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Wellness Wednesday: Social Anxiety with Beth Gustin and Robin Ennis

In this episode of Wellness Wednesday, Beth Gustin, LPC and Robin Ennis, LCSW, CPC, talk about Social Anxiety, what it may be and some practical coping tips one can try.  Show Hosts:             Robin Ennis on the web at www.robinennislcsw.com You can message Beth and Robin by calling 612-367-6093 or by email. Let them know if they can use your message on the show. They are looking forward to hearing from you.   Web Site https://blindabilities.com/?p=7544 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

16m
Aug 17
Blind Abilities, Tech Abilities, Job Insights, iPhone 101, QuickBytes, Success Stories and a Sony Headphone with Noise Reduction, Dual Pairing and Alexa Ready

In this brief episode from Blind Abilities, Jeff Thompson takes a look at the Sony WH- 1000XM4 Noise Canceling, Dual Pairing, Alexa ready Headphones he bought during the Amazon Prime Day sale.  Right now you can get them refurbished for massive discounts as well. Jeff gives an overview of the Blind Abilities Podcast and where they are and what you can find in the Blind Abilities 880 plus episodes. This includes the Tech Abilities and Job Insights https://blindabilities.com/?cat=519 shows, the iPhone101/QuickBytesSeries, Success Stories https://blindabilities.com/?cat=17, STEM https://blindabilities.com/?cat=490, College and Careers and much more available from the Blind Abilities library of episodes. You can search and check out the category listings on the web at BlindAbilities.com. Subscribe to the Blind Abilities podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. That's 2 words, Blind Abilities. we would love to hear from you! Send us an email or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 Thanks for listening!

10m
Aug 15
iPhone101: A Deeper Dive - Screen Recording on the iPhone and other iDevices - It's not just for Videos.

Blind Abilities expands its iPhone101 Series with a  follow up episode on a topic which they previously touched upon, but this time they do a "deeper dive”. In November of 2021, Pete Lane described the iOS Control Center, and in that review, touched on the iOS screen recording feature. This time, Pete has circled back to cover  this feature, but in far greater detail. In this episode: __ __ Read more https://blindabilities.com/?p=7537 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

19m
Aug 10
Apple iPhone iOS Voiceover Compatible Games, it may be a Mouthful but this Facebook Group is Resource Plentiful! Meet Mobile Game enthusiast and writer, Aaron Spelker.

Aaron Spelker is a Mobile Game enthusiast  and writer. Aaron joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to share the resources he has created and the articles he has published as well as a novel. Aaron lost his sight suddenly and picked up the pieces by learning JAWS and has not looked back. His passion for gaming led him down a dead end street so he decided to build his own platform across multiple social networks and bring awareness to accessible gaming. His efforts have bridged developers and influencers to gamers to open the conversation about accessibility. HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL LINKS PROVIDED BY AARON SPELKER:  If you want to read long-form reviews of accessible mobile games or hear interviews with game developers and influencers about accessibility, then join the ‘Apple iPhone iOS Voiceover Compatible Games’ Facebook group.  If you have any games or content related to accessible gaming, feel free to Read more https://blindabilities.com/?p=7524   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

22m
Aug 05
Job Insights: Accepting Blindness, Job Readiness and Building Confidence

In this Job Insights episode, Serina Gilbert and jeff Thompson welcome Sarlie Drakos to the Job Insights Team. We are excited to have Sarlie on our team and excited to bring back the Job Insights show after a 2 year hiatus during the pandemic. In this episode of Job Insights we will talk about how accepting ones Blindness, job readiness and confidence can play an important role in one’s job and career search. The interviewing process is designed for companies to select the best of the best applicants and being prepared will increase ones opportunities for gainful employment.  Sarlie Drakos is a Disability Employment Coach and you can reach her at SarlieDrakos.com and inquire how she can help you land that dream job. Be sure to contact your Vocational Rehabilitation Services in your state and see what they can do for you. Be sure to check out all of our Job Insights episodes and give us a call at 612-367-6093, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com. Thanks for listening!    Read more https://blindabilities.com/?p=7521   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

