A review of Trudeau airport in Montreal

A review of Trudeau airport in Montreal
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This is probably one of the friendliest and most welcoming Canadian Airports
and personally; I have found it to be quite accessible.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for passengers with special needs – 5
Assistance through out the airport – 5

Remarks :
Cab drivers are very good at finding airport staff to help passengers with
special needs.
They seem to be very aware of what is needed and why.

About airport staff:
They often go above the call of duty.

Any suggestions?
Just keep up the good work.

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How to make choosing i devices more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make choosing i devices more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

When it comes to choosing i devices, there are several things that one can
do in order to make this choice more accessible, and most of all friendlier.
We need to remember that not just the younger generation are the ones
seeking to purchase i devices; these days it is practically any and
everyone. So we have some very important tips to get you started on the
right foot.

1. Remember, you need to cater to the questions, inquiries, and requirements
of all ages.
2. You need to be more patient with those who did not grow up in the era of
technology.
3. Your staff needs to be trained re awareness of persons with various
disabilities.
4. They need to be trained to understand that one size does not fit all.
That is, every blind or vision impaired person is unique in the same way
that every sighted person is unique.
5. When it comes to customers with a disability, there are multi levels of
disability within each category of disability.
6. Don’t be intimidated; a good start would be for your staff to ask how
they can help and to provide guidance based on those questions.
7. It may not be a bad idea to have a small dedicated group who are always
on hand to assist customers with disabilities. One important thing to know
is that consistency of staff members on hand is always appreciated.

This should be a good start for you and your staff.
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Check out the Apple Viz Newsletter for April 2020

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
If you prefer, you can also use the link below to read the entire
newsletter.
https://www.applevis.com/newsletters/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-april-2020

1. Apple COVID–19 (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
The COVID–19 app has up-to-date information from trusted sources about the
coronavirus disease that is impacting
people across the world. It has a screening tool so you can find out what
you should do now for yourself or for a loved
one. And it gives you access to resources you may need to feel supported and
informed.
The COVID–19 app is developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), the White
House, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Current Version: 2.2 (April 16, 2020)
Read Apple COVID–19’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/apple-covid-19
Visit Apple COVID–19’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/apple-covid-19/id1504132184

2. Broadcasts (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Listen to streaming internet radio in an ultra-simple, single-purpose app.
Sample the joys of free, public Irish radio on your device with the built-in
presets, or upgrade to the full version and add
your own stations from the Station Directory, or manually via URL — no
subscription required. Feel free to edit the
presets to try your own stations for free. Sync your library across iPhone,
iPad and Mac, with iCloud and Universal
Purchase.

Current Version: 1.3 (April 30, 2020)
Read Broadcasts’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/broadcasts
Visit Broadcasts’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/broadcasts/id1469995354

3. Libro FM (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Libro.fm is the first and only audiobook company to make it possible for you
to buy audiobooks directly through your
favorite local bookstore. You can choose from more than 150,000 audiobooks,
including New York Times best sellers and
recommendations from booksellers. With Libro.fm you’ll get the same
audiobooks at the same price as the largest
audiobook company, but you’ll be supporting your local community.
Audiobooks purchased at Libro.fm are synced with the app immediately, so you
can get listening right away. Download an
audiobook once and then listen offline whenever and wherever you want via
your iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, or iPad.

Current Version: 4.3.5 (March 23, 2020)
Read Libro FM’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/books/libro-fm
Visit Libro FM’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/libro-fm/id1057776523

4. Livedesk Studio (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
With Livedesk Studio you can live broadcast on any video streaming service
from your Mac.
Use it with any platform like Facebook Live, Youtube Live, Twitch, Mixer,
Periscope, on premise services and many more.
You can live stream your webcam, your desktop activity, a connected mobile
device (iPhone & iPad) or a prerecorded
video file.
You can probably think of a number of potential opportunities already: you
might live-stream an event, a Keynote
presentation, your gameplay, an announcement, a web tutorial – you name it.

Current Version: 5.8.0 (April 27, 2020)
Read Livedesk Studio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/livedesk-studio
Visit Livedesk Studio’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/livedesk-studio/id1217841826?mt=12

5. Metronome Touch (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
Metronome Touch. Style of pendulum.
Metronome Touch is created with one objective: to design a classic metronome
with a unique style, so we combined a
precise pendulum, perfected accuracy, and realistic interaction. Made of
aluminum and glass, Metronome Touch proves a
huge statement: It is as exclusive as your device. Launching Metronome
Touch, your device will become a metronome.
Anyone can try to make a metronome app, but success only comes when
listening to customers. That’s why Metronome
Touch centers around functions that musicians are looking for: The ability
to tap a beat, use customizable presets to save
your favorite sets (bpm, time signature and accentuation), and multiple
useful ways of adjusting the bpm. Metronome
Touch even goes far beyond that: Neither analog nor digital metronomes can
synchronize pendulums. But Metronome
Touch can. This opens completely new ways when practicing, performing on
stage or doing studio recordings.

Current Version: 3.1 (April 22, 2020)
Read Metronome Touch’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/metronome-touch
Visit Metronome Touch’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/metronome-touch/id475805800

6. Oltrel’eclisse (macOS, US$8.99)
This is an online fighting game. Travel with your spaceship and destroy
enemy ones in a combat arena. And if you don’t
have an internet connection, earn points with the missions. To learn how to
play you can use the training section.

Current Version: 2.7.1 (April 20, 2020)
Read Oltrel’eclisse’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/games/oltreleclisse
Visit Oltrel’eclisse’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/oltre-leclisse/id1494609329?mt=12

7. 1Timer (Voice Timer) (macOS, US$1.99)
This app provides timers with voice reminders at a frequency of your choice.
You will be pleasantly surprised by how useful the app is in many scenarios.
Here is an incomplete list of possible use
cases.
Workout – we have you covered whether it simple workout or complex workout
routines.
Habits – shape up some time-bounded habits.
Kids – give your kids a disciplinary countdown.
Be on time – get reminders before it’s too late.
Routines – perform daily time-bound routines.
Exams/tests – be informed before the time’s up.
And many more…
Current Version: 1.0.2 (April 22, 2020)
Read 1Timer (Voice Timer)’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/1timer-voice-timer
Visit 1Timer (Voice Timer)’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1505462559?mt=12

8. Supersense AI (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Supersense is the smartest and simplest scanner app made for the blind and
visually impaired users to read any text
format independently.
With the power of AI, Supersense automatically figures out what you are
trying to scan, guides you on how to point the
camera, and reads the content in the right format. Its unique design
minimizes the time and frustrations of scanning and
reading text for a blind and visually impaired user.
Full features of Supersense:
Smart Scanner: The app looks at the text you are trying to read and the AI
figures out whether it is a short text, a boo
k, a currency, or something else
Smart Guidance: The app guides you on how to point the camera and finds the
best angle to have the most accurate res
ults
Read all sorts of texts: documents, mails, books, currencies or handwriting
Import: Read and explore text from the photos in your camera roll
Most features work without an internet connection so that the blind or
visually impaired user can use it in any situation.
The app has full VoiceOver accessibility support and is available in
multiple languages.

