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iPhone with the KNFB Reader app

Five Image Recognition Apps You’ll Want to Try

August 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

I often get asked about text, object and image recognition apps for iPhones and iPads. Recently, fully sighted people have even asked because of the release of AiPoly 2.0 and all the press it received. So, I thought I would review some of the more popular apps in this area. Here we go! AiPoly Let’s […] Read More »

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Kathy with her three guides, past and present, Rowen, Weller and Solomon.

Retiring a Guide Dog: When is it Time to Throw in the Towel?

August 1, 2017 | 3 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

His nose twitches constantly. Lamp posts cannot be resisted. Another slimy chicken bone taken out of his mouth. This is my regular two-block walk from the office to the train station. I have a very sweet, sometimes naughty, Labrador Retriever guide dog named Weller. He is a gorgeous dog with long ears, a sharp nose […] Read More »

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Hands on keyboard with folded white cane on desk.

JAWS vs. NVDA: Hearing Another Voice

July 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

  I often talk to our clients about the need to learn a second screen reader and have even blogged on the subject.  I use both JAWS and NVDA on a regular basis.  I want to share my experience with a recent JAWS update and how NVDA came to the rescue.   The Crash Back […] Read More »

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Fritatta cooking in the pan

The Accessible Kitchen: Healthy Eating and Vision Loss Part Three

June 30, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  PART THREE: Healthy Eating Usually Means Cooking from Scratch Cooking from scratch usually means following recipes. How are you going to save and access them? Do you need computer skills? Recipes on tape? A large print cookbook? An iPad with zoom or voice over? There are many options to explore. In the end a […] Read More »

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spices with large print and braille labels

The Accessible Kitchen: Healthy Eating and Vision Loss Part Two

June 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

PART TWO:  Identifying Items in the Pantry and Reading Package Information Approach the organization of your fridge and pantry as you would any area of your home that you need to organize: Get rid of what you are not using or haven’t used in two years — old spices, that can of tuna, or the […] Read More »

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Client in Second Sense's cooking classes cuts up a green pepper

The Accessible Kitchen:  Healthy Eating and Vision Loss

June 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  PART ONE:  You Can Learn All the Skills You Need to Cook Healthy Meals Does this recipe sound familiar? Take one person with vision loss and add two family members who don’t put items back where they belong.  Season with a dash of fear of knives and sprinkle with flour and assorted crumbs all over […] Read More »

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Jose works with Jocelyn in the Open Computer Lab

3000 Hours Later: Why Jose Volunteers

May 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Cheryl Megurdichian

Jocelyn lost her job.  The funding ended and so did her employment. She knows there is a need for people with customer service experience. “I love working with people.  I want to get a job helping people.” Unfortunately, she discovered all the positions she is interested in also require computer skills.  Jocelyn spent the last few years […] Read More »

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David holds his new cane

That New Car Feel

May 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

by David Flament

It must be the culture I grew up in that makes me use car analogies for everything.  This post, of course, is not about a new car, but a new white cane. I thought it might be time to purchase a new cane because mine was showing signs of wear.  I am not sure how old […] Read More »

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Kathy smiling at Missy in her wedding gown

Parenting with Vision Loss: What’s it Like for the Kids?

April 15, 2017 | 9 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Lots of us with vision loss are raising families. We may worry about how our kids are internalizing the fact that their family is different from their friends.  We wonder if they are picking up on the stares and comments from others about the quality of our parenting skills.  How does having a parent […] Read More »

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A television with a movie streaming site open and Gone Girl the current selection

Cutting the Cord: The Changing Landscape of TV

April 1, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

  Perhaps you have already heard the phrase “Cutting the Cord.” This refers to the increasing number of us who are leaving our cable companies behind with all their equipment, high bills and poor service.   What is Streaming? Streaming means the movies and TV shows you want to watch are stored on someone else’s […] Read More »

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