28m
Aug 03
Introducing Polly! Combine learning and gaming for a fun braille adventure! To Be Available from APH in Partnership with Thinkerbell Labs

Thinkerbell Labs CPO, Shivam Agarwal, joins Simon Bonenfant in the Exhibit Hall to talk about Polly, the new Braille device that makes learning Braille fun! Polly is an electronic Wi-Fi enabled device that will assist users in learning and reinforcing braille concepts. With many components for both input and output, Polly can provide practice and gamify the braille learning process for students.  In addition to learning phonics, letters, and braille contractions, students can practice typing on the keyboard and writing with the electronic slate during games. Reading and writing games include Letter Race, Balloon Pop for spelling, games for practicing dot location with different input methods, and the many Explore categories provide free play with the device for our youngest learners. The speaker and headphone jack provide auditory instructions and allow the device to be used in any environment. You can get on the waiting list today. Find out more about Thinkerbell Labs     Read More https://blindabilities.com/?p=7510   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 Thanks for listening!

31m
Aug 02
The BlindShell Accessible Cell Phone with Tactile Buttons is Growing to Meet the Needs of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Yes, Tactile Buttons on a Smart Phone! Did we mention Aira? Yup, Aira!

our guests in this episode Come to us from BlindShell USA and are here to talk about the latest update to the BlindShell Accessible Cell Phone Classic 2. Bari Azman, President and CEO, and Diane Ducharme, Senior Program Director join Jeff and Pete to explore the latest iteration of this smart phone, the original of which intrigued many blind and visually impaired individuals due to its practical smart phone features, its tactile keypad and simple, accessible layout.  The BlindShell Classic 2 is available in two colors, Cardinal Red and Midnight Black, and there are numerous locations where the Classic 2 can be purchased, a list of which is available on the website, www.BlindShellUSA.com: Join Jeff and Pete as they discuss a variety of topics with Bari and Diane, including the recent partnership with Aira to provide the Aira application on the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible Cell Phone, including those existing users, and is offering three months of free Aira service to new purchasers..  The BlindShell Classic 2 Accessible Phone is a hybrid blend of modern smart phone capabilities and tactile buttons, and could be an appealing alternative to a standard Apple or Android smart phone for both a newly blind and existing user who just isn’t interested in the flat screen device. and it has a battery life of up to 96 hours. Read More https://blindabilities.com/?p=7491 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 Thanks for Listening!

26m
Jul 31
Speaker, Consultant and Author, Christy Pruitt-Haynes: A Voice Well Needed for the Marginalized Communities Releases a New Book, "I Have to Pay for This $H!T".

Christy Pruitt-Haynes joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to announce her new book, "I Have to Pay for This $H!T?" Pre-orders are open and the book is officially being released on August 2nd, 2022. This is Christy's first family focused book and after meeting her, I am looking forward to reading this book about the excitement and emotions of becoming an Empty Nester as her daughter leaves to fulfill her college goals. Christy's impressive background includes being a TEDx speaker and a Nashville Emerging Leader Award recipient. She has held executive positions at Infiniti Americas/Nissan, CMT, and the Memphis Grizzlies.    Founder of Christy Pruitt-Haynes Consulting, she and her team offer innovative speaking, training, and coaching to help organizations excel with diverse talent.  Christy is visually impaired and takes us through her experience with Blindness and how she lives the life she wanted and helps others live the life they want as well.   Christy gives some great advice to students and her story will resonate with the listeners as her words speak the realities faced and placed upon the Blind and Visually Impaired and how she enhances the opportunities for corporations to realize that diversity is an asset. Her book is a great read for everyone from students to parents, so be sure to check it out yourself. You can order her new book at IHaveToPayForThis.com and you can find out more about Christy Pruitt-Haynes Consulting on the web at ChristyPruitt-Haynes.com. You can follow her on social media at www.instagram.com/christypruitthaynes and https://www.facebook.com/ChristyPruittHaynesConsulting    Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