Current Version: 1.2.6 (April 29, 2020)
Read Supersense AI’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/supersense-ai
Visit Supersense AI’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1484547836?mt=8

9. The Infinite Story (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
The Infinite Story is a text adventure game whose story is generated by an
AI. Every situation you will encounter is
unique and will be shaped by your actions. Start as one of 8 different
classes (from Peasant to Noble) and discover a rich
fantasy world. Build your own adventure in the first Human-AI cooperative
storytelling game.

Current Version: 1.2.1 (April 24, 2020)
Read The Infinite Story’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/infinite-story
Visit The Infinite Story’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-infinite-story/id1491164959

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for May 2020 – helping you to stay in touch

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for May 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
*Pressure Cookers are Back Safer than Ever
* diabetes management devices and technology for people with visual
impairments

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Completion of customs and immigration forms
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

What scammers are presently doing?
They are using phone calls made by persons from outside of North America to
try and tempt you to accept bogus offers of low interest loans.
Simply hang up when you receive one of these phone calls.

Eronious faxes!
These are becoming more frequent and just delete them upon receipt.

Ignore these emails:
Those from those pretending to be government reps asking you to contact them
in order to receive benefits under government programs.

Keeping track of your credit card!
Never let it out of your sight whenever you are purchasing anything and
especially during these days of the Corona virus.

Purchasing online!
Be very careful when you purchase online!
Make sure to verify where you are purchasing from.

How often should you be changing your sheets and pillow cases?
The recommended time is at least once every two weeks.

How often should you be changing your bed?
The experts say every 7 years.

What is the difference between using glass containers and stainless
containers?
The stainless steel containers are better conducters of heat
and they cool off more quickly.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Pressure Cookers are Back Safer than Ever

Pressure cookers, those big monster pots we recall from childhood, are
making a big comeback, and bringing good news with them: They are not the
spitting, noisy, steam generators they once were. Modern improvements have
made pressure cookers as safe and easy to use as slow cookers, but with
decided advantages.

To understand what a pressure cooker is, think of a pot that you use on the
stovetop that has a locking lid. When the liquid inside boils, it is
trapped. The steam that is generated builds up pressure creating a higher
cooking temperature and shorter cooking time. The pressure is measured in
PSI (pounds of force per square inch), a term you’ll find in pressure cooker
recipes.

Pressure cookers have a gasket or rubber ring that creates a seal, which,
for safety reasons, is essential. Safety valves that automatically release
pressure if it builds too high, and safety lids that are impossible to open
until the pressure has
reduced are huge improvements over old models from yesteryear.

Pressure cooking has so many advantages that you might wonder how you ever
lived without one once you give it a try.

NUTRITION. Because food is cooked in less liquid for a shorter amount of
time, more vitamins and minerals are retained than in traditional or slow
cooking.

FLAVOR AND TEXTURE. Because food that is pressure-cooked becomes done
so quickly, you will notice increased flavor and better texture in
everything from steamed vegetables to potatoes, chicken and all types of
meats. That’s not always the case with food that’s been in a slow cooker for
six to eight hours.

TIME. Food cooks up to 70 percent faster under pressure. That means what
normally would take one hour will be done in about 20 minutes. And pasta or
rice that normally take 15 minutes to cook? They’ll be done in five minutes.
You can get home from work, place the ingredients in the pressure cooker and
have the meal done in just a few minutes, which is probably as long as it
takes to set the table and tidy the kitchen.

ENERGY. Quick cooking means you will use a lot less energy. Even at a high
temperature, you won’t heat the house during the summer because of the short
period of time your cooker will be turned on. By saving 70 percent of the
gas or electricity normally used in conventional cooking, the pressure
cooker can pay for itself in just months.

CLEANER. When everything is trapped inside the pressure cooker, you won’t
experience anything boiling over or splattering all over the stove. That
makes cleaning a cinch.

BUYING A PRESSURE COOKER. Different models have varying features, but
generally you want to get a pressure cooker in a size that will fit your
storage area and family size. Pressure cookers come in sizes from 2-quart to
21-quart. Large ccookers are typically used for home canning.

I have the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic 5-quart model, which is called the Mercedes
of pressure cookers. I’ve found that it is called that for a reason, because
it really is a lovely thing. Time has ceased to be much of a consideration
when I prepare dinner in my pressure cooker. I can fix perfectly cooked
artichokes in just a few minutes and ditto for a roast, chicken, potatoes,
beans, rice, you name it and I’ll
bet I’ve cooked it under pressure.

There are many other models of excellent pressure cookers with great
reviews, as low as $50 like this Presto 6-quart model and going upwards to
$400 or more.

If you have an older model pressure cooker or one you picked up used or
inherited, make sure you have all of the parts and that they are working
well. For safety reasons, this is very important. Check the manufacturer’s
website to get the user manual for your particular model if that is missing.
Also, consider replacing the rubber ring or gasket as these can become
cracked and brittle
with time.

Finally, use recipes designed for pressure cookers when you get started,
until you feel confident in adapting traditional recipes. America’s Test
Kitchen has a great pressure cookbook, too. You’ll find the most
comprehensive information on cooking under pressure, including recipes,
how-tos, resources and forums, at
hipPressureCooking.com and MissVickie.com—websites devoted to all things
pressure cooking.

