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APH Sound Balls

ByMichael McCarty-November 30, 2010ImageThe APH Sound Ball is made of durable foam and is suitable for most recreational activities (for example, kickball, soccer, or practicing sound localization skills). Measuring 7.5 inches, the electronic ball features dual speakers, dual volume, and two-tone sounds to accommodate children who wear hearing aids. Fully rechargeable, the ball is available in two different versions: Red, with a “Techno Dance Beat” tone, and yellow with a “Boing-Boing” tone.

Boing Boing Ball (yellow):
Catalog Number: 1-07510-00

Techno Beat Ball (red):
Catalog Number: 1-07516-00
Click this link to purchase the APH Sound Balls.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
E-mail: info@aph.org
Web site: http://www.aph.org
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Personal Stories at Story Corps

ByMichael McCarty-November 24, 2010Welcome to Story Corps, a Website devoted to the sharing of amazing stories from everyday people. Navigation is pretty easy here, can you see the rainbow of orangeson the right side of the page? Each shade represents a different section. The sections are: Listen, Participate, About and Español. On the left side, you’llfind the featured entry, as well as, the most recent news. To learn more about why this site exists, let’s head on over to the About section. I tend to start all of my Website visits in the About section, becausemost of the time, you really learn why the site exists, straight from the Web author’s own words. Here we learn that it is a nationwide project to recordone another via sound. You can also watch a QuickTime video that explains all about the site in more detail. You’ll want to check this section out forthe whole scoop! Listen: This, of course, is the heart of the site. Here you can listen to the stories that have already been shared and pr…Post a CommentRead More »

Install Multiple Programs At Once without Toolbars or Clicking Next

ByMichael McCarty-November 24, 2010by Martin CourcellesConfiguring a new PC is a drag. Being a nerd can be taxing, especially when it comes down to time-management. Back home, I have a plethora of various PCs, netbooks and notebooks. From time to time, I need to flex my software muscles and attempt a reinstall of the operating system. Or sometimes, I might go out and purchase a new netbook to test the latest hardware, but I then need to go out to the internet and install my favourite programs. This is where the time factor comes into play. Visiting each individual web page for various programs, downloading them and then installing them can eat away at your precious time continuum. However, fear not brave nerdians. I have a solution to our installation woes. Meet Ninite: Oddly enough, this was something I would say before bed time, but now, it’s my one stop site for cutting down on installation frustration. Let me pull a quote right off of the site to explain things a bit: “Install multiple apps at …1 commentRead More »

Getting Around in My Home Office

ByMichael McCarty-November 24, 2010by Donna J. JodhanMuch of the sighted world probably has very little idea as to how a blind person would get around in their office or cubicle. In reality, not much different to someone who is very meticulous but there are a few additional steps for me. The word here is organization, organization and using my memory to help me along. First, my furniture is placed in strategic spots so that I can move around freely and not bump into things. The furniture is mainly placed around the parameter of the room and the middle is clear. My desk is very meticulously arranged with my computer in the middle, and other equipment placed in such a way so as to enable me to reach them without too much difficulty. The phone is closest to me and my braille machine, electronic dictionary, and calculator are also very close at hand. I do not have too much paper on my desk. Just a few braille sheets for me to take notes on. My filing system is very meticulously arranged as well and I will tell…Post a CommentRead More »

Explaining It to the Sighted World

ByMichael McCarty-November 24, 2010by Donna J. Jodhan It is never a wise assumption when it comes to assuming that the sighted world will understand when we tell them that we are unable to access websites because they are inaccessible. We need to be more explicit in order to get them to understand and that’s just fine with me. I’d like to take a few moments to paint the picture for a sighted person. When a sighted person visits a website, they can use their eyes to choose which link they wish to click on in order to get where they are going. In most instances, these links are represented by images, icons, and pictures. They use a mouse to click on their desired choice.When a blind person visits a website, they use a screen reader that enables them to find the links and content that they are looking for but when the links and/or content is depicted in the form of images, icons, or pictures, the screen reader is unable to decipher what it is. A screen reader is software that speaks what is on a screen;…Post a CommentRead More »

