Study on the use of remote, video-based assistance

The following is a message from Envision Research Institute and Wichita State University faculty member Vinod Namboori: 

We are conducting a study on the use of remote, video-based assistance by blind and visually impaired (BVI) individuals. We want to survey BVI individuals who have used mobile apps like Facetime, Skype, BeMyEyes, AIRA to receive remote, video-based assistance from a sighted person. Results of this study will help us understand how mobile apps might best offer remote, video-based sighted assistance to BVI individuals in overcoming challenges faced in performing routine tasks. 

If you are someone with blindness or low vision, and have received remote, video-based assistance in the past, we invite you to complete an anonymous short survey on your experience and preferences. Completing this survey should not take more than 15 minutes using a computer, tablet, or smartphone with reliable Internet connection. Link to survey: https://forms.gle/33NmDtFptnYTVyy26

If you have any questions, please contact Vinod Namboori at vinod.namboodiri@wichita.edu  

 

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Happy New Year! This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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➜ Technology

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1.) Netflix is Testing an Instant Scene-Replay Feature Did that scene in “Black Panther” or “Stranger Things” wow you so much that you wanted to stop everything and instantly rewatch it? A new feature being tested by Netflix could give viewers the ability to do exactly that.

🌐 https://lat.ms/2ReaZbU

2.) SMS to RCS. A New Messaging Standard. What it is and why you might want it.

A lot of people have become bored with SMS messaging, and the tech industry is very aware of it. While services such as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp allow you to add photos, GIFs and videos to your messages, they are not universal solutions.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2rYUgex

3.) The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating quickly.

The second annual AI Index report pulls together data and expert findings on the field’s progress and acceleration.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2GC9W1f

4.) The Worst Passwords of 2018. Is yours on this list?

Making it into the Top 25 for bad passwords this year are “donald,” “princess,” and “sunshine.” If you’re guilty of using one of the offending passwords on SplashData’s 100 Top Worst Passwords List of 2018, it’s time to get more creative.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2QIFkjt

5.) CNET Gives Us The Top Tech Stories of 2018 From Google’s scary Duplex AI to Fortnite mania, this year showed the good, bad and uncomfortable ways that tech is changing our lives.

🌐 https://cnet.co/2Reb2EC

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➜ Nutrition

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1.) Arjun Kapoor’s Weight Loss Diet Plan & Workout Routine. Before & After Pics Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor’s incredible weight loss story is indeed an inspiration for many people struggling to get fit. Read on to learn his diet plan and workout routine.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2PVVjFl

2.) How to Lose Belly Fat and Build Muscle Fast. 5 Workout and Diet Secrets Every Man Should Know Building muscle is tricky in itself, doing that while losing the unwanted belly fat is perhaps, trickier. Here are some things that you need to incorporate in your workout routines to meet your goals.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2QItHJ7

3.) What is the Fast Metabolism Diet and How Does it Help with Weight Loss?

Essentially, the Fast Metabolism Diet is a 28-day eating plan that aims to speed up your metabolism by consuming specific foods in a certain time, resulting in weight loss. The diet, developed by a celebrity nutritionist and wellness consultant Haylie Pomroy, claims that eating the certain foods at the right time can ‘trick’ your metabolism into speeding up, helping you lose up to up to 20 pounds (9 kilos) in just 28 days.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2CsB7aN

4.) Why Relaxing is More Important for Weight Loss Than You Think. And How Often You Need to Chill Out More and more gyms are investing in relaxation areas and luxury saunas, but you can reap the same benefits at home.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2V6sKcn

5.) 7 Tips for Exactly How to Eat Before and After a Workout Nutrition pros break down the guidelines for pre and post workout eating, so you can maximize the benefits of your sweat session.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2PUZNfi

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➜ Media

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1.) All of Facebook’s Ad Targeting Options in One Infographic Facebook’s Ad Targeting Options got you dizzy? Well you’re not alone. Check out this awesome infographic for a complete visual represenation of your options, fully categorized and illustrated.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2Lwa8y2

2.) The Verge Gives Us 22 Predictions for Social Media in 2019 What to expect from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2EJ2nUQ

3.) For the first year ever, Pew Research Study reveals more people now turn to social media for news than actual newspapers.

It’s a sign of the times. Pew also found that other sources of news, including television, radio and news websites still outrank social media. You can take a look at Pew’s data distribution here.

🌐 https://cnet.co/2CthNu4

4.) Why businesses are relying on Facebook Groups to build engaged audiences.

At the beginning of 2018, Facebook switched up its algorithm in an attempt to “fix” the News Feed by promoting more posts from family and friends and demoting content from businesses, brands and media. The move actively distanced brands from their followers on the platform by limiting exposure to organic content posted by businesses. At first glance, the only solution for brands was to invest more in their Facebook ad campaigns, but some businesses have found an alternative to connect with their audience by building vibrant Facebook Group communities.

ic https://mklnd.com/2QJB1nS

5.) Instagram Strips Out Fake ‘Likes’ Tied to 3rd-Party Apps Instagram has begun to remove inauthentic engagement with accounts that used third-party apps to grow their follower count and engagement on the platform — a practice that violates the app’s community guidelines and terms of use.

🌐 https://mklnd.com/2Cs5mym

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➜ Business

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1.) Barriers to Working Longer are Coming Down Whether by choice or necessity, more adults are working past retirement age.

🌐 https://dpo.st/2BEA2uG

2.) Long Term Care and Nursing Home Information Systems Market Report The Long Term Care and Nursing Home Information Systems Market Report provides an overview of the Long Term Care and Nursing Home Information Systems Industry, including industry characteristics, manufacturing technology, industry chain analysis and the latest market trends & dynamics.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2LtlaUJ

3.) Hunger Among Senior Citizens is Serious Problem The period of life known as “the golden years” is often more bleak than bright for a lot of senior citizens in the United States. Nearly 5 million seniors citizens currently deal with hunger in the U.S., according to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts on hunger relief.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2BDkZlg

4.) Perennials, Not Millennials, Will Trigger the Next Wave of Talent Retention Efforts Headlines in recent years have trumpeted workplace changes demanded by millennials, from nap pods to flexible scheduling to student-loan repayment. But there is another fundamental shift in workforce demographics. Older workers — or “perennials,” as this cohort has sometimes been called — are now the fastest-growing population of workers, with twice as many seniors as teenagers currently employed in the US.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2rQznln

