Posts Tagged low vision
A Sensory Tour of the Garden – Little Garden Helpers – encouraging children to use their senses.
Blind Gardener of the Year – Insight Radio – Robbie from the Thrive gardening organisation appears on the Friday Morning Mix. Several audio extracts are available on this page.
blind-gardening | Google Groups – doesn’t look very active, though
Blindness no handicap | Stuff.co.nz – Graham Burtenshaw, a blind Picton man, has been named Gardener of the Year for the Marlborough region by the New Zealand Gardener magazine.
Gardening Tips for People with Impaired Vision – Garden Forever.
Please also visit my
Blind Gardening web page for more general information.
A garden for all senses | syracuse.com – garden in Syracuse, NY, aims to awaken senses in people with many kinds of developmental disability.
Family Organic Garden – you can save a lot of money and avoid harmful chemicals in your food once you’ve read this book, so it says here.
First aid for eyes of a gardener! – BHM Forum – a cautionary tale about getting sap in the eyes, and how you might deal with the consequences.
Gardens that grow themselves | G-Online, the best of green – Jonathan White introduces ecological gardening methods that could save you a great deal of work. Also visit
Jonathan The Fresh Food Garden Guru. There’s an e-book and video tutorial package expaining all this. This can be obtained from
Food4Wealth – about $39 or £27. I’m sorry that I don’t know how blind-friendly or otherwise this material is.
Smell the Roses: How Gardening Can Improve Your Health – some of the proven benefits of gardening for physical and mental health.
Unusual Vegetable Garden Ideas | eHow.com – both the vegetables and the ways of growing them may be unusual.
Why Is Gardening Good Medicine? – some of the benefits of herb and sensory gardening.
Many apologies for including a dead link in yesterdays’ post about camera and cellphone interaction research by Chandrika Jayant.
Anyone wishing to upload photos for this research can visit the repository at this address…..
If it was my fault that the link was wrong, I shall flog myself with nettles.
Monday, 19 April, 2010 3:49
Next Blind Stokers Club ride is
saturday April 24, 8:30 am De Anza Cove P-lot (far side, closest to
restrooms). As customary, we will have a brief meeting and route
review before rolling out as a group. We can use a couple more
substitute captains for this ride; please let me know if you are
qualified and can help.
The stoker transport and team
partnering plans have some exceptions this time, so please contact
your carpool driver and tandem partner to close the gaps and avoid
After completing the ride around Mission Bay, we
will take the annual club trip to Bicycle Warehouse for stoker
shopping. Novice stokers get a helmet, jersey, shorts and
gloves; veterans get $100 of store script to spend on clothing or
equipment. Talk to your partner about what to get. Must
be present to enjoy this BSC stoker incentive, sponsored by Cycling
for Sight and the SD Center for the Blind.
As you can see
below, the club continues to grow. More resources are needed.
Most need at this time are for experienced tandem captains who can
partner with sight-impaired stokers for the rest of 2010 calendar
The Cycling for Sight (CFS-2010) website has been
launched and donations can be made in the name of any member, toward
the BSC team goal of $1,800 per tandem team. Single cyclist
donation level is $1,200 for the 3-day tour. Open registration
for any of the CFS tour options is expected to come online by the
end of the month.
Member News Items
***** New members
and resources: Loaner tandem from Eric Lloyd (CAT 4 racer), who is
also available as a sub captain. Loaner tandem from Dave
Franklin. New captain Larry Cahn. Sub captains Grant Chu and Mike
Jennings. New team John Miller and Fred Dudek, both
experienced cyclists. New stokers Fred Chambers, Eva Flores,
Janet McGinnis, and several others in the pipeline from SDCB and
***** BSC stoker Jeremy Poincenot rides to
find a cure for LHON, which is the benefit this year for SDSU Greek
Week philanthropy. Jeremy will have the honor of throwing the
ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s Padres game 4/20.
