And we’re back!

I just wanted to write this to let everyone know that we’re back. There are a few things we’re still working on fixing so please be patient with us.

I personally have been working on some things while this site has been down and I hope to start posting them shortly. However, one of the things I have been working on is our patreon page.So if you would like to help us reach any of our future goals please join us. Depending on which tier you choose you could get lots of neat little rewards including: mention in a podcast, Early access to blogs and podcasts,, you could even become a guest blogger or guest podcaster for us, and so much more. So please come join us. You won’t regret it.

Hopefully we’ll be back to our regular schedule on Monday. See you in the next post! Thanks for reading!

Moving to a new webhosting service soon

This post has no real purpose except to let everyone know that as soon as I find a good one that is preferably on the cheap side we will be changing webhosting providers. I’m letting everyone know because while we’re changing things around you will not be able to get on this site or post on this site. In other words the site will be down during this time. I will let you know when I find one and when you can access the site again. Please be aware that it may take us a bit to get everything set up like it was before the move. We appreciate your patience during the move and if you have any suggestions for webhosting services please let @Stephie2010 know. Thanks in advance!

We cannot reply to your emails.

Hi! I thought I would come on here and express my apologies for the lack of replies. Especially if you’ve sent us an email and we’ve never responded. I’m/we aren’t sure what’s going on with it, but we hope to get it fixed as soon as this darn website quits going offline. I/we paid the bills, I promise!

So once again if you do not receive a reply from us do not panic. We will answer you as soon as I figure out what’s wrong with this email. Or maybe I should say “we” not I. If it’s urgant please tweet us I try to check the twitter at least once a day for replies and such. I hope everyone has a great summer. 😀

Thanks for reading!

Where is everyone?

In recent months you may have noticed that there are no posts from us. I can’t tell you where anyone else is, or what they’re doing. However, I can tell you where I was. So here goes… something

It’s mostly been homework. Though, part of it has been related to my personal life. I know, I usually don’t talk about that kind of stuff on here, but in this case I feel like it’s necesary. Not to gain sympathy, but to let you know why I haven’t been posting and why I still won’t be for a while… maybe.

On Feb. 14 of this year my mom was rushed to the hospital because she couldn’t breath. I’ll save you all the boring details and the ones I don’t want to get into, but we thought she’d be okay. Especially because she was suppose to be released (she’d spent about ten days in the hospital at that point.) A few hours later she was rushed back to the hospital. On March second 2016 my mom died. It was unexpected because the Doctors had told us that it would happen. It was also unexpected because we all thought she would get better.

My mom inspired so many of my posts including, but not limited to one called “mom! I don’t know if I’d ever want to see”. Despite all my criticisims she was a great mom and she did the best she could. I’m going to miss her a lot and I know she’s in a better place now.

I’ve left this blog in the very capable hands of a couple of other admins and I think them for taking this over. I can’t tell you why they haven’t been posting, but that’s why there has been a very large lack of posts from me. Thanks guys for running this thing. lol.

I can tell you that we have been working behind the scenes on some things that could turn out to be really cool. (well some of us have anyway) If we can ever get it off the ground. I’m so excited for it. 🙂 So rest assured that even though, we haven’t been posting much we’re definitely working on some cool stuff.

Thanks for reading!

Sign the Petition: Add Audio Description to Hulu Content

Hello, LivingBlindBlog readers!

Some of you might have heard through the grapevine that a petition has started on Change.org asking Hulu to add audio description to their content. Given the continuing success that Netflix has had in paving the way for accessible streaming content, adding Hulu to our viewing options would certainly broaden the playing-field.

Currently, according to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulation, local TV station affiliates of networks like CBS, NBC, Fox, and ABC in the top 60 TV markets must provide 50 hours per calendar quarter (about 4 hours a week) of audio-described content on primetime and/or children’s programming. 4 hours of accessible content per week seems hardly to scratch the surface, but as I’ve often said, when we address issues of accessibility, the impossible will take a little while.

The UK, not surprisingly, has the most developed AD program; while regulations stipulate that a maximum of 10% of programming include audio description, several networks, including Sky and Channel 4, have increased their offerings to 20%. Case-in-point: One of my favorite CBS shows currently is “Elementary,” a modern-day adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories set in New York. CBS does not offer AD for this title, but the show also airs in the UK, and it is fully-described. Given the ever-increasing catalogue of TV programming as well as options for viewing it, keeping pace with the content is certainly an accessibility challenge, but as we have seen, this is not impossible. Netflix continues to expand its selection of AD content, and given that Hulu is one of its fiercest contenders in the streaming market, providing this improvement would broaden the service’s viewership and take another stride forward in making our increasingly visual culture accessible. If you haven’t yet signed the petition, please consider doing so here.

Question

Do you watch audio-described content? What are some of your favorite shows? What shows would you like to see include audio description?