5.) LinkedIn’s 50 Big Ideas for 2019: What to Watch in the Year Ahead The business leaders, authors, journalists and academics who gave us their 2019 predictions foresee a shaky economy, a troubled world order and continued anxiety — but also a renewed focus on caring for ourselves, for each other and for doing the right thing. Here’s our annual look at the year ahead.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2CtFS3C

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➜ Advocacy

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1.) Accessibility at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan Tokyo, Japan is hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. As usual, the Paralympics will follow. It is expected that forty million people will travel to Japan to watch the Olympics and Paralympics. As a result, Japan is examining accessibility at the 2020 Summer Olympics. While Japan is accessible in some places already, the country will be making improvements between now and 2020.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2V1XFWW

2.) People With Disabilities Face Significant Barriers in Education System, Commission Finds Ontario’s education system needs to modernize its approach to supporting disabled students at every age level and do more to eliminate persistent barriers they face in school, the province’s human rights commission said in a statement.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2EEjWoc

3.) Research Shows 1 in 5 Museums Do Not Provide Online Access Information and are Inadvertently Contributing to a “Disability Engagement Gap”

Museum websites are key tools for providing visitor access information, and the absence of this contributes to the ‘disability engagement gap’; where people with a disability are less likely to be regular or frequent visitors of museums than those who are not disabled.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2Sd3D5y

4.) Equal Access in Air Travel for the Blind. Raising Expectations from the United States Department of Transportation Air travel and the treatment of blind passengers by the airlines are not new topics for the NFB and in the Braille Monitor. But recent events have the topics squarely on the NFB Agenda as you will read in this article.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2rOYpkU

5.) What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities, but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift.

🌐 http://bit.ly/2PVpNYi

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CCB National Newsletter, Visions, December 2018

VISIONS December 2018 | Canadian Council of the Blind

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http://ccbnational.net/fresco/visions-december-2018/

 

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Canadian Council of the Blind Newsletter

December 2018

“A lack of sight is not a lack of vision”

President’s Message++

 

As many of us have experienced winter rather early this year it seems today happens to be a bright, sunny and slightly warmer day more typical of the season. I hope that this continues for everyone so that we can enjoy a bit of family time as we prepare for the holiday season.

 

We continue to be very busy in many areas with a variety of CCB programs. GTT has been posting a lot of great information to assist in mobility, new apps and some simple ideas to make life easier for those living with vision loss. Thank you to all the leaders working with GTT to continue to make it a successful program.

 

This has been a busy month with the Accessible Canada Act which has now moved through the third reading unanimously and on to the Senate for consideration and hopefully approval. We have sent in a written submission to the Standing Committee as did many other organizations of persons with disabilities. The Act, as it stands now does not give time lines and some other concerns expressed by varying organizations, for a fully accessible Canada by a specific date but what it has is standards for regulations for federally run agencies which will have to comply with the Act. You can check out on the “HUMA” website many of the submissions and the progress of Bill C-81.

http://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/HUMA/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=10268658

 

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is busy making changes to regulations for air, rail and ferry services under federal jurisdiction. For those who have computer access you can go on their website to follow what is transpiring. This is also taking place with CRTC as well for communications. The changes are being made to comply with the anticipated Accessible Canada Act. CCB has been involved in providing input and submissions to both agencies. Thank you to Kim Kilpatrick and Shelly Morris on their work with CRTC. Several CCB members have been working with rail, air and ferry services and thank you all for your input.

 

We have recently completed a submission to Canadian Agency on Drugs and Technology (CADTH) for a new treatment (eye drops) for Glaucoma. It is the first of its kind also there has not been any new drops in many years. What is CADTH? CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing Canada’s health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of drugs and medical devices in our health care system. Created in 1989 by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments, CADTH was born from the idea that Canada needs a coordinated approach to assessing health technologies. The result was an organization that harnesses Canadian expertise from every region and produces evidence-informed solutions that benefit patients in jurisdictions across the country.

 

CCB continues to work with Best Medicines Coalition, FFB, CNIB, and others to ensure that Canadians get the best care possible not only eye care but other disease processes that many of our members may be dealing with in their lives health promotion and illness prevention.

 

The Mobile Eye Clinic continues to check children in the Ottawa region schools. Results still show that approximately twenty five percent of children attending have previous undetected eye concerns needing further follow-up.

 

All our committees have been very active over the fall. It takes a lot of time and important work to complete items as we make our way through to ensure everything meets requirements that are set for compliance. Thank you for the work of the committee members for their great work and time commitment.

 

It is now time to enjoy holiday festivities with families and friends. As our country is made up of a vast number of nationalities I would like to wish everyone a time of enjoyment, relaxation, spending time with fellow workers or neighbours as we will soon will be moving into a new year with lots of hope for continued strength and growth.

 

Best wishes for the holidays and Happy New Year to all.

 

Louise Gillis, National President

 

‘EXPERIENCE’ EXPO 2019++:

 

Ad for Experience Expo 2019 Saturday February 2 10am to 4pm, at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre 750 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON.  For more information please visit http://www.ccbtorontovisionaries.ca

 

An Experience Expo Special Event

 

Your special invitation to attend a forum on assistive technology.

 

Check your calendar and RSVP now!

 

Saturday, February 2 at 4:00 pm.  Miles Nadel Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON.

 

Your chance to participate in a panel discussion dedicatedt o brindging technology for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and designed to achieve

inclusive, progressive accessibility.  Followed by a question and answer session.

 

Panel will include Louise Gillis, National President, CCB, Chelsea Mohler, M. SC. Community Engagement Specialist at Balance for Blind Adults and a assistive

technology educator and Alvert Ruel, CCB’s GTT Program Coordinator, Western Canada.

 

Space is limited to the first 75 reservations.  Please direct your RSVP to CCB toronto Visionaries Voice Mail Line: 1-416-760-2163 or by email:  info@ccbtorontovisionaries.ca

 

Thank-you!++

 

CCB would like to acknowledge and thank Ken Christie, from the Windsor Low Vision Chapter in Ontario for his many years of support and activity within

the Council. Ken joined CCB in 2005, after having volunteered with CNIB for over 25 years. He was already quite active in the blind bowling community,

and decided to bring his enthusiasm for bowling and community engagement to CCB. Ken pulled together the communities of Sarnia, Chatham and Windsor to

bowl, and each May, he would organize a tournament followed by a banquet. He worked closely with the local Lions Club, who ended up cosponsoring the bowling

tournament. Ken and the Windsor chapter could also always count on lots of support from his wife, Catherine, who volunteered to drive members to meetings

and help organize fundraising activities. Ken will be turning 89 years old in January, and he has decided it’s time to take a step back from his active

role in the chapter and reflect on the wonderful times he spent with the chapter members in CCB.

