[nabs-l] Help with Powerpoints and german Class

Julie McGinnity kaybaycar at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 20:45:27 UTC 2016


Hi Tristian,

Do you have access to an embossor?  Do you have your German book in Braille?

You can emboss notes and worksheets in hard copy Braille.  O how I
hope you have your book in Braille because that will be a great step
on the way to seeing German in Braille.

I am positive you can change the language settings on the Mac.
Although I've never experimented with it myself, I doubt it's much
different from the iPhone or iPad, which both allow you to have
multiple languages on the rotor.  Actually, it might be even easier to
do language switching on the Mac as you will be able to switch between
German and English with the flip of a finger...  Some simple googling
can tell you whether or not I'm correct about this.

If you need any help with that, let me know!  Thanks!  Viel Gluck!

On 8/31/16, Bill Dengler via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> They aren’t "getting rid of the keyboard."
> They’re replacing the function key row with a touch panel.
>
> Bill
>> On Aug 31, 2016, at 7:05 PM, Tristan Torres via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>> wrote:
>>
>> I think alt tags will solve the image problem, as was suggested earlier.
>> I’m quickly learning that braille is a must if I’m to get anything out of
>> this course. Nothing quite beats actually looking at a word with one’s
>> hands as opposed  to trying to convey it with a screen reader. Thanks for
>> the jaws references, guys, but they don’t apply to me. I’ve been a mac
>> user for five years now, and unless rumours are true that they’re getting
>> rid of the keyboard, I won’t be switching to a PC any time soon.
>>> On 29 Aug 2016, at 23:54, KENNEDY STOMBERG via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> But it really depends on what version of jaws you have. I find that I
>>> need the power points as PDFs or Word documents if there are a lot of
>>> images.
>>>
>>> Kennedy Stomberg
>>> (218)295-2391
>>>
>>>> On Aug 29, 2016, at 7:30 PM, Anya Avramenko via NABS-L
>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org <mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I ask my professors to send PowerPoints to me directly to avoid the
>>>> hassle of trying to access them online like sighted students, and they
>>>> are perfectly readable with JAWS.
>>>> A
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Tristan
>>>> Torres via NABS-L
>>>> Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 2:06 PM
>>>> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>>>> Cc: Tristan Torres
>>>> Subject: [nabs-l] Help with Powerpoints and german Class
>>>>
>>>> Hi all. I know some of you are starting classes today, and I hope that
>>>> your first day of classes have gone well, or at least better than mine
>>>> has. Mine involved a broken cane. Typical Monday, Eh? At any rate, I was
>>>> wondering if any of you could give me some tips on how to gain the most
>>>> out of a language class as a blind person. I am taking an introductory
>>>> German course, and was wondering specifically if there were any blind
>>>> people who took that. If not, that’s okay too. I have already asked a
>>>> blind person I know, and he recommends i get a tutor to go over any
>>>> materials that I might have missed, due to a combination of not knowing
>>>> the language, and what can often times be a very visual class. Do you
>>>> think this is a good idea? Also, my German professor, as well as all of
>>>> my other professors tend to use powerpoint a lot in their lectures.
>>>> They’re often posted on blackboard well before the class so that anyone
>>>> can look at them and prepare for upcoming lectures. I know that
>>>> powerpoint can be successfully read by a blind person using the right
>>>> program, but I was wondering if there was a more streamlined and
>>>> accessible alternative to a powerpoint? In the past i have just gone
>>>> without relying on the powerpoints, but think it might be helpful if I
>>>> end up missing a lecture, or in the case of german, needing to be
>>>> prepared before the class starts. Any ideas would be greatly
>>>> appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you all. Tristan
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Julie A. McGinnity
President, National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division,
Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
"For we walk by faith, not by sight"
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