[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi folks. I'm back with some more questions regarding ADA paratransit. First off, does anyone happen to know if the powers-that-be keep records of any kind regarding disabilities of paratransit riders in a given locale? This question may seem on the surface to be a bit confidential, but here's why I'm asking. Several weeks ago I was told that my requests for door-to-door assistance are not that common. I took that to mean nobody or hardly anyone in my area needs the drivers to actually get out of their vehicles and assist people to said vehicles, provided passengers aren't standing outside specifically waiting for their ride. A few weeks ago when I booked a round trip, I didn't let the reservationist know that I needed door-to-door assistance until she was about to give me the estimated pick-up time, and she informed me that she was going to have to reschedule my trip. Just for needing door-to-door assistance but not specifying that at the correct time. On a related note, do any of you paratransit riders have the option of scheduling online and creating a profile? This would be so much easier. I'd rather not have to specify my exact needs every single time. I used to not mind doing this, but now I'd really prefer not to repeat myself if at all possible. I'm wondering if this may somehow be confusing the dispatchers? A lot of the paratransit vehicles here nowadays seem to be hybrids, which inandof itself is not a problem with me. However, I have difficulty hearing these hybrids with all the other traffic. This can present quite the dilemma when one only has light perception. Update: The local bus company rolled out an online portal about a year ago. The good news is that it is accessible at least with the 2 screen readers I'm currently using. But the bad news--or perhaps somewhat bad--is that it is not currently possible to book trips online. I read that trips can be cancelled online, but I haven't found a way to do that yet.
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everybody. Subject line pretty much sums it up. I'm wondering if anyone could test out the following website for accessibility: http://www.afb.org . I realize that this is probably a loaded request, especially given that accessibility means different things to different people. However, I've been having some issues with some parts of the website and am wondering if other people also experience these issues. I have been trying to purchase a free course from the AFB eLearning Center with no luck. It seems that this site is logging me out constantly, unless I tick the box that says "Remember My Username and Password." Even then, I am sometimes automatically logged out. Please see a prior entry of mine in this comm. I realize this is probably a security measure to protect against spammers and so forth, but the frequency with which it happens seems to be much greater than on other sites. The other issue I'm having is with the online store. It seems that, with VoiceOver at least, the navigation is somewhat off. It wraps around in a loop, but just a few days ago I was able to read a bit of information that was not accessible to me before. For the most part this website with its accompanying portals seems to work pretty well with VoiceOver and the latest version of Chromevox Classic, but I've not had good luck contacting the admins. Thanks in advance for anybody's assistance with this.
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everyone. Subject line pretty much sums it up. Has anyone ever used or heard of Capti Narrator? I've been trying to get somewhere with this but no dice. http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/capti-voice-narrator .

The app website seems to indicate that it can be used on the Mac platform and Windows too, but for whatever reason this directory entry is only for the iOS version. I think there's a discrepancy here somewhere. You'd think that, if the developer of this app was active he would still be there, especially given that this directory entry has been updated. In addition, as indicated in one of my replies on AppleVis there was recently an update to this app which I installed on my system. The app description is very convincing, and it seems to me that at least some other AppleVis users have this app and are really enjoying it. I'm also going to post this elsewhere on Dreamwidth and see what happens. My apologies in advance for the lack of clarity, but I need to access some stuff that isn't working for whatever reason just with native Mac software.
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Good morning/afternoon/evening all! I came across the following post just yesterday on another website and I'm wondering what y'all think? I don't know about anyone else here, but to me what this guy is proposing needs to be given some more thought. Judging from past works of his I believe he is a hard-core member of the National Federation of the Blind, which split with the American Council of the Blind back in the early 1960's. If memory serves, the ACB's historical account of the split into 2 separate organizations is still available from their website http://www.acb.org . I actually read that book several years ago in audio format, and it presented some truly harsh facts about the situation. I'm pasting a link to the forum topic. http://applevis.com/forum/accessibility-advocacy/proposal-applevis-accessibility-advocacy-assistant .

