Helpful tips for July – a bit of everything 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 July 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Simple tips to keep things beautiful and working Well Around the House
* Unclogging Stopped Drains

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Protecting your passport
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

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

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

The mask scam:
Be ware of those bogus websites and companies that are advertising masks
that you need to use to stay safe.
These are nothing but scammers looking to snatch your money in return for
either masks that do not work or they do not even ship what they promise.

The puppy scam:
These are online scams with persons advertising puppies and other pets for
sale.
Again, nothing but scams.
You pay for a puppy or other pet and the puppy or pet never shows up and
then your money is gone!

False advertising of cosmetics using names of celerities?
Well, here is the news!
These celebrities never gave their blessing to these ads so make sure you
check things out before purchasing!

Okay, here is a home remedy for dealing with unwanted faxes.
When the phone rings and you determine that it is indeed a fax; do this.
Start pressing the buttons on your phone’s keypad.
Press buttons at random and hold down each button for at least 3 seconds.
Or you can press buttons one after the other in quick succession.
Do this also for a few seconds.
This is guaranteed to interrupt the fax and confuse its beeps.

Want to grow nice sweet tomatoes?
Plant them together with herbs such as basel.
Intermingle these 2 plants.

A good way to relieve some of the stress at this difficult time?
Why not invest in some plants on your balcony or even indoors?
Believe it or not, plants help to relieve stress and create calm all around
you.

Here is another way to instill restful sleep:
Buy yourself a white noise or sound machine.
They do not cost very much.

How to deal with those potent skunk smells!
Well, if you are unfortunate enough to smell these aweful smells, gently rub
some vix under your nose.

About your Gut!
It accounts for about 70% of your immune system so in this case you really
need to ensure that you take care of it!

Another way to keep cool during this warm summer?
If you are using a fan, then place a wet towel close by and the air from the
fan will become cooler as it works to dry the towel.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Simple tips to keep things beautiful and working Well Around the House
By Mary Hunt
FABULOUS FIXTURES. So you splurged on some really beautiful—dare I?say
expensive—sink fixtures for your kitchen or bathroom. Here’s a fabulous way
to keep them looking
beautiful for many years to come.
Once a month or so, wipe the faucets down with a rag that you havesprayed
with a wax-based furniture polish. This will keep mineral deposits from
building up and staining or
pitting the surface of even the most exquisite fixtures.
DUCT TAPE REPAIR. Got a shower curtain with a ripped ring hole that makes it
sag? Don’t throw it out quite yet. Instead, get out the duct tape and cover
the entire hole on
both sides. Using a hole punch or craft knife, re-create the ring hole. Now
it’s stronger than new. But maybe not so attractive. Not to worry. These
days duct
tape comes in loads of colors and even patterns. You may even want to
reinforce the entire top strip of the vinyl curtain with a bright color or
design and redo all of the
holes while you’re at it, not just the torn one.
BLOW-DRYER LONGEVITY. The intake area of a blow-dryer does more than
draw in air to cool the heating element. It also sucks in dust, hair,
makeup, hair spray, powder and anything else around it. That’s hard on the
motor and can cause it to
overheat and burn out. To keep your blow-dryer working for years, make sure
to vacuum the holes at the back of the dryer every time you vacuum the floor
in that room.
AUTOMATIC POTATO WASHER. When you have to wash a lot of potatoes (like
for Thanksgiving, which will be here soon), just put them in your
dishwasher—but
don’t add soap! Set it on a short wash cycle and “air dry.” The clean
potatoes can go right into the oven or pot.
HAPPY MOUSE. If you use a rollerball computer mouse—one that has a ball that
you can see when you turn the mouse upside down—then you need to clean the
inner workings at least
every month to keep it working smoothly. Otherwise, you’ll be paying for
replacements more frequently. Here’s how to clean it:
1) Unplug the mouse and turn it over. You will see the tracking ball as well
as a round ring that holds it in place. 2) Remove the ring by pressing down
and rotating it
counterclockwise until you can lift it off. 3) Flip the mouse over so that
the ball drops out. Wash the ball with warm tap water and mild soap, then
thoroughly dry it with a
lint-free cloth.
4) Before replacing the ball and ring, look for three small
rollers (each about 1/16th-inch wide) inside the mouse cavity where the ball
sits. They will likely be covered with built-up dirt. Use cotton swabs or a
toothpick to scrape
off the dirt. Gently knock the still-open cavity down into the palm of your
hand to get rid of loose particles.
5) Replace the ball and ring cover.