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diabetes management devices and technology for people with visual
impairments
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?docid=aw180208
(note: links inserted by dan after checking for activity.)
jamie pauls
for most of my 53 years on this planet, i have had very little reason to
visit a doctor for anything other than the occasional required checkup that
generally consisted of a cursory
examination by my physician, a few minutes of filling out information on a
form, and my happily going on my way. even though i was born totally blind,
my condition could not be
aided by medical intervention, and i had no problems with my eyes that
required treatment. when my mother and sister were both diagnosed with
diabetes several years ago, i didn’t
take a lot of time to contemplate whether i should be more diligent in
having my own medical condition thoroughly evaluated. my wife had a glucose
meter–a device used to measure
blood sugar levels–around because of some medical issues she was dealing
with, and i thought about asking her to check my blood sugar, but i always
found excuses to put it off for
another time.
the first signal from my brain to my body indicating that there might be
trouble was a chronic, nagging thirst that was especially evident when i
drank sweet beverages. i reduced the
amount of sweets, drank a bit more water, and felt better, so i figured all
was well. when the nagging thirst became almost intolerable, and wasn’t even
quench by drinking water, i
began to google my symptoms. no matter how many searches i conducted, and no
matter how much i read, i came back to the same conclusion. one evening when
i was feeling
lethargic, achy, and, of course, thirsty, i asked my wife to check my blood
sugar. although several readings yielded different results, they were all
high enough that, at her insistence,
i took a trip to the emergency room. i was evaluated, my glucose level was
brought down to a reading that wasn’t quite as dangerously high as it had
been, and i ran headlong into a
brick wall of reality–i was a type 2 diabetic.
a few days later, a trip to my family physician’s office started me on a
journey that i will be on for the rest of my life. in this article, i will
tell you a bit about my journey, give you some
tips about how you or a loved one who is blind can manage this disease as a
blind person, and explore the possibilities that lie just around the corner.
managing diabetes as a person with a visual impairment
my doctor immediately placed me on oral medication to help reduce my glucose
(blood sugar) levels, protect my kidneys, and lower my blood pressure.
later, i began to take
medication to assist with lowering cholesterol–all important elements in
the proper treatment of diabetes. although i could have used braille or some
other tactile method to label my pill
bottles, i chose to keep them in separate locations in order not to mix them
up. whatever method you choose, the important thing is to keep your
medications straight. for me,
injections have not yet been necessary, but we will discuss them later in
this article.
i have always been a reader, so i began doing as much research on diabetes
management as i possibly could. for anyone who is comfortable with
technology, electronic books on
the subject are in abundance, and there are titles available from the
national library service
(nls) program for those who have specialized players
http://www.loc.gov/nls/
or smartphone apps for reading this content. i will not recommend one
specific title, since a book that speaks directly to one person might not be
as helpful to another, and new
research is taking place on a regular basis.
as important as proper medication is to the successful management of
diabetes, healthy eating is vital. a nutritionist with whom i spoke stated
it this way: “everyone should eat like a
diabetic.” i became intensely interested in how many grams of carbohydrates
(carbs) were in my food, as well as other key ingredients. the
my fitness pal
app on my iphone
became my best friend, giving me instant access to all of this information
no matter where i was.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?mt=8/
the service can be accessed from the web and other mobile platforms as well.
later, i began using the
i.d. mate galaxy
from en-vision america to read the information found on the bar codes of the
foods i was preparing for myself.
http://www.envisionamerica.com/products/idmate/
i later
wrote about this bar code scanner
in the august 2016 issue of accessworld.
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?docid=aw170803
monitoring blood sugar as a person with a visual impairment
for the first few days of my diagnosis, my sighted wife checked my blood
sugar regularly, since i had no way of doing so independently. my pharmacy
told me that they had access
to a talking glucose meter–a device that shows the glucose level on a
digital screen and, in some cases, announces it audibly. the glucose meter
obtained by my pharmacy was the
autocode from
prodigy diabetes care, llc
.

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i later learned that this is the oldest product from that company, and it
didn’t quite meet my needs. it is not possible to fully set up the unit
without sighted assistance, it does not allow
for 90 day averages of glucose levels–something that we will discuss
later–and the use of one button to do most actions made the device
inconvenient for me to use.
the
prodigy voice

