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Welcome to The Blind Perspective
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Volume 4 ; Issue 9
Table of ContentsGreetings from the Editor
Sponsors of the Month
Movers & Shakers
Exercise, does a body good
Have I Got A Story For You
The Braille Highway
Kaleidoscope of Krafts
APPetizers: Byte Size Tidbits to Help Master Your iDevice
A Time to Plant
Alternating Duo: Here's to your Health
the Rotating Trio: Windbag
Riddle & Brain Buster
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At A Glance: Blind Mice, OutOf Sight, Perkins 4, China, Kettle Bell,
Mythology, Magic, & High Society, Jonathan Mosen, Bracelet, Recordable
Sensors, Voice Dream Reader, Houseplants, Fats, Cutting it Up, Grilling,
Riddle & Brain Buster, Classified, and FYI!
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That’s all there is to it! See you on September 29th!
Movers & ShakersBy Karen Santiago
Karen at TheBlindPerspective.com <karen at theblindperspective.com>
Perkins School: Part 4
This article will end my series on The Perkins School for the Blind. I have
written about the history, the three women of Perkins (Bridgman, Sullivan,
& Keller), and the education. This article focuses on the library and other
programs Perkins is actively involved in.
the Perkins Library is one of the oldest accessibility services in the
country, servicing patrons since 1835. Perkins provides materials to
individuals who are blind, visually impaired and to those who have a
physical disability which limits their ability to turn the pages in a book.
Perkins circulates over 530,000 items in large print, braille, audio, and
electronic formats to nearly 28,000 patrons throughout seven states. Unlike
the age range of those on campus (5 to 22), the library provides materials
to those as young as 3 days, and as old as 108, (at the time of my tour).
There are four recording studios on the Perkins campus. Volunteers must
commit a minimum of one year to record, usually local interest materials.
Carl Beane, former Fenway Park announcer read several books about sports.
Once eligible patrons can:
*borrow books and magazines in a format that is convenient for them, at no
*borrow materials in over 60 different languages
*Borrow audio described videos, in either a VHS or a DVD format
*access Newsline, where newspapers and magazines can be read aloud
*Download audio and braille titles, and magazines from Braille & Audio
Reading Download (BARD)
*Be paired up with a Book Buddy; if an individual is unable to access the
book catalog then a book buddy can help by reading titles of interest over
the phone, and order the selected titles in the patrons preferred format
Perkins International is working to breakdown the isolation and the neglect
children and young adults are facing around the world. Their mission is to
see that these individuals receive a high quality education in order to
prepare them for an active role in their families, schools, and
*Perkins School for the Blind recently announced new partnerships in
Russia, Indonesia and across Latin America to train educators through
Perkins International Academy.
*Russia has signed on to educate nearly 300 teachers from 40 different
provinces around the country.
*Perkins also recently signed an agreement with Indonesia’s Ministry of
Education and Culture, where 90 teachers will complete training before the
end of the year.
*Perkins is currently in conversation with more than two dozen countries
whose populations could greatly benefit from similar partnership
*Educational Leadership Program (ELP): every fall a select group of
educators from around the world are invited to the Perkins campus. For
several month they are immersed in advanced training, consisting of expert
instructions, lectures, workshops, hands on learning experiences, and much
more. After graduation, the instructors return home eager to share their
new knowledge to improve the education of children and young adults who are
visually impaired, deaf/blind, or blind with multiple disabilities.
Empowering visually impaired or blind individuals to reach their full
potential, by providing assistive technology, products, and consulting
services to individuals, organizations, and governments around the world.
Perkins E Learning:
Online resources and support for anyone, anywhere, in the field of
blindness education. They provide high quality webinars, professional
development, and workshops.
A big thank you once again to Kevin Hartigan for taking my daughter and I
on the tour of the Perkins School for the Blind. We both learned so much,
and I was glad to share it all with you!
International PerspectiveJinzhou, China
By Hui Guan
Karen at TheBlindPerspective.com <karen at theblindperspective.com>
Abit about Jinzhou:
I live in the city of Jinzhou where is in Liaoning province, located in the
northeast of China. Jinzhou city is about 470 km to the northeast of
Beijing. Jinzhou officially in cludes one city and four counties with about
2,983,000 population altogether and the entire area size Is 10,301 square
km. I live within the Jinzhou city and the city population is about 870,000
and city size is about 535 square km including three districts.
There are schools for the blind in China, especially in big cities. As in
my city, a small or middle-sized city, there is a school for the blind and
8 or 9 children study there for their elementary education. When they
graduate, they go to the middle school in their capital city in the
Blind students usually attend special schools, and are not integrated into
the public school system. Most of the students reside at the blind schools,
Braille & Mobility:
Braille and mobility are taught in the elementary schools for the blind.
Blind adults may have opportunities to learn braille and mobility at blind
agencies, if the vision loss happens as an adult.
Sports & Recreation:
Certain sports are available in the schools for Blind children, such as
gate ball, soccer, running, horizontal bar and others. However, sports are
rarely in communities or separate programs.
I have heard that people in another city have joined in Marathons, but no
such sport in my city. If an adult is good at a certain sport, he or she
may be trained for sport competition, but it is not common.