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Unclogging Stopped Drains
By
Gil Johnson
Sometimes, sink, shower, tub, and toilets will become stopped up and will
only drain slowly or, worse yet, not at all. This may
cause a messy overflow. In sink, shower, and tub drains, the blockage may be
caused by accumulation of food particles, grease,
soap, and hair. In toilets, it may be due to large wads of tissue, wash
cloths, or other materials which have fallen into the toilet
bowl. Although it is not the most pleasant household maintenance project to
tackle, it can bring good results, sometimes more
quickly than spending the money to hire someone like a plumber to take care
of the problem. It can also be very satisfying to
accomplish this. Persons with limited vision or no vision at all can open
plugged drains just as successfully as someone with good
vision by using the “right” tools and following the steps outlined below.
Tools you may need to unplug sink, lavatory, tub, or shower drains:
·
Drum augur (sometimes called a “snake”)
·
Channel lock pliers or 12-inch pipe wrench
·
Straight or philips screwdrivers
Tools you may need to unplug toilets:
·
Toilet plunger
·
Closet augur also known as a toilet augur
Any of the tools listed above are available at hardware or building supply
stores.
For those who may not be familiar with the drum augur or toilet augur the
following description may be helpful.
Drum augur: The drum augur consists of a flat bottomed cone shaped canister
with a 1/2-inch tube coming out of the middle of the
top of the dome. A plastic handle slips over the tube allowing the canister
and tube to rotate while the handle is being held still. At
the end of the tube is a thumb screw. Inside the canister is a coiled 20-25
foot cable 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch in diameter. The cable is
like a stiff but flexible spring that can go around fairly sharp corners.
To operate the drum augur, insert the end of the augur into the drain line.
Slide it forward until the end of the augur encounters a
turn in the pipe or the debris. Leave about 6-8 inches of the cable between
the end of the tube and the opening into the drain line,
lock the cable in place with the thumb screw, turn the canister clockwise
with the round knob on the bottom while holding the
handle on the tube at the top of the canister. The augur will turn around
and around as you rotate the canister and by applying
forward pressure, you can work the cable further into the drain line. When
the top end of the tube is close to the opening of the
drain line, loosen the thumb screw, pull out more cable, tighten the thumb
screw, and work more cable into the drain line.
Toilet augur: The toilet augur consists of a tube (usually plastic) about
3/8-inch in diameter and about 30 inches long. One end
makes a sweeping 90-degree turn and extends about three (3)inches. A steel
rod protrudes out of the other end of the tube which
is attached to a crank handle. The other end of the steel rod is attached to
an augur which is about 24 inches long. The augur is
like a stiff but flexible spring which can go around turns in the toilet
bowl or sewer drain line.
To operate the toilet augur, insert the end of the tube into the bottom of
the toilet bowl and begin turning the augur handle
clockwise while holding the tube and pressing forward to work the end of the
augur around the turns in the bottom of the toilet
bowl. When the end of the augur encounters the blockage, it may push through
or the debris may get hooked by the augur. In that
case, you can attempt to withdraw the augur with the debris attached to the
augur by continuing to turn the crank handle
clockwise while you withdraw it.
Steps to Unplug Sink or Lavatory Drains
Step 1:
You may first try to unstop the drain line by using a measured amount of
chemical or herbal drain line cleaner which you can
select from a variety of types and strengths from most hardware stores or
building supply centers. Before choosing the drain
cleaner, review the directions and cautions carefully as some of the
chemical drain cleaners are quite caustic and can damage the
drain line pipes and may also emit hazardous fumes. The drain line cleaner
can sometimes loosen the stoppage which then can
be flushed away with warm water.
Tip: Manufacturers recommend not putting chemical drain line cleaners into a
garbage disposal unit as this may cause damage to
the disposal.
Safety tip: If you use a chemical drain line cleaner and the blockage is not
cleared, run water into the drain line and let it drain
away before using the drum augur. If a chemical solution remaining in the
line splashes out on you, particularly your face or eyes,
it can cause a chemical burn. If it does, rinse it off immediately.
If the chemical or herbal drain line cleaner doesn’t open the stoppage or
only allows slow drainage, you can follow the next steps
to eliminate the blockage.
Step 2:
You should first put on a pair of thin surgical gloves to protect your hands
from infection. The thin gloves allow you to detect your
work by feel. You may be able to insert the end of the drum augur into the
drain opening at the bottom of the sink or lavatory.
Many bathroom sinks have a stopper which is activated by a knob or handle.
In these cases, you will need to remove the stopper
by reaching under the sink, detaching the trip leaver that raises and lowers
the stopper, and then removing the leaver and stopper.
Sometimes, the blockage occurs where the trip leaver connects with the
stopper. Clearing this debris may solve the problem.
If that is not the case and you can not insert the end of the augur into the
drain opening, you will need to remove part of the drain
line called the “trap” from below the sink or lavatory. The trap looks like
the print letter U. It helps keep fumes from the sewer from
coming into your home because it holds a small amount of water that blocks
the sewer gas. You can remove the trap by using a
channel lock pliers or pipe wrench to loosen the chrome or plastic hexagonal
