Top app of the week – Meet visual brailler

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 Visual Brailler
(iOS, Free)

This app is for those who desire to stay in touch with braille.
Give this one a try.

Visual Brailler is the simple braille editor. It’s a braille writer for
your iPad, and it has a place in every braille transcriber’s toolbox. Use
it for NLS certification exercises or to practice UEB. Show off your mastery
of braille!

Features:
* 6-dot braille on-screen keyboard
* Support for any and all 6-dot braille codes
* An indefinite number of 40-cell braille lines
* Cut, copy, and paste braille manipulation
* Refreshable braille display input and output
* BRL (unformatted) and BRF (formatted) braille file export

Current Version: 1.2 (October 2, 2015)
Read Visual Brailler’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
information http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/visual-brailler
Visit Visual Brailler’s App Store Page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visual-brailler/id888739587?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Let’s Talk Tips for Friday, March 1st 2019 – Volume 6

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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) Bigger Text on iPad
While many iPad users may know about the general text size slider in
Settings, there is another deeper text settings option that allows for
notably larger text size to be used as well.
http://bit.ly/2U5LU11

2.) ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com Uses AI to Generate Endless Fake Faces
Although the ability of AI to generate fake visuals is not yet mainstream
knowledge, a new website, ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com, offers a quick and
persuasive education. http://bit.ly/2U7yO35

3.) Apple’s Netflix Competitor will Reportedly be Unveiled in March… or
Maybe April
Apple’s upcoming March 25th event will see the introduction of the company’s
long-awaited video subscription service, according to a new report from
Bloomberg. BuzzFeed News has reported that Apple plans to announce its news
subscription service at the March event, but it seems like the company has
more than just that in the works.
http://bit.ly/2tBpIjy

4.) OpenAI Built a Text Generator So Good, It’s Considered Too Dangerous to
Release
A storm is brewing over a new language model, built by non-profit artificial
intelligence research company OpenAI, which it says is so good at generating
convincing, well-written text that it’s worried about potential abuse.
That’s angered some in the community, who have accused the company of
reneging on a promise not to close off its research.
https://tcrn.ch/2SlZ34d

5.) New Startup, Postscript, Wants to be the MailChimp for SMS
Postscript, a startup launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class, wants to
learn from what email marketing got right and translate that to the next
frontier of B2C communications: SMS. It basically wants to be the Mailchimp
for texts.
https://tcrn.ch/2EvBXEC

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#Nutrition
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1.) How To Eat And Exercise For EVERY Decade
Health And Fitness experts share the tips and tricks that will give you your
dream figure at any age.
https://dailym.ai/2E46SX2

2.) A Practical Guide to Engaging Individuals with Obesity
Obesity is officially recognised as a chronic disease and a top public
health priority by several global societies and healthcare bodies. In some
European countries, the majority of the adult population is either
overweight or obese, with major implications for patient health and
healthcare systems.
http://bit.ly/2XmGnoM

3.) Weight Loss: The Best Diet For A Healthy Weight Loss According To NHS
Weight loss can be a difficult journey, especially if you’re not sure where
to begin. There is no ‘best method’ or specific diet plan to shed the
pounds, but there are simple changes a person can make to their diet to see
weight loss results.
http://bit.ly/2IABZ2c

4.) Rapid Weight Loss May Be Unhealthy, Follow These 10 Sensible Tips To Get
A Flat Belly And Stay Slim Forever
Not losing weight despite practicing calorie restriction? Avoid fad diets,
follow these simple and healthy weight loss tips instead to help you get a
flat belly and stay slim for life.
http://bit.ly/2NqYFRa

5.) Healthy Habits For Life: 10 Tips For Better Meal Prep
Meal planning can make a huge impact in helping you reach your weight-loss
goals faster. Not only can you consume fewer calories, but it can actually
help you save time during the week. Plus, having a fridge stocked with
healthy meals and snacks is especially important during the holidays or
times when you’re busy and stressed. Here are 10 tips to help you get the
most of out of meal prep so it becomes a healthy, life-long habit.
https://undrarmr.co/2IAjX02

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#Media
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1.) Why do you hate Jacob?
Apple’s latest iPhone ad shows a different kind of portrait mode ‘fail’, and
frankly, we think it’s hilarious.
http://bit.ly/2Spa7gR

2.) Twitter Has Been Storing Your ‘Deleted’ DMs for Years
Twitter lets users delete direct messages from their own side of the
conversation, but it turns out those deleted messages aren’t really getting
removed at all, according to a report from security researcher Karan Saini,
via TechCrunch.
https://tcrn.ch/2Vi9fN3

3.) YouTuber Shot While Filming Security Guard Outside Synagogue
The YouTuber is part of a community of YouTubers known as “First Amendment
Auditors” who film themselves interacting with cops and visiting government
locations with the stated goal of holding the government accountable and
educating Americans about their rights. In practice, many of these videos
become confrontational, leading to escalating law enforcement reactions and,
in some cases, arrests.
http://bit.ly/2EvD72W

4.) Instagram Direct Messaging Could Be Coming to Browsers, Desktop
A software engineer spotted that it’s testing an expanded version of Direct.
https://cnet.co/2TdfEf7

5.) Please Stop Marking Yourself as Safe on Facebook
They don’t mean to prey on our anxieties. They mean to assuage them. But all
they do is reinforce the incorrect notion that the world is a terrifying
place where unpredictable awful things happen frequently; they worsen the
problem by attempting to treat the symptom.
https://tcrn.ch/2GIqALS

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#Business
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1.) Five Top Tips For Small Businesses Adopting Encryption
Becrypt summarizes the top-five issues that small businesses should think
about if they are looking at adopting disk encryption, or if they’re looking
at undertaking wider rollouts of disk encryption.
http://bit.ly/2IvEORY

2.) Hackers Yell, Curse at Family After Accessing Security Camera Account,
Couple Says
If you have security cameras connected to the internet inside your home,
you’re going to want to play close attention to this story. A local family
says someone hacked their account and watched them for weeks inside their
home; even yelling and cursing at their children.
http://bit.ly/2IxXSz2

3.) The 10 Best Jobs Working From Home
Working from home is the job dream situation for millions of workers. But it
may surprise you to know there are literally hundreds of companies providing
opportunities to do just that.
http://bit.ly/2Evnpor

4.) How to Cruise with a Conscience
For some, there’s nothing more luxurious than embarking on a cruise ship
holiday. Sailing the high seas with nothing to look at but the horizon and
nothing to think of but the exciting city stops you’ll make on your journey,
it can be hard to really appreciate the impact these vessels are having on
the environment.
http://bit.ly/2E9PD6Q

5.) Retirement? Boomers Aren’t Ready Yet
Retirement isn’t for everybody — or at least not every baby boomer. The
generation closest to retirement isn’t ready to leave the workforce,
according to an Express Employment Professional poll of 1,500 U.S. workers
between 54 and 72 years old, conducted by Harris Poll.
https://on.mktw.net/2T7xG2v

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#Advocacy
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1.) CRTC Mandates Standards for TTY, IP Relay Accessibility Messaging
Services
Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deafblind will soon have access
to faster, better message relay services.
http://bit.ly/2SkzGjr

2.) Accommodating Students With Disabilities on Campus: Moving Beyond Silos
A new report looks at how accessibility and accommodations are meeting the
needs of disabled students across Canada.
http://bit.ly/2Nq22rC

3.) New Disability Stats.
Canadians With Disabilities: A Demographic, Employment and Income Profile,
2017
http://bit.ly/2H1n2nt

4.) D-Net Re-discovered: Benchmark Disability TV Series Now on YouTube
It was the first program at the CBC to employ people with disabilities on
air and behind the cameras. It was the first to provide them with
professional training and get them started in broadcasting careers.
http://bit.ly/2VgfBfZ

5.) Inaccessible Retail Sites Continue to Miss Out on Millions, as New
Survey Launches
A new version of a survey to assess the online shopping experience of people
with disabilities has launched, to find out whether businesses have improved
their websites.
http://bit.ly/2tBVope

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Welcome to the Feb Apple Viz newsletter – great apps to ponder

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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Welcome to the February 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis
website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to
AppleVis by members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates,
to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections
of
this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading
level 4.

…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Clew (iOS, Free)

Clew is an AR indoor navigation app designed for visually impaired users to
help them retrace their steps in unfamiliar environments.

Current Version: 1.0.4 (February 17, 2019)

Read Clew’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/clew

Visit Clew’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clew/id1268077870?mt=8&at=11l4LS

2. ?GoldGun (iOS, Free)

GoldGun is an audio game – no visual content – where you play the
adventures of Soren, a police officer investigating cybercriminal activity
in the deep web.