 

Jim Tokos adds:

 

Ken was a mentor to me, as when I first joined the Ontario Board, Ken, along with Don Grant, Theresa Dupuis, Doug Ayers, to name a few, always encouraged

me to move forward, and how can you not be motivated to succeed when you are surrounded by such wonderful and devoted persons.”

 

I have also been fortunate enough to know Ken quite well over the past and upon request from Ken have spoken to the Windsor Low Vision Chapter on many

occasions.  Ken will certainly be missed as he touched a lot of hearts, and Ken and Kay, what more can the Council say but Thank You for your outstanding

service to the CCB.

 

CCB Toronto Ski Hawks Ski Club Chapter at the Toronto Ski and Snowboard show.++:

 

In late October the Ski Hawks had an exhibit at the Ski and Snowboard show. This was the first time in many years that we have been at the show.

 

Over the course of the 4 day show the booth was staffed, in rotating shifts, by 9 of our blind skiers and several volunteer ski guides. Many of the visitors

to our booth were truly amazed that blind people actually ski downhill.

 

Of particular interest was our short video that describes how we ski with a guide. At the very least it definitely raised awareness that people with low

vision or no vision can be skiers.

 

One of our goals at the show was to recruit volunteers to be trained as guides and this was indeed a success! The other was to get some form of sponsorship

from the ski industry, we are currently pursuing some leads from the show.

 

The highlight of the show for our blind skiers was when they had a visit with Kelsey Serwa winner of the gold medal in ladies ski cross at the 2018 winter

Olympics in Pyeongchang. Not only did they have the opportunity to ask her questions but also got to hold her gold medal and discovered that the edge was

inscribed in Braille.

 

Submitted by Chris Wyvill

 

The Situation of Blind and Partially Sighted Persons in Accessing their Human Rights – from the World Blind Union

 

Persistent cultural, social, legal, physical and institutional barriers pose restrictions to the full inclusion of visually impaired persons in society

in all areas of private and public life, including education; employment; health care; cultural, recreational, sporting and leisure activities; and political

participation.  They face huge barriers to personal mobility owing to lack of accessibility.  Poor access to justice limits their access to communications

and compounds their isolation and exclusion.  Unemployment of persons with visual disabilities is a significant challenge and they remain the poorest of

the poor, unable to compete with the labour market.  Therefore, disaggregation of data by disability, sex and age is fundamental for understanding the

situation of blind and partially sighted persons and informing policies to ensure their effective inclusion and the full realization of their human rights.

 

While significant progress has been made towards the inclusion of bind and partially sighted persons in the international human rights and development

frameworks, concerted advocacy efforts are still needed to ensure that these commitments are translated into an enabling environment that mobilizes stakeholders,

enhances participation of organizations of persons with disabilities and strengthen political will and the capacity of governments to implement to 2030

Agenda in line with all the UN International human rights instruments, together with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

This requires constant attention to ensure that human rights mechanisms uphold the highest CRPD standards and facilitating interconnections and consistency

of these mechanisms with normative development frameworks.

 

We further celebrate the adoption and ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty that calls upon researchers, publishers, and the academia in line with the intellectual

property rights to ensure that persons with visual disabilities receive and access information in accessible formats of braille, large print, audio and

electronic formats.  We celebrate this achievement, but we call upon states to ratify this instrument and domesticate it into their legal framework to

ensure that the obligations spelt under the treaty are met.  However, this is still a big challenge by many states, as this goal has not been adequately

implemented.  This poses a barrier to our participation as blind and partially sighted persons on an equal basis with others.

 

We advocate for the availability of resources to accommodate the different needs for blind and partially sighted persons.  We appeal to governments and

international agencies to provide consistent statistical data for persons with visual disabilities to provide evidence during planning, budgeting, programming,

policy development and implementation.

 

We further request governments and development partners to promote the full and effective participation of persons with visual disabilities by ensuring

that their organizations and their representatives are permanently consulted on contentious issues and rights affecting them during development processes.

 

Canada accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

From:

Employment and Social Development Canada

 

News release

 

December 3, 2018         Ottawa, Ontario

 

Employment and Social Development Canada

 

The Government of Canada is working to create a truly accessible Canada. Today, as part of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of

Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with the ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Canadian Heritage, announced that, with the

support of all provinces and territories, Canada has acceded to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Accession to the Optional Protocol means that Canadians will have additional recourse to make a complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons

with Disabilities, if they believe their rights under the Convention have been violated.

 

Along with the proposed Accessible Canada Act, which was recently adopted by the House of Commons and is now before the Senate, today’s announcement shows

that the Government of Canada is taking another step towards creating a barrier-free Canada.

 

Recently released data from Statistics Canada reinforce the importance of a more inclusive and accessible Canada. The 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities

shows that the prevalence of disabilities among Canadians is greater than many realize, with 22% of Canadians identifying as having a disability. The new

data will be used by the federal government to help build a more inclusive society that benefits all people in Canada – especially persons with disabilities

– through the realization of a Canada without barriers.

 

Quick facts

list of 4 items

  • The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) is an international human rights instrument that requires

State Parties to the Convention to promote, protect and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. Canada ratified the Convention in 2010.

  • The Optional Protocol establishes two procedures. The first is a complaint procedure that allows individuals and groups to take complaints to the UN

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the case of an alleged violation of their rights under the Convention. The second is an inquiry

procedure that allows the Committee to inquire into allegations of grave or systematic violations of the Convention by a State Party.

  • The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention by States

Parties.

list end

 

4The members of the UN CRPD Committee

 

list of 4 items

  • As of November 2018, there are 177 States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with 93 States Parties to the Optional

Protocol to the Convention.

  • Under Bill C-81, approximately $290 million over six years would serve to further the objectives of the proposed legislation.
  • One in five people—22 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over, or about 6.2 million individuals—had one or more disabilities, according

to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities.

