-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind Date: Tue, 09 Jun 2009 12:52:09 +0000 From: Fred's Head from APH <fredshead@xxxxxxx> To: nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind <http://www.fredshead.info/> Add to Google <http://fusion.google.com/add?source=atgs&feedurl=http://feeds2.feedburner.com/FredsHeadCompanion> Link to Fred's Head from APH <http://www.fredshead.info/> ------------------------------------------------------------------------ * True Accessibility for the Blind and Visually Impaired comes to the iPhone <#1> * Expandable Calendar Boxes <#2> * Braillable Labels and Sheets <#3> * Accessible Playtime with Rib-It-Balls <#4> * Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Community-Based Physical Activities for Students who have Visual Impairments, Blindness, or Deafblindness <#5> * Prevocational Skills Development Materials <#6> * FoldRite: Letter Folding Tool <#7> * Time for Art: Art Projects and Lessons for Students with Visual Impairments <#8> * Guided Art Stories <#9> * Recognizing Landforms: An Audio-Tutorial Program in Map Study -- REPLACEMENT PARTS AVAILABLE! <#10> * Learning To Use Maps With APH <#11>True Accessibility for the Blind and Visually Impaired comes to the iPhone <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/WOsNqxNa0AQ/true-accessibility-for-blind-and.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 01:05 PM PDTThe following information comes from Apple <http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision.html>.
The same VoiceOver screen reader made popular on the Mac is now a standard feature on the iPhone 3G S. It’s the world’s first gesture-based screen reader, enabling you to enjoy the fun and simplicity of the iPhone even if you can’t see the screen.
What makes VoiceOver on iPhone truly remarkable is that you control it using simple gestures that let you physically interact with items on screen. It’s easy to learn and fun to use. Instead of memorizing hundreds of keyboard commands, or endlessly pressing tiny arrow keys to find what you’re looking for, with VoiceOver, you simply touch the screen to hear a description of the item under your finger, then gesture with a double-tap, drag, or flick to control the phone.
VoiceOver delivers an experience unlike any screen reader you’ve ever used before. Traditional screen readers describe individual elements on the screen, but struggle to communicate where each element is located or provide information about adjoining objects. This contextual information is very important but typically filtered out by other screen readers. For example, “off-screen” models used by traditional screen readers to represent applications and web pages intentionally strip away contextual information and describe web pages as a list or menu of items. But with VoiceOver on iPhone 3G S, you’ll experience something entirely new.
Because VoiceOver works with iPhone’s touchscreen, you interact directly with objects on the screen and can naturally understand their location and context. So, when you touch the upper-left corner of the screen, you’ll hear what’s in the upper left corner of a web page, and as you drag your finger around the screen, you’ll learn what’s nearby, providing an amazing new sense of context and relationship between the items you hear. For many, VoiceOver on iPhone will provide, perhaps for the first time, a true sense of how things appear on screen, not just descriptions of what they are.
You’ll hear descriptions of every item on the screen, including status information such as battery level, Wi-Fi and cellular network signal levels, the cellular network provider, and time of day. It even lets you know when the display changes to landscape or portrait orientation, and when the screen is locked or unlocked.
The speaking rate is adjustable so you can set it to a speed that best suits your listening ability. VoiceOver uses distinctive sound effects to alert you when an application opens, when the screen is updated, when a message dialog appears, and more. And, when Voiceover is talking, the volume of background sounds and music are automatically lowered, “ducking” under the voice, so you can clearly hear what VoiceOver is telling you.
VoiceOver includes built-in voices that speak 21 languages including Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Dutch, English (US), English (UK), Finnish, French (Canada), French (France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), and Swedish.
VoiceOver is built right into the iPhone 3G S. There’s nothing extra to purchase or install. All you need is the iPhone 3G S, iTunes 8.2 or later, and a Mac or PC. You can activate your iPhone and enable VoiceOver without sighted assistance using iTunes with a compatible screen reader like VoiceOver included in Mac OS X and GW-Micro Window-Eyes® for Windows XP and Windows Vista (sold separately). When you activate iPhone using iTunes, you can enable VoiceOver on the iPhone to start using it right away. Sighted users can also enable VoiceOver for you directly on iPhone using the Accessibility menu in the Settings application.
