BrailleBlaster Transcription Software

I don’t know about you but I remember having to wait and wait to receive my textbooks in braille assuming they weren’t already brailled. When I got to college I no longer received braille books unless someone transcribed (brailled) them for me or if I did it myself.
There’s a new Transcription software that says it can change the wait time and get you your books faster. It’s called BrailleBlaster. I have to be honest it looks pretty cool.

At first I was a little skeptical but considering all of the features it has it could possibly get the job done in record time. The features include: Translate braille accurately in UEB or EBAE, Format braille, Automate line numbered poetry and prose, Split books into volumes
, add transcriber notes
, describe images
, automate braille table of contents, glossaries, preliminary pages and special symbols pages
, automate a variety of table styles
, translate and edit single line math, and do much more with the software.

You can find out more about the software here: BrailleBlaster Transcription Software I look forward to knowing how well this works. Thanks for reading!

Complete WEBAIM survey 7

Every year (or every other year) Webaim puts out a survey for screen reader users to complete. This helps people in the field of web design create more accessible websites. That way we can all have a more accessible web. 🙂

Whether you’re a full-time screen reader user or you just use it for testing purposes you can take this survey. The survey says it could take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The survey has about 30 questions. It is open until November 1st. The results will be released in late 2017 and will be reported as aggregated summaries. To learn more about this survey or to take it as I am about to do; head on over to the following website: Complete the survey here and follow the directions on the page.
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Thips for Halloween

There’s nothing I love more around this time of year than Halloween. It’s my favorite! The pumpkins, the decorations, and the costumes

Speaking of costumes here is a list of tips from braille works so you (if you’re an older kid who is blind) can stay safe while trick or treating. I always used to love that part and reading this brought back so many memories from when I was growing up. halloween safety tips for kids who are blind
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Be My Eyes for Android is now abailable.

This wasn’t the blog I intended to write today, but when I saw this I just had to share. If you’re familiar with be my eyes on IOS you’ll be happy to know that they released their Android version. If you’re not well… stop reading this post. :p

“What is be my eyes?” Be my eyes is an app that you can download from either the app store (IOS) or Google Play (Android) that basically helps blind people like myself see.

How does it work? Well… let’s say that I’m having a problem with my computer screen and I can’t read it because none of my screen reader software is working. I can open the app and make a video call which will then be picked up by a sighted person. (I’ll go through the whole process including how to sign up in a later podcast) The sighted person can then tell me what the computer screen says. Pretty cool, huh? Oh and here’s the best part. Even if you’re sighted you can download this app and help out people like me.

Here is the link where you can download either the IOS or the Android version of the app. As far as I know it is free. Use it wisely and have fun! Find both download links here Thanks for reading!

Using alt text on twitter

I love twitter! I love it because you can get small doses of information in 140 characters or less. I love that you can have conversations with people about something either they or you tweeted. I love that you can quickly send off a private message to… well that all depends on what you have it sat for. I love that you can have different twitter chats which can also help you gain more information.

Having said that there are a lot of things I don’t love about twitter. One of them is that pictures aren’t described on twitter. I realize for sighted people this is not a big deal because you can click on the picture to see it and if you can’t you can just enlarge it or whatever. However, for blind people this is huge! It means that we can’t see the meem you posted so we miss out on the joke. It means that we can’t see the picture of the food, pet, weirdly priced item, or car parked the wrong way. Why? Because we can’t see the pictures so we miss out on the conversations with you.

Having said that let me say this. Twitter has made pictures accessible to us as blind people. How? read this to find out. Now, sighted people could you please use this for all your pictures so we know what’s going on? Please and thank you!

AS far as I know the description of the picture is different from where the actual tweet goes so it doesn’t count against your character limit. I can’t wait to see what kinds of descriptions you come up with.

I feel like this is a good time to do a shameless promotion session so here goes: follow me on twitter. follow the blog on twitter..

A small note: I have been told by a sighted person that the interface twitter uses for this does not prompt you to add a description and that people often forget to add it.o I’m going to encourage you to try to remember for your sake and our sanity. Lol. I hope twitter can fix this soon so that more sighted people will remember to use it. Having it sat up so you can use it only solves part of the problem, but being prompted to use it after it’s sat up might solve the rest. 🙂

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Compass directions

In searching for something to write about today I came across something that can help the parents, maybe the para-professionals, and maybe the teachers of a blind child or student. I posted this on Thursday because it talks about mobility and orientation, but it could have also went up on Wednesday. That is why it is in two categories on this blog. I hope you enjoy.

I can’t think of a better way to introduce a article than to tell about my own experience with learning compass directions. I mean I guess I could be like “here’s this article thing. Read it, or don’t.”, but where’s the fun in that? Okay… here goes the story!

