Announcement for January's Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk – Blind Vet Tech

This is an announcement for the Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk for January 19th. With the holiday season slowly fading into the past, I hope one of your resolutions involve socializing and talking with your fellow Veterans with a visual impairment. If so, our Blind Vet Tech monthly teleconferences, along with the Hines Blind Center Alumni’s calls, are an entertaining and educational way to accomplish this goal.

Our call for January features two components. The first is a guest presentation from the VA Section 508 team about their duties and responsibilities, usability workarounds, and how we each may contribute to increasing the accessibility of VA digital interfaces. The second piece will be a discussion about how we each use the Voice Over Rotor, which you can learn more about by listening to this podcast.
The details for the call are:

  • Thursday, January 19th
  • 1900 Central Time
  • (866) 820-9940

Stay Informed

Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following:

If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com

Don’t miss another Blind Vet Tech teleconference, click here to see a list of our teleconferences and others we support.

Announcement for January's Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk – Blind Vet Tech

This is an announcement for the Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk for January 19th. With the holiday season slowly fading into the past, I hope one of your resolutions involve socializing and talking with your fellow Veterans with a visual impairment. If so, our Blind Vet Tech monthly teleconferences, along with the Hines Blind Center Alumni’s calls, are an entertaining and educational way to accomplish this goal.

Our call for January features two components. The first is a guest presentation from the VA Section 508 team about their duties and responsibilities, usability workarounds, and how we each may contribute to increasing the accessibility of VA digital interfaces. The second piece will be a discussion about how we each use the Voice Over Rotor, which you can learn more about by listening to this podcast.
The details for the call are:

  • Thursday, January 19th
  • 1900 Central Time
  • (866) 820-9940

Stay Informed

Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following:

If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com

Don’t miss another Blind Vet Tech teleconference, click here to see a list of our teleconferences and others we support.

January's HBCA Monthly iDevices and GPS Call – Blind Vet Tech

This is an announcement for the January 3rd Hines Blind Center Alumni iDevices and GPS users teleconference. The holiday season is a time for all of us to share with our friends and families, and there is no better way to achieve this goal then by joining your fellow Veterans on the HBCA monthly iDevices and GPS teleconference. The details for the call are:

  • Tuesday, January 3rd
  • 1000 AM Central Time
  • (800) 767-1750, ext 44125

If you have any difficulties entering the conference room, please dial 0 for the Operator.
The conference call will begin promptly at 1000 (10:00 a.m., and you are asked to start entering the conference room at 0950 (9:50 a.m.). The conference call will conclude at 1120 (11:20 a.m.). This is Central Standard Time.
We will observe the Roberts Rules of Order. Please direct your question or answer to the Moderator of the call so the Moderator can properly identify you for the continuation of your question/answer. You are asked to not speak over or interrupt a fellow Blinded Veteran who is providing a question or providing an answer to a question. Participants are asked to limit their questions to 2 and with time permitting at the end of the conference call, you may ask additional questions. You are also asked to do a star 6 to mute out any and all background noise, then if you have a question star 6 again and give your name to be recognized by the moderator.

Blinded Veterans new to I Devices will have an opportunity to have their questions answered first.
Please share this information with other Blinded Veterans as the information we share on the conference call can be very helpful.
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  • Receive an email about any posts by subscribing to our blog

If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com Looking for more information about when we host our monthly teleconferences for Visually Impaired Veterans, click here.

Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements Introductary Podcasts – Blind Vet Tech

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Welcome to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements blog and podcasts channel. This is your number one location to learn more about the Blind Vet Tech team, receive alerts and announcements about upcoming blind Vet Tech teleconferences or listen to recordings of many of our teleconferences, or stay informed about the greater world of assistive tech and devices.

Blind Vet Tech is right for you if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you a Veteran with a visual impairment interested in learning more about assistive technologies and devices which will increase your independence?
  • Have you recently attended a Blind Rehab Center and wish to learn more about the devices you received?
  • Would you like to join your fellow blinded Veterans in discussing the various technologies we each use on a regular basis?

The Blind Vet Tech team and community is open to everyone. It matters not if you are a newly blinded Veteran just taking their first steps into the world of blindness or are a long time user of assistive tech, we are here for you. Its our belief learning by sharing experiences increases your confidence and proficiency using and integrating the myriad of software and hardware solutions you might receive.

Joining only requires you to be informed about how to participate in our teleconferences, Facebook discussion group, and email lists. Our podcasts and blog posts will inform you about upcoming teleconferences, how to chime in, and the subject for the session.

