Going to Rehab, But Not With Lindsay Lohan

Some time back I prefaced a remark with, "When I was in rehab...".  My wife told me later never to say that again, every head in the room swiveled.  I was in Blind Rehab in 2006 and 2008.  I'm going back next week to learn "touch screen technology".

What, you may ask, is touch screen technology ?  The answer; I'm not really sure.  Otherwise, I wouldn't be going back.  I know that it has to do with learning how to access the internet and various apps using either an iPhone or iPad.  For visually impaired or blind people this can be a real challenge.

I presently use a "dumb phone".  I don't email, access the web, or use GPS with my phone because at some point in the process of doing those things there is a need to see tiny print.  Microsoft and Apple did only what was required  in setting up "accessibility" features in their systems.  Until I got a computer loaded with the software program, Zoom Text, I used the windows accessibility program with great difficulty.  I won't go into the specifics, but there is the capability to enlarge font slightly and reverse the color of field and ground, but for individuals with severe vision problems these were inadequate.

The issue with smart phones like the Droid and iPhone has been that one could get some help with some activities, but not others, and none of the accessibility features approached what is available with computer programs like Zoom Text for the visually impaired, and JAWS for totally blind users. 

I ran into a friend whom I had not seen in about a year and was dismayed to see that his sight had become markedly worse, but then he whipped out his smart phone, tapped the face, spoke into it, it talked back, and he sent me contact information.  Yowza!  He had learned that in a program for the visually impaired along with a lot of other tricks.  That is what I want to be able to do.

When I get back I'll give you an update.

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