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Blind Bargains Qast 175: Accessibility With An Asterisk

J.J. is already on the road, and Joe is sitting on his still not yet packed, empty suitcase, during the recording of this show. The pair share their thoughts on some news and rumors making the rounds. J.J. also provides us with some stories, plus a few audio clips. from his time in Kentucky at the Indoor Navigation Symposium. No tip this week, however, we have plenty of "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" has your next date night planned. So, pack a blue tooth brush for this one foot out the door BBQ.

In The Pre-CSUN News:

Check Your Mailbox, Your Inbox And Even Your Spam Folder Because The Library of Congress Wants to Hear from You!

I.D. Mate Galaxy Brings Battery Status Fixes And More In The Latest Update

The NFB Tech Team Reviews The Braille Me

NV Access Talks Beta And More In the Latest Blog Post

VoiceDream Opens Up A Test Flight Beta For iOS And New OCR Functionality

CSUNATC19: The 10 Year Challenge For Product Diversity In A.T.

Nearby Explorer Turns A Corner To Become Access Explorer

Demonstration: Indoor Navigation With Bluetooth Beacons

J.J. attended the recent Indoor Navigation Symposium in Louisville Kentucky. While there, he had a chance to experience navigation through Bluetooth beacons. Hear J.J. take us on a trip through the Louisville Airport and the conference hotel.

Sound Off:

Rob Armstrong was one of many who reached out to us about episode 174.

If Joe and Rickie s GE washer and dryer have an Ethernet port designed for a technician to diagnose a problem, then the talking box described in the link below should make the machines accessible without having to use Google Home or Alexa. I do not have this talking box, but I expect to seriously evaluate it when I replace my current washer and dryer.

I also live in Charlotte NC. Which Home Depot did you find the sales guy who really understood your requirements for accessible laundry appliances?

Rob Armstrong"

Thanks Rob for reminding us about the module. We aren't sure if the 755c works with the module the same as the 750 model, however, it is good to know that this may be an option one day. For others, here is the link to the First Build GE Talking Laundry Module page

Here is another piece of 174 feedback sent in by Harry Brown. BBQ Bytes isn't a one off kind of show. But it won't be our so-called "regular format" moving forward either. We're just trying on various types of shoes because some days we need a sneaker and other days it might be a Penny Loafer. Okay, J.J. may have never worn a pair of those but you get the idea.

"Hi JJ and all,

I want to thank you very very much, for the new format, beginning with
174! It's so nice, just to focus on 1 topic per show, because that way,
the listener doesn't have to listen through a long show, just to get to
the topic that the listener is interested in!!!

I love the new way you're doing the show, keep it up!!!

take care,


Beth Taurasi was kind enough to share an amazing email that she received from CBS about CBS All Access, "Star Trek Discovery" and audio description.

"Hi all,
Just wanted you guys to know that CBS has been outstanding in their reply to me earlier. I wrote them concerning Star Trek s description availability, and so far, TV only, but they re working on getting the All Access and Netflix things. I hope this happens.


Sent from my iPhone"

Begin forwarded message:

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 3:50 PM Turits, Mark J wrote:

"Dear Beth,

Thank you for contacting CBS regarding video description for our CBS All Access streaming service, and in particular the CBS All Access original, Star Trek: Discovery.

CBS is very proud of our long-standing commitment to video description. Since 2002, the CBS Television Network has continuously provided video description for our blind and visually impaired consumers, including the 10 year period from 2002 to 2012 when CBS did so on a completely voluntary basis. In 2012 the FCC reinstated regulations which mandated that CBS, and certain other broadcasters provide video described programming. CBS is proud to have been an industry leader and innovator in the voluntary provision of video description and is 100% compliant with the reinstated FCC regulations.

On July 1, 2018, the FCC further increased the required amount of video described programming from 50 hours per calendar quarter (about 4 hours per week) up to 87.5 hours per calendar quarter (about 7 hours per week). CBS voluntarily exceeds this requirement with over 100 hours of video described programming on CBS per calendar quarter.

As our historical commitment shows, please be assured that CBS continues to take video description very seriously and we are actively working to make it technically possible for our CBS All Access streaming service. It has, however, proven very difficult to do since our content distribution system is much more complex and differs greatly from that of Netflix...but we are getting there!


Mark Turits
Vice President, Captioning and Video Description
CBS Television Network"

Jim Denham provides us with some geolocation news about a previous "Last Word" article.

"Hey guys:

In the, Isn't it Ironic category. According to The Take-Out, The top
burger from Steak 'N Shake is a buttery Wisconsin Burger. Ironically,
there are no Steak 'N Shake restaurants here in Wisconsin!
Yes, we have Culver's, but, just not quite the same!
Your food segments always make me crave things which I can't get.
Thanks guys!
Keep up the great shows!"

Last Word:

Dinner and a movie for this episode's final segment.
Kansas couple has ordered nearly the same Texas Roadhouse meal 6 days a week for 15 years
Audio Described Avengers Assemble! Catch Up On Your Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Before Avengers: End Game

Programming Note:

And now we are off to California for the 34th annual CSUN Conference. We will have transcriptions once again, thanks to our sponsor AFB AccessWorld, which means that interviews could start landing in your feed towards the latter portion of March. Depending on how much audio we nab, and the release of the CSUN Wrap Up Show, we won't be back in the studios until April.

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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