How to Request a Refund on any iPhone App

ByMichael McCarty-November 24, 2010Ever download an app for your iPhone that was not accessible? Ever ended up grumbling things like ‘piece of #$*!’, ‘I can’t believe I paid for this’, or ‘I want my money back’?Wait… I want my money back?… is that even possible? Guess what folks, it sure is.While reading a very informative post over at OSX Daily the other day, I stumbled across a very easy way you can request a refund for that under-developed and money-unworthy app. Simply do the following:Launch iTunes
Click the iTunes Store
Login to your iTunes account
Click on your email address in the upper right corner
Click on ‘purchase history’
Select the app you’d like a refund for
Click ‘report a problem’
Fill out the form detailing your grief and issues with the app and be sure to talk specifically about the lack of accessibilityIf this method garners no refund for you, you can always use Apple’s web form. Both methods are worth a shot, especially if your gripe is with a ‘premium’ app of $9.99 or more. Just remember to keep y…Post a CommentRead More »

Severe Storm Steve

ByMichael McCarty-November 23, 2010by Kristie Smith-Armand, M.Ed, CTVI

Chapter One- “Meet Severe Storm Steve”Every since I was in the second grade, I had been fascinated with learning about weather. I remember my second grade teacher inspiring young eager eight-year-olds to learn about Benjamin Franklin and how he developed the theory of electricity, invented the lightning rod and many other great inventions.Mrs. Bennett was my teacher’s name in my second year of school at Lincoln Elementary in Dallas. She was similar to the fictional character Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus series written by Bruce Degan. Mrs. Frizzle, I mean, Mrs. Bennett would ask her class to put on raincoats in a blinding rainstorm where we would go outside and collect rain in buckets, bring the water back inside the classroom, measure the water in beakers and water the plants. We made insta-snow and turned it pink, made tornadoes form in a bottle and even made poor Marcus faint when Mrs. Bennet made a volcano explode by adding mints to …Post a CommentRead More »

Jumbo Work/Play Tray Helps Children with Disabilities Have Fun at Play

ByMichael McCarty-November 23, 2010Imageby Kristie Smith-Armand, M.Ed, CTVI

The Jumbo Work/Play Tray by APH is an excellent resource that provides children with disabilities the opportunity to explore and learn independently.The 24X24 inch high contrast yellow tray is a favorite among special educators for many reasons; one being the large size, the bright yellow color with a black background and ample space that keeps toys and balls from rolling off the tray.As a vision specialist, I am excited about this product for many reasons. The first thing that comes to mind is that when used with a swing or hammock, a child is able to look down and manipulate objects with her/his hands or feet. Children can choose their activity and be independent during their play. For example, one student may choose to look down and manipulate objects with her hands, while another student may choose to stand upright while being held by a swing to feel textures with his feet.I walked into the classroom filled with wonderful children with…Post a CommentRead More »

What is Apple TV and Why Should I Care?

ByMichael McCarty-November 22, 2010Apple TV has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. Rent from the largest selection of HD movies, many available the same day they come out on DVD. Watch Netflix titles instantly. Rent TV shows, commercial free in HD. And stream photos and music from your computer to your widescreen TV. Best of all, Apple TV is just $99. Instant movie and TV show rentalsNo more waiting for DVDs or watching stale blockbusters on cable. With Apple TV, you get instant access to the hottest Hollywood titles and new releases, often the same day they come out on DVD. Popular movies are never out of stock and you can rent as many as you want. That’s perfect for those spontaneous movie nights. Search by top movies, title, or genre. Even read a quick movie review, watch the trailer, and check out the latest ratings from Rotten Tomatoes. Once you find what you’re looking for, simply press Play, and in seconds, you’re watching the opening credits with theater-like Dolby Digital 5.1 surro…Post a CommentRead More »

PlushTalk Ornaments

ByMichael McCarty-November 18, 2010The Kentucky School for the Blind Family Support Specialist Mitch Dahmke shares: “A new product has caught my eye in the past month that would make a neat addition to your child’s Christmas.PlushTalk Ornaments are plush stuffed talking ornament toys that attach to a 24” tall soft plush stuffed Christmas trimming tree. Each themed PlushTalk Ornament has a name and states a different phrase in a unique and interesting voice when squeezed. PlushTalk Ornaments may be played with individually like any traditional plush toy or attached to the trimming tree for decorating. Children of all abilities will enjoy this. Additionally, there is a companion poem “Santa Finds his Way,” which tells how the PlushTalk Ornaments helped save Christmas when Santa’s eyesight became weak. The PlushTalk Ornaments and the poem “Santa Finds his Way” may be viewed by visiting http://www.plushtalkornaments.com.Post a CommentRead More »