15m
Jul 27
Tech Abilities: Bunnies, Elephants and Rabbits, BATA Bada Bing Bada Boom. Clusiv, PC/Mac, Twitter Alt Text, Back Tap, Zoom Invites and more Tech Tidbits and News

Serina, Callie and Jeff cool down in the Blind Abilities Studio and dive into Clusiv, PC/Mac, Google Workspace, Fruit Freshness and expiration dates. Twitter's Alt Text reminder launched and a lot more Tech Tidbits and news from around the scorching planet Earth. Hopefully, you are staying cool and enjoying this latest episode of Tech Abilities. HERE IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE TOPICS AND LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: __ __   Web Site https://blindabilities.com/?p=7475 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

1h 15m
Jul 25
The LyriQ Assistive Reader, The Patriot Pro and the Patriot ViewPoint: Combining the most state-of-the-art technology with usability for all sorts of tasks

The Team from Magnifying America which makes the Patriot brand of AT products joined Simon Bonenfant outside the Exhibit Hall at the NFB2022 Convention.  John Palmer, President and Founder of Patriot Vision Industries, along with  his team give us an overview of the new OCR Scanner, the LyriQ Assistive Reader. This is a camera operated flat folding device that is portable, fast and accurate. Within seconds the LyriQ is reading without fuss about aiming the camera as the design of the LyriQ makes for ease of use and the simple operation is all by design. Listen to the demonstration and audio description of the LyriQ and decide for yourself. The Patriot Pro is overviewed and has the Patriot software baked into an iPadPro, combining great accessibility and the Patriot software for an incredible experience for low vision  users. The Patriot ViewPoint is another low vision device that allows one to watch TV,, read and write and much more. This wearable device allows for hands-free viewing near and far.   Read More https://blindabilities.com/?p=7470   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

27m
Jul 20
Clusiv: Accessible Learning Platform - The Future of Work Just Got Accessible! Meet Clusiv Founder and CEO Lukas Simianer.

Lukas Simianer joins Simon Bonenfant in the Blind Abilities Studio to introduce us to Clusiv, an all-new platform for learning the skills needed for new employment. Learn about the extensive courses that were built to  enhance your opportunities for employment and help build your skill set for a lifetime of rewards.  We have not experienced Clusiv or it's program but listening to Lukas makes us wonder why this has not been developed earlier?  You can find out more about Clusiv and what they can offer you on the web at https://clusiv.io FROM THE WEB: YOUR PATH TO THE MODERN WORKFORCE Many jobs that were once in-house have moved to remote work. IDEA Hiring (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) is not a fad, but an essential way for companies to attract and retain talented workers. In the past, visual impairments may have separated you from meaningful and highly rewarding employment. We’ve built our program to be 100% accessible so you can learn the skills you need to pursue new employment opportunities. With Clusiv, there are no barriers separating you from the content you need to prepare for the jobs you want.   Episode Web Site https://blindabilities.com/?p=7468   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

32m
Jul 19
Student Seminar Alert! The Atlantic Student Seminar is August 12 through the 14th! Register Now! Meet Nanahil Jafri and Logan Stenzel from the National Association of Blind Students (NABS).

Announcing the 2022 in-person Atlantic Seminar! Reflect, Reequip, Reimagine: Raising the Bar for Blind Students! The National Association of Blind Students https://nabslink.org/ (NABS) and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland invite you to the 2022 Atlantic regional seminar, a fun-filled weekend brimming with opportunities for professional growth, confidence building, and mentorship from Friday, August 12 (6:00 PM) – Sunday, August 14 (12:00 PM) at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley by Marriott. Nanahil Jafri and Logan Stenzel join Simon Bonenfant in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about the details and events happening during this in-person student seminar. Be sure to register now as the closing date is July 28 and just around the corner so register now!  You can find out more about the Atlantic Student Seminar on the web at https://nabslink.org and register here.  You Read more https://blindabilities.com/?p=7465 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

20m
Jul 19
Sarlie Drakos - Disability Employment Coach: Helping people get past their limiting beliefs and get their dream jobs.