With VoiceOver enabled, you’ll use a different, but simple set of gestures to control the iPhone. For example, instead of tapping to click a button or select an item, you tap to hear a description of the item you touch and double-tap to click or select it.
When an item on the screen is selected, a black rectangle called the VoiceOver cursor appears around it. The VoiceOver cursor is displayed for the benefit of sighted users with whom you may be sharing your phone. When you prefer privacy, VoiceOver includes a screen curtain that turns off the display so no one can read it without your knowledge.
In addition to touching and dragging around the screen, you can also flick left and right to move the VoiceOver cursor precisely to the next or previous item on the screen—no matter how big or small it is. By flicking, you have precise control of what you hear even when it might otherwise be difficult to place your finger on it.
When you’re typing text, such as an email message or a note, VoiceOver echoes each character on the keyboard as you touch it, and again to confirm when you enter it. You can also have VoiceOver speak each completed word instead of and in addition to individual characters as you type them. A flick up or down while typing moves the insertion point cursor left and right within the text so you can edit a word just as easily and precisely as typing a new word.
To help you type more quickly and accurately, iPhone features word prediction and suggests the correct spelling when you type a word incorrectly. With Speak Auto-text enabled, you’ll hear a sound effect and the suggested word spoken automatically. You can just keep typing to ignore it, or press the space key to have iPhone type it for you.
VoiceOver works with all of the built-in applications that come with iPhone 3G S, such as Phone, iPod, iTunes, Mail, Safari, and Maps. So, you can place and receive calls, surf the web, text and email your friends, check your stocks and the weather, and much, much more. Apple is also working with iPhone software developers so they can make their applications VoiceOver compatible.
In addition to gestures, you can use your voice to play music and make a phone call. Just press and hold the home button, listen for the audio prompt, and speak the name of the artist, album, or playlist you want to hear. You can pause, play, change tracks, even shuffle your music.
When you want to make a call, speak the name or telephone number of the person you want to call. iPhone 3G S understands 21 different languages.
While many iPhone applications let you zoom in and out specific elements such as images in Mail, or webpage columns in Safari, Zoom lets you magnify the entire screen of any application you’re using to help you see what’s on the display. Zoom can be enabled on iPhone 3G S using iTunes when you’re setting up the iPhone, for yourself or someone else, or later, using the Accessibility menu in the Settings application on the iPhone.
Zoom works everywhere, including the Home, Unlock, and Spotlight screens, even with applications you purchase from the App store.
For those who need or prefer higher contrast, iPhone 3G S provides an option to change the display to White On Black. This reverse video affect works in all applications including the Home, Unlock, and Spotlight screens and can be used with Zoom and VoiceOver.
iPhone includes a few, easily discernible physical buttons used to control the phone: the Sleep/Wake button, located on the top edge; the Ring/Silent switch and volume-control buttons, located on the upper-left edge; and the Home button, centered below the display.
Click this link to purchase the iPhone 3G S from the Apple Store <http://www.apple.com/iphone>.
Expandable Calendar Boxes <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/P0lAhnb-Lms/expandable-calendar-boxes.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 12:14 PM PDT Expandable Calendar BoxesExpandable Calendar Boxes help students who lack a formal means of communications and literacy. They are closed-cell foam boxes that can be used singularly as an anticipation box or in a grouping of two or more as calendar boxes.
Expandable Calendar Boxes benefit students who have: * Deafblindness * Visual and multiple impairments * Autism * Other disabilities that put them at risk for not understanding, participating in, or directing the events that surround themThe boxes are designed so that a second box can be attached to the original anticipation box when the student is ready to learn "now" and "next." When the student is ready to perform multiple activities, additional boxes can be attached.
Kit contains: * Six boxes (available in white or black) * Six label/curtain u-channels * Five connector u-channels * Expandable Calendar Boxes Instruction Guide with tips on using the boxes * Calendars for Students with Multiple Impairments Including Deafblindness by Robbie Blaha (guidebook) White Expandable Calendar Boxes: Catalog Number: 1-08651-00 Black Expandable Calendar Boxes: Catalog Number: 1-08652-00Click this link to purchase the Expandable Calendar Boxes from APH <https://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Expandable%20Calendar%20Boxes,%20Black_1055679P_10001_11051>.
