Helpful tips for February – a bit of 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 February 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

About scams:
How can you tell that a phone call is probably a scam?
Well, here are some hints.
If the call is an automated one then it is probably a scam.
If when you answer your phone there is a few seconds of no one at the end of
the line then it is probably a scammer trying to tempt you.
If you are having problems hearing the caller because they are either long
distance or have a very thick non English accent, then it is probably a
scam.

What is probably one of the worst days to visit your doctor, dentist, or
lab?
Probably on Mondays.
This appears to be one of the busiest for doctors, hospitals, and dentists!

One way to keep your sandwiches moist and fresh before serving them:
Place a damp towel over them.
This keeps them fresh and stops them from drying out.

Well, here is a very important tip for you when next making a purchase in a
foreign country.
Be sure to check to ensure that your credit card is being charged in the
correct currency.
Once you authorize your transaction and if it is not charged in the correct
currency chances of you being able to redeem the right amount are extremely
difficult.

Having problems finding a reliable way to keep sending and receiving your
emails?
Then check out either a gmail or outlook user account.
These appear to be the top ways to ensure that you can keep sending and
receiving.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A dan Thompson contribution

Five Sounds You can Not Hear
Think you have perfect hearing? There are still plenty of sounds in the
world that you can’t detect. The low range of human hearing starts around 20
hertz, and tops out at about 20,000 [
By contrast, bats can hear ultrasonic sounds with frequencies up to 110,000
hertz . Other animals, like elephants, hear sounds many times lower
than those a human can perceive. And as people age, their hearing gets even
worse, eliminating even more sounds from the range of audible
noises. Here are just a few sounds most people are missing out on:
1. Sounds for young people
As humans age, their hearing changes. Age-related hearing loss, called
presbycusis, means that older people can’t hear some high-pitched
sounds they would have heard in their youth. Most people over the age of 18
cannot hear the 17,400 hertz tone in the video above.
2. Music designed for cats
In 2014, activists from Pussy Riot rigged an electric piano to play music
designed specifically for cats. Cats possess ultrasonic hearing, meaning
they can hear a much wider frequency of sounds than humans (or most
other mammals, for that matter) can Although people could hear portions of
the concerto
Pussy Riot
staged to protest Internet censorship,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/52633/why-these-11-bands-wear-masks
the melody is a whole lot more complex from the feline point of view. For
what it’s worth, the cats seemed to enjoy it. Research has shown that cats
are pretty into feline-specific tunes, in general. (We have some
video
evidence
) found at the next link,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64572/5-sounds-you-probably-cant-hear
3. A dog-specific Beatles’ song
In the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” the band included a whistling
noise at a frequency of 15,000 hertz right after the last chord of the song,
designed to be heard by canine Beatles fans. “We’d talk for hours about
these frequencies below the sub that you couldn’t really hear and the high
frequencies that only dogs could hear. We put a sound on Sgt. Pepper that
only dogs could hear,” Paul McCartney told the BBC in 2013. (The
sound starts just after the 5-minute mark.)
4. Ultrasonic finger friction
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal The action is a useful way to test out the
function of a
bat detector
, which converts ultrasonic sound from bat
echolocation into noise humans can hear. In the book
Insects Through the Seasons
,
Find at this link to buy:
https://books.google.com/books?
id=UGjtXW4eoNkC&pg=PA131&lpg=PA131&dq=bat+echolocation+finger+rub&source=bl&ots=l8ltkkkVnP&sig=dspvQjHg4G4guXmCspHavXpJVt0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6K5sVfD6F8e1sASL7oJQ&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=roeder&f=false
entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer writes that pet bats can be trained to
respond to the sound, and fly toward it.
5. Infrasonic elephant calls
distances of more than a mile.
Listen to an example of these elephant rumbles from the
Elephant Listening Project
.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant/cyclotis/language/infrasound.html
See Also: “Nine strange sounds No One can Explain.”
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62731/9-strange-sounds-no-one-can-explain

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In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Everyday Cheapskate

Have you ever discovered you’re all out of a certain ingredient just when
you’re in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I
know myself well enough that I don’t want to run to the store. For me an
unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That’s just
how impulsive I can be. I’ve learned that when I’m in a pinch- I need a
pinch-hitter!

NEED AN EGG: Combine two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons of flour and
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

Thicken gravy: If you’re out of flour, you can substitute pancake mix up to
three tablespoons. It works well, just don’t go over three tablespoons or
your guests will be looking for the maple syrup.

breadcrumbs: Crumble 1/2 slice of bread and mix 1/4 cup broken crackers to
substitute.

