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Blind Abilities: The most comprehensive resource for Assistive Technology, Accessible Devices, Blind and Low Vision Technology, iPhone demonstrations, success Stories, Job Insights, College and Career Pathways and all with a Blindness Perspective.

Blind Abilities: The most comprehensive resource for Assistive Technology, Accessible Devices, Blind and Low Vision Technology, iPhone demonstrations, success Stories, Job Insights, College and Career Pathways and all with a Blindness Perspective.


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Blind Abilities: The most comprehensive resource for Assistive Technology, Accessible Devices, Blind and Low Vision Technology, iPhone demonstrations, success Stories, Job Insights, College and Career Pathways and all with a Blindness Perspective.






Braille Doodle: Creating touchable drawings. and the Perfect Solution for Teaching and Learning Braille While Remote Learning

BlindAbilities presents the team from touch pad pro assistive technology, who is in the process of developing three new and totally innovative products for the blind and visually impaired. Jeff Thompson chats with Kristin Smedley, Chief Communications Officer, Brian Edwards, chief operating Officer, and founder and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Lubiner With long term plans to develop the highly technical touch pad pro, the team is first focusing on the loess technical, but equally as...


Strap - Change the way you explore the world! A New Device Being Developed by Strap Technologies, and Claiming Strap Could Possibly Replace the White Cane.

Roel and Ben Eynon from Strap Technologies sat down with Simon in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about a device that could possibly replace the white cane. This is a huge claim being that for nearly 100 years the cane has remained for the most part, the same low tech device used for navigation by the Blind and Visually Impaired. Diego and Ben talk about how they came about working together for this initiative and what inspired them to commit their efforts in developing Strap for the...


Sing for Serenity Choir is an International On-Line Choir for the Blind. Come Listen and Join Us virtually!

Full Transcript In the era of Covid-19 we have seen a sharp rise in the production of virtual music, ranging from individual performers, to bands, to choral groups. Prior to the pandemic, however, this form of music was not only unusual, but rare. Our guests today on blind abilities represent one of those rare music groups that originated before the Corona virus burst onto the world scene. the Serenity Virtual choir is that group, and Kaleigh Brendle is the group’s founder. Initially she...


Tech Abilities: The Show Must Go On, Headset Mania, Activity Goals on the Apple Watch and Everything You Wanted to Know About Aira but Were Afraid to Ask! Welcome Jenine Stanley

Serina, Angie and Jeff were joined by Jesse Anderson to host this episode of Tech Abilities. Jesse is an Assistive Technology Specialist and will be coming on to Tech Abilities more and more in the near future. Jesse is also the creator of the Legally Sighted YouTube Channel were he demonstrates gaming for the VI Community. From Headsets, to Guide Dogs during the Pandemic, to Apple Watch and Fitness Plus and a quick little Apple Watch demo from Kristy Viers on Changing your Activity goals...


Meet 14 Year Old Ryan Lukowicz – - Future Meteorologist and Creator of the Behind the Weather Forecast Podcast

Jeff’s guest today is Ryan Lukowicz. Ryan has a fascinating interest in a unique topic: Meteorology. as a matter of fact, he has studied Meteorology for over four years now and has developed an expertise in the topic that is respected across the industry. so, you may ask: where did he attend college? how did he attain such an advanced knowledge of this subject that is rooted in complex math and science? well, the answers to these questions may surprise you, because this individual did not...


Build Confidence, Explore Career Possibilities, and Expand Horizons of Opportunity – Meet Pre-Employment Transition Services Counselor Travis Mashuga

Travis Mashuga is a Pre-Employment Transition Services Counselor at State Services for the Blind (SSB) in Minnesota. Travis switched gears in college and decided to work in the Rehabilitation field and is now part of the Transition team at SSB. Travis explains what Transition Services offers and tells us how to get connected with the Transition Services. Whether you are a transition age student or a parent of a student who is visually impaired or blind, Travis walks us through the process...


Assistive Technology Specialist Jesse Anderson and State Services for the Blind Go Virtual in Providing Transition Services to Students

Full Transcript Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) like every other state rehab agency, is certainly not exempt from the impact of COVID-19. Like much of the Nation’s business and governmental sector, the staff began working from home back in mid-March. Jesse Anderson, Assistive Technology Specialist, Joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about how his department has adjusted to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 and how they are keeping the virtual...


Tech Abilities: SeeingAI Swiss Army Knife Adds LiDAR, Facebook About Faces Apple, Apple Car Waiting Continues, Multiple Users on Your iPhone? Is Fitness Plus Actually Fitness Less?

Saddled in between Christmas and the New Year, the crew arrives with a healthy dose of information regarding Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and maybe a bit about Google. We hope all of you are safe and warm. And while Angie is basking in the Florida sunshine, the rest of the crew are weathering the blistery wrath of Winter. But the show must go on! Why are headsets, headphones and ear buds becoming so important? What about that Bluetooth relationship with Windows? And how do you feel about...


See3D: 3D Printing for the Blind and Visually Impaired. An Insightful Perception Through Touch. Let’s Get Involved!

Full Transcript Are you familiar with 3D printing: how it works, what tools and materials are used to create 3D models, and what is done with them when they are completed? If not, or if you just want to learn a bit more about the subject and how it might affect you directly as a blind person, then sit right down and listen. We have the answers to all of those questions. We will also fill you in on how 3D models might find their way onto your doorstep, or even your own 3D printer, if you...


Explore with LiDAR on the New World Channel in the latest SeeingAI Update – Demo Included

Seeing AI just dropped a fantastic update which includes a new World Channel that utilizes LiDAR and Spatial Sound for navigation and object detection. If you have an iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max, update to the latest SeeingAI and start exploring. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can...