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. 1839 Frankfort Avenue Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085 Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085 Toll Free: 800-223-1839 Phone: 502-895-2405 Fax: 502-899-2274 E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx> Web site: http://www.aph.org APH Shopping Home: http://shop.aph.org<http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Eff/FredsHeadCompanion?a=P0lAhnb-Lms:oPecy_7rDwg:yIl2AUoC8zA>
Braillable Labels and Sheets <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/zoKsPHCvhbg/braillable-labels-and-sheets.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 11:37 AM PDT Braillable Labels and SheetsThese clear, blank self-adhesive labels can be brailled and used to label items around the home, school, and office, such as: household appliances; canned goods; greeting cards; books; CDs; folders. The labels come in a variety of packages and sizes for convenience. The pre-cut, peel-off Large and Small labels accommodate braille lines that are 15 cells wide, with four lines fitting on the large and two on the small labels. Full-Size and Pin-Fed Sheets offer more room for brailling and can be cut to the desired size. A printed SimBraille sheet is included with each package to assist in determining size and placement.
Assorted Label Pack (5 Large Sheets, 5 Small Sheets, 10 Full-Size Sheets, 30 Pin-Fed Sheets):
Catalog Number: 1-08871-00 Small Label Pack (10 Sheets, 18 labels (3.87 x 0.95) per Sheet): Catalog Number: 1-08872-00 Large Label Pack (10 Sheets, 10 Labels (3.875 x 1.75) per Sheet): Catalog Number: 1-08873-00 15 Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, full-size): Catalog Number: 1-08874-00 30 Continuous Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, pin-fed): Catalog Number: 1-08875-00Click this link to purchase Braillable Labels and Sheets from APH <https://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Braillable%20Labels,%20Assorted%20Label%20Pack_1054977P_10001_11051>.
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. 1839 Frankfort Avenue Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085 Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085 Toll Free: 800-223-1839 Phone: 502-895-2405 Fax: 502-899-2274 E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx> Web site: http://www.aph.org APH Shopping Home: http://shop.aph.org<http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Eff/FredsHeadCompanion?a=zoKsPHCvhbg:fPWQxUeBO3I:yIl2AUoC8zA>
Accessible Playtime with Rib-It-Balls <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/h9LBOEagF3w/accessible-playtime-with-rib-it-balls.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 11:29 AM PDT Rib-It-BallsThese fun balls are easy to grab and have high-contrast ribbing. "Crinkly" fabric in the ribs adds an auditory component. The original latex-free multicolored balls have been designed in two color combinations, making them easier for visual orientation, and are available in three inflatable sizes: 14" (red/yellow), 18" (blue/yellow), and 30" (black/yellow). The 30" ball is sold with a foot pump. Not designed to be used as a therapy ball. Excessive weight should not be placed upon it.
Jacob's Rib-It-Ball, 14": Catalog Number: 1-07513-00 Jacob's Rib-It-Ball, 18": Catalog Number: 1-07514-00 Jacob's Rib-It-Ball 30" with pump: Catalog Number: 1-07515-00Click this link to purchase Rib-It-Balls from APH <https://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Rib-It-Ball:%20Jacob%27s,%2018%20Inch_1053794P_10001_11051>. Click here to purchase Replacement Bladders for the Rib-It-Balls <https://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView>.
The Mini Rib-It-BallThis 7" plush ball provides opportunities for multisensory learning. It contains a bell (auditory), bright colors (visual), and a pull tab/teething ring for vibration (tactual/proprioception). Mini Rib-It-Ball is not available on Quota.
