Blind Abilities Podcast

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Sinopsis

Podcasts with a Blindness Perspective. Bringing you the latest news on technology, success stories, alternative solutions and tools for success. bridging the gap between the limited expectations and the realities of Blind Abilities.

Episodios

  • FocusOnFitness: Dumbbells - Used in Sets or Individually. A Very versatile Hand-held Piece of Equipment. Episode 7 of the FocusOnFitness Series.

    FocusOnFitness: Dumbbells - Used in Sets or Individually. A Very versatile Hand-held Piece of Equipment. Episode 7 of the FocusOnFitness Series.

    03/05/2020 Duración: 14min

    FocusOnFitness is a new series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this Focus On Fitness episode, Maria and Jeff talk about the use of Dumbbells to exercise and keep those muscles toned and defined. A Dumbbell is a hand-held weight ranging from a pound to a huge amount of weight for body building. We are talking about the lighter end of the spectrum, from 2 pounds to 15 pounds. These affordable and easily stored Dumbbells can be used for various motions to isolate and focus your workout to specific muscles. From t

  • FocusOnFitness: Creating Space and Setting the Stage – What’s Under Your Feet? Episode 6 of the FocusOnFitness Series.

    FocusOnFitness: Creating Space and Setting the Stage – What’s Under Your Feet? Episode 6 of the FocusOnFitness Series.

    30/04/2020 Duración: 12min

    FocusOnFitness is a new series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this Focus On Fitness episode, Maria and Jeff talk about Creating your space and setting the stage for your exercise routine, yoga session and ensuring your free to exercise while keeping your space safe and free from obstacles. May it be a rug or a yoga mat, the tactile surface will keep your whereabouts in mind and you can feel safe to conduct your full exercise without getting disorientated. Maria talks about the space and how diffusers can brin

  • FocusOnFitness: Spinning the Exercise Bike and Timing that Interval Training. Episode 5 of the FocusOnFitness Series

    FocusOnFitness: Spinning the Exercise Bike and Timing that Interval Training. Episode 5 of the FocusOnFitness Series

    30/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    FocusOnFitness is a new series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this Focus On Fitness episode, Maria and Jeff talk about Spinning and Biking. Yes, this involves a machine or a bike mounted on a stand, however, we want to provide some information to you so you can determine if this form of exercise is for you. We both agree that Spinning is a great calorie burner and most of all, gives them big muscles a good workout. Interval training is when one does some bursts of speed or resistance to a steady pace. Like st

  • That Blind Tech Show: All Stitched Up and No Place to Go? Facebook Video Calls, Rooms and Live Events. Jaws Tutorials, BME Specialized Help, Tandem Connections, Handing Off and Zoom Bombing

    That Blind Tech Show: All Stitched Up and No Place to Go? Facebook Video Calls, Rooms and Live Events. Jaws Tutorials, BME Specialized Help, Tandem Connections, Handing Off and Zoom Bombing

    28/04/2020 Duración: 01h08min

    The TBTS Team plus Ed, AKA Ray, hit the topics hard and drop some insight into the world of technology, services and phenomena galore! And if it doesn’t register high on the meter of good news, we pull it up a notch for some full disclosure. But not on our album art, of course. Ed tackles some bare truths about Google, Microsoft, and who he really is. Yes, the listeners are restless and Ray’s name has surfaced more than a Zoom Bomber did 2 weeks ago.  Is Zoom all patched up now? Hmm. How about Facebook’s new announcements? The Video Calls, Rooms and Live Events are ramping it up for a showdown at 10 PM, just click the link and Poof! And that cute little Apple SE just makes yaw anna, don’t it? Come on, it’s got it all and at over half the cost. Dang it, Tim, you are pulling our triggers.  Brian and Jeff dabble into the Mac’s and what to look for from a blindness perspective. While Serina and Ed get all PC on us. Literally! Apple mail, iCloud on the net and Freedom Scientific gots them there tutorials alright,

