Friday, June 20, 2014

Need Help Using your iPhone? Hadley School is Here to Help!

We recently discovered a fantastic resource from Hadley School for the Blind. On their Youtube page they have a long list (22!) of videos covering how to use the iPhone, from texting and emailing to setting alarms and making calls and everything in between. These videos are presented in a concise and easy to understand way, and there's plenty to learn whether you are a beginner or an expert!


Follow the link below to go to a list of all the available videos.


Click here to go to the list of videos!

New Tom's Corners!

Here are some of the latest Tom's Corner episodes covering everything you need to know if the world of blindness and low vision technology!
Follow the links below to open up the episode of your choice in a new browser window, then press Spacebar to play!


May 10th Episode


May 24th Episode


May 31st Episode



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Peter Tucic demonstrates the new, fully accessible, ODIN VI mobile phone!

The ODIN VI mobile phone is here, and looking great! This phone is the first phone to be built from the ground up to be accessible to the blind and visually impaired, featuring full voicing and large, high contrast print.



The ODIN VI has been designed to be easy to use and features text messaging, a contacts list, multiple languages, male and female voices, programmable emergency numbers and more! Check out our video below to see for yourself what the ODIN VI can do!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Send More Than Just a Card

With the success of the InBraille Valentine's Day cards, the Chicago Lighthouse is proud to launch an all-occasion pack of braille cards. These cards, specifically designed for the Lighthouse by artist Alisa Singer, feature cards reading the following: (starting at top left) thinking of you, happy birthday, thank you, congrats and sympathy.

Integrated into the art are the actual braille readings of the message inside. Send more than just a card, send a card that gives back. All InBraille cards are packaged by Lighthouse employees who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise disabled.

Click here to purchase your pack today!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Facebook Shortcut Keys

Here is something that most of you probably are not aware of.  There are shortcuts built into Facebook that lets you get to different places quite quickly.  The shortcuts depend on what browsers you are using.  If you are using Internet Explorer you would hit "Alt" and a number then press "Enter".  For Firefox on a PC, you would hit "Alt" and "Shift" and the number. For Chrome on a PC, you would only "Alt" and the number.  for any web browser on the Mac, you would press "Control" and "Option" and the number.

The numbers correlate to a specific part of Facebook.

0 = Help
1 = Home
2 = Timeline
3 = Friends
4 = Inbox
5 = Notifications
6 = Settings
7 = Activity Log
8 = About
9 = Terms

Go ahead and try them.

Cheap handheld electronic CCTV

If you are in need of a handheld electronic magnifier but are finding money a little tight this may be just the thing for you. We have an ex-demonstrator Optelec Traveller, a great portable CCTV with full color and enhanced color modes, continuous magnification and a tiltable screen which can be adjusted to the perfect angle for you. This portable can run on the battery for around 2 hours or be powered with the included power adapter. It even comes with a case! And the best thing - it is only $199 (previously $1449)!

Call Luke at 312-997-3649 for more information.