Alexandre Bellemare presents the new generation of Focus 40 braille display designed by Freedom Scientific

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Do you know the brand-new Focus 40 5th generation? Silent, versatile more than ever, robust and easy to carry, you’ll bring this new Braille display with you everywhere! Come and learn more about this new product and it new features in a podcast specially concocted for this!

In this episode, Alexandre presents the Focus 40 Blue fifth generation, product recently available at Canadialog. First, he’ll do a detailed physical description. Then, he will compare it with the Focus Blue previous generation and other Braille refresher available on the market in terms of noise level, design, comfort as well as new features. Finally, Alexandre will demonstrate the new function allowing to easily and quickly control several Bluetooth devices simultaneously connected to this new generation of Focus.

To learn more about this product after listening to this podcast you can visit the Focus Blue 40 5th generation product page or contact a Canadialog team member at any time.

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Podcast introducing the Google Home mini

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In this podcast, Olivier will tell you about his experience with the Google Home mini. He will show you what you can do with this connected speaker. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or comments regarding this device.

In addition, please note that the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our support team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Podcast about installing Vocalizer voices with JAWS

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In this podcast, Olivier will show you how to install Nuance Vocalizer voices available to use free of charge with your Freedom Scientific product. Please note that Vocalizer voices do work with JAWS and Magic. However, they won't work with Openbook. If you want to use Nuance voices with this product, you should install RealSpeak Solo voices.

In addition, please note that the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of JAWS or any other assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our support team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Podcast introducing NVDA

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In this podcast, Olivier will introduce you to NVDA, a free screen reader available for Windows. At the end of this podcast, you will be able to setup NVDA for a better work. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions or comments regarding future podcasts on NVDA.

In addition, please note that the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of NVDA or any other assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our support team to learn more about training we can offer.

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What Causes Blindness?

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Blindness is the inability to see anything, even light. If you’re partially blind, you have limited vision. For example, you may have blurry vision or the inability to distinguish the shapes of objects. Complete blindness means that you can’t see at all and are in total darkness. Legal blindness refers to vision that’s highly compromised. What a person with healthy eyes can see from 200 feet away a legally blind person can see only from 20 feet away. Seek medical attention right away if you suddenly lose the ability to see. Have someone bring you to the emergency room for treatment. Don’t wait for your vision to return. Depending on the cause of your blindness, immediate treatment may increase your chances of restoring your vision. Treatment may involve surgery or medication.

What Are the Symptoms of Blindness?

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If you’re completely blind, you can see nothing. If you’re partially blind, you might experience the following symptoms:
  • cloudy vision
  • an inability to see shapes
  • seeing only shadows
  • poor night vision
  • tunnel vision

Symptoms of Blindness in Infants

Your child’s visual system begins to develop in the womb, but it won’t be fully formed until about 2 years of age. By 6 to 8 weeks of age, your baby should be able to fix their gaze on an object and follow its movement. By 4 months of age, their eyes should be properly aligned and not turned inward or outward. The symptoms of visual impairment in young children can include:
  • constant eye rubbing
  • an extreme sensitivity to light
  • poor focusing
  • chronic eye redness
  • chronic tearing from their eyes
  • a white instead of a black pupil
  • poor visual tracking, or trouble following an object with their eyes
  • abnormal eye alignment or movement after 6 months of age

 

What Causes Blindness?

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The following eye diseases and conditions can cause blindness:
  • Glaucoma refers to four different eye conditions that can damage your optic nerve, which carries visual information from your eyes to your brain.
  • Macular degeneration destroys the part of your eye that enables you to see details. It usually affects older adults.
  • Cataracts cause cloudy vision. They’re more common in older people.
  • A lazy eye can make it difficult to see details. It may lead to vision loss.
  • Optic neuritis is inflammation that can cause temporary or permanent vision loss.
  • Retinitis pigmentosa refers to damage of the retina. It leads to blindness only in rare cases.
  • Tumors that affect your retina or optic nerve can also cause blindness.
Blindness is a potential complication if you have diabetes or have a stroke. Birth defects, eye injuries, and complications from eye surgery are other common causes of blindness.

Who Is at Risk of Blindness?

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The following categories of people are at risk of blindness:
  • people with eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma
  • people with diabetes
  • people who have a stroke
  • eye surgery patients
  • people who work with or near sharp objects or toxic chemicals
  • premature babies

How Is Blindness Diagnosed?

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A thorough eye exam by an optometrist will help to determine the cause of your blindness or partial loss of vision. Your eye doctor will administer a series of tests that measure the clarity of your vision, the function of your eye muscles, and how your pupils react to light. They’ll examine the general health of your eyes using a slit lamp, which is a low-power microscope paired with a high-intensity light.

Diagnosing Blindness in Infants

A pediatrician will screen your baby for eye problems shortly after birth. At 6 months of age, you should have an eye doctor or pediatrician check your child again for visual acuity, focus, and eye alignment. The doctor will look at your baby’s eye structures and see whether they can follow a light or colorful object with their eyes. Your child should be able to pay attention to visual stimuli by 6 to 8 weeks of age. If your child doesn’t react to light shining in their eyes or focus on colorful objects by 2 to 3 months of age, have their eyes examined right away. You should have their eyes examined if you notice crossed eyes or any other symptoms of impaired vision.
 

How Is Blindness Treated?

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In some cases of vision impairment, one or more of the following may help to restore your vision:
  • eyeglasses
  • contact lenses
  • surgery
  • medication
If you experience partial blindness that can’t be corrected, your doctor will provide guidance on how to function with limited vision. For example, you can use a magnifying glass to read, increase the text size on your computer, and use audio clocks and audiobooks. Complete blindness requires approaching life in a new way and learning new skills. For example, you may need to learn how to:
  • read Braille
  • use a guide dog
  • memorize the keypad on your phone
  • organize your home so you can find things easily
  • fold money in distinct ways to distinguish bill amounts
You may also need to have handrails installed in your bathroom.