Coincidentally, Jeremy was also recipient of one of the Challenged
Athletes Foundation (CAF) annual grants, for a tandem. Jeremy
and his friends and followers will be cycling down the socal coast
in June, on the 2nd CURE Tour. You can find a link to Jeremy’s
website on the BSC Links page.
***** BSC stoker Cricket
Bidleman has been selected for a guide dog program and will be
spending part of the summer in Canada to get trained and acquainted
with her new companion. Cricket has a busy summer ahead, with
Braille Challenge competitions and bringing a dog into her
***** BSC stoker Art Jones has been on the radio and TV
in the last couple weeks, promoting diabetes awareness and the Tour
de Cure cycling fundraiser for the American Diabetes Assoc.
Art had a god ride yesterday, with sub captain Tony. After the
ride, participants caught a glimpse of Art on his BMX bike, doing a
***** BSC captain and US Navy meteorologist 1st
class Shawn Olin has been in Africa, on short deployment, and is
expected home later this month. Shawn tells his cycling
friends that he has been spinning up a storm on the trainer and
gaining seasonal fitness during off hours, while stationed overseas
***** BSC captain Dan Orr reminds us
that cycling can be dangerous and was involved in a crash, resulting
in a broken arm and leg. I’m pretty sure that Dan would want
this to serve as a reminder to all his cycling friends, to practice
defensive cycling. We expect nothing less from those piloting
tandems in the Blind Stokers Club. Be careful and anticipate
the unexpected; stokers onboard. Heal quick and well,
***** Thanks to all who volunteered at the Bike Pavilion
for the SD Custom Bike Show last weekend. Greg Birch, Laura,
Erika, Ian & Cheryl Prowell, David Shalinsky, and Amy White.
We got to see some fine and vintage bikes, and Erika even got to try
a spin on a stationery turbo-trainer.
Send me all the news
that I missed, and we will broadcast it next time.
COME OUT AND
RIDE WITH THE BLIND STOKERS
Tim O’Brien for alerting me to this. The message comes from James Estrin, Senior Staff Photographer at the New York ?Times. I’m more than happy to pass it on.
— Start of Message —
I’m working on a project for the Lens Blog. I am trying to get many thousands of photographers around the world to photographs at the same time. I was hoping to reach out to have you and your fellow blind photographers represented. Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this. If you can help me spread this far and wide, by social media, email and internet that would be great. ……. Here are the details.
On behalf of the New York Times photography blog Lens
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/> I would like to invite you to join us in a project called A Moment in Time. Thousands of photographers of all experience levels will be capturing the same moment on Sunday, May 2nd at 15:00 U.T.C. That’s 8 a.m. in Los Angeles, 11 a.m. in New York City and Santo Domingo, 4 p.m. in Algiers and London, 7 p.m. in Moscow and 11 p.m. in Beijing.
This is the first step in trying to connect photographers around the world. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
We are asking participants to think about where they want to be and what they will focus on. Consider how to represent yourself, and your community, with one image.
To help stimulate ideas and to act as guides, we are suggesting the following categories for images:
- Nature and the Environment
- Arts and Entertainment
- Money and the Economy
- Social Issues
Photos should be no larger than 5 MB, ideally 1000 pixels wide or more. In keeping with photojournalistic standards, please keep Photoshopping to a minimum.
After you take your photos, submit your best image as soon as possible to
http://submit.nytimes.com/moment. The link will go live that morning, directing you to a Web form. You will be asked to categorize your photos by location and subject, and to include a caption that helps tell the story.
Photos will quickly appear on the Lens Blog and The New York Times Web site. Your photo will be displayed in our A Moment in Time display, and may also be spotlighted in a Lens post. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions.
Check the Lens Blog for more information about A Moment in Time <
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/08/about-3/>. You can also find us on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/nytimesphoto?ref=ts&v=wall> or Twitter (@nytimesphoto
<http://twitter.com/nytimesphoto>) for updates. To join our official Facebook event invite, click here <
A Moment in Time is open to everyone. The project will be greatly enriched with your help. Please spread the word far and wide.