Baking powder: For each teaspoon of baking powder, substitute:
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/4 teaspoon
cornstarch

NO BUTTERMILK: Combine one cup of fresh milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

HEAVY CREAM; You can make the equivalent of 1 cup heavy cream by whisking
together 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine (for use in
cooking or baking).

HONEY: Mix 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup liquid (use the same type of liquid
called for in the recipe).

PLAIN YOGURT: Cottage cheese blended until smooth makes an excellent cup-
for-cup substitute for plain yogurt.

SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: To make the equivalent of a 14-ounce can,
pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a blender; add 1 cup nonfat dry milk, 2/3
cup sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.
Cover and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Use
immediately or store in the refrigerator in a covered container.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be substituted with nine
tablespoons cocoa, seven tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of
butter
(this makes the equivalent of six ounces chocolate chips.

BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar can be replaced with one cup of white sugar and one
to two tablespoons of molasses, mixed. Hint: This is so much better than
commercial brown sugar, you’ll be tempted to make a permanent switch.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: I don’t know how often, if ever, you’ve discovered you are
fresh out of chocolate mousse. But you can never be too careful about this
kind of thing. So that you are prepared for an unscheduled chocolate fix,
learn this substitute: Stir sifted cocoa powder into any a tub of any
variety Cool Whip. Now taste. Unbelievable, huh?

WHITE COOKING WINE: 1/3 cup white grape juice plus 1 tablespoon rice
vinegar*

RED COOKING WINE: 1 cup grape juice, 1 tablespoon strong tea, 1 tablespoon
rice vinegar*
*Not rice wine vinegar

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
An unexpected challenge at a hotel

As a regular traveler I often have the pleasure of staying at hotels that
range from excellent to very good and good but with some glitches.

This is what happened to me a few months ago in 2017. After entering my
room I discovered that there was a problem. No, not with the room but with
the elevators.

You see, the very nice service desk attendant had just escorted me to my
room but when we took the elevator up he told me that not all of the
elevators had access to the same floors. Some only went as high as #6 for
instance, others went as far as #12, and the rest went to the pent house
suites.

In addition, there was no way for me as a vision impaired person to know
which elevator went to which floors. What to do?

Well, the quickest solution was for me to ask for assistance each time I
needed to get to and from my room but it was not an ideal solution. In
addition, there were no Braille labels on the buttons; just raised large
print.

I found it to be a very strange way indeed and I can only hope that this
hotel finds a way to fix this.

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.

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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A review of the Shoppers Drugmart pharmacy at the Bridlewood Mall – top marks

A review of the Shoppers Drugmart pharmacy at the Bridlewood Mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
If you in search of a pharmacy that is totally committed to customer service
and customer satisfaction then look no further than this very welcoming
pharmacy!

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 guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at the pharmacy – 5

Remarks :
Access to the pharmacy was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among and between the isles was not very difficult.

About pharmacy staff:
They are well trained, very receptive, and understand completely when it
comes to fulfilling the requests of persons with special needs.

My experiences:
Wonderful!
Both phone and in pharmacy experiences are flawless!

Any suggestions?
Just keep on going as you presently do!

Contact info:
2900 Warden Avenuee
Bridlewood Mall
First floor
Toronto
416 497 7473

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How to make entrepreneurial courses accessible – a relatively untapped market

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 entrepreneurial courses 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.

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!

The entrepreneurial market continues to grow and expand at break neck speed
and if you are interested in making your entrepreneurial courses more
accessible then here are a few very important tips for you.

1. First off, you need to keep in mind that seniors, retirees, and persons
with disabilities are going to be your main customers and consumers.

2. This means that you will need to ensure that you provide a technical
environment that is easy to access, easy to understand, and one that is as
stable as you can make it.

3. That you provide adequate support by trainers and instructors who have
been trained to interact with and communicate with the types of consumers
and customers as stated above.

4. That your online facilities are usable and accessible.

5. That your materials are provided in alternate formats.

6. That manuals are written in easy to understand language and that they are
concise and precise.

This should be a good start for you.

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From the Apple Viz newsletter December 2019

Welcome to the December 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
series 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, to app updates, to
the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of
this post are at heading level
3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.
New and Noteworthy App Entries
1. BabySitMe (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
This Realistic Baby Simulation App will transform the way you play with your
Reborn
Baby Doll (or other Baby Dolls) forever!
Turn the app on when you are ready to take care of your baby and turn the
app off
when you are finished caring for your baby.
BabySitMe is designed to replicate an infant simulator when combined with
your
Reborn Baby. This app is perfect for anyone wanting to have a little extra
fun while role
playing with their Reborn Baby dolls. While Babysitme is running a schedule,
it tells the
user to Feed, Burp, Rock and all other necessary actions when really taking
care of an
infant. These actions are designed to be acted out in role play with the
user’s Reborn
Baby Doll.
When using the app you will be able to choose between Easy, Medium, Hard or
Play
mode simulations. The Easy, Medium & Hard simulations run on a 24-hour
schedule.
The Play mode is designed for people that are just wanting a fast-paced
version of the
app. It is a shortened version of the simulation modes where the care events
are very
close together and don’t last very long.

Read BabySitMe’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/babysitme
Visit BabySitMe’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/babysitme/id1475406264

2. Firefox Lockwise (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
PASSWORD ACCESS FOR YOU & ONLY YOU
Securely track your Firefox passwords and access them anywhere
Quickly open any website from the app to get into your accounts
TRUSTED SECURITY FOR YOUR PERSONAL CREDENTIALS
* Use Face ID or Touch ID to lock the app and keep your passwords private
* Secure your information with an automatic timer which locks the app
* Tap to copy your username and password to get into apps and websites
* Set the browser you want to open your website URLs
Created by Mozilla, voted the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy

Current Version: 1.7.1 (December 13, 2019)
Read Firefox Lockwise’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/firefox-lockwise
Visit Firefox Lockwise’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/firefox-lockwise/id1314000270

3. Heart’s Choice (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
How will you find your Happily Ever After? The choice is yours! Become the
main
character of a romance novel and choose your path to love.
Since 2009, the team behind Choice of Games has created high-quality
interactive
novels in all genres. Now, our new Heart’s Choice label puts romance at the
center of
the story, and you at the center of the romance.
There are no graphics or sound effects, so we can focus on the story. Every
game is filled
with vivid, fully-developed characters and complex narratives that respond
to your
choices.
Every path is always open to you; we never charge extra for the best options
or most
interesting storylines. Whatever gender or orientation you want to play,
there will be a
Heart’s Choice game for you in our catalogue! And whether you like your
romance
sweet, spicy, or smoking hot, you’ll be able to find a story that you love.
Here are some
of our first exciting titles:
* A Pirate’s Pleasure: When a pirate finds her heart caught between her
rival
captain and the noble governor, which man will she choose? What does she
value most: her love, her treasure, or her ship? Play as a straight female.
* Jazz Age: Sing your heart out in Roaring 20s New York! Will you find
love with
the owner of a Harlem nightclub, or with the dangerous G-man trying to
enforce
Prohibition? Play as male, female, or non-binary, gay or straight.
* Dawnfall: Find true love and family with a pirate crew at the ends of
the
universe! Aliens, ghosts, and portals open the space between worlds…and your
heart. Play as male, female, nonbinary, or agender; gay, straight, bisexual,
asexual, or aromantic.

Current Version: 1.0.3 (December 7, 2019)
Read Heart’s Choice’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/hearts-choice
Visit Heart’s Choice’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/za/app/hearts-choice/id1487052276

4. Multi Path Audio : Books (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Multi Path Audio Books are multiple choice ‘books on tape’ with many
different paths to
pick, endings, titles to earn, and ways to win or lose! At it’s core it is
an entertaining text
based audiobook player for adults and kids. A hands free game for those long
road trips,
flights, or sleepless nights.
Created by David Levy of Hobjoblin, MPA allows you to choose your own
interactive
fiction audio adventure. The fun part is that you can play each audio book
again and
again. Only, which way will choose to go next time? The stories are written
by several
different authors and narrators, with genres including Vampires, Pirates,
Fantasy,
Children’s, and Sci Fi. More books are constantly in production, so expect
your library to
grow!
All stories are free to download and play through a couple times, so this
gives you lots of
free entertainment for zero moneys!
Start by downloading our first text based adventure titled The Purple Island
Glow-Grubs
written by Dave Strand and Kelly Levy with narration by Peter Hicks. It
contains over 2.5
hours of audio, with 9 ways to win and 21 ways to lose! Each story line
takes roughly
15–25 minutes, perfect for the drive to work.

Current Version: 1.4 (December 12, 2019)
Read Multi Path Audio : Books’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/multi-path-audio-books
Visit Multi Path Audio : Books’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/multi-path-audio-books/id939328269

5. Smash the gangs (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Gather your favorite cards and fight the outlaws in +75 missions!
Defeat the bandits and get Stars and Wollars to improve your team and buy
projectiles,
coffee and snake oil.
Fight against your friends in nearby devices and show them who’s the boss!
* 75 missions, +100 hero cards
* Strategy mode + Kick and Punch mode
* No network connection needed.
* Play on iPhone, iPad and iPod, both vertical and landscape.
* Nice music, sound effects and sportscaster comments.
* 100% VoiceOver accessible.
PLEASE NOTE! Despite been set in the far west and having a kick and punch
mode, this
game shows no blood spills nor gunshots.
Smash the Gangs is 100% free to play, however, some game items can also be
purchased for real money to speed up the progress. If you don’t want to use
this
feature, please disable in-app purchases in your device’s settings.

Current Version: 1.02 (December 24, 2019)
Read Smash the gangs’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/smash-gangs
Visit Smash the gangs’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smash-the-gangs/id1480406018

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS
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 January 2020

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 January 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:
Just remember this!
Phone scams and online scams are on the rise and seem to be increasing at
alarming rates.
For those phone scams; here are some hints to help protect you.
If it is an automated call then it is a scam.
If the person at the other end of the line has an accent and has difficulty
communicating in English, then it is a scam.
Most scam calls originate in India.
If you receive a fax from an unknown sender, then chances are that it is a
scam.
Emails asking you to pay unrecognized invoices are scams.

A tip on honey!
A teaspoon of honey in warm water and drink this before bedtime and you’ll
find that you can sleep better.

Another tip to sleep better:
A tip of brandy in a glass of warm milk!

About Witch Hazel:
A wonderful remedy for insect stings and for adding to water when washing
parts of the body.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic

Everyday Cheapskate
on behalf
of Everyday Cheapskate

We recently remodeled our kitchen with stainless appliances. We
have treated well water. The very first week we had a large water
stain in water dispenser area that I can’t get off. It looks terrible! Is
there anyway to remove it? Help! Pat

How do you remove hard water spots from shower doors? Diane

My shower mat has turned almost black. I have tried to clean it, but
unsuccessfully. Can you help me? Ronnie

Quite possibly one of the best tips to ever land my mailbox came from a guy
who is a professional property manager. He handles rental apartments, and
lots of them. As an apartment is vacated, his job is to see that it is
thoroughly cleaned and made ready for the next occupants.

He told me that the biggest challenge is always the bathroom, specifically
the tub and shower. He kindly left specific details up to my imagination but
let me know that “gross” is not strong enough to describe what he often
finds. And that’s when
he gave me his super magical potion-the only product he uses to return
showers, tubs, tile, enclosures, faucets and doors to their sparkling clean
and sanitized condition.

I gave his unbelievably simple recipe a try. In what has to be at least 20
years since I got that letter, I’ve used nothing else to clean tubs,
showers, sinks, toilets, patio furniture-just about anything that will stand
still long enough to get sprayed, and can be rinsed easily. This product
must be rinsed off.

To make your own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner you will need three things:
An empty spray bottle, Dawn dishwashing liquid (any variation as long as it
is Dawn and it is blue) and white vinegar.

TO MAKE: Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn
if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). Fill the bottle to with white vinegar.
Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix.

To Use: Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned. Allow to sit from 30
minutes up to overnight, depending on the severity of the problem. All ofthe
offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey.
Simply rinse it away. For especially challenging situations-or if this is
the initial treatment-use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces
before rinsing.

TO TREAT MILDEW, MOLD. While the Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner works to
loosen and remove most mildew, if you see a lot of black growth you will
want to pretreat with full strength liquid chlorine bleach before proceeding
as above.

CAUTION: Never, ever allow chlorine bleach to come in contact with other
products, especially vinegar. This could produce chlorine gas, which is
deadly.

Don’t panic. Simply make sure you rinse the chlorine bleach away completely
before proceeding to clean with the homemade tub and tile cleaner.

TO MAINTAIN: Here’s the best thing about this cleaner-if you use it weekly
you will never have to scrub again. Here’s what I do: Once a week as I
shower, I spray down the walls, doors, tracks, faucets, shampoo
caddy-everything within reach with this magical cleaner. Before I step out,
I use the handheld sprayer to rinse it all away. No scrubbing required. It
dries sparkling clean without using a squeegee,
or wiping down with a towel. And not a water mark to be seen. Simply
brilliant!

I use this stuff in the kitchen, too-on my appliances, stainless steel sink
and faucets (never on the granite counter tops), but only where it can be
rinsed away.

That means I don’t spray it on the floor or into the air. That would create
a slippery, soapy mess.

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How to make Shrimp Sauce
By Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate

Dear Mary: Recently you gave us some fantastic recipes to make our own
sauces at home (It’s All About That Sauce!) But you missed one! How aboutthe
Shrimp
Sauce that only Japanese restaurants seem to have. Got a recipe for that?

Matthew

Dear Matthew: You’ve put me through my paces since receiving your message.
And I have good news! I found it-Shrimp Sauce just about as close as you can
get at home. When you try this, let me know how it rates as compared to the
sauce in your favorite restaurant.

Shrimp Sauce

2 cups mayonnaise

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon granulated white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon garlic juice

4 teaspoons ketchup

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together. Allow to sit in
refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Your airline ticket

For me it is always an exciting time whenever I go to book my airline ticket
but I also know that there are certain things that I need to be very mindful
of if I want to ensure that I do it safely and securely and that I am able
to protect my privacy and independence.

Things have changed drastically when it comes to how you now receive your
airline ticket.
For whereas in previous days you received it in hard copy you can now
receive it in an electronic format.

For the most part, your airline ticket is booked using a credit card number
and then the details of your trip are sent to you electronically.

At the airport you can now present your credit card and passport and these
are used to verify your flight details.

Just make sure to protect the electronic copy of your flight details. No,
it does not contain your credit card details but your flight number and
confirmation number are there.

Safest way to book your flight?
Maybe to find a trusted travel agent.
Many online travel websites are still not very usable or accessible.

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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How to make indicators 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 indicators 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.

The following suggestions can help you to make your indicators friendlier
and more condusive for the following types of persons:
Seniors, those with low vision, those who are blind and vision impaired, and
those who are hard of hearing and those looking for indicators that are easy
to understand.

1. Make sure that your indicators can emit some sort of sound that is easy
to hear and distinguish.

2. Make sure that they are easy to see.

3. Use colours that are easy to see and colours that are contrastable. That
is foreground against background.

4. Your indicator should be placed in spots that are easy to find.

5. If indicators need to be installed or set up, then provide instructions
that are easy to understand and written in simple language.

6. Your indicators should be large enough for persons to see.

7. If possible, have indicators that are tactile.

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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From the Apple Viz newsletter November 2019

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
series
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, to app updates, to the
latest
news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post
are
at
heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.
New and Noteworthy App Entries
1. Dawn Chorus (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie
Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed
app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm.
When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus
of
song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are
native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and

learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists.

Current Version: 1.1 (April 21, 2017)
Read? Dawn Chorus’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [2]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/dawn-chorus
Visit? Dawn Chorus’ App Store page [3]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dawn-chorus/id1146931666

2. Disney+ (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Only Disney+ gives you endless access to your favorite movies and TV series
from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.

From The Lion King, to all-new Originals like The Mandalorian, there’s
something exciting for everyone. You’ll also get access to new movies,
complete TV series, shorts, and documentaries.

Best of all, Disney+ is ad-free.

With Disney+, you get:

* Endless access to classic movies and past seasons of your favorite series
* Exclusive new Originals from master storytellers at Disney, Pixar, Marvel,

Star Wars, and Nat Geo
* Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices, so you can take Disney+ with you
* Simultaneous streaming on up to 4 different devices
* View select titles in stunning 4K UHD and HDR
* Something for everyone, including dedicated Kids Profiles

Start your 7-day free trial now.

Current Version: 1.1.6 (November 14, 2019)
Read? Disney+’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [4]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/disney-plus
Visit? Disney+’s App Store page [5]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/disney/id1446075923

3. Mr. Weather 2 (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Introduce the brand new Mr. Weather 2, your uniquely personal weather app.
Leave weather to Mr. Weather, stay focused on your life.

* Mr.Weather 2 includes seven categories of cards, more than 50 number of
cards you can choose. Realtime precipitation or temperature variation
trend, you can always find one card which satisfies what you need. Check
what you care, in a brand new way.
* You can create custom weather conditions monitors in Mr. Weather. Mr.
weather will observe it and let you know when the conditions you set been
satisfied. What to see if you need to bring an umbrella today, or if
it’s
a poor air quality day? Just let Mr. Weather takes care of what you care
about.
mr. Weather combines a couple of world top weather forecast data
providers.
So you can add cities all over the world, and check the weather in
multiple
cities at one time in Mr. Weather Cities view.
* Mr. Weather app includes one widget so that you can access it from the
system home screen or lock screen. And you can customize it, select what
you most cared items to the widget.
* Mr. Weather supports cloud sync services. After you sign in to Mr.
Weather,
your cities, cards, monitors will be synced across all of your devices,
which signed into your Mr. Weather account.
* Mr. Weather has fully supported the Accessibility VoiceOver feature.
including cards, monitor contents, navigations, and more.
* And So Much More

Current Version: 2.1 (October 31, 2019)

Read? Mr. Weather 2’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [6]?

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/weather/mr-weather-2
Visit? Mr. Weather 2’s App Store page [7]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mr-weather-2/id1453150372

4. Noted (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Bring your notes and audio together with Noted
Noted is a fully-integrated audio recording and note-taking app. Perfect for

lectures, meetings, interviews and conferences, everything you type is
time-stamped to your audio recording – giving you an instant overview of
all
the important details.

By bringing them together, you never need to worry about trawling through
pages of notes or hours of audio ever again. Just add a #TimeTag, so you can

return to key moments instantly, and keep everything neat and tidy.

Streamline your note-taking with the effortless note and audio syncing app
for
IOS and macOS.

Take your lectures to the next level. By tagging specific moments in
lectures
and seminars, just quickly leave a tag and use it to fill in any blanks
later
– You’ll never miss any important point from your professor again. When
revising, there’s no need to listen back through hours of recordings. The
> tags will bring you to the right moment you need.

PERFECT FOR PROFESSIONALS

Boost your productivity with better, more efficient note-taking. Noted lets
you stay fully engaged during long business meetings and interviews, then
review and share specific points afterwards with colleagues. Intelligent
syncing lets you switch easily between smartphone and laptop, ideal for
moments when using your phone could appear unprofessional.

Current Version: 2.0.7 (November 24, 2019)

Read? Noted’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [8]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/noted
Visit? Noted’s App Store page [9]?
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1149425482?ref=producthunt

5. Triode – Internet Radio (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

The best way to enjoy all of your favorite Internet radio stations wherever
you go.

Triode goes where you go with your iPhone and iPad. The elegant interface
keeps your favorite stations right at your fingertips.

Listen with our Apple TV app and use AirPlay 2 to listen anywhere in your
home
including HomePod.

road trip, anyone? Enjoy your favorite stations while driving. CarPlay and
Siri Shortcuts means no fumbling with controls.

Triode brings one intuitive experience to all your devices, including your
desktop computer.

Start with Our Picks – a curated roster of the best news and music from
around the world. Just a tap to discover new sounds from New Orleans to
London
and beyond.

You can also search thousands of broadcast stations by genre, name, city, or

call letters. Find your favorite iTunes Radio station or set up things
manually using a URL if that’s your thing.

iCloud syncs your favorite stations seamlessly across every device. Handoff
lets you move seamlessly between your iPhone & Mac so you won’t miss a beat
or the latest news.

Supports Apple Music and iTunes Store:

* Learn more about an artist
* Purchase a streaming song
* Update your playlists

Triode is completely free to use. We don’t put any ads in the interface or
add them to the audio. An inexpensive subscription improves your experience
with these options:

* Add Favorites – Your favorite stations are synced across all devices.
* High Quality Artwork – When available, album cover art is clean and crisp.

Read? Triode – Internet Radio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information [10]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/triode-internet-radio
Visit? Triode – Internet Radio’s App Store page [11]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/triode/id1446513724?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=12
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS [12]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac [13]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch [14]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV [15]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for December 2019 – 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 December 2019

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:
Be very careful now that the holiday season is here and these are just some
of the scams floating around.
A phone scam!
You receive an automated recording telling you that because you attended a
recent Air Canada promotional event, you have qualified for a prize.
Never, never fall prey to any sort of automated recording calls.

An email scam!
You receive an email telling you that Fedex has a package for you and that
you need to use the code provided to retrieve your package.
And if you are not expecting a package then just simply delete.
If you are, make sure that it is indeed yours!
best to call Fedex with the code provided.
Do not use this email to respond.

An email scam!
You receive an email from an unknown sender telling you that your invoice
has been paid.
No; do not be tempted under any circumstance.
Delete this email.

With the holiday season upon us we are sure that these tips will be most
welcomed.
Tips on potatoes:
Keeping Your Potatoes Fresh
Here are some tips to make sure your potatoes are the freshest and most
delicious potatoes available:
* Store potatoes in a cool, dark place at about 50 degrees. Do not wash
potatoes before storing, because the moisture can cause sprouting.
* Do not refrigerate potatoes. Storage in temperatures cooler than 45
degrees converts the potato starch into sugar which changes the taste and
causes the potatoes to
darken prematurely when cooked.
* Protect potatoes from turning green and acquiring a bitter taste by
keeping them out of strong light. If a potato has any green spots, simply
pare these areas off before
cooking.

It’s turkey time and one thing to remember!
The eating of too much turkey at meal time can cause you to become very
sleepy.

If you are trying to either take heat out of a cup of hot liquid or even
coldness out of a cup of cold liquid:
Place a tea spoon in it and voila!
Time to enjoy!

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A dan Thompson contribution

Five Sounds You can Not Hear
Think you have perfect hearing? There are still plenty of sounds in the
world that you can’t detect. The low range of human hearing starts around 20
hertz, and tops out at about 20,000 [
By contrast, bats can hear ultrasonic sounds with frequencies up to 110,000
hertz . Other animals, like elephants, hear sounds many times lower
than those a human can perceive. And as people age, their hearing gets even
worse, eliminating even more sounds from the range of audible
noises. Here are just a few sounds most people are missing out on:
1. Sounds for young people
As humans age, their hearing changes. Age-related hearing loss, called
presbycusis, means that older people can’t hear some high-pitched
sounds they would have heard in their youth. Most people over the age of 18
cannot hear the 17,400 hertz tone in the video above.
2. Music designed for cats
In 2014, activists from Pussy Riot rigged an electric piano to play music
designed specifically for cats. Cats possess ultrasonic hearing, meaning
they can hear a much wider frequency of sounds than humans (or most
other mammals, for that matter) can Although people could hear portions of
the concerto
Pussy Riot
staged to protest Internet censorship,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/52633/why-these-11-bands-wear-masks
the melody is a whole lot more complex from the feline point of view. For
what it’s worth, the cats seemed to enjoy it. Research has shown that cats
are pretty into feline-specific tunes, in general. (We have some
video
evidence
) found at the next link,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64572/5-sounds-you-probably-cant-hear
3. A dog-specific Beatles’ song
In the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” the band included a whistling
noise at a frequency of 15,000 hertz right after the last chord of the song,
designed to be heard by canine Beatles fans. “We’d talk for hours about
these frequencies below the sub that you couldn’t really hear and the high
frequencies that only dogs could hear. We put a sound on Sgt. Pepper that
only dogs could hear,” Paul McCartney told the BBC in 2013. (The
sound starts just after the 5-minute mark.)
4. Ultrasonic finger friction
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal The action is a useful way to test out the
function of a
bat detector
, which converts ultrasonic sound from bat
echolocation into noise humans can hear. In the book
Insects Through the Seasons
,
Find at this link to buy:
https://books.google.com/books?
id=UGjtXW4eoNkC&pg=PA131&lpg=PA131&dq=bat+echolocation+finger+rub&source=bl&ots=l8ltkkkVnP&sig=dspvQjHg4G4guXmCspHavXpJVt0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6K5sVfD6F8e1sASL7oJQ&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=roeder&f=false
entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer writes that pet bats can be trained to
respond to the sound, and fly toward it.
5. Infrasonic elephant calls
distances of more than a mile.
Listen to an example of these elephant rumbles from the
Elephant Listening Project
.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant/cyclotis/language/infrasound.html
See Also: “Nine strange sounds No One can Explain.”
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62731/9-strange-sounds-no-one-can-explain

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In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Everyday Cheapskate

Have you ever discovered you’re all out of a certain ingredient just when
you’re in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I
know myself well enough that I don’t want to run to the store. For me an
unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That’s just
how impulsive I can be. I’ve learned that when I’m in a pinch- I need a
pinch-hitter!

NEED AN EGG: Combine two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons of flour and
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

Thicken gravy: If you’re out of flour, you can substitute pancake mix up to
three tablespoons. It works well, just don’t go over three tablespoons or
your guests will be looking for the maple syrup.

breadcrumbs: Crumble 1/2 slice of bread and mix 1/4 cup broken crackers to
substitute.

