Meet the Drop Vox app

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Meet the Drop Vox app

I met this wonderful app in late 2014 and ever since I have been using it to
capture such things as precious moments, record memos and notes, and much
more.

I can definitely tell you that the Drop Vox app should be a part of your
daily life.
This app works with Dropbox. Dropbox is a free service that you can use to
share folders with others and anong computers, devices, and with friends.

DropVox allows you to record a message and it puts it into a specific folder
and you can access this from any of your devices where you have set up
dropbox.

There are two buttons for you to be aware of:
These are the begin recording button, and the settings button.
The first time you launch DropVox, you need to go into settings to set up
your login information.
Other settings include automatically start recording on launch, continue
recording in background or locked, and
pay sound at start and end of recording.

That’s it for this great little app and I hope you go out there and make
friends with it as soon as you can. It is available at the App store and
you can do this via your i device.

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Breakthrough Smart Watch Converts Text and Email into Braille Network

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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A Dan Thompson contribution
Breakthrough Smart Watch Converts Text and Email into Braille Network

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/feel-this-smart-watch-convert-text-and-email-
into-braille/

The Dot Watch, which turns text messages into braille for the blind, is
being celebrated as the first major innovation for visually impaired readers
in nearly 15 years.

After seeing a blind classmate lugging around a heavy braille bible, which
contained only five percent of the contents of the holy book, Eric Ju Yoon
Kim was surprised that nothing like a Braille iPad existed.

So the University of Washington
student set out to
invent one.

His first product is a smart watch that raises and lowers pins on its face
to create four Braille characters at a time. The watch works with both iOS
and Android devices, allowing the blind
to immediately read texts,
alerts, and other short messages.

Electro-mechanical Braille
readers can translate text on computer screens in a method similar to the
DOT watch, but the bulky machines can cost more than $2,000.

His company, DOT Inc ,

http://fingerson.strikingly.com/

plans to sell their wearable device for about $300.

It’s impractical for reading longer text such as an e-book, so DOT Inc’s
next project is the world’s first Braille smart device which they plan to
deliver in 2017.

The DOT Pad will feature multiple layers of Braille pins, allowing a more
natural reading experience. The DOT Pad will also let users feel shapes,
math symbols, and read e-books.

Only about one percent of all books
in print have been translated for
the blind. Having a pocket device that could translate vast libraries of
e-books into Braille would write a whole new chapter in reading for the
blind.

A video can be watched at the link below.

If using a screenreader, once accessing the link press the letter b twice
to land on a “play” button then hit the spacebar.

.”
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/feel-this-smart-watch-convert-text-and-email-
into-braille/

Article by from “Good News.”

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/feel-this-smart-watch-convert-text-and-email-
into-braille/Terry Turner

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My chiming clocks

My insight
My chiming clocks

Now that digital time pieces rule the world of clocks, I have had to find
ways to ensure that I keep up with the times. In other words, now that I am
no longer able to remove the face of a clock in order to feel the position
of the hands, I have had to turn to chiming clocks in order to help me keep
track of time.

Of course, I can still use Braille clocks but in the past, I used to use non
Braille ones because they were more affordable. With the advent of the
digital clock it is no longer possible for me to remove the face and feel
the position of the hands so I have had to turn to the chiming clocks.

For the most part, the chiming clock works extremely well for me especially
those that chime on the quarter hour but the drawback to this is that I have
to depend on sighted assistance to set the time for me. I can easily change
the battery for myself but because most if not all of these are digital, I
am unable to feel the position of the hands and the dots that represent the
minutes and hours.

I guess that I can’t win them all so to speak. I have three chiming clocks
in my home and I love them all. They keep me on time and they have become
an integral part of my daily life.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a
terrific day and urging you to go out there and share my blogs with others.
Visit http://www.independentlivingaids.com or http://www.maxiaids.com to
learn more about the types of clocks that blind persons can use.

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The runaway airport authority

Greetings! I’m Christian Robicheau, assistant editor at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca and it’s time for us to really start
enjoying the nice summer weather.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna J. Jodhan returns to the burning issue of the Greater
Toronto Airport Authority’s continuing failure and recklessness with regard
to services being provided to passengers with disabilities.
I wish you a great weekend.

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The runaway airport authority
By Donna J. Jodhan

I am not sure how else to describe this particular airport authority.
Suffice it to say this one is one that does not adhere to any rules. It
treats its passengers with disabilities as luggage and has a wanton
disregard for humanity.