Prodigy Voice®


the
prodigy voice
is fully audible from setup to test results, has a button to repeat the last
message spoken, has buttons that are easy to distinguish from one another,
has a screen
that is easier to read for those with low vision, provides 7, 14, 21, 30,
60, and 90 day averages, and has a headphone jack that will afford privacy
for those who don’t want their
glucose levels announced to the entire world. quoting from the company’s
website, “the prodigy voice is the only meter to receive an access award
from the?american foundation
for the blind?(afb) and an access plus award from the?national federation of
the blind (nfb). the access plus award is given to products that afford
blind patients the same?
convenience and features available to everybody else.”
my first attempts at checking my own blood sugar were spectacularly
unsuccessful. i was stressed, my motions were clumsy, and i managed to smear
any drop of blood that i
successfully acquired before i could get it to the test strip. six months
after my diagnosis of diabetes, i still find that i sometimes need to stick
myself three or four times before i am
able to get a drop of blood onto the test strip. i do not have dexterity
issues, but the test strips are fairly small. they come in a bottle that
resembles a pill bottle with a hinged lid. when
the container is full of strips, it can be a challenge to remove only one
strip without bringing several of its friends along. there are times when i
am able to perform a glucose level
check on the first try. sometimes a finger is particularly easy for me to
use, until, that is, a callous forms on the place where i inevitably stick
myself several tests in a row. i then have
to find a new spot, and the process of getting comfortable with sticking
myself in that spot starts all over again.
lancets, the needles used to stick yourself in order to acquire blood for
the test, are small, and some may have difficulty handling them. i use a
lancet holder, and change the lancets
regularly. you are supposed to change them every single time. i have
discovered that, if i decide to re-use a lancet, a stick will become
increasingly painful the duller the lancet
becomes. it is possible to obtain disposable lancets that are only used one
time, and do not require the use of a lancet holder. i am told that
disposable lancets, which have a preset
penetration level when performing a stick, are more painful than using a
lancet holder, where the depth of skin penetration can be adjusted.
i have a high pain tolerance, so others may disagree with the following
statement, but i would not say that sticking my finger to perform a glucose
level check is particularly painful.
the lancet is retracted into the lancet holder. placing the holder on your
finger and depressing a button will cause the lancet to spring forward and
administer the stick. for a while, i
tried using a lower penetration setting, but found that, with a fresh
lancet, setting the level to the maximum penetration depth was more likely
to produce a good drop of blood, and did
not cause me significantly more discomfort than a lower penetration level.
sticking the sides of the finger seems to cause less pain than the pads, and
certainly the tip of the finger,
which has the most nerve endings.
i find that washing my hands in warm water helps with blood flow, as well as
providing a clean environment for performing the test. milking–gently
massaging–the finger can also help
to bring blood to the area before performing a stick. i find that having a
plastic container that contains all my supplies–glucose meter, test strips,
lancet holder, lancets, alcohol wipes,
and tissues to help ensure that blood flow has stopped after the test has
been performed–is invaluable to my success since it helps me stay
organized.
any talking glucose meter should tell you if there is not enough blood on
your test strip, if the strip is wet or has been used, if the glucose
reading is out of range, and certainly, what
the actual glucose reading is at the time of the test. it should be possible
to cycle through a history of past readings, and be able to look at averages
over a period of time. when i
went back to my family physician for a three-month checkup, the average
reading obtained from my doctor’s lab was very close to that given by the
glucose meter i was using at the
time. these readings are known as your a1c, which is a marker found in your
body that allows your doctor to know what your average glucose level has
been over the past two or
three months. while your glucose meter will give you an average reading of,
for example, 154 milligrams per deciliter, your a1c will be read as 8.0. it
is possible to find a1c
converters using a smartphone app, or looking on the web.
it used to be necessary to manually calibrate glucose meters when a new
bottle of test strips was opened, but this is no longer the case with any of
the current meters on the market,
so far as i am aware. each test strip has a notch on the end that needs to
fit into the meter, and a good talking glucose meter will tell you when the
unit is ready for testing. finally,
meters allow for alternate site testing–taking glucose readings from your
arm, for example, but from what i have read, results are often less accurate
than those obtained from the
finger, so i have never attempted alternate site testing.
because i was not happy with the glucose meter i first tried, a friend
recommended the solus v2 from
biosense medical devices
.
http://biosensemd.com/
the meter is currently
available from amazon
for $13.99. however, in researching prices for this article, it appears that
the test strips for the solus v2 are no longer available. if i
can’t find them again, i will need to consider
purchasing the prodigy voice
, available for $39.99 from amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/prodigy-voice-totally-audible-vision/dp/b004djg0vw/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=utf8&qid=1482091811&sr=8-3&keywords=prodigy+talking+glucose+meter
amazon also sells
a 50-count box of prodigy test strips
for $8.80.
https://www.amazon.com/prodigy-voice-test-strips-count-box/dp/b003gqteqg/ref=pd_bxgy_121_img_2?
_encoding=utf8&pd_rd_i=b003gqteqg&pd_rd_r=z1d0bk016sjmen3d19rm&pd_rd_w=lvzsd&pd_rd_wg=ni1cu&refrid=z1d0bk016sjmen3d19rm&th=1
in the february, 2012 issue of accessworld, an article by darren burton,
john lilly, matthew enigk, and ricky kirkendall entitled
diabetes and visual impairment: an update on
accessible blood glucose meters
discusses what to look for in a glucose meter that is accessible both from a
totally blind, and a low-vision perspective.
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?docid=aw130204
in that article, four glucose meters were considered fully accessible. they
were:
the prodigy voice from prodigy diabetes care
the solo v2 from biosense medical devices (also known as the solus v2)
the fora v20 from fora care, inc
the fora v22 from fora care, inc
of the first two, it appears as of this writing that the prodigy voice may
be the only meter still available whose test strips can be easily purchased.
the fora care v20 and fora care
v22 appear to have been replaced by the
fora care v30a
, although i have been unable to find any reviews of this product from a
blind person’s perspective.
fora v30a talking blood glucose meter (english / español) | foracare inc.
https://www.fora-shop.com/collections/feature-products/products/fora-v30a-talking-blood-glucose-meter
there are currently glucose meters that connect with a smartphone via an
app, but i have yet to find a review or audio demonstration from a blind
person who can recommend one of
these units.
when pills aren’t enough: administering diabetes injections as a person with
a visual impairment
as i stated earlier in this article, i have not needed to give myself
injections of insulin or other medications thus far in the treatment of my
diabetes. in the july, 2006 issue of
accessworld, darren burton and mark uslan wrote an article entitled
diabetes and visual impairment: are insulin pens accessible?
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?docid=aw070403
although 10 years old, this article gives some excellent tips on deciding
whether to use re-useable or disposable insulin pins. it appears that the
pins recommended in this article are
still available today.
independent blood pressure monitoring for people with visual impairments
my blood pressure has been stable every time i have visited my doctor, and i
have not been told to regularly keep track of blood pressure readings. if i
ever decide to do so,
however, there are talking options available to me.
a search for talking blood pressure monitors from independent living aids
yielded two results, with prices of $59.95 and $79.95.
maxi aids
lists one for $79.95.
a search on the applevis website yielded a
review of the qardioarm wireless blood pressure monitor
written by elena brescacin. rob armstrong has recorded a podcast of the
review and demonstration of the qardioarm wireless blood pressure monitor
and its companion ios app
, also on
applevis
. i am confident that, should i need to monitor my blood
pressure, i could do so independently, thanks to these talking devices.
looking toward the future of accessible diabetes management
continuous glucose monitoring (cgm) using such technology solutions as
dexcom incorporate a sensor placed under the skin, a receiver that fits onto
the sensor, and an app that
sends the data to your mobile device. according to a friend who uses this
technology but wishes to remain anonymous for privacy reasons, the system is
a bit tricky to set up, but
can be used by a blind person.
researchers in south korea are
working on a wearable patch
that can use sweat to monitor glucose levels,and deliver medication through
microneedles. in conjunction with an
accessible app, imagine how convenient this could be for blind people who
need to regularly monitor their glucose levels.
the bottom line
this article from the american foundation for the blind
gives some excellent guidelines that will help you determine what your blood
glucose levels should be at various times of the
day, along with information previously discussed in this article.
this youtube video
walks you through setup and use of the prodigy voice glucose meter.
for anyone, whether blind or sighted, a diagnosis of diabetes is a
life-changing, and likely stressful experience. for someone who is losing
their vision, or is totally blind, the
experience can be even more daunting. the good news is that, with the right
monitoring tools and techniques along with patience, no matter whether you
are young or old, it is
possible to manage your diabetes independently, or with minimal assistance
from others.
although diabetes is a serious disease, there is no reason to let it keep
you from living your life to the fullest extent possible. whether you are a
young person who is just finding out
who and what you want to be, or an older adult who wants to enjoy their
retirement years, you can take control of diabetes starting today!

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From the pages of Donna’s diary

Completion of customs and immigration forms
When it comes to doing this, your options are extremely limited and if you
are determined to protect your precious details then the best persons to ask
would be the in flight agents aboard the aircraft.

Normally, these persons are extremely conscientious when it comes to
safeguarding your privacy but you need to ask them to assist you with this
before the flight commences.

There is talk that airline staff may not be allowed to help with this moving
forward so you need to check either with your airline before hand or phone
the 1800 o Canada number which is 1800 622 6232.
Your last resort if you are unable to gain assistance from in flight agents
would be to ask those agents escorting you to customs and immigration to
assist you.

Remember; those forms ask for details such as your home address, date of
birth, and passport number. All of which are what most scammers and hackers
are constantly on the prowl for.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

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And like me on Facebook at
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A review of the Dollarama store at the Bridlewood Mall – great customer service

A review of the Dollar Rama store at the bridlewood mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
No mall is complete without the inclusion of a store where you can find so
many things at a relatively low price and in addition there is a huge
variety and quantity of each product.
This is what the Dollar Rama store brings to the Bridlewood Mall in Toronto.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 4
Assistance for guests with special needs – 4

Remarks :
Access to the store is extremely easy and navigating the aisles is also easy
and accessible.

