A rant about dictation!

by Chelsey Zumpano

The mistakes with punctuation and lack of punctuation and words not making sense are intentional. I want to preface this post by saying I’m just extremelyfrustrated because my orbit reader 20 is still not working right! So this is a rant! Don’t get me wrong dictation is really good because it’s good to be to be independent when you don’t have a keyboard or braille device to type on!

• doesn’t get all my words

• sometimes replaces words with cuss words

• sometimes replaces words with make fucking sense

I’m fucking aware that it is super ironic that I’m writing this with dictation! Dictation is really good like I said, but I personally just don’t like it because I’d rather type out my words and say it aloud! When I’m typing long sentences or paragraphs I’m able to put the punctuation, but when I’m using dictation it doesn’t do it for me and I have to say it.  The really weird thing is that when I’m using dictation with voiceover or just reading it back with voiceover I mean it has numbers sometimes randomly at the end of the word, but the words aren’t actually there on the screen I mean the numbers aren’t actually there on the screen. I just feel like my words come across better when I’m physically typing them out on a Braille keyboard. 

Dictation is a great accessibility tool, but all tools have their flaws.. They can all be frustrating at times. Let me know your favorite accessibility tools or devices in the comments below!



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I’m having problems with my orbit reader 20!

By chelsey Zumpano

This is the fourth or fifth post this week that I am writing with dictation on my phone! It’s very frustrating because I’ve been having problems with my braille note, excuse me I mean orbit reader 20. I keep forgetting that braille note is a brand.

• it hasn’t been charging

• it deleted my entire journal

• it’s been disconnecting from my phone

So my to do list on tomorrow is to call the company and see if they can help me figure out what’s going on with it! Having my orbit reader has given me a lot of independence! I hate using dictation! With the orbit reader I am able to write this blog post! I love knowing how to spell things, being able to physically write stuff down makes me feel more accomplished, reading all my words on the screen helps me figure out how to correct my mistakes better. It’s a lot easier to navigate my iPhone. I like being able to physically read things a pop up on my screen, just when I’m reading a fellow bloggers post, or reading kindle books! I love being able to write and read with out having to look at my screen or strain my eyes!

I’m hoping tomorrow I can figure out what’s wrong with it! Wish me luck!



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I’m A Haley Williamz Look-Alike!

by Chelsey Zumpano

I dyed my hair again! It’s no surprise to those of you who know me in real life or who have watched me from the very beginning because my first Vlog was me dying my hair! I love dying my hair because it’s really cool to see how it turns out and how each color makes me feel. I first dyed my hair when I was around seven or eight in honor of my first grade teacher who passed away from cancer. (My hair is purple by the way).  Since then I’ve dyed my hair, pink, red, brown, and green.

My most recent hair color is red and orange, (I even have bangs)! I look like fire hair! I’ve always wanted to dye my hair like this because of the singer of paramore, (Hayley Williams).  Specifically her hair in the music video for decode, (which is on the twilight soundtrack). I remember thinking that her hair looks super cool and the fact that she was singing a song on my favorite movie made it even awesomer! (Paramore was the first band I saw in concert).

Image description: Haley on the left and Chelsey on the right, and they both have bright red and orange hair with bangs!

(The first is a picture from Google and the second is a picture my mom took).

It’s a great feeling to have the hair I have always wanted! It makes me feel confident.  I keep playing with my hair all day I just love it so much! 

(Also I’m sorry if this post sounds weird again because I had to use dictation instead of my orbit reader 20. I’m having some problems with it)! 

If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see next for Nanowrimo, please let me know in the comments or send me an email to: viblindresources@gmail.com

World Premature Day!

by Chelsey Zumpano

Today is world premature day! As you know me and my twin brother were born at 25 weeks. I had multiple procedures and my vision impairment is a result of me being a micro premie. We both grew up with parents who are amazing! I did all the things my brother did!

• rode dirt bikes

• skateboard

• go on family bike rides

• get a car

• graduate high school

I was never treated any different! I do all the things that make me happy!

Since High school I’ve…

• became a YouTuber

• blogger

• wrote a children’s book (it’ll hopefully be published soon).

• Trained a dog

• on my way to be come a dog trainer

So no matter how you started life and the challenges you face; you can get through it!

