Upcoming Webinar About Transportation August 15th, 2017

The Texas State Independent Living Council is hosting a virtual conversation about TNC’s – Transportation Network Companies – also know as ride sharing companies. Ride sharing is becoming very popular and increasingly necessary in large cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

This webinar is free, and will take place on Tuesday, August 15th, from 2 – 3 pm Central Time. To register, please visit: https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/2336834197/en/events/event/shared/default_template/event_registration.html?sco-id=2339069869&_charset_=utf-8

People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and professionals in the field of disability are invited to attend.

ZoomText Training July 26-27, 2017 in Dallas

VFO and the American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss in Dallas are partnering to provide a two day training on ZoomText. This training is available for both visually impaired and sighted individuals, but space is limited. Here are the details:

What: ZoomText training
Where: American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss, 11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, TX 75229
When: July 26 – 27, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $550

Registration is available online at this link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee5p4qzkcc37316c&oseq=&c=&ch=&utm_source=AFB&utm_campaign=6c59328801-CVL_Transportation+and+Training&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ec813cd965-6c59328801-167412569

Contact information for VFO:
800-444-4443 extension 3
orders@VFOGroup.com

For directions to the American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss please contact:
Neva Fairchild
214-438-5316
neva@afb.net

IBUG offers Android training May 31, 2017

IBUG, a Houston-based group that provides free iPhone training, is now branching out to include Android training. Raul Gallegos, an assistive technology trainer, will conduct the first conference call about Android devices and the Google operating system.

What: Android device training
When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 7:30 pm Central Time
Where: conference call
Conference dial-in number: (712) 432-0111
Participant access code: 787800#
NOTE: This is NOT a toll-free call.
While on the call, please use *6 to toggle mute/unmute on your phone.

For more information, contact Raul Gallegos at 832-554-7285 or send an e-mail to raul@raulgallegos.com

For information about IBUG, visit the web site at www.ibugtoday.com

GoGoGrandparent

GoGoGrandparent is a transportation service available throughout the United States and Canada that works with existing Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) such as Uber and Lyft to provide transportation options for seniors.

One difference with GoGoGrandparent, besides the fact that it is specifically for seniors, is that you don’t use a smartphone app like most companies. Once you sign up for the service, you call 855-464-6872 or 855-GOGO-USA when you need a ride. Rides may be scheduled a day in advance, but the preference is to call about 15 minutes before you want to be picked up from a location. Prices can be higher during peak travel times.

The vehicles used are four door sedans and individuals must be able to transfer independently from folding wheelchairs or with the use of walkers. Payment is made by a credit card kept on file, so no money is exchanged with the driver. Seniors may go wherever they wish and up to 100 miles away; they are not limited only to doctor appointments or shopping. In addition, seniors may take people with them; there is a limit of four passengers per vehicle.

For more information, visit https://gogograndparent.com/
An FAQ is available at: https://gogograndparent.com/faq

NOTE: Gogograndparent is not available in all areas. The web site allows you to put in your zip code to determine if you have access to the service.

State Independent Living Council Virtual Conversations

The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) will be hosting a series of virtual conversations on various topics related to independent living.

The first webinar will be on Friday, May 5th, from 2 – 3 pm Central time, and will feature a discussion about emergency preparedness. The presenters for this webinar will be Ron Lucey, Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, and Danielle Hesse with the Texas Disability Task Force on Emergency Management.

This virtual discussion is free and open to the public. To register, please click on the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3309752482715138307

Topics for future virtual conversations in this series have not yet been announced.

Low Vision Seminar in Dallas on February 25th

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is hosting a free seminar for persons interested in learning about age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and related disorders. Seating is limited. A continental breakfast will be provided. In addition to sessions, vendors will be available to promote low vision services and products.

Here is the pertinent information:
Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center
8051 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway
Dallas, TX 75251
Advanced Registration: 800-647-0008 or http://www.FightBlindness.org/DallasFortWorthSeminar

Apple Watch Adding Features for Wheelchair Users

The Apple watch will soon allow wheelchair users to track their activity level throughout the day much like other fitness trackers already allow for people walking or running.

With a software update available in Fall 2016, manual wheelchair users will be able to track all-day calorie goals and the Apple watch will offer wheelchair-specific workouts.

Also, a reminder that says “time to stand” to prompt standing breaks will soon say “time to roll” to encourage wheelchair users to keep active.

Click here for more information: https://www.apple.com/watchos-preview/


Mention of a product or service in this blog does not constitute endorsement by this library. Our intention is to increase an awareness of programs and items that may be helpful to our patrons.

Dallas Area: Special Pricing on Computers; New Low Vision Store

Computers for the Blind

The Dallas-area based company that provides refurbished desktop and laptop computers for individuals with visual disabilities is offering, while supplies last, computers for a special low price of $50 if you receive Social Security payments. Call 214-340-6328 for more information.

New Low Vision Store: 4 Low Vision

4 Low Vision is a new store that will have its grand opening on Friday, July 15th. The store is part of the American Foundation for the Blind’s Center on Vision Loss. The store will sell items such as portable and desktop video magnifiers, clocks, and kitchen and medical items. To contact 4 Low Vision, call 469-522-1803 or send an e-mail to 4lowvisionstore@gmail.com

Location: 11030 Ables Lane

Hours of operation: 10 am-2 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and noon-4 pm on Thursdays

Please Take the ACB Audio Description Survey–Deadline July 31, 2016

American Council of the Blind Logo

Would you like to help assist the American Council of the Blind (ACB) understand how members of the blind and visually impaired community are currently accessing audio description and what can be done to improve access to audio described content? Audio description is an additional verbal narration that describes visual elements during pauses in dialogue. Audio description commentary provides access to elements such as scenes, settings, actions and costumes.

Your feedback will be used to provide ACB the tools and information needed to advocate for higher-quality audio description. If you have had no previous experience using audio description but are interested in learning more about it, state this during the course of the survey and the ACB will contact you via email with more information about audio description.

To take the survey, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/32WG386

The survey takes between 10-15 minutes and is available until July 31st.

VFO Acquires Ai Squared

VFO, a leading assistive technology provider for the blind and visually impaired, which has already acquired Freedom Scientific and Optelec, has now added Ai Squared to its list of assets.

“Adding the brand, product portfolio and capabilities of Ai Squared to VFO gives us the broadest portfolio in the industry, unmatched global distribution and market leading customer support,” said John Blake, CEO and President of VFO. “The combined company will offer customers the industry’s most recognized screen magnification solutions, ZoomText and MAGic, and screen reading solutions, JAWS, ZoomText Fusion and Window-Eyes, next to the broad portfolio of video magnifiers, scan and read solutions, and refreshable Braille displays.”

There is no word yet on whether Ai Squared will keep its name and contact information, or be absorbed into another VFO company.