Sarlie Drakos is a Disability Employment Coach helping people around the world reach their employment goals. Not just finding them any job, but teaching them how they can pursue their dream job.   Sarlie has experienced losing a job through sight loss, and the limited expectations people around her put onto her resulted in her becoming a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and fighting harder to better her situation. Since losing her vision, Sarlie has successfully landed a job as a rock climbing instructor, copywriter, and disability employment consultant. She then continued to enhance her skills to start her own company coaching others with disabilities.  Sarlie draws from her experience  to fulfill her passion to coach people how to strengthen their resumes, explore careers, conduct mock job interviews and increase their odds in landing the job they want. Through well planned modules and workshops the positive feedback and results are keeping Sarlie motivated and doing her dream job while helping others reach theirs.  Join Sarlie Drakos and Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to learn more about what Sarlie does and offers through the services she provides. You can find out all the details on Sarlie's web site at  SarlieDrakos.com and inquire how she can help you land that dream job. Book in a call today!    Episode Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

27m
Jul 16
Tech Abilities: To Delve or Not to Delve, Aira Announces Lots, Apple Fever, Mobility and Guide Dogs, Text Selection,, 3 Finger Quadruple Tap. and the Rotor Organization Demo!

Serina, Callie and jeff dig into some news and tech tidbits that have been getting a lot of attention. Callie delves into the Guide Dog dream and is mobility going to be the ice breaker? How about Blind Pride, hmmm, to each at their own time probably, We got a lot of topics through out this episode and some really good tips on copying text and arranging your rotor actions for efficiency. Here are just some of the topics and links from this Tech Abilities episode: Apple products trade in drops as the new line-up of iPhones, macs  and more new release approaches. Jennine Stanley came onto Blind Abilities to talk about Aira announcements. The BlindShell Accessible Cell Phone Apple Watch Series 8 will reportedly be able to detect if you have a fever How to use App Library on your iPhone and iPad Humanware announces the all new Stellar Trek.   Web Site https://blindabilities.com/?p=7461 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 Thanks for listening!

1h 2m
Jul 12
Blind Boys of Alabama - Meet Ricky McKinnie, and like he says, Don't Miss It When the Boys are Back in Town!

Our guest today on Blind Abilities is Ricky McKinnie. Ricky is a longtime member of the iconic gospel singing group, The Blind Boys of Alabama. Winners of five Grammy awards and the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. They have also been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and performed at the White House for three different presidents   The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators.   .  Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s, the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world. Read More   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093 Thanks for Listening!

28m
Jul 11
Breaking News: Aira Everywhere! Aira for the Desktop, Aira on the BlindShell Accessible Cell Phone Classic 2, Aira on the ARX Headset and Aira on the Envision Glasses! Oh, the Possibilities are Coming!

Aira Director of Communications, Jenine Stanley, joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio and hits us up with some news breaking announcements. Aira Everywhere starts out with Aira for the Desktop. Now Aira will be available on the Mac, PC and on the iPad as a web based app where you can be hands free and use Team Viewer, Google Remote and much more. This will be open to a limited Public Beta at the end of July and you can sign up now on the web at Aira.io/choice. Be part of the Aira Beta Team and help break down barriers to access together. Aira on ArxHeadset: With a camera and bone-conduction speakers, the ArxHeadset will now have Aira loaded up and ready to explore.  Look for this around the end of July. The BlindShell Classic 2 Accessible Cell Phone https://blindshellusa.com: A limited beta will be out at the end of July and soon Aira will be an option on the BlindShell Classic 2 Accessible Cell Phone. https://blindshellusa.com Aira on the Envision Glasses: Hands free and this may become a reality later this summer around August. Talks are on-going and Aira wants your exploring to be the best it can be so stay tuned on the web at Aira.io. Be sure to check out Aira on the web at Aira.io and stay up to date with all the breaking news, products and services . And, if you want to be part of the Limited Public Beta  Team, sign up at Aira.io/choice. From the web: GET LIVE, ON-DEMAND ACCESS TO VISUAL INFORMATION Aira is a visual interpreting service. Live, on-demand access to visual information. It’s an accommodation or productivity tool that connects you to actual humans to simplify your daily life.  CONTACT YOUR STATE SERVICES If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Pre-ETS Program and Transition Services Manager Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Web Site https://blindabilities.com/?p=7448 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