Blind people mostly do massage in China. The job skills can be taught when
students attend either the middle schools, the different Massage Academies,
or the massage department in universities.
For adults, they can get training in the agency for the Disabled. Some
other jobs include teachers or tuners, but not common. They obtain a job
mainly by themselves, either working for others or running a massage clinic
If students go to college or university they would need their parents'
financial support. Some colleges or universities accept blind students in
China. Students mostly study in a separate department within a college or
university. The majors are usually designed for them, such as medical
massage, music, or piano tuning.
I have not attended the school for the blind as an adult, but I have
experienced learning in a training center. I needed to prepare things for
reading or taking notes on my own.
There is no separate transportation system for the blind or disabled.
Public transportation is free for the blind within a city, such as bus or
subway. This benefit is only for the blind people. But we certainly pay for
taxi cabs at the normal cost.
Yes, there are curb cuts in the sidewalks, and tactile strips on the main
streets. However, there are no audible signals or braille at intersections,
at least not in my city, a middle city. The same holds true at public bus
and or train stations. Maybe somewhere in a few big cities it is possible
to be improved in recent years.
I have no experience using Braille in the public; restaurant menus,
elevators, doors of public buildings, etc. However, I hear that audio or
braille is available in elevators in the building of Beijing Federation for
I have not received materials in a braille format, say from a bank. Some
blind people now use smartphones and are able to receive text messages from
banks and learn information through their screen reader.
There is a guide dog school in the city of Dalian in northeast China. This
is the only guide dog school in China. I heard of a training center for
guide dogs in southern China, but the school in Dalian is stable and has
offered training for years.
The guide dog option is not popular. No one in my city has experienced
using a guide dog so far. Though the rule is to allow guide dogs in public
places, it is occasionally reported that Users usually are forbidden to
enter public buildings or buses.
Yes, blind people receive monetary benefits in recent years. The amount is
limited and only totally blind or other serious disabled individuals can
receive the benefit according to the rules. Blind people can occasionally
get help with accessible equipment, such as screen readers, talking
watches, white canes and other items. However, the number of people is
large and the help cannot cover everyone in need.
Blind people can subscribe to braille magazines at a cost. Blind
individuals can become a member of the Library for the Blind in Beijing. It
is the biggest braille library in China. Blind people can borrow books for
a lifetime if they pay the one-time deposit. Moreover, there is possibly a
library in the federation for the blind in some cities where people go to
Talking books and braille books are not so popular in China. Computer
access to books is a popular choice for blind people to use to read books.
We have the national, province, city and district based blind
organizations. The China Disabled Persons Federation is the official
department in China. Most of the staff work for the organizations
part-time. They carry on the tasks from the Federation for the Disabled. If
the Federation issues guidelines or benefits to the blind, the staff will
carry on. The staff then can report to the Federation what they need, such
as client’s needs and information.
If blind people can contribute to the society, then they are received well.
There have been improvements in education and employment for the blind.
However, I hope for more opportunities for the Blind community in
education, employment, and other aspects of society.
Exercise, does a body goodBy Dan Kiely
Dan at TheBlindPerspective.com <dan at theblindperspective.com>
Welcome back to another edition of Exercise Does A Body Good. I hope you
had a jumping good time with the last month’s article. In this issue I am
writing about the world of kettle bell training. I have never trained with
kettle bells, but from what I have read, I am totally interested in trying
Kettle bell training is:
1. A complete, full body workout you can do anywhere. You don’t need
memberships or fancy equipment to get fit, lean, or add on muscle. Just
your hands, some will power and a kettle bell.
2. Most efficient training tool in the world. With a kettle bell, you can
move the most amount of weight in the shortest amount of time. Meaning,
less time training and more time enjoying other things.
What does a kettle bell look like?
Imagine a tea kettle; you grab the handle (horn) of the tea kettle and
underneath the handle is where the water is. So, where the water is in the
tea kettle, is where the weight is on the kettle bell.
Benefits of kettle bell training:
Strengthens every muscle from head-to-toe
Consists of whole-body movement exercises
It's well-known that compound, whole body movements typical of kettle bell
exercises are superior to machines that isolate muscles for improving
muscle tone, body composition, and strength
Below I have described three beginner Kettle bell exercises. If you like
kettle bell training, I will write an article with more advanced kettle
Kettle Bell Goblet Squat:
Hold the kettle bell by its horn with your right hand
Tuck your elbows in so your forearms are vertical
Drive your shoulder blades back and together and downward so your chest is
Stand with feet a bit wider than hip-width apart and feet turned out
Take a deep breath into your belly and twist your feet into the ground
(imagine screwing them down without actually moving them)
Squat down to just below knee level, keeping your torso upright
Rise back up to starting position and repeat
Kettle Bell One-Arm Row:
Place the kettle bell on the floor and take a staggered stance. Your right
foot in front, planted just outside the weight
Dig the ball of your left foot into the floor, with heel up in the air, and
Bend at your hips, with your torso at a 45-degree angle to the floor
Rest your right elbow on your right thigh for support
Reach for the kettle bell with your left hand, pulling it back as if you
were starting a lawn mower
Remember to keep your shoulders square to the ground
complete all your reps on one side and then repeat on the other side
3. Kettle Bell One-Arm Press:
Stand tall holding the kettle bell in one hand, palm facing out, and elbow
bent with hand at your shoulder
Root your feet into the floor as if you were preparing for someone to push
Take a deep breath into your belly and contract your abs and glutes
Press the weight overhead with a vertical forearm
Note that you should be facing forward so the weight has an un obstructed
To lower the kettle bell, pull it back down into the starting position as
if you were performing a pullup
Complete all your reps on one side and then repeat on the other side
This was just an introduction to kettle bell training. There are so many
different exercises you can do with your tea kettle. In the near future I
am going to incorporate kettle bell into my training routine, and I will
let you know what I think.
