Next Meeting March 31, 2012

The Elders held a secret meeting and they decided to have the next NUT meeting on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 10:00 to 11:30 am.
This will free up the first Saturday in April for those who wish to celebrate the chocolate bunny weekend. Hy-Vee
5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311
We will be meeting in the kitchen again. We will try to get the big round table again,
so if you have someone helping you back to the kitchen, tell them to look for the nuts at the big round table.
Bring your questions, bring that tech toy, bring a friend.



NVDA 2012.1 is now available for download. #fb

You can also get to their site at:

What’s New in NVDA
Highlights of this release include features for more fluent reading of braille; indication
of document formatting in braille; access to much more formatting information and improved performance in Microsoft Word; and support for the iTunes Store. New Features
NVDA can announce the number of leading tabs and spaces of the current line in the
order that they are entered. This can be enabled by selecting report line indentation in the document formatting dialogue. (
NVDA can now detect key presses generated from alternative keyboard input emulation such as on-screen keyboards and speech recognition software. NVDA can now detect colors in Windows command consoles.
Bold, italic and underline are now indicated in braille using signs appropriate to the configured translation table. (
Much more information is now reported in Microsoft Word documents, including:
Inline information such as footnote and endnote numbers, heading levels, the existance of comments, table nesting levels, links, and text color;
Reporting when entering document sections such as the comments story, footnotes and endnotes stories, and header and footer stories.
Braille now indicates selected text using dots 7 and 8. (
Braille now reports information about controls within documents such as links, buttons and headings. (
Support for the hedo ProfiLine and MobilLine USB braille displays. ( #1863
NVDA now avoids splitting words in braille when possible by default. This can be disabled in the Braille Settings dialog. (
It is now possible to have braille displayed by paragraphs instead of lines, which may allow for more fluent reading of large amounts of text. This is configurable using the Read by paragraphs option in the Braille Settings dialog. ( #1891
In browse mode, you can activate the object under the cursor using a braille display.
This is done by pressing the cursor routing key where the cursor is located (which means pressing it twice if the cursor is not already there). ( #1893
Basic support for web areas in iTunes such as the Store. Other applications using WebKit 1 may also be supported. (
In books in Adobe Digital Editions 1.8.1 and later, pages are now turned automatically when using say all. (
New braille translation tables: Portuguese grade 2, Icelandic 8 dot computer braille, Tamil grade 1, Spanish 8 dot computer braille, Farsi grade 1. ( #2014
You can now configure whether frames in documents are reported from the Document Formatting preferences dialog. (
Sleep mode is automatically enabled when using OpenBook. (
In Poedit, translators can now read translator added and automatically extracted
comments. Messages that are untranslated or fuzzy are marked with a star and a beep is heard when you navigate onto them. (
Support for the HumanWare Brailliant BI and B series displays. ( #1990
New languages: Norwegian Bokmål, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong). Changes
Commands to describe the current character or to spell the current word or line now
will spell in the appropriate language according to the text, if auto language switching is turned on and the appropriate language information is available. Updated eSpeak speech synthesizer to 1.46.02.
NVDA will now truncate extremely long (30 characters or greater) names guessed from
graphic and link URLs as they are most likely garbage that gets in the way of reading. (
Some information displayed in braille has been abbreviated. ( #1955
When the caret or review cursor moves, braille is now scrolled in the same way as
when it is manually scrolled. This makes it more appropriate when braille is configured to read by paragraphs and/or avoid splitting words. (
Updated to new Spanish grade 1 braille translation table.
Updated liblouis braille translator to 2.4.1.

Reminder – Change your weather radio batteries

Since we had our annual tornado drill today I am reminding everyone to change the batteries in your weather radio.
In the same style of changing the battery in your smoke detector when the time changes, change the batteries in your weather radio at least each year when we have a state wide tornado drill.

Also since many people have a smart phone of some sort, IPhone or Android, a great app available for both platforms is Tune In Radio. You can get your local weather radio on your phone that way along with a local radio station that provides storm coverage. Once such station in Kansas City is KMBZ which broadcasts on both 98.1 FM and 980 AM.

