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Insights about Using an iPhone: Pros and Cons for Blind and Visually Impaired Users

Peer Advisors Talk About Their Experiences with iPhones Why I LOVE my iPhone! by Audrey Demmitt I was the last one in my family to have an iPhone. I resisted it for some time, feeling intimidated by the technology. Eventually, I got one for Christmas at my husband’s prodding. My adult kids were all home and spent time teaching me how to use it, setting the accessibility features and downloading helpful apps. They encouraged me to "just start looking around and using it and you will learn what it can do." Every day, I learned new functions

Getting Started: Responding Proactively To the Challenge Of Losing Your Vision

Challenges Everyone has been presented with many challenges throughout their lifetime. Some more than others, but we all have challenges. When presented with any type of challenge it is natural that our behaviors change initially. For example, often when we hear any discouraging news, our knee jerk behavior is to react. We ask "Why me?" or "What did I do to deserve this?" That is a "reaction" and it is normal, but reactions are not productive. Another behavior is to "respond," to ask thoughtful questions, to be proactive in finding solutions. When we respond, we are taking a positive step towards rising to the challenge

A Teacher's Toolbox of Old and New Technology and Methods

by Lynne Tatum Editor's note: This is the last in the technology series that VisionAware is running this month. Lynne is a new peer advisor for VisionAware and also a teacher at the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, featured on VisionAware as the agency of the month. Teaching for over eighteen years has propelled me to adjust my teaching techniques and tools to try to maximize student retention and interest. The same methods I use with my students are those that have worked well for me through the years as I do my best to keep up with the latest and greatest technology. Students have always been encouraged to take notes but I offer notes in order that they have every

Peer Advisors Speak Out About Technology

A couple of weeks ago, I asked the VisionAware peer advisors for some feedback on technology. This is a very timely subject since VisionAware is currently featuring Baruch College's Computer Center for Visually Impaired People and is focusing on technology this month. We invite your feedback. Questions and Responses from Peer Advisors to Get You Started What issues are people who are blind or visually impaired having in terms of using technology? What problems need to be solved such as training, funding, access, special issues for older persons not experienced with technology or other groups? From Lynley Hood in New Zealand

The Joys and Frustrations of Technology

Technology--Both Exciting and Frustrating! Technology is one of the most exciting and frustrating things in the world today. It can do amazing things; however, it can be the cause of countless hours of frustration and seemingly wasted time. As a blind person, I have used various kinds of technology over the past twenty plus years. It seems that in the past, in the blindness world, there has been that one new technology that leaps into the forefront, and everyone who is blind must have it. Now, however, as a blind consumer, I have many more options than ever before. In many ways, it’s great to have choices, but

Confessions of a Reluctant Technology User

I was born in the generation who left for college lugging a reel-to-reel tape recorder, Perkins Brailler, and a manual typewriter. As an aging Baby Boomer, I find myself trying to figure out how to use equipment never dreamed of when I got my first job. Most of it is expensive and there are few opportunities to get hands on instruction before purchasing. Attending a national conference or technology conference is one way, but time is limited and vendors are often too busy to spend time with you on the use of the device. They are eager to sell the item and too busy to provide training. We live in an age when new methods for

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