About staff:
They are very helpful and go beyond the call of duty.

My experience:
Excellent!

Any suggestions?
We need more Dollar Rama stores!

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Making craft making more accessible – a great suggestion for home bound folks

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making craft making more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

If you own a crafts store or shop and one of the services that you offer are
lessons in the various types of crafts that you sell; then this is for you.

For example: You own a knitting shop, you own an arts shop, you own a shop
that sells stuff to do such crafts as crocheting, embroidering, and anything
in this type of arena, then you could consider giving lessons to your
customers.

Here are some tips to get you started.
1. You could go one step further and offer lessons to customers with special
needs.
2. You can advertise your services far and wide including by word of mouth,
to organizations for and of persons with special needs.
3. You could even set up evenings where you invite persons with special
needs to visit your shop and have a free lesson.
4. On such evenings, you can also organize an informal session and offer
light refreshments to set the tone.
5. Make sure that your shop can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and that
there is enough room for free and easy passage of them.
6. In the case of those who are blind and vision impaired, make sure that
your staff is well trained to accommodate their needs.
7. This would include such things as guiding techniques and how to work with
their needles and other implements.

This should be a good starting point for you.

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Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter for March 2020

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter
which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website.
Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by
members of the community – from new app entries, and much more.
To view the entire newsletter on the web please go to
https://www.applevis.com/newsletters/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-march-2020
New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Blind Quest, The enchanted Castle (iOS/iPadOS, US$4.99)
Blind Quest is a fantasy role-playing game where you will guide Nathan the
mercenary in an epic adventure across the
lands of Aetherna.
The Enchanted Castle of King Alen is invaded by ghosts. His daughter, Helen,
is in search of a hero who can defeat this
supernatural menace and only Nathan, a solitary mercenary, dares to help
her.
Explore incredible locations such as the Desert of Sarteras and the Dungeons
of Curigos and other 50 maps in 10 dif
ferent scenarios to explore and interact with!
More than 20 enemies to face in an engaging turn-based combat system! Battle
against terrible foes like the Nec
romancer, the Crystal Dragon and many more!
With 3 or more hours of gameplay and a high level of replayability Blind
Quest – The Enchanted Castle is a true fan
tasy epic!
Save the reign of Reldia and princess Helen!
Become a LEGEND!

Current Version: 3 (March 26, 2020)
Read Blind Quest, The enchanted Castle’s AppleVis App Directory entry for
more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blind-quest
Visit Blind Quest, The enchanted Castle’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blind-quest/id1501491798

2. Bump Bump Braille Learn (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Bump Bump Braille Learn puts learning braille at your finger tips. Learn the
entire alphabet, and the in, and outs of
braille. If you already know braille we provide a cheat sheet with the
entire alphabet. We will add more features in each
incremental update. Bump Bump Braille makes learning braille easy.

Current Version: 1.5 (September 24, 2019)
Read Bump Bump Braille Learn’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/bump-bump-braille-learn
Visit Bump Bump Braille Learn’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bump-bump-braille-learn/id1446923167

3. Google Podcasts (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
With Google Podcasts, you can find and listen to the world’s podcasts for
free.
Discover podcasts you’ll love
Subscribe and listen to all your favorite podcasts.
Explore show and episode recommendations just for you.
Browse popular and trending shows in comedy, news, sports, and more.
Customize your listening experience
Listen at faster playback speeds or skip over silences.
Queue up episodes for a seamless listening experience.
Easily keep track of your listening history, downloads, and subscriptions.
Listen wherever you are
Listen on multiple devices – phone, laptop, smart speaker – without losing
your place.
Auto-download shows to listen offline and on the go.
Discover podcasts using Google Search and Google Assistant.

Read Google Podcasts’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/google-podcasts
Visit Google Podcasts’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-podcasts/id1398000105

4. Mani (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Banknotes under Mahatma Gandhi (New) series with change in the size and
design were introduced in November 2016.
Under this new series, banknotes in the denominations of Rs.10, Rs.20,
Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.200 Rs.500 and Rs.2000 have
since been released. The Reserve Bank of India has been sensitive to the
challenges faced by the visually challenged in
conducting their day to day business with Indian banknotes. This application
will aid the visually impaired to identify the
denomination of Indian banknotes of Mahatma Gandhi Series and Mahatma Gandhi
(New) series by capturing the image
of the notes placed in front of rear mobile camera. The application will
generate audio and
non-sonic notification intimating the currency note denomination to the
user.

Current Version: 1.3 (January 24, 2020)
Read Mani’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/mani
Visit Mani’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/in/app/%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%A3-mani/id1491441464

5. ?NetNewsWire: RSS Reader (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
NetNewsWire is a free and open source RSS reader. It’s fast, stable, and
accessible.
NetNewsWire shows you articles from your favorite blogs and news sites — and
keeps track of what you’ve read.
If you’ve been going from page to page in your browser looking for new
articles to read, let NetNewsWire bring them to
you instead.
If you’ve been getting your news from Facebook and Twitter — with their ads,
algorithms, and user tracking — get your
news from your favorite sites directly, and more reliably, with NetNewsWire.
Take back control of your news. And have fun doing it!

Current Version: 5.0 (March 9, 2020)
Read ?NetNewsWire: RSS Reader’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/news/netnewswire-rss-reader
Visit ?NetNewsWire: RSS Reader’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/netnewswire-rss-reader/id1480640210

6. Pitch Black: Audio Pong (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
Take on eccentric opponents in nine different arenas and battle your way to
the top of the Pitch Black: Audio Pong
championships. Use your ears to win the title and rip through our exotic
stages and arenas. Audio Pong uses binaural
audio to accurately spatialise and recreate your favorite classic arcade
game. Pitch Black: Audio Pong has been built to be
entirely accessible for visually impaired gamers. This audio game features
fully voice acted characters, created
soundscapes, fully interactive game areas, incredibly diverse sound design,
an innovative audio only menu system and a
featured playlist of our own classic arcade soundtracks.
Brought to you by Purple Jam Ltd, Audio Pong is the first in a series of
Audio Games that focus on innovative audio
mechanics. Through using binaural audio, Purple Jam Ltd intend to create a
diverse list of Audio Game milestones,
ranging from arcade games inspired by the classics to completely original
audio innovations. Purple Jam Ltd aims to
deliver new and exciting audio only games to expand on recent binaural
application within the gaming industry, so keep
up to date with our latest releases to see what cool and exciting games were
developing next!