  • The survey also reports that people with severe disabilities aged 25 to 64 years are more likely to be living in poverty than their counterparts without

disabilities (17 percent) or with milder disabilities (23 percent).

list end

 

Donna’s Low Tech Tips++

Meet the Talking First Aid Kit

 

Carl Augusto of the American Foundation for the Blind Blog posted the following about this great product.

 

I think it’s always important to keep safety in mind, so I thought I’d let you know about a new product from Intelligent First Aid, the First Aid “talking”

Kit. The Kit includes nine injury-specific packs to help treat common injuries, including Bleeding, Head & Spine Injury, and Shock. The packs are individually

labeled and color-coded, which I love because it would help someone with low vision easily distinguish the packs. The best part, though, is that with the

press of a button, the audio component attached to each card provides step-by-step instructions to manage the wound. Situations often become chaotic when

a loved one, an acquaintance, or even you, experiences a minor injury.

 

With this tool, people with low vision can remain calm and have an idea of how to handle things without worrying about reading any print.

 

Check out the Intelligent First Aid website to purchase the product or get more information:

 

http://www.intelligentfirstaid.com/index.php

 

The site even allows you to listen to a sample of the audio component of the kit.

 

To contact Donna, send her an email at

info@sterlingcreations.ca

 

Disability Advocates Criticize Lack of Teeth in New Manitoba Accessibility Regulations++

 

A new law is now in force for Manitoba businesses, but don’t expect a bylaw officer to show up at your door any time soon.

 

As of Nov 1, businesses and organizations in Manitoba should be following the letter of the law when it comes to providing accessibility for Manitobans

with disabilities.

 

The Customer Service Standard Regulation is the first of five areas to come into force under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, which passed in December

2013, but at this point, officials are more interested in educating the public than imposing penalties on businesses.

 

“We would take concerns and educate and support those organizations into complying with legislation. Turning to the stiffer penalties would be more of

a last resort for us,” said Jay Rodgers, deputy minister for the Department of Families.

 

‘Never a ramp’

 

That means that it could be a while before Megan Clarke can roll into one of her favourite restaurants in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.

 

When the restaurant first showed up a few years ago, she was excited about trying it out, only to find that a small lip in the sidewalk created a barrier

for her wheelchair. Clarke waited outside while her friend went into the restaurant to order and bring the matter to the owner’s attention.

 

“[The owner] said ‘We’ll get a ramp made,’ so for the course of the summer, we went back and there was never a ramp, never a ramp, and then one day my

friend went in to talk to him and his response was, ‘Well, we don’t have the ramp made yet, but she can have free dessert any time she comes,’ and I was

like, well, that’s the last time I’m going to come to your place,” said Clarke.

 

Under the Customer Service Standard Regulation, any business or organization with one or more employees in Manitoba must provide its goods and services

in a barrier-free way.

 

The regulations cover everything from training staff to the built environment, but don’t prescribe specific measures, such as the installation of ramps

at doors with raised entryways.

 

“Our expectation, I think, would be that if the building is physically inaccessible that there might be other ways of offering the service to the customer,

whether it means coming out and meeting someone at the front or doing business over the phone. Our point would be that the alternative ways of accessing

the service need to be communicated broadly to the public,” said Rodgers.

 

Documentation required

 

The regulations also require every business with 20 or more employees to document customer service policies and procedures, and either post them publicly

or provide them on request, so those living with disabilities understand how the business is working toward eliminating barriers.

 

However, there are no clear guidelines for enforcing the standards, so businesses will be unlikely to comply, advocates say.

 

“Without effective enforcement, a law is a voluntary law, and a voluntary law is really not very much of a law at all,” said David Lepofsky, a lawyer and

disability rights advocate who was highly influential in the creation of Ontario’s accessibility laws.

 

Legislators in Manitoba looked at the Ontarians with Disabilities Act while creating Manitoba’s legislation, but Lepofsky warns poor enforcement means

Ontario’s law has failed in many areas.

 

“We revealed through Freedom of Information Act applications and otherwise that [officials] were aware of rampant violations and yet deployed a paltry

number of enforcement staff and a paltry number of audits and therefore did a really ineffective job of enforcing [the act],” Lepofsky said.

 

Slow rollout

 

Manitoba is considering using its existing bylaw enforcement officers, such as those operating under Workplace Safety and Health, to enforce the act, Rodgers

said.

 

It’s a step above what Ontario is doing, Lepofsky said, but he is critical of the lack of a solid plan for enforcement.

 

“This law was passed half a decade ago in Manitoba and half a decade is more than enough time to plan to get something like this set up,” he said.  “The

Manitoba government has had ample opportunity to contact Ontario, find out what they’ve learned, get this designed, get it up and running. They shouldn’t

just be looking at it now.”

 

Complaints and concerns

 

Bringing businesses into compliance with the act will take time, despite the November 1 deadline, Rodgers said.  Complaints and concerns about business

compliance should be directed to the Disabilities Issues Office, he said. It is up to him as director to determine whether a complaint is reasonable or

not.

 

Despite the slow rollout, Clarke remains optimistic about what the act could mean for her.  Already she is seeing small changes in her neighbourhood, such

as the addition of accessible buttons on an automatic door at her local Starbucks.

 

“Whether it’s coffee or groceries or clothing or getting my hair cut, whatever service I’m going to, I’m going to be able to just go in and live my life.

That’s what it’s all about. It’s just access,” she said.

 

By Kim Kaschor, CBC

 

Guide Dog Users, Inc. Publishes Handbook to Help People Who Are Blind Decide if the Guide Dog Lifestyle is Right for them++

 

Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI), the largest membership and advocacy organization representing guide dog handlers in the United States, is pleased to announce

the recent publication of a revised handbook for perspective guide dog users which shares comprehensive information about acquiring and using a guide dog

for safe and independent travel.

 

The guide, 90 pages in length, and available in e-book and print formats, “A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler,” 4th Edition, updates a GDUI

publication, called “Making Impressions,” which GDUI members wrote and published a quarter of a century ago. The original manual assisted countless guide

dog users with applying for training with and adjusting to working with guide dogs. Many of those original readers are now working successfully with a

third or fourth or even an eighth, or tenth guide dog. Realizing how well their original publication had served guide dog users all over the country and

beyond, GDUI has spent the past several years updating the manual to reflect changes in guide dog training methodologies, growth in the community of guide

dog users, changes in the number of schools now available to provide training and dogs, and evolving attitudes among the public concerning acceptance of

guide dogs as reliable and respected aids for blind and visually impaired people who choose dogs for independent travel.