The game is presented in a cinematic like experience and it is delivered
through seven episodes, in a format similar to TV series. Each episode is
launched every two or three months. The first episode (launch date 31st
January 2019) is completely free, so everybody can play and enjoy it. The
sounds in the game are implemented using 3D-audio in order to provide an
immersive experience and playing with headphones is highly recommended. The
game mechanics include the use of the gyroscope (tilt the phone to move) and
tactile interface (swipe and tap actions to interact with objects).

The story is presented like a single-player narrative, with extensive voice
acting and no use of voice-over software. Each episode includes a series of
minigames, which grow in length and complexity as the story deepens and
progresses in the future episodes.

Current Version: 1.0 (February 1, 2019)

Read ?GoldGun’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/goldgun

Visit ?GoldGun’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goldgun/id1444439162?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8&at=11l4LS

*Note:* the developer of Gold Gun has decided to discontinue further
development of the game due to some negative responses from players. More on
this decision can be found at “Future of GoldGun: Production
discontinued”
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-gaming/future-goldgun-production-discontinued

3. LetSeeApp (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

LetSee is an app for vision.

As of now, it has three functions, a money reader, a card recognizer, and
light intensity. Point your camera at the target and wait until you hear the
recognition result. The banknote recognizer feature works with US Dollars,
Euros, Chinese Yuan, Hungarian Forints and South Korean Won and we are
adding new currencies continuously. You might need some practice first. We
advise you to place the camera of your smartphone onto the object you want
to recognize and slowly start pulling it upwards. Once you reach a proper
distance the recognition result will be announced. It can also be helpful to
slightly and slowly tilt, pan, and turn your device.

Current Version: 3.4.0 (February 1, 2019)

Read LetSeeApp’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/letseeapp

Visit LetSeeApp’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1170643143?fbclid=IwAR04WTFU5ZA5bdDyRrx-swnhIZlS6P-_x4zm33fMF25Lwrpl4595Ul_T2ds&at=11l4LS

4. MiniWiki (watchOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

MiniWiki is the best way to browse Wikipedia™ on your Apple Watch with
ease.

From searching across 40 million articles, to downloading article for
offline reading, MiniWiki has you covered!

MiniWiki was designed from the ground up to compliment the Apple Watch’s
unique screen size, resulting in a smooth and intutive Wikipedia experience.

Read MiniWiki’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/apple-watch/reference/miniwiki

Visit MiniWiki’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miniwiki/id1448143759?mt=8&at=11l4LS

5. Ready to Roll – RPG Dice (iOS, US$1.99)

Ready to Roll – RPG Dice is a blind and low vision accessible RPG dice
manager. Also suitable for sighted players.

Features include:

* Designed specifically for blind and low vision players
* Easy to navigate and use
* Roll multiple dice and dice types – including d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20,
roll for advantage and percentile – quickly and efficiently
* Save custom rolls
* Add or subtract a modifier
* Full voice acting
* Adjustable VO speeds: Normal, Moderate, Fast and Off
* Adjustable VO types: Brief, Verbose and Individual (where each individual
dice roll is read out)
* Save VO setting preferences
* Review the results of the last three rolls
* Original dice foley: roll 3d4 + 1d6 and that’s exactly what you will hear

Read Ready to Roll – RPG Dice’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/ready-roll-rpg-dice

Visit Ready to Roll – RPG Dice’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ready-to-roll-rpg-dice/id1445804669?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2&at=11l4LS

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

iOS http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for 2019 – something for everyone

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

We start with scams of the month:
All of these pertain to those seeking to travel.
It appears that Britain seems to be very susceptible to these.
* Be very careful when you book your holidays online as scammers are setting
up bogus websites and they include photos and images from other legitimate
websites.
They double book and even triple book customers and at the end of the day
these ressorts do not even exist.
* The same goes for booking flights on line.
Be very careful when you use travel agents online because scammers are now
using travel websites to set up their own bogus websites to book bogus
flights.
Do your research thoroughly when booking online.

Okay, some useful info about golden retrievers and golden labs.
Contrary to popular opinion, these two breeds of dog are different in
several ways the most important being:
Energy, digestive system, and processes.

Right then, some important info for those who are afflicted with dry skin.
It is better for you to use a product that is thick in content.
Jars of cream and not lotions contained in bottles with pumps or other
regular bottles.
The thicker the cream the better it is for you.
Best to apply after showering or having a bath.

Pneumonia shots?
They cannot protect every single strain of pneumonia.

Here’s a useful tip for if you are thinking of using fabric softener on
your towels:
Best not to try doing this as it is very difficult for the towels to absorb
the fabric softener.

Some useful info about wines?
Red wine goes best with red meat.
White wine goes best with fish.

Plantains? Here is a tip about this sweet tasting vegie!
It is loaded with vitamin B6.

About the aircraft and favourite places for germs to hang out?
Their favourite places include headrests, tray tables, and armrests!
Let’s not forget the bathrooms!

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution
CLOTHING CARE & SEWING TECHNIQUES

Date: September-04-14 9:49 AM

Today’s article was published in 2010. However, I believe techniques
mentioned Are not time specific. It is considerably useful to be remindedhow
to carry
out tasks many think of no big deal or even learn for the first time. The
techniques are beneficial for youth and on into the autum of our lives. God
bless and have a great successful, faith filled day.

CLOTHING CARE & SEWING TECHNIQUES

by Carol Woodward, former Homemaking Teacher

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

February 19 2010

CLOTHING CARE & SEWING TECHNIQUES FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED OR TOTALLY BLIND
STUDENTS

by Carol Woodward, former Homemaking Teacher
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas

Revised March 1998

Marking Clothes

Coordinating one’s wardrobe can be accomplished with the following
techniques:

A. Safety Pins

This method uses small safety pins to identify colors in clothing.

Let the students make up their own system for colors and their positions. It
involves placing a safety pin in a specific hidden spot for each color on
each garment. For example:

. For shirts – tail, side seams, cuffs (side w/button or side
w/hole), middle inside collar, under collar points, middle back tail

. For pants – waistband to match the position of color on matching
shirt (e.g., blue shirt with pin on left front tail and matching blue pants
w/pin on left front waistband)

. For socks – on top at the back or front, outside on instep (a
preferred method is to pin matching socks together with a large safety pin
when they are taken off, washed, and put away; then unpin when socks are
worn; to match a special pair of socks to a piece of clothing, pin the socks
to the piece when taking them off and wash with the garment)

B. French Knots or Yarn Knots

This method is similar to the use of safety pins, marking in different area
for different colors.

The students should decide on the code used. The knots could stand for the
Braille color names, for numbers, or have different shapes (e.g., squares,
triangles, circles).

Note: Most people have more clothes of one color than another. The prevalent
color could be identified with no pins or markings. For clothes which
coordinate with several colors, such as plaids, mark each color in the
appropriate spot (e.g., left front for blue, side seam for green).

C. Commercially Available Products

Maxi Aids, PO Box 3209, Farmingdale, NY 11735,
phone 1-800-522-6294 or 516-752-0521, fax 516-752-0689:

. Do-Dots: These clear plastic braille buttons (1 male, 1 female)
snap together easily and nondestructively through hem, cuff, or collar. One
side of the button tells you the design (light, dark, print, plaid, stripes,
plain). The other side tells you the color (45 different colors). A
braille-coded key to the abbreviations is included. They are in packages of
100 for $51.95.

. “Say What”: Made of strong plastic, these tags are reusable by
changing the desired information on a removable label. Each kit contains 10
tags and enough 1/2 inch braille tape for 23 labels. The tags measure 1 1/2″
x 5 3/4″ and cost $4.95.

. Match Makers: Special plastic covers with large tactual dots are
bonded to nickel plated safety pins. Count the number of dots to find
matching clothing. 200 pins are available for $37.50.

Independent Living Aids, 27 East Mall,
Plainview, NY 11803, phone 1-800-537-2118, fax 516-752-3135:

. Thick Sock Locks: These plastic squares with gripper holes will
keep socks paired in the washing machine, dryer, and sock drawer. They are
in packages of 20 for $1.75.

Lighthouse Enterprises,
36-20 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11101, phone 1-800-829-0500, fax
212-821-9727:

. Teflon Scott Tape: This tape can be brailled on a slate, cut to
size, and sewn into clothing items. The tape is 1/2 inch wide and 5 feet
long and costs $2.95 per roll.

Maggie’s Sew Free Buttons, P.O. Box 54,
DeWitt, NY 13214

Threading a Needle

A. Self-Threading Needles

Self-threading needles have two holes, one of which is open. The thread is
placed across the top and pushed down through a slit into the second hole.
There are several hand positions that can be used to thread the needle while
holding it in your hand. The recommended method is to place a pin cushion on
the table with the needle stuck straight into it. This allows two free hands
to hold onto the thread. Wrap the thread around the two index fingers and
use the thumbs to locate the position of the needle in the pin cushion, then
push the thread down onto the needle. A disadvantage of self-threading
needles is that the thread pulls out of the slit in the needle very easily.

