —
which is where that second narrator comes in. He’s a voice actor, hired to
read a script that fills in the details not conveyed by House of Cards’
dialogue. This is the process of audio description; like its cousin, closed
captioning, it can be turned on using the menu of your cable box or
streaming device, at least sometimes. (More on that later.)

“It usually takes about a day to write a one-hour show,” says Diane Johnson,
president & CEO of an audio description company called Descriptive Video
Works. “We are very careful not to speak over dialogue. If there’s too much
description, it’s overwhelming. If there’s not enough, our viewers will miss
things.” Describing an inherently visual medium requires not only precision,
but grace. “I stress as few words as possible,” says Joel Snyder, president
of Audio Description Associates. “Describers have to take the time to pick
the right words to describe a scene, and to try to do so objectively without
attributing your own interpretation to it.” And of course, as Shawn
Marsolais, the executive director of the nonprofit Blind Beginnings, says,
“If the voice is annoying in any way, it will ruin the show.”

Everything from faint smirks to scene shifts is fair game for audio
description. On House of Cards, for example, Marsolais — who is blind —
appreciates hearing how Frank is physically reacting to his latest
roadblock: “I need to know the facial expression, because it’s all about how
manipulative and horrible he is. If they don’t describe that, you’re just
going to miss his whole personality.” Writers who work for these companies
watch an episode dozens of times to get their descriptions perfectly
succinct and vivid, since the narration will be playing over background
noise and scoring. Word choice matters more than anything — Underwood moves
across a “gleaming floor” rather than a shiny one, for example, and he also
“marches” rather than walking.

Without audio description, a television series can be incredibly
inaccessible for visually impaired people — especially the moody, dramatic
tentpoles of prestige TV, which often feature long, dialogue-free stretches.
“When I lived alone, I would have to call someone I knew during a commercial
break just to find out what was going on,” says Marsolais. “Did they kiss or
not? What happened? It was really frustrating.” Yet unlike closed
captioning, which has been widely available since 1980, TV only recently
embraced this beneficial art form; Netflix, for example, has been streaming
media since 2007, but just added audio description for its original
programming in April 2015. “It is much easier to participate in most culture
as a deaf person than as a blind person,” says Johnson. According to her,
that’s partially because “until very recently, the deaf community has been
much better at advocating for themselves, demanding the resources to consume
what they can see they’re missing.”

But not being able to consume the same culture as everyone else isn’t just
an inconvenience — it keeps visually impaired people separate from their
neighbors. “My peers were watching these movies in the theater, and I had to
order the movie from the library and watch it a year later,” Marsolais says.
“I was so far behind, and it was so frustrating.” In the three decades since
Marsolais was a blind child, the world of audio description has expanded
vastly, but it’s still not enough. Last year’s best-picture film,
“Moonlight,” for example, still doesn’t have an audio description track;
neither does the programming on Amazon, Hulu, Showtime, Sling, and HBO. “The
explosion in programming means there’s a lot of that out there,” Snyder
says. “You shouldn’t have to wait until a specific date to get the
audio-described service. A blind person should be able to experience a show
like everyone else.”

Because, of course, in one very important way, we’re all the same. “I’ve
heard people say people who are blind don’t watch TV,” Johnson says. “But
that’s just not true. Of course they watch TV. Everyone watches TV.”

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Top scam alerts of the week

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.

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1. The fake email from Apple –
Well, well! Look what is back!
It is the fake email from Apple telling you that your Apple ID has been
frozen and it invites you to click on the link provided to unfreeze your
Apple ID.
Of course this is a scam and the big give away here is the lack of proper
grammar in this email along with the glaring spelling errors.
Come on folks; if you want to try and do a better job then look at how you
write those garbage emails.
Just delete these types of emails and move on.
If you receive a similar type of text message on your iPhone, just simply
ignore.
A safe way to ensure that these are scam emails is for you to just phone
Apple and verify with them that your account is safe and sound.

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The importance of Braille literacy

Greetings! I’m Christian Robicheau; assistant editor at
www.sterlingcreations.ca and I hope that everyone is getting ready for that
night coming up soon! You know! Halloween!
Today I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna J. Jodhan gives her views on the importance of Braille
literacy.
I wish everyone a terrific weekend and please do not forget to turn back
your clocks before you go to bed.

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The importance of Braille literacy
By Donna J. Jodhan

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Braille; this is the method or
system that is used by many blind persons to read and write. Braille is
made up of a series of raised dots that are used to form letters and
punctuations, numbers and symbols.

As a heavy Braille user, I truly believe that Braille has a definite place
in the community for and of the blind. It belongs in schools that teach
blind and vision impaired kids. It belongs in colleges and universities
where it can be looked upon as a solid alternative to voice output and low
vision displays. It belongs in the workplace where blind persons can use
Braille to take notes, label their paper folders, and it can be used to
label washrooms, conference rooms, cabinets, plus more.

Braille is important in a world where i devices are becoming more and more
of the way of life. For whereas voice over is a champion for blind persons;
it does not spell the words and here is where blind users need to be able to
keep up with their spelling skills.

Braille enables a blind person to have the opportunity to read a desired
word and learn how it is spelled. There are always instances when the
spoken word may not always be spelled the way it sounds and here is where
Braille becomes an invaluable asset.

I use Braille notes when giving presentations as it is easy for me to read
my notes as I speak; at my fingertips so to speak. I use Braille to label
my file folders, my CDs, plus more. We need to keep Braille in our world
because it is probably one of the best ways to retain any semblance of
literacy.

I can only urge schools and colleges to keep on teaching Braille and I can
only encourage manufacturers of Braille displays to keep on producing them.
Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

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.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
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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