12m
Jul 04
Tech Abilities: It is HOT, and the Tech Tidbits are Fast and Furious, and VR as a Vehicle explained. News from a Blindness perspective from around the globe and the outhouse, too.

Serina, Callie and Jeff, dive deep into the pool of news stemming from Uber, Lyft, Microsoft, and you can check out the links and topics below. The TA Team take a journey into their Vocational Rehab experience and explain how VR impacted their destiny and how it is differed a bit for each of us. When an iPhone drops into an outhouse or even a toilet, there seems to be an urgency beyond our reach. Wow, where we ended up was a gas! Join the Tech Abilities Crew and keep up with the latest news and Tech Tidbits from around the globe and always with a Blindness perspective. Everyone has a perspective, and we know we are not always seeing things the same way, so, let us know your perspective and give us a call at 612-367-6093, we would love to hear from you.   Links and topics from the show: Read more https://blindabilities.com/?p=7445 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093  

1h 7m
Jun 28
Audiom: Audio Maps for the Blind. Welcome back Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Engineer, Brandon Biggs and Meet Christopher Toth, Blind Applications Engineer.

Jeff Thompson is joined  in the studio by Brandon Biggs, inclusive designer and Engineer with The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKI), the foremost organization for vision research in the U. s. and Christopher Toth, an Applications Engineer. Audiom https://www.audiom.net/ is the solution for “glancability” of a map to give an idea of location of objects, places and relationships to each other as a map does for a sighted person. Using audio soundscapes, stereo location design along with map coordinates , one will be able to mind map out a venue, park, mall through audio maps. Christopher Toth was hired on to build the application and you can find demos and give the application a try on the web at www.Audiom.net https://www.audiom.net/. Brandon Biggs and Christopher Toth talk about the development process and where they see Audiom in the future. Be sure to give the Beta a try and how your feedback can help make maps more accessible to us all. Read more https://blindabilities.com/?p=7443 Web Site https://blindabilities.com/?p=7443 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

28m
Jun 25
When the iPhone Itch Comes Calling: Upgrade or not? Plus, iPhone101/QuickByte: Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimizing Battery Charging

Do you get that feeling of urgency to upgrade to a new iPhone every time a new one comes along? I have and I am finally coming to terms with waiting and making the best out of what I already have, own and utilize perfectly well. I have upgraded on the Apple Upgrade Plan, did the 2 year upgrade cycle, and today I am going to keep my iPhone 12 Pro Max another year and I will tell you why and how I am going to keep my iPhone in peak performance for the next year. I will also demo the Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimize Battery Charging. Hope you enjoy. Web Site we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

9m
Jun 21
Tech Abilities: Pump It Up! iOS16 Beta Surprises or I Thought We Had That? Amazoning, Intersection Crossing, Pop Culture, Tech Tidbits and News with a Blindness Perspective