Read Pitch Black: Audio Pong’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/pitch-black-audio-pong
Visit Pitch Black: Audio Pong’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pitch-black-audio-pong/id1502114873

7. PowerAid – Power failure alarm (iOS/iPadOS, US$0.99)
PowerAid is an app that brutally awakes you in case of a power outage. If
there is a storm coming or a big freeze is on it’s
way, then you really need this app. Even if PowerAid awakes you just once,
it will probably be your wisest investment
ever.
It’s really simple: Connect your device to a power adapter and start the
app. Put the device to sleep. That’s it! If the
power goes out, a really loud alarm goes off.
PowerAid may also be used as an anti-theft alarm if you are charging your
iPhone in public places.

Current Version: 2.0 (November 10, 2019)
Read PowerAid – Power failure alarm’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/poweraid-power-failure-alarm
Visit PowerAid – Power failure alarm’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/poweraid-power-failure-alarm/id631326185

8. TameWatch (watchOS, US$2.99)
What if we could get a little nostalgic and take care of our health at the
same time? In TameWatch a little Pet friend (a
Yeti!) will be your health companion. We ask from your Health Data to count
your steps, so you can trade them for food
to feed your Yeti. Getting nostalgic already? Download now and start your
friendship with your virtual pet!

Current Version: 1.7 (March 10, 2020)
Read TameWatch’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/apple-watch/health-and-fitness/tamewatch
Visit TameWatch’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tamewatch/id1485279593

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for April – something for everyone

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for April 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

For this month –
Be ware of those phone calls with an automated recording telling you that
charges were made to your credit card.
Simply hang up and then check with your credit card company.

The DHL scam!
If you receive either a phone call or an email telling you that you need to
pick up a parcel but there is no tracking number included in either the
phone call or email, then this is a scam.
Even if there is a tracking number included, take note of the phone number
and tracking number and then phone DHL to check it out.

As we continue to fight the Corona virus, here is an important tip.
It is more effective to wash hands as opposed to using wipes or wet ones.
Sometimes it may not be possible to wash hands so you can use hand
sanitizers.

What is the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting?
Sanitizing refers to the removal of germs.
Disinfecting refers to killing the germs.

What’s this about using rubbing alcohol?
It is just another way to sanitize your hands during this difficult time.

An important tip about the strength of viruses!
They weaken with length of time.
They are strongest on wooden and metal surfaces.

Some additional important tips:
• Wash your hands thoroughly (20 Seconds) with soap and warm water or use
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available. Please remember
washing your hand with soap and warm water is the best method.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
• Stay home from work/when you are ill
• Do not spend unnecessary time in common element facilities
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the
tissue in the garbage and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue,
sneeze or cough in your sleeve or arm.
• Stay away from large public gatherings
• Pay close attention to travel advisories if you are travelling
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your
home such as doorknobs, cellphones, keys, headphones, counters, switches, tv
remotes
• If you are sick, please keep in mind to keep your distance from the
vulnerable and elderly

About drinking soda?
O yes! It can raise the level of carbohydrates.

A good way to gage a healthy weight loss?
Experts are saying that a 5% to 9% of your body weight is a good gage.

About blood donations:
Each time you donate blood, it has a shelf life of 42 days.
That is, after you have donated your blood, it lasts for about 42 days then
it is no longer usable.

When washing shef’s nives?
Never put them into your dish washer.

About managing your cutting boards?
Use plastic cutting boards when cutting up your meat.
Wash all cutting boards with salt and lemon.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to deal with cloudy glassware
By Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate

Dear Mary: Not long ago, you had a comment about glasses coming out of the
dishwasher with water spots and stains on them and what to do. I thought I
kept it as I do keep so many of your Everyday Cheapskate but cannot find
this one.

I’ve used Jet Dry and that isn’t helping. We have very hard water. Any
solutions would be appreciated.
Brenda

Dear Brenda: Water marks as you describe, or generally cloudy glassware, are
usually the result of the minerals in hard water, but not always.

To tell if your glasses are plagued by hard water deposits, try soaking a
glass in a pan of warm white vinegar for 5 minutes. If the cloudy deposits
disappear, then hard water is your problem. Put all of your cloudy pieces
through a white vinegar rinse to remove the minerals.

If the full-strength white vinegar does not make that glass sparkling clear,
chances are good that the mineral buildup has, over time, actually etched
the surface of the glass. In this case, there’s nothing you can do to
restore the glass which has been worn away.

Because you say you have such hard water, I’m hopeful you will be able to
restore your glassware by simply removing the minerals. Then, in the future
occasionally (monthly is good) add a cup of white vinegar to the final
dishwasher rinse to keep the glasses sparkly—and to also clean the inside of
your dishwasher from mineral buildup.

There is a product on the market, Glisten, that will soften the water to
keep hard

water stains from appearing while at the same time clean your dishwasher. I’d
give that a try as well before giving up on your beautiful glasses. Let us
know how it works out for you!

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Tips for preventing basement leakage

I am by no means a professional contractor or expert on water proofing
basements. However, we had ours done and are very pleased with the outcome.
Home owners hope to find a trustworthy company that is not just putting on a
good show to get your business. So I am providing a few ideas and resources
as well as who we chose to water proof our basement.

This year as in many places in the U.S. we got an over abundance of rain.
Yay for the new subpump and additional water proofing.

I actually had to add a plastic gutter runoff spilway at the base of the
subpump pipe that came out into our back yard hill. The soil was starting
to wash away. The addition directed water further out into the yard.

Resources for professional companies which water proof basements:

We had the GreenTree Water Proofing systems fix our basementtwo years ago.
There has been no leaks. We were able to put a new man cave down there that
I use as a recording studio and office.

Our cost was $7,500.00.

1. Greentree Waterproofing,
Inc.

www.greentreewaterproofinginc.com/

Greentree Waterproofing, Inc.

Serving Central IL since 1992

“We’re family owned and local since 1992”

Basement, Crawl Space Waterproofing Systems Foundation Repair

(Transferable life of the foundation system warranty)

Senior Discounts

No interest financing plans available

Toll Free 1-800-831-0112

Owners

We are the company for you if you’re experiencing any of the following
foundation problems:

Basement water seepage where the wall meets the floor (hydrostatic pressure)

Water seepage in the corners where walls meet

Scattered spider or hairline cracks allowing water to seep up through the
basement floor

Wet crawl space

Surface water entering the basement at the top of the wall

Horizontal or vertical foundation cracks in the wall

Want an emergency escape egress window/well in the basement

Sump pump installation

Need sump pump back up options should your sump pump fail

2. Basement Waterproofing Information and Estimates | Wet Basement
Contractors at Basement Systems

http://www.basementsystems.com/

Finding a responsible and trustworthy contractor is challenging, but you’ll
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Showing up on time for appointments, performing the work that we contract to
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Tips start below from a variety of reliable sources.

