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Hosted by Alexandre Bellemare and Olivier D'Anjou, this podcast offers tips and tricks in the daily use of assistive technologies for the blind and low vision users. Many different topics are covered in this podcast. You'll learn about Braille displays, screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, TalkBack), OCR technologies, recent technology innovations, and much more.
 
The official podcast of Freedom Scientific, leaders in assistive technology for blind people and those with low vision. Hosted by John and Larry Gasman, FSCast features news, interviews, and product demonstrations relating to Freedom Scientific products such as JAWS and ZoomText. FSCast is a great way to make the most of the products you have as well as learning about what's new and what's around the corner.
 
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In this podcast published on September 23, 2020, Alexandre explains how to change the ringtone, sounds and vibrations on iOS when you receive calls or notifications. In addition to changing the default alert sounds and vibrations, you will learn how to assign a custom ringtone and how to change the sound heard when receiving an SMS for a specific c…
 
On FSCast 189, the 2021 versions of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion are just around the corner. We’ll demonstrate the new Voice Assistant, OCR directly to Word, improvements to Picture Smart on the web, and the new streamlined way of reading messages in Outlook. Plus, David Kingsbury is back to talk about his new book: “When One Web Browser Is Not Enoug…
 
On FSCast 187 we’ll get to know Dan Clark who’s been the voice of JAWS training for the past twenty years. We’ll also meet Laura Wolk who just completed a year clerking for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with JAWS by her side.By Glen Gordon, Dan Clark, Laura Wolk
 
In this podcast published on August 21, 2020, Alexandre provides you with some tips on managing emails with Outlook. See how to sort and organize your emails, change the layout to make it more user-friendly, how to make the CCI field appear, choose which folder Outlook starts in, quickly search in your emails and, finally, you will learn a very sim…
 
In this podcast published on July 24, 2020, Alexandre teaches you, using JAWS, how to navigate through dialogs used to open or save a file. These dialogs are used very often in Windows; however, many users are having a hard time when trying to use them or to navigate across options in there. You will learn how to navigate in these dialog boxes, how…
 
On FSCast 186, we meet blindness consultant and TV producer Joe Strechay who helps ensure that blind people are accurately portrayed in media. There’s news about the new Freedom Scientific training podcast, and Jonathan Mosen drops in with a demo of the new JAWS feature to prevent speech cut off when using certain audio devices.…
 
Based in Boston Massachusetts since 1927, National Braille Press is a global leader in producing high quality, affordable braille materials and developing innovative technologies advancing braille literacy for blind and visually impaired children and adults everywhere. In addition to its first class braille transcription facility, producing everyth…
 
On FSCast 185, we meet Dave Leo Baker who spent over twenty years in the JAWS scripting department before setting off on his own to pursue a musical career. Jim Snowbarger talks about why Reaper software and his JAWS scripts are a powerful combination for doing any sort of audio production. Plus, Eric Damery with news about what’s in the June produ…
 
In this podcast publish on June 8, 2020, Alexandre shows you how it is possible to install or update most of your preferred apps at once. This can be achieved with the website ninite.com. Ninite is fully accessible and supports a lot of great apps like NVDA which is a free screen reader. Being able to install multiple applications at once can be us…
 
On the May 2020 FSOpenLine, a preview of June product updates that bring a new Braille and Text Viewer, plus a JAWS feature that prevents chopping off the beginning of words when using some laptops and Bluetooth headphones. Of course, we also take your calls on a variety of topics including scripts for YouTube and Wireshark from Doug Lee, and a new…
 
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia’s largest non-government provider of services supporting thousands of adults, children and their families with hearing loss or vision impairment. Established by an Act of Parliament in Australia in 1860, it now operates via a number of Centres, promoting the rights of all persons …
 
In this podcast published on May 15th, 2020, you will learn more about the new virtual Braille keyboard that has recently become available to users of the TalkBack screen reader on Android. This new keyboard is comparable to the Braille screen input available since many years on iOS. You will see how to make the first setup of this keyboard, we wil…
 
On FSCast 183, we’re joined by Ed Summers, director of accessibility at SAS, to get a stereo demo of the SAS Graphics accelerator, and to learn about accessible SAS tools for doing statistics. He’ll also direct us to some of his blog posts about how he trained himself to listen to synthesized speech at close to 600 words per minute.…
 
James Bowden is the Braille Technical Officer at RNIB, whose hard copy braille library is currently out of action due to COVID-19. We asked him what alternatives might be available. RNIB Services RNIB Reading Services RNIB Newsagent RNIB Online Shop Libraries Project Gutenberg The National Accessible Library from Seeing Ear Software Send to Braille…
 
In this podcast recorded during the holydays 2019 and published on May 1st 2020, Alexandre and Olivier tell you funny stories about their devices. The goal of this podcast was to change a bit of what we’re used to do and to have some fun sharing our experiences with our listeners. You will learn how our devices survived or not to different type of …
 
In this podcast published April 17th, 2020, see how to retrieve free licenses of JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion software provided by Vispero for the Covid-19. These licenses will be valid until June 30th and you can use them if you’re working at home, for school or if you simply want to do some tests. See also how looks like the new Freedom Scientific’s …
 
