Helping To Make Chocolate Sampling a Career

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:
Helping to make chocolate sampling a career

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!

Now as a sight loss coach I am helping consumers with sight loss to become more aware of their environment and their requirements and this is helping companies to have a better understanding of how they need to plan and execute their initiatives.

I truly believe that this career could be one that would and could weather the present Covid choke hold.

I’d like to look at this career possibility as one that could be very lucrative for a certain segment of our career hunting market. At the best of times, it is very challenging and difficult for persons with sight loss to obtain any sort of employment and this suggested career opportunity could well do the trick.

Here are some suggestions.

  1. It could appeal to career hunters and job seekers of all ages.
  2. The workplace could either be at home or at the workplace of the employer.
  3. Fulltime or part time.
  4. It could be a career that can appeal to all kinds of job seekers; not just those with sight loss.
  5. It could be viewed as a unique type of career and it could be enhanced and expanded to include other possibilities.
  6. Very appealing to those with smart and sensitive senses of taste and smell.

I hope that my suggestions help.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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Hot Tips From The Sterling Creations Team

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 July 2022

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day

  • All You Need to Know About Turmeric Ginger Tea
    From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
  • When travel apps are inaccessible

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

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

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

From Melanie with huge thanks –
Subbstitutions

  1. Molasses
    1 cup honey can be substituted for 1 cup molasses. (and vice versa), Note: flavor will be affected.
  2. Mustard, Dry
    1 tablespoon prepared mustard can be substituted for 1 teaspoon dry mustard.
  3. Mustard, Prepared
    1/2 teaspoon dry mustard plus 2 teaspoons vinegar can be substituted for 1 tablespoon prepared mustard.
  4. 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.
  5. Onion
    1/4 cup instant minced onion, flaked onion OR 1 teaspoon onion powder can be substituted for 1 cup (1 medium) chopped onion.
  6. Poultry Seasoning
    1/4 teaspoon ground thyme plus 3/4 teaspoon ground sage can be substituted for 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Sour Cream
    1 cup plain yogurt can be substituted for 1 cup sour cream.
  10. Sugar
    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar can be substituted for 1 cup sugar. Note: Flavor will be affected somewhat.
  11. 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.)
  12. Sweet Potatoes
    1 (18-ounce) can vacuum-packed sweet potatoes can be substituted for 1 (23-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained.
  13. Tomato Sauce
    3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water can be substituted for 1 cup tomato sauce.
  14. 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.

Some Alexa tips from Donna
Hey Alexa
A.) You can delete your voice interactions with Alexa by visiting Alexa Privacy Settings or by saying, “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete what I said today” or “Alexa, delete everything I’ve ever said.”
B.) If you ever wonder why Alexa responded in a certain way, you can ask and Alexa will provide a short explanation about the response to your last voice request. Just say, “Alexa, why did you do that?”
C.) Want to know what Alexa heard you say? Just ask and Alexa will read back your most recent voice request. Just say, “Alexa, tell me what you heard.”
D.) In addition to visiting Alexa Privacy Settings or the Alexa app, if you’ve enrolled in voice ID, you can also say, “Alexa, update my privacy settings” to change your settings by voice. Just say, “Alexa, how can I manage my voice recordings?”


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

All You Need to Know About Turmeric Ginger Tea


Turmeric ginger tea is made by brewing turmeric powder and ginger root together in hot water. Both of these ingredients are normally used individually for their nutritional and medicinal effects, but they become even more powerful when they?re combined together. Let?s take a look at the health benefits of turmeric ginger tea:

  1. Promotes Good Heart Health

Ginger and turmeric both have the power to lower cholesterol levels, particularly LDL cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is responsible for plaque deposition in the arteries and blood vessels, which can increase the risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke.

  1. Boosts Cognition

This particular benefit comes from the ginger in this tea. The unique combination of antioxidants in turmeric ginger tea stimulates neural activity, increases focus and reduces beta-amyloid plaque deposition.
Ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects on brain tissue.

  1. Has Analgesic Properties

Curcumin and gingerols, which are the two most significant active ingredients in turmeric ginger tea, can relieve pain throughout the entire body. These analgesic properties are in addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, which can relieve joint pain and muscle discomfort.

