- Top Story - September 2017
Screen Reader Usage: Part 4
Welcome to another article here on Vocal. This is part 4 of the screen reader series. In this article, I would like to talk today about using a Mac computer using access technology called Voice Over. Voice Over is a piece of technology similar to the Windows Counterpart Window-Eyes and Jaws I last talked about in my last article.
Screen Reader Usage: Part 3
Welcome to another article in the series dealing with screen reader usage for the blind and visually impaired. This time, I would like to cover how someone who can't see can use a screen reader to browse the internet. When I was growing up, the process was far easier; we dialed in with a text browser and everything just worked. Links were numbered and we would simply press the number corresponding with the particular link we wanted to browse. With Windows, that whole system changed. That was the beginning of what we call browse mode or MSAA mode, which is now widely used. I would like to discuss how this works.
Canes and Cane Travel For the Blind or Visually Impaired
The next step in the process of learning how to travel independently while blind is learning how to use canes and practicing cane technique. Depending on the city you live in, your physical limitations, how much and how far you travel and other individual needs, cane usage will vary slightly. Your cane instructor will show you specific tricks and techniques that work best for you and suit your travel needs.
Is Donald Trump A Good President?
Is Donald Trump really a good president? So, before I start, let me make it clear that I am not registered to vote, so I really have nothing to complain about. The issue is more a moral one than me wanting to bitch and complain about who our president is, because I believe they all lie. I know that's part of the game, and may the best liar win, but I think this goes deeper than that.
Screen Reader Usage: Part 2
Welcome to another article here on Vocal. I'm Jared Rimer. This is the second installment of a multipart series that delves into how blind and visually impaired people go about using the computer. In the first article, I talked about screen readers, mentioned some specific programs that came out around the time I started using a computer in the early 90s, and provided a basic understanding on how it all works. Part 2 will focus on using screen readers specifically on Windows.
Screen Reader Usage: Part 1
Welcome to another article here on Vocal. I'm Jared Rimer, I am here to talk today about how us blind people go about using a computer. This will be a multipart series. The first part will talk about screen readers, the different names of the ones that came out around the time I started using a computer, and provide a basic understanding on how it all works. Subsequent installments will discuss how we use Windows machines, and how we learn computer commands and other capabilities.
How Can We Defend Against Ransomware?
Hi folks, A couple of articles came across my desk on the 2nd of May. They reminded me how many dangers lurk on the Internet, and got me wondering how we can protect ourselves from what is becoming an increasingly looming threat. The articles I'm referring to talked specifically about a piece of ransomware called Cerber which is currently in its 6th version and still evolving.
Mobility Training: The First Step Toward Traveling Independently
Hello again folks, welcome back to the series on traveling when you're blind. In my last post I talked about how we, as blind people, need to do things differently, and provided an example on how this is done.
Bullying, Is This Just a Disability Problem?
Quite a while ago, I read a book titled Bullying and Students With Disabilities: Strategies and Techniques to Create a Safe Learning Environment For All by an author by the name of Barry McNamara. The book was geared toward children, but I found a lot of material of interest that dealt with bullying and disability. I read this book through a service for the disabled called BARD, which stands for the Braille Audio Reading Download service. People with disabilities who can't read the printed word can get books like this one free of charge either through this site, or from their cooperating library or in the mail with a specific 'cartridge' that can be inserted and played on a specialized audio player.