iPhone introductory sessions are cropping up all over the country, and why not? Many blind and partially sighted people are joining the iDevice train and either have already acquired an iDevice of some kind or are considering purchasing one. to learn more about how people are using the device and some really cool apps, check out Martin Courcelles posts on the subject at www.cnib.ca/blog.
I have had an iPhone now for just over a month and it rarely leaves my hand. Well, yes, I do sleep now and then. <smile>
The biggest impact it has had for me is the ability to see spatial relationships. When using a traditional screen reader, all of the information content is read aloud, but you may have no idea where it is located onscreen. With the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, you are able to determine where your apps are located in relation to one another, drag and drop apps on the screen of the device and create folders. For a person who is always trying to find a better way of organizing things as I do, this is great fun!
For instance, I ride the Toronto transit daily and want to check the schedule of 3 possible routes to determine which one I'll choose to go home. I have created a TTC folder on my home screen and placed the web clips of the schedules I need in there. I simply double tap the routes and I'm off and running. But enough from me. Let's get to the St. John's info.
For those of you who are in the St. John's area and are considering acquiring an iPhone, this is a good overview.
Yes, Newfoundland is a great place to visit at this time of year and I wish I was going.
CNIB is offering a free demonstration of the accessible features of the iPhone 4 for individuals who are blind or partially sighted, their families, and the public.
This session will provide an overview of the zoom and voiceover features including making calls, text messages, iBooks and many other features the iPhone 4 has to offer.
The demo will take place at the CNIB Centre, 70 The Boulevard on Tuesday, May 31st from 7 to 9 p.m.
For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Jason Rose at
709-754-1180, ext. 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CNIB Communications (Atlantic)
Office: 902-453-1480, ext. 250