B. Wire Needle Threaders

Wire needle threaders can be purchased in packages of three for about $1. To
use this, push the triangular shaped wire through the eye of the needle, put
the thread through the triangle, and pull the wire back through the needle
with the thread. These may be difficult to use for some students because the
wire has to be pushed through the eye of the needle first and the wire may
bend or a student may not find the hole in the needle. My students like to
wrap the thread around a straight pin and stick the straight pin through the
wire loop. This gives the student something stiff to stick through the wire
triangle instead of the limp thread.

Dental Floss Threader Wire Needle Threader

C. Dental Floss Threaders

Dental floss threaders can be purchased in packages of 20 from the drugstore
for about $2 – $3. My students prefer these threaders over the wire needle
threaders because they are stiff enough to easily thread into the eye of the
needle and the loop is flexible, unbreakable, and large enough to feed the
thread through. The loop is pulled through the needle from front to back.

Using Scissors

To teach a student with visual impairment how to hold and use scissors:

1. Put the scissors in your own hand and let the student feel the hand
position and the cutting movement (hand-over-hand, student’s hand on top).

2. Let the student hold the scissors and put your hand around the student’s
hand to help guide while cutting (hand-over-hand, teacher’s hand on top).

3. Let the student practice cutting on raised line paper until the student
is able to cut along the line.

Note: Some students’ hands are too weak to cut through two thicknesses of
fabric. Let these students cut one thickness at a time. Electric scissors
are sometimes helpful.

Patterns and Fabrics

A. How to Make Your Own Patterns

For students who have poor tactual discrimination, I recommend making
patterns out of heavy brown paper or butcher paper, using conventional
tissue paper patterns as guides or creating your own:

. Outline the edges with a 1/4 inch line of Elmer’s glue.

. Mark the straight grainline arrows with a strip of 1/2 inch
masking tape or brightly colored labeller tape.

. Put a strip of masking tape folded over the paper edge to identify
the lay on the fold.

. The crosswise grainline arrow can be marked with a strip of
masking tape with staples at each end.

. The bias grainline can be a strip of masking tape with staples
lengthwise along one side of the tape.

. Use staples to identify the location of notches. For beginners, I
sometimes omit the notches completely to avoid confusion.

. To identify darts, make a heavy glue outline and put a staple at
the point and at the two ends.

Note: The pattern number, size, and pattern piece could be marked on each
pattern piece in braille or large print.

B. Adapting Conventional Patterns

1. For tactual markings:

o Before trimming any excess margins off tissue paper patterns, put an
Elmer’s Glue line on the cutting lines. Let dry overnight. To keep the
tissue paper from sticking to the counters, I put scotch tape on the wrong
side of the pattern piece along the cutting lines.

o Mark these patterns with masking tape as described above.

o The student should be able to tear off the excess margins outside the
glue lines before pinning the pattern on the fabric. Otherwise, I cut off
the excess margins outside the glue lines.

Note: This is the method that I use in my clothing classes. You will need
plenty of counter space.

2. For visual markings: Use a color broadtipped felt pen and retrace all
the cutting lines and special markings, such as darts, dots, and pocket
placement lines, etc. It is easier to do this before the excess margins have
been cut off of the tissue paper pattern. I usually ask the students what
color is best.

C. Patterns Available for Visually Impaired Users

Fingertip Patterns, 155 North Bellaire Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206.

These patterns are specifically made for the blind. All of the markings are
in braille. However, the paper used is similar to butcher paper and it is
sometimes difficult to feel the edge of the paper when cutting the fabric
(no glue lines). I understand this company has pattern catalogs available
per request. For a fee, an adapted pattern can be made if you send a
store-bought pattern to the company. Unfortunately, it takes over six weeks
to get the pattern back.

D. Buying Fabric

Students should be encouraged to learn to differentiate textures and weaves
of various types of fabrics (e.g., cottons, double knits, wool). A trip to a
fabric store should include opportunities to tactually explore fabric.
Describe the characteristics of different fabrics verbally to the students.
Help them pick a pattern, or practice soliciting help of a sighted person,
and practice buying the fabric and all the sewing notions needed, and paying
for the purchase.

E. Transferring Patterns Fabric

Make all necessary adaptations (e.g., glue lines or colored felt-tip lines).
From this point on, the student should be able to lay out the pattern (using
the masking tape grainline arrows as guides), pin the pattern to the fabric,
and cut out the pieces. For beginners, I recommend simple projects, such as
an apron, tote bag, poncho, skirt with elastic in the waistline, pants with
drawstring or elastic in the waistline or a “torn project” (where the
student tears out the pieces rather than cutting out the pieces). I strongly
recommend that the fabric chosen be a woven polyester and cotton fabric.

Only special markings such as darts, dots, pocket placement lines, or
notches need to be marked on the fabric. Darts can be identified by placing
a small safety pin at the point and at each end, where the staples were on
the adapted paper pattern . When the darts are ready to be sewn, the safety
pins are replaced with straight pins. I sometimes have my beginners trace
the pattern markings with a tracing wheel on tracing paper, in addition to
the safety pins, so they will be familiar with that technique.

Machine Sewing

A. Pinhead Guide

The use of a pinhead guide helps the blind student sew straight. Place a row
of straight pins horizontally onto the sticky side of a piece of masking
tape. Let the heads of the pins extend over one side. Place another piece of
masking tape with the nonsticky side directly over the pins. Stick the
pinhead guide to the metal slide plate on the sewing machine.

The placement of the pinhead guide may vary depending on the task (regular
seam at 5/8 inch, staystitching at 1/2 inch, topstitching at 1/4 inch). A
notched metal seam gauge, similar to a 6-inch ruler, but with indented
notches at each half-inch mark, can be used to aid the placement of the
pinhead guide. Most sewing machines come with an etched line on the metal
slide plate that marks the 5/8 inch regular seam line. Most students can
feel this line and place the pinhead guide on it. When beginning to sew, the
fabric is lined up with the first pin on the pinhead guide (which is even
with the machine needle).

B. Metal Seam Guide

Most sewing machines have a screw hole to the right of the needle for a
metal seam guide that functions like the pinhead guide. These metal seam
guides are also available in a magnetic form. I prefer the screw on type
because the magnetic ones tend to move out of position. Some of my students
use a combination of the screw on type seam guide and magnetic guide (or
pinhead guide) in order to make a longer edge for the fabric to move
against.

C. Needle Finger Guard

This is a small 3-sided metal bar attached to the sewing machine on the same
bar as the presser foot near the needle. It is a safety device to warn the
user that the needle is close by. The finger guard is pulled down in front
of the needle when sewing and pushed up to the left of the needle when
threading. Most new sewing machines have a finger guard.

D. Seams

Have your students pin the pieces of fabric together with straight pins
parallel to the fabric edge with the points of the pins pointing toward the
needle of the sewing machine. This makes it easier for the student to pull
the pins out of the fabric and it gives the student a better idea of where
the stitching line will be. I recommend using pins with large colored
plastic heads. Beginners should practice sewing two pieces of Braille paper
together first, using the metal seam guide to sew straight.

E. Darts

If the darts were marked with safety pins, fold the dart in half by making
the safety pins even. Replace the safety pins with straight pins and put a
straight line of pins from the wide end to the point by using the seam gauge
or ruler as a straight edge. Place the pinhead guide directly in front and
in line with the needle and presser foot. Start at the wide end of the dart
(at the fabric edge) and begin stitching, holding the pins in the fabric
flat against the pinhead guide and remove the pins one by one to the point
of the dart.

Hems

Mark the length desired with a pin. Measure the fabric to be turned up with
the notched seam gauge and pin up the entire hem. Press the pinned up hem.

A. Sewing Hems with the Sewing Machine

Whenever possible, use the sewing machine to sew in hems. Use the metal seam
guide or pinhead guide, placing it as far from the needle as the depth of
the hem, and stitch.

B. Ironing Hems with Stitch Witchery

This is an iron-on adhesive, mesh-like material available in strips or by
the yard. The strips are easiest to use for hems. After pressing the hem up,
remove the straight pins and place the Stitch Witchery between the fabric
and iron.

C. Sewing Hems by Hand

Thread a needle using a double thread. A single thread comes off the needle
too frequently. Hold the hem in one hand with the thumb on the pinned hem
edge. With the other hand, put the needle through the fabric until the point
just touches the index finger and then push the needle back up through the
fabric. Position the thumb so that the first stitch is on one side of the
thumb. Now take the second stitch on the other side of the thumb. Continue
around the hem, using the thumb as a guide for the size of the stitch to
make.