The Mini Rib-It-Ball: Catalog Number:1-07512-00 American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. 1839 Frankfort Avenue Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085 Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085 Toll Free: 800-223-1839 Phone: 502-895-2405 Fax: 502-899-2274 E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx> Web site: http://www.aph.org APH Shopping Home: http://shop.aph.org<http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Eff/FredsHeadCompanion?a=h9LBOEagF3w:C4kyuCWUkVM:yIl2AUoC8zA>
Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Community-Based Physical Activities for Students who have Visual Impairments, Blindness, or Deafblindness <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/9sjQuC0uS7E/going-places-transition-guidelines-for.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 10:59 AM PDTGoing Places is a resource guide for teens and young adults that promotes independent physical activity. It outlines a step-by-step process for choosing and participating in sports and other physical activities outside of the school arena. Includes:
* Worksheets for choosing an activity * Descriptions of activities * Any modifications or accommodations that may be necessary * Suggestions for developing needed skills * Information on safety and self-advocacy * Athlete profiles encouraging a healthy lifestyleThe large print edition now features a redesigned, perfect-bound cover that is more durable than previous twin-loop cover. The content of /Going Places/ has not changed.
Going Places, Large Print/CD: Catalog Number: 7-13090-01? Going Places, Braille/CD: Catalog Number: 5-13090-00 Braille Worksheet Packet: Catalog Number: 5-13091-00Click this link to purchase /Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Community-Based Physical Activities for Students who have Visual Impairments/ <https://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=11051&krypto=w%2FE%2FZ6s4BbNtBfvgQHnfNWW8XUKyQesunkifJk0To6Ez3iHhh%2FO4DQYbIq7GxTrOkyC5JT5uufdr%0D%0A4DGTVNqrOMK8GjEVSSmjWWDJb935VcU%3D&ddkey=http:ProductDisplay>.
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. 1839 Frankfort Avenue Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085 Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085 Toll Free: 800-223-1839 Phone: 502-895-2405 Fax: 502-899-2274 E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx> Web site: http://www.aph.org APH Shopping Home: http://shop.aph.org<http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Eff/FredsHeadCompanion?a=9sjQuC0uS7E:8x0Lfatr9FE:yIl2AUoC8zA>
Prevocational Skills Development Materials <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/OCnmIoGxgOg/prevocational-skills-development.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 10:50 AM PDT Prevocational Skills Development Materials KitDesigned for multiply disabled students, this kit and other materials suggested in the guidebook helps develop manipulative skills, such as matching, sorting, counting, assembling, and packaging. Contains five sets of materials (also available separately):
* Paper-Folding Jig: For tri-folding 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper * Round and Square Containers with Screw Tops: 10 plastic bottles and two seated boards * Sorting and Assembly Tray: with adjustable dividers for sorting two to 12 different items. Note: The Sorting and Assembly tray can be also used as a calendar box system. Learn more at www.aph.org/products/prevocsk.html <http://www.aph.org/products/prevocsk.html>. * Bolt, Nut, and Washer Board: with eight bolt, nut, and washer sets of graduating size * Bolt Practice Boards: four boards mounted with bolts and nuts of various sizes * Prevocational Skills Development: print guidebook Recommended ages: 10 years and older. Prevocational Skills Development, Complete Kit: Catalog Number: 1-08000-00 Items Available Separately: Paper-Folding Jig: Catalog Number: 1-08010-00 Round and Square Containers with Screw Tops: Catalog Number: 1-08020-00 Sorting and Assembly Tray: Catalog Number: 1-08030-00 Bolt, Nut, and Washer Board: Catalog Number: 1-08040-00 Bolt Practice Boards: Catalog Number: 1-08050-00 Prevocational Skills Development (guidebook): Catalog Number: 8-01300-00Click this link to purchase the Prevocational Skills Development Materials Kit <http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Prevocational%20Skills%20Development%20Materials%20Kit_1-08000-00P_10001_11051>.
FoldRite: Letter Folding Tool <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/-1MiS4PsWDs/foldrite-letter-folding-tool.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 09:49 AM PDT FoldRiteMade of durable plastic, designed to make folding 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper a snap. Consists of two plastic, hinged plates. Letters can be tri-folded by placing the paper between the plates and folding the FoldRite over twice. Can also be used to create strips of blank braille paper that fit into a business envelope.
FoldRite: Catalog Number: 1-08009-00Click this link to purchase FoldRite: Letter Folding Tool <http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_FoldRite:%20Letter%20Folding%20Tool_1-08009-00P_10001_11051>.