nuts that hold the drain line together and also
compresses the gaskets that prevent leakage. Sometimes the blockage occurs
because debris gets lodged in the trap but more
often it is further down in the drain line.
Tip: if the drain has been in place for a long time, the locking nuts
(particularly metal ones) may be rusted and break into pieces. If
so, you will need to replace them with nuts of the correct diameter. The
gaskets may also have deteriorated and need to be
replaced so there will be no leakage. You can get an assortment of gaskets
and locking nuts from any hardware or building supply
center. Occasionally the drain line itself will have deteriorated and need
to be replaced.
Tip: You should place a pan or other container under the trap to catch
contents from the trap and the drain line to keep spillage
from the floor or bottom of the cabinet.
Once the trap is removed, insert the end of the drum augur into the drain
line and follow the operating directions in the above
description. When you think you have loosened the debris, pull the augur
cable in and out a few times while continuing to turn it
clockwise and then withdraw the augur from the drain line. You can either
reconnect the trap and drain line or insert a garden hose
into the drain line to test whether you have penetrated the blockage. Once
you get water to flow through the drain line, you may
want to run the augur in again to further dislodge the blockage.
Step 3:
Reassemble the trap or reinstall the sink stopper. Be sure the brass or
plastic nuts holding the drain line together are snugly
tightened with a good gasket in place, but do not over tighten.
Tip: Before replacing things you may have stored underneath the sink or
lavatory, run water threw the line and check to see if
there are any leaks. If there are leaks, slightly tighten the nut where the
leak is found. This usually will stop any drips. If dripping
persists, it may mean that the gasket needs to be replaced.
Tip: before storing the drum augur, rinse the augur cable off with warm
clear water as contents from the drain line will sometimes
adhere to the cable. Allow the augur to dry before returning it into the
canister to prevent it from rusting.
Steps to Unstop Tub or Shower Drains
Step 1:
You can try to clear the stoppage by using the chemical or herbal drain line
cleaner as described above. If this is not successful,
follow the next steps.
Step 2:
Before you begin, put on the protective thin surgical gloves to protect your
hands. The procedure is much the same as for
unstopping sink or lavatory drains except that the trap underneath the tub
or shower is usually not easily accessible. For the tub,
you will need to remove the stopper and run the augur into the drain line
where the stopper was. For showers, you will need to
remove a slotted covering over the drain at the bottom of the shower. These
are usually held in place with a couple of screws
around the outer edge of the drain cover. Insert the drum augur as described
above, and if the blockage is not too severe or too far
down the drain line, you should be successful in unstopping the drain line.
Tip: Before putting the tub stopper or drain cover back in place, run some
warm water through the line to wash away as much of
the debris as possible and to make sure the water is draining away at a
sufficient rate.
Tip: As above, rinse the drum cable and allow it to dry before putting it
away for storage to be certain that any debris has been
washed off and the cable does not rust.
Unclogging Stopped-up Toilets
Step 1:
Begin by putting on thin surgical gloves to protect your hands. Often times,
using a toilet plunger will open the blockage by
dislodging the contents if they are stuck in the trap at the bottom of the
toilet. Depress the plunger, place the plunger over the
drain at the bottom of the toilet, then, pull up on the plunger handle. If
the debris is not too compacted, this may loosen the
blockage by pulling the clog back toward the plunger rather than compacting
the clogged debris into a solid mass. If this
technique does not loosen the blockage after you have tried several times,
place the plunger against the bottom of the toilet bowl
keeping the handle as near to vertical as you can. Work the plunger up and
down. The plunger will tend to form a seal with the
toilet bowl which helps increase the downward pressure on the blockage. If
after a number of vigorous attempts this doesn’t work,
follow the next step.
Step 2:
Use the closet augur as described above. This will most often, but not
always dislodge the blockage. If it does not succeed, it may
mean that the blockage is further down the drain line than the augur can
reach. You may have to try to find a “clean out” opening
to the sewer line which should be located somewhere below the pipe coming
down from the toilet. You would need to remove a
cover with a wrench and would most likely need to use a stiffer cable.
Tip: Be sure to rinse off the plunger and augur and let the cable dry before
storing it.
If the line was installed a number of years ago and there are trees in the
surrounding area, tree roots may have grown into the
sewer line. This usually requires a powered cutter blade inserted into the
line. It may be more practical in that case to hire a
company like Roto-Rooter to do the work. Also, in older installations, the
sewer pipe under ground may have been broken which
would mean that the sewage might be leaking into the ground which could
contaminate the soil surrounding the pipe. In this case,
the line might have to be repaired or replaced.
If you have been successful in unclogging the drain line, you can feel a
great sense of accomplishment knowing that you have
solved a significant problem. And, you will also have saved some money. Best
yet, you will come away with a sense of satisfaction
in knowing that you have accomplished something that many have been fearful
of attempting.
By Gil Johnson at Vision Aware
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/unclogging-stopped-drains/1235

