Richard Turner's Home Page
Last updated May 4, 2021
Welcome to my web site. The primary purpose of this site is to offer some help to other blind or visually impaired people. There are a few things of interest to others, I hope.
So, below you will find links to some resources, quotations, and whatever else I decide to add. I hope you find something interesting and possibly even useful.
In case you are wondering why I have 42 in the name of my web site. It isn't that there were 41 turner.coms ahead of me. My favorite number is 42, thanks to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I have a small sound sample from the BBC Radio version of the book: answer.mp3
"The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of flying.
"May the force be with you" - The Gadget Guy."
iDevices from Apple
In November of 2009, I purchased my first iPod Touch 64GB. I liked the idea of having a built-in screen reader, PDA functionality, as well as a music and audio book player. I am now using the iPhone SE 2nd Generation, also called the SE 2020, daily and loving it!
For those who are not familiar with the iDevices, the first accessible iPod Touch was the Third Generation, which came out in late 2009. They were the 32 GB and 64GB models. They have Voice Over built-in, which is the Apple Screen Reader. Most of the apps (short for applications) that come from Apple are quite accessible with Voice Over. The first iPhone with VoiceOver came out earlier that year in June, 2009, but at that time, my attitude was, who needs a cell phone?...I figured out that I did in 2014 with the iPhone 5S.
iOS Gestures and Keyboard Commands
Here are Word and a couple Excel files of the VoiceOver gestures and keyboard/braille commands, mostly from the iOS user guide. I added the common braille commands for VoiceOver on the Mac. I've included the new Voice Control commands list.
I used to teach the Apple iDevices at my job as a Rehabilitation Instructor for the Blind. I believe the Apple devices are the best accessible device going right now and I have compiled a list of apps that have been tested with VoiceOver. Below is a link to the list which I hope to keep updated fairly regularly.
I put together some information on connecting and using the AirPods Max and thought I would share it with whomever wants it in Word.AirPodsMaxConnectionAndUsage.docx
I received my Airpods Max on March 26th, 2021. I think they are great! I am also impressed with how they sound to others on phone calls. I decided to do a sample recording using Just Press Record. You can hear it below.Just Press Record Sample
I describe the "Case" for the Airpods Max in this short mp3 file.Airpods Max Case Description.mp3
Voice Dream Reader Overview
Voice Dream Reader is my favorite app for reading books and other file types. I am putting this here because Voice Dream is also one of the more powerful apps and can be a little daunting at first. My overview is just that, an overview to help someone get a handle on the layout and some basic functions. It is in a word document and can be downloaded by right clicking the link and choosing save as.VoiceDreamReaderVersion413Overbiew.docx
Bookshare is my favorite source for books in all categories. They often get books the same day the hard copy/eBook is available to sighted readers. Also, they now have a verynice selection available to people who live outside the United States.
In case you are interested in the different scanning stands available for use with OCR apps, here is a list of currently available stands: Scanning Stands
Orbit Research Information
I've combined information for purchasing the various products from Orbit Research, downloading firmware updates, and the zoom meetings into a separate page which you can access at this link: Orbit Research Information
Audio Description resources
The American council of the Blind maintains the most up-to-date list of programs with Audio Description (also known as Video Description.) Here are some direct links to some popular lists.Disney Plus titles with description Apple TV Plus shows with Audio Description Broadcast TV with Audio Description Movies in the theater or on DVD with audio Description Netflix shows with audio Description UK TV show Schedules Amazon prime audio described Movies and TV shows iTunes audio described Movies and TV shows
Other resources for Audio Description
Described Movies from Jeff
Jeff Rutkowski is someone who has provided a lot of movies and TV shows audio files for live streaming or downloading. Here is the first paragraph from his web site followed by the link.
Audio Vault is another site that is also linked from Jeff Rutkowski's page, but here is the direct link. Note, you have to sign up for a free account to download described audio files from the Audio Vault, much like the way the Blind Mice Movie Vault works, only easier.
Blind Mice Mega Mall Movie Vault
Once you have established a free account you can go directly to the Movie Vault where they have MP3 files of movie soundtracks with audio description.
Most TV's now have the ability to turn on the Audio Description channel, often it is the Secondary Audio Programing feature under the audio controls. If your TV does not have that, check with your cable company about how to access their content with audio description.