  1. Prevents Cancer

The progression of various types of cancer has been shown to slow down when consuming ginger, with particular reference to gastrointestinal cancers.
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant compound that reduces oxidative stress and free radical formation in the body.

  1. Bolsters Immune System

Turmeric ginger tea is an excellent immune system aid. If you have a weak immune system and frequently come down with colds, this tea might be the solution for you. Furthermore, turmeric ginger tea also assists the body?s healing process and eliminates underlying infections.

  1. Promotes Healthy Skin

Inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, can be treated with turmeric. The gingerols found within turmeric ginger teas have strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties that protect the skin from infection. Other benefits include new cell growth stimulation and the prevention of aging.

  1. Aids Digestion

Ginger can help to settle the stomach, reduce nausea and promote healthy digestion thank to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. It can also eliminate cramping and bloating, which can in turn eliminate symptoms of constipation. In fact, it?s often used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux disease.

  1. Regulates blood sugar

Ginger and turmeric are both known for their abilities to regulate blood sugar in their own right, but those effects are increased significantly when they?re combined in a tea. Turmeric ginger tea prevents dangerous fluctuation in blood sugar levels by keeping glucose and insulin levels balanced.

How to Make Turmeric Ginger Tea

Ingredients

? 1 cup of water (filtered)
? 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger root ? 1 teaspoon of grated fresh turmeric root ? 1 teaspoon of honey ? 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Method

  1. Boil the water in a saucepan or pot.
  2. Add the grated turmeric and ginger to the water, then turn the heat down to a simmer.
  3. Allow the mixture to stand for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea into a teapot.
  5. Add black pepper and honey and enjoy!

Correct Turmeric Ginger Tea Consumption

This tea is an extremely potent mixture, so all you need to drink to reap all of the health benefits outlined above is one cup per day. Although consuming more than that each day is not dangerous, doing so will exacerbate the risk of experiencing side effects.

The Side Effects of Turmeric Ginger Tea

? Interacts negatively with diabetes and high blood pressure medications.
Also has anticoagulant properties, meaning that it can interfere with blood-thinning medications.
? Exacerbates gallbladder and kidney stone issues by increasing uric acid levels in the blood.
? Ginger and turmeric allergies can cause skin irritation headache, nausea, dizziness and swelling of the tongue, lips or throat.
? Not good for pregnant or breastfeeding women. The tea?s medicinal effects can be dangerous to them.
? Can cause gastrointestinal problems when consumed excessively. Limit intake to just one cup per day.

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
When travel apps are inaccessible

One of the biggest barriers that I have had and continue to face is when a travel app is not accessible or usable. When I expect an app to function adequately but alas! There are problems.

On the whole, most travel apps are extremely accessible but with the pandemic dictating how we present information to border services agents, we need to ensure that especially these types of apps are made accessible so that we do not have to depend on sighted assistance or most importantly it takes away unwanted stress.

With the need to be more aware of what types of outlets are close to where we are located, the need for accessible apps is even more acute. As mentioned above, these types of apps are generally very accessible and I can only hope that this trend continues.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and author 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 Port Restaurant

A review of the Port restaurant
By Donna Jodhan

Introduction:
In late August 2021 I took my dear friend Gabriella to lunch at this wonderful restaurant to celebrate a special birthday.
Our dining experience was very rewarding and we both enjoyed that wonderful day.
This restaurant certainly carried out all of the necessary Covid requirements for their diners.

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 restaurant – 5

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

About restaurant staff:
They were welcoming, very friendly, and went above the call of duty.

My meal:
Both Gabriella and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal from start to finish.

Any suggestions?
Just keep up the great service.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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What Makes a Career 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:
What makes a career 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!

With the trend to more online learning, interacting, and communicating, it is important that when choosing a career that one ensures that it is as accessible as possible in order to give you the chance to reap the maximum benefits. Saying this however, we need to consider what makes a career accessible.
Here are some pointers.

  • An accessible career is one where you are able to learn, interact, and communicate as independently as possible. No having to depend on others to render too much assistance.
  • An accessible career is one where you are able to do as much as possible for yourself. This means that access to online information and access to the physical workplace is equal, navigable, and usable.
  • An accessible career is one where you can obtain personal satisfaction in a way that enables you to be as productive as possible being able to easily use software and hardware tools and to have ready access to resources in the same way that everyone else can.
  • It may be a good idea for career development professionals to use these suggestions to plan and build careers that would be beneficial to job seekers with disabilities.
  • This is a rapidly growing market and a person with a disability is one who can be someone with any type of disability; blind/vision impaired, deaf/blind, mentally challenged, with a cognitive or learning disability, or any combination of the above.