Ironing Clothes

A. Safety Techniques

Teach the student how to turn the iron on and off, the positions of basic
temperature settings, how to add water to steam irons, how to set the iron
down when it is hot, and which parts of the iron get hot. With a cold iron,
show the student how to hold the iron correctly. Teach students to put the
iron down by keeping the forearm straight out with the elbow next to the
body. To find the iron again after putting it down, trail up the ironing
board on the side closest to the body or find the cord and go up the cord to
the handle.

B. How to Iron a Shirt

* Iron the collar first by putting the collar wrong side up on the
ironing board with the seam on the outer edge of the ironing board (side
away from body). Hold it in place with your hip and pin the corners of the
collar down with straight pins, then iron. Remove the pins.
* Iron the shoulders and, if applicable, yoke by inserting the tip of
the ironing board. Hold at the collar and at the bottom of the yoke or pin
the yoke down (with the collar closest to your body). Remove the pins.
* Iron the sleeves by finding the underarm seam and folding along that
seam. Pin the sleeve to the ironing board and iron. Push the iron sideways
toward the collar to feel when the side of the iron reaches the armhole seam
(and avoid ironing the collar again). Remove the pins.
* Iron the body of the shirt, starting with the button side of the
front. Pin the tail of the shirt down and hold onto the collar as you iron.
When finished ironing a section, unpin it, slide the far edge of the shirt
at top and bottom toward the edge closest to your body to position an
unironed section. Pin this unironed section down and iron. Continue in this
fashion around the shirt. When ironing the body of the shirt near the
armholes, slide the shirt so that the end of the ironing board is sticking
inside the top of the sleeve. This will keep the shirt flat on the ironing
board.

Folding Clothes

A. Folding Shirts

First button every other button and the cuffs, if applicable. To find the
top of the shirt, put your hand inside the top of each sleeve. Shake out the
shirt holding onto the top of it. Lay shirt face down on a table with the
collar to the left. Pull the sleeves out to the sides uncreasing the body as
much as possible. Bring the body of the shirt close to the edge of the
table. Put the index finger side of the left hand next to the collar (right
side of shirt), fingers pointing to the shirt tail, and fold over right side
of shirt. Fold the right sleeve lining it up lengthwise with the shirt.
Repeat for left side of shirt. Bring the tail end of the shirt up to the
collar to fold in half lengthwise, or fold in thirds by bringing the tail
end up one third and then fold again in half.

B. Folding Creased Pants

By holding the bottom of each pants leg put the seams together, making sure
the inside seams are touching. Hold the bottom of the legs and put under
your chin. Bring the waist of the pants up and fold in half, or hold on to
each end and bring hands together.

Hanging Clothes

A. Hanging Shirts and Dresses

Put the hand inside each sleeve or armhole and slide the hanger in. Button
any top button to prevent the garment from sliding off. Line up either the
tag on the shirt with the hanger hook or the shoulder seams with the hanger
arms.

B. Hanging Pants

Crease the pants the same way as when folding pants. Lay the pants flat on a
table with the pant legs out in front of you. Slide the hanger under the
pant legs, almost to the crotch, and raise up off of the table.

Laundry

A. Washing and Drying

Most washers and dryers have various types of settings. If possible, mark
the settings for regular and permanent press with glue dots, puffy paint, or
Hi Marks. Do not overload the washer or the dryer! Teach how to sort clothes
according to color and type of laundry and how to measure detergent.
Remember to put the detergent and bleach into the washer with the water
before putting the clothes into the washer (it is a good idea to swish the
water a few times to dissolve the detergent). To avoid ironing, take
polyester clothing out of the dryer before completely dry and hang up, or as
soon as the dryer stops, hang up the clothes quickly.

It is not recommended for blind students to use bleach in their laundry. If
bleach is to be used, then use it only on white cottons (make sure the
student knows about different fabrics). An alternative would be a detergent
with bleach safe for colors.

B. Stain Removal

Stains or spots on clothing must be found or identified by a sighted person.
The stain should be marked with a safety pin, or if the spot is large
surround the spot with safety pins. Use a prewash or stain treatment and let
it soak for a few minutes. Then wash the garment with the

other laundry in the washing machine.

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How to Get Rid of Ants

http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/crawling-insects/ant-control-products

I have included several resources for identifying types of ants, behaviors,
baits and differences
Differences Between Ants and Termites for readers to check out. There are
very helpful brief articles regarding each specific type of ant at each
link. Hope this helps someone in this ant season.

First identify the type of ant, then pick the correct product to remove the
infestation.

Household & Carpenter Ants:

Ant baits and
non-repellent
insecticide sprays are two popular methods for household ant control.

More information on ant baiting can be found here;

http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/crawling-insects/ant-control-products/
ant-baits

More information on non-repellent insecticide can be found here:

http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/crawling-insects/ant-control-products/
non-repellent-ant-spray

Baiting and insecticide spray can be combined for the most effective
treatment if a non-repellent spray is used.

Ant Baits: Ants require two types of food cycles to thrive. The cycles are
referred to as the sweet cycle and the grease/protein cycle. There’s no easy
way to tell which cycle an ant requires at any given moment. Using both
protein and sweet
baits

More information on
protein and sweet
baits can be found here;

http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/complete-ant-kit protein and sweet
baitsis the most effective method to bait ants.

Non-Repellent Insecticide Sprays:

http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/taurus-sc-insecticide

Sprays such as
Taurus SC (Fipronil 9.1%) are preferred for ant control. The ants
cannot detect its presence and crawl through the treated area. The
insecticide kills the ant slowly so it has plenty of time to track the
insecticide back to the nest.

Fire Ants:

Preventive Fire Ant Control: Preventive treatment with

Bifen LP granules is the easiest method to control fire ant populations.

Existing Fire Ant Infestation: If fire ants have already infested an area,
then a
fire ant bait is required
to get rid of the infestation.

more information on ordering and using

Bifen LP granules is found here: and

http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/bifen-lp-granules-granulars

A video explaining ant behavior. Kinds of ants and demonstration of how to
get rid of ants can be found at the link below.

Once arriving at the page mentioned below, locate the “play” link and hit
enter or click on that link.

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/ants.htm

Resources regarding several types of ants found around homes are provided
below.

*Small Sized Ants
(Inside and Outside)

Argentine Ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/arg.htm

Description:
Description: fire ant
Fire ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/fire-ants.htm

Ghost Ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/ghost.htm

Leafcutter ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/leafcutter.htm

Description: Description:
odorous house ant
Odorous House Ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/odorous.htm

Pavement Ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/pavement_ants.htm

Pharaoh Ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/phar.htm

*Large sized ants:
(Inside and Outside)

Carpenter Ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/carp.htm

Fire Ants

10 Top Things to Know About Fire
Ants

http://doyourownpestcontrol.com/pest_control/questions_and_answers/top_10_th
ings_you_should_know_about_fire_ants.html

Ant Baiting Tips for Ants

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/baiting.htm

Differences Between Ants and
Termites

http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/diff.htm

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

It never hurts for you to have a handy dandy electronic traveling kit along
for the ride on your journey. Would it not be better to be well equipped as
opposed to having to fret over technology?

With this in mind, I have some suggestions for you to include in your
electronic traveling kit.
Here goes.

For your electronic kit:
USB drive, mini power bars, hub,
A converter if you are going to a country that uses a different power
supply,
mini or pen light, a small night light,
a small battery driven clock.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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

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

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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Top app of the week – Meet Nano Empire

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
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Meet Nano Empire
(iOS, US$0.99)

This is an app that tests and exercises your imagination.
So if you are dying to do this then read on.

A network of nanorobots gives humans godlike power. What will you do with
yours?

Create your own world! Build, upgrade, and explore a unique combination of
glorious locations. No two worlds are the same!
Wage war against 10 enemy personalities, from giant scorpion matriarchs to
ruthless space pirates!
Embark on secret missions, discover dark truths, and take action. Many lives
will depend on your choices!

An incremental strategy game designed for depth and replayability.
No Ads, No In-App Purchases.
Accessible with VoiceOver.

Current Version: 1.2.1 (March 28, 2016)
Read Nano Empire’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/nano-empire
Visit Nano Empire’s App Store Page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nano-empire/id994354970?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

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

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How to make classroom lectures more accessible

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

The thing to remember here is that whenever you write something on your
board at the head of the class, or you hand out hard copies, or you are
pointing to something in your class, you need to articulate what you are
writing and point at. However there are a few other things for you to keep
in mind and the following list will give you a good start.

