For people who are blind or have low vision, or professionals involved in the visually impaired community, there is a group on Facebook that posts information on computer and assistive technology. You can ask a question, post resources, and / or discuss products and services related to assistive technology for the visually impaired. To join, visit this page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/assistivetechnologyfortheblind/
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute has an online survey available for the next few weeks. This survey is intended for persons with visual impairments to learn more about their transportation needs, and what types of transportation they currently use. The survey takes about fifteen minutes to complete.
This mobility needs survey is available at: https://goo.gl/JSBbtE
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.
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
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
For directions to the American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss please contact:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about IBUG, visit the web site at www.ibugtoday.com
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
Location: 11030 Ables Lane
Hours of operation: 10 am-2 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and noon-4 pm on Thursdays