1. Ensure that all downspouts discharge rainwater at least 8-10 feet
away from your foundation.

2. Ensure that soil and landscaping slopes away from the foundation to
prevent water build-up.

3. If there is excessive water between your home and your neighbour’s,
create a swale or install a french drain to channel water to the front or
back of your properties.

4. Clear window wells of any debris to assure optimal drainage.

5. Make sure that the caulking around windows and doors is in good
condition in order to prevent leaks through the building envelope.

6. Grade the soil so that at least 4 inches of the foundation is visible
above grade; this will prevent water front entering your basement from the
top of your foundation walls.

7. Tuck point cracked mortar joints in brick walls to prevent rain from
coming through the building envelope and leaking into your basement.

8. Confirm that roof and chimney flashing hasn’t separated from vertical
surfaces to prevent building envelope leaks. Caulk as required.

9. Ensure that sprinkler systems spray water away from the foundation.

10. Ensure that penetrations in the building envelope, such as those for
gas, hydro and air conditioning lines are well caulked.

If you’ve undertaken these measures and still have a problem

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Here are the DIY Basics on patching a leaky basement.

1. Check for Outside Problems

Most basement moisture is the result of water run-off problems outside your
home. Make sure that your gutters are clear, downspouts are in good working
order and that rain water is being directed “away” from your home’s
foundation.

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2. Patch cracks with two layers of cement

Repair Cracks

Once the water pressure has been removed from your home’s foundation, you
can seal it from the inside using a hydraulic cement.

If you have cracks in your basement that are allowing water to seep through,
use a hammer and chisel to open them up. Undercut the crack by making the
inside of the opening wider than it is at the surface so as the concrete
hardens and expands, it will become locked. Once the crack has been opened,
clean the area with water and a stiff brush. Now mix a small batch of
hydraulic cement according to the instructions, and — with gloves on —
roll the cement into a ball.

Dampen the area to be patched and press the cement into the crack to within
1/2″ of the surface. Allow the first layer to dry, and then apply a second
layer to match the surface you’re repairing.

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Use Water-Proofing Paint

Once all the foundation cracks are repaired, apply a water-proofing paint to
seal out the moisture.

*A few more Ideas to prevent leaking:

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Do a Leakage Test

The first step in drying out a wet, leaky basement is to find the source of
the moisture. This simple test, using plastic wrap and masking tape, will
help determine whether wetness is coming from inside or outside the
foundation.

Tape the plastic wrap tightly to a discolored area of the foundation. If the
moisture is outside the plastic, there is moisture coming from inside the
basement.

Probably the easiest way to get rid of moisture in a basement is a
dehumidifier.

If the wetness is on the inside of the plastic, you may have a case of the
“killer Gs”: gutter and grading problems.

Routinely check the condition of the gutters. Keep them clear of debris and
add gutter extensions to the downspouts.

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Check Gutters and Grading

For grading, make sure water is properly diverted away from the foundation
of the house.

To add an extension to a gutter, first stretch the extension to a length of
4′-5′ (enough to draw the water away from the house). The corrugated-plastic
pipe, though sturdy and rigid, does pull apart with a little effort. Shape
the extension pipe into a 90-degree angle; then slide it over the bottom
Remember always to aim the extension away from the foundation. end of the
downspout Secure the extension in place by inserting sheet-metal screws
into the downspout

Remember always to aim the extension away from the foundation.

For those neededing a little visual guidance, there are visual images
available at this link.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/basement/how-to-prevent-a-
leaking-basement

*Repair a Hairline Crack

1. To repair a hairline crack use a hammer and a chisel to open up
the area.

To repair a hairline crack use a hammer and a chisel to open up the area (

2. Start at the top and work toward the bottom, chipping a 1/2″-3/4″
groove (don’t go any deeper than 3/4″ or there is a risk of completely
cracking the cinderblock).

3. Use a chisel to remove any loose concrete or debris that may clog
up the crack. A stiff-bristled brush will help dislodge any smaller pieces
still in the groove.

Mix and Apply the Cement

Wet down the crack’s surface with a spray bottle. Wearing safety gloves and
working quickly, dump a small portion of hydraulic cement into a bucket, add
the water and begin mixing by hand. The texture should be similar to cake
batter, so add water and hydraulic cement as needed. Once the right
consistency is achieved, grab a handful and work it around in your hand,
shaping it into a ball.

Begin to push the hydraulic cement into the open crack.

Quickly use a trowel to slice away the excess cement before it cures. Any
remaining flakes of cement can be removed with the brush.

* Assess the Costs

Costs for repairing a wet, leaky basement begin around $15 or $20. This will
cover the cost of gutter extensions, splash guards and leaf covers. All are
fairly easy to install and should take no more than a few hours to do so.

Medium repair work, such as fixing a hairline crack will cost around $50
and take about half a day to complete.

Serious structural damage to the foundation (Image 2), which can run more
than a thousand dollars, should always be done by a professional. If
structural damage is found, get several estimates before beginning any work.

Take preventive measures such as applying cement paint; a stiff brush will
be needed to apply the paint to cinderblocks. Dip the brush in the paint and
apply generously to the cinderblocks.

A stronger preventive measure, cement coating, will actually create a
chemical reaction that will bond with the wall. Mix up the cement coating
with water until smooth and apply with a very strong brush directly onto
cinderblocks.

A condensate pump can be installed to the dehumidifier’s hose connection so
that instead of going into the bucket, the water will drain into the
condensate pump. Hook up a hose to the condensate pump’s drain line to pump
the unwanted water up out of the basement.

There are visual images at the link below demonstrating how the tasks are
undertaken.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/basement/how-to-prevent-a-
leaking-basement

*How to Install a Sump Pump | how-tos | DIY

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· Start to Finish

½ Day

· Tools

* drill bits
* electric drill
* hammer
* pipe cutter

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· Materials

* pressurized fittings
* wire ties
* gravel
* PVC pipe
* corrugated pipe
* cement
* sump pump
* check valve
* J hooks
* increaser
* silicone sealant
* fittings

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Find a Location

The first step to installing a sump pump is to find a location where the
water collects. This location needs to be near a GFCI (Ground Fault
Interrupter Outlet, pictured) for the sump pump to be plugged into. If you
don’t have a plug near the site, have a certified electrician install one.

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Step 2

dig a hole for the sump

Dig a Hole for the Sump

Dig a hole six inches deeper and 10 inches wider than the sump. Place three
inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole. Place the sump into the hole.

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Add More Gravel

Stand in the sump, then pour more gravel around the sump leaving one or two
inches at the top of the sump exposed. it’s now time to prepare the pump for
operation.

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Attach the Adapters

Glue the male adapter to the PVC discharge pipe, then place into the female
adapter on the pump. Using a 1/4 inch drill, make a hole into the discharge
pipe six inches above the pump. This is called a weep hole, which allows
water to flow back into the pump when it’s turned off to keep it primed.