If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see next for Nanowrimo, please let me know in the comments or send me an email to: viblindresources@gmail.com

How Accessible is Tick Tok?

by Chelsey Zumpano

Tick Tok is another video sharing platform, (kind of like YouTube), but you can only do 60 second videos. It started out as an app called Musically, (which was just people lip singing to music), now people do little story times. I like watching people’s animal videos.

Now is it accessible? Yes, I’m able to post videos, like videos, comment, (but dictation doesn’t work well), and follow people. I’m even able to add video discriptions and tags. I will let you know if anything changes and when I use it more.

Is Disney Plus Accessible?

by Chelsey Zumpano

Disney Plus is like Netflix, but just for Disney shows and movies! I’ve been watching all my favorites, “Snow Dogs,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and “101 Dalmatians.” The really cool thing is that they have audio discription! Sadly it’s not on all the movies, (like Snow Dogs didn’t have it). But it was easy to find on my fire stick; I just paused the movie, moved to the right until it said, “subtitles and audio,” then I just clicked on audio discription.

I was able to navigate with voiceover on my Iphone and Voice View on my Fire Stick. The only part it didn’t read to me with Voice View was the menu where it said, “Pixar, Disney, Marvel, and a few others.” I can do a more indept review on my YouTube channel, if any one is interested?

If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see next for Nanowrimo, please let me know in the comments or send me an email to: viblindresources@gmail.com

I Took An Intro To Dog Training Class! Was It Accessible? #DogTraining&Blind

by Chelsey Zumpano

I started taking a intro to dog training class on New Skills Academy. It’s a website to take courses and you get certificates. I saw an add on Facebook talking about the intro to dog training course and it was only $25! So I took my chance because all those other dog training courses are thousands of dollars. (you are not required to be certified). Taking a course for me makes me feel more productive than just reading a book because you can interpret books anyway and I like the idea of taking tests and quizzes because it shows me what I’ve learned.

The website is accessible, (for the most part), I was able to read all the articles for my classes and take notes. The one thing I had trouble with was finding the text box to take notes and the fact that sometimes it randomly go to the notes and start reading them to me. I was able to answer the quizzes and the test at the end. I wasn’t however able to fill out the worksheets because they were not accessible at all! (Thankfully the worksheets were not required).

Taking the class makes me realize I knew lots more about dog training than I thought. It makes me feel more confident in my dog training ability and has taught me some new things. I got a certificate for completing the course I’m going to frame it and put it on my wall! 

(Also I’m sorry if this post sounds a bit weird because I had to use the Tatian to write it, since my orbit reader 20 didn’t charge!).

If you also want to take a course here’s a link to the website:

https://newskillsacademy.com/

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My Favorite Author!

by Chelsey Zumpano

Rick Riordan is my all time favorite author! You might know this by now because of all the times I’ve talked about the Magnus Chase series. His books are for all ages and his characters are a diverse bunch! The thing I love most about his first series is that most of the characters have learning disabilities.

The characters live in the modern world, but where the Greek Gods exist and have children with mortals. Percy (the main character), is one of those kids! He (like most of his fellow Demigods), has A.D.H.D. and dyslexia. The cool thing is that the A.D.H.d. helps him to have faster reflexes in battle and the dyslexia is because his brain is hardwired to read ancient greek. Neither of the learning disabilities gose away and remain apart of the story!

The thing I love is the fact that “The Percy Jackson series,” started out as a bed time story for his son who has A.DH.D. and dyslexia. I think it’s an amazing thing that these books I love so much started out as just a story to give his son a hero just like him. This is why I aspire to be like him and to write characters to touch people’s heart, (like his have mine).

All his books are on Audible-

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Lightning-Thief-Audiobook/B002V0JZOO

The books are also on BaRD:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586

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An Update On My Husky!

by Chelsey Zumpano

Today Hazel plaied in the mud and got extreamly muddy. I ended up giving her a bath. She’s okay with baths, but she loves to play in the hose.

We started doing some new training to help her seperation anxiety where she lays on a yoga mat and I do different things around her, (like steping to the right and returning back to her). It’s to teach her to be relaxed. I’m not going to be videoing it because I just want to focus on Hazel. I will update you all after the 15 days are up. If you want to do this training, please click the link below!

https://journeydogtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/ProtocolforRelaxation.pdf

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