Thank you in advance.
Lens Blog Co-Editor
Senior Staff Photographer
NEW YORK TIMES
620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
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APH InSights 2010 – Dog’s Eye View – while the Lighthouse exhibition, Insights Art Exhibition, is taking a break this year, the author will enter the APH exhibition, innovatively called Insights 2010.
Art That Reveals Our Need for Grace – Her.meneutics – comments on some films about disabled photographers, including ‘
Dark Light‘, which features Pete Eckert and Bruce Hall.
ArtFirst! promotes artists with disabilities, welcomes hospital visitors and raises money for the new facility – ArtFirst! at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
[Video] Blind Photography Documentary – "Out of Darkness" — Kickstarter – a project in Mexico in 2006 to teach photography to a group of blind people. The photography may be of bvalue in its own right, but it was used as a confidence builder to enable participants to take their place more firmly in society. Funds needed to improve the quality of the finished film. Spanish language with English subtitles.
"Dunnville’s blind musician" – Dunnville Chronicle – Ontario, CA – obituary to Wilson Amos Brooks, who was not only a dedicated musician but also for many years owned a photo studio and took photographs for weddings and the local paper.
Legally blind photographer sees the world differently | www.beaumontenterprise.com – Local – for Ralf Mims, the best part of a trip is looking at the photos on a large computer monitor when he gets home. He has retinal dystrophy, which has similar effects to macular degeneration.
New Digital Lifestyle – information about Lisa Murphy, a photographer with a CNIB certificate in tactile graphics, who has published a book called ‘Tactile Mind’, erotica for blind people with raised graphics.
One man’s journey of sight loss | Action for Blind People Blog – among Toby Davey’s achievements in life, he has a degree in photography.
Turn your iPhone into a camera for iPad | iPad Application Developer – a very expensive way of adding a 3-megapixel camera to your iPad.
[Video] Understanding pictures in vision and touch | Lecturecasts [flexibility, accessibility, diversity] | Centre for Teaching and Learning | UTSC – Understanding pictures in vision and touch: Lines, perspectives and metaphors from cave art to the present.
Actuate Addresses Online Statement Accessibility for the Visually Impaired with Xenos Axess – Mozilla Firefox – this system can deliver high volumes of accessible PDF files, according to this article.
Advocacy group for visually impaired | guampdn.com | Pacific Daily News – new group aims to open up life and work opportunities. Meeting on April 17th will include phone accessibility and JAWS demonstrations.
Apple iPhone to soon get long-sought multitasking – iPhone OS 4 will let you run multiple apps at the same time.
Apple’s iPad Brings Easy Reading to the Blind « Forbes.com’s Booked – why the iPad is exciting some blind readers and is way ahead of the Amazon Kindle.
ATTO: Assistive Technology Training Online to assist elementary school students.
BCScan Scan It, Learn About It, Use It – a new online way to organise your life. For more information, listen to
Accessible World Tek Talk presents A Look at BCScan, April 12, 2010 by J.J. Meddaugh
Blind iPad Review – Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind – totatlly blind woman reviews the iPad.
Brailect Can Translate Text Into Braille Or Audio – this concept device is a glove that can be used to read text and convert it to either format.
Breaking news on Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials: DIAGRAM – No Limits to Learning – this is hoped to improve accessibility to images for students with disabilities, and educators providing for them.
C-Desk by AdaptiveVoice – free 15 day trial. The program gives a high-contrast, voiced desktop that is meant to simplify computer use for people who are disabled or elderly.
Charities merge to aid the blind – Scotsman.com News – InfoSound news service launched with support from British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
How to listen to InfoSound.
[Audio] Latest briefing (April 12th, 2010).
Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology – "Welcome to COAT, a coalition of over 280 national, regional, state, and community-based disability organizations. We advocate for legislative and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access by people with disabilities to evolving high speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies."
computer assistive technology abilityhub for disability and disabilities – "Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers "
Creative ZEN X-Fi Style PMP, ZEN Style Series Music Player | Blog | ZiggyTek – news on these affordable audio players.
CTL 2goPC Slate: Windows 7 Tablet (Video) | Blog | ZiggyTek – the spec is not outstanding, but this device has some things the iPad currently lacks, e.g., webcam and Adobe Flash.
Document Accessibility Should Begin at the Author Level – the Web isn’t the whole story – what about other types of document?
Dogs and Islam: The Devil and the Seeing-Eye Dog | Psychology Today – all may not be as it seems on the subject of "unclean" dogs.
Dogs for the Blind | Dogs Training who thought of that idea?
Easy to See Balloons – Fred’s Head – balloons that light up. Every little helps!
[Audio] EyePod TechnoCast 10 – Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC, talks about optical character recognition (OCR) and introduces AbiSee Products, particularly the EyePal OCR products that use a camera rather than a scanner.
Good50 Low Vision Version – "Good50 is a user-friendly search engine designed for those who are ages 50+. Because of its user-friendly features, Good50 is also beneficial for the whole family including children."
Grave Concerns about a Ban on Dogs in Nottinghamshire Parks – jady_lady – ban on dogs in parks in part of Nottinghamshire, could cause guide dog problems.
Group Travel for Persons with Special Needs – Yahoo! Finance – many opportunities in the USA for people with various disabilities.
HTML5 details element, built-in and bolt-on accessibility – Bruce Lawson’s personal site – possible advantages of HTML5 over scripting and ARIA.
Ideas on Coping With Low Vision by Sharon Noseworthy and members of the Macular Degeneration Support Network
iSpeech – Text to Speech Service – Assistive Technology – online service that can convert text files to speech.
KeySoft 9 0 1 upgrade – HumanWare Canada/English – update your BrailleNote Apex.
Nissan Adding Noise to Make Silent Electric Cars Safe « Nissan Zone – USA and Japan could make this mandatory.
[Audio] PDF Document Reading and Strategies with JAWS and MAGic – 90-minute webinar with instructions for saving.
Registration Mac Academy Workshop – Handy Tech North America – there is a booking form and description here for the 5-day workshop on using VoiceOver with SnowLeopard being held in June.
Review: VI Scientific’s Currency Identifier (and more) “VisionHunt 2.1″ for S60 3rd & 5th edition – Blind Mind News – Unrestricted Access: Versatile apps for camera-pones. Currnecy, colour light source and light light level detection. Works on the Nokia N97 and their are planned versions for other types of phone, including the iPhone.
Screen Reader Tutorial – for users of the Blackboard Learning System.
Self-Expression | Real Coaching Radio Network – technophobic? well, if a blind middle-aged woman not involved in technology can deal with technology, you can too!
Sweeping Landmark Class Action Settlement Paves the Way for Improved Sidewalk Access for People with Disabilities | Accessibility News International – success for Californians with disabilities.
Tactile mind – A book of nude photographs for the blind/vision impaired. ISBN: 978-0-9813431-0-5 produced in toronto,canada. email@example.com, telephone: 416.516.2999. Wrongly described as a magazine in the British Telegraph newspaper, this is a thermoform book of raised erotic images with Braille text. A snip at £150.
Read the telegraph article ‘Pornographic magazine for the blind launched’
Videos Created by Ai Squared « AccessTech News - these promote products such as ZoomText, Victor Reader Stream and Pebble.
Who Wins the Accessibility Election? | S3 Web Design - a web designer comments on the accessibility of the web sites of the major British political parties.
[Book] Windows 7 and Vista Explained – A guide for blind and partially sighted users. Intended to work with whatever access technology you have. Can be pre-ordered for delivery late May. Orders from USA and Canada should be made to National Braille Press.