The February online newsletter from the Sterling Creations business desk

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Table of contents –
1. From our 10 tips on technology series
2. From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
3. A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s did you know diary
4. From the scam watchers


From our 10 tips on technology series
10 helpful tips for learning the NVDA screen reader

Learning to use the NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader can greatly enhance the computer experience for individuals with visual impairments. Here are 10 helpful tips to get started with NVDA:
Install NVDA:
Download and install NVDA from the official website ( Make sure to install the latest version to benefit from the most up-to-date features and improvements.
Basic Navigation Commands:
Learn essential navigation commands like arrow keys for reading text, Tab for moving between elements, and the Caps Lock key (or Insert key on some keyboards) as the NVDA modifier key.
NVDA Modifier Key:
Familiarize yourself with the NVDA modifier key (usually Caps Lock) as it’s crucial for executing NVDA commands. Press it along with other keys for various functions.
Speech Rate Adjustment:
Adjust the speech rate to a comfortable level. Use the NVDA key (Caps Lock) + the Up or Down arrow keys to increase or decrease the speech rate.
NVDA Keyboard Commands:
Explore NVDA’s keyboard commands for specific tasks like reading headings (H), lists (L), links (K), and more. Refer to the NVDA documentation for a comprehensive list.
Review Mode:
Understand the concept of review mode (NVDA + Space) for exploring web pages, documents, and other content efficiently.
NVDA Add-ons:
Consider installing NVDA add-ons to enhance functionality. Add-ons can provide additional features and support for various applications and websites.
Practice Regularly:
Practice using NVDA regularly to build proficiency. Try reading different types of documents, browsing the web, and using various software applications.
Customize NVDA Settings:
Explore NVDA’s settings to customize speech settings, keyboard shortcuts, and other preferences to suit your needs and workflow.
Join the NVDA Community:
Join online forums, mailing lists, or social media groups dedicated to NVDA users. These communities are excellent resources for asking questions, sharing tips, and troubleshooting issues.
Remember that learning to use a screen reader like NVDA can take time and patience. Start with the basics, gradually build your skills, and don’t hesitate to seek help or resources when needed. With practice and determination, you’ll become proficient in using NVDA to access digital content and applications effectively.

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I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)


Important tips from the travel table
From the pages of Donna’s diary
Where to pack one’s medication

Now, I am going to focus on where to safely pack one’s medication when preparing for air travel. If you are like me with a lot of medication, here is what I do.

I put it all into my carry on. I separate my medication into separate zipper bags. The vitamins go into one zipper bag and my daily medication or vital medication go into another bag.

I put both bags into my carry on. However, I would normally pack another small pouch into my carry on and this contains such pills as for nausea, upset stomach, and other similar types of situations. Finally I always remember to pack some tylenol and Aspirin in my purse.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s did you know diary
Award winning sight loss coach, author and advocate

Welcome to my Donna’s did you know diary for February and pleased to share the following with you.

Here’s what I learned for this month.
1) How can you tell that jade is real?
Why! It is cold to the touch.

2) About the behaviour of the sea!
Best time of the year to swim in the sea is during the months of July, August, and September when the sea is calmest.
The sea is usually roughest in December and January.
And the sea is usually highly populated with those jelly fish that sting during March and April. Their colours are normally pink or blue.

3) About travel seasons!
Low season is usually from early April to mid December and high season is usually from Mid December to end of March.

4) Having problems getting rid of those persistent paint smells?
Just place a bowl of water in the corner of the room where the smells are coming from
And add a few drops of white vinegar to the bowl of water.

5) Differences when cooking with gas versus cooking with electricity
Gas cooks faster but food does not stay warm as long as when cooking with electricity.
Gas cooks faster than electricity.

6) An interesting tidbit on ketchup:
There seems to be 2 different types of ketchup on the market today:
Tomato and o yes! Ketchup made from papaya.

7) An important tip on beer!
Before serving or offering beer, check its colour and if it is dark then it is not good.

8) Now, if you have 2 copies in your hand of the same document, how can you tell which is the copy and which is the original?
The copy’s letter head will always appear in black and the original’s letter head will be in either blue or another colour.

That’s it for this month.
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From the scam watchers

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