TechEase-GTT Regina Summary Notes, iPhone and iPad Gestures, January 27, 2018

Tech-Ease/ Get Together with Technology

Regina Drop-In Meeting

Summary Notes

January 27, 2018

 

Sponsored by Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN),

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

And the

Regina Public Library

 

Assistive Technology Peer Support by and for people who are blind/low vision

 

In Attendance Jan 27, 2018: Camille, Amber, Ashley, Donna, Wes, Joanne, Jerome, Lori, Michelle, Barry

 

iPad/iPhone Gestures: (unless otherwise noted the gesture uses 1 finger)

  • To open apps manager, double Tap Home button  Swipe up with 3 fingers to clear all apps, to hear the apps swipe right or left, to open and app double tap after hearing its name
  • To open rotor  pinch and spin 2 fingers to the right
  • To configure the rotor, go to settings  General  Accessibility  rotor  then add the settings you want to it
  • Double tap and hold down and it can define words if that is set in rotor
  • To turn on screen curtain, 3 fingers triple tap, do the same to turn it off (this only works with voiceover on)
  • To turn speech off (like when listening to music or an audio book), 3 fingers tap
  • To pause speech, 2 fingers tap and to whatever the next gesture is un pauses it
  • To swipe to the next page (in any app or on apps screens), 3 fingers swipe to left or right
  • To go to homepage, click the home button
  • To delete, move or group apps, double tap and long hold and then you can do whichever
  • To answer or hang up a phone call, 2 fingers double tap
  • To copy/paste text, double tap and long hold
  • Turn off iPad, Hold down button opposite volume and double tap screen
  • To go home in iPhone X, use bottom of screen where home button was
  • To take a picture in voiceover, swipe right and then up to take the picture
  • With Braille input on  turn screen horizontal and then hold fingers as if on a Brailler and type

 

Other Notes about iPhone/iPad:

  • Grammarly is a great app to help with grammar in written documents on iDevices

The app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammarly-keyboard/id1158877342?mt=8

  • Grammarly Keyboard on the App Store

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  • You can ask Siri to spell a word for you if you are not sure

Voiceover  Settings  You can change the dictionary to pronounce words phonetically instead of mechanically, you can also add words phonetically

  • If you have a hand shake a stylus can really help with single swipes and single finger gestures
  • Seeing AI is a great free app  short text, long text, people, scenery, handwriting, currency, colour detector, light detector and products (on iPhone 6 and later)

Swipe up or down to move through channels (above choices)

Each channel has notes to let you know what the channel does that come on automatically the first time you use it

An overview of the app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwpAheJxTY0&t=582s

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The app: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/seeing-ai/id999062298?mt=8

Seeing AI on the App Store

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  • Advantage to using speech over sight for using iDevices  it affords the VI user privacy as most sighted people can’t understand the speed we can listen at, if you are not yet at a high speed/low volume with voiceover gradually adjust your settings over time (weeks) until you can

 

  • Learning to touch type is a real advantage as well, as Siri and voice to text can often get words wrong
  • Make sure to proof read anything you are sending, letter by letter, to ensure grammar and spelling are what you want them to be, especially for important texts or e-mails
  • If you connect a Bluetooth keyboard to an iDevice you can use Mac keyboard shortcuts on it and they will work on the iDevice

There are a variety of options out there for cord lengths and sizes (thickness) as well as external battery packs to enhance your device, check around and find the ones that work best for you

 

  • At the end of our meeting we connected with Saskatoon, the group there included: Doug, Melanie, Tina, Ray and Gary.

 

Next Meeting:

February 24, 2018 – Getting Around. (Listed below are some apps if you want to put them on your device to follow along)

 

  • Trekker, BlindSquare & beacons, Apple maps – Ashley

BlindSquare: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/blindsquare/id500557255?mt=8

BlindSquare on the App Store – itunes.apple.com

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Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about BlindSquare. Download BlindSquare and enjoy it on your Apple TV.

 

  • Apples maps comes with iDevices
  • Google Maps – Amber

Google Maps: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-maps-gps-navigation/id585027354?mt=8

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  • Moovit app – Michelle

Moovit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/public-transit-app-moovit/id498477945?mt=8

Moovit: Public Transit App on the App Store

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  • Regina Transit Live – Amber & Michelle

Website, not an app: https://transitlive.com/?display=d

  • TransitLive

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  • Always know where your bus is. … Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributors | Regina Transit

 

  • Older Trekker – Jerome

 

  • ParaTransit & rules around it – Amber

 

  • Cab Companies – all, who do you use and why? – all

 

  • City of Regina & Audibles, how do you deal with issues? – all

 

