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Competition winner


As a prize for completing our Zest survey we were offering up one Google Home from our Vision store to the most creative response to the question “what would your ideal online blind or low vision forum look like”

Congratulations to Nic from NSW who won with the response:


“The platform would have: * have simple and effective search (– )so that I can simply type in or say what I'm interested in and the site would return relevant
Results); * notify me of new content relevant to my interests (by allowing me to subscribe to particular topics or keywords by email or RSS or within a
Designated app with push notification support) * provide reviews about the accessibility of venues, products and services; * provide guides/tips/workarounds
For using inaccessible or partially accessible products/services; * allow users to request reviews of particular venues, products or services so that those
Who have used them (or have the means/inclination to do so) can provide a review, informing decisions; * provide a space and a method for young people
To organise, advocate and lobby on for issues of interest to young people with vision impairment; * work on all Apple platforms like Mac, iOS and Apple
Watch.”

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Zest is an online space for people around the ages of 18 to 35 who live with blindness or low vision. Whether it’s talking about dating, socialising, travelling, your studies, working or simply useful things to do when you are chilling in your own time, we want this to be the place where you can ask questions and interact with others who have similar experiences to yourself. Zest is your community, and we hope you introduce yourself and share. Don’t be shy.


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Competition winner


As a prize for completing our Zest survey we were offering up one Google Home from our Vision store to the most creative response to the question “what would your ideal online blind or low vision forum look like”

Congratulations to Nic from NSW who won with the response:


“The platform would have: * have simple and effective search (– )so that I can simply type in or say what I'm interested in and the site would return relevant
Results); * notify me of new content relevant to my interests (by allowing me to subscribe to particular topics or keywords by email or RSS or within a
Designated app with push notification support) * provide reviews about the accessibility of venues, products and services; * provide guides/tips/workarounds
For using inaccessible or partially accessible products/services; * allow users to request reviews of particular venues, products or services so that those
Who have used them (or have the means/inclination to do so) can provide a review, informing decisions; * provide a space and a method for young people
To organise, advocate and lobby on for issues of interest to young people with vision impairment; * work on all Apple platforms like Mac, iOS and Apple
Watch.”

Survey results


Recent posts



Zest 101

If you're a first time visitor, welcome! If you're a regular Zest reader or contributor, welcome back. Here's a quick snapshot of Zest.

Zest is an online space for people around the ages of 18 to 35 who live with blindness or low vision. Whether it’s talking about dating, socialising, travelling, your studies, working or simply useful things to do when you are chilling in your own time, we want this to be the place where you can ask questions and interact with others who have similar experiences to yourself. Zest is your community, and we hope you introduce yourself and share. Don’t be shy.


Quick Links

Note: some links will display a new page, others will update sections further down this page.
Sign Up Log in Guest Book and Introductions Forums News Feed Useful Links

Subscribe for updates!

We put together a short newsletter every couple of weeks to summarise the latest Zest topics, conversations and news.

Subscribe to the mailing list by entering your email address in the text box on this page. Y ou can do this by pressing the letter E on your keyboard or navigating via headings by pressing H.


Check out our audio guide on navigating Zest or our tips on navigating Zest with a screenreader

The Zest team welcomes suggestions and ideas to improve the site. To contact us or make a suggestion simply email: zest@visionaustralia.org


While we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.

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  • Guitar social

    by Lcowie, 14 days ago

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    hi


    I’m 19 and from Brisbane I have recently started playing the guitar  which currently I can only play two songs and a few other things. I was wondering if anyone knew of any social music groups for vision impired  people.

    hi


    I’m 19 and from Brisbane I have recently started playing the guitar  which currently I can only play two songs and a few other things. I was wondering if anyone knew of any social music groups for vision impired  people.

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    This is an interesting video for a Ted Talk. Give it a watch. It is stirring up debate in blind communities. Personally I am torn. I agree and disagree with the angle of the talk. is disability societies problem to fix or is it medicines problem to fix?

    Blind people do not need to see: Ted Talks video

    This is an interesting video for a Ted Talk. Give it a watch. It is stirring up debate in blind communities. Personally I am torn. I agree and disagree with the angle of the talk. is disability societies problem to fix or is it medicines problem to fix?

    Blind people do not need to see: Ted Talks video

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    I had a demonstration with the new Orcam my eye 2.0 yesterday and thought I’d share. I had seen the last one which was good but required a device to be carried in the pocket at all times in order to use it. This version doesn't need that.


    Specs

    ·  About the length and thickness of an index finger in total size

    ·  Similar to a USB stick or a cigarette lighter in weight

    ·  Recharges via mini USB in about 30 minutes for full charge

    ·  Battery life of...

    I had a demonstration with the new Orcam my eye 2.0 yesterday and thought I’d share. I had seen the last one which was good but required a device to be carried in the pocket at all times in order to use it. This version doesn't need that.


