Blind and low vision users who want to test-drive the Apple Watch’s accessibility features can call 1-800-692-7753 and make a special Apple Store appointment to try on a fully functional model.
Since Apple’s release of VoiceOver in 2009, the iPhone has become the flagship product for what the National Federation of the Blind calls a “revolutionary breakthrough” in access. And they’re not exaggerating, either. The independence, information, and entertainment that the iPhone has given to its blind and low vision users has made it the go-to device when it comes to accessible technology.
Testing the Apple Watch as a blind consumer is now as easy as making a single phone call and scheduling an appointment. The number is 1-800-692-7753 (US and Canada), and all you need to do is say you would like a Watch appointment, and then pick your Apple store. Make sure to specify that you would like to test its accessibility features, and they will have someone fully equipped to show you how it all works.
Note: Be advised that, though you do not need to bring anything to the appointment, the Watch itself is meant to function only in tandem with an iPhone.
Apple has an accessibility page that has great information about using VoiceOver on Mac, iOS devices, Apple Watch, and Apple TV! Check it out at the link below!
There is a "bookshelf" function on the digital audio players that will play books stored on a USB drive inserted into the side of the player. Sometimes the drives are damaged because it sticks out at a 90 degree angle from the side.
Attaching the USB drive to the top of the recorder with strips of velcro keeps the drive with the player so it doesn't get lost. Then just use a length of connecting cable to one end of the drive that will plug into the side of the player. When it's time to transfer a downloadable digital book to the drive, it will be right there on top! Some example pictures are below.
The USB drive and connecting cable are attached
to the top of the player.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is a free braille/talking book library service that offers books the way patrons want them: in braille/audio format, mailed to their door for free, or instantly downloadable.
To learn more about this free library service, please submit the following online form. To speak to a librarian in your area during regular business hours, call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) (toll free) and follow the prompts. Your call will be connected to the appropriate library.
Links are below.
Details for eligibility and how to sign up are at this link
The Department of the Treasury is accepting and processing applications nationwide from blind / visually impaired persons who wish to receive a currency reader to denominate U.S. currency. The currency reader, known as the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, is compact in size, easy to use, and provides a response within a few seconds.
A user inserts a Federal Reserve note into the device, presses a button on the side, and the reader identifies the denomination. The device operates on a standard AAA battery and can read U.S. currency in circulation today. The reader can be set to indicate the note's denomination by voice, a pattern of tones or series of vibrations.
To apply for a reader, an individual must complete an application on the Bureau of Engraving & Printing (BEP) website by clicking the link below.
The application must be signed by a competent authority such as a doctor, therapist or rehabilitation specialist, and then mailed to the BEP address listed on the form.
More information about the meaningful access program can be found at the BEP's website at the link below. For questions about the U.S. Currency Reader Program or assistance with the application process, individuals can call 844-815-9388 toll free or email email@example.com.
Links are provided below:
Application link click here: LINK
Meaningful access program at BEP website click here: LINK
BEP contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Keep your holiday blood sugar levels in check with Viadrop's world famous WalBerry Cookie recipe! They are sugar free, gluten free, and low carb!
Let us know in the comments what you think!
Viadrop's WalBerry Cookie
1 and 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup whey protein powder (vanilla flavored, but any flavor will work)
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
4 ounces low fat cream cheese
1 and 1/2 cups sugar substitute (Splenda)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup whole cranberries (fresh or frozen, no sugar added)
Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add sweetener, cinnamon, and salt, and beat again. Add eggs and beat until combined.
Add almond meal, protein powder, and baking soda and combine well.
Mix in cranberries and walnuts.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls on nonstick cookie sheet. Avoid large cookies! Your blood sugar meter will tell on you!
Bake 7-9 minutes, light brown tops to the cookies, or to your taste.
Let cookies cool and store in sealed container.
Makes about 32 cookies (we know, small!)
Each of the 32 cookies:
1 gram carbohydrate
1 gram fiber
4 grams protein
Viadrop proudly acknowledges November as National Diabetes Month! We also want you to know that November is also Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness month!
Diabetic eye disease, caused by diabetes, causes tens of thousands of people each year to become blind or have permanent vision loss. Because of the high risk for eye disease, the American Diabetes Association recommends that all people with diabetes age 30 and older should get an annual dilated eye exam. For people with diabetes younger than 30, an annual dilated exam is recommended after they have had diabetes for 5 years.
Observe Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness month with us, and schedule a complete dilated eye exam soon!
People who are blind or have low vision REALLY love to watch movies! It's true! Descriptive audio is a spoken explanation of the action going on in a television show, movie, or even a live event. Descriptive audio is even used in museum exhibits and tours. The possibilities are endless.
Here are some things to look for on a dvd to know it contains descriptive audio content.
Audio description on a disc is listed under Languages on the back cover of the dvd case as English Audio Description, English Descriptive Audio, or English DVS. Remember, Directors's Cuts or Unrated versions sometimes do not have description. Special Features rarely contain description.
- English Audio Description
- English Descriptive Audio
- English DVS
Sometimes symbols are used on the back of the dvd case. Shown below are some common symbols.
Check out the Audio Description Project for great information about audio description!
Audio Description Project (direct link).
Viadrop always welcomes your comments and ideas. If you want to add information to this topic or any other content, please let us know!
Demonstrating Viadrop to blind and low vision groups gives us a unique opportunity to learn daily living "life hacks" to increase accessibility and independence at home. It's important to be comfortable in a living space and to be able to do things for oneself. We've got a short list of some of the more common things that our blind/low vision friends do around the house to make things easier.
Pump foam soap dispensers
Using tactile bumps/felt dots to label smooth surfaces
Audio recipes burned to compact discs
We welcome any additional comments that you have for daily accessibility!
Blood Sugar Basics is an excellent online resource developed by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) with support from Merck to promote information about diabetes.
Blood Sugar Basics ( click the link )
There is also an interactive Blood Sugar Basics online quiz to find out how much you know about blood sugar and diabetes. Check it out!
Blood Sugar Basics: Online Knowledge Quiz ( click the link )
As always, the American Diabetes Association website contains tons of information about diabetes! Check it out too!
American Diabetes Association ( click the link )
Pass this information on to all your friends! Knowledge about diabetes is POWER!
The National Federation of the Blind gives some simple and straightforward suggestions to help sighted persons feel comfortable and at ease with blind and low vision person.
Content courtesy of the National Federation of the Blind.
1. I’m an ordinary person, just blind. There’s no need to raise your voice or ask my sighted friends what I want. I’m able to tell you if you ask.
2. I may use a long white cane or a guide dog to walk independently; or I may ask to take your arm. Let me decide, and please do not grab my arm; let me take yours. I will keep a half-step behind to anticipate curbs and steps.
3. I want to know who is in the room with me. Speak when you enter. Introduce me to the others. Include children, and tell me if there is a cat or dog.
4. At dinner I will not have trouble with ordinary table skills.
5. Don't avoid words like "see." I use them, too. I am always glad to see you.
6. I will discuss blindness with you if you are curious, but it is an old story to me. I have as many other interests as you do.
7. Don't think of me as just a blind person. I am just a person who happens to be blind.
In all 50 states, the law requires drivers to yield the right of way when they see my extended white cane. Only the blind may carry white canes. You see more blind persons today walking alone, not because there are more of us, but because we have learned to make our own way.
For more information about gifts, bequests, programs for the blind, or other matters concerning blindness or the blind, contact the local chapter in your area or contact:
The National Federation of the Blind website: The National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
We hope this information is helpful. If you know of other resources that we can add to further posts, please let us know!
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