Tip of the month:
Proper way to breathe when working with weights, such as bar bell, dumb
bells, and so forth.
Whenever you are pushing a weight away from your body, you should exhale or
breathe out. When lowering a weight towards your body, you should inhale or
Remember this; whenever you exert energy, then exhale.
Hopefully, this does not sound too confusing. Ok fitness fans, good luck,
and remember, Exercise Does A Body Good!
Have I Got A Story For YouBy Carla Jo Bratton
CarlaJo at TheBlindPerspective.com <carlajo at theblindperspective.com>
Hello again book lovers;
This month it’s mythology, magic and a high society novel. Let’s get to it!
The title of this book is pronounced Sircy.
Written by Madeline Miller
Reading time:12 hours and 10 minutes
Cela number; DT77694
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a
daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her
father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of
mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the
power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace
the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her
occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most
famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur; Daedalus and
his doomed son, Icarus; the murderous Medea; and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe
unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding
herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the
Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her
strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods
she is born from or the mortals she has come to love.
My comments; I love mythology. This is an edgy tale full of fantastic
characters and a beautifully written story. Miller digs in and gives us an
The City of Lost Fortunes
Written by Bryan Camp
Reading time:14 hours and 5 minutes
Cela number; DZ56125
Crescent City Series; book 1
The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this
novel of gods, games, and monsters.
The post-Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place
haunted by its history and by the hurricane's destruction, a place that is
hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that
it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his
past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the
magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the
father he has never known - a father who just happens to be more than
Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be
lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own
power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of
New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god
is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately
to leave behind.
A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find
out who is responsible for the Fortune god's death, uncover the plot that
threatens the city's soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has
always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father's son.
My comments; What a wild ride! I’m a sucker for a book set in New Orleans.
Fantasy lovers, watch out for Bryan Camp.
The High Season
Written by Judy Blundell
Reading time:10 hours and 45 minutes
The Hamptons hath no fury like a woman scorned. No matter what the world
throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Lovingly renovated,
located by the sea in a quiet Long Island village, the house is her nest
egg - the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the
college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the
house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year.
It's Memorial Day weekend, and Ruthie has packed up their belongings for
what Jem calls “the summer bummer”: the family’s annual exodus to make way
for renters. This year, the Hamptons set has arrived. The widow of a
blue-chip artist, Adeline Clay is elegant, connected, and accompanied by a
“gorgeous satellite” stepson. But soon Adeline demonstrates an uncanny
ability to help herself to Ruthie’s life - her house, her friends, even her
husband (okay, ex-husband, but still). And after her job as the director of
a local museum is threatened, Ruthie finally decides to fight back.
Meanwhile, away from the watchful eyes of her parents, Jem is tasting
independence at her first summer job but soon finds herself growing up too
fast. One of Ruthie’s employees, a master of self-invention named Doe,
infiltrates the inner circle of an eccentric billionaire and his wayward
daughter. With a coterie of social climbers and Ruthie’s old flame thrown
into the mix, the entire town finds itself on the verge of tumultuous
change. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be
My comments: A snapshot view of a summer in the Hamptons. Ultra-rich and
the working class collide. A fun beach, take along book.
Until we meet again gentle readers,
Happy Reading, Carla jo!
The Braille HighwayBy Nat Armeni
Nat at TheBlindPerspective.com <nat at theblindperspective.com>
September is here and that means a new season is just around the corner.
For this month I have temporarily stopped the Q&A with my fellow writers,
but do not fear, it will be back in October. I had the pleasure of having a
chat with, I am sure is no stranger to you, Jonathan Mosen. Below I hope
you will find some interesting tidbits about a very popular and well-known
person in the blind community. As per usual, I invite your emails with
suggestions, comments, and constructive feedback at the email mentioned at
the beginning of this article.
Here are some of Jonathan Mosen’s accomplishments but definitely not all:
government relations, worked as a professional broadcaster on a commercial
radio station, founded ACB radio in 1999, product manager for both
Humanware and Freedom Scientific, was the chairman of the board for the
local blind agency, president of the consumer agency, treasurer of the
Eastern Asia Pacific region of The World Blind Union, broadcaster on
Mushroom FM Internet radio station, and owner of Mosen Consulting.
Also, Jonathan host several podcasts one which is a premium podcast called
Daily Fiber. One can become a subscriber for five dollars a month and
receive the latest technology news. Another popular podcast of his is The
Blind Side. With all these accomplishments, you may think he is in his
golden years, but he has not even hit half a century yet.
