Tech Minutes

Tech Minutes is a video series that highlights some of the distance communication equipment that iCanConnect offers its participants, including iPad and iPhone accessibility features, interactive braille devices and screen magnification devices.

The text on my mobile phone is too small

Many people have trouble seeing the text on their iPhone. Jerry Berrier explains how a setting called Zoom that can make the text much larger...

How can I stay in touch with family and friends?

Jerry Berrier explains how someone with significant combined vision and hearing loss can stay in touch with family and...

It's too hard for me to type on my mobile phone

Jerry Berrier explains how equipment and training provided by iCanConnect can help someone to type on a mobile phone.

How Do I Know When The Phone Is Ringing?

Jerry Berrier explains how equipment provided by iCaConnect helps people with significant combined vision and hearing loss to know when the...

I can't use a mouse - how can I use a computer?

If you can't use a mouse, you can still use a computer to stay connected. Jerry Berrier explains how software...

I have trouble hearing on the phone. How can you help?

Jerry Berrier explains how someone who has trouble hearing can use the phone with equipment provided by...

How can I stay in touch with family and friends using sign language?

Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect explains how someone who knows sign language can...

How to operate a mobile phone using a braille display

Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect explains how someone who knows braille can use a braille display to operate a mobile...
Laptop with screen magnification

Magic is a screen magnification program for the computer. In this video, Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect explains that for people who are experiencing increasing vision loss, Magic can be a good starting point.

Jerry Berrier holds the Odin phone

In this video, Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect explains that the Odin VI phone is a basic cell phone, with some very important enhancements that make it usable to someone who is totally blind but has some hearing.

A laptop with screen magnification

ZoomText is a software package that provides both screen enlargement and speech output so it can be used by people who have some usable vision. In this video, Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect demonstrates how ZoomText works.

Jerry Berrier demonstrates with a laptop

ZoomText is a screen enlargement program used by many people who have usable vision. In this video, Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect demonstrates how it is used with a special ZoomText keyboard that has large print on the keyboards.

Jerry Berrier using a braille display

In this video, Jerry Berrier demonstrates how a person who is deafblind using braille might send a text message using a braille display and an iPhone.

Jerry Berrier using a braille display with an iPhone

In this video, Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect demonstrates how a person who is deafblind and is a braille reader might use an iPhone connected to a braille display via Bluetooth.

Jerry Berrier typing on an iPhone

While it takes a little practice to learn to type on an iPhone with your fingers without seeing it, it is very doable. In this video, Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect explains how.

Braille Plus 18 braille display

The Braille Plus 18 is a stand-alone device that has a port into which you can plug a SIM card from any GSM carrier, and you can then

use this device without connecting it to an iPhone or anything else. As Jerry Berrier explains, it can be used as a phone, for email and text messaging, as a web browser and more.

Using the Ruby to read text on an iPhone

The Ruby is a portable hand-held magnifier that has many uses for someone with some usable vision, including providing the ability to read text messages on an iPhone. Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect explains how it works.

Jerry Berrier

JAWS is a screen reader program that has evolved over the years into a very sophisticated tool for users who are blind. As Jerry Berrier of iCanConnect explains in this video, JAWS enables users to send and receive emails, access and edit documents, read Web content and do many other things.

Jerry Berrier

Zoom is a feature available on the iPad as well as the iPhone that gives the ability to enlarge everything on the screen. In this video, Jerry Berrier demonstrates how to activate Zoom.

iPhone

In terms of accessibility, the iPhone is a revolutionary device with its native, built-in accessibility features. With an iPhone, a person who is blind or deafblind can access a variety of things just like people who are sighted by using something called VoiceOver, which is a built-in screen reader. In this video, Jerry focuses on how someone with usable hearing can use it to navigate around the screen.

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