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Job Insights: College Is Over, Now What? Leaving the Disability Services Office Behind.

1/15/2019
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Show Summary: Welcome to Job Insights with Serina Gilbert and Jeff Thompson. We focus on Employment, Careers, enhancing opportunities and bringing you the latest innovations from across the Vocational Rehabilitation field to ensure your choices lead you down the career pathway that you want and succeed in gainful employment. From getting started with services, to assessments, Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) to gaining the skills to succeed and tools for success, Job Insights will be...

Duration:00:25:23

The New MacAir: Demo, Description, Overview, Hey Siri, Track Pad Gestures, iCloud, Desktop and Documents Sharing. No Unboxing, Promise!

1/8/2019
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Show Summary: Brian Fischler, from That Blind Tech Show, gives a great description and overview of the new 2018 MacAir from Apple. From ports to keyboard and Track Pad gestures, Brian runs through the paces as well as his way of setting up the MacAir with iCloud and sharing across his other Apple devices. Here are some common commands that Brian used throughout the demo: First, the VO reference is the Command and Option keys pressed down. This is always associated with another key or keys...

Duration:00:15:21

My Thoughts on Braille: - and The Braille Support Group on Facebook by Jo Fishwick

1/4/2019
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Show Summary: I wanted to bring up this audio from a couple years back that Jo Fishwick submitted to a conversation the Blind Abilities Channel on Audio Boom was having. Now, we have moved on to BlindAbilities.com yet, I went back to the channel in hopes to find Jo’s conversation on the topic of Braille. Jo talks about how she got started with Braille at age 12, and how she encourages others to learn Braille. Use it and make it part of their routine. From labels, to newsletters, Jo keeps...

Duration:00:04:03

iPhone101: Text Replacement – the Keyboard Shortcut That Lets Two Letters Launch a Thousand Words

1/3/2019
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Show Summary: iPhone 101 demonstrations and reviews brings you another demo and this one is all about the Keyboard shortcut, Text Replacement. With just a couple of letters for a shortcut, you can populate the dialog box or page with commonly used phrases, names, hashtags, email addresses and anything you desire. Head on into the shortcut keyboard settings and check out Text Replacement. In this demo Jeff Thompson will “add” a phrase and a shortcut that he can use at any time, saving him a...

Duration:00:03:15

Meet Mike Kelly: Persistent in His Drive to Fight Any and All Challenges, and Ultimately Persevere

1/2/2019
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Show Summary: Blind Abilities presents this special chat with Mike Kelly. Mike is a consonant musician, having learned to play the bass at an early age, Join Pete Lane as he tracks Mike’s musical evolution through the music industry from the 1970s, and into the present. Listen as Mike details the myriad pitfalls he encountered during his lifetime, from his ups and downs in the music business, the loss of his wife and by far his biggest challenge: a diagnosis of terminal cancer. But Mike’s...

Duration:00:34:34

That Blind Tech Show: What Tech is Living on a Prayer? Mac SmackDown with PC’s, Aira Boxing, Narrator Climbing the Ranks, Microsoft the New Apple? And Who’s Singing Apple Music Now?

12/28/2018
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Ed and Brian are back together and Jeff just keeps hanging out counting the days. That’s days until New years 2019! The boys hit the studio hard with nothing but true stories and nothing but the facts. Ed and Jeff keep Brian in-line somewhat and maybe Brian is turning over a new leaf? Well, you can decide when you listen to episode #25 of That Blind Tech Show. We cover Facebook Privacy, if there is any. Jaws, ChromeBooks, PC’s, Macs and some demos on Verticle Navigation and Voice...

Duration:01:17:08

iPhone101: Air Drop – Sharing Across Your Apple Orchard and Keeping the Unwanted Out

12/24/2018
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Show Summary: iPhone 101 demonstrations and reviews brings you another demo and this one is all about Air Drop. What is Air Drop? It is a feature in the Apple devices and Macs that allows you and others to share across a Bluetooth connection simply and easily by just a couple of taps. You can set yours up to limit just who can Air Drop to your device or Mac. Let’s imagine you are hanging out and around a table and you want a friend to visit a really cool site on the web. You can share the...

Duration:00:08:18

iPhone101: 3D Touch – A Light Sensitivity to a Firm Touch

12/22/2018
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Show Summary: iPhone 101 demonstrations and reviews brings you another demo and this one is all about 3D Touch. So, what is 3D Touch? It is a feature in the Apple iOS on most of the latest iPhones that allows developers to set up a form of interaction with the App icon and within the apps themselves. 3D Touch can and does work like a single-finger-double-tap in some instances. However, in this demonstration, Jeff Thompson will show you how he uses 3D Touch, sets up the sensitivity level for...

Duration:00:05:37

PACER Center: Letting Them Grow – Transitioning from Youth to Adulthood: A Conversation with Parents Barb Ziemke and Kate Reinicke (Transcript Provided)

12/21/2018
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Show Summary: (Full Transcript Below) In partnership with State Services for the Blind of Minnesota we are proud to present, PACER Center - Champions for Children with Disabilities. Barb and Kate sit down with Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities in the sixth of a series of podcasts in partnership with PACER Center and State Services for the Blind. You can find the entire PACER Center series here. Barb talks about her role as Co-Director of the National Parent Center on Transition and...

Duration:00:41:03

iPhone101: Air Pods and the Live Listen Feature Allows You to Listen Up!

12/19/2018
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Show Summary: iPhone 101 demonstrations and reviews brings you another demo involving Air Pods from Apple. Air Pods are ear phones that have no wire to worry about. They connect via Bluetooth thus allowing you to enjoy listening in stereo or by using just one Air Pod in either ear, you can keep one ear open for the environment you are in. Thus, doubling the life of the battery charge and allowing you to listen and hear around you as well. Air Pods are kept in a charging case to ensure your...