Baking powder: For each teaspoon of baking powder, substitute:
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/4 teaspoon
cornstarch

NO BUTTERMILK: Combine one cup of fresh milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

HEAVY CREAM; You can make the equivalent of 1 cup heavy cream by whisking
together 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine (for use in
cooking or baking).

HONEY: Mix 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup liquid (use the same type of liquid
called for in the recipe).

PLAIN YOGURT: Cottage cheese blended until smooth makes an excellent cup-
for-cup substitute for plain yogurt.

SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: To make the equivalent of a 14-ounce can,
pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a blender; add 1 cup nonfat dry milk, 2/3
cup sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.
Cover and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Use
immediately or store in the refrigerator in a covered container.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be substituted with nine
tablespoons cocoa, seven tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of
butter
(this makes the equivalent of six ounces chocolate chips.

BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar can be replaced with one cup of white sugar and one
to two tablespoons of molasses, mixed. Hint: This is so much better than
commercial brown sugar, you’ll be tempted to make a permanent switch.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: I don’t know how often, if ever, you’ve discovered you are
fresh out of chocolate mousse. But you can never be too careful about this
kind of thing. So that you are prepared for an unscheduled chocolate fix,
learn this substitute: Stir sifted cocoa powder into any a tub of any
variety Cool Whip. Now taste. Unbelievable, huh?

WHITE COOKING WINE: 1/3 cup white grape juice plus 1 tablespoon rice
vinegar*

RED COOKING WINE: 1 cup grape juice, 1 tablespoon strong tea, 1 tablespoon
rice vinegar*
*Not rice wine vinegar

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Applying for a passport

Well, I can tell you that when it comes to passports so many of us really do
not know how to go about doing it. The info below mainly pertains to
Canadians but there is absolutely no harm in others reading it as it would
give you an idea as to what you need to do. I’ll start with some important
points for everyone to take note of.

We need passports in order to travel to countries outside our borders.
Passports should be ideally renewed six months before the expiry date.
If it is not, you are likely to be turned away at the airport or border.

Now if you live in Canada and are a Canadian citizen; then please read on.
These are the following ways and it all depends on whether you are applying
for a new passport or applying for a passport renewal.
You can do it online but the relevant website is not user friendly for a
vision impaired person.
Or you can obtain the relevant forms at the nearest post office.
However, you will again need help to do this with the aid of a trusted
person.

You could get a head start by phoning your Federal MP’s office and asking
them to tell you which supporting documentation you would need and you could
also ask them to help provide you with a trusted person if you are unable to
find someone.
Chances are that they will help you all the way.
From completing the forms to accompanying you to the nearest Service Canada
office to present it to the agent.
However, you should be prepared that this may not be the case but it is
worth a try.

To obtain the name and phone number of your Federal MP, call the toll free
number 1 800 622 6232

Remember now: Make sure to store your passport in a very safe place as it
contains details of your date of birth and if your passport is ever lost, it
means that your details are probably now in the hands of unauthorized
persons.

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
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A review of the Metro supermarket at the Bridlewood mall – tops in accessibility

A review of the Metro supermarket at the Bridlewood mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
I have been shopping at this wonderful supermarket since 1984 and I can
honestly tell you that they are one of the very few supermarkets in
Scarborough Ontario that really knows how to render customer service to
persons with special needs.

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 shoppers with special needs – 5
Assistance in the supermarket – 5

Remarks :
I do not think that this supermarket needs any more acolades from me and
they are an example for others to follow!

About supermarket staff:
They listen, communicate, and help all the way.
They go way beyond the call of duty.

Any suggestions?
I hope that the Metro supermarket stays open for years to come!

Contact info:
Located on the ground floor of the Bridlewood Mall at 2900 Warden Avenue

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How to make street corners 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 street corners 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.

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!

For this month, this topic is one where you can achieve the above by being
your very own consultant and helping others to follow you. So here are a
few tips to get you going.

The street corner should not be crowded and if you are lucky to have a
business place at a street corner then you need to make full use of your
location. Make sure that your facilities are easy to find and enter.

The necessary ramps, signs, and ease of entry.
Make sure that your door is easy to find; paint it in bright colors.
Make your signs easy to read and do your best to have a clear path to your
business place.

You need to remember that the consumers of tomorrow; your bread and butter
consumers, are going to be seniors and persons with disabilities and also
remember that when you accommodate these consumers you are also going to
bring benefits to such persons as mom with strollers, persons in a hurry to
buy what you are selling, and persons curious to see what you are offering.

So take these tips and help yourself to more revenue and lower costs.

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