Two Excellent Accessibility Resources

November 13th, 2016

In this Tech Doctor podcast, Allison and Robert spend the first half hour with Shelly Brisbin and the second half hour with Lisa Salinger.

Shelly has just published the 4th edition of her iOS Access for All book. The entire book has been updated to cover the numerous changes and additions that Apple made to accessibility in iOS 10. There are around 80 pages of new material.

The book explains how iOS provides access for people who are dealing with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor disabilities. This is a lot to cover in one book. Shelly’s years of writing experience, her technical expertise and a keen eye for clarity and detail has resulted in a book that handles this huge topic extremely well. Shelly has organized and written the book so that it can either be read straight through or used as a reference to find just the information that you need.

The Tech Doctors believe that this book is a must have if you seriously want to understand Apple’s offerings in iOS accessibility. You can go to the
Book’s Website
and read the table of contents and even try a sample chapter. The book can be purchased in EPUB or PDF format directly on the website or as an iBook in the iBook store.

In the second part of the podcast, the Tech Doctors welcome Lisa Salinger back to tell us about her new Apple Watch audio tutorial.

When Lisa was trying to decide whether or not to purchase an Apple Watch, she realized that there was very little information available for VoiceOver users who are interested in understanding what the latest watch OS has to offer.

In this comprehensive tutorial, Lisa brings her substantial organizational skills, high level of creativity and years of teaching experience together to create a tutorial that is ideal for anyone who currently owns an Apple Watch. The tutorial is equally suited for people who are trying to decide whether or not the Apple Watch is right for them.

Lisa worked with Chris and Kim from Mystic Access who used their expertise to create a DAISY formatted tutorial with very good audio quality. The tutorial is easy to navigate and one can quickly locate a forgotten command thanks to the detailed level of markup provided by the team at Mystic Access.

The Tech Doctors recommend this tutorial for anyone who wants to really understand what the Apple Watch with VoiceOver can do for you. Even if you should decide that the Apple Watch is not for you, the tutorial provides exactly the information that is needed to make an informed decision. The tutorial is available on the
Mystic Access
website. This tutorial is worth a lot more than the $39 price tag.

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The New MacBooks

October 30th, 2016

In this Tech Doctor podcast, Allison and Robert discuss the information that was announced at Apple’s October 2016 “Hello Again” event.

Robert and Allison were pleased that Apple began with an excellent video on Apple accessibility. Apple released a version of this video with audio description. The audio version is played at the end of the podcast.

In addition, Apple has enhanced its
accessibility web page.
Check it out.

Allison and Robert spend the rest of the podcast discussing the
new MacBook Pros

Robert and Allison can’t wait to get their hands on these new state-of-the-art computers. They are especially excited to try out the new Touch Bar which replaces the traditional function keys.

As always, Apple is pushing us forward with this new and innovative technology. Robert and Allison are pleased that you have chosen to come along as we explore these new MacBooks.

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New From Apple

October 8th, 2016

Every September, the Tech Doctors enjoy podcasting about the new Apple hardware and software. This year’s keynote took place on September 7, 2016 and we learned about the new iPhone 7, iOS Ten, tvOS 4, watchOS 3, Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 1, macOs Sierra and wireless AirPods.

Robert and Allison sit down with David Woodbridge and talk through it all.

The Tech Doctors sincerely appreciate David taking the time to share his expertise and experiences with us.

Check out David’s
Talking Tech
radio show and podcast as well as his
Personal Podcast
where he demonstrates hardware and software that he finds useful and exciting.

You can read about all of the new Apple stuff on the
Apple Website.

It was our pleasure to bring you this podcast. The Tech Doctors love talking about new Apple stuff.

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Apple September 2016 Event

September 13th, 2016

In this Tech Doctor episode, Allison and Robert share their feelings and thoughts about the Apple Event where Apple introduced new hardware including: Apple Watch series 2, two models of iPhone 7 and wireless AirPods. We hope you enjoy our analysis of this important keynote.

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Making Exercise Accessible

August 2nd, 2016

In this Tech Doctor podcast, Robert and Allison speak with Mel Scott founder of BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness.

Mel explains how she became frustrated with inaccessible exercise videos where the instructor did not provide a verbal explanation of how to perform the exercises. Mel decided to solve the problem by creating her own fully accessible exercise routines. Mel’s verbal instruction is clear and easy to follow. The exercise program is excellent and of course fully accessible.

The
BlindAlive Website
is uncluttered and easy to navigate. It is, however, filled with useful fitness information. There is a blog and podcast as well as a page for purchasing downloadable MP3 recordings of the exercises. Some of the recordings are also available on CD from Amazon. If you have questions or are uncomfortable ordering online, you can call 570-212-9979 and leave a voicemail message and someone from BlindAlive will return your call.