You can receive this information through several different methods:

  • Subscribe and like the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast through your Victor Reader, Hims Blaze, or favorite podcast app on your smart phone or tablet
  • Receive an email about any posts by subscribing to our blog

If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com Looking for more information about when we host our monthly teleconferences for Visually Impaired Veterans, click here.

Enhance the Accessibility of Your Microsoft Office Documents with the Accessibility Checker – Blind Vet Tech

If you are wondering how to increase the accessibility of your Word, Excel, or Power Point documents, check out the new Accessibility Checker. This handy tool may be located in the ribbon under the Review tab on Microsoft Office 2013 or newer on Windows and MacOS.

When you select the Accessibility Checker, a table will pop out, providing suggestions to increase usability for a wide range of disabilities. While composing a research paper using the APA style template, the Accessibility Checker identified the lack of headings throughout the document. Reviewing a Power Point Presentation, the checker flagged the image files which lacked alt tags. Even more amazing is these test occurred on my MacBook Pro, and the checker worked flawlessly with Voice Over.

For more information about increasing the accessibility of your Word documents, visit this link. It matters not if you are drafting an internal memorandum to writing your memoirs, all documents should include many of these incredibly simple formatting edits to enhance readability for everyone.

Enhance the Accessibility of Your Microsoft Office Documents with the Accessibility Checker – Blind Vet Tech

If you are wondering how to increase the accessibility of your Word, Excel, or Power Point documents, check out the new Accessibility Checker. This handy tool may be located in the ribbon under the Review tab on Microsoft Office 2013 or newer on Windows and MacOS.

When you select the Accessibility Checker, a table will pop out, providing suggestions to increase usability for a wide range of disabilities. While composing a research paper using the APA style template, the Accessibility Checker identified the lack of headings throughout the document. Reviewing a Power Point Presentation, the checker flagged the image files which lacked alt tags. Even more amazing is these test occurred on my MacBook Pro, and the checker worked flawlessly with Voice Over.

For more information about increasing the accessibility of your Word documents, visit this link. It matters not if you are drafting an internal memorandum to writing your memoirs, all documents should include many of these incredibly simple formatting edits to enhance readability for everyone.

Learn to code blindly with Swift Playground – Blind Vet Tech

If you are blind and own an iPad, you possess the most powerful tool to learn Swift. Apple’s Swift Playground is more than a fun coding game, but it offers Voice Over users a platform to learn Swift. No other mainstream introduction to coding platform, like the Foz to C+, implements accessibility or usability for a completely novice blind coder. I am excited Apple took this approach when designing Swift Playground. For more information, check out this CNET article. Alternatively, give Swift Playground a go yourself.

Learn to code blindly with Swift Playground – Blind Vet Tech

If you are blind and own an iPad, you possess the most powerful tool to learn Swift. Apple’s Swift Playground is more than a fun coding game, but it offers Voice Over users a platform to learn Swift. No other mainstream introduction to coding platform, like the Foz to C+, implements accessibility or usability for a completely novice blind coder. I am excited Apple took this approach when designing Swift Playground. For more information, check out this CNET article. Alternatively, give Swift Playground a go yourself.

Welcome to the Blind Vet Tech News and Information Blog – Blind Vet Tech

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Welcome to the Blind Vet Tech news and information blog. This blog brings you announcements for our upcoming Blind Vet Tech teleconferences, summaries from each teleconference, and latest news and information about assistive tech. To learn more about Blind Vet Tech, click on the following links:

We currently host two monthly teleconferences, our Monthly MacOS Talk and Monthly Tech Talk. These occur on the second and third Thursday of each month, respectively, at 1900 Central Time. These teleconferences are open to any Veteran with a visual impairment or individuals who support our peers. Participation only requires you to dial our toll free number, (866) 820-9940, at the designated times.

The Monthly MacOS Talk is the only teleconference by blinded Veterans for blinded Veterans interested in learning about how Zoom and Voice Over works on Apple’s MacBooks, MacBook Pro, and iMac computers. Our Monthly Tech Talk generally focuses on iOS devices, though we often invite guest speakers or introduce other forms of assistive technologies issued by the VA’s Blind Rehab Services. Different from other teleconferences, we start off each teleconference with a live demo or tutorial of a particular feature, application, or product review, and allow participants to ask any questions. We then move into a general question and answer session. It is not uncommon for a couple of participants to remain on the call for an extended period of time while we provide one on one tech support following the end of each call. After all, we are here to assist you.

If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com