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Now Hear This! Musings of a Blind Hearing Aid wearer

At some time or other, most blind people will have experienced that all too familiar situation. You’re in a store, a restaurant, a bank, and the person providing you with service makes a point of speaking louder or slower. It makes sense, right? Since you can’t see, that means you’re going to have difficulty understanding. …

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Why the #A11Y Hashtag Needs to Die

I’m a very active Twitter user, with almost 2700 followers and over 76000 tweets. I enjoy Twitter’s simplicity and immediacy.   Distilling one’s thoughts into 140 characters is challenging at times. As a result, sometimes when Twitter is used as a tool for debate, it can lead to misunderstanding. But it can’t be beaten as …

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Why it Matters when people Acquaint Blindness with Stupidity or Ignorance

I’m an optimist by nature. As I’ve said on other pages of this site, there’s never been a better time to be a blind person than now. Thanks to the advances in assistive technology over the last few years, there are now so many more tasks we can complete with independence and dignity. That said, …

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The Next Mosen Consulting Webinar shows you how to Beta Test iOS

When I announced that I would be beginning a series of low-cost webinars, I asked people to contact me with suggestions.   One of the most requested webinar topics was how one becomes a beta tester for iOS, and how to manage the testing process. So, you asked for it, and now it’s coming up. …

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International Copyright Treaty for the Blind – Sowing the Seeds

I was an odd child, I suppose. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in politics. Not just the political theatre (we had some larger than life characters in New Zealand politics back then) although that was great. What really interested me was the idea that Parliament is where laws are …

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Feeddler 2.0 Integrates with Google Reader Alternatives, Remains Accessible

With the demise of Google Reader and a stay of execution looking highly unlikely at this late stage, those of us who appreciate the power and flexibility of RSS have been scrambling for alternatives. They exist, but when you’re a screen reader user, the alternative needs to be accessible.   First, a word about RSS in …

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Bad Social media Skills can Lose you Customers

Done right, social media is a great way for consumers and providers to interact. Often I get better service by sending a company with which I do business a direct message on Twitter, than if I’d phoned up and waited on hold for someone who reads their script and isn’t empowered to really resolve my …

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My Top 10 Accessibility Wish List for iOS7

For many of us, Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference, WWDC, evokes the same kind of excitement and anticipation that birthdays used to when we were kids. Things have changed a bit now, of course, but even post-Jobs, Apple are still masters of the big reveal. Tomorrow, Apple will release the first build of iOS7 to …

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The First Mosen Consulting Webinar – Record Tech Demos like a Pro

Over the last month since I began Mosen Consulting, it’s been a busy old time. Working with awesome people and making a difference in their tech lives, as well as writing the first eBook and putting the e-commerce infrastructure in place. Oh, and there is also an exciting new business launching soon.   But now …

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World Vision Shuts out People with no Vision

Here in New Zealand, thousands of children will be going without food, taking a vow of silence, giving up their technology, or in some way or other making a sacrifice so they can raise money for kids in developing countries. It’s all part of a fundraiser from World Vision, known as the 40 hour famine, …

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