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Protecting your passport

There are two major things that you need to protect when it comes to your
passport.
First your date of birth
Next your photo ID.

These are the two things that scammers grab when it comes to your passport.
They use these two pieces of info to create fake passports for others.
This is called identity theft.
You are always asked to produce your passport whenever you travel
internationally
and it is the main piece of photo ID when travelling by air domestically.

Another piece of important passport info is your passport number.
Always guard this with your life.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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

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

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
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A review of the Royal Bank branch at the Bridlewood mall

A review of the RBC branch at the Bridlewood mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This bank branch is probably one of the most physically accessible that I
have ever visited and its customer service ranks second to none!

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 persons with special needs – 5
Assistance at branch – 5

Remarks :
This branch is one of the most welcoming ones and staff is highly trained.

About branch staff:
They are very conscientious, great listeners, and so very willing to assist.

Any suggestions?
Keep up the great work!

Contact info:
2900 Warden Avenue
Toronto
Tel 416 497 1230

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How to make a backyard more accessible – good way to attract more seniors and persons with disabilities

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 a backyard more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan
By Donna J. Jodhan

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

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

This is for the one who is in the business of building backyards and I
strongly encourage you to use these tips to ensure that a very hidden
segment of your market is reached quickly and affectively.

The objective here is to ensure that these consumers can enjoy a backyard.
Who are your consumers then?
They are seniors, retirees, and persons with special needs.

1. Make sure that the backyard you build is easily accessible. That is,
easy to get to with the minimum of steps to navigate.

2. Ensure that the surface of the backyard is nice and level with as few
bumps as possible.

3. Make sure that the back yard is well laid out and that if it includes a
garden that it is easy to reach and water and look after plants.

4. Choose plants that are easy to look after.

5. Make backyards managable for their owners.

6. Make sure that the backyard you build is filled with colors that are easy
to identify. Example, benches, fences, etc.

This should be a good start.

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Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter for may – new apps to check out

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

1. Amaroq for Mastodon (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Amaroq is a lightweight universal client for any Mastodon instance! Simply
enter
the instance you belong to, log in, and enjoy the all the wonders of the
federated
social network from your phone.
Features include but are not limited to:
View all your timelines, whether it’s your home, local, or federated
View and follow all your friends’ profiles
Search your favorite hashtags
Emoji support for your statuses
View and participate in threads
Gif and video upload support
Multiple instance support

Current Version: 1.1.16 (May 30, 2019)
Read Amaroq for Mastodon’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/amaroq-mastodon
Visit Amaroq for Mastodon’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/amaroq-for-mastodon/id1214116200

2. City of Blood – World Crime RPG (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App
Purchases)
The city rains blood tonight. Join a massive world-criminal network RPG and
become the most elite fugitive in the world!
The acclaimed World of Blood RPG series features hundreds of hours of
action,
stories, missions, and powerful equipment. Find old and new friends in a
dark
and bloody world.

Current Version: 1.10 (March 31, 2015)
Read City of Blood – World Crime RPG’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/city-blood-world-crime-rpg
Visit City of Blood – World Crime RPG’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/city-of-blood-world-crime-rpg/id881776096

3. FastestVPN – Security for WiFi (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App
Purchases)
FastestVPN is a blazing-fast, log-free virtual private network service for
data
protection. It is a secure VPN that offers the ultimate online security.
Browse the
web anonymously with unparalleled privacy.
Online security is just a tap away with FastestVPN apps.
FastestVPN gives you private internet browsing that guarantees protection
against hackers, ISPs, third-parties and other prying eyes. Safeguard your
private data over any unsecured Wi-Fi network.

Current Version: 2.3.0 (February 7, 2020)
Read FastestVPN – Security for WiFi’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/fastestvpn-security-wifi
Visit FastestVPN – Security for WiFi’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fastestvpn-security-for-wifi/id1332852583

4. HW Buddy (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Learn, teach and interact with HumanWare’s Products
Take away the stress of learning something new with the HW Buddy App!
Find your way around HumanWare’s products. With the HW Buddy App by your
side, you can achieve your goals and accomplish tasks that you thought you
could never do.
The HW buddy is designed to assist teachers, students and professionals to
have
a successful and enjoyable experience with HumanWare’s products by
interacting
with easy to read step by step guides.
HW Buddy provides all facets of our user base with comprehensive training
and
resource materials that can often be difficult to locate in one simple
portal. In
addition to the days of aimlessly wandering websites for product resources
being
over, all aspects from videos to text instruction can be found. With HW
Buddy
you’re never alone and if you cannot find what you are looking for, you can
even
directly contact support for more top-notch assistance.