If you are an xFinity customer you can call their accessibility help desk: 855-270-0379
If you have an iPhone, go to Settings, General, Accessibility. In the section titled Media, you can enable Subtitles and Captioning. Only enable that if you want VoiceOver reading the captions. The next item is Audio Descriptions, it defaults to off, double tap to turn it on using VoiceOver. This way, things you stream with audio description should play the audio description automatically. Some services will require you to select description from the audio controls within their app.
Here are some links related to Apple products that you may find helpful:
I have put together a list of most of the UEB punctuation in more or less alphabetical order. If you right click on the following link and choose save as, you can save the .brf file to use on your braille device.UEBPunctuationAlphabetical.brf
Hadley Institute for the Blind Instructional Videos
Hadley has been adding a lot to their instructional videos. The link below will take you to their videos page where you will find videos on topics like:
Apple Related Books
A man named Michael Fier, has written a book to help someone from the very beginning with no experience with Apple devices, through to a pretty complete understanding of the iOS system and the use of VoiceOver. He has made it available in many formats on his Blog, but here is a link to an ePub version of his book that will work in Voice Dream Reader or any ePub reader, followed by a link to his blog.
The National Braille Press has a page with most, if not all of their technology books in one place. Anything by anna Dresner or Judith Dixon are worth considering in the Apple world. They also have books about Windows etc.NBP Technology Books
iPhone X Ringtone
Here are two links to the M4R file of the new iPhone X Ringtone. First, is an MP3 version so you can play it easily, then, a direct link to the M4R version, if you want to download it, you will need to right click and select Save Target As.
Go Cubs Go RingTone
In honor of the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series, I clipped out part of the Steve Goodman song, "Go Cubs Go" and saved it as a Ringtone for iOS. Right click on the zip file to save it on your computer, then unzip it and add it to iTunes: 01GOCUBSGORingTone.zip
Tones from the Galaxy S6 converted to m4r for iDevices
On the VIPhone Users List, mark Taylor posted a link to get the tones provided by The Android Soul.com site which contains the link to the original .ogg files used on the Android phones. I have converted those original files to m4r format for use on the Apple devices. But, I want to give credit to the Android Soul web site for providing these files.
Windows Related items
Jaws Voice Assistant Commands
Here is a link to get the Jaws help section in a Word document with Tables. You can bring up the context menu and save it as a document, or just open it and save it:P>Jaws Voice Assistant.docx
I put the Jaws Laptop Keystrokes into an Excel file as I personally find this a more accessible format than in the Jaws help topic.
Narrator Keyboard Commands
Here is a link to a Word .docx file of the Narrator Keyboard Commands, Touch Gestures and Scan Mode.
Chrom Browser Tutorial for Jaws by David Moore
Here is a word document formatted with headings of David Moore's excellent tutorial on using the Chrome Browser with Jaws.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10
Here is a Word Document that uses Tables and Headings for the extensive list of keyboard shortcuts from the Microsoft support page.
Windows 10 Calculator keyboard commands
I put a list of commands that was shared on the Jaws users list into a word file in a table and in an Excel spreadsheet. Both are in this zip file: Win10CalculatorKeyboardCommands.zip
Wordweb is a dictionary that you can have running in the background to make it easy to look up definitions, synonyms, etc., from just about anywhere on your computer. It is very screen reader friendly. Check it out at: www.wordweb.info
Below will be a link to some of my favorite games, but before that, in memory of Jim Kitchen, I converted many of the commercials he used in his games to ringtone files for anyone who might want them. They are mostly from the Baseball game, my personal favorite.
Accessible games Here you can read about some of my favorite accessible games.
Quotations Here you can read some of my favorite quotations.
Tom Lehrer recorded a hit novelty song in the 50-s and again in the 60's which he called, "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park." Someone programmed the DeckTalk speech synthesizer to sing it.
Before you listen to DeckTalk, if you have not heard the original, here is a YouTube link to a performance by tom Lehrer from 1998.
I received a variation on the old Abbott and Costello "who's on first" routine a few years ago. I decided to produce it with different speech synthesizers using Window-Eyes and GoldWave. The link below will play the mp3 file. Enjoy.
I recently learned that the OPTACON has an active users' list, places to repair them, and a movement to get a new OPTACON type machine created. If you are interested, here is some information.
OPTACON Repair in the U.S.
OPTACON USERS' LIST
To subscribe to the OPTACON users' list, send an e-mail with the word subscribe in the subject to:
Bible Study Resources
A few years ago, I discovered a Ministry that is providing a vast array of Bible Translations, study materials and reading materials for free to print disabled people. It is called Optasia Ministry. Here is a partial quote from his web site:
Optasia Ministry web site
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