Welcome to VIBUG

VIBUG, the Visually Impaired and Blind User Group, is located in Massachusetts, and serves blind and visually impaired users of computers and other assistive technology. If you'd like to know more about us, you can download our flyer, which is available as a Microsoft Word document, or a braille formatted file. We encourage you to share this flyer with people you think would be interested in our assistive technology users group.

Vibug membership registration, dues, and notices

VIBUG membership costs $20 a year and includes the following benefits.

To Become a Vibug member and join the Vibug announcements mailing list, fill out the Vibug membership form. To make a secure online payment with a credit card or your PayPal account, select the following PayPal button.

You may also join VIBUG by coming to a meeting and paying your dues by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to VIBUG. If you have any questions, please contact our treasurer Bob Resnick at rresnick1@comcast.net


Notice of VIBUG Meeting

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THIS Month

At 2:00 PM, MIT Postdoctoral Research Associate Ted Moallem will demonstrate and solicit feedback on a product under development called "WaxPen". He provided the following information:

"Development of the prototype device, which we call "WaxPen", is a collaborative effort between myself (an MIT postdoc) and several core members of the Blind-Lead Workshop in Shillong, India, all of whom are themselves blind. WaxPen is intended as a simple, low-cost drawing tool for the blind, particularly those in the age range of about 4 to 20 years.

Sighted children and young adults engage in drawing and sketching to support key aspects of learning and development --- beginning perhaps with development of hand and multi-sensory coordination, children go on to use drawing representationally, as a means of expression, sometimes in acts of rebellion, and ultimately in a range of cognitive and communicative activities (supporting education, wayfinding, innovation, and so on)

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The vast majority of blind children do not have any comparable access to drawing with immediate sensory feedback. (Heat/Swell-paper is not widely available, while drawing raised lines on the reverse side of a page does not offer immediate sensory feedback.) WaxPen is an effort to change this unfortunate reality, to give blind children and adults a low-cost tool, comparable to a pen, for drawing raised lines and shapes directly onto the front face of a page or other surface."

At 3:00 PM, Suzy Eppling, who is an occupational therapist specializing in services for the blind and visually impaired and also a trainer for OrCam Technologies, will demonstrate a new product which is to launch on June 7. She wrote:

"OrCam can assist people with visual impairments by reading text, recognizing products such as canned goods, and performing facial recognition."

If you cannot join us in person and are a 2015 member in good standing, contact me for the password for online access by June 12 at 5:00 PM. (I’m sorry to say we had problems with our online access at the May meeting. We’ll try to do better in June.)

Please note that VIBUG does not meet in July or August.

MEMBERSHIP

Not a member yet? It’s easy to join. Visit our website at http://www.vibug.org

Jerry Berrier
president@vibug.org


On-Line Participation Available to VIBUG Members

Members in good standing are invited to join us for meetings online in real time. All members will be given the password for the online chat room when their dues is received by our treasurer and/or president.

Members are reminded not to share this password with anyone who is not a VIBUG member. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in loss of online participation privileges.

On the day of the meeting, go to the VIBUG Meeting Room, and click on the link to install a small plugin if you are visiting the room for the first time. Once the plugin has been installed, click on the link to enter the room. Enter your name at the Username prompt, and your password when asked for a password.

If you need assistance with logging in online, please contact Jerry Berrier, VIBUG president at president@vibug.org or leave a message in the VIBUG mailbox at 617-383-9560. Requests for log-in assistance must be received at least 1 day before the meeting.


Timely Announcements

Carroll Center Saturday Jaws Workshops

The Carroll Center Technology Department is pleased to offer a series of free adaptive technology training demonstrations to be held on Saturdays and taught by David Kingsbury, assistive technology trainer. These face to face workshops will take place from 10 am to noon in the first floor meeting room at the Carroll Center’s Rachel Rosenbaum Technology Center. The address is 770 Centre Street, Newton.

Participants should already possess beginner or intermediate Jaws skills. These are demonstration sessions, not hands-on use of technology. You may attend one or more of the sessions.

,p>To register for the first workshop on May 2, please send an email to David Kingsbury. These first 3 workshops will be free-of-charge. Future workshops will be offered for a nominal fee. If you have any questions, you can call David at 781-974-2001. Space is limited.

 

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Send questions or comments about VIBUG to info@vibug.org, or leave a message in the VIBUG mailbox, (617) 383-9560.

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last updated: Sunday, May 31, 2015