[tabi] for Norine: basic info about TABI and cell phones

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:41:06 -0400

Hi Norine,

when you sent this email to the list, you did all that you need to in
order to start a new "thread".  the word "thread" just means a topic for
conversation.

ok, as Lynn points out you almost did all that you need to.  if you are
replying to someone's message, and you are changing the subject, then
you should go up to the subject line and change it to reflect your new
subject.

the word "thread" also means a collection of messages which have the
same subject.  on email lists with much more traffic than TABI, people
often set up their email program to sort the messages by subject, and
then they can make their email program show them only one entry for all
the messages in a certain subject.  if they want to read all those
messages, they can open that one line up, and see all the messages; if
they aren't interested in that subject (or thread), they can delete all
the messages at once right there.  this is called grouping your emails
by conversation.

Anyway, you have seen already that people have given you plenty of info
on cell phones for the blind.  you can google on this subject and find
many articles which review various choices.  there are some cell
providers who will give you a talking cell phone of some sort at no
extra charge.  it won't have the camera, and it may not be the latest
version of the talking software, but it is possible to get one for no
more than a sighted person would pay.  If that's important to you, just
ask, maybe someone will remember which company does this for you (I
think it's AT&T, but am not sure).

If you have the money, I'd definitely follow Robert's recommendation as
to which phone and the knfb reader; but, I'd buy a trekker for gps
navigation, or use the sendaro product for one of the note-takers; as
they are far superior (in my opinion), to what you can do with a phone.
the loadstone program is better than nothing, but it's both complicated
to use, and limited, and not the right thing if you have trouble with
complex technology.

I also want to  mention: if money is really tight, you can go to Walmart
or Bestbuy, and get one of the pay-as-you-go cell phones (they're
virtually free), and you have no contract, and you can feel the buttons
well enough to make a call and take a call.  you can also make use of
the voice mail.  you do need some help setting them up, but after that,
they are accessible in a limited way by just feeling where the buttons
are, and remembering a few commands.  it's much cheaper cell service
than signing up for a contract, the phone is free, and there is no
special talking software to pay for.  I am rarely on a cell phone, and
it works for me, and I really don't care if I lose it!

Chip






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Chip Orange
Database Administrator
Florida Public Service Commission

Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(850) 413-6314

 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Norine Labitzke
> Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:34 PM
> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [tabi] Re: it's now free to use Recording for the Blind!
> 
> Hi Chip - please excuse my ignorance, or lack or research but 
> I have some
> questions:  I believe I am a member of this Tabi list but do 
> not know how to
> access the list and start a new thread.  Maybe the thread is 
> not appropriate
> or has already been covered or you could refer me to other pertinent
> information.  I frequently hear the Sansung commercial that I 
> think features
> a visually impaired woman and her dog, and a phone that 
> fantastically meets
> her needs for voice emails, etc.  I will be in the market for a new
> cellphone and would like to know what is available for the 
> needs of the
> visually impaired.  I currently use Verizon and have not had 
> problems but
> could change providers if necessary.  Thanks for any help you 
> may give me.
> Hope  all is well with you.  Norine
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Chip Orange
> Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 2:35 PM
> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [tabi] Re: it's now free to use Recording for the Blind!
> 
> I haven't done it yet; do you still have to pay for and download an
> authorization token before you can listen to a book?
> 
> thanks.
> 
> Chip
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Chip Orange
> Database Administrator
> Florida Public Service Commission
> 
> Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> (850) 413-6314
> 
>  (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
> necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)
>  
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Denyece Roberts,msw
> > Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 1:25 PM
> > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [tabi] Re: it's now free to use Recording for the Blind!
> > 
> > Yes,
> > It works well on the victor stream.
> > I have already downloaded several books.
> > 
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:49 PM
> > Subject: [tabi] it's now free to use Recording for the Blind!
> > 
> > 
> > >
> > >> Thanks to major funding from the U.S. Department of 
> > Education, Office of
> > >> Special Education Programs, Grant #H327D090001 and support 
> > of private
> > >> donors,
> > >> RFB&DR Individual Membership
> > >> is now FREE to individuals with proper
> > >> certification.
> > >>
> > >> To be eligible for membership, a person must have a 
> > documented print
> > >> disability, such as a learning disability, visual 
> > impairment or other
> > >> physical disability.
> > >> If you think you or your child might have a print 
> > disability and may
> > >> benefit from the services of RFB&D, you need to have 
> > certification of the
> > >> disability.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> How Does One Obtain Certification?
> > >>
> > >> A qualified professional in the field of disability 
> > services, special
> > >> education, medicine or psychology must attest to the 
> > physical basis of
> > >> the visual,
> > >> perceptual or other physical disability that limits the 
> > applicant's use
> > >> of standard print.
> > >>
> > >> Who is a Certifier?
> > >>
> > >> Appropriate certifying experts may differ from disability 
> > to disability.
> > >> The following lists examples of professionals who are 
> qualified to
> > >> certify an RFB&D
> > >> applicant. It is in no way a comprehensive list. If you have any
> > >> questions about who is a qualified certifying 
> > professional, please call
> > >> RFB&D's Member
> > >> Services Department at 800-221-4792.
> > >>
> > >> Blindness and visual impairments:
> > >>
> > >> .        Physician
> > >>
> > >> .        Ophthalmologist
> > >>
> > >> .        Optometrist
> > >>
> > >> .        Vocational rehabilitation counselor
> > >>
> > >> Learning or perceptual disability:
> > >>
> > >> .        Neurologist
> > >>
> > >> .        Learning disability specialist
> > >>
> > >> .        Psychologist with a background in learning disabilities
> > >>
> > >> The following are NOT professionals typically qualified 
> to certify,
> > >> unless they have a background in one of the above areas of 
> > expertise:
> > >>
> > >> .        Principals
> > >>
> > >> .        Vice principals
> > >>
> > >> .        Guidance counselors
> > >>
> > >> .        General education teachers
> > >>
> > >> .        Librarians
> > >>
> > >> For more information, go to
> > >> http://www.rfbd.org/certification.htm.
> > >
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