Pumpkin Pie for Diabetics

ByMichael McCarty-November 16, 2010by Billie C.Here’s what you’ll need:1 9 inch pie crust — baked
2 small sugar free instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamonHere’s what to do:Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Use plain canned pumpkin. Do not use canned pumpkin pie mixture.
Pour into pie shell and chill until ready to serve.Article Source:
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Turkey Cooking Tips

ByMichael McCarty-November 16, 2010When buying a turkey, allow 1 pound per adult serving if the bird weighs 12 pounds or less. For larger turkeys, count on 3/4 pound for each serving. If you want leftovers, buy a bird that’s 2 to 4 pounds larger than the size you’ll need for serving.Although not all turkeys are labeled indicating whether the bird is a hen or tom, select a hen turkey if you want more white meat and a tom if you want more dark meat. Also check for the “sell by” date on the label of a fresh turkey. This date is the last day the turkey should be sold by the retailer. The unopened turkey should maintain its quality and be safe to use for one or two days after the “sell by” date.If you buy a frozen turkey, look for packaging that is clean, undamaged, and frost-free. Allow plenty of time to thaw a frozen turkey. For a whole frozen turkey, leave the bird in its wrapping and place it on a tray in the refrigerator. Plan on at least 24 hours for every 5 pounds and don’t count t…Post a CommentRead More »

What Can I Make for You?

ByMichael McCarty-November 16, 2010Well, that’s a question that none of you could ask me. Unlike many of my blind and visually impaired friends, I wasn’t given the creative gene. I do well to hammer a nail in streight, I certainly can’t create a lovely piece of furniture. Luckily for me, and those like me, there is a site that can connect us to the men and women who are good with their hands.Everyone is different and so are the products they want. This is where this site comes in. With help from a unique algorithm and a growing database of “customizers”, the site can navigate through the clutter in the ecommerce world and help you find the exact maker you need to create the product you want. Are you looking for someone who can make that candle that smells like grandma’s cookies or that bookshelf to fit in that stubborn corner of your room? Using the site couldn’t be easier:Submit a request of what you want custom made and the site will find a maker to create it. When you submit a prod…Post a CommentRead More »

FOCUS in Mathematics Kit

ByMichael McCarty-November 12, 2010ImageAn activity-based program that emphasizes the fundamental operations, properties, and structures of math.APH’s classic FOCUS in Mathematics Kit has been extensively redesigned. Intended for students in pre-k through first grade, objectives are aligned to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum Focal Points. Materials include hundreds of manipulative items, designed to be easily handled and offer tactile and visual contrast. Teacher materials include a Teacher’s Guide, reusable student worksheets, and printable assessment checklists included on the CD.UnitsNumbers and OperationsGeometryAlgebraMeasurementData AnalysisIncludesTeacher’s guide in print and brailleCD-ROM with files of guide (does not include activity sheets)Reusable student activity sheetsStorage containerHundreds of manipulativesRecommended ages: 4 years and up.

Print Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in print):
Catalog Number: 1-08280-01

Braille Kit (includes Teacher’s Guide in braille):
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Why Everyone Should Own a NOAA Weather Radio

ByMichael McCarty-November 10, 2010by Karen Crowder

Until the 1990s, I seldom thought of the importance of a weather radio because I could always receive basic weather forecasts from local TV and radio stations. After I met and married my husband Marshall, I began paying attention to how much he followed weather with the NOAA radio.
I first realized its importance before and during Hurricane Bob in 1991. We had a house full of company who were blind, and on Monday morning when NOAA weather projected landfall that day, we decided to keep our guests with us so they could remain safe. Marshall had kept careful track of that storm since the previous Saturday.