1. As you write on your board, say out loud what you are writing.

2. Whenever you are handing out hard copies of anything, say what they
contain in summary form.

3. If you are pointing to something in your classroom, then say what you are
pointing to.

4. If you are handing out hard copies of anything then you should also have
electronic versions of said hard copies.

5. You should ensure that there is enough room between desks, and that
aisles are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

6. Those students with special needs (those with vision impairments or those
who are hard of hearing) should be accommodated by enabling them to sit up
front.

7. Students should be allowed to tape their lectures.

8. Do your best to ensure that classrooms do not contain too much noise
while the lecture is in progress.

This is a good start and should give you additional ideas as to how to make
your classroom lecture more accessible.
Note: it is not just making the lecture accessible but also the classroom
itself.

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Top app of the week -Meet Blindfold shuffleboard

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
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Meet Blindfold Shuffleboard
(iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Blindfold Shuffleboard is a fully accessible audio game that’s similar to
outdoor shuffleboard.

In Blindfold Shuffleboard, you can play by yourself, or against a variety of
computer opponents.
>Shuffleboard is played with 4 discs per player, and you alternate turns,
shoving your discs down the shuffleboard court into the scoring zone, or
knocking your opponents discs out of the scoring zone.
You shoot your discs by aiming towards the scoring area and flicking. The
faster you flick, the more powerful your shot is.
You hear the disc sliding down the shuffleboard court, and sometimes hitting
the other discs. . Like real shuffleboard, you can score as high as 40
points, or as low as -40 points. And you can post your high scores to
Facebook or Twitter.

Current Version: 1.0.5 (March 12, 2016)
Read Blindfold Shuffleboard’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
information http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-shuffleboard
Visit Blindfold Shuffleboard’s App Store Page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-shuffleboard/id1082494551?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

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

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Let’s talk tips – Feb 02 2019

Let’s Talk Tips For
Friday, February 1st 2019 – Volume 5
An Author Donna Jodhan Publication

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Greetings,

This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) Don’t Reply to Your Emails
Have you ever attempted to achieve “Inbox Zero?” The term, first coined in
2007 by Merlin Mann, has become what many people consider the pinnacle of
digital organization. And this article suggests that you let it all go.
That’s right. Hear the case for “Inbox Infinity.”
http://bit.ly/2RDEKny

2.) The Top 10 Products of CES 2019
From LG’s “rollable” 65″ OLED display to Disney’s Holoride to the much
talked about “real life selfie filter” device better known as the P&G Opte
Precision Skincare System.
https://cnet.co/2S1b1UM

3.) Hype Alert: Don’t Expect 5G to Change Your Life Right Away
The next-generation of cellular technology, 5G promises to change your life
with a massive boost in speed and responsiveness. It’ll power applications
like self-driving cars, telemedicine and a new universe of connected
devices. You can expect to see 5G smartphones coming out in the first half
of next year. The bad news: Don’t expect your life to change quite yet.
https://cnet.co/2W63qnd

4.) For Better Or For Worse The Foldable Phone Revolution is at Hand
CES 2019 shows us that the foldable phone revolution will be awkward, but
essential. Because after all, someone’s got to take that first, weird step.
https://cnet.co/2T612uz

5.) Is it time for VR to hibernate? Again?
It feels like VR is about to embark on one helluva nap. In 2019, VR is a
sideshow in a theme park, a marketing stunt, a slide in a PR PowerPoint
presentation, a niche hobby for people locked in rooms with a ton of money
to spend, and — worse — no one seems to know what direction we’re headed in,
or even what virtual reality should be.
https://cnet.co/2ATKQ90

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#Nutrition
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1.) 10 Health & Fitness Instagram’s to Follow for Fresh Food Ideas, Workouts
and Wellness Tips
Instead of making a list of bullsh*t New Years resolutions that will fall by
the waist side come January 10th – let’s just do one right here, right now.
http://bit.ly/2R5WnY4

2.) How to Lose Weight the Healthy Way in 2019
If your first thought as a 2019 weight loss hopeful is “What diet am I going
to go on,” though? Folks, you’re doing it wrong.
http://bit.ly/2W3NCBf

3.) A 1,500-Calorie Diet: Food Lists, Meal Plan and More
Many people choose to follow a 1,500-calorie diet plan to jumpstart weight
loss and control their food intake. This article explains how to follow a
1,500-calorie diet, including foods to eat, foods to avoid and tips for
healthy, long-term weight loss.
http://bit.ly/2U5PHe3

4.) Life Changing Weight Loss Tips: Woman Dubbed The ‘Fat Friend’ Shed Six
Stone Thanks to Slimming World
Jodie was just 17 when she overheard a group of men refer to her as “The Fat
Friend” while on her first girls holiday. Distraught, she came home and
vowed to lose weight.
http://bit.ly/2AUu8Gd

5.) 6 Weight-Loss Tips From People Who Have Dropped Between 20 and 250
Pounds
If you’re in need of a little motivation, check out these weight-loss tips
from people who have been there and done that.
http://bit.ly/2R2PBlw

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#Media
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1.) The Instagram-Husband Revolution
The men behind the camera are ready to step into the spotlight.
http://bit.ly/2sFqDyQ

2.) How to Provide Alt Text on Facebook, Twitter and Now Instagram. 60
Second Video.
Instagram recently joined Facebook and Twitter in allowing users to add
alternative textual descriptions to their photos and videos. This 60 second
video illustrates how to access this feature on each of these platforms.
http://bit.ly/2sFIx4x

3.) 40+ Video Marketing Statistics for 2019 [Infographic]
Yes, you’ve heard it before – video is key to optimal social media
marketing. Mark Zuckerberg’s been saying it for years, and the stats reflect
this shift. Underlining this, the team from Renderforest recently put
together this infographic of video marketing stats, which looks at current
usage trends and data, and may help better contextualize the growth and
relevance of video content.
http://bit.ly/2MmnVr7

4.) How to Optimize a Site for Voice Search [Infographic]
With the growing adoption of smart speaker devices, and the evolution of
related voice search tools, most businesses are now at least somewhat aware
of the coming shift in search behavior. But you may not be aware of just how
significant the voice search trend is set to be. This incredibly detailed
[Infographic] lists absolutely everything you need to do in order to
optimize your site for voice search.
http://bit.ly/2CyPbOG

5.) New Salesforce Tools Let Marketers Create Mobile Apps Without Developers
Salesforce has added the ability for marketers and admins to create and
publish mobile apps for iOS and Android devices on its Lightning Platform
and for its Community Cloud.
https://mklnd.com/2R3dae0

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#Business
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1.) Southeast Asia is the Best Market for Fintech
Countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
represent the greatest opportunity for fintech development in the near term,
according to a new report by Deloitte and Robocash cited by Crowdfund
Insider.
https://read.bi/2CxAP12

2.) Senior Living Executive Forecast: 2019 Business Trends, Challenges,
Opportunities
As baby boomers age they are looking for a different level of service and
amenities than in the past. Those entering the nursing home profession will
find customer service and hospitality as a growing area of focus.
http://bit.ly/2RWWp8Y

3.) New Survey Finds Americans’ Spending Habits Are Ruining Their Retirement
Let’s face it, many Americans aren’t doing a good job of saving for
retirement. GOBankingRates’ 2018 Retirement Savings survey found that 42
percent of respondents have less than $10,000 saved, which isn’t even enough
to cover a year’s worth of expenses in retirement.
https://yhoo.it/2RTaDb1

4.) The FTC’s Cyberinsurance Tips: A Must-Read for Small Business Owners
Small-business owners are beginning to realize cybersecurity technology is a
necessary evil — it’s evil in the sense there’s no guarantee company data
and/or customer personally identifiable information (PII) will remain
secure. Besides losing valuable data, there’s a real possibility that any
cybersecurity event would hurt the victim company’s reputation, inhibit
business, and decimate financial reserves.
https://tek.io/2T5ADgC

5.) Employment Outlook: Baby Boomers Affecting Job Market by Refusing to
Retire
An aging Baby Boomer population is affecting the labor market and the odd
fact is that they will continue to affect the employment market even after
they retire.
http://bit.ly/2MknCNI

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#Advocacy
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1.) Research Recommends “New Technology Design Agenda” Needed for Digital
Inclusion
Digital skills training from local authorities and charities, and a bold new
“technology design agenda” are needed to give people with sensory
impairments the full benefits of digital services and products, a new study
has claimed.
http://bit.ly/2RDFzNa

2.) New App Aims to Transform Rail Travel for Passengers with Disabilities
A free mobile app to help improve train travel around the UK for passengers
with disabilities is being tested by four rail companies, with other
operators set to begin trials before a national roll-out.
http://bit.ly/2MpRmZC

3.) Anticipated Refreshable Braille Reader Launches, Seeking to Disrupt the
Market
The Orbit Reader 20 refreshable Braille device has been released in the UK,
aiming to transform the current market by offering the technology to blind
and visually impaired people at a low cost.
http://bit.ly/2Hnt0AS

4.) Product Reviews Website Asks Consumers to Get Vocal
A consumer reviews website for people with disabilities and older people has
put a call-out for users to give their opinions on all kinds of devices and
products, helping inform other consumers before they buy.
http://bit.ly/2HntdEa

5.) Feds Prod Universities to Address Website Accessibility
Universities are under legal pressure to make their websites fully
accessible to people with disabilities, but is “fully” even possible?
http://bit.ly/2FCI8IX

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Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter for January 2019

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
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Welcome to the January 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis
website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to
AppleVis by members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates,
to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections
of
this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading
level 4.