 

The informative handbook answers questions not only for the prospective guide dog team, but also for families of people who are blind, blindness rehabilitation

professionals and educators, and the general public.

 

Part One, Section One sets the stage with heartfelt accounts from many guide dog users who can speak with authority about the guide dog lifestyle which

pairs humans and canines in a relationship, unlike few others, that involves a 24-hour daily bond between dogs and their owners.

 

Then the handbook covers the whole process of deciding whether a guide dog is the right choice for mobility and safety, choosing and applying to a training

program, learning to become a guide dog handler, returning home, and spending the next several years bonding with a dog who is likely to become an indispensable

assistant and treasured companion.

 

The manual outlines the indispensable support that an organization like GDUI can provide to guide dog users during times when their partnership can pose

uniquely stressful challenges, for example, when a guide dog team experiences denial of transit in a taxicab, or exclusion from a restaurant or other public

venue, when a treasured guide dog becomes ill or passes away, or when family or friends don’t understand how the team functions safely and independently.

 

GDUI encourages readers and members to share the handbook with family, friends, colleagues, blindness and disability advocacy organizations, and other

guide and service dog handlers. “A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler” is available as an e-book and in print from Amazon.com, Smashwords,

and other online sellers. Visit this link for further information and to explore options for purchase:

 

http://www.dldbooks.com/GDUIHandbook/.

 

I live with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Here’s which one you should pick++

 

Sure, you could chose a smart speaker based on sound or price. The go-to gadget gift of the season is available from Amazon, Apple and Google with better

acoustics, new touch screens and deep holiday discounts.

 

But you’re not just buying a talking jukebox. Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant also want to adjust the thermostat, fill your picture frame or even microwave

your popcorn. Each artificial intelligence assistant has its own ways of running a home. You’re choosing which tribe is yours.

 

I call it a tribe because each has a distinct culture — and demands loyalty. This decision will shape how you get information, what appliances you purchase,

where you shop and how you protect your privacy. One in 10 Americans plan to buy a smart speaker this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

And Amazon says its Echo Dot is the bestselling speaker, ever.

 

The last time we had to choose a tech tribe like this was when smartphones arrived. Did you go iPhone, Android, or cling to a BlackBerry? A decade later,

it’s increasingly hard to fathom switching between iPhone and Android. (A recent Match.com survey found iPhone and Android people don’t even like dating

one another.)

 

Now imagine how hard it will be to change when you’ve literally wired stuff into your walls.

 

In my test lab — I mean, living room — an Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod sit side by side, and the voice AIs battle it out to run my home like

genies in high-tech bottles. Here’s the shorthand I’ve learned: Alexa is for accessibility. Google Assistant is for brainpower. And Siri is for security.

 

Amazon’s aggressive expansion makes Alexa the one I recommend, and use, the most. Google’s Assistant is coming from behind, matching feature by feature

— and Siri, the original voice assistant, feels held back by Apple’s focus on privacy and its software shortcomings. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington

Post, but I review all tech with the same critical eye.)

 

Smart speakers are building the smart home that you never knew you needed. Inside the audio equipment, they’re home hub computers that work alongside smartphone

apps to connect and control disparate devices and services. Now with a speaker and the right connected gizmo, you can walk into a room and turn on the

lights without touching a button. Or control the TV without a remote. Amazon even sells an Alexa-operated microwave that cooks, tracks and reorders popcorn.

 

But home assistants can also be Trojan horses for a specific set of devices and services that favour one company over another.

 

My buddy Matt recently asked me to help him pick speakers and appliances for a big remodel. He loves the Google Assistant on his Android phone, so selecting

his tribe should be easy, right? Hardly: He wanted to put Sonos speakers all around the house, but they take voice commands directly via Alexa. (Sonos

says Google Assistant support is coming, though it’s been promising that for a year.)

 

Figuring out which connected doodads are compatible can be like solving a 10,000-piece puzzle. The best smart home gadgets (like Lutron Caseta and Philips

Hue lights) work across all three tribes, but sometimes alliances and technical concerns make appliance makers take sides.

 

Each AI has its limitations. They’re not all equally skilled at understanding accents — Southerners are misunderstood more with Google and Midwesterners

with Alexa. The price of ownership with some is letting a company surveil what goes on in your house. You can try, like me, to live with more than one,

but you’re left with a patchwork that won’t win you any favours with family.

 

How do you find your AI tribe? Here’s how I differentiate them.

 

Alexa

 

Supported smart home devices: Over 20,000.

 

Who loves it: Families who buy lots through Amazon and experiment with new gizmos.

 

The good: Alexa knows how to operate the most stuff, thanks to Amazon’s superior deal making. The only connected things it can’t run in my house are the

app-operated garage door and some facets of my TV. Amazon also has been successful at spawning new connected gadgets: Alexa’s voice and microphone are

built into more than 100 non-Amazon devices. And Amazon recently announced plans to offer appliance makers a chip that lets Alexa users voice command inexpensive

everyday things, from wall plugs to fans.

 

Alexa has also mastered some of the little details of home life. It will confirm a request to turn off the lights without repeating your command — super

helpful when someone nearby is napping.

 

The bad: Alexa grows smarter by the week, but it can be a stickler about using specific syntax. It also has the weakest relationship with your phone, the

most important piece of technology for most people today. Amazon has bolstered a companion Alexa app for phones, making it better for communicating and

setting up smart home routines, but I still find it the most confusing of the lot.

 

Amazon doesn’t always show the highest concern for our privacy. This spring, when Alexa inadvertently recorded a family’s private conversations and sent

it to a contact, Amazon’s response boiled down to ‘whoopsie.’ And it records and keeps every conversation you have with the AI — including every bag of

popcorn it microwaves. (Amazon says it doesn’t use our queries to sell us stuff beyond making recommendations based on song and product searches).

 

Some love Alexa’s ability to order products by voice. But as long as Alexa runs your house, you’ll always be stuck buying those goods from Amazon. (That

microwave will only ever order popcorn from Amazon.) The coming generation of appliances built with the Alexa chip inside could similarly trap you forever

into Amazon-land.