Jonathan learned braille at the young age of 6 and attended a blind school
that his parents made sure to relocate nearby, so that young Mosen could
come home at the end of the school day. He learned braille on a Perkins
braille writer and did not learn the slate and stylus, since that was not
taught at his school. He is a big braille supporter and user, Jonathan got
his first refreshable braille display in 1983 called Versa Braille. This
was a device that used tape, and was manufactured by Telesensory.
Jonathan’s appreciation and dependency on braille increased as he became
Jonathan told me a story about when he was working as a professional
broadcaster at a local radio station. While he was working in January of
1991, the Desert Storm war broke out. With the assistants of a braille
embosser located in the building, he was able to read and relay this
breaking piece of news to his audience while keeping his professionalism in
tac. In comparison, if he got this news via a screen reader in his ear, he
would have needed to hesitate while speaking on the air to listen as well
as digest what he just heard.
Braille is a huge part of Mr. Mosen’s professional life. While he is
producing the Daily Fiber podcast he says the majority of that podcast is
done with him reading off of his braille display. By no means is he only a
braille display user, he also uses Dragon Speak as well as a screen reading
Another great thing about being able to read braille, Jonathan told me,
happened while producing the book, iOS 11 Without The Eye. This book has
approximately 45,000 words and he read and proofread using his screen
reader. Near the end, he read it with his braille display and was able to
catch some mistakes that went unnoticed with only listening to it.
Jonathan has 4 sighted children and recalls countless hours of playing
Monopoly, Scrabble, and lots of card games with all of them. He also
reflects fond memories of reading to his children when they were young. He
read books from The National Braille Press and from Seedlings. These books
described the pictures in braille. Therefore, enabling the blind reader to
confidently talk about the pictures with their captive younger audience.
Jonathan also chuckled when telling me he read all 7 of the Harry Potter
books to his kids. He feels that being able to read to his children and
being able to play games, is quite rewarding as a parent. He added that, it
builds great relationships with others and especially with family.
Jonathan approves of the UEB and was at one of the early meetings that was
held in 1993 in New Zealand to devise how to unify braille. He likes it
from the transcribing point of view, the ease with being able to forward
and backward transcribe printed materials. He frowns on countries who have
not unified braille straight across the spectrum. He feels that less
privileged areas that receive donated books, would have the most
difficulties. Siting an example, country X donates a mathematical textbook
that incorporates UEB nemeth braille, and country Y donates another
mathematical textbook but their math code is not UEB compliant. Talk about
a mix message for students.
Braille being taught to school age students will encourage literacy, and
also having older blind mentors will go a long way to giving positive
feedback to youngsters. For people who lose their sight later on in life,
they should learn braille to enable them to live a more independent life,
rather than depending so much on others. Something so simple as selecting a
CD or distinguishing the color of 2 identical feeling items of clothing,
adds value and dignity to one’s life. These previously mentioned tasks can
be so easily obtained by labelling with braille. So, one does not
necessarily need to learn contracted braille, but at the very least, learn
the A B C’s and that will open so many doors.
Jonathan feels that government should provide financial assistants to blind
and disabled people to assist in evening the playing field when it comes to
employment. A perspective employer might be hesitant to hire a disabled
person thinking of the added cost and accommodations that are needed in
order for that person to do his/her job to the best of their abilities. In
the long run, if the government gives financial support to purchase
equipment it is an investment in the future. The employed person will pay
into taxes and become a contributing member to society.
Jonathan uses a braille focus 40 display and says that he will give up
braille the day that sighted people give up print and use audio books
instead. He feels that with all the choices we have in braille display
sizes and types it is encouraging to continue to use braille. We no longer
can use the excuse that the book is too large to bring since we can
literally bring hundreds of volumes of books on our portable displays. On a
higher note, Jonathan says, “I feel that blind people are in the best
position to solve our own problems!”
Thank you so much Jonathan for first of all, interviewing me for your
awesome podcast, The Blind Side and of equal importance, allowing me to
interview you for this article. I encourage all the readers to check out:
for awesome publications. Such topics include how to use your iOS device
without the eyes, tips on how to maximize your Google Search experience,
lots of useful information on the Sonos Sound system, and many other well
produced materials all with the blind in mind.
Braille users do it with feeling! Why complicate life with gadgets when you
can complement it with braille. Remember, to stay on the dotted line of
life. Talk with you again in October and stay safe!
Kaleidoscope of KraftsBy Lindy van der Merwe
Lindy at TheBlindPerspective.com <lindy at theblindperspective.com>
Hello again to all who like to craft or even if you just like to read about
crafts. As always, it is my hope that, if you are a reader, you will be
encouraged to try out this, or any other craft project for yourself.
As you might remember from earlier articles, I have presented some macramé
projects in the past. Macramé was very popular as a craft during the
seventies and has made a comeback over the last few years. Although new
materials and designs keep on popping up, the basic techniques have stayed
the same and, at least for now, crafts making use of knotting and braiding
would seem to be a continuing trend.
