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Free Resources for People Who Are Blind to Learn to Use Apple Products

ByUnknownJuly 29, 2016ImageFree Resources for People Who Are Blind to Learn to Use Apple Products
In this post, we will highlight some websites that offerfree tutorials, podcasts and other materials developed to teach persons who areblind and visually impaired how to use Apple products. This list is notnecessarily comprehensive; we welcome comments that mention other materials youhave used that accomplish the same purpose. Additionally, we include freeinformation here; we may create a separate post which highlights other resourcesthat are available for purchase.


AppleVis describes itself as a “ccommunity-poweredwebsite for blind and low-vision users of Apple’s range of Mac computers, theiPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch.” AppleVis seeks toaccomplish their goal of empowering persons who are blind and visually impairedby providing a wide range of content concerning Apple products.

Getting Started
AppleViscontains a detailed “Getting Started” section which, as you would expect,…1 commentRead More »

Throwback Thursday Object: 1920’s Road Map

ByUnknownJuly 28, 2016ImageOur object this week is a bit of a mystery, but veryinteresting. By mystery I mean we do not know who made it, or why, orwhen. It is the what of it that is interesting. It is a tactile mapof the U.S. Highway System, probably made in the 1920s. We know it can’tbe much earlier than 1925 because it includes Route 66 between Chicago and LosAngeles. And it can’t be much later than 1928 because U.S. 60 in Kentuckyis not on the map. The base of the map is made from plywood, andthe borders of the states are routed out. The Great Lakes, the Atlanticand Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico are routed out and painted blue. The roads themselves are made from flexible wire that is soldered togetherwhere the roads meet. Brass pins mark the locations of major cities, butonly those that are located on the roads. Louisville, which today hasthree major interstates connecting it to the rest of the nation, is not marked,because U.S. 60 is not on the map. There is a brass key to …Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: The Wilson Digital Voice Recorder, Version 6. Record notes, lists, phone numbers, directions and more on APH’s new upgrade of the Wilson Digital Voice Recorder!

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Beautiful Braille: Show Your Love of Braille with Braille Jewelry

ByUnknownJuly 22, 2016Are you looking for a unique gift, something for someone in your life who loves Braille? Maybe you want something unusual, unlike anything you can find in a regular jewelry store. In this post we will describe four websites that offer Braille jewelry, one of which sells other types of jewelry also and three which focus entirely on Braille.
The first site is called Katoj; it carries a line of Braille jewelry. They explain why they make Braille jewelry by saying:
Inspired by Nikki and Kendall, our friend’s twin daughters who are visually impaired, our Braille necklace and bracelet designs are a special edition to our line. Each ½” disc is stamped with one raised Braille cell that can be read by the Blind and Visually Impaired. We solder the jump rings for extra endurance and include a large jump ring on the end to ensure the discs do not fall off the chain upon removal. Our Braille design is not just for the VI community, it has also grown in popularity among young women who simply wan…1 commentRead More »

Quick Tip: The All-In-One Board

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BeSpecular and Be My Eyes: Apps that Assist the Blind in Identifying Objects with the Assistance of Sighted Helpers

ByUnknownJuly 15, 2016While severalapps exist that assist persons who are blind and visually impaired withidentifying objects, most of them do not involve direct interaction between theperson who is blind and a sighted helper. Two differing apps, however, do useinteraction between individuals as the basis for their determining objects,colors, and other related information for a person who is blind. BeSpecular isan app that launched in July of 2016 while Be My Eyes has existed for a coupleof years.BeSpeculardescribes its operation as follows:The BeSpecularapp equips VIPs (the term the app developers use to refer to persons who areblind or visually impaired) with a tool that enables them to lead moreindependent lives. Both our groups (visually impaired persons, VIPs andsightlings, which is the term the app developers use for people with sight) willhave the BeSpecular app. A VIP is able to take a photo of something that theyneed more detail about (e.g. what colour is this shirt). The VIP adds a …Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: UltraLens, Screen out blue and UV light with UltraLens glasses as you tackle your daily activities!

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July 2016 APH News now online

ByUnknownJuly 12, 2016**This Month’s Headlines:
Building on Patterns Writers Meet to Begin Kindergarten RevisionSpecial Event at AER International: Groundbreaking Developments from APH!Bold…Strong…Together! Annual Meeting 2016APH Needs Your Help with Transition and O&MAPH Needs Your Feedback about PAIVI!Treasures from the APH LibrariesSocial Media SpotlightAPH Travel CalendarNew Products from APHThe Braille Book Corner and much, much more…The news is available at
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Being a Literature Students she loves to write and always kept working for the society and who really need a hand. Apart from writing she is an excellent singer herself. Have found her either reading or drawing in her free time. An inspiring personality you may want to follow at FredForum here.

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