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Travelling as A Blind Uber Rider in Canada

For those who have been unsure about trying out Uber or how well it works. I want to assure you that it is a fantastic service. As a blind person, I don’t drive and therefore only have public transit, taxis and the good will of others as transport options. It is great to have other choices. Signing up was straight forward and like any other app. There is an Uber app for both iOS and Android. Both are accessible if not intuitive.

I have used Uber a dozen or so times this year. I can’t speak to guide dog access but I have had extremely excellent service every time.

There are 3 categories of Uber in Ottawa - , the city I live in:

  1. Uber X = standard Uber
  2. Uber XL = van

AEBC Ottawa Chapter meeting with City of Ottawa on transportation issues

On Dec 7 2015, the Ottawa Chapter of the AEBC hosted a very informative and successful first meeting with the city. 3 Representatives of the city (Tom, Randy, and Phil), joined a group of approximately 20 community members along with the Chapter Board to review and explore topics of mutual interest. Unfortunately, representation was not present from the Light Rail Transport (LRT) or customer Service areas and it is hoped this will be rectified in the summer 2016 meeting.

Discussions included bus announcements, universal design, the current LRT construction, installation of pulsing and audible lights, roundabouts, and the increased presence of bike lanes within the CITY.

Empire Theatre Kanata 1st Theatre in Ottawa to offer Described Video (DV) Capability For Blind Patrons In All Rooms In The Movie Theatre!

When Empire Theatre took over the 24 Cinema AMC facilities in Kanata, the whole theatre got a huge upgrade. The equipment is brand new and man does it shine. The level of accessibility for people with disabilities of the theatre offerings is truly impressive. I had the opportunity to give this system a run through this month and it is fantastic.

The quest for a high contrasting black mobile phone experience for low vision users

I am a perfect example of someone who needs a high contrasting color scheme to be able to effectively use an interface.

Google Now Great for providing access to your surroundings

Google released a new feature called "Google Now" in their latest version of the Android OS called Jelly Bean.    

Overriding Font & Colors For Incoming & Outgoing Messages In Outlook 2010 For Low Vision Users

I was at a retreat last week and a question came up from one of the low vision participants that seems to come up extremely regularly.  The question usually sounds something like this: "I want to see emails in outlook in my color (i.e high contrast black) or I want my emails to be in my choice of font and font size, but I don't want recipients to get emails with a honking huge font size specification embedded in the messages I send."  The solution for this does not appear to be well documented or well known.  So here is how it's done, why it's done and the keyboard keystrokes necessary for you to go off and change outlook to adopt any font settings you want and to have messages respect the color choices you have made in windows own appearance & color setting

A Blind Trek Through Android - Part 1: Unwrapping the Ice cream sandwich (Getting Started)

There are a lot of conflicting opinions about the relative accessibility or inaccessibility to blind consumers of the Android platform from Google. 

I have been involved in the testing, development and evaluation of accessible mobile devices for well over 10 years.  I have used some of the very early proprietary devices, the phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Symbian, the blackberry OS, Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

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