…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Blindfold Bobsled (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
Blindfold Bobsled is a fully accessible audio game where you steer a bobsled
down an ice-track.

In Blindfold Bobsled, you first learn how to steer and how to speed up or
slow down. The game requires the use of headphones or earbuds, so you can
keep your bobsled on the track.

Then you can play several practice games – timed or not-timed – to help you
master controlling your sled. You can change the track width and difficulty
of the game.

There are several timed games, several untimed games, and an endless game
available as upgrades. And there’s a snowball feature that lets you collect
snowball to power-up your game.

Like the other Blindfold Games, you can post your high scores to Facebook or
Twitter.

Current Version: 1.1.7 (January 31, 2019)

Read Blindfold Bobsled’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-bobsled

Visit Blindfold Bobsled’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-bobsled/id1440043122?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

2. Calm Radio – Relaxing Music (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Calm Radio is the world’s largest collection of relaxation music, meditation
focus study and sleep music and nature sounds.

Calm is also the world’s largest collection of classical music channels
like Mozart, Bach, Symphonies, Sonatas, Choirs … more.

All designed so you can work, focus and sleep better.

Current Version: 11.6 (January 25, 2019)

Read Calm Radio – Relaxing Music’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/calm-radio-relaxing-music

Visit Calm Radio – Relaxing Music’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calm-radio-relaxing-music/id918425515?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

3. Camellia Tea Timer (iOS, Free)

The most simple and elegant tea timer on the App Store. Just choose the type
of tea you wish to steep and press start. Don’t waste time scrolling through
endless lists of teas you don’t have or reading the history of infusions you
don’t care about. This app will let you know when your tea has reached
perfection, and nothing more.

Current Version: 1.6 (July 22, 2017)

Read Camellia Tea Timer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/food-and-drink/camellia-tea-timer

Visit Camellia Tea Timer’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camellia-tea-timer/id358511082?mt=8&at=11l4LS

4. Path of Adventure (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Are you ready to fight monsters, crawl dungeons and hoard treasures? Then
take the Path of Adventure! Follow it to the end and reveal the mystery…

Words and choices

This is a game of words and choices. Submerge into a world of fantasy and
decide how you want to act. Will you enter the skull-cave? When to use
magic? And what to buy from the merchant?

Gameplay first

Don’t let all those words fool you – this is a true game! It requires
wits and tactics; and some luck. It features:

* Turn-based combat
* Procedurally generated dungeons
* Permadeath
* Loads of weapons, items and monsters
* 5 unique playable characters

Easy to learn

Never played a game like this before? Perfect! Just start with the tutorial
and continue your way. The intuitive interface and the simple, yet deep
mechanics will teach you all you need to know.

Current Version: 1.3.3 (January 24, 2019)

Read Path of Adventure’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/path-adventure

Visit Path of Adventure’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/path-of-adventure/id1449457468?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

5. Ralphs (iOS, Free)

Looking for a faster, easier, more rewarding shopping experience? Save time
>and money with the Ralphs app! It puts convenience, savings and rewards at
your fingertips. Simply download the app, create an account and register
your Ralphs Rewards Card to access all these great benefits:

* Shop Pickup or Delivery right from the app!
* Easily build your online shopping list, and use it to shop in-store or to
place your online order.
* View your Weekly Ads and quickly add sale items or specials to your
shopping list.
* Load digital coupons directly to your Rewards Card and use them to save
on items from your shopping list.
* Get even more savings with exclusive promotions, personalized offers and
bonus rewards.
* Refill your Ralphs Pharmacy prescriptions directly from your phone or
tablet. Just type in your prescription number, select your Pharmacy and
schedule a convenient pickup time.
* Check your fuel points.
* Use our locator to find the closest Ralphs store or fuel center.
* View your purchase history. Use it to create standard orders that will
save you time.
* Add your Rewards Card to Passbook for iPhone and iPod Touch.

To use the Ralphs app, you’ll need a Ralphs digital account. You can
register for your account and link your Rewards Card through the app. If you
don’t have a Rewards Card, you can create one when you register to access
all of these savings and rewards!

Current Version: 16.0 (January 24, 2019)

Read Ralphs’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/shopping/ralphs

Visit Ralphs’ App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ralphs/id584459861?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8&at=11l4LS

6. Universal Paperclips™ (iOS, US$1.99)

Become a super-powerful AI who only wants one thing: paperclips. Use your
unstoppable intelligence to create a massive paperclip empire in this
addictive idle/management/strategy/sim.

The OFFICIAL mobile version of the hit browser game. No ads, no in-app
purchases, full gameplay.

Current Version: 1.1 (December 16, 2018)

Read Universal Paperclips’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/universal-paperclips

Visit Universal Paperclips’ App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/universal-paperclips/id1300634274?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8&at=11l4LS

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

iOS http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for February 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 February 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

We start with a very important travel tip.
If you want to protect your home security then you should not be posting
about your travel location on social media.

What’s this about other uses for dish detergents?
Very true; you can use dish detergents to get rid of grease in other ways.
Car grease, grease on your clothes, and much more.

Okay, if you are having difficulty connecting to either Facetime or Skype
with your i device:
Then check to make sure that your i device and the strength of your wifi are
compatable.

Security websites?
Make sure that they have the suffix of https

What’s the latest scam making the rounds?
Someone posing as an agent from the Bill and Malinda Gates foundation!
They say that you have won a lottery to receive a huge grant from this
foundation.
No, no! Too good to be true and all you need to do is to ignore their
emails and texts.

What is the difference between black clouds and white clouds?
Apart from their colour, black clouds are often filled with water that
descends upon us as rain.
White clouds are very harmless.
Both black and white clouds travel from West to East.

What’s this about milk?
Well, some doctors that you drink a glass when taking your antibiotics pills
while others do not recommend it.
So it is best to check with your doctor.

Vitamin D?
This is known as the sunshine vitamin.

Direct flights versus indirect flights?
It costs more to travel on a direct flight.

What is the most common colour for suitcases?
Black of course but if you want your suitcase to stand out then you can put
coloured tape on it.

Another tip when traveling:
Maybe best to leave your suitcase unlocked as very often locks get broken by
those luggage conveyors.

A glass of hot water and a slice of lemon each morning?
Does a world of good for great bowel movements.
You may also want to try a squeeze of lemon if you do not have any lemon
slices on hand.

Well, a trivia question for you:
Who are the worst enemies of sheep?
O yes! it is the big bad wolf!
Finally, how can you tell that you may be suffering from a vitamin B12
deficiency?
Well, here goes.
Tiredness,
numbness of finger tips and toes,
mild mood swings,
loss of balance,
skin rashes.
How to fix this?
Visit your friendly pharmacy and pick up a vitamin B12 supplement.
Eat more green vegies and red meat.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution

Clean up indoor air pollution for kids with allergies & asthma

January 30, 2013

Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic illnesses for kids in the
U.S. and attacks are often triggered by indoor air allergens, such as mold,
dust, animal dander, and chemicals in everyday products.

If your kids have allergies or asthma, then follow these easy steps to
reduce indoor air pollution in your home:

• Ventilation is crucial. “The building of tightly-sealed houses over the
last two decades has made it much easier for moisture and dust to collect in
homes,” Harvard professor Dr. Douglas Dockery notes. Many vapors trapped
indoors, from perfumes and air fresheners to formaldehyde from
particleboard, irritate asthmatics. When it’s fresh or even cold outside,
keep windows open a crack to circulate air. On hot days, close windows and
use air conditioners to ventilate and filter out smog.

• Don’t harbor dust mites. Microscopic dust mites and their droppings are a
potent allergen and asthma trigger. One of the best ways to limit the amount
of dust mites in your homes are to encase mattresses with impermeable covers
(just be sure they’re PVC-free).

• Eradicate cockroaches and keep clutter to a minimum. Piles of dirty
clothes are an ideal environment for mildew, mold, and mites; piles of paper
attract cockroaches. Keep things clean to keep these offenders away.