Current Version: 1.5 (April 7, 2020)
Read HW Buddy’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/hw-buddy
Visit HW Buddy’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hw-buddy/id1503313942

5. NaviLens (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
NaviLens is a high-density artificial markers system for long distance
reading.
The tags generated by this system are designed in order to be readed from a
long distance, without the need of focussing and even in motion. This makes
them useful for blind and low vision people. All you need to do is to point
the
camera of the device to a tag in order to quickly read its contents.
The application has a new sound system with which a blind person can locate
the
label in the space with precision, without the need for headphones.
Notice: While we are installing this signage system in different locations,
you can
download sample labels in the same application.

Current Version: 2.0.22 (May 28, 2020)
Read NaviLens’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/navilens
Visit NaviLens’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/navilens/id1273704914

6. Not Ok (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
notOK is a digital panic button service to get you immediate support via
text,
phone call, or GPS location when you’re struggling to reach out.
“Depression and anxiety inhibits to a person’s ability to ask for help.
Making it
THIS easy IS necessary for many people.”
FEATURES:
Peer Support via your Trusted Contacts
Simple message to take the guesswork out of asking for help
Immediate help with notOK’s one tap solution
Accurate GPS location
Trusted contacts are NOT required to download app

Current Version: 1.2.1 (August 9, 2019)
Read Not Ok’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/not-ok
Visit Not Ok’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/notok/id1322629109

7. Pirate Poker! (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Aye Matey! Do ya dare board the dreaded pirate ship and try your luck at
Pirate
Poker? Come aboard and try your luck at this fun, funny and addicting video
poker experience!
Key Features include:
100% Voiceover accessible!
Progressive jackpot!
Customizable pirate sound effects!
Daily and All Time leaderboards!
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then
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Read ?Radio Talking Book’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
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Mac
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Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for June – here’s how to keep up

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 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* spendthrift or skinflint?
* Fixing Toilets That Do Not Shut Off Properly

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* A password for your computer when you travel

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

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

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

What are some of the most common Covid-19 scams these days?
Emails telling you that you are entitled to Government subsidies but you
need to log into a certain website.
Please; do not fall prey to this.
Take the time to verify that you are indeed entitled.

Emails telling you that the sender of the email can help you to collect your
subsidy.
Again, do not fall prey to this type of email.
Please; collect your own subsidy if you are entitled.

How long can a bleach mix last in a spray bottle?
According to the experts, about one week.

Should you wash your meat before seasoning?
According to the experts; you should not.
Why? Because when you do the water splashes everywhere and spreads germs.

A safe way to keep your cutting board sanitized?
Clean it with a mixture of salt and lemon juice.

A good home made mix for spraying countertops?
3 parts water, 1 eight part of bleach, and 1 eight part of pine sol.

Some tips for your kitchen:
To prevent your eyes from watering when chopping onions, place onions in the
freezer for about 15 minutes.
Remove and then chop.
Voila! Your eyes won’t be watering.

How to make herb cubes?
Place herbs in a bowl, chop and cover with oil.
Then scoop mixture in to ice cube trays.
Freeze and use as needed.

How to grate soft cheese?
Place cheese in freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove and cheese is ready for grating.

How to prevent water from boiling over?
Place wooden spoon on the rim of your pot.

How to prevent your baking from sticking?
Place an ice cube in your pan.

How to prevent your cling wrap from sticking?
Place in the freezer and use when needed.

Land line versus cell or cordless phones?
A land line never goes down during a power outage.
Cordless phones go down during a power outage.
Cell phones can operate on their batteries if they are aptly charged.

An observation:
It appears that many hackers and scammers attack their Facebook victims on a
Sunday!
Yes, in the early hours of the morning up until around 6:30 am.
So keep this in mind when you go to access your Facebook page on Sundays.
Of course, there are also other popular times for these no-good persons but
this appears to be the favourite hour.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