  • Transition and Skills Programs for Youth and Teens at Lighthouse Guild. Meet Jaydan Mitchell, Youth Services Coordinator

    Transition and Skills Programs for Youth and Teens at Lighthouse Guild. Meet Jaydan Mitchell, Youth Services Coordinator

    27/04/2020 Duración: 31min

    Jaydan Mitchell joins Jeffrey Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio and talks about the Youth Skills Program and the Teen Transition Program offered by Lighthouse Guild. We hear from some of the students attending the Youth and Teen programs giving us insight into the positive impact that these programs are having on youth and teens facing the challenges of being blind or having low-vision. Here are some links to Lighthouse Guild programs: Youth and Teen Program:    Support Programs for Parents You can also go to the contact form and inquire about Lighthouse Programs and what they can do for you. Here is a message from the lighthouse Guild web site: A guiding hand for kids and teens It can be challenging enough to be a child or a teenager. And it can be difficult to live with vision loss. Put the two together, and life can get pretty overwhelming. At Lighthouse Guild, we get it. We understand the concerns of children and teenagers who have vision loss (and their concerned parents). We have special progra

  • Locked Down and Distance Learning: Transition Students Describe the Impact of Schools Closing and How They are Meeting the Virtual Challenges and the New Realities of 2020.

    Locked Down and Distance Learning: Transition Students Describe the Impact of Schools Closing and How They are Meeting the Virtual Challenges and the New Realities of 2020.

    24/04/2020 Duración: 56min

    Simon Bonenfant pulled together a “RoundTable” of students to talk about distance learning, virtual learning and how they are adjusting to the challenges due to the lockdown and closing of schools across the nation. They talk about accessibility, processes, what’s working and what is not working and how they are advocating to be sure that they are not falling behind. Kaleigh, Simon, John, Jillian and Gianna all bring a unique perspective and unique challenges to the virtual round table. Sharing their opinions on distance learning, schedule planning and how to deal with isolation. We all want to thank all of the Front Line workers, teachers, TBVI’s Paras and school admins for what they are doing to ensure that we all make it through this challenge we are all facing. Thank you all. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. To

  • iPhone101: Adding an Alternative ID or Second Person to Face ID on Your iPhone. Note: If you pull your mask just below your nose area, your current Face ID should work)

    iPhone101: Adding an Alternative ID or Second Person to Face ID on Your iPhone. Note: If you pull your mask just below your nose area, your current Face ID should work)

    20/04/2020 Duración: 06min

    Here is how to add an Alternative ID or a second person to Face ID on your iPhone: Launch the Settings app Single Finger Double Tap Face ID & Passcode Enter your passcode Single Finger Double Tap Set Up an Alternate Appearance Single Finger Double Tap Get Started You will rotate your head in a circular motion while facing the camera. Hold camera about 15 inches away. You will hear voiceover telling you information as you proceed. You will do 2 full scans. Notes: If wearing a protective mask, I have found that the camera has to see your nose area and By pulling down the mask just below the nose, your Face ID should work fine. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. To find your State Services in your State you can go to www.AFB.org and search the directory for your agency. Contact: Thank you for listening! You can f

  • Level Up – A New Online Workshop Series for High School Transition Age Students with Topics Ranging From Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination, Positive Self-Talk and More

    Level Up – A New Online Workshop Series for High School Transition Age Students with Topics Ranging From Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination, Positive Self-Talk and More

    14/04/2020 Duración: 11min

    Transition Coordinator, Sheila Koenig, joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio to introduce us to the new workshop series, “Level Up”. SSB is excited to launch a new opportunity for students to connect with peers and learn about self-advocacy.  On Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. CST we will begin our series “Level Up: Learning Self-Advocacy through Music, Movies, & More”. Most of us learned about self-advocacy the hard way- through difficult experiences and personal set-backs. Here’s a chance to learn about self-advocacy the fun way. We’ll draw on movie clips, songs, and lots more to demonstrate, in an engaging way, the tools people use to take control of their futures. This is an 8-week phone/virtual series. Topics include  self-determination, positive self-talk, motivation, problem-solving, and more. This is a free series open to students in high school with a vision loss. Students do not need to be connected to SSB to participate.  In order to get call-in information, students should send an em

  • That Blind Tech Show: Rooster Boy to the Help Desk Rescue, Brian’s PC Rising, Alternate Face ID, Serina’s the Queen of WHAT’s My Password??? We’re all Locked Down and Making it Work. Hi Ed!

