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Podcast With A Blindness Perspective.

Mar 27, 2020

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Maria Ceferatti joins Jeff in the Blind Abilities Virtual Studio via Zoom Cloud Meetings, Maria using her iPhone with the Zoom App and Jeff back at the Blind Abilities Studio on his Mac with the Zoom Pro Account up and running. Jeff uses the Zoom recording feature as a backup just in case something goes wrong with his main recording.

Check out the link below if you are interested in the Free guide to Zoom called, “Meet Me Accessibly” from Jonathan Mosen.

Maria talks about the dynamics and challenges her family are adjusting to since she started working from home and her son Simon started schooling from home as well.

From keeping on schedule, working through accessing math papers, to using this time to enhance Life Skills and work on sharpening some skills that will pay off when Simon heads to college and the dorm life, it seems like they got it worked out pretty good.

Join Maria and Jeff as we learn how with the Grace of God and some patience, everything is going to be all right. Now if we can only get that lag time out of the internet so the String Ensembles can stay in rhythm. 

Here are some links to the resources mentioned in the podcast:

Accessible COVID-19 statistics tracker

National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI) 

The National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI) is a free service for K-12 and college students in the United States who are experiencing school closures due to COVID-19.

Areas of hotline help include, but are not limited to: 

  • JAWS
  • Voice Over for macOS and iOS devices 
  • Nemeth and literary braille
  • Cranmer abacus
  • Refreshable braille displays 
  • Core Curriculum Subjects (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies) 

Who: NHH-BVI responders are experienced TVIs, tutors, blind mentors, STEM professionals,  and college students 

How: Support requests are submitted by email or phone. Volunteer responders provide call backs from M-Fri 12pm-8pm EST. Most requests receive a response within 24 hours.

To request support, email or call 732-835-6672

Include the following information: 

  • student’s first name and grade in school
  • specific description of the help that is needed
  • telephone number for hotline responder to call 


Envision is the fastest, most reliable and up-to-date app that verbally translates the visual world into spoken words, helping blind and visually impaired people to lead more independent lives.

Using the iPhone camera, smart artificial intelligence and OCR, Envision is designed and tested with input and support from the visually impaired community. The app is simple, it Gets Things Done and brings the best assistive experience to blind and low vision users. With full VoiceOver support. 


Complete multiple tasks with one app. From OCR, Scene detection, Currency Reader, Color and Light detection, the Free SeeingAI app is quite the tool kit all in one app.

Free Offer – College Students in Need of Aira

We know that many universities and colleges are rapidly shifting to distance learning. We’ve heard that some materials and software being used are inaccessible so we will be offering free Aira for any college student for the remainder of the spring semester ending in May 2020. If you know of a student who could benefit from Aira for their distance learning, please email

Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

Free audiobook, “Meet Me Accessibly – A Guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a Blindness Perspective”

Check out the Blind Abilities Community on Facebook.


Check out the Assistive Technology Community for the Blind and Visually Impaired Group on Facebook.

Find out more about getting JAWS, Zoom Text or Fusion for FREE.

Contact Your State Services

If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
To find your State Services in your State you can go to and search the directory for your agency.


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