• Maintain humidity below 50 percent. Dehumidifying is enormously important,
as many asthmatics are highly allergic to mildew and molds. This can be
measured with a hygrometer purchased at a hardware store. Droplets of water
(condensation) on windows, walls or pipes are a sign of humidity.

• Minimize pet dander. Vacuum using a machine with a HEPA filter, dust
frequently, wash drapes and rugs regularly, wash bedding weekly, and – for
good measure – make at least one room a “pet-free” zone so your child has a
reprieve. Of course, if anyone in your home is allergic to animals, you
should reconsider having one at all.

• Keep asthmatics away from gas stoves. Open the oven door and you get a
blast of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Your asthmatic child should not sit in the
kitchen doing homework if the oven is being used. Make sure that stoves are
well-ventilated, too.

• Buy safer products. Everything you bring into your home impacts your
indoor air quality. Choose unscented products as much as possible. Let
anything with a “new smell” air out in a well-ventilated space or outdoors.
And, watch for reactions even from natural products (essential oils can
trigger attacks, too).

• Try air cleaning and purifying machines. Consumer Reports says a good air
cleaner can help those allergic to dust and mold spores, citing the
fan/filter models as most effective in removing airborne dust. The machine
will help most in the asthmatic kid’s bedroom; but keep it at least six feet
from the bed (it creates draft), and don’t place on carpet (it can kick up
dust). But air cleaners & purifiers “only help if you’ve gotten rid of the
risk factors first, like dust mites, mold and danders,” Harvard School of
Public Health associate professor Dr. Harriet Burge warns. Warning: many
asthmatics experience irritation from the ozone type of air purifier.

Article Source:

http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/clean-up-indoor-air-pollution-for-kids-with-allergies-asthma/

To subscribe to Dan’s tips or HotSpot with God Daily Devotional, send a
blank message to dthompson5@mchsi.com and include “subscribe Dan’s Tips” or
Subscribe HotSpot with God” in the subject line.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck and
write them on the tablet of your heart. You will win favor, and a good name
with God and man.

Proverbs chapter 3, verses 3-4

No virus found in this message.
Checked by AVG – www.avg.com
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Well, today I had a fight with ITunes and tried to take the matter into my
own hands. Unfortunately, I manage to disable my audio card and much more
via MSCONFIG. I had to have a sight friend come over and re-
enable somethings I accident disabled. So that is why today’s tip is so
late.
Have a great day.
Clean up indoor air pollution for kids with allergies & asthma
January 30, 2013
Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic illnesses for kids in the
U.S. and attacks are often triggered by indoor air allergens, such as mold,
dust, animal dander, and chemicals in everyday
products.
If your kids have allergies or asthma, then follow these easy steps to
reduce indoor air pollution in your home:
• Ventilation is crucial. “The building of tightly-sealed houses over the
last two decades has made it much easier for moisture and dust to collect in
homes,” Harvard professor Dr. Douglas Dockery notes.
Many vapors trapped indoors, from perfumes and air fresheners to
formaldehyde from particleboard, irritate asthmatics. When it’s fresh or
even cold outside, keep windows open a crack to circulate air. On
hot days, close windows and use air conditioners to ventilate and filter out
smog.
• Don’t harbor dust mites. Microscopic dust mites and their droppings are a
potent allergen and asthma trigger. One of the best ways to limit the amount
of dust mites in your homes are to encase
mattresses with impermeable covers (just be sure they’re PVC-free).
• Eradicate cockroaches and keep clutter to a minimum. Piles of dirty
clothes are an ideal environment for mildew, mold, and mites; piles of paper
attract cockroaches. Keep things clean to keep these
offenders away.
• Maintain humidity below 50 percent. Dehumidifying is enormously important,
as many asthmatics are highly allergic to mildew and molds. This can be
measured with a hygrometer purchased at a
hardware store. Droplets of water (condensation) on windows, walls or pipes
are a sign of humidity.
• Minimize pet dander. Vacuum using a machine with a HEPA filter, dust
frequently, wash drapes and rugs regularly, wash bedding weekly, and – for
good measure – make at least one room a “pet-free”
zone so your child has a reprieve. Of course, if anyone in your home is
allergic to animals, you should reconsider having one at all.
• Keep asthmatics away from gas stoves. Open the oven door and you get a
blast of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Your asthmatic child should not sit in the
kitchen doing homework if the oven is being used.
Make sure that stoves are well-ventilated, too.
• Buy safer products. Everything you bring into your home impacts your
indoor air quality. Choose unscented products as much as possible. Let
anything with a “new smell” air out in a well-ventilated
space or outdoors. And, watch for reactions even from natural products
(essential oils can trigger attacks, too).
• Try air cleaning and purifying machines. Consumer Reports says a good air
cleaner can help those allergic to dust and mold spores, citing the
fan/filter models as most effective in removing airborne
dust. The machine will help most in the asthmatic kid’s bedroom; but keep it
at least six feet from the bed (it creates draft), and don’t place on carpet
(it can kick up dust). But air cleaners & purifiers “only
help if you’ve gotten rid of the risk factors first, like dust mites, mold
and danders,” Harvard School of Public Health associate professor Dr.
Harriet Burge warns. Warning: many asthmatics experience
irritation from the ozone type of air purifier.
Article Source:
http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/clean-up-indoor-air-pollution-for-kids-with-allergies-asthma/
To subscribe to Dan’s tips or HotSpot with God Daily Devotional, send a
blank message to
dthompson5@mchsi.com
and include “subscribe Dan’s Tips” or Subscribe HotSpot with God” in the
subject line.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck and
write them on the tablet of your heart. You will win favor, and a good name
with God and man.
Proverbs chapter 3, verses 3-4
No virus found in this message.
Checked by AVG –
www.avg.com
Version: 2014.0.4800 / Virus Database: 4257/8972 – Release Date: 01/21/15
Well, today I had a fight with ITunes and tried to take the matter into my
own hands. Unfortunately, I manage to disable my audio card and much more
via MSCONFIG. I had to have a sight friend come over and re-
enable somethings I accident disabled. So that is why today’s tip is so
late.
Have a great day.
Clean up indoor air pollution for kids with allergies & asthma
January 30, 2013
Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic illnesses for kids in the
U.S. and attacks are often triggered by indoor air allergens, such as mold,
dust, animal dander, and chemicals in everyday
products.
If your kids have allergies or asthma, then follow these easy steps to
reduce indoor air pollution in your home:
• Ventilation is crucial. “The building of tightly-sealed houses over the
last two decades has made it much easier for moisture and dust to collect in
homes,” Harvard professor Dr. Douglas Dockery notes.
Many vapors trapped indoors, from perfumes and air fresheners to
formaldehyde from particleboard, irritate asthmatics. When it’s fresh or
even cold outside, keep windows open a crack to circulate air. On
hot days, close windows and use air conditioners to ventilate and filter out
smog.
• Don’t harbor dust mites. Microscopic dust mites and their droppings are a
potent allergen and asthma trigger. One of the best ways to limit the amount
of dust mites in your homes are to encase
mattresses with impermeable covers (just be sure they’re PVC-free).
• Eradicate cockroaches and keep clutter to a minimum. Piles of dirty
clothes are an ideal environment for mildew, mold, and mites; piles of paper
attract cockroaches. Keep things clean to keep these
offenders away.
• Maintain humidity below 50 percent. Dehumidifying is enormously important,
as many asthmatics are highly allergic to mildew and molds. This can be
measured with a hygrometer purchased at a
hardware store. Droplets of water (condensation) on windows, walls or pipes
are a sign of humidity.
• Minimize pet dander. Vacuum using a machine with a HEPA filter, dust
frequently, wash drapes and rugs regularly, wash bedding weekly, and – for
good measure – make at least one room a “pet-free”
zone so your child has a reprieve. Of course, if anyone in your home is
allergic to animals, you should reconsider having one at all.
• Keep asthmatics away from gas stoves. Open the oven door and you get a
blast of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Your asthmatic child should not sit in the
kitchen doing homework if the oven is being used.
Make sure that stoves are well-ventilated, too.
• Buy safer products. Everything you bring into your home impacts your
indoor air quality. Choose unscented products as much as possible. Let
anything with a “new smell” air out in a well-ventilated
space or outdoors. And, watch for reactions even from natural products
(essential oils can trigger attacks, too).
• Try air cleaning and purifying machines. Consumer Reports says a good air
cleaner can help those allergic to dust and mold spores, citing the
fan/filter models as most effective in removing airborne
dust. The machine will help most in the asthmatic kid’s bedroom; but keep it
at least six feet from the bed (it creates draft), and don’t place on carpet
(it can kick up dust). But air cleaners & purifiers “only
help if you’ve gotten rid of the risk factors first, like dust mites, mold
and danders,” Harvard School of Public Health associate professor Dr.
Harriet Burge warns. Warning: many asthmatics experience
irritation from the ozone type of air purifier.
Article Source:
http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/clean-up-indoor-air-pollution-for-kids-with-allergies-asthma/

