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Tips For Living With Low Vision for YC OLLI

Tips For Living With Low Vision

Yavapai College OLLI, Workshop R, February 22 2021

Introductions

  • Susan- computing, education, Accessibility slger123@gmail.com.
  • Donna – Rancher, investor, pastor DBenny39@gmail.com.
  • “Catch the Vision” — “Low Vision Techies At Your Service”.
  • Our helpers – Donna’s Havana (black lab) and Susan’s Corky (white retriever).

We prefer “Low Vision” term versus “macular degeneration”, “visually impaired”, “legally blind”, “visually disabled”, etc.

Caveat: Our tips are social, educational, not so medical and mostly not covered by Medicare.

Simple Every Day Gadgets

  • Mark things with tactile adhesive “dots” from hardware and office stores.
  • Keep files organized with Pen Friend “talking labels”.
  • Orient yourself through multi-colored, motion sensitive wall lights.
  • Apply your contrast sense (e.g. yellow?) for surfaces and things.

Communication and more

iPhone = Apple VoiceOver and gestures, plus magnification

  • Demo: Susan calls Donna.
  • Demo: Donna texts Susan.
  • Demo: “siri, tell me the weather!”.

Learning Resources

  • “Learn macular degeneration”audio explanation from Hadley Institute website
  • Follow weekly podcasts like “Eyes On Success” interviews on people and technology.
  • Join free Digital Talking Book program (call Public Library).
  • Attend local West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Catch the Vision, People Who Care meetings.

Go beyond magnification into voice

  • Moving window reading and typing commands and text (Windows ZoomText).
  • Total screen reading by keyboard (Windows NVDA).
  • Gestures, reading from screen (Apple).

Note: You adapt to “synthetic speech” and choose voices

Getting around safely

  • Visit a “low vision” specialist. doctor
  • Mark home hazards with contrast.
  • Use yurt feet to feel stairs, curbs, rugs, …
  • Extend arms in front to bend or open doors or use warning buzzer.
  • Get state rehab training for Orientation and Mobility, “white cane”.

Gradually build your life stile

  • Let others help you, but don’t become too dependant.
  • “low vision” is NOT “no vision” — see what you can and use all your senses.
  • Change “Every*body’s home town” — explain, teach, complain.
  • Enjoy well designed Yavapai College campus.

Links to above

Bon Voyage!!!

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Resources, Conferences, updates

some resources from the conference interview circuit, including two Apple apps with podcasts. More to come…

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Coming Course: Living With Low Vision


  • What:Confident Living with Low Vision Course
  • When:Spring 2019 March 7,14,21,28,April 4
    Thursdays 1:00 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Where:Prescott United Methodist Church Campus
    505 West Gurley Street
    Douglas Meeting Room across from the People Who Care office.
  • Registration: is a must! Call 928-445-2480.
    A family member or friend is welcome to participate in the course.
    Course is limited to 30 participants.
  • Topics

    • Understanding Medical Conditions of the Eye,
    • Research & Treatment, Vitamins Make a Difference
    • Orientation & Mobility, Guide Dogs
    • Getting Organized, Safety Steps,
    • Reading and Writing & Lighting Tips, ‘Your Home is Your Castle’
    • Community Resources
    • Dealing with Life’s Changes
    • Audio and other Useful Technologies



Members of Catch the Vision will tell our assistive technology stories and illustrate, for example: Basic Apple VoiceOver use; iPhone and iPad reading and recognition apps; Pen Friend note taker; computer screen readers; and entertainment products.


Highly Recommended!!!

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Recommended Vision-Related Apps and Podcasts

Vision Information Recommendations

slger123@gmail.com https://CatchTheVision.life

Recommended APPLE IOS Apps that solve vision problems


  • ‘Money Reader’ tells denominations of bills
  • ‘Voice Dream’ reads PDF text, BookShare, Gutenberg$10, additional voices for $3
  • ‘KNFB’ converts graphical PDF and Camera images to and reads text ($$$)
  • ‘Seeing AI’ Recognizes short text, color, objects, faces, currency, …) (Microsoft experiment, free)
  • ‘Airs LA’ directory of podcasts and news
  • ‘Access World’ articles from AFB Magazine
  • ‘VOStarter’ VoiceOver tutorial
  • ‘Clear Record’, Audio Memos, and other voice note takers
  • ‘Blindsquare’ GPS and surroundings guide ?$20
  • ‘Be My Eyes’ remote viewer, several others on service plan
  • ‘Digit Eyes’ label and barcode reader
  • ‘Blind Bargains’ online store
  • Pod catcher iCatcher$3
  • Native IOS notes, news, …

Note: Find these in the app store, requiring AppleId and credit card to buy

Recommended Podcasts on Vision-Related Topics

(Podcatcher iCatcher) also Stitcher Radio and native Podcasts app


  • ‘Eyes On Success’, weekly interviews, 400 past shows
  • ‘AppleVis’ News and VoiceOver App reviews, ratings, and forums — ESSENTIAL
  • ‘Blind Abilities’ human interest interviews and reviews
  • ‘Low Vision Technology’ demonstrations by a low vision doctor
  • ‘I See using various technologies from a blind person’s perspective’, product demos
  • ‘All Cool Blind Tech’, app demos and discussions
  • ‘Assistive Technology Update’ from Indiana Easter Seals plus ‘Accessibility Moment’ descriptions
  • ‘AccessibleWorld.org’ (not a podcast, mp3 on website), product reviews, book clubs
  • NFB and ACB Conference presentations and product reviews (streamed in July)

Note:

use ‘add podcasts’ then search by podcast name or using keywords ‘blind’, ‘low vision’, ‘visually impaired’, …


Please comment, suggest additions or deletions, and tell your experience.