When I first started learning my compass directions I learned them how the article described “In front of you is north” ETC. However, I learned them while standing on the street and also based on the sun’s position in the sky. As you can probably imagine this was great if one is standing outside, but not so great when looking at a map. To this day I still have to look at the little compass thing on the map before I can locate anything and if there isn’t one I am completely lost. I suppose the great thing is that I always know which direction I’m traveling based on where the sun is, or maybe not. I guess it depends on the time of day. 🙂

Well that is how *not* to teach your child compass directions, but what can you do. The article lists a few suggestions and you can check out the article here. One of the reasons I suggested that it might be good for teachers or Para-professionals is because instead of saying “object A is to the left” one could say “Object is to the west” and so on. This is assuming that the child in question has learnd his/her directions first though. 😀 I hope you enjoy this article.

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The Amazon Echo

Hi there! How are you? This isn’t mine, but I thought I’ would share it anyway.

Since none of us actually own an Amazon Echo I thought it would be wise to share a podcast from someone who does. He not only has one Echo, but three. Though, he says that he’s returning one of them soon… maybe. lol. His name is @richcav and we have his permission to use this.

Enjoy this podcast! Maybe in the next couple of weeks I can get the podcasts I’ve done uploaded. That way you’ll have new material. If you have any questions please contact him at the link above. You know, the one with his name on it? lol.

Thanks for letting us use this again, Rich! We really appreciate it. Thanks for reading everyone!

MCrem doesn't work.

On December 1st I posted this little gym for those who don’t know what this is here is a basic summary. It is a tool to remove Macafee without sighted help from your windows computer. This only works with the anti-virus software though which is totally inaccessible to us blind folks. (Now I sound like an old lady) lol.

However it doesn’t work. That’s right this little tool that I was so proud of doesn’t work. 🙁 Poor us!

How do I know. I ran it three times at least and still can’t access windows defender. Yesterday a notification came up on my windows 10 machine (wwhich is where I was trying to remove the inaccessible software from. That pesky software! lol.) that said that my trial was about to run out. My trial of Macalfea I mean, um… Macafee that is. *runs away screaming*

I want this off my system. Anyone got any solutions that actually work? Maybe I just need a working pair of eyes. ahhhhh! Can mine just start working now? Please!

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Mom I don't know if I'd ever want to see.

The other night I heard my mom talking to her best friend on the phone. She was saying “I wish Stephanie could have that kind of surgery done. So she could see.” She was talking about corrective surgery. More specifically she was talking about the surgery that her best friend’s daughter had several years ago in which she got a new set of corneas or something. Thus, rendering her able to drive and do all the normal things that sighted people take for granted. (I’m not bitter. I swear!

Here’s the thing I can’t have that sort of surgery. Because my retinas are detached. I know, I know they’re working on fixing it, but here’s the second thing. I’m not sure I’d want to be able to see

I know, you’re probably asking yourself why I wouldn’t want to be able to see. It’s the same thing that my eye doctor asked me when I said the exact same thing sitting in his office chair. So here goes my explanation.

The truth is that I can see some, but it’s not exactly useful. I can see for example, the color yellow assuming that it’s bright enough for me to tell what it is, but I get other colors like red and pink mixed up. Sometimes, depending on whether my eyes want to cooperate I can see the various windows on a computer screen, but I can’t see any of the print inside, or on them. Sometimes I can see pictures, but I can’t identify the objects inside the photos.

That might be all well in good sounding to you, but consider this. The same vision that be so helpful except for print can be a disaster when traveling. I have been known to mistake driveways for curbs, alyways for streets ETC. That’s when I wish I had no vision.

Here’s the third thing. I’m not sure how much I’d be able to see, or how effective it would be. I kind of like where I am right now and I’m not sure I want to change it. I mean maybe I’d be like Algernon in flowers for Algernon and it would work for a bit, then reverse itself and I’d lose all my sight. (Ten points if you get that reference)

Which brings me to todays question:
Would you rather be fully sighted, or stay as you are? What if the surgery doesn’t work?
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Braille burgers

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great whatever time of day it is for you whenever you read this. Anyway, I retweeted this on twitter, and I saw such a reaction that I thought I’d post it here as well.

A restaurant in South Africa called Wimpy came out with a new product recently. It is called the braille burger. They use sesame seeds to create the braille on the buns. The “braille” provides the visually impaired or blind user with a description of what they’re about to eat.

My opinion:

Can I just have a menu please? Also, could we have custom messages placed on those like for Valentines day or something? That might be pretty cool. Although, I don’t know who would buy their significant other a burger for Valentines day. lol.

To learn more about this burger, please visit this link: Read more about the braille burger. The truth is that I’m not entirely sure I would order one, but I might. Not for the braille, but just to see if it’s good or not. I’m a little undecided if it’s a good idea or not because I can see potential with this idea.

Your opinion

What is your opinion on this? Good or bad idea? Why? Would you try a braille burger? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts on this!

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