This should be a good start.

Now as a sight loss coach I am helping consumers with sight loss to become more aware of their environment and their requirements and this is helping companies to have a better understanding of how they need to plan and execute their initiatives.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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Straight from the Apple online newsletter for May 2022

Welcome to the May 2022 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

  1. Ancient Board Game Collection (iOS/iPadOS/Mac, Free With In-App Purchases) Have you ever heard of Hnefatafl, a game played during the Viking Age? Or Latrunculi, popular over 2000 years ago in ancient Rome? Discover these games and many more in the “Ancient Board Game Collection”. Features:
    • 9 different games: Konane, Hnefatafl, Nine Men’s Morris, Dablot Prejjesne, Gomoku, Halatafl, Latrunculi, Five Field Kono and Bagh-Chal
    • Play online against your friends or compete with via Game Center
    • Local Multiplayer on a single device
    • Step up your game by playing against the AI
    • Fully Accessible via VoiceOver and Voice Control
    • More Games will be added in future updates

Current Version: 1.0.5 (May 28, 2022)
Read Ancient Board Game Collection’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/ancient-board-game-collection
Visit Ancient Board Game Collection’s App Store page https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ancient-board-game-collection/id1510226148

  1. Qatari Money Reader (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
    QAR Reader that is able to scan and read all Qatari currency using the camera phone in real-time, no need to have an internet connection the app works totally offline.
    The app is able to scan and detect both sides of the currency back and front with different distances.

Current Version: 2.37 (December 25, 2021)
Read Qatari Money Reader’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/qatari-money-reader
Visit Qatari Money Reader’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/qatari-money-reader/id1314377588

  1. Reverb: Buy & Sell Music Gear (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
    Find great deals on best-selling music gear, hunt for a one-of-a-kind vintage finds, or post your own gear for sale. Shop a huge selection of new, used, and vintage guitars, pedals, synths, drums, microphones, and more from top brands, retailers, boutique builders, and musicians from all over the world. Easily get your unused instruments in front of a global community of musicians and make money to fund your next purchase. Plus, learn and get inspired through gear demos, artist interviews, video lessons, and more.

Current Version: 4.57 (May 20, 2022)
Read Reverb: Buy & Sell Music Gear’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/shopping/reverb-buy-sell-music-gear
Visit Reverb: Buy & Sell Music Gear’s App Store page https://apps.apple.com/us/app/reverb-buy-sell-music-gear/id674604876

  1. ReVision Fitness (iOS/iPadOS, Requires Subscription)
    The ReVision Fitness App is an audio-based fitness program universally designed to be accessible for both sighted and visually impaired and encompasses all levels of fitness and goals from beginner to expert, from no equipment to a full training facility. Each exercise lesson in the classroom, workout in the fitness studio, and schedule in the fitness plans is designed by blind personal trainer and 4 time Paralympic athlete Tyler Merren. Every classroom lesson is meticulously described using clockface directions, reference points, and step-by-step instructions to teach proper mechanics for any exercise. Each workout includes a beginner and advanced level and options for working out with music and without. The fitness plans include general guides and schedules for various fitness goals such as losing weight and toning up and provide useful action steps to help you get fit. Not sure how to set proper goals? We walk you through the process. Unsure of how to position yourself for particular exercises? We’ve got you covered. Looking for a fitness program that is accessible? This is the one for you. As a recipient of the prestigious Holman Prize for blind ambition from the LightHouse of San Francisco, the ReVision Fitness App is a program that will continue to grow to include anything and everything fitness-related. This app will be your one-stop-shop for accessible fitness. There are no hidden charges or in-app purchases, a simple monthly subscription of $5.99, or an annual subscription of $59.99 will give you full and unlimited access to every drop of material that we have released and will release as the program grows. Download today and enjoy a free 14 day trial on us. We are so confident you will love the program that we give you 2 weeks free to check it out. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and here is your first step. Download today and let’s change the way we look at it!