Bookshare switches to UEB braille

As of January 4th (Louis Braille’s birthday) the U. S. has adopted UEB (Unified English Braille). I don’t know UEB so this will be a new experience for me. However, I think that’s what education is all about. 🙂

All of Bookshare’s collection can now be read in UEB. This is of course according to the blog I’m about to link to. For more information please see this article

Thanks for reading!

More lbb tips and tricks.

Whether you’re new to this blog or not I want to point out some things that maybe you don’t know about or maybe you haven’t ever paid attentiontoo. Whatever the case these things can be useful to you, or at least I hope they will.

Let’s start with our pages. Note: if you know about any of these tips and tricks already you can skip the appropriate heading/headings. Other wise have a look.

1. “about the living blind blog” page

theabout the living blind blog page lists the schedule that we may or may not stick to for posting. As well as how we got started and who we are. You can find it at the top of our site. It should be the first link you come to besides home. As well as at the link above. So go have a look.

2. the contact us page

the contact us page list everyone’s contact information. Want to only get in touch with one person? Fine! Just find the contact information for the person you wish to contact and go from there. Want to contact everyone at once? Find the links to our twitter, facebook, and email. Then, click on them. Just remember that everyone on the team can see whatever you write so don’t write anything you wouldn’t want multiple people to see. Note: if you want to contact us about guest podcasting, or writing for or with us for example this is the way to do it. You can find this information at the link above, or if you’re traveling via links it should be the second link on the page.

3. Favorite blogs and websites

Our favorite blogs and websites page is a great way to obtain information. Want some ideas for shopping sites? We’ve got them. Want helpful articles for yourself, or someone else? How about helpful guides and tutorials? We’ve got them. Are you searching for blogs that have to do with disabilities like blindness, or autism? We’ve got some of these too. Simply put this page is a list of our favorite websites, or sites that we think could be useful in some way. You can navigate this page by heading which includes: shopping, education and help, blogs, and other. If you can’t find what you’re looking for get in touch and we’ll do our best to add it. If you would like us to inclue your site, but don’t see it after looking for this page get in touch and we’ll do our best to add it. this link is the third link down not counting home.

4. podcast

the podcast page appears to be broken. Our apologies. When it works it will list all of our podcast eppesodes. By the way if anyone knows how to fix this could you please get in touch? Thanks! It can be found at the link above, or it should be the last link on the page.

5. widgets: subscribe to us, archives, and categories

Our widgets are a great way to explore the site. The “subscribe to us” widget allows one to receive our blog post via email. Note: this includes everyone’s posts and it is not category specific. While our categories widget lets one go through all the articles in a particular category. Want to know what I was writing about a year ago, or even six years ago? Check out the archives widget.

6. Search our site.

Search our site allows for a user of this site to search for keywords. So if you’re looking for a particular post just type in what you remember in the edit box. Then, hit the okay button. Once the page loads you will be given a list of results to choose from.

7. Followistic

Want to only read posts from a particular author? Would you rather receive only posts from a particular category? Then followistic is for you. Just click on any post from the author or category that you want to receive posts from, scroll down to the comment section, enter your email address, check the box for the one you want, and you’re set Although, you might have to press a button or something. Other wise your settings probably won’t be saved. LOL

8. Things that may or may not be recent, and our twitter

Should you wish to view only the most recent posts go to the heading that says “Things that may or may not be recent” Fair warning though, they may not be very recent. Hence the title of the widget. LOL.
Should you want to view our twitter feed skip to the heading that says “our twitter”. There you can read a list of our most recent tweets.

Most of these things are easy to get to if one is willing to look. The only one that may be tricky to find is followistic. I mentioned the podcast page only because someone emailed me recently to tell me it was broken. If you have any more questions feel free to let me know. Other wise happy surfing!

  • Our twitter

    • Archived post: Some Websites That I Know Of That Work Well With Jaws https://t.co/G8iAVyx2Ml
      about 7 hours ago
    • Archived post: First day of classes. https://t.co/ezdqpWBzxL
      about 15 hours ago
    • Archived post: Tactile Drawing Board: a way to graph https://t.co/crvZlmUkgn
      about 23 hours ago
    • Archived post: A New Accessible Website https://t.co/32cS2zoxzI
      about 1 day ago
    • Archived post: Mom I don't know if I'd ever want to see. https://t.co/RptM51YDhQ
      about 2 days ago
    • Archived post: Introducing: havecanewilltravel https://t.co/LMRWCAv8vv
      about 2 days ago
    • Archived post: Complete WEBAIM survey 7 https://t.co/rnQrqNRTwY
      about 2 days ago
    • Archived post: Graduation And an announcement https://t.co/hKQnl0hBX6
      about 3 days ago
    • Archived post: What happens if you can't get braille books? https://t.co/7RGKh5cI9j
      about 3 days ago
    • Archived post: Missing members of the team. What happened? https://t.co/PRAUeN8n95
      about 3 days ago