If you have missed, or would like to revisit the previous articles on
macramé, you can find the three previous projects at the end of this
article under sources. Remember also that you can find all previous
articles on the website at http://www.theblindperspective.com or feel free
to contact me or any other authors if you are unable to find what you are
For this month, I am sharing a wrapped bracelet using the half hitch knot.
I have done bracelets using this knot in the past and have often found that
I easily get confused as to which knot I have completed since with only two
cords, you are switching sides continuously. To take care of this problem,
we will be using four cords: two filler cords at the center and tying our
half hitch knots from each side. This makes it a little easier to know
which knot you have completed last and the bracelet is also wider than when
only two cords are used.
So, essentially, you will be tying knots around the two stationary center
cords, alternating your knotting from the left and right sides. Apart from
the square knot, the half hitch knot and its variations is perhaps the
most-used knot, especially for making bracelets, belts and straps. The key
to success for this design is to work with the flat or round shape of the
cord material, so the Half Hitches are not twisted or kinked.
You will need:
Any type of cord like leather, nylon, cotton, satin, etc. (use 2 different
colours for a nice effect)
Large safety Pin or a clipboard
Step 1: Start by cutting four cords that are 30 inches (75 cm) long.
Step 2: Secure the ends of all 4 30 inch cords to your clipboard or with a
safety pin onto a stable surface in a vertical position. You may tie them
loosely together at this point if you find it easier.
Step 3: Divide your cords so you have two holding cords in the center and
the two working cords on the left and right. If using two colors, group
your cords so the two cords on the left is one color and the two on the
right another. If possible, try to secure the two holding cords at the top
and bottom, so they have some tension. This is not absolutely necessary,
but will make tying your knots easier. Since the cords on the left and
right sides are your working cords, they should only be secured at the top.
Step 4: Leave 3 to 4 inches of cord before starting your half hitch knots
so that you will have enough cord to tie your bracelet at the end.
Step 5: Make half hitch knots by doing the following:
Start on the right:
Use the right working cord to tie the first Half Hitch, in a clockwise
direction. So, pick up the cord on the right and form a loop, over the two
holding cords, moving around and under the holding cords, and pulling the
cord through the loop on the right.
Pull your cord a little upwards and to the right to tighten it.
Then from the left:
Use the left working cord to tie the second half hitch, in a
counter-clockwise direction. So, pick up the cord on the left and form a
loop, over the two holding cords, moving around and under the holding
cords, and pulling the cord through the loop on the left.
Pull your cord a little upwards and to the left to tighten it.
Step 6: Continue making half hitch knots, one from the right and then one
from the left until your bracelet is the desired length. Push the Half
Hitches close together as you progress, and try to tighten them the same so
the bracelet will be a uniform width in all areas.
Step 7: Tie the ends of your bracelet together in an overhand knot, or if
you find such a knot to be too bulky, you could use a separate piece of
cord to tie all the ends of the bracelet together. Alternatively, use any
other type of closure you prefer.
Cut the ends so they are neat and secure the knot with a drop of clear glue
Search my page below for more macramé projects in April 2015 and February
Spencer's SpotlightBy Cheryl Spencer
Cheryl at TheBlindPerspective.com <cheryl at theblindperspective.com>
This month's Spotlight is going to be focused on an idea as well as the
type of product to go along with the concept. The item I was all poised to
write about is no longer available from the source I bought it from so I
hesitate to tell you about it, but I do not want to be a tease. So, here I
The product I had in mind is a motion activated sensor that could be used
in trade shows, at exhibit hall tables, and as entry way alerts. It is a
small compact little rectangular device with a sensor built in to the front
of the unit. It is very simple to set up, just press one of the two buttons
on the front and record what you want to say. I was advertising the Blind
Perspective t-shirts at the Convention. When someone walked by our table,
the little box would go off and say the spiel. It is quite loud and really
got some attention.
I can see several applications for such a neat little gadget such as this.
I have thought of putting it on my fence in front of my house, recording
something like, "You have entered Spencer territory," so I would know when
I was in front of my house.
I would like to find one that has a phone jack in it so I can be alerted
via ear bud that someone is approaching me or is in the area. I am always
on the hunt for any device that will help us level the playing field.
For some reason Amazon is no longer offering this particular model, but, if
you searched for recordable motion activated modules, you will probably
find several options that will fit your needs.
Here is just one device I found while doing an Amazon search:
Motion Activated Sound Player:
*Long Playback Time
*Memory Card Included
*Recordable; Perfect for independent living, point of sale advertising,
door greeter, exhibits, tradeshows, and entry Alert.
*49 dollars and 99 cents
Promotes independent living by recording reminders to assist people with
"Remember to take your phone and wallet and lock the door.”
Senses people coming in and plays greeting/notification
Point of Sale Advertising:
Automatically play advertising when customers pass by a product
Play reminder as soon as personnel enter restricted area
Instruct pets to avoid certain areas when you are away
Perfect for escape rooms!
Features & Specs:
120-degree view with 16ft (5m) detection range
2W loudspeaker, superb sound quality
3.5mm audio interface for external speakers
3 Modes of Operation:
1. Play single file every time
2. Play multiple files in sequence
3. Play multiple files randomly
Can be powered using built-in 500 Ah rechargeable battery for portability
Ball mount allows you to quickly & easily adjust orientation
Audio must be in MP3 format
For indoor use
APPetizers: Byte Size Tidbits to Help Master Your iDeviceBy Darrin cheney
Darrin at TheBlindPerspective.com <darrin at theblindperspective.com>
Voice Dream Reader!