    That Blind Tech Show: Rooster Boy to the Help Desk Rescue, Brian’s PC Rising, Alternate Face ID, Serina’s the Queen of WHAT’s My Password??? We’re all Locked Down and Making it Work. Hi Ed!

    12/04/2020 Duración: 01h14min

    In this episode of That Blind Tech Show the gang has enlisted the heavy hitter from New York City, straight off the island, Ed Plumacker. We talk about the lock-down and how we and our family are making it work and how we are being and staying productive. Ed has got his mind set on the upcoming new SE iPhone from Apple, Brian has jumped into the PC world for the first time, Serina is doubling down and locking her doors twice as the situation is more important than the temptation of sunshine and warmer weather. Jeff is working on streamlining the Blind Abilities podcasts and checking in on Brian now and then as the pandemic has been horrific in the New York area. Ok, does your iPhone face ID work while wearing a mask? You can just pull your mask down below the nose area and Face ID should work fine. However, check out the Alternate ID demo and find out how to add an Alternate ID or 2nd person to your Face ID. BTW, do we really care about Amazon Day being moved? Whatever, right? Be My Eyes gets a call to be a h

  • Online with Simon Bonenfant: Meet Becca Weber - Transitioning to the Workplace, Volunteering with the National Homework Hotline and Online Learning for School

    Online with Simon Bonenfant: Meet Becca Weber - Transitioning to the Workplace, Volunteering with the National Homework Hotline and Online Learning for School

    10/04/2020 Duración: 16min

    Becca Weber joins Simon in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about her educational journey, her online learning, her assistive technology and her volunteer work with the National Homework Hotline. Becca gives some great advice about having a well-rounded knowledge of assistive technology. The need to know your rights and to be able to self-advocate in your schooling and in the workplace. Becca has her path mapped out and wants to be a Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired, (TVBI). We hope you enjoy this brief moment with Becca, as she does cover a lot of ground including the challenges of interacting with the sighted students in high school.  Becca is surely on her way and is choosing the career that she wants. You can find Becca on Twitter @BWeber630 Here is the email to the National Homework Hotline. National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI) What: The National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI) is a free service for K-12 and college stud

  • Meet Bree Klauser – Actor on AppleTV Plus Series SEE, Singer and Music Producer, Voice Artist and a Self-Proclaimed Cartoon Junkie

    Meet Bree Klauser – Actor on AppleTV Plus Series SEE, Singer and Music Producer, Voice Artist and a Self-Proclaimed Cartoon Junkie

    08/04/2020 Duración: 45min

    Bree Klauser is a New York based Singer, Actress, Voiceover artist, Songwriter and funny lady who happens to be born legally blind. She grew up 30 miles from NYC, fell in love with singing and performing through musical theatre and later on the Jazz greats of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. She earned her BFA in acting from Brooklyn College. She has been mentored by the late  former Metropolitan Opera singer Francisco Casanova, and has studied with many other coaches and Broadway musical directors. In 2018,Bree started production on her breakout role of "Matal" in "SEE", a new AppleTV Plus series starring Jason Momoa. All songs on this podcast are the works of Bree and the Whatevers. You can find links to Bree’s music and videos on her web site at https://www.breeklauser.com. Follow Bree Klauser on Instagram. Stay tuned for Bree’s follow up podcast arriving soon! Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coor

  • 2020Census – Your Response Matters: Susan Kusz Explains Why the Census is So Important to Our Community

    2020Census – Your Response Matters: Susan Kusz Explains Why the Census is So Important to Our Community