spendthrift or skinflint?
quiz. spendthrift or skinflint? take this quiz to discover where you fall on
the spending spectrum. penny-pincher. big spender?
are you a wild spender, living lushly in the moment, or are you a
penny-pincher who worries deeply about every single purchase? or do you fall
somewhere in between? to find
out, count how many times you answer “true” to the following 20 statements,
then check your score.
1. i have more than 18 rolls of toilet paper in stock at my home. true.
false.
2. i bring water or homebrewed coffee on long car rides, rather than
stopping for drinks. true. false.
3. i have a second refrigerator or freezer so i can stock up on food. true.
false.
4 . i buy the generic or house brand over the name brand when i think the
quality is comparable. true. false.
5. i belong to three or more loyalty programs at grocery or drug stores.
true. false.
6. i have never paid full price for clothing at a high-end department store
such as nordstrom or bloomingdale’s. true. false.
7. i have more than $100 in coins in a container somewhere in my home. true.
false.
8. i have never paid more than $150 for a wristwatch. true. false.
9. i have used a discount coupon at a restaurant in the past three months.
true. false.
10. if a museum’s suggested donation is $20, i’d likely donate less. true.
false.
11. i can’t remember ever tipping more than 20 percent for dinner at a
restaurant. true. false.
12. given the choice of a $5 turkey sandwich from subway or an $8 turkey
sandwich at a nice deli, i’d opt for the subway. true. false.
13. it takes me at least 20 minutes to book a hotel room online because i’m
checking out all the possibilities and prices first. true. false.
14. if a wedge of cheese has a spot of mold, i cut it off and eat the rest.
true. false.
15. even if i could, i would never pay for business- or first-class airline
tickets. true. false.
16. i would drive five extra miles to save 20 cents a gallon on gasoline.
true. false.
17. i would never pay more than $10 for an alcoholic drink. true. false.
18. i would rather spend four or more hours handling a home repair myself
than pay an expert to make the fix in 30 minutes. true. false.
19. if my smartphone screen cracked, i would continue using the phone as
long as it worked. true. false.
20. i keep a car until it’s at least eight years old. true. false.
scoring:
0-5: supreme spendthrift. being frugal has little appeal to you. as a
result, you might be wasting money that you very well could need someday.
6-10: savvy spender. you are open to savings when they present themselves,
but overall aren’t too concerned about keeping spending in check.
11-15: firmly frugal. although you consistently make sensibly frugal buying
choices, you appreciate the finer options in some aspects of your life.
16-20: certified cheapskate. cost factors into almost every purchase you
make. that’s smart if you are on a tight budget. but if you have a good
income, you might be denying
yourself things that could make life happier or easier.
source: aarp magazine

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Fixing Toilets That Do Not Shut Off Properly
From the perspective of a blind person

I found this article quite useful when faced with having to fix our toilet.
So maybe someone else may be needing some guidance. Have a grate day.

By
Gil Johnson

Over time, toilets may leak small amounts of water from the tank into the
toilet bowl causing more water to be added. This not only uses water
needlessly, but can be startling if it occurs during the night when you may
be awakened by the sound of the tank being refilled. Usually this is caused
by one of three problems which can easily be fixed. The water level in the
tank may be at or above the top of the overflow pipe; the flapper or stopper
ball that closes off the outlet at the bottom of the tank may be defective;
or the fill valve may need replacing. This guide does not address repairs
that occur when water leaks onto the floor from the tank or at the floor
level. If there is interest, a future guide could address these problems.

Any of the problems of water leaking from the tank into the toilet bowl can
be repaired by someone with little or no vision by having the right tools,
correct replacement parts, and following these steps.

Tools you may need:

. Straight or philips screw drivers

. Channel lock pliers

. 8-inch or 10-inch adjustable wrench

Parts you may need depending on the cause of the leakage

. Replacement flapper

. Replacement fill valve

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Steps to adjust the water level in the tank

You can tell by touch if the water level is above or near to the top end of
the overflow pipe. If this is the case, water is probably trickling down the
overflow pipe and down into the toilet bowl. The amount of water in a toilet
tank is usually adjusted in one of two ways. Older style fill valves have a
threaded rod about 6 or 8 inches long which is attached near the top of the
fill valve. A plastic or metal cylindrical float is attached to the end of
the rod. The float is about 2.5 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches long and
is rounded on each end. As the water level in the tanks raises, the float
and attached rod gradually closes the fill valve until it is totally turned
off. If the water level is above the overflow pipe, the valve can not
totally shut off. If there is a water level adjustment screw on the top of
the fill valve, you can lower the level of the water by turning it. If there
is no adjustment mechanism or you can’t find it, you can adjust the water
level by slightly bending the float rod down with your hands thus forcing
the valve to close with the water at a lower level.

Tip: Before bending the rod, make sure the rod and float are hand tightened
so that they will not rotate thereby eliminating the effectiveness of the
bend in the rod. If it is difficult to bend the rod while it is inside the
tank, you can unscrew the rod from the valve, bend the rod and then replace
it. Be sure when you reinstall the rod and float that the bend you have just
made has slightly lowered the float.

Tip: You may want to bend the float rod down a bit and then make another
bend so that the float is not pointed downward but is relatively parallel to
the surface of the water.

Newer style fill valves have a plastic float that slides up and down the
outside of the fill valve. This float is attached to a connector rod which
gradually turns the fill valve off. If the water level is too high, water
can run into the overflow tube. The float can be adjusted by setting the top
stop by adjusting a pinch clamp on the rod. This is quite easily done and
doesn’t require any tools.