I’m a bit of a pack rat when it comes to collecting technology information.
I enjoy reading and collecting articles and resources for future writing
projects. Currently, I add them to my Safari Reading List and Voice Over
reads them to me. I found an amazing iOS app that will do this and much,
much more. It’s called Voice Dream Reader and we’ll explore what this gem
can do for you.
Voice Dream Reader is a “Text-to-Speech” iOS app that won Apple App of the
Day. For 9 dollars and 99 cents, it will read a document to you in a
synthetic voice. The app comes with standard iOS voices or you can purchase
additional voices from Acapela, Ivona, or NeoSpeech for a few dollars more.
Exploring Voice Dream Reader:
Using Voice Dream Reader is easy. You can add documents into Voice Dream
Reader from the Home Screen, download books from your Bookshare account, or
use the iOS “Share” button to import email attachments or documents from
other apps. You could listen to this article or The Blind Perspective
Newsletter. Voice Dream Reader will recognize many file types including
.PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Pages, Keynote, EPUB, Daisy 2, Web Pages, .RTF and
many more. You can also access your files in your DropBox account or Google
Drive. Plus, you can search your documents for specific text and add
You open a document or book in Voice Dream Reader and navigate it with
simple VO gestures. I can use the VO gesture, double-finger-double-tap to
start and stop reading or two-finger swipe left to rewind or right to fast
forward. You assign a voice for all new documents or set a specific voice
for a book or document. Choose from 186 voices in 30 languages. Plus, you
can adjust the voice pitch and speaking rate. I like being able to listen
to documents and books on my iPhone using the audio controls on my lock
screen. Voice Dream Reader will keep track of your place when you exit the
Searching for Text:
I really like using Voice Dream Reader because you can listen to an email
attachment or a file downloaded from a website. You can search for text and
add a bookmark. I have a lot of resource documents in .PDF format that I
refer to often that include tables with text in rows and columns. I can
search for specific text if I need to remember a braille command for my
braille display, what the “@“ sign is in UEB braille code, or the cooking
time for 2 pounds of pinto beans for my InstantPot. It’s easy to find the
information you need.
Voice Dream Reader has been around for a while and has received many
awards. It’s a gem for 9 dollars and 99 cents. You can learn more about the
app below. The “Apple App of the Day” story on the App Store provides a
good overview. You can learn how to use the app from an iFocus video from
the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Douglas Walker
does a great job giving you an overview of Voice Dream Reader. I also
included a link to the manual. Enjoy reading via text-to-speech on your
Voice Dream Reader Resources:
Voice Dream Reader Website:
App Store Link:
App of the Day Story:
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired; iFocus; Using the
Voice Dream Reader App
A Time to PlantBy Sue Brazel
Sue at TheBlindPerspective.com <sue at theblindperspective.com>
Houseplants are a misconception. While it is true that plants can be grown
indoors, plants originally had a native habitat. Tropical plants would die
if left in a chilling environment during our cold months. Houseplants tend
to be tropical varieties that we enjoy in our homes.
We live in hardiness zones, where plants should be grown during the time
when it is most favorable for their existence. In the fall, pay attention
to the first frost date. Frost will probably kill tender plants. An early
frost, according to meteorological statistics, might occur about the time
of a first frost date. In the spring, the last frost date is when a late
frost might occur in the region. There are world maps that provide this
information. If you live near an intersection of zones, prepare for the
colder time so that your plants have the best chance of survival in your
Some plants can stay outside during cold months if protected with mulching
and kept at the ground level. The ground provides some protection compared
to plants exposed to wind and cold from all directions.
What choice should be made concerning the plants that you want to have live
during your cold season? Is there room for a plant in your house? Some
plants help to freshen the environment inside. Is there adequate light for
a plant? A northern window might not be enough; an eastern, southern or
western exposure might need your consideration. Some people think that
lights labeled as growing lights work; it is your responsibility to find
out how long to leave that light on each day and where it should be placed
for the plant to thrive.
Remember that plants need watering, so make sure you have an idea of how
much water your plant in a winterized location takes. Because humidity in
an indoor environment is different than in an outdoor setting, you might
have a different watering schedule than you did with outside plants. Most
plants aren’t in their season of growth, so won’t need as much watering.
If you want to bring plants inside that have been outside for the previous
season, check for insect life. It is best to treat an insect population
before plants are brought into your dwelling space!
Can you plant anything now that will come up outside next year? Yes! Some
root vegetables can be put into your square foot gardens if you pay
attention to depth and mulching. Also, some flower bulbs can be planted in
square foot gardens for spring blooms. Fall planting in hanging baskets is
not a good option if you live in a cold zone.
Inside, some bulbs can be placed in shallow rock beds and watered for
beautiful blooms when it is too cold for them to bloom outside. Find a
chart that tells how long between planting and blooming a particular bulb
takes for blooming when you desire. Spring blooming bulbs are available now
at nurseries and retailers. These bulbs are ready to force bloom earlier
than if you planted them outside.