  • Uber & Lyft coming to Regina soon – Ashley & Amber

 

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TechEase-GTT Regina Summary Notes, Screen Readers and Magnifiers, October 28, 2017

Tech-Ease/ Get Together with Technology

Regina Drop-In Meeting

Summary Notes

October 28, 2017

 

Sponsored by Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN),

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

And the

Regina Public Library

 

Assistive Technology Peer Support by and for people who are blind/low vision

 

In Attendance Oct 28, 2017: Amber, Michelle, Wes, Lori, Kari, Barry, Jerome, Blaine, Anna, Donna, Jessica

 

SaskTel Accessibility Forms – To get accessibility credit go to this website:

https://www.sasktel.com/special-needs/vision-solutions

and download the form under Wireless Accessibility Credit section (pdf and word available). Take it to a SaskTel store or e-mail it to the contact on the form.

 

Other notes before starting:

We had a logistics conversation as many were finding past meetings frustrating, we need to take turns and respect when others are speaking, the facilitators will enforce this. All were in agreement

 

GTT National is going to post our minutes to the National board. If you’d like the minutes of our meetings they will be e-mailed to you and posted on our Facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/gtt-regina/

www.GTTProgram.WordPress.com

 

Screen Readers:

The different types of Screen readers are: JAWS, NVDA, System Access, Windows Eyes, Window Narrator (comes with every copy of Windows) & Voiceover for Macintosh (comes with every copy of Apple iOS)

 

Mac Voiceover uses trackpad and/or keystrokes – ctrl+F5 turns it on

If you are using an iPad/iPhone you can connect an Apple branded Bluetooth keyboard and still use the keystrokes, they will not work with a Windows branded keyboard due to the lack of an apple key

 

Windows Eyes is no longer supported, so you can use it but there is no tech support for it

 

Here are two comparisons of NVDA & JAWS (the first from CNIB we listened to at our meting):

http://www.cnib.ca/en/living/how-to-videos/tools-and-tech/Pages/A-comparison-of-screen-readers.aspx

https://www.second-sense.org/2017/07/jaws-vs-nvda/

 

Screen Magnifiers:

The different types of screen magnifiers are: ZoomText, Windows Magnifier (comes with every copy of Windows) & Zoom for Macintosh (comes with every copy of Apple iOS)

 

ZoomText has 3 products under it’s umbrella: ZoomText Magnifier (just the magnifiers), ZoomText Magnifier + Narrator (magnifies and reads out loud) and ZoomText Fusion (which incorporates magnifier and JAWS branded narrator, to help people transition easier from ZoomText to JAWS)

 

Video on Fusion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt9LPUZNNa8

 

Voice to Text:

The different types of voice to text are Dragon Naturally Speaking and Dolphin Hands Free neither work well with JAWS or ZoomText but Dragon can be made to work with JAWS by also installing JSay interface

 

Next Meeting:

Please note there was a meeting scheduled for Nov but as no facilitator was available it was cancelled, we had previously cancelled the December meeting

 

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TechEase-GTT Regina Summary Notes, Regina Public Library Outreach, September 30, 2017

Tech-Ease/ Get Together with Technology

Regina Drop-In Meeting

Summary Notes

September 30, 2017

 

Sponsored by Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN),

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

And the

Regina Public Library

 

Assistive Technology Peer Support by and for people who are blind/low vision

 

In Attendance Sept 30, 2017: Amber, Doug, Joanne, Darlene, Donna, Wes, Barry, Jerome

 

Further Notes from Last Month (Sept 2017) on Watching TV with DVS:

 

Blindy.TV has 5 channels of old shows audio only –> some of the channels are Brain, Comedy & Drama

Sero app has podcasts and blind resources on it

On SaskTel channels 3,4,5 & 7 are DVS

There is also AMI TV & Audio on both Access & SaskTel that are all DVS

 

Today we learned about Outreach Services and Regina Public Library in General:

Outreach is open Monday-Friday 9:30-5, there are 5 staff to help in various capacities.

They help people with print disabilities and people who have been homebound for 3 months or more.

They have audio books in .mp3 and Daisy Spoken word CDs.

There is extended borrowing period for Outreach patrons.

The ladies will be happy to help you find the books you are looking for, they will read the backs of books or suggest books by your favourite author or in your favourite genre.

There is a computer workstation in Outreach for public use, it is equipped with a large monitor, JAWS, ZoomText, a large print keyboard, a scanner and an acrobat reader CCTV.

There are also CCTVs available for public use at Bothwell (upstairs), Sunrise & Regent branches.

They have a small supply of Victor Stratus and Stream machines to lend out for a 3-month loan with the option of one renewal.

There is an audio book club that meets the last Wednesday of the month.

