[Pibe-division] Bind/Low Vison software for Cognitively orMemoryChallenged

Bryan Schulz b.schulz at sbcglobal.net
Fri Oct 21 12:43:53 CDT 2011


hi,

not an issue as i have alternative applications.
the calendar, calculator, internet radioseemed buggy and thought it was funny to find out how they include spreadsheets.

Bryan Schulz

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dr. Denise M. Robinson 
  To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List 
  Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 12:27 PM
  Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] Bind/Low Vison software for Cognitively orMemoryChallenged


  Which parts Bryan---might be just a case of knowing the right key commands to get it working better for you.
  Thanks on the update of BARD

         Denise 

  Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
  CEO, TechVision
  Specialist in blind technology/teaching/training
  email:  yourtechvision at gmail.com
  Website with hundreds of lessons: yourtechvision.com 






    From: Bryan Schulz <b.schulz at sbcglobal.net>
    To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List <pibe-division at nfbnet.org>
    Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 10:07 AM
    Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] Bind/Low Vison software for Cognitively or MemoryChallenged


    hi,

    i experimented with this yesterday afternoon and the nls bard section works well.  there are several other sections which i would give low stars due to slow response and poor feedback of what what was going on or expected of the user combined with most users have all of these functions, just not located within one interface.

    Bryan Schulz

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Dr. Denise M. Robinson 
      To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List ; 2010-teacher-of-tomorrow at nfbnet.org 
      Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:59 PM
      Subject: [Pibe-division] Bind/Low Vison software for Cognitively or MemoryChallenged


      Bind/Low Vison software for Cognitively or Memory Challenged 
      This software has been around for more than a year but I did not have a chance to try it out until today.
      CDesk is a very basic talking software program for older adults who have lost sight or cognitively challenged children in school who cannot remember hundreds of commands to make their computer do what they want it to do. I have trained many adults and I can tell you, the challenge in remembering all these commands starts in the late 20's, so when I say older, you may be included in this category where technology is concerned.

      CDesk offers several enlarged fonts for viewing. White letters on Black is the most popular, but it has other options too. Any major command begins with the Alt key, so that is only 1 thing to remember. Even if you do not remember ALT-the TAB key will move you through every option and ENTER opens the option. The Main menu consists of: 
      - WORD PROCESSING
      - EMAIL
      - INTERNET BROWSING with SCREEN READER
      - DOCUMENT SCANNING with OCR PAGE READING
      - ADDRESS BOOK/CONTACT MANAGEMENT
      - CALENDAR/APPOINTMENTS
      - NLS/BARD/MUSIC/GAMES/INTERNET RADIO
      - SKYPE AUDIO/VIDEO CALLS

      You can download books straight from Bookshare or BARD. If you are looking for games for blind children and adults, it has that in the Media Center. Simple email that you are already on is incredibly easy to navigate and use. Anything you scan can also be brought right into the CDesk Word and the same commands that you use for word processing are used now for your scanned object.

      Enlarging your page is simple and easy with the F12 key, so when you go into an email that has pictures, you can enlarge them enough to see them, true for Internet browsing and the other programs in CDesk too.

      If you have tremors or palsy in your hands, the company will be putting out a new speech program soon, which works off of CDesk basic commands already, so it is easy to verbally command your computer to do what you need it to do. Your voice just needs to be loud enough to be heard by the mic. It has also come out with a simple small camera that will take a picture of any print work and put it on the CDesk format on your computer for you to immediately have feedback.

      The more I work with this software, the more I see its potential for those who have difficulties remembering all those commands. In addition, the company: adaptivevoice offers the option to buy a computer, monitor, printer, scanner and software for $1999. Within that agreement is Best Buy will come out and set it up for you. So you can be set up to go in a very short time. 

             Denise 

      Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
      CEO, TechVision
      Specialist in blind technology/teaching/training
      email:  yourtechvision at gmail.com
      Website with hundreds of lessons: yourtechvision.com 




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