 

Google Assistant

 

Supported smart home devices: Over 10,000.

 

Who loves it: People who are deep into Google’s services.

 

The good: Google Assistant comes the closest to having a conversation with an actual human helper. You don’t have to use exact language to make things

happen or get useful answers. Its intelligence can also be delightfully personal: It’s pretty good at differentiating the voices of family members. And

on the new Home Hub device with a screen, Assistant curates a highlights-only show from your Google Photos collection.

 

While Android phone owners are more likely to use lots of Assistant-friendly Google services, the Assistant doesn’t particularly care what kind of phone

you use — its simple companion apps work on iOS and Android.

 

And Google is neck and neck with Alexa on many of the nuances: Night mode reduces the volume of answers at night, and it can even require Junior to say

“pretty please.”

 

The bad: As a relative newcomer to the smart home, Google has been catching up fast. But in my house, it still can’t fully control my Ring doorbell or

send music to my Sonos speakers. And I’m not convinced that Google has Amazon’s negotiating sway, or the influence to bring the next generation of connected

things online.

 

The bigger problem is privacy. Google’s endgame is always getting you to spend more time with its services, so it can gather more data to target ads at

you. Like Alexa, Google Assistant keeps a recording of all your queries — every time you ask it to turn off the lights. Google treats this kind of like

your Web search history, and uses it to target ads elsewhere. (Thankfully, It still keeps data from its Nest thermostat and home security division separate.)

 

The potential upside is that when Google discovers your habits in all that data, it might be able to better automate your home — like what time all the

lights should be off.

 

Siri

 

Supported smart home devices: Hundreds.

 

Who loves it: Privacy buffs and all-Apple households.

 

The good: Apple means business on security and privacy. Any device that wants to connect to HomeKit, its smart home software that works with Siri on the

HomePod and iPhone, requires special encryption.

 

What’s more, your data is not attached to a personal profile, which aside from protecting your privacy also means that Apple is not using your home activity

to sell or advertise things. (While other smart speakers keep recordings and transcriptions of what you say, Siri controls devices by making a request

to its system through a random identifier, which cannot be tied to a specific user.)

 

And Apple is pretty good at keeping the smart home simple. Setting up a smart home device is mostly just scanning a special code. Even creating routines,

in which multiple accessories work in combination with a single command, is easier in the Siri’s companion Home app than with competitors.

 

The bad: You have to live in an all-Apple device world to reap these benefits. Siri’s a pretty good DJ, but only if you subscribe to Apple Music. You’re

stuck with the HomePod as the one-size-fits-all smart speaker, and Siri still isn’t as competent as her AI competitors.

 

And Apple’s security-first approach has kept too many appliance makers from joining its ecosystem. Sure, it’s quality not quantity, but Siri still can’t

interact with my Nest thermostat or Ring doorbell, just to name two. Apple did recently loosen up a tad: starting with Belkin Wemo’s Mini Smart Plug and

Dimmer, it no longer requires special hardware for authentication — that can now happen via software. The move should make it simpler to make new products

 

Siri compatible, and allow it access to existing ones.

 

By Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Washington Post

 

DON’T FORGET DONATIONS!++

 

Donations Received in the office in 2018 are the only ones that can be receipted for 2018.  Remember to send those donations now if you want receipts for

the current year.

 

Membership Madness++

 

Hi Everyone!  Becky from the office here.  All chapters should have received their membership packages. The rebate time has passed, but there is still

time to get your chapters membership in for 2019!

 

All 2019 Memberships Due – December 28, 2018

 

WCW Orders and Insurance Requests Due – January 4, 2019

 

http://www.ccbnational.net

1-877-304-0968

 

ccb@ccbnational.net

 

Re-Blog: Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

Hi GTT Participants.  Have any of you tried to use Self-Help Checkout Kiosks? Is this something for the Accessible Canada Act?

Advisen Canada Front Page News

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Oct. 29–Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with

Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

 

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, also claims that an employee at the Walmart in Owings Mills allegedly attempted to take money from

one of the plaintiffs while she was checking out at the store.

 

The suit claims that a staff member at the Owings Mills store on Reisterstown Road was assisting Cynthia Morales with a purchase at a self-checkout kiosk

in July 2017 when the employee selected an option for cash back from her debit card and took $40 without her knowledge.

 

“It’s important for blind people to be able to use the machines independently … so that people are not stealing from us,” Morales, a Parkville resident,

said in an interview. “We should be treated like everybody else — when we come into the store we would like to check out at the self-checkout quickly

just like everybody else, and I know that the technology is out there.”

 

In addition to Morales, other plaintiffs include Linwood Boyd, a Pikesville resident who was shopping with Morales when the alleged incident occurred;

Baltimore resident Melissa Sheeder; the National Federation of the Blind Inc. and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

 

The plaintiffs are seeking a permanent injunction that would require Walmart to make its self-service kiosks throughout the U.S. accessible to blind customers;

a declaration that Walmart has been violating the ADA; and court costs and attorneys’ fees.

 

According to the suit, Morales and Boyd were checking out at a self-service kiosk when Morales handed an employee her debit card and instructed the employee

to enter her pin number on the keypad. She expected to pay about $80 for her items, according to the suit. During the transaction, the screen prompted

the users to take money from the machine, the suit claims. When Morales and Boyd left the store, they asked a bystander to read the receipt and realized

Morales was charged about $120.

 

They re-entered the store and called police, and the $40 was ultimately returned, according to the complaint.

 

“Money was stolen from one of our members and certainly we deplore that,” said Chris Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind.

 

Danielsen said that even without the incident at Owings Mills, it’s “unacceptable” that sight-impaired patrons can’t serve themselves. “The technology

exists for Walmart and other entities that are using these kind of self-service kiosks,” he said.

 

Sheeder claims in the suit that she shops at Walmart at least once a week, and she and a friend attempted to use a self-checkout kiosk in July 2018. When

they were unable to operate it, they were directed to a full-service checkout lane, where they had to wait in line.

 

“We don’t tolerate discrimination, and we believe our checkout procedures comply with applicable law,” Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, said in

an emailed statement late Friday. “When we learned of this specific situation with Ms. Morales, we looked into the matter and as a result, the associate

is no longer with the company. We take this matter seriously and will respond as appropriate with the court.”