One of the great things about Tune In Radio is you can create a free account on their web site, add these and other stations to your presets and have those available wherever you want to listen. Your presets will follow you around wherever you want to login to Tune In Radio.
For example, I added the KC Weather Radio and KMBZ to my presets on the web site. I installed the Tune In Radio app on my Android based phone and logged into the same account via the app. I have those presets available to me when I go to the web site and when I launch the app.

Its just another way of using modern technology to help keep you safe.

Here is a link to their mobile page

Sprint Launches Code Factory Mobile Accessibility Application for Free to Android Users Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Sprint Launches Code Factory Mobile Accessibility Application for Free to Android Users Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
Free app is now available, making Android smartphones more accessible for postpaid and no-contract Sprint customers
SAN DIEGO (BUSINESS WIRE), February 29, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today at the 27th annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference, hosted by California State University Northridge (CSUN), that it has officially launched a free downloadable application providing easier access to an Android smartphone’s functionality for customers who are blind or have low vision.
Developed by Code Factory, the full suite of Mobile Accessibility features is being offered by Sprint under the name “Wireless Accessibility,” at no charge through the Android Market to Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile USA customers.
Mobile Accessibility has been specifically designed by Code Factory for people who are blind or visually impaired and for elderly individuals or those who cannot read print on smartphones because of physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive or learning disabilities. The application features a simplified user interface and textual information that is spoken aloud using voice synthesis to aid navigation of the device.
This Code Factory application typically costs $99 on Android Market, but it is now available for free for postpaid Sprint customers with Android 2.1+ smartphones activated on a monthly service plan that includes data, such as the Everything Data plan starting at $79.99. The app also is free for no-contract customers with Android 2.1+ smartphones on Virgin Mobile USA’s Beyond Talk or Boost Mobile’s Monthly or Daily Unlimited plans.
“Having the ability to gain greater access to information on smartphones through the use of a free suite of applications is a very positive development in the blind community’s quest for more affordable choices,” said Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind (ACB). “The American Council of the Blind commends Sprint for its willingness to take another positive step toward full product accessibility.”
The application is available in both English and Spanish. As of today, customers on Sprint, Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile USA can download the app from Android Market under the name “Wireless Accessibility EN” for English and “Wireless Accessibility ES” for Spanish.
“Sprint is proud to offer Wireless Accessibility free of charge to help our customers with disabilities take advantage of the full functionality of their smartphones,” said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “Sprint works hard to meet the needs of all its customers, and the Wireless Accessibility app will help people who are blind or have difficulty reading on smartphones get the most out of their device.”
“By subsidizing our product for their customers, Sprint is helping us provide accessibility features to a wider audience of smartphone users who need these tools,” said Eduard Sanchez, Code Factory CEO. “Code Factory is proud to be working with Sprint to provide solutions for customers who are blind or visually impaired.” Features of Wireless Accessibility:
•Touch navigation: Users can simply move their finger around the screen and the voice synthesis will read the text located under their finger. They can swipe up/down/right/left and tap on the screen to navigate through the interface, and they can enable sound and vibration feedback.
•Easy to input text: In or outside the Mobile Accessibility suite users can use the touch QWERTY keyboard or speech recognition to write text quickly and easily – making it possible to write an SMS or email using their voice only. •Voice synthesis: Provides customers natural sounding voice read back. Wireless Accessibility functionality:
•Phone: Make calls, answer calls, hear the caller ID and manage their call log.
•Contacts: App tells user how many contacts they have and speaks the contact’s name they selected.
•SMS: Virtual keyboard is larger and fills the entire screen. When the user clicks a letter on the keyboard, the app reads the letter to them. This makes it easier for them to compose emails or SMS messages. It also reads SMS messages to the user. •Alarms: Set their alarms.
•Web: Full Web browser experience; also reads text from Web page to the user.
•Calendar: Create, edit and delete a calendar entry. View all events per day, week or month. •Email: Full access to Gmail accounts; reads emails to the user.
•Where am I?: GPS application that gives the user an update about their current location.
•Access to basic phone functions, such as date and time or missed calls. User can click on the function and it speaks to them.