Have a wonderful “thyme” taking care of your plants as the season changes!
Here's to your Healthby Catherine Hall
Catherine at TheBlindPerspective.com <catherine at theblindperspective.com>
Nutrition Basics: Fat
This month, we are diving into the final macronutrient: fat. In the 90’s,
fat gained the reputation as the least healthy of the macronutrients, and
many people still try to avoid fat today. However, much like carbohydrates,
fat does not make anyone fat. In fact, fat is an essential macronutrient
that keeps our bodies running smoothly.
So, what does fat actually do? It is the main component of our cell
membranes, so fat literally holds us together. Fat is used by the body to
cushion organs and tissues, as well as lubricating joints. It also forms
the coating on nerves that helps conduct signals from the brain to other
parts of the body, known as myelin. In fact, it’s the breakdown of myelin
that causes Multiple Sclerosis. Fat carries some nutrients into the body
and allows them to be absorbed properly, and fat is also where the body
stores excess energy and nutrients.
As people have accepted that fat is necessary and important, some types of
fat have gained more acceptance than others. In reality, all types of fat
are important, and there is only one form of fat that is dangerous, but
we’ll talk more about that in a bit.
There are two main categories of fat: saturated and unsaturated.
Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and include butter, lard, and
other animal fats. Coconut oil is also considered a saturated fat as it is
solid at cool room temperature. The only fat that doesn’t follow the solid
at room temperature rule is palm kernel oil; it is the only saturated fat
that is liquid at room temperature. Saturated fat has been blamed for
causing heart disease and some people recommend avoiding it as much as
possible. However, saturated fat plays an important role in the body,
especially in the structural components. While we may not need as much as
we tend to get, it is important to consume some saturated fat to keep
everything working well.
Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. Most oils belong to this
category, including vegetable, olive, sunflower, canola, and grapeseed
oils. The famous Omega-3 oils, as well as the lesser-known Omega-6 oils are
part of this category. Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils are essential for us
to consume since our bodies can’t make them out of other components. The
Omega-6 oils are the easiest for us to get, especially in the West.
Vegetable oils in particular, are excellent sources of this essential fat.
Omega-6 fats encourage our bodies’ inflammatory response, which is
necessary, but if allowed to go unchecked, can cause health problems. The
Omega-3 fats are less abundant, but equally necessary. These fats have an
anti-inflammatory effect. They are most readily available in fatty fish,
but can also be found in nuts and grass-fed beef.
As with all of the macronutrients, the question that must be answered is:
how much fat does the average person need in their diet? The Dietary
Recommendations for Americans recommends between 45% and 65% of calories
come from fat. Which means that, if a person is eating 2,000 calories per
day, then they need 90 to 130 grams of fat per day. Ok, all these numbers
are great, but what does that actually look like? To give you a more
concrete idea of what those numbers mean, there are 14 grams of fat in one
tablespoon of oil. So, if you’re eating 2,000 calories per day, you need
somewhere between 6.5 and 9 tablespoons of fat per day. That doesn’t have
to mean butter or oil, either. That fat can come from avocado, meat,
poultry skin, bacon, nuts, seeds, or olives.
Next time, I’ll be talking more about balancing all three macronutrients.
The Rotating Trio: WindbagBy Blow Hard
BlowHard @TheBlindPerspective.com <blowhard at theblindperspective.com>
"Cutting up" generally means goofing around and having fun with friends,
but not in this article. This article deals with tools that have sharp
I won't spend much space on any one item, but I will give general
suggestions on them. Saws, hand or power: Power saws are not dangerous if
you pay attention to what you're doing when using them. In fact, blind
users have fewer accidents than those who can see. The reason for this is
simple. Sighted people look at each other when talking to each other, so
they look away from their cutting task, lose concentration, and receive a
saw kickback or worse because their attention is elsewhere. A blind power
saw user stays focused until the cut is finished. So, the main safety tip I
can give is to stay focused.
Another tip is to always use a sharp blade. Never let a blade get dull. The
more easily a blade can cut through something, the less chance there is of
it grabbing and throwing something. This tip is true for any cutting tool
such as scissors, knives, or blades. For power saws, if you can afford
them, only buy carbide tipped blades. They won't need to be sharpened.
Knives: This goes for pocket knives, kitchen knives, or others. Again, as
discussed above, keep them sharp! The sharper the better! Let the knife do
the work of cutting. Don't bear down when cutting. Too much pressure is the
main cause of slippage and injury when using knives. With this in mind, a
good knife sharpener is an essential household item. And they don't have to
be expensive. I bought one that cost around $10 on Amazon that will sharpen
4 different kinds of knives, and it is easy to use. No need to worry about
the right angle. Just place the knife into the groove and pull it toward
you with an even stroke. Inside the groove, on both sides, is the rough
surface that will sharpen the knife. It will also work on kitchen scissors.
Another money saving kitchen tool is an electric meat slicer. I bought a
Hamilton Beach meat slicer about 20 years ago, and have never regretted it.
The blade spins at about 300 RPM.
