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Employers May be Missing Out on Disabled People with Drive

In previous posts on this Blog, I’ve made the case that when it comes to productivity, it’s the end result that counts, not how you get there. While some people make elitist and snide remarks about so- called “blind ghetto” products, others have made the choice to use blindness-specific technology to help them be as …

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My Interview for Fedora Outlier’s Follow Friday Series

Earlier in the week, it was a pleasure to chat with people who participated in the Fedora Outlier Access Chat on Twitter. This is an excellent use of Twitter hashtags and demonstrates what a great job Twitter can do as a virtual text chat room. I was also interviewed as part of their Follow Friday …

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On Tuesday at 8 PM Eastern, I’m Participating in #AccessChat

Each week, Fedora Outlier hosts a chat on Twitter, using the hashtag #AccessChat. They’ve asked me to be the guest this week, and I’m delighted to do it. Brie will be asking some questions, and you can join in with your questions and thoughts as well. They’ve even twisted my arm and convinced me to give …

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Thoughts on Telecom new Zealand’s Name Change from a Disability Perspective

It ages me to admit that I can remember when telephone service was provided by the New Zealand Post Office. I feel like I’m sounding like a granddad when I write that there was a waiting list to get a telephone, and when your number finally came up, sometimes you had to accept a rotary …

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I Want to Make Voice Calls on Planes, and it’s No Government’s Business

While many netizens around the world are taking a stand on overzealous surveillance today, the United States Congress took a baby step towards a draconian limitation of personal and business freedom. Ironically, the bill in question has been introduced by a Republican, the party branding itself as champions of individual liberty and free enterprise, although …

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I Installed Fleksy VO, and Want to Tell you Why

My previous post in this Blog, discussing recent decisions surrounding Fleksy for iOS, generated a great deal of discussion, both on and off the Blog.While I felt moved to write my previous post because of what I concluded was an important point of principle and the precedent  Fleksy’s approach might set, I attempted to be …

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I Uninstalled Fleksy Today, and Want to Tell you Why

Since its release, I’ve been using Fleksy, an app for iOS. Long, long ago, when I used a Nokia device with a number pad, over time I became very fast with text input, thanks to T9 predictive texting. The more I used my iPhone, the faster I became entering text with the virtual keyboard, but …

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Why I’m Excited about having Blind Grandchildren

Recently I was interviewed by Stephen Jolley, for his show Talking Vision. aired on radio reading services and community radio stations across Australia. We talked about tech, broadcasting and a bunch of subjects, including my background. In the interview, I mentioned that the cause of my blindness was an x-linked condition, Norrie Disease, which means …

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Accessible Apps to Benefit your Mind

Have you ever noticed how still the world seems when you’ve been in a noisy environment that suddenly goes quiet? Perhaps you’ve been around industrial machinery that’s been switched off after major noise pollution. Maybe you’ve noticed how quiet the house is when all your guests go home at the end of a party. Isn’t …

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