Following its progress, he also tracked the severe December blizzard in 1992 and the devastating ice-storm in December 1996. In 1994, I had bought him a new radio with the audible alert feature, which would prove to be good for everyone, especially the blind, warning listeners about meteorological events minutes or hours before they happened.

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APH Accepts Donations Online!

ByMichael McCarty-November 10, 2010ImageThousands of blind children and adults across the U.S. rely on APH for accessible editions of Reader’s Digest®, Newsweek®, and Weekly Reader®. These publications are supported by generous donors.APH accepts donations online right from our website, using PayPal™. You can make either a one-time or recurring donation: just go to www.aph.org and click on Donate Now and Support our Mission.PayPal is the internet’s most trusted and convenient tool for online donations. You can make a donation through your PayPal account, use debit card, or any major credit card. A PayPal account is not required.The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts are tax-deductible.Post a CommentRead More »

Popular Magazines on Tape, Large Print and MP3

ByMichael McCarty-November 10, 2010ImageThe following are some sources for a variety of popular magazines on cassette tape, large print or available as MP3 downloads: Associated Services for the Blind:http://www.asb.org/services/recording_catalog.htmThey carry subscriptions to many magazines on tape including:Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Discover Magazine, HARVARD MEN’S HEALTH WATCH, Family Circle Magazine, Monthly Time magazine, SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, PC World Magazine, Gardening How-To Magazine, and more…They also have subscriptions to a number of periodicals.

Associated Services for the Blind
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 627-0600
Fax: (215) 922-0692
Email: asbinfo@asb.org
The National Library Service for the Blind: http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/circulars/magprog.html#topThey make available books and magazines in accessible media, including tape.
Some of their magazine titles include: Discover: The World of Science, National Geographic, and Smart Computing.
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Talking MP3 Players

ByMichael McCarty-November 10, 2010by Laz MesaLooking for an accessible Talking MP3 Player with excellent sound quality but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars?For less than $100, you can get any of these accessible Talking MP3 Players, with up to 8 GB of built-in storage! There’s no need to learn any complex music management software program just to use them either! Just copy and paste your folders and files!These players are not touch-screen devices! Navigate the spoken menus, sub-menus, and be able to adjust the settings and set up your folder and file names to be spoken. Listen to your music, audiobooks, podcasts, audio described films and TV shows in just about any file type, i.e. MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, AIFF, MP4, M4A, and others except for encrypted file types. Great bookmarking capabilities for those interruptions while listening to audiobooks and films! Listen to local FM stations on the built-in FM radio and record from the radio or voice notes with the built-in mono microphone. The memory…Post a CommentRead More »

Left Out of Studies

ByMichael McCarty-November 10, 2010by Donna J. JodhanThis is becoming more and more of a challenge for those of us who have a vested interest in ensuring that the demands and voices of the disabled are taken into consideration when studies are carried out. Within the last few months, several persons from the disabled community have been complaining more and more about this particular problem and now I would like to give my humble opinion. When it comes to seeking and understanding the needs, demands, and opinions of the disabled community, many researchers often fall woefully short. We see it on a daily basis with regard to studies that pertain to such things as: Customer services, online services, banking services, and municipal services. I recently attended a meeting where a company wanted to share its research on a study that it had carried out with regard to its customer services. It was dying to tell us about its findings; what it needed to do in order to improve its customer services, and which type of c…Post a CommentRead More »

Are All Blind Persons Unemployed?

ByMichael McCarty-November 10, 2010by Donna J. Jodhan I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to clear up a very false myth. I am not going to bash society for this terrible misconception; rather, I am going to try and clear it up. So here is the question of the day: Are all blind persons unemployed? Answer! No! Believe it or not, many blind persons work for a living but sad to say, not nearly enough of us work. I have had a very interesting career. I have worked for such companies as the Bank of Montreal, IBM Canada, and the Royal Bank of Canada. I have been working for myself for the past 15 years and I continue to enjoy relatively good success as a blind entrepreneur. I continue to advocate for more blind persons to be hired in the workplace and to become entrepreneurs. There are some very daunting statistics that we as blind persons need to deal with however and that is; the more than 80% of under employed or unemployed blind persons as a whole. Not just in North America, but on a global lev…Post a CommentRead More »More postsPowered by Blogger

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