Time for Art: Art Projects and Lessons for Students with Visual Impairments <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/uMWJ08tKUN0/time-for-art-art-projects-and-lessons.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 09:20 AM PDT Time for ArtTime for Art is a handbook for teachers and parents that explains how to instruct visually impaired students in art, how to handle the media being explored, and points to consider in art program planning. Companion lessons are offered for each project and often explore other areas such as science, history, or mathematics. Projects include:
* Fake Fossils * Raised Line Drawings * Sandscript * Aluminum Repousse * Papier-Mache Bowls * Mixed-Media Puzzle of Me * Pinch Pot * Coiled PotA comprehensive list of suppliers is offered at the end of the guidebook to aid teachers and parents in finding materials for the projects offered. Time for Art consists of a regular print guidebook and a CD-ROM. The CD contains an HTML edition of the guidebook that is accessible to visually impaired users.
Time for Art Regular Print/CD-ROM: Catalog Number: 8-03800-00Click this link to purchase Time for Art: Art Projects and Lessons for Students with Visual Impairments <http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Time%20for%20Art:%20Art%20Projects%20and%20Lessons%20for%20Students%20with%20Visual%20Impairments_8-03800-00P_10001_11051>.
Guided Art Stories <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/jJG5prcGtQU/guided-art-stories.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 09:12 AM PDT Guided Art StoriesThis set of audiocassettes introduces students to thought-provoking adventures based on characters found in paintings and sculpture. First, a verbal description of the work of art is given, allowing the listener to visualize a picture in the mind's eye. After listening to a story about the artwork, the student creates a storyboard or diorama based on the story. The final step is for the student to describe and explain the picture he or she has constructed. This becomes a valuable lesson in the power of descriptive language for blind and sighted students alike. Includes print guidebook and three 1 7/8 ips, 2-track audiocassettes.
Guided Art Stories: Catalog Number: 1-09100-00Click this link to purchase Guided Art Stories <http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Guided%20Art%20Stories_1-09100-00P_10001_11051>.
Recognizing Landforms: An Audio-Tutorial Program in Map Study -- REPLACEMENT PARTS AVAILABLE! <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/bOdgoWzzU00/recognizing-landforms-audio-tutorial.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 09:02 AM PDT Recognizing Landforms: An Audio-Tutorial ProgramThis Program uses fun characters on cassette tape to introduce 40 geographical concepts, such as distinguishing mountains from valleys, channels from bays, etc.
Includes 10 brightly colored tactile landforms; six 2-track, 1 7/8 ips cassette tapes; and teacher's and program manuals in print. Recommended ages: 6 years and older.
Recognizing Landforms: Catalog Number: 1-01110-00Click this link to purchase Recognizing Landforms: An Audio-Tutorial Program in Map Study <http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Recognizing%20Landforms:%20An%20Audio-Tutorial%20Program%20in%20Map%20Study_1-01110-00P_10001_11051>.
Learning To Use Maps With APH <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/cyru7XQgCRs/learning-to-use-maps-with-aph.html>
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 08:10 AM PDT Maps Represent Real Places: Map Study I Map Study IIntroduces basic map concepts by having students map a classroom and other known environments. Students learn to find objects and to identify map symbols representing those objects. Includes:
* 80-lesson program in print * Tactile, high contrast color maps of various room arrangements, and sheets for student mapping * Large, bright symbols to place on objects in a room, and identical, smaller symbols for maps Recommended ages: 6 years and older. Map Study I: Catalog Number: 1-01130-00Click this link to purchase Maps Represent Real Places, Map Study I: Complete Kit <http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Map%20Study%20I:%20Maps%20Represent%20Real%20Places,%20Complete%20Kit_1-01130-00P_10001_11051>.
Basic Map Reading Concepts: Map Study II Map Study IIPresents 30 map reading concepts in three areas: location and direction; finding corners; and diagonal, vertical, and horizontal movement. Includes 13 sequential lesson plans in print and three plastic relief maps with contrasting colors designed to introduce areal, linear, and point symbols. Recommended ages: 6 years and older.
Map Study II: Catalog Number: 1-01120-00Click this link to purchase Basic Map Reading Concepts, Map Study II: Complete Kit <http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Map%20Study%20II%20Kit:%20Basic%20Map%20Reading%20Concepts_1-01120-00P_10001_11051>.
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