Current Version: 1.0.1 (May 3, 2022)
Read ReVision Fitness’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-fitness/revision-fitness
Visit ReVision Fitness’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/in/app/revision-fitness/id1561742182

  1. Sound Matching (iOS/iPadOS, Free) Matching Game using sounds to improve your memory. Play the classic matching game, but also other game modes to train sound recognition. Optimized for visually impaired persons. Features:
    • Three games
    • Seven sound categories
    • Three difficulty levels
    • Up to four players
    • Eight colors schemes
    • Comprehensive accessibility configuration

Current Version: 1.3 (February 7, 2022)

Read Sound Matching’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/sound-matching
Visit Sound Matching’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sound-matching/id1602926022

  1. To the Dragon Cave (iOS/iPadOS, US$5.99)
    Blind-friendly audio shooter spiced with hyperbole and fantasy story.
    Liberate yourself from the throes of a powerful dragon, escape from a stone tower and wander hither and thither in the far-away land of Laudonia.
    Not for a single moment will you be safe, that’s for sure. Hordes of enemies lie in waiting at each step of your dangerous wanderings. Bloodthirsty sheep, giant spiders, skeletons, zombie trees and lots of other dark creatures strive to seize your soul.
    You, however, are endowed with a mission that drives you forward. Therefore, you shall never give up.

Current Version: 1.1 (May 9, 2022)
Read To the Dragon Cave’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/dragon-cave
Visit To the Dragon Cave’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/to-the-dragon-cave/id1597579625

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

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Helpful tips for June 2022

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 June 2022

In this issue:
General tips
Articles of the day

  • Turn Your Dishwasher Into a Workhorse Plus More
    From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
  • The covid kit

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

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

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

From Melanie with huge thanks –
Substitutions

  1. Cooking Sprays
    Can usually be successfully substituted for shortening to prepare baking sheets and baking pans.
  2. Cornstarch
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch can be substituted for 1 tablespoon cornstarch.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Cream of Tartar
    There is no recommended substitution for cream of tartar.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Flour, Cake
    1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour can be substituted for 1 cup cake flour.
  10. 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.
  11. Garlic
    1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon instant minced garlic or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder can be substituted for 1 clove minced garlic.
  12. Herbs
    1 tablespoon fresh herbs equals 1 teaspoon dried herbs.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Meringue Powder
    You can’t substitute meringue powder for egg whites in most recipes because it contains other ingredients such as sugar.
  16. 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.

From Donna –
Some very useful tips on using Alexa:
Hey Alexa
A) Each month you can listen to a free Audible title. Just say, “Alexa, what’s free from Audible?”
B) Alexa has introduced a new service to help you care for the ones you love. And right now you can enjoy 6 months for free. Just say, “Alexa, introduce me to Alexa Together.”
C) Choose the speaking rate that’s right for you. Just say, “Alexa, speak faster.” You can also say, “Alexa, speak slower.” To reset, just say “Alexa, reset the speaking speed.” to return to the default speaking rate.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Turn Your Dishwasher Into a Workhorse Plus More
Great Reader tips

The dishwasher in my house is a workhorse. It does a great job of cleaning dishes of course, but also baseball caps, waste baskets, and de-crystallizing
honey* (yes, you read that right). Now I can add cleaning refrigerator shelves to the list.

SPARKLING CLEAN SHELVES. When I clean my refrigerator I put all the shelves, including the door shelves, in the dishwasher. I run the short cycle, which saves time, and the shelves come out sparkling. Emma

DOG HAIR-REMOVAL GLOVES. My Labrador Retriever frequently goes places
with me, traveling in the back of my car. Needless to say, lots of dog hair gets stuck on the carpet. I’ve tried everything to remove it including sticky roller tape and special sponges, but nothing has worked. Finally, I tried my gardening gloves. The palm of the glove has a rough, rubbery texture and they work beautifully. I put on
the glove and run my hand palm down along the carpet. The hair piles up in my glove. Kathryn

GRIND THE BEANS IN A JAR. I buy coffee beans even though I don’t have a coffee grinder. I use a mason jar and my blender. I add the beans to the jar and screw it into the blender. Angela

SWIFFER CLEANING TWO-STEP. I cut up old towels into pieces that fit as a
cleaning pad on my Swiffer. When mopping, I use a spray bottle filled with water and a tablespoon of Murphy’s Oil Soap, spraying small areas and mopping as I go.
The floor dries very quickly, too. Jill