Author Cheryl McNeil Fisher talks Publishing and Authoring Books, Getting a Guide Dog and Experiencing Google’s Project Guideline, a Partnership Project with Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Full Transcript Cheryl McNeil Fisher writes books, has used a guide dog from Guiding Eyes for the Blind for over 3 decades, experienced Google’s Project Guideline wearing boots with heels, yes, with heels, and has found community events and programs on-line during the Pandemic. Cheryl shares advice about writing books and the publishing process. Talks about how she made the decision to get a guide dog and her experiences over the years. She also has found the ACB Group Calls that have...


Coming Soon! Super Lidar – The First Lidar App for iPhone 12 Pro Series. LiDAR – Light Distance and Ranging from the Makers of Supersense AI for the Blind

Shane Lowe returns to the Blind Abilities Studio to bring us some more breaking news as he announces a new iOS app called Super Lidar. This app will use the latest features found in the iPhone 12 Pro series utilizing the Lidar sensor and technology. Lidar is a technology that uses light to find distance and range and can be incorporated into apps for mapping and finding distances from objects, walls and people. Developers are surely starting to take Lidar into their labs and find ways for...


Supersence – AI for Blind: A Smart Scanner App that Automatically Detects Text, Currency, Barcodes and Much More! Meet Shane Lowe – Community Manager at Supersence

Shane Lowe, Community Manager at Supersense, joins Jeff Thompson and Angie Fisher in the Blind Abilities Studio. Shane gives a good description and describes the many features pact inside the Supersense App. From Automatic Smart Scanning, Object Detection, Bar Code Reading and the availability to extract and share text, use links and so much more. Join Jeff and Angie as Shane talks about how Supersense came about and how he got involved, bringing his own Blind experiences to the Supersense...


Halos Tactile Icons - Meet Anne DeWitt: Tactile Icon Stickers for Your Microwave, Washer, Dryer, Oven, Dishwasher and More!

Jeff Thompson is joined in the BlindAbilities Studio by Anne DeWitt Who shares her unique and helpful products that fall under the brand name Halos. Halos stands for Home Appliance Labeling and Overlay System. . Halos is a series of tactile icons which can be affixed to a variety of home appliances, including your microwave, your oven, and your washing machine. Ann describes how these tactile icons are rendered in specific shapes that will clearly identify the specific button on the...


The American Council of the Blind (ACB): A Look at this Important Organization at the National Level, Audio Description, ACB Radio and the Upcoming Minnesota ACB Convention

Jeff Thompson is joined in the BlindAbilities studio by Janet Dickelman, Representing the Minnesota chapter of the American Council of the Blind (ACB).. as many of our listeners already know, the American Council of the blind is a widespread and very important organization representing blind people. Janet shares it’s mission, a description and explanation of its affiliates and special programs, as well as providing an update on the Minnesota chapters plans for their state convention in...


Tech Abilities: Girls Talk Tech and There’s Just 1 JT. Fitness Plus About to Drop, Air Pod Max Go Ching-Ching, Blind, a Noun, Adjective or just a 5-Letter Word? What about Flying Dogs?

Serina, Raqi, Jeff and Angie gather around to talk tech and have a conversation about Blindness, Service flying service animals and giving Guide Dogs Angel wings. Yup, you heard it here first. From the latest gems from Apple to the Mantis from APH, the crew digs in about news, releases and experience not just tech experience, life experience as well. How do you use the word Blind? Do you use Person-First? The topic heats up and guard went down as the team brings it on with the use of the...


Envision AI – Winter Sale 35% OFF, 14-Day Free Trial and a Chance to Win Envision Glasses! Karthik Kannan from Envision Talks OCR, Column Detection, Translating and the Now Available Envision Glasses

Karthik Kannan returned to the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about the Winter Sale on the Envision AI App available in the App Store and the Google Play Store. Now, with a new 14 day trial from Envision, anyone can give the Envision AI app a good go-around. Try out the Instant Text, Document and PDF reading features. Check out the color detection, translate and read from over 50 languages right on your smart phone. With the new features added this year, like column detection and the...


Apple Accessibility - Built‑in Features that Work the Way You Do. Make Them Yours, and Make Something Wonderful.. A Conversation with Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives

Full Transcript Sarah Herrlinger joins Raqi Gomez and Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about accessibility and the major refresh of the web site. With the roll out of all the new Apple products, the Accessibility Team has been working hard to ensure that all the hardware is accessible and even enhancing the access along the way. Lidar, Light Detection and Ranging, is new to the iPhone 12 Pro line and People Detection is a good example of how...


Meet Pardy Gill: A Journey of Denial and Acceptance of Blindness and His Battle with COVID-19

Full Transcript Pardy Gill joins Simon Bonenfant in the Blind Abilities Studio to share with us Pardy’s journey from denying and not accepting his blindness until a few incidences made him quite aware that he needed to address his low vision and face the fact that he was going to have to change his perspective on being Blind. A lot of us who are losing vision over time try to hang on as long as we can and Pardy was no different. Until some near-death experiences, Pardy was content on...


Tech Abilities: Talk Less, Smile More - Find My What? Keys to the Kingdom? 5G or Not to 5G? Mac Now or mac Later?

Raqi, Angie and Jeff gather before the start of the Holiday Season to talk tech and Jeff gets schooled a bit on how to listen to women, or at least these 2 techies from out West. From the Find My demo, to Apple’s 15% break for the little developers, to 5G settings on the iPhone 12 series, we go, go, go in this Tech Abilities show. We wish all of you a safe Holiday Season and from all of us here at the Blind Abilities Studio, through these challenging times, to you, your families and...