 

Danielsen said he’s not aware of any large retailers that incorporate self-checkout kiosks that are fully accessible to blind people, but he pointed to

self-service software for machines such as ATMs, Amtrak ticket booths and taxicabs that allow blind people to operate the devices independently.

 

“We know that it’s possible to make a self-checkout kiosk accessible. It just has to be thought of at the design stage,” said Jessica P. Weber, an attorney

who is part of a team from the Baltimore firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy representing the plaintiffs. The lawsuit says the National Federation of the Blind

attempted to work with Walmart to address problems with the kiosks prior to filing suit.

 

“The civil rights of blind people can’t wait indefinitely and so we’re going to forge ahead,” Weber said.

 

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Guest Post: Jaguar is Outfitting its Electric Cars with Spaceship-Like Noises

thedrive.com
Jaguar is Outfitting its Electric Cars with Spaceship-Like Noises
Rob Stumpf
Regulations all over the globe are calling for electric cars to emit noise as they creep along the road at low speeds in order to protect those with visual impairments. The Jaguar I-Pace will begin to be fitted with an Audible Vehicle Alert System in order to alert pedestrians that the SUV is in motion. Jaguar revealed the noises that its newest lineup of electric vehicles will emit, and it sounds out of this world.
Like all electric cars, the noise emitted while under certain speeds can be difficult for pedestrians to hear, and people who are visually impaired will have a greater difficulty discerning that a vehicle might be traveling in their direction. Because of this, regulations in the United States and European Union have become the key focus of automakers looking to outfit the future with electric mobility. In the United States, vehicles have until 2020 to comply with the legislation, while the EU has adopted a starting point for 2019.
While traveling at speeds less than 18.6 miles per hour (or a slower 13 mph in the EU), the I-Pace will emit a noise above 56 decibels, somewhere between the volume of a refrigerator and an air conditioner.
“The absence of traditional engine noise from electric vehicles creates a problem for vulnerable pedestrians, such as the blind or visually impaired,” said Iain Suffield, a technical specialist at Jaguar. “This is especially true at low speeds in town centres and car parks. We developed the Audible Vehicle Alert System for the [I-Pace] to ensure the safety of all road users. Our potentially life-saving technology cannot be switched off and as the leading charity for people with sight loss, we are pleased to have the support of Guide Dogs to ensure real people are at the heart of our product testing”
Jaguar said that its staff worked for nearly four years to develop the perfect noise for its vehicles. It claims that the noise, which is emitted from a speaker nested behind the vehicle’s front grille, is audible to those outside of the car, yet cannot be heard in the cabin. Sound engineers tested the car in urban environments and even special echo-free chambers to ensure that the noise would be effective.
According to Jaguar, initial tests caused pedestrians to look to the sky out of confusion (instead of watching out for oncoming traffic), it dropped plans to implement noises that sounded like they were emitted from sci-fi space crafts. Instead, it modified the noise and programmed the car to shift the pitch and volume as the vehicle sped up or slowed down, similar to a car’s engine producing different noises based on load. Still, it’s hard to say that this doesn’t sound like a spaceship.

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, The Super Compact Record Player, October 1, 2018

October 01 2018

Meet the Super Compact Record Player

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about the Super Compact Record Player

 

Meet the super Compact Record Player

 

Document source:

 

http://www.aph.org

 

from Fred’s Head

 

In this day of high-tech gadgets and MP3 players, it’s nice to see an old favorite still has a chance to be cool. I have a deep love for record players, my parents got one for me when I was a very young child and I’ve owned one all my life. I have tons of records and wouldn’t give them up for the world. I’m thinking I may have to have one of these too.

 

The Crosley Revolution turntable truly fits the word in every way. Where other turntables take up space, this one dances around a desk without ado.

 

Where other record players must be kept in their designated place, the Revolution practically begs to join you on every journey. And where other turntables tangle you in a web of wires, the Revolution effortlessly pairs with any FM radio for cordless, clear sound.

 

It is a turntable of firsts-the first battery-powered Crosley turntable, the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer, and the first with a wireless transmitter for cord-free enjoyment. Users can tote this two-speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps or to a friend’s house. Featuring a USB hookup for easy analog-to-digital transfer, the Revolution will allow users to free their favorites from the grooves for digital enjoyment across a variety of devices. This small but mighty turntable also features a headphone jack, passive audio out, and a dynamic full range speaker.

 

Includes a software Suite For Ripping And Editing Audio Content Belt Driven Turntable Mechanism plays 2 Speeds, 33 1/3 And 45 RPM Records.

 

Now if we could only do something for packing all those records around!

 

the cost is $149.95.

 

Click this link to visit the Crosley Radio website to purchase the Revolution turntable:

http://www.crosleyradio.com/Product.aspx?pid=1869

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

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To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

I am yet to meet

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Scam alert, September 24, 2018

September 24 2018

A scam alert

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my scam alert.

 

A scam alert

Those emails asking you to login and verify your username and password that appears to be coming from your bank or insurance company.

 

If the email in question that you have received seems to be from a bank or insurance company that you do not do business with then you are okay.  Just delete it and move on.

 

On the other hand if the email in question is from a bank or insurance company that you do business with; then by all means you can read it but my advice would be to also delete it.

 

No bank or insurance company would ever send you this type of email.

Not sure?  Then just visit your bank.

Ask them to verify that they never sent you such an email.

You could also call to verify as well.

 

Some of these types of emails may also go as far as to ask you to provide such details as your date of birth and account number.

Just delete this email and move on.

 

What would happen if you were to respond?

The simple answer would be trouble, lots of trouble, and now you have given a scammer out there carte blanche to hack into either your bank account and/or your very own computer system.

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Privacy protection, September 17, 2018

September 17 2018

Privacy protection

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my tip on privacy protection.

 

Privacy protection

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on destroying our right to these precious commodities.

 

Completion of income tax forms

In most cases we need to provide our accountants with such things as tax receipts and statements from our banking institution and we need to ensure that we provide the correct and appropriate paper work to our accountant.

How do we do this if we are vision impaired?

 

If we have a scanner, then for much of the time we can use our scanners to read our statements but what if the print on these documents is either faded or sometimes there is handwriting?

Well!  We need to find a trustworthy person to help us out.  It must be someone that we trust; friend, neighbour, or family member.