Either of these adjustments take very little time and can solve the problem.

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Steps to replace the flapper or stopper ball

The opening at the bottom of the tank is closed off allowing the tank to
fill with water with one of two different designs. A “flapper” or “stopper
ball” is attached to the flush lever. When the flush lever is raised the
flapper or stopper ball is pulled up allowing water to flow from the tank
into the toilet bowl. The stopper ball looks like a round rubber ball with a
hole in the bottom and a threaded insert at the top. The top of the ball is
attached to a threaded rod which is linked to the flush lever arm which,
when raised pulls the stopper ball away from the opening in the bottom of
the tank allowing water to flow into the toilet bowl. As the water flows out
of the tank, the ball is drawn down and closes off the opening at the bottom
of the tank. If the ball has developed cracks as can happen over time, it
will not properly seal off the opening and water may trickle down into the
toilet bowl.

Tip: If the flapper or stopper ball has developed cracks, you can often
detect these by examining the bottom of the stopper ball or flapper. Very
often you can feel the cracks or tell that the material (plastic or rubber)
has hardened thus preventing it from properly sealing the opening. The
flapper or stopper ball may also warp because of the effects of chlorine in
the water which may not be detectable by touch. Sometimes you can tell if
you raise and lower the flapper or stopper ball and let it drop. If it does
not fall properly into the outlet, it may need to be replaced.

Tip: It is a good idea to take the flapper from your toilet to the hardware
store or building supply outlet so that you can get the correct replacement.
Each brand has slight but important differences.

When the water levels drops low enough, the fill valve will open and the
tank will refill. The flapper serves the same purpose but is usually
attached to tabs on the fill valve tube. The flapper is attached with a
plastic or metal chain to the flush lever arm. As with the stopper ball, the
plastic flapper may have deteriorated over time and may not seal off the
opening properly. Replacing the flapper or stopper ball is not difficult to
do, usually does not require any tools, and often solves the problem.

Tip: When replacing the flapper or stopper ball, be sure that the opening
where they drop into is clear of debris or accumulated slime as this may
prevent a good seal.

Tip: After replacing the flapper or stopper ball, you may need to slightly
bend the flush lever arm to make sure it is lifting the flapper or stopper
ball straight up. You may also need to adjust the length of the chain that
connects the flapper with the flush arm.

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Steps to replace a defective fill valve

You can sometimes tell if the fill valve is defective by lowering and
raising the float thus turning the water on and off. If it does not turn off
quickly when the float is raised, the washer inside the valve may have
deteriorated. To replace a defective fill valve you must first turn the
water supply off. Most often there is a shut off valve on the water supply
line just where it comes out of the wall just below the tank. If there is no
shut off valve or it does not totally shut off the water as can happen if
the shut off valve was installed some time ago, you will have to turn off
the water where the supply line comes into your house or apartment.

With newer fill valves, you can easily unscrew the valve assembly from where
it attaches at the inside bottom of the tank by grasping the top of the fill
valve and turning it counterclockwise. The replacement valve can be screwed
into the threaded fitting at the bottom of the tank and hand tightened.

Tip: Be sure that the replacement valve is the correct height for the size
of the toilet tank.

In many cases, you will need to detach the water supply line just below the
bottom of the tank by loosening the connecter nut on the supply line with a
channel lock pliers or adjustable wrench.

Tip: Some water supply lines are flexible and can easily be pulled away from
the threaded end of the fill valve. Older installations may have a copper or
brass connector line that can be slightly bent allowing it to be moved away
from the fill valve line. Sometimes in doing so, the tube will be bent
creating a “kink” in the tube. Moving it may also loosen the connection with
the tube where it attaches to the shut off valve. You may want or need to
replace the copper or brass line with a flexible line of the correct
diameter which will be easy to install and less likely to leak.

Before removing the locking nut that holds the fill valve in place, you
should remove as much water from the bottom of the tank as you can because
when you remove the fill valve assembly, any water will run out of the tank
onto the floor. To remove the hexagonal nut that secures the valve to the
tank, turn it counterclockwise. Once this nut is removed, you can reach
inside the tank and lift the valve and float assembly out of the tank. If
you are replacing a valve that has a float attached to the shut off valve
with a threaded rod as described above, you will most likely replace it with
a newer style valve that has the shut off float that slide up and down the
fill valve as described above. As mentioned before, be sure that the
replacement valve is the correct height for the size of the tank. Tighten
the nut below the tank being sure that the gaskets that seals off the
opening inside and below the tank are in place. Then, reattach the water
supply line and turn the water back on.

Tip: If you do not replace the water supply line from the valve to the tank,
be sure the old washer or gasket has not deteriorated as this will cause it
to leak.

Tip: Once the water line has been reattached, check for leaks. Usually,
small leaks can be fixed by slightly tightening the appropriate locking nut.