For whatever reason I can't get a shortened URL to this, so if it doesn't work just try copying and pasting. I've been strongly convinced for years that this type of thinking is exactly what is hindering a lot of our nation's disability advocacy.
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hello everyone. I thought I'd post about a great experience I just had a few minutes ago with a representative of Christian Record Services for the Blind. This is a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have representatives in several parts of the country, and the one with whom I spoke is in Wisconsin. I had left him a voicemail awhile back concerning a problem I was having with their online registration form to use the lending library. He just called me back after being on vacation, and patiently registered me. I am now going to start receiving materials from them again, including some digital material that I can listen to on my digital talking book machine. I attended 2 of their summer camps several years ago and had a lot of fun at both. We remembered each other from camp. So three cheers for Christian Record Services for the Blind! But please, please fix the registration form on the page for your lending library! The actual form itself was very easy to navigate using VoiceOver, but I think you should check out the "submit" button. When I clicked it I was merely taken back home with no confirmation of my form submission. Not only that, but I never received an email confirmation either.
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everyone. I've been a member of this comm for a couple days and have just been skimming through the entries. However, today I thought I'd post a question. I've been in a rather difficult situation, and I'm wondering if anybody else has experienced being told that they can't have any formal O&M training unless they have a full-time paying job. I think at least some people know what O&M is, but for those who don't it stands for orientation&mobility. Please allow me to explain a bit. It has been several years since I've had a formal O&M evaluation, or any high-quality O&M instruction. In the summer of 2004 I moved out of my parents' house and into an apartment building which is part of an LLC, a limited liability corporation. Since then people have taken me out on walks and briefly shown me around the area. Everybody here is extremely friendly and helpful. I was told rather curtly several years ago by a job coach, that none of these people should be showing me this stuff, unless they are certified O&M instructors. This so-called job coach further told me that any non-qualified O&M person would get in "serious" trouble if they showed me around. The thing is though, I haven't been able to convince my state voc/rehab agency that I'm important enough or that this situation is important enough to merit any formal O&M instruction. A few years ago I attended part of a conference with someone else, and we went up to the Client Assistance Program representatives in attendance and I explained my dilemma. They opened up a case for me, and finally an O&M specialist was sent out here to work with me. But we only worked together for a few short lessons, and then she abruptly stopped coming. What she did do though, was ask me what one thing I needed to work on. My response was street crossings. I specifically remember her telling me that aside from advocating like crazy hell for accessible traffic signals in this area, the only other solution to crossing the street independently was a card that basically said: "I'm blind, please help me cross the street." I think I still have this card tucked away in one of my drawers. So she and I practiced a bit with the card. In fact I remember surprising my former roommate, who at the time lived in a building near mine. He was legally blind, and unfortunately he passed away at the beginning of last year. But the building he lived in has a Starbucks in it. So anyway, this instructor and I actually paged him one morning when we had just gotten to his building. He came down in his underwear. I guess he thought the instructor was visually impaired too, which she wasn't. So that was funny. Btw, she never even showed me the way up to his unit, or to the Starbucks. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I happen to be a fan of the other things that Starbucks serves. So my question is what to do here. Should I lodge another formal complaint with the Client Assistance Program, or what? I'd definitely classify this as a means of accessibility fail. Rant over!
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Mafiaoza’s is Icky, and it’s Not the Pizza

Update, 2013-05-12 11:24am UTC: The owner claims they weren't in town that night. So either the owner is lying, or the cops' statements were incorrect. I can't say which it is, or whether (if the latter) the cops were lying or mistaken.
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Thing I am not: a Walmart employee.

Thing I should therefore have to do only when I have just finished moving my shit from my cart to my car, and not under any other circumstance: push carts around a Walmart parking lot.

Thing I did tonight anyway: push carts around a Walmart parking lot.

I don't know about the handicapped spaces at the left end of the building; the doors at that end aren't open at half past midnight. But every single handicapped space near the doors that are open at half past midnight contained either a car or at least one cart.

There were ten carts taking up handicapped spaces. Ten of them. And not one single fucking unoccupied handicapped space anywhere near the open fucking doors.

(I have just left an angry but polite complaint on walmart.com. Customer service desk isn't open at half past midnight either, or I'd have done it in person.)
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I thought people here might get a kick out of how Nigel (the white male judge with an English accent) "talks to" the auditioner. (Bonus points for "so inspiring! So brave!")

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Picture of panel inside train bathroom indicating whether door is locked, using lit symbols of locked and unlocked padlocks, about 1.5x1.5in. Print and braille text reading "door locked/unlocked when lit" point at the correct lights.

Bathroom in train from Stratford to London. Can you tell what's missing?
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So I am wishful of obtaining a second Gmail account, since my mail email is used for communicating with family, and for a myriad of reasons, I am forced to be permanently invisible on chat, and that makes me sad. Also, I'd like an email address that doesn't use my legal name in the handle for my internet stuff. So, I go to the sign-up page and try my usual options (mathsnerd, mathsie), only to find that they're both taken. Okay, no problem. I start trying logical workarounds to see which ones are available.

Oh, wait, what's that, Google? After trying more than three names, I have to go through CAPTCHA to prove I'm a real person? Okay, that's kind of soon, but whatever. Gee, you sure scrunch those letters together and make them all wavy so that I have a real hard time figuring out what the hell you want me to enter...

Huh, okay, I've tried eight times, Google, and I can't seem to read it well enough that you're satisfied that I'm a real person. And while you offer a "read-aloud" accessibility option for the CAPTCHA down below for submitting the form (which, incidentally, doesn't work in Chrome, yeah, you know, YOUR BROWSER!), for the CAPTCHA to keep trying different handles you conveniently don't offer any alternate options.

So, in conclusion, FUCK YOU, GOOGLE, AND FUCK YOUR UTTER LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY ON THIS PAGE. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Right now you're not living up to your usual standards. And I'm seriously wondering why I bother with Gmail accounts.

No love and a fuck-load of frustration,
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The photo is of a toilet that looks fairly accessible at first glance: By which I mean there are several colour-contrasted handrails visible. Then you notice the toilet roll dispenser several feet higher. Where the toilet roll holder should be is a hand dryer. I did wonder if I was supposed to blow dry my ladybits.

I had to stand up to reach the toilet paper (and that was a struggle, but then when standing I'm still only 4'10") and, of course, a lot of wheelchair users can't stand up.


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