 

What if we do not have anyone to help us?

Try going to your banking institution and explain your situation to them.  You would be amazed to find that help is there.

 

Other actions:

You could ask your banking institution for electronic versions of your statements.

You could also phone those who have sent receipts to you to see if they can also provide electronic versions to you.

Try calling 1800 622 6232 and explain what you are seeking.

This is the Federal Government’s toll free number – 1800 ocanada.

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Apps round up, September 10, 2018

September 10 2018

Apps round up

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my apps round up.

 

  1. Chirp for Twitter (watchOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Chirp for Twitter is the best way to use Twitter on your Apple Watch.

You can browse your, timeline, lists, like and retweet things, and even post your own

tweets.

Sent and view direct messages, catch up on the latest trends in “Trending”, or search for

your favourite hashtag.

Chirp lets you see quotes, pictures, hashtags, mentions, and so much more.

 

Current Version: 1.1.5 (July 28, 2018)

Read Chirp for Twitter’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/apple-watch/social-networking/chirp-twitter

Visit Chirp for Twitter’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/app/chirp-for-twitter/id1397430041?mt=8

 

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  1. 4. Himama (iOS, Free)

The device supports the data sharing with Apple’s Health App. Authorized user can

obtain data from your BBT, ovulation test, sexual behavior, menstruation, petechial

hemorrhage, the quality of cervical mucus, sleep analysis, height and weight, so as to

have a more comprehensive understanding of your health status.

What could smart Himama pregnancy preparation assistant do for you?

*          [Finding the ovulatory date to determine the best timing for pregnancy] Input

your body temperature, then you will immediately know the status of your

ovulation of that day.

*          [Earlier detection of pregnancy, superior to any LH kit] Automatically detecting

whether you are pregnant 18 days after conception.

*          [Earlier diagnosis of gynaecopathia, earlier detection for earlier treatment]

Reminding of corpus luteum problems or ovulation disorders.

*          [Sleep monitoring for eugenics] Monitoring on total length of sleep and length

of deep sleep all night.

Core functions of smart Himama pregnancy preparation doctor:

  1. Reporting ovulation everyday: telling you whether you are ovulating, the

likelihood of pregnancy and your high/low temperature zone based on your BBT

of the day;

  1. Drawing up BBT curve automatically, to intelligently observe the status of

pregnancy;

  1. Cause analysis on the difficulties in getting pregnant: reminding of and analyzing

on corpus luteum problems or ovulation disorders;

  1. Sleep monitoring: monitoring the accumulated length of sleep, length of

deep/light sleep; determining the quality of sleep, and monitoring the time of

going to sleep and waking up;

 

Current Version: 1.9.2 (June 21, 2018)

Read Himama’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/himama

Visit Himama’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/himama/id1116020094?mt=8

 

That’s it from me for this week.

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Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Odds and ends, September 3, 2018

September 03 2018

Odds and ends

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about odds and ends.

 

ODDS & ENDS

To identify keys, put a piece of brightly colored tape, which can be easily seen or felt, around the key. Similarly, put a colored plastic hood (available from                         hardware and department stores) over the key top. Most laces which copy keys have them available in a wide variety of colors.

 

 

  1. Each household item should have a specific place and should be returned there immediately after use. Don’t just drop something!  That way you won’t have to spend a lot of time looking for it when it is next needed.  Encourage other family members to also return items to their proper place.  After all, organization makes it easier for everyone to find things!

 

  1. It is not necessary to rearrange furniture in a special way in your home, but some changes may be helpful. For example, a coffee table with sharp edges may be moved out of the main circulation area.  Also, remember to keep doors, closet doors, and cupboard doors all the way open or all the way shut. Half open doors are dangerous!

 

 

  1. Stairs can be hazardous! Mark the leading edge of each step with a paint or non-skid material of a color which contrasts with the stairs themselves.  Paint the handrail in a bright contrasting color.  It should extend past the top and bottom steps as a guide to know where the steps begin.  Use a contrasting color and/or a different texture floor material, such as carpet, on the top and bottom landings.

 

 

  1. Good lighting is important for many people who are visually impaired. Incandescent lighting is usually best.  Attach lights to the underside of cabinets, over work areas, above the stove, or above your favorite chair.  If you find you don’t have enough light, move the lamp closer or try a stronger bulb.  Three-way bulbs and dimmer switches provide flexibility when more or less light is needed.  A goose neck lamp often comes in handy, and a battery operated flashlight to look at dials is another useful idea.

 

  1. Low vision aids such as hand held magnifiers, telescopes or binoculars often allow persons to continue many tasks that they did prior to their vision loss, for example: reading print, knitting, watching television and locating street or bus signs.

 

Low vision aids do not restore                       vision!

However, they do make things appear larger, closer, clearer or brighter.  Using your low vision aid(s) requires some patience and practise, as well as good contrast and lighting.  And remember, low vision aids will not harm your sight, they enhance it.

 

Large print numbers, raised numbers, and/or Braille on elevator panels and outside the elevator doors (marking the floor number) are helpful, especially in large buildings.  If you live in an apartment complex, place an identifiable marker such as a decoration or door knocker on your apartment door.  In a hotel, place an elastic band or twist tie around your door handle to ensure you are at the right room.

 

To easily identify baggage when travelling, place several large strips of contrasting colored tape on your suitcase.

 

When walking with a sighted person, use the Sighted Guide Technique.  Hold onto the sighted person’s arm just above the elbow in a C-grip, with your thumb on the outside of their arm and your fingers on the inside.  You will be able to feel and follow the motion of the sighted guide’s body, making this a safe and comfortable method of travel.

 

When walking alone, plan the easiest and safest route to take. Think of landmarks that are easily recognized to assist in keeping travel bearings.

 

  1. When taking a bus, ask the bus driver to announce your requested stop, and sit near the front so that the announcement can be easily heard.

 

When grocery shopping with a sighted person, it’s easy to manoeuvre through the store if you stand behind the grocery cart, holding the cart handle, and let the sighted person lead, guiding the cart from the front.  If you plan to grocery shop alone, call the store in advance and request assistance.  Most grocery store managers are more than willing to arrange a mutually convenient time for a clerk to help you find the items you require.  Some individuals prefer to have a volunteer do their grocery shopping.  Also many grocery stores (and drug stores) deliver for a small fee.

 

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Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna