How to make apps more accessible and reach more users

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 apps more accessible

I do not think that when it comes to making apps more accessible, there is
really any magical solution. The trick of the trade may very well lie in
making super simple. In other words, the keep it super simple approach or
the KISS approach.

So based on this principle, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
* Do not try to have too many tabs or headings on your introductory screen.
* Make sure that the names of your tabs clearly indicate or describe the
function of each.
* Not a bad idea to have some sort of introductory section that clearly
describes what your app is all about.
* As they say, mean what you say and say what you mean.
* Keep your language simple and easy to read.

This should be a good start for you.

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Meet Adventure To Fate:

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
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Meet Adventure To Fate:
Quest To The Future JRPG (iOS, US$2.99)

Okay, here comes something just a bit new and something that is sure to peak
your curiosity.
Want to know more? Then you need to read on!

Adventure To Fate : Quest To The Future – is a JRPG style dungeon crawler
game
* Tons of character creations possible (6 Classes, 3 Starting Pets, 6
Professions)
* 450+ items to loot, craft, buy and find.
*170 unique monsters to fight
* Fully accessible to the blind using Voiceover
Quest To The Future Story
Our biggest fears have come to fruition, the defenses of the dimensional
ports have failed. An evil force has laid to waste our guards and now pours
through the portals without resistance.
>We’ve brought you here as our last chance at stopping this evil. You’re one
of the select few that have used the portals before, to come here for a
better life, but in our darkest hour we turn to you one last time, to go
back and triumph where we failed.
>With our guards and roads destroyed, getting back to the portals will not
>be
easy, as this invasion has crippled our ability to send forces en masse to
clear a path. You’ll be forced down, through the sewers that run underground
to the ruins, into the crypt where the portal to the future lies. You must
make haste we don’t have much time!

Current Version: 1.0 (March 2, 2016)
Read Adventure To Fate’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/adventure-fate-quest-future-jrpg
Visit Adventure To Fate’s App Store Page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adventure-to-fate-quest-to/id1060178390?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

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Helpful tips for January 2019

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 2019

In this issue:

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

Now you can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource
for the most current and reliable
informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,
Business, and Advocacy.
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Want to ensure that your batteries stay in working order all of the time?
Change them every six months.
This will also avoid the possibility of them exploding and their acid
running into the system of your device thus corroding them.

Okay and thanks to Mama Peach, here are some great tips for substitutions.
Substitutions
Out of cake flour? Low on buttermilk? Here’s where you can find help on
substituting ingredients for ones you don’t have on hand.
Alcohol/Liqueur
When making substitutions for alcohols, it is important to keep the volume
of liquid in the recipe the same as originally called for. Depending on the
recipe, apple juice or
chicken broth often makes a good substitution for wine. When using flavored
liqueurs, extracts can be substituted if you make up the balance of the
liquid with water. For
example, if a recipe calls for 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, you could use
1/2 teaspoon orange extract. Just be sure to get the same level of orange
flavor. This may
take some experimentation.
Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar can be
substituted for 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Baking Soda
There is no recommended substitute for baking soda.
Bouquet Garni
1/2 teaspoon each dried parsley flakes, dried thyme leaves and 1 bay leaf
(crushed), can be substituted for 1 teaspoon bouquet garni.
Butter
Unsalted butter can be substituted for regular butter in any recipe. It is
NOT necessary to add salt. Margarine can also be substituted for butter. Do
NOT use lowfat
spreads or light butter for baking.
Buttermilk
1 tablespoon vinegar plus enough milk to equal 1 cup OR 2/3 cup plain yogurt
plus 1/3 cup milk can be substituted for 1 cup buttermilk.
Chervil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes plus 1/8 teaspoon rubbed, dried sage can be
substituted for 1 teaspoon chervil.
Chicken or Beef Broth
1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon instant bouillon granules (or 1 bouillon
cube) can be substituted for 1 cup broth.
Chocolate Chips, Semi-Sweet
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, can be substituted for 1 cup (6
ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips. When substituting for chocolate chips,
make sure to
use the same type of chocolate (i.e. semi-sweet, milk).
Chocolate, Semi-Sweet
3 tablespoons chocolate chips OR 1 square (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate
plus 1 tablespoon sugar can be substituted for 1 square (1-ounce) semi-sweet
chocolate.
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder plus 7 tablespoons sugar plus 1/4 cup
fat can be substituted for 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate.
Chocolate, Sweet Baking (German)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1/3 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons fat
can be substituted for 4 ounces German sweet baking chocolate.
Chocolate, Unsweetened
1 2/3 ounce semisweet chocolate (reduce sugar in recipe by 2 teaspoons) OR 3
tablespoons unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon butter, margarine or
shortening
can be used instead of 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate or 1 ounce
premelted unsweetened chocolate.
Coffee
1/2 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules can be substituted
for 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee.
Cooking Sprays
Can usually be successfully substituted for shortening to prepare baking
sheets and baking pans.
Cornstarch
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch can be
substituted for 1 tablespoon cornstarch.
Corn Syrup, Light
1 cup dark corn syrup can be substituted for 1 cup light corn syrup, and
vice versa. (Note: Flavor will be affected somewhat.) OR substitute 1 1/4
cups sugar plus 1/3
cup liquid.
Cream (20% fat) (Coffee Cream)
3 tablespoons butter plus 7/8 cup milk can be substituted for 1 cup cream
(in baking and cooking).
Cream (40% fat) (Whipping Cream)
1/3 cup butter plus 3/4 cup milk can be substituted for 1 cup cream (in
baking and cooking).
Cream of Tartar
There is no recommended substitution for cream of tartar.
Egg Whites
Meringue powder can be substituted for egg whites in a meringue application.
Three egg whites equal approximately 3 tablespoons meringue powder plus 6
tablespoons water.
Flavor Oils
It is not recommended that you substitute flavor extracts for flavor oils.
Oil based flavorings are necessary for hard candies because the liquid
portion of the extracts
add too much liquid, causing steam, to the hard candy syrup.
Flour (as thickener)
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch, potato starch, rice starch, arrowroot starch, or
1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca can be substituted for 1 tablespoon
all-purpose flour.
Flour, Cake
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour can be substituted for 1 cup
cake flour.
Flour, Self-Rising
1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon
salt can be substituted for 1 cup self-rising flour.
Garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon instant minced garlic or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder can
be substituted for 1 clove minced garlic.
Herbs
1 tablespoon fresh herbs equals 1 teaspoon dried herbs.
Honey
1 1/4 cups sugar plus 1/3 cup liquid (use whatever liquid is called for in
the recipe) can be substituted for 1 cup honey.
Italian Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon EACH dried oregano leaves, dried marjoram leaves and dried
basil leaves plus 1/8 teaspoon rubbed dried sage can be substituted for 1
1/2 teaspoons
Italian seasoning.
Meringue Powder
You can’t substitute meringue powder for egg whites in most recipes because
it contains other ingredients such as sugar.
Milk, Whole
1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water OR 1 cup water plus 1/3 cup
nonfat evaporated dry milk powder OR 1 cup skim milk plus 2 teaspoons melted
butter can be
substituted for 1 cup whole milk. NOTE: Whole milk is higher in total fat
than low-fat milk. If a baking recipe calls for whole milk, you may be able
to substitute a low-fat
milk variety like skim, 1% or 2% fat. Be cautious about substituting skim
milk in pudding, custard and sauce recipes. These recipes rely on the dairy
fat for added texture
and flavor. Baked items such as cakes and cookies can usually tolerate the
use of low-fat milk.
Molasses
1 cup honey can be substituted for 1 cup molasses. (and vice versa), Note:
flavor will be affected.
Mustard, Dry
1 tablespoon prepared mustard can be substituted for 1 teaspoon dry mustard.
Mustard, Prepared
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard plus 2 teaspoons vinegar can be substituted for 1
tablespoon prepared mustard.
Oil
1 cup melted butter, margarine or shortening can be substituted for 1 cup
oil. Note: Recipe results may vary. Texture and appearance may be affected.
Onion
1/4 cup instant minced onion, flaked onion OR 1 teaspoon onion powder can be
substituted for 1 cup (1 medium) chopped onion.
Poultry Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme plus 3/4 teaspoon ground sage can be substituted
for 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ginger and 1/8 teaspoon EACH nutmeg
and cloves can be substituted for 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
Shortening
1 cup butter or margarine can be substituted for 1 cup shortening. When
using shortening in place of butter or margarine, 1 tablespoon milk or water
for each 1/2 cup
shortening used may need to be added. DO NOT substitute vegetable oil for
shortening when recipe calls for melting the shortening.
Sour Cream
1 cup plain yogurt can be substituted for 1 cup sour cream.
Sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar can be substituted for 1 cup sugar. Note:
Flavor will be affected somewhat.
Sugar, Light Brown
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar can be substituted
for 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar. (Slight flavor differences will
occur.)
Sweet Potatoes
1 (18-ounce) can vacuum-packed sweet potatoes can be substituted for 1
(23-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained.
Tomato Sauce
3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water can be substituted for 1 cup tomato
sauce.
Wine
1/2 cup fruit juice can be substituted for 1/2 cup wine in desserts. 1/2 cup
chicken broth can be substituted for 1/2 cup wine in savory recipes.

An important tip on type 2 diabetes:
Those of European background are far less likely to contract type 2
diabetese than those of Asian, Southeast Asian, Caribbean, and African
backgrounds.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

5 Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do
For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed and kept in your
car, purse, and wallet. Good
information to have with you.)
There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your
mobile phone can actually be a
life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you
can do with it:

FIRST
Emergency

The Emergency Number wo rldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find Yourself out
of the coverage area of your
mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will
search any existing network to
Establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112
can be dialed even if the keypad is
locked. Try it out.

SECOND
Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday.
Good reason to own a cell phone:
If you lock your keys In the car and the spare keys are at home, call
someone at home on their cell phone from
your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and
have the person at your home press
the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car
will unlock. Saves someone from
having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be
hundreds of miles away, and if you can
reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the
doors (or the trunk).
Editor’s Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked
Our car over a cell phone!’

THIRD
Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#.
Your cell phone will restart with this
reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve
will get charged when you charge
your cell phone next time.

FOURTH
How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following Digits on
your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code
will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it
down and keep it somewhere safe.
When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give
them this code. They will then be
able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your
phone will be totally useless. You
probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole
it can’t use/sell it eithe r. If
everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile
phones.

And Finally….
FIFTH

Free Directory Service for Cells
Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411
information calls when they don’t have to.
Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes
this situation even more of a
problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial:
(800)FREE411, or
(800) 373-3411
without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.
This is sponsered by MacDonalds.
This is the kind of information people don’t mind receiving, so Pass it on
to your family and friends.

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A Dan Thompson contribution

How to Make Organic Pepper Spray for Plants

By Nannette Richford

http://www.ehow.com/how_4867549_make-organic-pepper-spray-plants.html

Insects can devour your garden in matter of days. Keeping bugs and pests out
of the garden can be a challenge, particularly if you are opposed to using
insecticides or commercial products on your plants. Fortunately, hot peppers
are an effective way to control most garden pests. Making your own organic
pepper spray takes a little work, but the results are an organic repellent
that will not harm your plants or pose a risk to your family.

1. Things You’ll Need

. a. 6 hot peppers

. b. 2 to 3 tbsp. oil (vegetable or mineral)

. c. 3 tbsp. dish detergent

. d. Quart mason jar

. e. Cheesecloth

. f. Spray bottle

. g. Wooden spoon

2. Instructions

a. Mince six hot peppers with a sharp knife. Use care not to touch your
face or eyes after handling hot peppers as the juice will burn sensitive
skin.

b. Place the minced peppers in a glass jar and cover with 2 to 3
tablespoons of oil. You can use mineral oil if preferred, but any cooking
oil will do. Mix to distribute the oil.

d. Replace the lid and allow to soak 24 to 48 hours.

e. Add 1 pint of water and 3 tbsp. of liquid dish detergent. Mix all
ingredients with a wooden spoon.

f. Strain through a double layer of cheesecloth to removed the peppers.

g. Store in a tightly closed mason jar.

h. Fill a spray bottle with 2 tbsp. of the solution to 1 pint of water.

i. Spray plants in the morning or in early evening to prevent damage to
sensitive plants in the heat of the day.

j. Check plant sensitivity to the solution by spraying a few leaves. If
they do not show signs of damage within four days, it is safe to use the
solution on the plant. Some sensitive plants may require a weaker solution.

Some other things people are reading about are:

How to Make Homemade Organic Bug Spray for Plants

http://www.ehow.com/how_8174783_make-organic-bug-spray-plants.html

How to Make Garlic Spray
http://www.ehow.com/how_7486169_make-garlic-spray.html

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Your traveling medical kit

When it comes to traveling, I am going to insist that you think seriously of
taking along what I call a medical kit because one never knows when some
sort of medical emergency or circumstance would arise and believe me when I
say that it is much easier to avoid rather than be caught.
So for what it is worth, here is what I think should be included in your
traveling medical kit.

Important things for you to include in your traveling medical kit:
Pills for diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, fever colds and flu like
symptoms,
band aids and bandages,
cotton balls or pads, Q tips.

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
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If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!
From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
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Meet Text-Based Games from Various Developers

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
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Meet Text-Based Games from Various Developers

If you are into games and enjoy either playing by yourself or against and
with each others; then you need to read on.
Below you will find some great suggestions.
Enjoy!

A number of text-based games for iOS were added to the site this past month,
which you may also be interested in:
* Choice of the Rock Star
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/choice-rock-star
* Frequency. – A text-based survival game. Send messages through time and
space!
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/frequency-text-based-survival-game-send-messages-through-time-and-space
* Superstud Adventures
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/superstud-adventures
* The Forgotten Nightmare – A Text Adventure Game
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/forgotten-nightmare-text-adventure-game
* The Forgotten Nightmare 2 – A Text Adventure Game
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/forgotten-nightmare-2-text-adventure-game
* The Lost Heir: The Fall of Daria
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/lost-heir-fall-daria
* The Lost Heir 2: Forging a Kingdom
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/lost-heir-2-forging-kingdom

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Let’s talk tips for January 2019

Let’s Talk Tips For
Tuesday, January 1st 2019 – Volume 4
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Greetings,

Happy New Year! This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) Netflix is Testing an Instant Scene-Replay Feature
Did that scene in “Black Panther” or “Stranger Things” wow you so much that
you wanted to stop everything and instantly rewatch it? A new feature being
tested by Netflix could give viewers the ability to do exactly that.
https://lat.ms/2ReaZbU

2.) SMS to RCS. A New Messaging Standard. What it is and why you might want
it.
A lot of people have become bored with SMS messaging, and the tech industry
is very aware of it. While services such as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook
Messenger, and WhatsApp allow you to add photos, GIFs and videos to your
messages, they are not universal solutions.
http://bit.ly/2rYUgex

3.) The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating
quickly.
The second annual AI Index report pulls together data and expert findings on
the field’s progress and acceleration.
http://bit.ly/2GC9W1f

4.) The Worst Passwords of 2018. Is yours on this list?
Making it into the Top 25 for bad passwords this year are “donald,”
“princess,” and “sunshine.” If you’re guilty of using one of the offending
passwords on SplashData’s 100 Top Worst Passwords List of 2018, it’s time to
get more creative.
http://bit.ly/2QIFkjt

5.) CNET Gives Us The Top Tech Stories of 2018
From Google’s scary Duplex AI to Fortnite mania, this year showed the good,
bad and uncomfortable ways that tech is changing our lives.
https://cnet.co/2Reb2EC

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#Nutrition
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1.) Arjun Kapoor’s Weight Loss Diet Plan & Workout Routine. Before & After
Pics
Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor’s incredible weight loss story is indeed an
inspiration for many people struggling to get fit. Read on to learn his diet
plan and workout routine.
http://bit.ly/2PVVjFl

2.) How to Lose Belly Fat and Build Muscle Fast. 5 Workout and Diet Secrets
Every Man Should Know
Building muscle is tricky in itself, doing that while losing the unwanted
belly fat is perhaps, trickier. Here are some things that you need to
incorporate in your workout routines to meet your goals.
http://bit.ly/2QItHJ7

3.) What is the Fast Metabolism Diet and How Does it Help with Weight Loss?
Essentially, the Fast Metabolism Diet is a 28-day eating plan that aims to
speed up your metabolism by consuming specific foods in a certain time,
resulting in weight loss. The diet, developed by a celebrity nutritionist
and wellness consultant Haylie Pomroy, claims that eating the certain foods
at the right time can ‘trick’ your metabolism into speeding up, helping you
lose up to up to 20 pounds (9 kilos) in just 28 days.
http://bit.ly/2CsB7aN

4.) Why Relaxing is More Important for Weight Loss Than You Think. And How
Often You Need to Chill Out
More and more gyms are investing in relaxation areas and luxury saunas, but
you can reap the same benefits at home.
http://bit.ly/2V6sKcn

5.) 7 Tips for Exactly How to Eat Before and After a Workout
Nutrition pros break down the guidelines for pre and post workout eating, so
you can maximize the benefits of your sweat session.
http://bit.ly/2PUZNfi

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#Media
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1.) All of Facebook’s Ad Targeting Options in One Infographic
Facebook’s Ad Targeting Options got you dizzy? Well you’re not alone. Check
out this awesome infographic for a complete visual represenation of your
options, fully categorized and illustrated.
http://bit.ly/2Lwa8y2

2.) The Verge Gives Us 22 Predictions for Social Media in 2019
What to expect from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more.
http://bit.ly/2EJ2nUQ

3.) For the first year ever, Pew Research Study reveals more people now turn
to social media for news than actual newspapers.
It’s a sign of the times. Pew also found that other sources of news,
including television, radio and news websites still outrank social media.
You can take a look at Pew’s data distribution here.
https://cnet.co/2CthNu4

4.) Why businesses are relying on Facebook Groups to build engaged
audiences.
At the beginning of 2018, Facebook switched up its algorithm in an attempt
to “fix” the News Feed by promoting more posts from family and friends and
demoting content from businesses, brands and media. The move actively
distanced brands from their followers on the platform by limiting exposure
to organic content posted by businesses. At first glance, the only solution
for brands was to invest more in their Facebook ad campaigns, but some
businesses have found an alternative to connect with their audience by
building vibrant Facebook Group communities.
https://mklnd.com/2QJB1nS

5.) Instagram Strips Out Fake ‘Likes’ Tied to 3rd-Party Apps
Instagram has begun to remove inauthentic engagement with accounts that used
third-party apps to grow their follower count and engagement on the platform
– a practice that violates the app’s community guidelines and terms of use.
https://mklnd.com/2Cs5mym

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#Business
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1.) Barriers to Working Longer are Coming Down
Whether by choice or necessity, more adults are working past retirement age.
https://dpo.st/2BEA2uG

2.) Long Term Care and Nursing Home Information Systems Market Report
The Long Term Care and Nursing Home Information Systems Market Report
provides an overview of the Long Term Care and Nursing Home Information
Systems Industry, including industry characteristics, manufacturing
technology, industry chain analysis and the latest market trends & dynamics.
http://bit.ly/2LtlaUJ

3.) Hunger Among Senior Citizens is Serious Problem
The period of life known as “the golden years” is often more bleak than
bright for a lot of senior citizens in the United States. Nearly 5 million
seniors citizens currently deal with hunger in the U.S., according to
Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts on hunger
relief.
http://bit.ly/2BDkZlg

4.) Perennials, Not Millennials, Will Trigger the Next Wave of Talent
Retention Efforts
Headlines in recent years have trumpeted workplace changes demanded by
millennials, from nap pods to flexible scheduling to student-loan repayment.
But there is another fundamental shift in workforce demographics. Older
workers – or “perennials,” as this cohort has sometimes been called – are
now the fastest-growing population of workers, with twice as many seniors as
teenagers currently employed in the US.
http://bit.ly/2rQznln

5.) LinkedIn’s 50 Big Ideas for 2019: What to Watch in the Year Ahead
The business leaders, authors, journalists and academics who gave us their
2019 predictions foresee a shaky economy, a troubled world order and
continued anxiety – but also a renewed focus on caring for ourselves, for
each other and for doing the right thing. Here’s our annual look at the year
ahead.
http://bit.ly/2CtFS3C

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#Advocacy
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1.) Accessibility at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan
Tokyo, Japan is hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. As usual, the Paralympics
will follow. It is expected that forty million people will travel to Japan
to watch the Olympics and Paralympics. As a result, Japan is examining
accessibility at the 2020 Summer Olympics. While Japan is accessible in some
places already, the country will be making improvements between now and
2020.
http://bit.ly/2V1XFWW

2.) People With Disabilities Face Significant Barriers in Education System,
Commission Finds
Ontario’s education system needs to modernize its approach to supporting
disabled students at every age level and do more to eliminate persistent
barriers they face in school, the province’s human rights commission said in
a statement.
http://bit.ly/2EEjWoc

3.) Research Shows 1 in 5 Museums Do Not Provide Online Access Information
and are Inadvertently Contributing to a “Disability Engagement Gap”
Museum websites are key tools for providing visitor access information, and
the absence of this contributes to the ‘disability engagement gap’; where
people with a disability are less likely to be regular or frequent visitors
of museums than those who are not disabled.
http://bit.ly/2Sd3D5y

4.) Equal Access in Air Travel for the Blind. Raising Expectations from the
United States Department of Transportation
Air travel and the treatment of blind passengers by the airlines are not new
topics for the NFB and in the Braille Monitor. But recent events have the
topics squarely on the NFB Agenda as you will read in this article.
http://bit.ly/2rOYpkU

5.) What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?
Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities, but with
almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are
undergoing a remarkable shift.
http://bit.ly/2PVpNYi

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A review of the Old Country Inn Restaurant

A review of the Old Country Inn restaurant

If you are seeking the perfect solution to enjoy some great European dining
for the holiday season; then why not give this long established restaurant a
try?

Introduction:
I have been to this restaurant several times over the last 10 years and I
have always enjoyed my visits; the food, the ambiance, and going there for
special occasions.

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 – 4
Assistance at restaurant – 4

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
As a matter fact, there was a lot of space for persons to navigate.

About restaurantl staff:

My meals:
They have all been very sumptuous.
This restaurant specializes in Austrian and German cuisine and everything is
so well done.

Any suggestions?
Just that the menu could be expanded to include more items.

Contact info:
Located on Maine Street in Unionville

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Top app of the week – Meet Vorail

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
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Meet Vorail
(iOS, Free)

If you want to discover and be discovered then here is an app just for you.

Vorail, discover and be discovered.
* Speak to ask.
* Listen to learn.
No abuse
* Zero tolerance towards abuse. Once any user reports an abuse, the
offender is out forever.
Relax and enjoy

* An old Chinese saying “Apart from birth and death, nothing is a big deal
in life.” Relax, really. There is nothing to lose. To use the service, no
photo/profile/phone number is required. Let the true you emerge.

Don’t give up
* Some people may feel a little disoriented in the first couple of
sessions, because, hey, it’s like being in the dark room. Don’t give up,
you will get through it.

VoiceOver implementation:
* magic tap on home feed moves focus to next person
* magic tap on IM screen to start record, the magic tap again to stop /
save recording
* magic tap on record screen to start recording, then magic tap again to
stop / recording
* four finger tap to access tabs
* rotor action to select actions for each voice on home feed

Current Version: 1.53 (February 25, 2016)
Read Vorail’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/vorail
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How to help delis become more aware

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 help delis become more aware

I hope that the tips given here for this month would be helpful given the
holiday season and I do believe that they will better enable delhis to serve
customers with special needs.

The trick here is to ensure that staff are made aware of the requirementss
of customers with special needs but to also ensure that they are
appropriately trained as to how to interact and communicate with them. So
here are a few tips to get ou started.

1. Make sure that there is enough space within your delhi for persons with
wheelchairs and walkers.
2. That your doorways are wide enough to accommodate these and if they are
not then to make it a priority to correct this soon.

3. That when a customer with special needs enters, that your staff speak
directly to them and not to anyone who may be accompanying them.

4. that your customer with a special need hears you speaking to them and
that they are made aware that you are speaking to them.

5. That your staff is always ready to render assistance when necessary;
example with helping to carry parcels, telling the customer what is being
sold, answering queries whenever it pertains to things being sold, and so
on.

6. Rendering assistance whenever it is sought.

This is a good start and his list can definitely be expanded.

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Meet TeamTalk 5

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Meet TeamTalk 5 (iOS. Free)

If you are searching for an app that enables you to hold conferences on the
Internet then this pp may definitely be worth checking out.
Please read on.

TeamTalk is a conferencing system which allows users to participate in
conferences on the Internet. Users can chat using voice over IP and listen
to streaming media files.

TeamTalk for iOS has been designed with particular emphasis on accessibility

features for visually impaired.
Here is a list of the main features:
* Real time voice over IP conversations
* Public and private instant text messaging
* Private rooms/channels for every group
* High quality audio codecs with both mono and stereo
* Push-to-talk and voice activation
* Standalone server available for both LAN and Internet environments
* User authentication with accounts
* Accessibility for visually impaired using VoiceOver

Current Version: 5.1 (February 18, 2016)
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Helpful tips for December 2018 – great info for all ages

Helpful tips for December 2018

Happy holidays everyone and a merry Christmas to all!
We thank you for continuing to read our monthly tips and we wish you the
very best for 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

Especially for the holidays:
It is better not to conduct your online transactions on an unsecured wi-fi.
Better to interact with those websites with the https rather than with
those that use the http.

Perfect Coffee Tips
What goes better with morning sweets than the perfect cup of Java? Here are
some helpful tips for better brewing:
Keep coffee in an air tight container and store in a cool, dark place. Try
the freezer! For best results, buy the whole beans and grind them yourself
just before use.
If you notice any traces of chlorine, iron, or other minerals in your water,
use a quality bottled or filtered water.
* Softened or distilled water will effect the flavor of the
coffee and should not be used.
It’s said the best water-to-coffee ratio is 1 tablespoon of ground coffee or
2 tablespoons of whole beans for each 6 ounces of water. You be the judge.
Note:
Boiling or reheating coffee literally boils away flavor.
A thermal carafe will keep the coffee hot for up to 2 hours without losing
any flavor.
The cream or sugar is a matter of preference so you’re on your own there.

What are some of the most painful spots for your dog?
The nose and the tail.
A tap on your dog’s nose could be very painful.
If you pull your dog’s tail you can also cause much pain to them.

Twitter and Facebook?
The mobile versions are more accessible and easier to navigate.

Flu season!
Please do not forget to wash your hands each time you return home.
Avoid touching your facial area with unwashed hands!

Okay, some vitamin tips:
Vitamin D is the perfect one to take during the winter months when the sun
shines least.
Be careful when taking calcium vitamins.
Too much of an intake and you could easily become constipated.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning China
Tea stains can be removed safely from fine china by rubbing gently with a
cloth sprinkled with baking soda or salt.
China with gold borders needs special care when washing. Never use hot
water, only warm and don’t rub detergent on the gold areas.
To prevent your unbordered china plates from cracking when washing in hot
water, slide them into the water sideways. This will distribute the heat
evenly throughout the plate.
To avoid cracking, china dishes and bowls should always be warmed before
placing hot contents on them.
If your fine china plates have developed thin, spider cracks in them, place
them in a pan of warm milk for 30 minutes. The cracks should disappear!
To remove black cutlery marks from the glazed surface of your fine china
plates, apply some toothpaste to a clean soft cloth and rub the marks
gently.
Place paper doilies or napkins between stacked fine china plates to
eliminate scratching. The rubber rings from preserve jars also work well as
dividers between your china plates.
China cups shouldn’t be stacked on top of each other. They’ll chip that way.
Instead, suspend them from cup hooks under your cupboard shelf.
To check if china is flawed, hold the item in the palm of your hand and tap
it lightly with a pencil. Unflawed china will have a clear bell-like ring.
Flawed china will have a dull ring or no resonance at all.

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Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning Glassware
Always slip delicate glassware and crystal into hot water on its side. Place
a rubber mat on the bottom of your sink for extra protection against
cracking and chipping.
Vinegar cleans crystal beautifully. Wash in a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar
and 3 cups warm water. Allow to air-dry.
When two glasses are stuck together, fill the top glass with cold water and
submerge the bottom glass in hot water. Gently pull the top glass away.
When pouring a hot beverage into a glass, you can often prevent it from
cracking if you keep a silver spoon in the glass while pouring.
To remove burned remains from heat-resistant glass baking dishes, warm some
liquid dish soap and allow it to sit in the item for 30 minutes or so. Rinse
well with clean water.

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Hotel rooms

As a regular traveler who is vision impaired, I believe that it is so
important for me to ensure that I am able to navigate my hotel room easily
and quickly. The one thing that I would say that it is helpful to know that
the majority of hotel rooms seem to be laid out in the same way and now it
is up to me to decide what I need to find and know.

First, to make sure that I locate wall outlets so that I can plug in my
iDevice and computer. Next, to find the close closet so that I can hang up
my clothes.

When I enter the bathroom, I make sure to locate the wash basin, towels,
toilet bowl, and bath tub and shower. I check out the various cosmetics on
the counter of the wash basin but nine out of 10 times it is not very easy
to decipher what is in each tube so I make use of the soap and bring my own
cosmetics along.

There are two other things that I make sure to do before settling in. The
first is to obtain the password for the hotel’s wi-fi and the other is to
ensure that I am able to decipher the number on the door of my room.

I usually put tape on the door of my room. This after I have asked the
porter to tell me how many doors I am away from the elevator and then I put
masking tape on the door just above the handle.

I recently bought a set of luggage locator tags and I plan on using one of
these to hang on the inside handle of my door when next I travel.

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