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Welcome to iBUG Today

 Empowering the Blind Through Accessible Technology

 

iBUG Today, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting the individual independence, social integration, and educational development of the blind and visually impaired community through accessible technology.  iBUG (iBlind Users Group) endeavors to transform the blind community through accessible technology so they can live extraordinary lives full of independence, productivity, communication and social integration in a world where everything is within the realm of possibility. 


More and more of our community are finding the Apple devices to be useful assistive technology tools in their daily lives.  Apple DevicesWhether at home, at work or school, or on the go – the accessibility features of the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch and Apple TV have cleared new pathways for the visually impaired to be more productive, consume online content, stay connected through social media and have fun. 

 

 

Please explore our website to learn more about iBUG and for additional information related to our accessibility training.

 

Next iBUG / Apple Workshop

The meeting is open to anyone desiring to become more proficient at using the iOS accessibility features of the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch and Apple TV.       

WHEN:  Saturday, June 23, 2:00 to 4:00 PM (CT)  

WHERE:  

Apple Highland Village (Briefing Room)

4012 Westheimer
Houston, TX  77027

Get more details... 

 

Check out the Apple Special Event, WWDC 2018 - June 4, 2018.  WWDC 2018 Keynote provided highlights of iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 5 and macOS Mojave software updates and more.


Check out this awesome video of advanced iBUG member, Keith Pevoto  

 

iBUG assists Houston METRO in testing new beacon system for bus and rail stop identification

The iBUG Guy was featured in the business section of the Houston Chronicle on May 29, 2018.  He is part of a beta test team for the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority's (METRO) new app and beacons system identifying bus and rail stops in the Houston area.  Other iBUG members on the beta test team include Raul Gallegos, Stacie Hardy, George Battiste, Richard Petty and Louis Maher.  See the full article here.

 

iBUG Named Agency of the Month - February 2018

Check it out!  iBUG Today is the featured Agency of the Month on the American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) VisionAware website.

 

Weekly iBUG Buzz (conference call) 

Q&A help session on Mondays, 7:30 PM (CT) via conference call: 605-468-8002, access code:  154497# 

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iBUG JumpStart Mentoring Program

Did you recently get an iPhone or iPad?  Are you ready to throw it against the wall?  Are you frustrated because you cannot seem to perform the most basic tasks?  Or perhaps you have had your iPhone for a while and would like to learn some new feature or app.

There is help!  The iBUG JumpStart Mentoring Program!  The iBUG Today Team will match you with a qualified mentor who can help you accomplish some basic objectives. iBUG JumpStart is intended to introduce you to some basic concepts and gestures that will help you get the most out of your iPhone.  Once you are familiar with the layout of the phone and are able to execute essential commands, you will be on your way to unlocking the awesome power of the iPhone.  As you gain proficiency with the iPhone, the weekly iBUG Buzz Conference Calls on Monday nights and the monthly Face-to-Face meetings at the Apple Store will continue to provide a valuable resource for on-going help and support.

So, for those of you that would like to participate in iBUG JumpStart as either a mentor or mentee, please download the appropriate application form (MS Word format) below, fill out and return to the address indicated on the form. 

For additional questions about the iBUG JumpStart Mentoring program, please contact the program administrator, Sandhya Rao, at sraotx@yahoo.com

Mentee Application        Mentor Application

 

Next iBUG Cafe 

WHEN:  There will be no meeting in July, next meeting is August 12.

WHERE:

Cafe Express 
1422 W. Gray
Houston, TX  77019

 

Next VILA Book Club

 

WHEN:  Thursday, July 12, 6:30 to 7:30 PM (CT)

WHERE:

Cafe Express 
1422 W. Gray
Houston, TX  77019

 

FACILITATOR:  Heide Miller

We will be discussing our reading for the month:  

  

A Lucky Life Interrupted, by Tom Brokaw, DB 81762 

Journalist Tom Brokaw recounts how back pain led him to the Mayo Clinic, where he learned that he had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer. After his diagnosis, Brokaw grew determined to learn as much as he could about his condition and to report the story.     