The airport authority in question is none else than the Greater Toronto
Airport Authority and here is why I truly believe that this entity is
nothing short of being a big bad bully that chooses to use its deep
financial pockets to get its own way.

Firstly, the GTAA as they are also known as believes that no one has the
jurisdiction to stop them from mistreating passengers with disabilities. In
2015, they filed court papers against the Canadian Transportation Agency
along with the complainant after the CTA handed down an interim decision
ruling that the GTAA was responsible for inadequate services to passengers
with disabilities at their airport. This complaint focused on the GTAA’s
failure to offer proper meet and assist services to a visually impaired
passenger.

Secondly, the GTAA continues to ignore the meet and assist requests from
blind and visually impaired passengers deliberately choosing to ignore them
and instead practically forcing these passengers to accept wheelchair
services.

Thirdly, the GTAA continues to duck its responsibilities for woefully
inadequate services being offered at their airport choosing instead to place
the blame on their contractors and licensees.

Fourthly, they continue to allow their contractors to hire staff that is not
trained with regard as to how to communicate and interact with passengers
with disabilities.

Fifthly, Pearson International Airport falls well below the standards of
accessibility; screens are difficult to read for those with hearing and
visual impairments. There is no close captioning nor is there any video
description.

Sixthly, it is almost impossible for visually impaired passengers to find
restaurants, washrooms, stores, and other facilities on their own.

Seventhly, kiosks at Pearson International Airport are totally inaccessible
to visually impaired passengers.

What concerns me the most is the arrogant and condescending attitude that
this entity continues to display. It chooses to continue to bully any and
everyone who dares to stand up to them. It is being allowed to treat
passengers with disabilities as nothing less than luggage rather than as
Human Beings.

How can they be stopped? I can only appeal to the Canadian Government to do
something before a disaster occurs and before Canada has to deal with an
embarrassment.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and weekend.
You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan
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

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Meet the light detector ap

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for you or a family
member or friend? Or maybe you are looking for a story to help motivate a
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Well, we have a nifty piece of info to share with you this week.
Enjoy!
The Sterling Creations team
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Meet the light detector ap

I discovered this app not too long ago and I downloaded it fromthe the App
store. Truth be told I am not disappointed and I have found that this app
can be put to great use.

I have found that I can use the light detector app not just to let me know
if the lights in the room are on, but also to help me when I am not sure if
my screen has been shut off. As I am unable to see whether or not my screen
is on, I find this app extremely helpful in assisting me.

In addition, I can use the app to let me know if my modem is working or
whether or not lights are on on my various devices.

The app is very simple to use, is free at the app store, and does not take
up too much storage on your i device. The one thing is that when you use
it, make sure that you are in darkness. That is, it would not work if you
are testing out your screen and there is either natural light filtering into
the room or you have a light on.

So just go out there and make friends with the light detector.

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A talking remote?

Is this for real?
A talking remote

Maybe one of these is already on the market but I have not had the
opportunity to find one as of yet. If I am wrong and anyone reading this
blog knows otherwise, I would be really grateful if you can tell me where I
can go to purchase one.

I think that a talking remote would be so good for so many. If someone
could develop a talking remote that enables us to hear what keys we press
for starters. I do not know how difficult it would be for a manufacturer to
do this. With so many keys on a remote these days and more to come, it is
very difficult to remember where everything is.

Maybe someone out there is listening and has already started to work on
this. A talking remote could help so many in addition to blind persons. We
are using remotes for so many gadgets and devices these days and as time
marches on, we are going to see even more uses for remotes. So how about
it? How about a talking remote?

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.aph.org to learn more about some of the gadgets and
devices being used by blind and sight impaired users.

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Where are my heroes?

Greetings! I’m Scott Savoy, managing editor at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca and let’s give a warm welcome to July.
We wish both our Canadian and American friends a very happy Canada Day and
July 04 Day celebrations! Happy days to all of you.
For this week, I am delighted to share our president’s weekly editorial with
you and for today Donna J. Jodhan talks about her heroes.
I wish you a happy holiday weekend.

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Where are my heroes?
By Donna J. Jodhan

They are here and then they are there. Many have passed on but I am sure
that you know who they are.

They are the hundreds of thousands of young men and women who died to save
the world during the two World Wars. They are the millions of civilians who
died so unnecessarily during these times. They are the too many who
continue to die because others choose to take their lives for granted. They
are the innocent kids who continue to succumb to starvation and war
throughout the world.

Need I go on? Or should I be asking for this world to stop the unnecessary
blood letting! Should I then be asking for society to stop making them my
heroes but instead allow them to live their lives as they choose! Should I
be pleading for society to allow them to cash in on their future rather than
robbing them of it?