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Install a Check Valve

Attach the pumps electrical cord to the discharge pipe using wire ties.
Install a check valve on the open end of the discharge pipe. Place the pump
into the sump and prepare to run the water out of the house. Make sure you
use a check valve that is made for vertical operation.

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Channel Water Away From the House

Use pressurized fittings and 1 1/2 inch PVC to channel water from the pump
and away from the house.

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Run PVC Through the Wall

Install ‘J’ hooks to hang the PVC from the joists. Make a hole through the
outside wall to run the PVC out. If you need to make a hole through a block
wall, use a hammer to make the hole. Use a rotary hammer to break through
brick.

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Apply Sealant to the Hole

Apply silicone sealant into the hole where the pipe comes out of the house.
Complete the connections in order to run the water at least four feet away
from the house.

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attach increaser on end of pipe

Spread Out the Water Flow

Attach a 1 1/2 inch by three inch increaser on the end of the pipe to spread
out the water flow. Next, attach corrugated pipe to the PVC pipe. This will
dispense the water even more.

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place cover over sump

Cover the Sump

For visual demonstrations of each step in this process, visit this link.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/plumbing/how-to-install
-a-sump-pump

* 5 Ways to Prevent a Basement Leak | DoItYourself.com

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A basement leak can be a serious problem. Water leaking into your basement
is not only a waste and causes superficial damage, but it can also lower
your property value, damage your home’s structure, and even pose a health
risk.

Because of the many negative consequences of basement leaks, it is best to
prevent them rather than repair them. While it is not possible to plan for
every accident, taking reasonable steps to avoid basement leaks is a task
that any careful person can accomplish. The following list should give you
an idea of how to take action now to prevent a basement leak in the future.

1. Observe Carefully

Basements are vulnerable to some specific problems. By observing things that
can leak and noticing potential problems before they turn into full blown
leaks, you can save yourself a lot of trouble.

Washing machines can develop leaks either from age or improper maintenance.
By observing your washing machine’s hoses, you can see their condition. If
they are in poor condition, the chance of a basement leak increases
greatly.

When examining your washing machine’s hoses, check for all kinds of damage.
Any cracks or other signs of stress can turn into leaks if left alone.
Replace your hoses if there is a problem.

In addition, though they do last for many years, water heaters can also
develop leaks. Rust and moisture are strong signs that a leak may spring
soon.

2. Watch for Warning Signs

Although you may be careful, it is not always possible to avoid every
accident. Catching leaks early is preferable to catching them late;
therefore, watching for warning signs of a leak is a good idea. If you hear
water running when you are not using any, you may have a leak. Discolored,
damp, or damaged walls, floors, and ceilings can be warning signs that you
already have a leak.

3. Sump Pump

Sump pumps can fall into disrepair, allowing water to flood the basement.
While you cannot prevent all problems, testing your sump pump before the
wet season begins is a good way to avoid a leak. Installing a backup is
also a good idea.

4. Automatic Shutoff Valves

If you have a leak, it can cause a great deal of damage before you catch it.
Automatic shutoff valves are a solution to this serious problem. Once
installed, an automatic shutoff valve will search for leaks and close your
pipes to prevent water damage. While it does not prevent all damage from
occurring (especially to your pipes), it can greatly reduce the problems
caused by 5. broken or cracked pipes.

Caulking

Sometimes your basement may have a small leak that is supplied by moisture
from the outside. While waterproofing your basement is usually a difficult
task, it will often be possible to fix small cracks by filling them with
caulk. It is possible to do so easily with a minimal amount of equipment
and effort.

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Paying the cab driver with either your credit card or debit card

This is probably one of the most uncertain types of transactions for a
vision impaired person while on a trip and why?
Because you are at the whim and fancy of the cab driver.

First, you need to depend on someone that you do not know to assist you and
you have no way of knowing whether or not they are watching as you enter
your pin number and whether or not they have just captured your pin number.

Next, the same goes for your card number.
When you insert your credit card or debit card, you cannot tell if the cab
driver is taking note of your number either on the screen or as it is being
inserted into the machine.
Then here comes the tip and you probably need to depend on the cab driver to
input this for you.

Then you need to depend on the cab driver to show you where to sign and
while they are doing this, you have no idea as to whether or not they are
taking note of your info.

Then finally if you ask them for a receipt; you are again at their whim and
fancy and you hope and pray that they enter the right amount on your
receipt.

What to do?
If you decide to use your credit card then you need to check as soon as
possible to make sure that this transaction is correct. Either through
phone banking or by visiting your nearest branch. The same for when you use
your debit card.

Phone banking is the most convenient and the customer service reps are
extremely helpful.

Suggestion: if you are able to, probably best to take enough cash along to
cover your cab fare.
Another suggestion: Set up an account with a regular cab company.

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A review of the Pearson Airport in Toronto – strides are being made

A review of the Pearson Airport in Toronto
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This is Canada’s largest airport and it is indeed a sprawling one with
terminals 1 and 3 at your beck and call.
It has and continues to grow exponentially and services for persons with
special needs continue to evolve.
The reaction is mixed when it comes to how Airport staff meets the needs and
requirements for persons with special needs.
If you want to ensure that you receive what you require then you need to
phone ahead to book your assistance.
Your airline should be able to provide you with this number.
It should be noted that the Greater Toronto Airport Authority has been
making stupendous efforts to improve special needs services and they should
be commended for this.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance –
Assistance for passengers with special needs – 3.5

Remarks :
Staff at the airport continue to learn how to better communicate with
passengers with special needs.
More curb side assistance is needed.
Kiosks need to be made more accessible especially so to persons who are
blind and vision impaired.
More knowledge of relieving areas for service animals needs to be better
communicated.

About security staff:
There needs to be a continuing effort to improve communication between staff
and passengers with special needs.

Any suggestions?
As stated above, for curb side assistance, continued attention to check in
counters, and at security.

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Making cooking accessible – how to attract some very hidden students

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making cooking more accessible
Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

There is a ready market out there that you can definitely tap into and I am
referring to those who are seniors and those with a disability.

When it comes to making cooking more accessible, then it is time to think
about the following:
Making pots and pans lighter so that they can be more easily handled and
manipulated.
Making their handles easier to grip and hold.
Making dishes and containers easier to handle, grip, and hold.
Making pots and pans, dishes and containers in colours that are easy to see
and distinguish.
Making kettles that are lighter and with handles that are easier to grip and
hold.
Making utensils with handles that are easier to grip and hold.
The same for measuring cups and all utility cups.
Making them all in manageable sizes.
Making kitchen towels in colours that are easy to distinguish.

This should be a good start to get you on the right track.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

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