Tech Abilities: Pump It Up! iOS16 Beta Surprises or I Thought We Had That? Amazoning, Intersection Crossing, Pop Culture, Tech Tidbits and News with a Blindness Perspective   Serina, Callie and Jeff kind of sorta in a way talk about that WWDC event from Apple, but same as it ever was, same as it ever was, these Talking Heads jump the tracks and yes, they do find there way back through the weeds and negotiating intersections from mobility, movie going, Amazoning and many perspectives on interpreting the newly announced upcoming iOS 16 for the iPhone and the Mac OS Ventura. A bit on the Watch OS but for times sake, we actually fartleked through this episode. Yes, Fartlek is like interval training, so we did some of this and then some of that and back to this and that. Nice. You can find out all about the Apple WWDC event at www.Apple.com and let us know what you think of all the latest coming from the Apple tree, give us a call at 612-367-6093 tel:612-367-6093 or email us at info@BlindAbilities.com - we would love to hear from you. Web Site https://blindabilities.com/?p=7439  

1h 22m
Jun 13
Accessing Arts and Science: The Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, the Accessible Descriptions and Sonifications on the Chandra X-Ray Observatory web site and Sci-Fi on the Talk Description to Me podcast

Christine Malec, co-host of the Talk Description to Me podcast, returns to the Blind Abilities Studio to bring us the news about the Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Sonifications and descriptions from images from deep within our Universe and highlights some of the Star Trek and other topics from the over 106 Talk Description to Me episodes. Learn about how STEM possibilities are being made in science and how you can tune into some amazing art creatives attending the Luminato Festival Toronto from June 9th to June 19. With 6 hours of Worldwide broadcasting every day of the Festival from the Access Hub, there is something for everyone.   HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL LINKS: Talk Description to Me podcast https://talkdescriptiontome.buzzsprout.com/   Chandra X-Ray Observatory text and visual descriptions of Chandra images https://chandra.harvard.edu/resources/podcasts/description_audio.html   Luminato Festival Access Hub https://luminatofestival.com/access-hub/ Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

29m
Jun 07
ObjectiveEd: Reinforcement Learning for Students with Disabilities. Benefitting Teachers and Schools and their Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Marty Shultz from Objective Ed joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about all the new developments happening at Objective Ed. ObjectiveEd’s mission is to provide students with disabilities, and the parents and professionals dedicated to their education, digital curriculum and integrated performance monitoring and reporting tools that will help the students achieve their best educational outcomes. ObjectiveEd has achieved recognition by winning the Louis Braille Touch of Genius award from the National Braille Press, the American Council of the Blind Annual Award and the Florida Association for Education and Rehabilitation for Innovator of the Year. Through interactive games and innovative software programs, teachers can teach and students can learn skills, retain skills and all in a fun way through Objective Ed’s program. You can learn more about Objective Ed on the web at: https://www.objectiveed.com Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093  

15m
Jun 02
Tech Abilities: Anticipation 6-6, Weather App Alerts, Facebook/Twitter Accessibility, Apple’s 22 Min-Pay, SOS setup, Clipboard list, Audio Description and More Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective

Two is company as Callie takes a break from the Blind Abilities Studio this week and Serina and Jeff pick up the tech tidbits and news. From accessibility to losing sight, they dash through the latest and bring a perspective of experience and usability. Join the 2 out of 3 ain’t bad crew and check out the list of topics listed below. But, believe us, there is a lot between the lines!   List of topics from the episode:   Home pod mini update   Precipitation alerts on the weather app   How to block text on iPhone in a few taps.   Apple employees get surprise pay raise as union pressure grows   iPhone SOS, here is how to set  it up.   FCC fines Twitter 150 million for deceptive ad targeting   Way Map app guides the VIP through the Washington subway systems.   We own the City  with audio description   Clipboard and saving the clips in a list using JAWS   Thanks for listening! we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

52m
Jun 01
iPhone101 QuickByte: Revealing and Copying and Pasting Your Password Made Easy

This quick yet handy demonstration can be useful in many applications. If you need to use a password elsewhere and the password is a jumble of characters, numbers and symbols, then this method will do you well. Go to settings, swipe down to Passwords and then to the particular password you want to grab. Expose the bullets and an option to copy pops up and boom, you can paste wherever you want. This will also show you the actual characters of the password as well. Check it out and then check out all of the QuickBytes and iPhone101 demonstrations in the iPhone101/QuickByte series.   Web Site   we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

