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
Sero, formerly known as iBlink Radio, is an app that offers radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to individuals with blindness or visual impairments. Each station offered is part of Community Radio and/or operated by persons with limited-to-no eyesight. Music offered spans various genres from classics of the 1950s to modern alternative rock. Reading services offered by the app include thousands of narrated newspapers, magazines and periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. The available podcasts are produced by blind or visually-impaired individuals on a variety of topics, including technology, independent living and travel.
Sero can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play for Android devices, Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire and the Mac App Store for Apple computers.
This app is free, however without a subscription or free trial, you’ll have access to a small subset of the audio content, and none of the community features such as forums or voice chat. For unlimited access, there is an auto-renewing subscription available within the app for $5.99 per month.
To download Sero App for iOS, go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sero-formerly-iblink-radio/id332027117?mt=8
To download the Sero App for Android, go to: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.serotek.iblink&hl=en
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.
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.
On Monday, January 16, 2017, 7 PM Central Time, Tek Talk presented Mr. Don Olson, who spoke about Bard Express, a faster and easier method of downloading books from the NLS.
In 2008 Mr. Olson began work at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in their Quality Assurance section. Mr. Olson states, “I currently serve the Library of Congress as the BARD Operations Officer, over-seeing the BARD support staff, and working directly with the NLS network of libraries across the country.”
Mr. Olsen described the Tek Talk as,“…talking about the latest innovation to come from NLS, BARD Express. We are excited to provide patrons with this software that gives people an alternative way to access the BARD collection of books and magazines.”
All Tek Talk training events are recorded and archived. You may download the presentation or podcast from the Tek Talk Archives at www.accessibleworld.org.
If you are a first-time user of the Talking Communities Online Conferencing software, there is a small, safe software program that you need to download and then run. A link to the software is available on every entry screen to the Accessible World online rooms.
All online interactive programs are free of charge, and open to anyone worldwide having an Internet connection, a computer, speakers, and a sound card.
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.
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.
Would it be helpful to have someone read the expiration date on your carton of milk? Be My Eyes can assist you with that.
Created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually impaired staff member of the Danish Association for the Blind, Be My Eyes is a free app available for iPhone that allows sighted volunteers to assist visually impaired users with daily tasks using a direct video call. The Be My Eyes app was launched in January 2015 and already has 10 times the number of volunteers as visually impaired users.
NLS has produced three short testimonial videos featuring patrons of the Braille and talking book program. These videos are posted on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Links with a short description of each video are below.
NLS BARD and BARD Mobile
Patrons speak about the benefits of downloading free braille and talking books, magazines, and music materials through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Mobile. (1:55)
NLS Music Materials
Patrons speak about the benefits of receiving free audio, braille, and large-print music scores, texts, and other instructional materials and recordings in the mail or downloading them through BARD. (2:26)
Although our BARD support team is always happy to assist patrons with any BARD-related question or concern, TBP patrons who use the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service to download books and magazines may also find the following websites and email discussion lists useful.
BARD Support is an e-mail-based list to which all program participants have the option of subscribing. This is a closed, one-way list to which NLS will occasionally post information of interest to the BARD community.
Enter your e-mail address and select the Submit button. This will bring you to a confirmation page where you’ll be required to confirm your e-mail address and choose your delivery preferences. Finally, select the Submit button to subscribe to the list.
BARD Talk is an online resource and email community that provides BARD users a forum to discuss BARD. It has no official affiliation with NLS or TBP, but is owned and moderated by BARD users. To subscribe to the BARD Talk Yahoo Groups list or check out their FAQ or Quick Start Guide, go to: http://www.bardtalk.com/
DB Review is an email-based community that provides book reviews created by list members. Books reviewed are part of the digital talking book collection of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress. It has no official affiliation with NLS or TBP, but is owned and moderated by BARD users You can subscribe using the online form at this website: http://db-review.net/mailman/listinfo/db-review_db-review.net