In addition to learning about exercise, Mel told the Tech Doctors about a remarkable backpack called the BackTpack. It is available from BlindAlive as well. There is lots of good information in this podcast.

Thanks Mel.

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Living the Life You Deserve

June 27th, 2016

In this Tech Doctor Podcast, Robert and Allison begin a two part series exploring the ever-increasing role that technology is playing in helping us with our physical and mental health. In this episode, the podcast focuses on anxiety.

Robert and Allison had the pleasure of speaking with Sandra Reich and Georgia Dow. Sandra is a psychotherapist and the
Clinical Director of The Montreal Center for Anxiety & Depression.
Georgia is also a therapist at the Montreal Center for Anxiety & Depression. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety.

Sandra and Georgia have created an online video series helping people to understand what anxiety is, how it works and how to reduce and eventually control it. Robert and Allison suspect that these videos would likely be particularly helpful to blind people who are struggling with anxiety. Georgia and Sandra present the information and treatment in an easy to understand style with lots of natural warmth and compassion. Don’t just take Allison and Robert’s word for it, listen to the podcast and here Sandra and Georgia for yourself. You can learn more about how to purchase and download the videos by visiting the
Anxiety-Videos website.

In addition to their clinical work, both Georgia and Sandra are prolific podcasters. Sandra does a radio show and podcast called
Straight Talk with Sandra Reich.
Georgia is a co-host on several Apple centered podcast on the
iMore network
and she is frequently a guest on other podcasts around the internet.

Allison and Robert appreciate Georgia and Sandra sharing this important information with all of us.

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WWDC 2016

June 15th, 2016

In this podcast, Allison takes us through the information that was presented at the 27th annual Apple World Wide Developer’s conference. Robert and Allison offer their perspective as VoiceOver users.

In this keynote presentation, Apple highlighted the major changes that are coming to its four platforms. These include watchOS, tvOs, macOS and iOS.

While we acknowledge that this is a long podcast, we want you to have detailed information about the foundation that Apple is laying for its products for the next year. The things that you hear about in this podcast will be available in the fall. There are exciting times ahead. Enjoy the podcast.

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Ability Stories: Telling Your Truth About Living with One or More Disabilities

May 30th, 2016

In this Tech Doctor Podcast, Robert and Allison speak with Tara Briggs. Tara is the creator and host of a new podcast called “Ability Stories.”

On her podcast, Tara interviews people who are fully and whole heartedly living their lives. It just so happens that they may have one or more physical disabilities.

Tara’s natural curiosity along with her warm and easy conversational style, offers her guests the safety and freedom to explore the truth about their lives. There is no sensationalism, just authentic human conversation.

The podcast is available in iTunes and in all of the podcast listening apps. Just search for Ability Stories or Click
Here
to go to the Ability Stories web page. Tara welcomes your
Email
comments as well.

Robert and Allison love the approach that Tara takes to exploring life with disabilities. We wish her all the best with this new podcast and encourage you to give Ability Stories a serious listen.

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Vorail: Its All in the Voice

May 9th, 2016

In this Tech Doctor podcast, Robert and Allison speak with a developer and a user of the new social media app called Vorail.

Rather than rely on text or photos, Vorail uses the human voice to communicate with other people. So far, this app has really resonated with people who are blind and visually impaired. Hopefully, lots of sighted people will start catching on to the benefits of Vorail as well. After only being publicly available for about two months, the app is already handling over 40,000 messages a day.

The developers have chosen the human voice over text or pictures because they believe that voices allow people to connect on a deeper human level where one is judged on what they say versus what they look like.

Because it is difficult to describe this community by talking about it, the last third of the podcast is made up of members of the Vorail community speaking for themselves about what Vorail means to them.

Robert and Allison believe that this community has a lot to offer. They appreciate the work that Tom and Mandi are doing and thank them for talking with us on the podcast. They also thank the members of the Vorail community who contributed to this episode as well.

Vorail
is available for free on the iOS app store. You just might want to give it a try.

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iPhone and iOS 9

May 2nd, 2016

In this Tech Doctor episode, Allison and Robert speak with Anna Dresner about her recently released book “Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 9.”

For several years, Anna has worked with National Braille Press to publish the only hardcopy braille step-by-step guide to using the iPhone for blind users. This latest update, covers all of the basics plus everything that is new in iOS 9. In addition to the book being great for beginners, the book will appeal to people who simply need to be reminded how a particular feature works. Geeks who want to know everything about the new features in iOS 9 will find this book helpful as well.

In addition to hardcopy braille, the book is available in DAISY, Word and Epub formats.

To locate the book, a reference card and other materials, go to
The National Braille Press
website and type “iPhone” in the search box.

Thanks Anna. The Tech Doctors appreciate all of the care and detail that you always put into this book. It is an excellent resource.

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