    Specs

    ·  About the length and thickness of an index finger in total size

    ·  Similar to a USB stick or a cigarette lighter in weight

    ·  Recharges via mini USB in about 30 minutes for full charge

    ·  Battery life of 2 hours in  full time use mode

    ·  Can magnetically attach to the arm of glasses or be attached to a lanyard around your neck for intermittent hand held use

    ·  Controlled by hand gestures in front of the camera or by tapping small touch pad on the side of the device

    ·  Connects to Bluetooth headphones should you wish

    ·  Responds to voice commands

    ·  Wi-Fi connectivity


    Features

    ·  Product barcode recognition and ability to add new barcodes to database

    ·  reads print documents

    ·  Reads Australian currency

    ·  tels time with hand gesture that mimics looking at a watch

    ·  store and name images and speak aloud when seen again I.E people, bus numbers, shop fronts etc.


    Definitely something people would use their assistive technology budget in your NDIS plan for as it retails for about 7 grand including training on the device. However it does do in one device what many other devices will only do individually.

    Contact Quantum to find out more and ask questions of those who make it. Also see the video link below to see it demonstrated on 7 Sunrise

    Orcam my eye 2.0 on Quantum


    Orcam my eye 2.0 demo on 7 sunrise




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    HumanWare just brought out the new Victor Reader Trek device. I got a demonstration of it in the office last week and thought i'd share.


    The Trek is the same size as the old style reader and includes the functions of book reading and GPS.

    Of the many things it can do my favourite is course plotting.


    The device works off Tom Tom maps and Tom Tom have mapped the inside of major shopping centres for the Trek. This also means that you can plot your own turn by turn course inside a building or in an open space and...

    HumanWare just brought out the new Victor Reader Trek device. I got a demonstration of it in the office last week and thought i'd share.


    The Trek is the same size as the old style reader and includes the functions of book reading and GPS.

    Of the many things it can do my favourite is course plotting.


    The device works off Tom Tom maps and Tom Tom have mapped the inside of major shopping centres for the Trek. This also means that you can plot your own turn by turn course inside a building or in an open space and the device will remember it. This is useful for walking in parks for example where the main stream maps  aren't that detailed. You can also buy additional maps for different places around the world if you are traveling. Please see the following link for more information and specs:

    Victor Reader Trek by HumanWare





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  • Introduce

    by sylsius, about 1 month ago

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    your web browsing experience with accessible products can be vastly different depending on the web browser you are using. It's for that reason that I always have three on my laptop and work computer at any given time. unfortunately many websites unless they actively embed accessibility into their code can play havoc with things like Jaws, NVDA, voice over and Zoomtext. Microsoft edge has been quite a let down in the accessible area and explorer is quite an outdated program even though Jaws is made for windows products. I often find myself switching between firefox and chrome to do what...

    your web browsing experience with accessible products can be vastly different depending on the web browser you are using. It's for that reason that I always have three on my laptop and work computer at any given time. unfortunately many websites unless they actively embed accessibility into their code can play havoc with things like Jaws, NVDA, voice over and Zoomtext. Microsoft edge has been quite a let down in the accessible area and explorer is quite an outdated program even though Jaws is made for windows products. I often find myself switching between firefox and chrome to do what I need to. Might be worth keeping in mind until there is better standardization around the world for digital  access.


    Are there any other browsers people use that they find make a big difference? Would be good to share.

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  • iTunes account related issue

    by teleworm, about 1 month ago

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    I have an issue when I access the iTunes account on my iPhone and the same account I want to use an Apple Smart TV then its shows an error that is error 4013 and I don't know how to get them on my Apple TV. Have any idea then please suggest here.

    I have an issue when I access the iTunes account on my iPhone and the same account I want to use an Apple Smart TV then its shows an error that is error 4013 and I don't know how to get them on my Apple TV. Have any idea then please suggest here.

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    I found this interesting article about  the current trials with driver-less cars as it relates to people who are blind or low vision. it's encouraging and kind of frustrating. Would you get behind the wheel of a driver-less car? I'd love too. I'd do anything to drive.
    Transforming the Autonomous Vehicle Experience for the Blind - Powering the New Engineer


    I found this interesting article about  the current trials with driver-less cars as it relates to people who are blind or low vision. it's encouraging and kind of frustrating. Would you get behind the wheel of a driver-less car? I'd love too. I'd do anything to drive.
    Transforming the Autonomous Vehicle Experience for the Blind - Powering the New Engineer


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    Thought I'd share this. Jaguar have developed an electric car but they have gotten ahead of regulations and create an artificial sound system to alert pedestrians and those with vision conditions. click the link for the full article and a youtube clip where you can hear the concept. What do you think

    Jaguar I pace: The sounds of silence- article


    Thought I'd share this. Jaguar have developed an electric car but they have gotten ahead of regulations and create an artificial sound system to alert pedestrians and those with vision conditions. click the link for the full article and a youtube clip where you can hear the concept. What do you think

    Jaguar I pace: The sounds of silence- article


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  • Online socialising

    by Lcowie, about 2 months ago

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    Hi

    I was wondering if anyone new of any other online socialising groups for young people. 

    Hi

    I was wondering if anyone new of any other online socialising groups for young people. 

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