    06/04/2020 Duración: 25min

    Your Response Matters! Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Susan Kusz joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio to let us all know about the 2020 Census and the importance of being counted and the effect the Census has on our community, county and state. How 5 or 10 minutes is all it takes to get your entire household counted in this function of our country.  Susan Kusz Chairs the Complete Census Count Committee Disability Work Group and that pretty much means that she is a Census expert and we are glad to have her here to give us a big picture view of the 2020 Census and how important you being counted

  • Virtual Hugs! Wiggle Wiggle Zoom Zoom Apples are Dropping Brian is Tipping Sirena is in the Playroom and Who is Replacing Brian? Stay Well.

    Virtual Hugs! Wiggle Wiggle Zoom Zoom Apples are Dropping Brian is Tipping Sirena is in the Playroom and Who is Replacing Brian? Stay Well.

    28/03/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    That Blind Tech Show is back in the saddle and would like to send out our best of thoughts to you and your families during these challenging times we are experiencing. Be sure to stay informed and reach out to your loved ones via phone and check up on one another on a regular basis. Together we can get through this and we hope we can bring you some useful information as well as some humor. We all need a bit of relief from our long days of late and hope you enjoy the show. Most of all, we want all of you to stay well and stay strong. In this show we take a look at working from home, some tips and what it is like when the kids are home as well. We explore some devices and tools such as the new MacBook and new iPads. Explore what tools are becoming handy as we all experience changes in our workplace, school studies and everyday life. We talk about fitness and the Focus On Fitness series just released on Blind Abilities. The new My Read tool from Orcam that is for low-vision and it is like a pen in your hand and

  • Apps and Resources for Students and a Perspective from a Parent of a Blind Teen Now Schooling from Home

    Apps and Resources for Students and a Perspective from a Parent of a Blind Teen Now Schooling from Home

    27/03/2020 Duración: 25min

    Full Transcript Maria Ceferatti joins Jeff in the Blind Abilities Virtual Studio via Zoom Cloud Meetings, Maria using her iPhone with the Zoom App and Jeff back at the Blind Abilities Studio on his Mac with the Zoom Pro Account up and running. Jeff uses the Zoom recording feature as a backup just in case something goes wrong with his main recording. Check out the link below if you are interested in the Free guide to Zoom called, “Meet Me Accessibly” from Jonathan Mosen. Maria talks about the dynamics and challenges her family are adjusting to since she started working from home and her son Simon started schooling from home as well. From keeping on schedule, working through accessing math papers, to using this time to enhance Life Skills and work on sharpening some skills that will pay off when Simon heads to college and the dorm life, it seems like they got it worked out pretty good. Join Maria and Jeff as we learn how with the Grace of God and some patience, everything is going to be all right. Now if we can

  • COVID-19 - If Your Doctor Wants you to Come In, How do You Get There? Stephen Letnes is Working It Big Time and the Community Needs Your Help.

    COVID-19 - If Your Doctor Wants you to Come In, How do You Get There? Stephen Letnes is Working It Big Time and the Community Needs Your Help.

    22/03/2020 Duración: 32min

    With the COVID-19 epidemic spreading across the World, there are so many questions being asked and protocols being established. Stephen Letnes took it upon himself to ask around the state of Minnesota, “How does a Blind/Visually Impaired person establish a ride to the Doctor’s office if they want them to come in and be tested?” After fining absolutely no protocols in place, Stephen started his mission to bring his question to the attention of the Legislators, the, Health Department and the governor. Join Stephen Letnes and Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio and find out how little has been done with concerns towards people who can’t drive and how do they get to the doctor for testing to see if they have Covid19. In Minnesota you can call the Minnesota Covid19 Hotline: 651-201-3920 Here is a comprehensive list of all the states and their hotline phone numbers. You can contact Stephen Letnes by email. You can find out the latest from the web site of the Center of Disease Control Check out the Corona Vi

  • Improving the Lives of Blind Americans.: Simon Bonenfant Sits Down with , John G. Paré, Jr., Executive Director, Advocacy and Policy of the NFB