(5 hours, 25 minutes)

  
If you are planning to eat dinner, please order at the counter first and then come to theback room on the left side of the restaurant.  They will bring the food our to you when it is ready. 
 

If you cannot attend in person, there is also a conference call-in number to participate by phone.

Conference Call Info:  605-468-8002, Access Code:  154497#

NOTE: this is not a toll-free call, so it is best to use your cell phone or VOIP.

*** RECOMMENDATION ***

We recommend you use the Free Conference Call HD app in the App Store) to connect to the conference call using your Wi-Fi connection.


iBUG Trekkie Talk (conference call)

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Check out the Apple Special Event, September 12, 2017.  The keynote presentation deidicated the new Steve Jobs Theater and introduced the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and iPhone X.

 

 

iBUG Go Texan BBQ - February 18, 2018

 Sandhya, Michael and Belinda at stage area

 Michael, Sandhya and Belinda at photo booth

 

iBUG at 2016 ACBT Convention and Conference - September 23-25, 2016

Sandhya and Michael presenting at the Amazon Echo workshop.


 

The iBUG Guy appears on iAccessVO

The iBUG Guy, Michael McCulloch, appeared on the May 21, 2016 edition of the iAcessVO program.  Michael was interviewed by iAccessVO hosts Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher as he described the resources and services provided by iBUG Today to the blind and visually impaired community.
Listen to the recording of the iAccessVO program here.  Note the iBUG Guy comes on at about 25 minutes into the program. 
 

iBUG at Insight Expo 2018 - April 14, 2018

Belinda, Sandhya and Wes setting up the iBUG table in the Exhibition Hall.

Elisa stopping by the iBUG table for some help from Wes and Sandhya.

 

iBUG Buzz Radio Program

Our iBUG Buzz program is hosted on Sight into Sound radio on Wednesdays, 1:30 PM (CT) (rebroadcast Tuesdays, 5:30 PM and Wednesdays, 5:30 AM).  Additionally, the program is archived and available on demand 24/7.  You may listen to the program hosted by Jim Bratten using the special digital receivers from Sight into Sound, iBlink app on your iDevice or via the internet by going to the Sight into Sound website at the following link and selecting the "Tune in Now" or "Listen on Demand" buttons:  http://www.sightintosound.org 

 

The iBUG Guy appears on the Accessible World Tek Talk Program

On Monday, December 1, 2014, the iBUG Guy, Michael McCulloch, appeared on the Accessible World Tek Talk program along with about a dozen other technology based groups.  Dean Martineau who produces the Flying Blind, LLC Top Tech Tidbits newletter, moderated the program discussion as  each group spokesperson described the resources and services they provide.

Listen to a recording of the Tek Talk program here.  Note the iBUG Guy comes on at about 43 minutes into the program. 

  

Subsidy for iPhone through Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) for Texas residents

Contact Ray Wathen: 713-557-4937

Adaptive Communication Devices is now assisting qualified Texas residents obtain an iPhone using the STAP vouchers program.  Please check out their website for further details:  http://adaptivecommunicationdevices.wordpress.com

 

Apple Accessibility Support - for questions about assistive technology on your Apple device 

Phone:  (877) 204-3930

Email:   accessibility@apple.com

  

App Accessibility Issues - contact the app developer

Here is a sample letter that you may use to send an email to an app developer regarding the inaccessibility of their app. 

  

iBUG Road Show

A 90-minute presentation given by several advanced iBUG members that will provide your group or staff an introduction to the iPhone and its accessibility capabilities (currently limited to the Houston area).  Read more...

 

iBUG Guy's Favorite NASA Video

One of The iBUG Guy's favorite composites of video shot by Space Station astronauts.  Even after all these years, he finds it hard to believe that he had the priviilege of helping develop and build this fantastic "flying" machine.  Please enjoy "Walking on Air

 

 

iBUG Guy Receives CARE Award

The iBUG Guy received the CARE Award 2014, presented by the Houston Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for his outstanding dedicated service to citizens with disabilities in the City of Houston, Texas, September 26, 2014.

 

1 iOS is the operating system of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.