3m
May 26
The Only Constant is Change - Welcome back Tony Gebhard - Assistive Technology Specialist, Transition Program Coordinator and Singer/Songwriter/Musician

Tony Gebhard returns to the Blind Abilities Studio and third time is a charm! Tony has just dropped his 2nd album of 2022 and is making change a constant as he keeps growing in his pursuit of improving towards his highest potential. Tony has always worn his heart on his record sleeve and Guided, his latest album, is a refreshing look at Tony’s outlook at life and his happiness in the choices he has made. From teaching assistive technology and coordinating the Transition Program for the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Tony is reaching for more as he will also be part timing with Tech Vision and striving to become a Life Coach as well. Tony has graduated from World Services for the Blind and has settled in Anchorage Alaska and is now engaged as he shares his life with the one who stole his heart. Learn about Tony’s teaching, his music and how he is taking control of his destiny and absolutely loves what he is doing. You can find out more about Tony Gebhard on the web at www.TonyGebhard.com and all his social networks, his music and resource page. Be sure to give Tony a shout and follow his blog, his bandcamp and try to keep up with Tony where the only constant is… change!    

36m
May 26
QuickByte: Hiding Screen pages on your Apple device and still accessing everything.

In this QuickByte demo, previously published in the Tech Abilities episode, Jeff takes us through the process of hiding and unhiding a Screen page on the iPhone. When you have a lot of apps and widgets filling screen pages and want to clean up the experience, you can hide the pages and still be able to access the apps through the Library, the Library search and with the Siri assistant. Just double tap and hold on the page number and then select the page you want to hide or unhide and single finger double tap. And lastly, Tap on Done and there you go! Web page we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

3m
May 18
Storms, Wind and Fire - Yet, the Tech Abilities Show goes on! Hiding Your Screen Pages, Widgets on the Move, Passwords and Fishing, Don’t Trust Trusted Friend scam, Hey Facebook Support, how about a Human Chat?

Serina, Callie and Jeff roll through the toughest of weather situations to bring you the latest Tech Tidbits and News from around the Tech World with that special Blindness perspective that they bring to every show. Check out the 2 demos, Hiding Screen Pages on your Apple device and Putting a Widget into place, and so much more from the Tech Abilities Crew! Here are links to some of the topics from the episode: Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

1h 3m
May 16
Eyeless Mind: A Memoir about Seeing and Being Seen - Author and CVI Advocate, Stephanie Duesing, Shares Her Journey into the Leading Cause of Blindness, CVI.

Author and Advocate, Stephanie Duesing joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to share her journey into Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) - The Leading cause of Blindness in the Developed World. Her son Sebastian was finally diagnosed at age 15 after numerous Doctors from across the States offered no explanation for her son’s condition. Learn about their journey and how CVI is now the leading cause of Blindness in the developed world, yet probably the least understood, Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

30m
May 12
QuickByte: Grabbing Specific Text from OCR Apps on the iPhone with Usability in Mind!

I wanted to grab some text from a document and decided to use 3 of my favorite OCR apps on my iPhone. The 3 apps I chose were: __ __ What I found was that all 3 apps gave me really good OCR and I could copy the text and paste into an editor of choice. I chose Notes on my iPhone. The one app that stood out for me was Seeing AI with the ability to use the Text Selection feature in my rotor to grab the exact text I wanted, thus in Envision AI and Voice Dream Scanner, I selected all and used Text Selection in the Notes app. This is not a game breaker as the end result was successful with all 3 apps. Read more we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

4m
May 10
A Conversation with Author Dr. M. Leona Godin - There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness.

Dr. M. Leona Godin talks about her new book, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness. Gives advice to new writers and talks about her personal journey through Blindness and how her book and people’s actions today can begin to change the perception that the sighted have for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Read more https://blindabilities.com/?p=7340 we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@BlindAbilities.com or give us a call and leave us some feedback at 612-367-6093

41m
May 06