The Software Corner:
Technology Corner-Disabilities: This article comes from disabilityie. In it they discuss alternate methods for the mouse and the keyboard-http://www.disability.ie/technology/technology/personal-tech/414-888581318
Technology Corner- New American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®-http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=1&SectionID=47&DocumentID=6259
Technology Corner-Smart Glasses to Help People With Poor Vision to Navigate, Recognize People and Things-The newest technology comes from Oxford University where their researchers are building a special set of electronic glasses that may help people many type of people with visual disabilities-http://medgadget.com/2011/07/smart-glasses-to-help-people-with-poor-vision-to-navigate-recognize-people-and-things.html?goback=%2Egde_97729_member_178385895
Technology Corner-Saving your information-Today most people save their information on a disc. Thus thinking that it is protected in this form. I know of so many people that put all of their pictures that they do not print out on a disc. Not to mention paperwork. Did you know that if a library caught on fire that so much paper would be preserved because paper lasts longer. Pictures and paper can always be copied. Experts tell us that one, they do not know how long a disc will last until the surface will begin to peel off , and two we know that technology will change and then we will not be able to use them(discs) with the latest computers. Therefore what I do is save my documents and pictures on an external hard drive. This I feel is the safest place to keep them.
Technology Corner-This month see what www.ablevision.org website is.
Ablevision is Triangle's national award-winning television and media program created and produced entirely by people with disabilities. 100,000 Youtube views, 55 broadcast affiliates in Massachusetts, California, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, and Washington DC. State-of-the-art digital studio. This is what people with ability is all about.
Note: Everyone be careful with your yahoo accounts. They have all been in danger of being hacked. Change your password right away if this happens and don’t use the same password for everything either.
Technology Corner-In today’s world you can find the technology to automatically send out messages, newsletters, invitations, and other forms of data. However the human touch, as in most of our world has left us. Sometimes I want to go back to the milk man putting the bi-weekly amount in the box out front. Sometimes! So as there has been a very long illness by the one that does the newsletter, let us think about how far technology has taken us.
Protecting Your Laptop-Your laptop is not designed in the same manner as your desktop. Therefore precautions need to be put in place and taken for it to perform and last.
First make sure that you use a cooling fan under your laptop. If you are traveling they do have ones that fold up that are easier to take with you. They are worth the slight inconvenience.
Second, please do don't bounce your computer around. This can only cause loose wiring. We are talking about plastic casings here.
The third thing that you can do is to purchase an external hard drive. If you use this to put most of your documents on, you will keep your computer clean and thus it will not become so bogged down.
One other bit of advice is to always shut it down. All the way down/ Don't let it sleep. Shut it down.
Screen Magnification is available on the newer computers right on the windows program. Many are not aware of this so we have the link here to show you how to set up the magnification on your own. Of course if you have any problems, please give us a call. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Make-items-on-the-screen-appear-bigger-Magnifier
It has a strange face page but don’t let that scare you off. Just hit download.
Is it true that you can have the text turned into a spoken word? Yes, you can!
There are a number of these types of programs. We have different types for different ages. Of course one can understand why there are different kinds for the different age groups and that is because of vocabulary.
I will touch on the Text-To-Speech program that is just that. You take text and turn it into speech. This has its advantages and its disadvantages. The big advantage is you can pick which text you want to speak. The disadvantage is that you must pick what you want to speak by the cut and paste method.
For those that have never used a computer before, the cut and paste method can be a bit tricky. This can take some time to become proficient to be able to use this well but there are a few tricks to get one going a little quicker. When you have it down then the hard part is over.
Most programs have you simply open the program and cut and paste the area that you want to have read into the area. Then you just hit the speak or read icon or button.
Many times I will split the screen and have this sitting off to the side so the person can see where this is reading from i.e., the paragraph.
Another wonderful feature with most of these programs is that they come with many different voices; including males, females, different origins, and languages.
With this software a person talks naturally to the computer, using the included microphone, and the words appear on the screen. It is fully integrated with WordPerfect and Word so the commands are displayed right in the menu bar. Using voice only, the user can speak commands to proofread, revise and edit text, listen to, and dictate e-mail. A person can switch between the applications by telling the computer which program to open. This software is displayed on the homepage.
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