In this short podcast published on April 3, 2020, Alexandre is with you to explain how you can free up space on your hard drive using an easy-to-use utility: Windows Disk Cleanup. With this utility, see if unnecessary files can be trashed from your hard drive such as old files belonging to the system, files generated during the upgrade of your PC, …
 
For many in the blind community, Dean Martineau will be a household name. Prolific in the technology sphere, he’s perhaps best known for his Top Tech Tidbits newsletter, which has been published every Thursday for over ten years. In the past, he was also the voice behind the Sound Computing audio magazine, and delivered bespoke technology training …
 
On FSCast 182, we focus on coping with COVID-19. NFB president Mark Riccobono, and ACB president Dan Spoone discuss what these advocacy organizations are doing to help. Richard Tapping talks about product offers for students and employees now at home, and Rachel Buchanan lets us know about special training opportunities.…
 
In this podcast published on March 23, 2020, learn more about the Chromecast, a small device from Google that allows you to stream the content of your choice to your TV from your phone, tablet or computer. Alexandre will be with you to give you some advice on accessibility, teach you the different steps to configure the device, what you can stream …
 
This episode features the last of the content that we recorded at the recent Sight Village South East exhibition. Namely, a seminar from the Braillists Foundation entitled “Making the Case for Braille in the 21st Century”, the notes from which are included below. We also present a comprehensive demonstration of the Braille Screen Input feature on i…
 
Brian joins John and Larry Gassman to discuss his 25 year career as an assistive technology trainer, the things that motivate him to extend JAWS functionality, and what's new in the products he offers. Plus, a JAWS Power Tip from Michael Fulton.By John Gassman, Larry Gassman, Brian Hartgen
 
In this podcast published November 29, 2019, Alexandre will be with you to show you how easy it is to change a mispronounced word on iOS by using the pronunciation dictionary integrated in VoiceOver. You’ll see how to change the pronunciation by using a different spelling for the word that cause problem or by recording the right pronunciation. You’…
 
In this podcast published November 21, 2019, Alexandre talks about the application Clew. This mobile application available on iOS, can guide you when walking indoor. Indications are based on a route that must be first registered in the system. The application uses Apple ARKit (Augmented Reality) technology to explore what’s around you and provide y…
 
Have you thought about what you can do with a smart watch? A smart watch is a great complement to your smart phone, but it can also provides data on your health and do more. In this podcast published November 6th, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier will be with you to introduce you to the Apple Watch. You’ll learn more about what it can do and how accessi…
 
In this podcast published October 29, 2019, Olivier will be with you to give you tips and tricks on how to use Windows Defender antivirus integrated into Windows. Using Windows Narrator on Windows 10, you’ll learn how to navigate in the Windows Defender interface, how to scan your computer against threat, different types of scan available and how t…
 
Eric Damery is back to get you prepared for the upcoming product releases, Debee Armstrong offers up a JAWS Power tip, and Rachel Buchanan talks about the ongoing process of enhancing free product training and documentation.By John Gassman, Larry Gassman, Eric Damery, Rachel Buchanan
 
In this podcast published October 17, 2019, Alexandre explains how it is possible to create shortcuts on your desktop. Shortcuts can help you access applications, documents, websites, files, folders, etc. that you use frequently. The podcast is suitable for Windows 10 and JAWS. Here are some useful info you should keep in mind Command you must type…
 
We’re back! And we start our new series with an overview of the braille landscape, including: Royal Blind’s resources for National Braille Week (7 to 13 October 2019) The seventh General Assembly of the International Council on English Braille, 11 to 15 May 2020 at the Google Academy in central London, in particular the call for papers. Braille On …
 
Since JAWS 2019, it is now possible to get description of images on demand based on artificial intelligence. In this podcast published October 11, 2019, Alexandre explains you how it is possible to use this feature to know what the content of an image is and give you more info about known limitation of this feature. In addition, as a reminder, the …
 
More details about using the new JAWS Scan cursor that’s part of the JAWS 2020 public beta, a reminder about bringing your SMA up to date before the end of October, and of course your calls. This time, questions about PictureSmart, additional Vocalizer voices, Home Annual license renewal, and more.By Rachel Buchanan, Eric Damery, Glen Gordon
 
In this podcast published September 18, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier discuss about the Apple’s Keynote held on September 10th. Highlights are the two new services, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, a new iPad, a new series of Apple Watch and three new iPhones, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. And what about the accessibility? Our two presen…
 
Eric Damery joins John and Larry Gassman to discuss what’s coming in the first public beta of JAWS 2020, and David Szumowski talks about assistive technology and his legal career.By John Gassman, Larry Gassman, Eric Damery, David Szumowski
 
In this podcast published September 11, 2019, we begin a new series related to the accessibility of devices allowing to watch TV available on the market. As the first episode of this series, discover the Fire TV Stick, a device available from Amazon that allows you to transform your TV into a smart one and listen to multimedia content online. The F…
 
Larry Gassman talks with John Gassman about winning the Walt Disney Legacy award, and David Kingsbury discusses his new book, “Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA.” Whether your formatting requirements are simple or complex, this book has you covered. Read the transcript at blog.freedomscientific.com…
 
Have you purchased a new iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and you don’t know how to configure it? Have you replaced your existing device for a newest one or just exchange it under warranty and want to transfer your data from your old device to the new one? In this podcast published July 30th, 2019, Alexandre explains step by step ho…
 
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