They help with GTT-Tech Ease as a co-host by supplying us a host and a space to meet. (thank-you)

There is Unique Like Us Blind Social Group that meets the second Tuesday at 7pm in the library.

 

CELA:

Canadian Equitable Library Association.

Through CNIB and libraries that pay a subscription to them (SK does).

You can access through outreach with your library card and a referral from CNIB.

They have Daisy (works on .mp3 players), e-text w/ adaptive technology, Braille books and magazines as well as picture books with Braille overlay and DVS movies

These work with compatible devices as well as through apps like Dolphin, Voice Dream, Read 2 Go, Voice 2 Go & Direct to Player.

With a CELA membership you can get access to the American alternative known as Book Share.

 

NNELS:

National Network for Equitable Library Service.

Funded through provincial government at all SK libraries.

It is managed through the BC Libraries Co-Op.

Daisy & e-text formats.

Talk to Outreach to sign up, just need a Regina library card.

There is a wish list through NNELS to get titles made into accessible format.

 

Notes from Michelle about reading apps (thanks Michelle):

The Dolphin EasyReader app has recently been updated. The new version 1.3 of the app fixed many of the issues you might have experienced with the previous version. One of the improvements is that CELA patrons no longer need to add a “CELA_” prefix for logging in. You now only need to use your account number and password.

 

If you haven’t tried the new EasyReader app yet, head over to the Apple store and download it, free of charge. Need help setting it up? Check out our EasyReader quick user’s guide.

 

Next Meeting:

Oct 28, 2017 – Screen Readers & Screen Magnifiers

 

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TechEase-GTT Regina Summary Notes, Accessible Devices We Can’t Live Without, January 28, 2017

Tech-Ease/ Get Together with Technology

Regina Drop-In Meeting

Summary Notes

January 28, 2017

 

Sponsored by Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN),

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

And the

Regina Public Library

 

Assistive Technology Peer Support by and for people who are blind/low vision

 

In Attendance Jan 28, 2017: Amber, Michelle, Doug, Linda, Wes, Donna, Camille, Nash, Anna, Jerome, Barry, Blaine, Joanne & Darlene

 

Today we all discussed our favourite products to make life easier:

 

Magnifier Built into iOS (Amber’s choice) – Turn on by going setting –> general –> accessibility –> magnifier –> turn it on by making toggle green

Then triple tap the home button to activate, use the camera on the iDevice to center a document, press the white button in the bottom middle to take a picture, you can then zoom in quite a bit, you can also adjust the contrast, brightness and colours by choosing the 3 dots button. Works almost as well as a portable CCTV and is build into iDevices for free. (You need iOS 10 and up installed)

 

Trekker Breeze (Michelle’s choice) – GPS device, you connect receiver & PDA to each other, walk around, it announces intersections, you can tag locations with names, even those in open space (like bus stops or garbage cans), some transit systems have uploads so all bus stops are noted. (Regina did a few years ago, haven’t updated).

 

Maestro Stream (Michelle’s choice) – Maestro version has PDA, notes, music player built in, had an external speaker and Bluetooth as external components. The voice reads pictures

 

Braille Display (Michelle’s choice) – hooks up to iPad and display text as Braille, can also input Braille as text to device

 

Pen Friend (Linda’s choice) – A device that comes with special stickers, you touch the “pen” to the sticker and it reads out whatever you pre-recorded on it. Good for organizing, especially things like cans, frozen goods, CDs, documents, clothes, etc.

Some tips, you can reuse the stickers (you can record on them many times) some ways to reuse the stickers are by putting them on round magnets and magnetizing to cans, putting them on index cards and securing them to a frozen food with an elastic, ironing the clothing ones onto small swatches of cotton and pinning them inside clothes with safety pins

 

Victor Stream, Pocket Linio Book Readers (Linda & Jerome’s choice) – can act as a voice recorder/note taker, plays .MP3 or Daisy files, newer ones can do direct to player from CELA website,

 

Milestone 312 (Jerome or Barry’s choice) – is a notetaker, book reader, plays mp3s, FM tuner (headphones are antenna), alarm, agenda

 

GoPro (Nash’s choice) – wireless video camera, straps to you in different positions to make extreme sports videos or first-person videos or as a typical video recorder, you can connect it wirelessly to your phone so you can see what it can see

 

Tap Memo (Jerome’s choice) – Voice Recorder, time, phone book, calendar, memo, alarm, date (talk to it and it reads things out loud)

 

Jerome shared an interesting podcast from Mystic Access that compared Amazon & Alexa speakers

 

There is an Open House for White Cane Week at the library Feb 28, 2017 at Outreach, CCB will have a display.

 

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