    Improving the Lives of Blind Americans.: Simon Bonenfant Sits Down with , John G. Paré, Jr., Executive Director, Advocacy and Policy of the NFB

    21/03/2020 Duración: 31min

    At the Washington Seminar, members of the National Federation of the Blind took to Capitol Hill to advocate for legislative initiatives that will improve the lives of blind Americans. Simon Bonenfant from Blind Abilities attended his 8th Washington Seminar and joined hundreds of others in an effort to educate the Representatives and Senators about Blindness and to support legislation that would  improve the lives of blind Americans. John G. Paré, Jr., joins Simon in the Blind Abilities studio and talks about the agenda the NFB brought to Washington DC. Although Simon is still in High School, he is somewhat a veteran at attending the annual event and elaborate on the changes and successes that he has seen since he has been attending. Join John and Simon and learn about what you can do to help improve the lives of blind Americans. Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by e

  • FocusOnFitness: The Plank – Build Stability and Working the Core Muscles. Episode 1 of 4 in this Introductory Series.

    FocusOnFitness: The Plank – Build Stability and Working the Core Muscles. Episode 1 of 4 in this Introductory Series.

    20/03/2020 Duración: 16min

    FocusOnFitness is a new series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this introductory episode, #1 of 4, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff introduce us to the Plank. This is a full core exercise and is something you can build upon over time. Take your time and feel the entire body come together to keep that plank position steady and strong. Start with 10 seconds, drop to the knees if need be, it all counts. Check out  some more Focus on Fitness episodes and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel

  • FocusOnFitness: Squats – Build Stability and Working the Leg Muscles, Quadriceps, Hamstrings and Calves. 2 of 4 in this Introductory Series.

    FocusOnFitness: Squats – Build Stability and Working the Leg Muscles, Quadriceps, Hamstrings and Calves. 2 of 4 in this Introductory Series.

    20/03/2020 Duración: 14min

    FocusOnFitness is a new series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this introductory episode #2 of 4, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff introduce us to Squats. This is where you lower your hips from a standing position and then stand back up. Maria and Jeff want you to be safe and suggest hanging onto a stable fixture when exploring the movement of a Squat.  This is to give you an idea of the motion that a Squat consists of and to give you a sense of the group of muscles involved. Check out  some more

  • FocusOnFitness: Walking – A Good cardio and Aerobic Exercise That Helps the Large Muscles, the Heart and Lungs. Episode #3 of 4 in this FocusOnFitness Introductory Series.

    FocusOnFitness: Walking – A Good cardio and Aerobic Exercise That Helps the Large Muscles, the Heart and Lungs. Episode #3 of 4 in this FocusOnFitness Introductory Series.

    20/03/2020 Duración: 15min

    FocusOnFitness is a new series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this introductory episode #3 of 4, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff talk to  us about Walking. Whether using a guide with a tether or on the treadmill, walking is one of the best exercises available. Making a walking routine part of your weekly schedule is one of the best choices one can make when it comes to your heart, your lungs and it can really be a good time to converse and even take in a good audio book. That is, if you are on

  • FocusOnFitness: Stretching – The Windmill is a Great Core Building Exercise and a Great Way to Give that Core a Good Stretching. Episode 4 of 4 in this FocusOnFitness Series.

    FocusOnFitness: Stretching – The Windmill is a Great Core Building Exercise and a Great Way to Give that Core a Good Stretching. Episode 4 of 4 in this FocusOnFitness Series.

    19/03/2020 Duración: 11min

    FocusOnFitness is a new series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space. In this introductory episode, #4 of 4, of the Focus on Fitness series, Maria and Jeff introduce us to the Windmill. This is a full core exercise and is something you can use to get a good stretch to the legs, hips, back from a standing position or from a sitting position.  By holding your arms straight out from side to side and reaching across towards your opposite toes. Then back again and repeat on the other side. Slow and steady goes a long way wit

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