WRAP UP THE BREAKABLES. As a former Air Force wife and a quilter, I realized during one of our moves that quilting fabric would make for good packing material. I was going to move it anyway and if I used my own packing materials I wouldn’t have to purchase it from the moving company. I also used our towels, sheets,
pillowcases, t-shirts, and nghtgowns to pack our belongings. It cut down on our costs during our many moves, it didn’t harm the environment and the materials were still clean (although wrinkled) when I unpacked. I would suggest to those who
want to cut csts from their move to look around their homes for soft things that can protect breakables. Yvonne

CARPET SQUARES CLEAR THE PATH. I keep carpet samples in the trunk of my
car in case I get stuck in the snow (sand or mud, too). I simply place the carpet squares in front of the tires and drive right out! Joan

That jar of honey was once delicious and beautiful, but now it looks gross because it has crystallized and turned almost solid. Don’t throw it out! It’s easy to turn crystallized, over-microwaved honey into tasty flowing goodness again. Your honey bear may be all dried p now, but a simple fix can save the day! Set the tightly closed jar in the top rack and run it through a dishwasher cycle, allowing it to return
to room temperature in the dishwasher. This method works because the water
spray provides slow, even heating and gentle agitation.
Source: Everyday Cheapskate
By Mary Hunt
www.everydaycheapskate.com


From the pages of Donna’s diary
The Covid kit

I truly believe that moving forward we will need to continue to travel under Covid restrictions and I also believe that once we accept this it will be much easier to travel around. That is, when the raising of restrictions permit us to travel more freely.

So I am going to put together my so-called Covid kit in preparation for when i am ready to travel.

Here’s how I will build my kit.

  • Covid masks both reusable and disposable.
  • Hand sanitizer; make sure that it is not too soapy but with enough rubbing alcohol. Make sure to read the ingredients on your bottle carefully before purchasing.
  • Hand wipes; make sure that they are not too small.
  • hand tissues.
  • Some lip baum.
  • Some face moisturizer.
  • A small hair brush.

Keep this kit handy at all times. Whether you travel via car, via train, or via air.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and author 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

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, 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.

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 scam alerts!
Available for download at http://www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

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A review of the Bridlewood Mall

A review of the Bridlewood Mall
By Donna Jodhan

Introduction:
I will refer to this mall as my home away from home because it is where I spend most of my shopping days.
Welcoming, yes! Friendly, yes!

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 restaurants – 5

Remarks :
This is a long established mall with a lot of tradition and despite having lost many stores over the it continues to be a going concern.

About mall staff:
They are well trained and often go beyond the call of duty.

Any suggestions?
Keep up the good work and continue to encourage brand name outlets to call Bridlewood mall home.

Contact info:
2900 Warden Avenue in Toronto

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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Making your apps 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:
Making your apps 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!

Especially so that now that we are living in a world where we need to ensure that we have the tools to conquer the Covid virus; accessible apps are most important. Not just for the mainstream person but also for persons with disabilities, seniors, and those who have difficulty with technology.

I have some tips that will help you to create, and develop suport apps.
Here goes.

  1. Make sure that your apps are easy to use, navigate, and understand.
  2. Make sure that you name your app appropriately so that its name is easy to commit to memory.
  3. Give your app a meaningful and appropriate name and that its name relates to its function.
  4. Make sure that your app is easy to navigate and that it includes instructions that are easy to follow.
  5. Pay particular attention to the colour scheme of the screen of your app and ensure that there is suitable contrast between foreground and background.
  6. Do not overcrowd the screens of your app with text that is hard to read because it is either too small or too big or that it is too jumbled together.
  7. Provide your users with appropriate error messages that are easy to understand.

That’s it for now. This should be a good start for you.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach)

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Straight from the Apple Vis April online newsletter

Welcome to the April 2022 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

  1. Ballyland Stay Still, Squeaky! (iOS/iPadOS, US$2.99)
    Who doesn’t like to play with paint and mud without getting dirty?
    An accessible audio story and game that are fun for all. Play with paint and mud without getting dirty! This iPad app is fun for all, while being specifically designed for young children who are blind or visually impaired. A story that responds to touch with audio feedback, while teaching basic iPad skills through cause and effect. Plus the Bonus Game which helps to build spatial awareness on the screen. FIRST: Enjoy the adventure of Squeaky, the bouncy ball from Ballyland, who tries really hard to stay clean for a visit to his grandmother. Two simple, ‘informal’ gestures, touch and swipe, enable interaction with the story, resulting in Squeaky getting dirtier and dirtier… THEN: Play the Bonus Game, directing Squeaky on five routes to collect now familiar types of dirt in a specific order. This is a great way to playfully develop finger drag skills and spatial awareness on the screen. Uses ‘touch and hold’. Note that the grid is only for visual support and is not relevant to the gameplay for children who are blind. Love the sound effects!