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From: “dan Thompson”
A Dan Thompson contribution

How to Keep Your Yard and Garden Pest-Free Without Harsh Chemicals

Source information links:

http://lifehacker.com/5583176/draft-keep-your-yard-and-garden-pest-free-with
out-harsh-chemicals

Companion Plantings: The Natural Way to Garden
,

http://www.companionplanting.net/

pest-resistant ornamental plants
.

http://extension.psu.edu/mercer

*Deer, slugs, and other garden destroying pests might be a part of our
natural world, but that doesn’t mean you have to tolerate them being a
natural part of your garden. These tips will keep your plants pest-free
without harsh chemicals.P

Better living through chemistry has given us off-the-shelf and
factory-manufactured solutions for any problem you can imagine. Many people,
however, want to forgo using harsh chemicals in their yards and gardens to
avoid unnecessary chemical exposure. This guide highlights a variety of ways
you can keep your landscaping lush and your gardens unmolested by pests
without having to spread toxic paste on anything or use a sprayer that
requires an OSHA-approved canister mask to use safely. We’ll start with the
easiest solutions that you can apply now-even if you’re a renter-and move
onto the more time-consuming solutions that require more advanced planning.
For the sake of readability we’ll be referring to the space you’re working
on as a “garden” for the rest of the article, but all of these methods work
equally as well on landscaping in general.

There are three primary groups that want to wreck shop in your garden:
mammals (like deer and rabbits), insects (like tomato worms), and gastropods
(like garden snails and slugs). You can find heavy artillery for dealing
with all three groups on the shelves of your local home and garden store,
but before you bust out the poisons and the neurotoxins, let’s take a look
at cheap and non-toxic ways to deter pests.

Even if you’re not particularly worried about exposing yourself to harsh
yard chemicals and you have no pets or small children, you’ve still got at
least one great reason for trying natural deterrents first: Poisoning the
lower end of the food chain like the slugs and the insects in your yard will
keep them away, but it will also deter natural predators like other insects
and birds from visiting your yard. Basically you’ll end up ensuring a cycle
wherein you have to keep applying chemicals to deal with the problem because
you’ve driven away the element of nature that was actually helping you.

Bring on the Coffee: Coffee grounds are a great addition to your garden
.
They add nitrogen to the soil, they increase the acidity for acid loving
plants, and, best of all, a wide range of creatures can’t stand coffee
grounds. Slugs hate coffee, cats hate coffee; it’s even sometimes an
effective olfactory-based repellent for picky deer. What’s that you say? You
hate coffee and have no coffee grounds to work with? Stop by your local
Starbucks and ask. They have a policy of giving away their mountains of
spent grounds for patrons to use for composting and

other projects.

*Bait, Trap, and Deter the Slugs: Slugs are, in my humble opinion, the most
annoying of garden pests. They’re the veritable ninjas of plant destruction.
Unless you’re looking for them-and carefully-it’s rare to see slugs at all,
yet every night they descend upon your garden and chew the crap out of
everything. You can deal with slugs a variety of ways depending on your
adversity to killing them or merely redirecting them to your neighbor’s
yard.P

Coffee grounds, as mentioned above, will deter slugs to a degree. Even more
effective, and radically longer lasting, is copper. Slugs and snails hate
copper. You can use copper in a variety of forms to keep them away. To keep
slugs from crawling up into your potted plants you can put decorative copper
tape around the body of the container
. You can
shield plants on the ground by buying rolls of thin copper sheeting and
making rings around the plants you want to protect-when you’re done it’ll
look like all your plants are castles in the center of little copper
fortresses. Alternatively, you can buy pot scrubbies made of copper
mesh-snip the tie in the center of the scrubbie and then uncoil the copper
mesh into a long tube to wrap around your plants. If you’re building copper
mesh barriers for lots of plants it will likely end up being more economical
to just buy a commercial roll of copper gardening mesh
.

If your attempts to deter slugs are a failure, you’ll have to start trapping
them. Slugs are, as one would imagine, as dumb as they look. You can make an
effective slug trap with little more than an orange rind
or a shallow
container and some grape juice or beer. Save the half-rinds from citrus
fruits like grape fruit and oranges and place them about your garden. Slugs
will flock to the rind. Come morning you can throw the rind in the trash or
put it on top of your compost pile to dry them out in the sun and mix them
into your compost. You can also put saucers of grape juice or beer around
the garden. The slugs will dive in and drown.

*Repel Insects with Organic Sprays: There are an abundance of organic
recipes online for insect-repelling
plant sprays. The majority of them have common ingredients like garlic
cloves, hot pepper, and sometimes the essential oil extract of either or
both. Mixtures of the two work great for repelling everything from bugs to
bunnies. This step-by-step guide

will help you make a potent garlic/pepper mix for your plants.P

*Deterring the Big Pests

If slugs are the most annoying little pests, adorable yet destructive
creatures like rabbits and deer are the most annoying big pests. A few deer
can reduce a thriving garden patch to waste or a hearty stand of hostas to
nubs in a matter of days. Unlike the simple orange-rind traps you use for
slugs, you have to be a little trickier with larger pests.

*If you can afford it and it’s feasible to do so, putting up a fence is the
only fool-proof way to keep animals out of your garden. Barring building a
rabbit-proof fence, the most effective deterrent for large pests is to scare
the hell out of them. You can spray plants with nasty tasting substances
like the garlic/pepper spray above, but that’s not as effective or far
reaching as introducing the scent of predators.P

Apply Bloodmeal Liberally: Bloodmeal is a by product of meat packing plants.
It’s dried and flaked blood and animals strongly dislike the smell of it.
Prey animals like rabbits and deer are spooked by the smell of blood, even
old dried blood. Bloodmeal is also extremely high in nitrogen and a great
additive for your garden. Sprinkle it around your plants and in your garden
beds. Take care, however, not to sprinkle the powder directly on the plants.
The high nitrogen content can burn the leaves.P

Introduce Strong Scents: If you have a strong aversion to spreading
bloodmeal all over your yard, you can also introduce other strong scents.
Deer, particularly, are not fond of really strong smells like bars of
scented soap, cheap perfume, and other strong smells. A neighbor of mine has
kept her beautiful hosta beds unmolested by deer for years now using Irish
Spring soap on stakes throughout the garden.

*Bring in the Predators: You won’t literally invite predators-your neighbors
wouldn’t approve of your use of coyotes as garden patrol-but you do want
their scent. For about $30 you can purchase fox and coyote urine. Fox urine
is great for repelling small animals like rabbits, squirrels, and skunks.
Coyote urine is great for bigger pests like deer, raccoons, and opossums.
You use it by putting a few drops every couple feet around the perimeter of
your garden and plants. A $30 bottle will last you all season even with a
fairly large yard as those few drops usually linger for a week or two
barring a heavy rain storm. If you’re curious, no, human urine doesn’t work
very well. Urban and suburban deer have adapted to the smell of humans and
don’t fear us as much as they do the smell of other animal predators.

*Scare ’em Off with Water: Scarecrow sprinklers look like regular lawn
sprinklers, except they have a battery-powered motion sensor. Anything that
gets in the path of the sensor gets a sudden and intense blast of water.
I’ve never used one personally, but everyone I know that has one swears by
them. They run $50-$75
,
but they’re great for everything from deer to squirrels to solicitors.

* This is by far the most long-term and expensive solution to pest problems.
Some plants are more resistant to attack by pests than others whether due to
bad taste, tough fibers, thorns, or other natural deterrents. We can’t
provide a blueprint for your yard, but we can provide some suggestions and
point you in the right direction. There are two schools of thought when it
comes to using deterrent plants. The first school is focused on planting the
deterrent plants as the main course in your landscaping and gardening
adventures-selecting plants right from the start that keep the deer away and
the bugs off. The second school is focused on companion planting. Instead of
giving up on the plants you love but aren’t particularly resistant to pests,
you instead plant your garden in pairings where naturally repellent plants
are located near more vulnerable plants. A common pairing in gardens is
tomato plants with oregano and basil. Not only are oregano and basil great
for tons of tomato-based recipes when it comes time to harvest, but both
plants are strongly-scented and great at repelling pests.

Your best bet is to check with your local nurseries, nature centers, and
university extension offices to see what plants grow best in your area and
afford natural pest protection.

_________________________

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

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Scissors, needles, black and white thread,
safety pins, buttons,
pen knife, a Swiss army knife.

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