April Visions Group Notice

A group for blind/visually impaired individuals designed to promote social networking, resource sharing, and active living in the community.

April 2016
Visions group

Wednesday April 13, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fryn’ Pan Family Restaurant
300 Main Ave., Fargo, ND
(701) 293-9952

Come get on board and join us for.

“Let’s talk transportation”

During this session, you will hear Drew Sturdivantt, mobility manager for Metro Area Transit (MAT) discussing and learning about transportation in the FM area. Drew is excited to help serve and improve and encourages open discussion about how he can help meet challenges transportation brings.
This discussion will focus on both Paratransit and fixed routes. For more information about MAT, go to www.matbus.comm or call (701) 232-7500.
paratransit direct number is (701) 235-4464.

But wait! There’s more.

Nara Murphy will be bringing back the ever popular trivia. Prizes will be awarded and you must be present to win.

Future meetings – mark your calendars:
Wednesday May 11, 5:30-7:30 pm, celebration party!
Wednesday June 15
Wednesday July 20, Picnic in the park
Wednesday August 17


April 2016
Technology user group

Wednesday April 20, 5-7:00 pm
Moorhead Public library
Small conference room in the basement
115 5th St. Moorhead, MN
(218) 233-3757

“Anything technology goes”

Come one, come all to an open discussion about technology. Caroline will provide several examples and discuss how it has increased her independence.
Because this will be an open discussion, we encourage you to come share your device and inform others how it has changed your life. Also, March was the month for the huge technology conference in California where many new products were announced. Caroline will have the newest Amazon Kindle, called the Amazon Fire, to demonstrate. Amazon has designed their own screen-reader from the ground up, so this new version has a lot of potential for increased accessibility. For more information, please call Caroline (701) 630-1827 or email caroline@kittytech.org


Vision Aware – a great tool and resource to share (www.vision aware.org)

Here is just one story to check out:

Peer advisor Empish Thomas explores the world of Uber as an alternative transportation service and offers her tips. The Five Top Ways I Use Uber – Visually Impaired: Now what?


App update:

Tap Tap See – Blind & Visually Impaired Camera
Updated: February 2016
* This app is now free to all users.

TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. Simply double tap the screen to take a photo of anything, at any angle, and hear the app speak the identification back to you (Note: Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on).

* Rotor reader
* Flash toggle
* Auto-focus notification
* Identify images from your Camera Roll
* Repeat last image identification
* Share identification via text, email, or social media
* Barcode reader

For more information go to:


Clean joke corner:
Question: Where does a cat go when it loses its tail?
Answer: A re-tail store.

Question: Why was the cat afraid of the tree?
Answer: Because of the bark.

Question: “Jenny, why are you feeding birdseed to the cat?”
Answer: “I have to. That is where my canary is at.”

Want to get involved, feature information about an event, or just ask questions about the Visions group, call co-leaders:
Todd Fahlstrom, (218) 443-1499 todd.fahlstrom@usfamily.net
Nara Murphey, (701) 306-6920 Nara_murphy@outlook.com

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