Just my two cents worth for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and weekend.
You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan
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

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Meet the List Recorder app

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?
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Well, we have a nifty piece of info to share with you this week.
Enjoy!
The Sterling Creations team
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Meet the List Recorder app

This app is for the one who wants to stay on top of things and as someone
who is super organized, my attention was drawn to this app as it can help me
to be just that.

This app allows you to make lists and organize information in either
audio or text or both.
You can assign dates to items and sort items by date.
There is an extensive help facility that includes introduction items,
tutorials, and references.

There are 5 buttons at the bottom of the home screen.
Record new item, perform on checked, list commands, settings, and get help.

Tap the record new item and the recording starts.
Double tap and it ends.
You are then given an opportunity to create a title.

List commands wil bring up a list of things that you can do.
There is an edit button on the home screen which allows you to do more.
You can learn more at www.sixthmode.com.

So just go out there and make friends with this app.
Visit the app store to download.

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upgrade deadline for windows ten does not apply to users of assistive

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
upgrade deadline for windows ten does not apply to users of assistive
technology
You may want to hang on to this page for future articles on this story.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3067755/windows/microsoft-waives-julys-windows-10-upgrade-deadline-for-assistive-tech-users.html

Mark Hachman | @markhachman
Senior Editor, PCWorld
* May 9, 2016 2:38 PM
While Microsoft may be sounding the alarm about the end of the free upgrade
period for Windows 10, one group of users shouldn’t have to
worry: those who use assistive technologies.
Microsoft plans to end its one-year free upgrade program on July 29, after
which Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will have to pay for the privilege of
using Windows 10. But
that deadline will not apply to users of technologies designed for
disabilities, Microsoft said in a blog post.
“We are continuing to deliver on our previously shared vision for
accessibility for Windows 10 and we are committed to ensuring that users of
assistive technologies have the
opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free as we do so,” Daniel Hubbell,
a Microsoft accessibility technical evangelist,
wrote.
It’s unclear how many computer users actually make use of assistive
technologies, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimated in 2012 that 33 million
Americans have a disability that makes it difficult for them to carry out
daily activities.
Examples of assistive technologies in Windows 10 include Narrator, a
screen-reader app that vocalizes text; Magnifier, a digital magnifying glass
for those with poor vision;
and Speech Recognition, which allows you to control your PC using your voice
alone. Microsoft also lists a number of certified
third-party
assistive accessories, including literacy software and Braille keyboards.
Why this matters: Unfortunately, Microsoft’s blog post leaves many questions
unanswered and a company spokesperson couldn’t elaborate on details, for
now. Until then, you have
to wonder: What constitutes a “user” of an assistive technology? Will
Microsoft make this determination, or is there a way for a user to
self-certify that they are in fact
disabled? Conversely, will there be methods in place to ensure that the
loophole isn’t used by able users to take advantage of the waiver? And how
long will disabled users
have before this offer expires? Microsoft has promised us answers, but we
don’t have them right now.
John
JAWS Certified, 2014.
http://www.FreedomScientific.com/Certification
Contributed by Robert Acosta, President
Helping Hands for the Blind
http://accessibleworld.org

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Walk a mile in my shoes

My perspective
Walk a mile in my shoes

This is usually the tact that I take whenever I feel that someone does not
quite understand my world. Whenever someone challenges me to explain why it
was necessary for me to have sued the Canadian Government over their
inaccessible websites, my response is: Walk a mile in my shoes and see what
it is like.

For the mainstream person, it is easy for them to gain access to information
on the Internet if they have access to a computer and Internet connections.
For us as blind persons, it is not that easy. Several additional components
must be in place in order for things to work for us.

First, we need to have access technology installed on our computers and what
is access technology? The software that enables us to hear what is on the
screen or software that enlarges the text on the screen. Or software that
enables us to communicate with our computer via Braille.

Next, we need to be able to communicate with websites through the use of our
access technology and if websites are not configured so that this
communication can take place, then in a word we are sunk. In short,
websites need to be designed so that we can all read and communicate with
web content, forms, and files.

We are living in a society whereby we depend on information to help us make
decisions, keep up to date on the latest happenings, plus much more. So
here is the question of the day: How would you feel if you were unable to
read information on the Internet? Chances are you would be extremely
unhappy and you would eventually do something about it and this is exactly
what I did.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a
terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and share my blogs with
others. Visit www.bakerlaw.ca to learn more about why I sued the Canadian
Government over their inaccessible websites.

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