Special Hines Alumni Windows Computer Users Teleconference for November 2nd

The next Hines Alumni Windows Computer Users Conference Call will be held on
Thursday, 2 November 2017.
The conference phone number is:
And the Access Code is:
If you have any difficulties entering the conference room, please dial 0 for
the VA Nationwide Teleconference Systems Operator.
We will have an extended conference call. For our first 1 hour and 10
minutes (from 10:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m., Central Standard Time Zone), we will
have our regular conference call for all Blinded Veteran Computer Users. We
will take a 15 minute break from 11:10 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
From 11:25 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., Central Standard Time Zone, Kim O’Connell of
the VISOR Program at the Richmond VA will join us to provide JAWS Users with
information on Secure Messaging in My Healthe Vet.
You are asked to start entering the conference room 5 minutes prior to the
above start time so we can promptly begin at 10:00 a.m. and 11:25 a.m.,
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.
If you have any background noises at your location, you are asked to press
*6 to mute your call and you can press *6 once more to unmute your call.
Please share this information with other Blinded Veterans as the information
we share on the conference call can be very helpful.

Tech Capabilities: Review Presentationss on the Go Through iOS

Have you ever wondered how to increase independence through the various apps and devices available for the blind? Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities offers suggestions to achieve these goals.

Reviewing presentations and office documents while on the go is a must possess skills for professionals, students, or just about anyone involved with any type of board or civic duties. The saying “death by Power Point” truly is an understatement, with individuals spending more time speaking off of a slide rather than from their own intuition. Thanks to our mobile devices, like iOS, blind individuals may follow along with the slides and even figure out those pesky pictures. Here is how to take a presentation you received from an email and review it:

  • Open Mail and find the email with the presentation
  • Double tap on the presentations, which will probably contain the file extension, .PPTX
  • This will download the presentation and pull up a preview version of the presentation
  • Swipe through the presentation, relying on three finger swipes to the left or right to advance or go back in the slides
  • If a picture is detected, place Voice Over’s focus on the picture and preform a single three finger tap
  • Tap on Done in the upper left corner when you finish the slide packet

If you need to edit the slides, do the following:

  • Follow the same steps as above to pull up the presentation
  • Tap on Share in the upper right corner
  • Swipe through the list of options to share until you find Copy to Keynote or Copy to Power Point
  • Tap on the copy to option and allow Keynote or Power Point to open up
  • You will most likely have to acknowledge certain aspects of the presentation needed to be changed due to a variety of reasons
  • Navigate through the presentation and double tap on any of the text boxes you need to edit
  • In keynote, tap on More in the upper left corner and then Export to save the Presentation as a file type other than the default Keynote file type and share it as needed

You can actually preform these same steps with similar types of office documents on iOS. You will just need to change the productivity related app you hope to utilize.

Hope you enjoyed learning how to tackle presentations while on the go through Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities.

Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk for October

This is an announcement for the Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk for October 19th. This month features discussions about the latest updates to all of our favorite operating systems. Microsoft launched the fall update to Windows 10, while Apple released several updates to iOS 11 and MacOS 10.13.

We now use Zoom as our teleconferencing platform, enabling one to connect via apps for desktop computers, mobile devices, or via dialing into the room. Below are the details to connect:

  • Thursday, October 19
  • 1900 Central Time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by clicking here

iPhone users simply tap on the phone number below or dial:

  • (646) 876-9923,,7854091838#
  • or (669) 900-6833,,7854091838#

Zoom enables one to control their participation through a series of hotkeys. The table below lists the possible actions and how to complete it based on your connection method:

Action Zoom for Windows Zoom for MacOS Zoom for iOS Dial into Zoom
Mute Alt A Command Shift A Mute Button on app Star 6
Raise hand to prompt moderator Alt Y Option Y Raise/Lower hand Button on app Star 9

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Tech Capabilities: Coupling AIRA with Blind Square to Create Points of Interest for Navigation

Have you ever wondered how to increase independence through the various apps and devices available for the blind? Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities offers suggestions to achieve these goals.

Navigating new and unfamiliar areas remains one the last barriers for visually impaired individuals. Yes, we have numerous types of navigational and way finding solutions, like the Victor Reader Trek, Google Maps, and the Seeing Eye GPS. These solutions offers a 90% solution when navigating new areas through their reliance on open sourced and well established points of interest services. However anyone who ever tried to navigate large open spaces on maps, like large parking lots, college campuses, or hiking trails, encounter situations lacking the accuracy of street side addresses offer. Well this is where AIRA coupled with Blind Square will resolve these barriers, and here is how:

  • Start a call with an AIRA agent
  • Let them know you are looking for a particular location, or if you are hiking let them know the trail system you are on and what type of trail you wish to receive directions for
  • Open up Blind Square
  • Tap on Add place, located in the upper left corner of the screen since you will be placing much detail in the location’s title
  • Name the place with detailed information about the location and area, like trail head starting on the left with a paved surface transitioning to a gravel trail
  • For a little extra, ask the AIRA agent for some visual descriptions to include in case you ever need to ask a passerby for a particular spot
  • Toggle the Alert distance to this place to on
  • Set the distance to what you feel comfortable with, just remember the smaller the area the closer you need to be
  • Check theGPS accuracy under Position Information Heading and make sure its 33 feet or less
  • If your accuracy is greater than 33 feet, you may wish to tap the Reset Location button
  • Press Save
  • Do this periodically for different points or intersections along the route
  • end the AIRA call when you finish the route

Hope you enjoyed learning how to utilize AIRA to establish a series of waypoints for a trail in Blind Square through Tech Capabilities on Blind Vet Tech.