Following these steps should fix any small leakage of water from the tank
into the toilet bowl and reduce your water bill.

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
A password for your computer when you travel

If you are concerned about ensuring that your computer is fully protected
from any potential intruders or the one who decides to take possession of
it, then you definitely need to password protect it.

You may be okay to not have a password for your computer if you either live
alone or you live with someone or with persons who will not interfere with
your precious computer.
However, if you travel with your laptop computer, then it is most advisable
for you to ensure that your computer is password protected.
There is nothing worse than either misplacing your laptop or having someone
steal it.
More often than not, you have private documents and emails on your computer
that you do not wish to share with anyone let alone unknown persons or
prying eyes.

So be sure to password protect your traveling computer.
Choose a password that is easy to remember, difficult for someone else to
guess, and use the cardinal rule;
a combination of letters, numbers, and at having at least one letter in
upper case.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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

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

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
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Let us try the virtual way -dreaming while in lock down

Let us try the virtual way
By Donna J. Jodhan

We are presently battling a very determined and unseen enemy in the name of
Corona Virus. This enemy has inflicted so much hardship, suffering,
sadness, and countless other problems on our world and I believe that one
way for us to use a very lethal weapon is for us to stay positive and fight
back with courage, fortitude, positive ness, but above all with smiles on
our faces.

As Winston Churchill once said: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every
opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
This is an opportunity to put a dent into Corona Virus’s iron grip!

I’d like to try out this idea on readers; this being traveling via the
virtual way. If we are unable to physically travel, then why can’t we do it
the virtual way?

So with this in mind, I am going to use my personal experiences to take you
to some of the most exciting and welcoming cities around the world.

So without much ado, settle into your seats! Fasten your seatbelts, and
time to travel!

First stop is London England! O yes! A city filled with tons of history,
bustling tube stations, but there is much more to this city than this!
Theatre goes have a chance to enjoy some of the latest and greatest plays!
Tourists can visit the London tower, linger on in the War Museum, and take
time to visit and have a tour of Buckingham Palace. Before leaving London,
we’ll take a boat ride down the Thames.

Next we’ll hop across to Europe and touch down in Paris! Ah yes! Gaie
Paris! The city of lights and romance! Where lilting music can be heard on
every street corner! Cafes are packed with persons of all ages enjoying
sweet pastries and delicious cups of bubbling tea or steaming coffee. Or
you may see couples walking hand in hand along the banks of the River Seine.
Before leaving Paris we’ll stop at a nice little restaurant to sample some
Parisian cuisine along with a bottle of one of France’s finest wines. Then
with one last backward glance at the Eiffel Tower, we’ll be on our way once
more.

Now it’s time for our jet to make its way to Rome! Ah yes! Rome! A city
steeped in history and beauty! We’ll pay our respects to the Vatican, throw
some coins into the fountain of Trevi for good luck, then we’ll mingle with
the crowds and allow ourselves to be gently lead to the shopping areas and
entertainment district. We will linger for a bit, do some shopping and then
it will be time to board our jet and be on our way. We’ll visit the leaning
tower of Pizza before leaving.

We are not very sure where next our captain is going to take us and we have
left it up to him! Lo and behold! He has brought us to Amsterdam because
he would like us to enjoy the festival of tulips and we are not
disappointed! Miles and miles of tulips of all colours welcome us! We walk
among them! We inhale their fragrance! We buy some but several vendors
give us bunches for free!
Amsterdam does not disappoint in any way and before leaving we take time to
visit the famous house of Anne Frank!

Our virtual whirl wind tour has started to come to an end and now it is time
to touch down in Montreal! One of the very few cities in North America
where you can live like an European, dress like a European, and enjoy yummy
European cuisine. We go shopping and purchase bags and bags of fashionable
and stylish clothes. We take a buggy ride around old Montreal and we attend
a very noisy hockey game!

Now it is time for us to make our final stop and low and behold! It’s New
York! Wow! So much to see and do and not sure where to start! So we begin
at Central Park with a buggy ride around the parameter. Next we wonder over
to Time Square, visit the theatre district, Take a boat ride to see the
Statue of Liberty and then? It’s time for us to go home! We have just
enough time to grab a New York steak and a beer!

I hope you enjoyed my virtual travel!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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

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

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

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A review of Trudeau airport in Montreal

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

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

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

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

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

Any suggestions?
Just keep up the good work.

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How to make choosing i devices more accessible

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

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

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

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

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

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Check out the Apple Viz Newsletter for April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helpful tips for May 2020

In this issue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Pressure Cookers are Back Safer than Ever

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyday Cheapskate is a Registered Trademark www.everydaycheapskate.com

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

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

Prodigy Voice®


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

_________________________

From the pages of Donna’s diary

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

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

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

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

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