It measures about 8 inches in diameter and is made of stainless steel. It
has never lost the razor-sharp edge. There is a fence that runs the length
of the machine, which is about 16 inches long. This fence is adjusted to be
either closer to, or farther away, from the blade. The greater the distance
between the two, the thicker the slice. I can cut meats and other foods to
a thickness ranging from a sixteenth of an inch to half an inch. It makes
uniform slices. The block of meat can be up to about 6 inches thick to
start with. It is placed on a tray that you move past the blade when the
machine is running, and the slice of meat falls behind the machine, between
the fence and the blade. A plate or cookie sheet is placed there to catch
the slices. The block of meat is held in place by small sharp prongs along
a sliding front panel. As you work, you move the carriage back and forth,
pressing on this movable front panel. With each slice, the block gets
thinner until no more cuts can be made. Replace it with another block and
I can slice a 5-pound smoked boneless ham into 1/16-inch slices in less
than 10 minutes. This makes great ham sandwich material that can be bagged
and frozen for later use. So, I sometimes smoke half a dozen of these hams
at once, then wait for them to cool, and start slicing. That's a lot of ham
in the freezer! Buy lunch meats in bulk and slice them rather than buying
presliced lunch meats and save money. If you like Arby’s roast beef
sandwiches because the beef is sliced so thin, you can cut it that way with
one of these machines. It only takes a few minutes.
Until next time, have fun while safely cutting up!
Cooking ConcoctionsBy Maxine
Maxine at TheBlindPerspective.com <maxine at theblindperspective.com>
Don’t put that grill away yet! Here are two grilling recipes that are sure
to delight your palate.
Grilled Drunken Chicken
Chicken pieces; breasts, thighs, legs)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup golden tequila
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
For Pineapple Banana Bacon Skewers:
1/2 pineapple, cubed
2 large bananas, sliced
About 12 strips bacon (optional)
Wash chicken and pat dry.
Combine lime juice, tequila, oil, orange juice, garlic, lime rind and salt.
Pour over the chicken. Cover and marinate overnight in the fridge.
Drain. Reserve marinade.
Grill over hot coals, about 6 inches from the heat, or on a gas grill.
Turn occasionally. Baste frequently with the reserved marinade.
Cook for about 45 minutes, or until meat is tender and cooked when pierced
with a fork and the juices run clear.
To prepare skewers:
thread the pineapple and bananas on skewers, wrapping the bacon around the
Grill over hot coals as you cook the chicken for the last 8 to 10 minutes
until bacon is cooked and fruit is hot.
2 red bell peppers, seeded and halved
2 yellow squash, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
2 zucchinis, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
1 medium eggplant, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
6 cremini or portabella mushrooms (or your favorite kind)
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
6 green onions, roots cut off
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat).
Brush the vegetables with 1/4 cup of the oil to coat lightly. Sprinkle the
vegetables with salt and pepper.
Working in batches, grill the vegetables until tender and lightly charred
about 8 to 10 minutes for the bell peppers
7 minutes for the yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms
4 minutes for the asparagus and green onions.
The key to getting those great grill marks is to not shift the vegetables
too frequently once they've been placed on the hot grill.
Arrange the vegetables on a platter.
Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, balsamic vinegar,
garlic, parsley, basil, and rosemary in a small bowl to blend.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the herb mixture over the vegetables.
Serve the vegetables, warm or at room temperature.
Riddle & Brain BusterBy Alex Smart
Alex at TheBlindPerspective.com <alex at theblindperspective.com>
RiddleMom and Dad have four daughters, and each daughter has one brother.
How many people are in the family?
Answer to August’s riddle:
What is easy to get into, but hard to get out of?
Brain BusterRhyming Trios
Think of rhymes for each trio of words that will go together to make a
familiar phrase in the form of blank blank and blank.
Example: plop, shook, and christen; stop, look, and listen.
*Chap, tackle, and drop:
*Brook, sign, and thinker:
*Bread, height, and drew:
*Done, June, and jars:
*Freddy, chilling, and stable:
*Claim, bet, and scratch:
*peg, sorrow, and wheel:
*Flop, lip, and bump:
Answers to August’s brain buster:
The two parts of the body that are pluralized, not by adding an S, but by
changing their vowels are:
Foot to feet, and tooth to teeth.
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FYIFYI: Guide Dog Users, Inc. Publishes Handbook
Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI), the largest membership and advocacy
organization representing guide dog handlers in the United States, is
pleased to announce the recent publication of a revised handbook for
perspective guide dog users which shares comprehensive information about
acquiring and using a guide dog for safe and independent travel.
The guide, 90 pages in length, and available in e-book and print formats is
titled,” A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler”, 4th Edition.
Realizing how well their original publication had served guide dog users
all over the country and beyond, GDUI has spent the past several years
updating the manual to reflect changes in guide dog training methodologies,
growth in the community of guide dog users, changes in the number of
schools now available to provide training and dogs, and evolving attitudes
among the public concerning acceptance of guide dogs as reliable and
respected aids for blind and visually impaired people who choose dogs for
The informative handbook answers questions not only for the prospective
guide dog team, but also for families of people who are blind, blindness
rehabilitation professionals and educators, and the general public.
“A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler” is available as an
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