Duration:00:06:55

Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey Is Here! A Conversation with Lonny Evans (Transcript Provided)

12/16/2018
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Show Summary: (Full Transcript Below) A new Hockey program has just started right here in the Hockey State. The program is the Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey Program. Open to individuals who happen to be Blind or Visually Impaired. Lonny Evans joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio to talk about the Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey program, how it came about and describe the adaptive sport to our listeners. Lonny talks about the spirit and the volunteers participating, and the overall...

Duration:00:12:31

TVI Toolbox: A Conversation with Keith Ford l- Retired Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Instructor (Transcript Provided)

12/12/2018
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Show Summary: (Full Transcript Below) Please welcome Teen correspondent, Simon Bonenfant, as he steps into the interviewer role for Blind Abilities. While attending and presenting at the Pennsylvania NFB convention, Simon pulled out his recorder and went to work. Conducting 5 interviews from vendors and presenters. In this interview, Simon talks to Retired Teacher of the Visually Impaired/Orientation and Mobility Instructor Keith Ford. They talk about the importance of braille and how...

Duration:00:11:48

That Blind Tech Show 24: Internet and Mind Police, Nest Equipped, Live Listen, Hey Siri Hey Googs and the Dazzling Demo Blitz

12/11/2018
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Show Summary: We are back in the Studio for another podcast and we held nothing back this time! We got a demo here and a demo there. So kick it on back and join Serina, Brian and Jeff on this epicly long TBTS episode filled to the brim, just like your Christmas stockings should be. The nice thing is, you don’t have to wait for Saint Nick! Brian even through in a squeaky chair for all of us to get Grinchy about. Marlon makes a cameo appearance bringing in all that Holiday cheer, oops, I...

Duration:01:17:43

Audio Describer and Voice Artist for Hollywood Movies and TV Shows: Meet Roy Samuelson (Transcript Provided)

11/30/2018
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Show Summary: (Full Transcript Below) ROY SAMUELSON is one of Hollywood’s leading voiceover talents in film and television. Currently Roy is leading the way in the area of DESCRIPTIVE NARRATION / AUDIO DESCRIPTION, an aspect of television and filmmaking that allows Blind/Visually Impaired viewers to get audio description during a show without interruption and fills in the void as the action is not always obvious. For example, the movie Castaway is nearly silent during the first half of the...

Duration:02:11:37

Ultra Extreme Advocacy: Team See Possibilities Attacks Mount Doom and the new TSP Global Scholarship Program! (Transcription provided)

11/27/2018
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Show Summary: Full Transcript Below Daniel Berlin joins Jeff in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about phase 5 of his Team See Possibilities 7 continents in 7 years goal. New Zealand is the next target for Team See Possibilities. [caption id="attachment_4090" align="alignleft" width="300"]Team See Possibilities walking the Great Wall of China 2017[/caption] Last year it was China and the Great Wall, another was climbing Kilimanjaro, and as you can gather, these extreme endurance events...

Duration:00:22:33

A Conversation with Dr. Cary Supalo: STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and of course, Braille and Mobility (Transcript provided)

11/25/2018
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Show Summary: Please welcome Teen correspondent, Simon Bonenfant, as he steps into the interviewer role for Blind Abilities. While attending and presenting at the Pennsylvania NFB convention, Simon pulled out his recorder and went to work. Conducting 5 interviews from vendors and presenters. In this first interview, Simon talks to Dr. Cary Supalo about his work and what suggestions he has for transition age students considering going into the STEM fields. Join Simon and Dr. Supalo as they...

Duration:01:23:29

Tech Abilities: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a Visit with Squirt’s Dad, Crush!

11/21/2018
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Show Summary: (full transcript below) With the holidays upon us the deals and bargains are taunting our wallets and curiosities. Do you look for others or just shop for yourself? I make a list of items I am interested in and approach Black Friday from that perspective. Otherwise I am overwhelmed and miss out because there is too much going on. That is just me, so I am joined by Serina and Andy as we contemplate the mad rush, and I’m not talking about busyness, but the rush you get...

Duration:00:34:46

Aira Director of Product Management, Greg Stilson, Broadens the Horizon on New Aira Access and Plans (transcript provided)

11/16/2018
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show Summary: (Full Transcript Below) Greg Stilson, Director of Product Management at Aira, joins Pete and Jeff in the Blind Abilities studio and talks about the new plans and opportunities available to everyone. From the Guest plan, where anyone downloading the Aira App, can use the Aira Access at a growing number of sites in the Aira Access Network. To the Intro plan, where you can get 30 minutes a month for $29 a month. And the Standard plan, which I like myself, you get 120 minutes for...

Duration:00:44:01

Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness and the ADA - A Visit with PACER Center’s Transition Coordinator Deborah Leuchovius (Transcript provided)

11/13/2018
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Full Transcript Below Show Summary: In partnership with State Services for the Blind of Minnesota we are proud to present, PACER Center - Champions for Children with Disabilities: Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness and the ADA - A Visit with PACER Center’s Transition Coordinator Deborah Leuchovius Deborah sits down with Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities in the fifth of a series of podcasts in partnership with PACER Center and State Services for the Blind. Be sure to check out all of the...

Duration:00:15:47

Rakeb Max: Breaking Down Barriers and Addressing Those Preconceived Notions

11/9/2018
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Show Summary: Rakeb Max returns to the Blind Abilities studio to share what she has learned since entering her first year of college. On her previous podcast, Rakeb talked about her college transition plans and the steps she was taking to ensure she chose the right one. Rakeb did choose Providence college and talks about how the realities and expectations are not always the same and how she is adjusting to her new location. Rakeb wrote a letter to the editor about some of the questions...

Duration:00:18:11