Current Version: 1.0.0 (June 16, 2018)
Read Ballyland Stay Still, Squeaky!’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/ballyland-stay-still-squeaky
Visit Ballyland Stay Still, Squeaky!’s App Store page https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ballyland-stay-still-squeaky/id1385164168

  1. Voice Dream Reader for Desktop (macOS, Requires subscription) Voice Dream Reader lets you listen to PDF documents, Web articles, and eBooks using text-to-speech. Although it is designed for people with visual impairment, dyslexia, ADHD, and other reading challenges, everyone can benefit. Your documents become audiobooks, so you can read while you walk, exercise or do chores. For productivity-minded people, with some practice, you can read at twice your sight-reading speed. Unlike audiobooks, you can highlight, take notes, and see the words as they’re spoken to improve comprehension and retention. Voice Dream Reader for iOS is a 2021 Apple Design Award Winner, and it’s been featured by Apple as Best New App and App of the Day in 81 countries. Using the award-winning iOS app as building blocks, we wrote Voice Dream Reader Desktop from ground up as a native macOS app with a completely redesigned user interface. The result is a full-featured, desktop-class application fully optimized for the Mac. FEATURES Library
    • Manage all your reading material in one place.
    • Organize in folders. Search, filter and sort.
    • Keep a Reading List so you never run out of things to read.
    • Synchronize your library, reading locations, bookmarks and notes across all your Apple devices.
    • Your library stays private on your device, or in iCloud Drive if you synchronize. No-one else has access.
    Text-to-Speech
    • 75 text-to-speech voices in 27 languages.
    • All voices are offline to protect your privacy.
    • Correct pronunciation with your own pronunciation rules.
    Document Formats
    • PDF, plain text, and Google Docs.
    • Text recognition for scanned PDF.
    • Skip repeating headers and footers in PDF.
    • Web articles via Safari Extension.
    • Bookshare books via built-in interface.
    • EPUB eBooks. (DRM-free books only. Kindle, iBooks and most commercial eBook platforms are encrypted.)
    • DAISY text-based books and audiobooks.
    • Audiobooks in MP3, MP4 or zipped MP3 format.
    • Native access for Dropbox and Google Drive.
    Reading Styles
    • Highlight spoken word to improve comprehension and retention.
    • Change font, colors, character and line spacing, and margins.
    • Auto-scrolling and full screen, distraction-free mode to help with focus.
    • Two speed-reading modes: Pac-Man and RSVP.
    • Optimized for accessibility including VoiceOver.
    • High contrast and large font size for low vision readers.
    Studying Tools
    • Bookmark, highlight and take notes.
    • Export highlights and notes.
    • Full-text search.
    • Built-in dictionary.
    Notes for iOS Users
    • Only macOS system voices are supported.
    • Acapela voices will be available in a future update.
    • Ivona and NeoSpeech voices do not run on macOS.
    • Word, PowerPoint and RTF support will come in a future update.
    • Pocket and Instapaper support is coming soon.
    • Evernote does not support third party access on macOS.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (April 30, 2022)
Visit Voice Dream Reader for Desktop’s App Store page https://apps.apple.com/app/id972112040

  1. ZenoRadio (iOS/iPadOS, Free) ZenoRadio allows you to listen to your favorite radio stations from around the world. In an easy to use App, find your favorite radio station by country and listen by streaming or dialing a phone number to save data. With an expanding list of stations and new countries being added weekly, the new ZenoRadio app is the best way to listen to your countries home radio stations.

Current Version: 1.8.0 (March 12, 2022)
Read ZenoRadio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/zenoradio
Visit ZenoRadio’s App Store page https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zenoradio/id1207197757

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

iOS/iPadOS https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory
Apple TV https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory

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Helpful tips for May 2022 – the other side of technology

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

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Helpful tips for May 2022

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day

  • How to Clean a Bathtub Anti-Slip Bottom
    From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
    *A terrific train trip

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

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

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

From Melanie with huge thanks –
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.

