Archive for the “technology for people who are blind” Category

I swear I said Astros

November 5, 201714 CommentsPosted in baseball, blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, technology for people who are blind

When I fell a couple winters ago and broke some fingers in my left hand, I started toying around with a dictation feature on the iPhone. The microphone next to the space bar on the keyboard is far more accurate than Siri, and last month I showed an 80-year-old writer in one of the memoir-writing […]

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A funny thing happened at my sister Bev’s book club

September 20, 201710 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, memoir writing, technology for people who are blind, travel

It all started in Grand Haven, Michigan Tuesday evening. Poolside cocktails (Bev had rented their community clubhouse for the event), dinner inside afterwards, dessert, my short talk, a Q & A, a writing exercise, and then, big finish: I showed them how I manage to read excerpts of Writing Out Loud at book events without […]

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So did that app let you hear the eclipse, then?

August 23, 20176 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, Mike Knezovich, radio, technology for people who are blind

WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio) had me come to the studio yesterday morning to talk about using the Eclipse Soundscapes app to experience Monday’s solar eclipse. If you missed it, you can listen to the 12-minute interview online here. I was relieved when host Tony Sarabia opened the interview saying he’d tried the app himself and […]

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C’mon, can a person who can’t see really appreciate tomorrow’s eclipse?

August 20, 20178 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, careers/jobs for people who are blind, radio, technology for people who are blind

A show called The World aired a story on Public Radio International (PRI) last week about an app called eclipse soundscapes made especially for people who are blind or have visual impairments. I could see fine when I was a kid, and I watched the total eclipse of the sun on March 7, 1970 using […]

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For Mother’s Day this year? Blind mums

May 13, 201714 CommentsPosted in blindness, parenting a child with special needs, radio, technology for people who are blind

I subscribe to a podcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) called Ouch. It features BBC journalists with disabilities who bring their personal experiences to the table, and it can be downright charming to hear them talk about disability in their lovely British and Irish accents. It’s intriguing, too, to hear how British and Irish […]

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