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Braille Writing: Past and Present by Micheal A. Hudson and Michael McCarty Hosted on Monday, November 24, 2008

As the world moves farther into the 21st century, it seems a look at the
past is inevitable if for no other reason than to determine if we've made
any progress at all. Each person attending this week's Accessible World Tek
Talk online two part event will be guided by experts as Braille writing
past and present is reviewed by a recognized historian and a current day
technology expert on the latest technology for the blind.
Micheal A. Hudson, Director, Museum of the American Printing House for the

Download 11-24-08.mp3 15.11 MB Hosted on Monday, November 24, 2008

Demonstration on Turning Text Documents Into Audio by Don Barrett Hosted on Monday, November 17, 2008

Download 11-17-08.mp3 21.5 MB Hosted on Monday, November 17, 2008

Tek Talk Presents Stocking Stuffers 2008 Part Two by Accessible World Hosted on Monday, November 10, 2008

If you are still looking for that special present to please the most
discriminating family member, friend or colleague on your shopping list,
plan now to attend this week's Accessible World's free online Stocking
Stuffers 2008 Part Two event. It will feature three more manufacturers and
product distributors who provide useful and accessible products for
celebrating religious holidays, to remember a birthday or anniversary, to
send get well wishes or express gratitude to a special person in your life.

Download 11-10-08.mp3 22.3 MB Hosted on Monday, November 10, 2008

Tek Talk Presents: Stocking Stuffers 2008 Part One by Accessible World Hosted on Monday, November 03, 2008

Choosing just the right present for those on your holiday gift list will be much
easier again this year thanks to the upcoming free online Stocking Stuffers event
hosted by the Accessible World on Monday, November 3, and Monday, November 10, 2008.
Both days will feature a number of manufacturers and product Distributors who provide
useful and accessible products for celebrating religious holidays, to remember a
birthday or anniversary, to send get well wishes or express gratitude to a special

Download 11-03-08.mp3 24.12 MB Hosted on Monday, November 03, 2008

Presenting Stay in Touch with Windows Live Messenger On TekTalk by Joann Becker Hosted on Monday, October 27, 2008

More relevant online training will again be available this week as attention is directed
to Windows Live Messenger, the next-generation of MSN Instant Messenger. It has all
the cool features of Messenger, and much more! It is the software Microsoft rebranded
to coordinate with Windows Live, a family of free desktop and web based services.
Joann Becker, Access Technology Trainer, will demonstrate how to communicate with
your friends, family and colleagues using the latest Microsoft instant chat client,

Download 10-27-08.mp3 15.64 MB Hosted on Monday, October 27, 2008

Demonstration of an easier solution to a range of blind and low vision access needs With Dolphin Computer Access Hosted on Monday, October 20, 2008

During the Accessible World’s Tek Talk online event this week, attention will be
focused upon how the latest update of Dolphin’s screen reading, screen magnification
and reading and writing tools opens the world of information to those with vision
loss.
Dave Williams, Blindness Products Manager For Dolphin Computer Access Limited, will
provide a practical demonstration of new enhancements in Version 10 of the Hal screen
reader, Lunar screen magnifier and the Supernova screen reader/magnifier. This will

Download 10-20-08.mp3 18.65 MB Hosted on Monday, October 20, 2008

Get iTuned In: A Discussion by Brian Hartgen and Anna Dresner of Portable Media Players and Accompanying Software Hosted on Monday, October 13, 2008

During September 2008, Apple (who are world renowned for their range of iPod products
and an Internet Store from where music and movies can be downloaded), made two startling
announcements.
First, they stated that the iTunes software for transferring material to an iPod,
and the vehicle for accessing their Store, contained a level of accessibility for
screen-reader users. Second, the new range of Apple's iPod Nano products gives the
ability for a visually impaired person to have access to audio track titles and menus
through spoken prompts.

Download 10-13-08.mp3 25.01 MB Hosted on Monday, October 13, 2008

Discussion on Accessible Computer Games Past, Present and Future by Phil Vlasak Hosted on Monday, October 06, 2008

Phil Vlasak, founder of one of the oldest companies dedicated to developing blind
accessible games, will review the past present and future of blind friendly computer
games during the next Tek Talk event. This will include a description of the text
only games in the past up through the surround sound windows games of today and then
review predictions of what developments are next in the gaming industry.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a gaming expert all about the world of
accessible fun and entertainment.

Download 10-06-08.mp3 18.71 MB Hosted on Monday, October 06, 2008

Label It! Braille and Audio Strategies for Identifying Items at Home and Work Reviewed by Judy Dixon Hosted on Monday, September 29, 2008

Imagine for a moment that nothing in your house is labeled in braille. Or maybe you
don't have to imagine it! Do you reach in the fridge for some orange juice and grab
the milk carton instead? Ever sprinkle some cinnamon on your French toast - but it's
cayenne pepper instead? And are you wearing your new maroon silk top, or the one
with the plaid pattern that clashes with almost every pair of pants you own? These
examples may be extreme, but think about it - are you expending more mental energy
on identifying things than you would like?

Download 09-29-08.mp3 17.89 MB Hosted on Monday, September 29, 2008

Braille Plus and Icon: Power In Your Pocket by Amy Ruell, President, Visually Impaired Computer User Group, Massachusetts. Hosted on Monday, September 22, 2008

Presenter: Amy Ruell, President, Visually Impaired Computer User Group, Massachusetts.
Email: aruell@comcast.net
Web: www.vibug.org
Did you know that a personal digital assistant (PDA) is almost like holding a feature-rich
laptop in the palm of your hand?
Are you aware that with proper training a blind computer user can quickly learn to
use the many features of this powerful, totally accessible device?

Download 09-22-08.mp3 26.94 MB Hosted on Monday, September 22, 2008

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