  1. 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.
  2. Baking Powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar can be substituted for 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  3. Baking Soda
    There is no recommended substitute for baking soda.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Chervil
    1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes plus 1/8 teaspoon rubbed, dried sage can be substituted for 1 teaspoon chervil.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Coffee
    1/2 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules can be substituted for 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee.

From Donna –
Some very useful tips on using Alexa:
Hey Alexa
A.) Create an Alexa Voice ID for a more personalized on-device experience. Just say, “Alexa, learn my voice.”
B.) Let loved ones know they’re on your mind by sending them a hug message with fun sound effects. Just say, “Alexa, send a hug.”
C.) Share your dietary preferences with Alexa and get personalized recipe ideas. Just say, “Alexa, open my food preferences.”


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to Clean a Bathtub Anti-Slip Bottom
If you have a bathtub with a slip-resistant bottom that no matter what you use to clean it, it still looks dingy, grungy and downright grimy, today I have really good news and at least one sure-fire solution that will bring even an older tub bottom back to clean, like new!

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990, all bathtubs must be manufactured with some type of anti-slip bottom. Kohler porcelain tubs come with its patented Safeguard Slip-Resistant Surface, which has a very distinctive look and seems to be the most prone to this ugly problem.
The problem is not only with Kohler tubs but with any manufacturer who etches the tub’s bottom to provide the non-slip feature. That causes the oil from your feet to start staining the tub’s bottom, then for some it’s like these stains get embedded and locked in forever.
I’ve heard from many readers who have tried everything they can think of to remove these stains, without success. In fact, all of those efforts seem to do just the opposite, eventually making the problem even worse.
Some readers have reported using Magic Eraser, Bar Keepers Friend, Zud and Comet, all with varying levels of success: Magic Eraser, Bar Keepers Friend, Zud and Comet. But you need to know that Kohler warns against all of them because they can harm the anti-slip and porcelain finishes, possibly creating an even worse problem over time.
Kohler recommends only three products to clean its Safeguard Slip-Resistant Surface:

  1. Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
  2. Tilex Bathroom Cleaner
  3. Express ROG Tub and Tile Cleaner.
    ROG Tub and Tile Cleaner is the sure-fire product I mentioned above. It works, and I say that without any hesitation. It is also recommended by Kohler. ROG is miraculous and will bring your tub back to its shiny new self including the slip resistant etching, without damaging the porcelain or the anti-slip surface. You must get this product (actually it comes in a kit) from the manufacturer’s website. It is not
    available in stores or through Amazon. In the kit you will receive two bottles—ROG3 and ROG1 plus a scrubbing pad for about $40 plus shipping, which is quite
    a bargain as compared to having a tub refinished or replaced.
    The kit will come with full instructions, which are quite simple. I suggest that you take a few minutes to watch this online video that will show you exactly how to use the product to wash all of that ugly stain down the drain. Then read the information
    on the ROG3.com site.
    While ROG Tub and Tile Cleaner is a Kohler recommended product to clean the slip-resistant bottom of its bathtubs, it is not limited to that. This product will clean all tubs, showers, tile and grout of dirt, grime and build up—those challenging situations that need a miracle!
    Author: Mary Hunt on 06/27/17
    www.everydaycheapskate.com

From the pages of Donna’s diary
A terrific train trip

In late October 2021 I and my friend Sue took a wonderful train trip from Toronto to Québec City and back. The trip took us about 10 hours in total and under heavy Covid restrictions we managed to enjoy our train trip in fine style.

We had to wear our masks for most of the time and social distancing was strictly adhered to. This however did not prevent the Via Rail staff from carrying out their duties with wonderful alacrity, friendliness, and super customer service. Especially when it came to fulfilling the needs of me as a vision impaired person.

The staff were attentive from start to finish; helping with the luggage, assisting me to keep my meal on my table whenever the train rocked a bit too much, and overall, I could not have asked for anything more.

Yes, I would certainly encourage anyone hesitating to take a train trip sooner than later. It is relaxing, pleasurable, enjoyable, but most of all it is home away from home!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and author 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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