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Newsletter February 20, 2013 PDF Email

Since our partnership with Telikin last year, there has been a tremendous amount of interest from our membership

On Saturday, February 9th, Cary SeniorNet instructor John Fitzpatrick, hosted a webinar presentation on Telikin Touchscreen Computers. Nancy Allegrezza, RN, Telikin's Director of Marketing, discussed the history and benefits of computing with Telikin. She also offered a demonstration of the Telikin touch screen computer to 25 participants. 

 Other centers have had the opportunity to use and explore this new technology. This is a fantastic product for everyone -  seniors, baby boomers, the young, and those that are impaired.  
 
For more information on Telikin, visit www.Telikin.com. If you are interested in a presentation for your center, please contact Nancy Allegrezza at Telikin Sales, 267-954-0102.
   
Members, volunteers work with your Coordinators to get your center on the list for this exclusive SeniorNet benefit.

A SeniorNet member testing out the Telikin at the Council House SeniorNet Center in Maryland.

Sincerely,

Leslie M. Smith
 Chairman

 
Newsletter February 12, 2013 PDF Email

 

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Launches AccessNote

American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®

New York (February 1, 2013) - For the millions of Americans with vision loss looking for a simple, convenient way to take notes at work, at school, or at home, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today launched the AccessNote™, a specialized notetaker for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  

 
"Apple products have earned high points from us for their out-of-the-box accessibility for users who are blind or visually impaired," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "We designed this app to complement the iPhone's other popular features, like web browsing and email, so that users who are blind have all the tools they need in one, handy device."
 
A traditional notetaker is a portable electronic device that enables users who are blind or visually impaired to take notes, create documents, and access applications. These devices, extremely valuable for people who are blind or visually impaired, usually provide either speech or braille output (or both).  They retail for upwards of $2,000 and much more for those with a built-in braille display; AFB's AccessNote app is available for $19.99.
 
In addition to being a low-cost alternative to traditional notetakers, AccessNote allows users to combine efficient notetaking with many other features and functions of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This allows people who are blind or visually impaired to use the same popular devices that their sighted peers are using in classroom or business settings.
 
This is the first notetaking app developed and designed specifically for users with vision loss. AFB evaluated many of the other available notetaking apps, but found none to be very efficient or user-friendly to people who are blind or visually impaired.  

 

What sets the AccessNote apart includes:

  • Seamless Navigation. Customized keyboard commands make notetaking more intuitive and productive than ever before, including quick access to important features like Search All Notes, Search Within a Note, as well as several navigation options.
  • Automatic Saving. With an automatic save on every few keystrokes, notes will never be lost.
  • Cursor tracking. When navigating among multiple sets of notes,users can always pick up right where they left off.
  • Unparalleled Simplicity. With a clutter-free interface, users can create, read, find, and sync, making it easier to spend more time with actual content and less time with tools.
  • DropBox Integration. All notes, always on hand. DropBox keeps AccessNote in sync with the user's desktop (and other devices) so their notes are always available and backed up.
  • Compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards. AccessNote is optimized for efficiency with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and for today's wireless braille displays.  

AccessNote was developed in conjunction with FloCo Apps and is available on the App Store(sm). 

 

About AFB

 

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.
 
Contact : Lee Huffman - AccessWorld and Technology Information Editor, American Foundation for the Blind

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Newsletter January 29, 2013 PDF Email

SeniorNet partners with QUE Publishing


SeniorNet Members, Volunteers, and Sponsors

 

We are very pleased to announce another SeniorNet Partnership and membership benefit.   

 

QUE Publishing, a division of Pearson Education, one of the largest book publishers in the world, has engaged SeniorNet as a partner. What this means is that you, as a SeniorNet member, can receive up to a 45% discount on some of the latest computer and technology related books and ebooks available on a wide variety of subjects:

  • Operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 
  • Software: Office 2010 and 2013, Adobe software, and much more 
  • Smartphones and tablets: iPads, iPhones, Windows Phone, Android, etc.
  • Websites: Facebook, LinkedIn, eBay, etc.  

There are also books for beginners and for experts alike! 

 

And so much more!

 

Click here today:   www.quepublishing.com/seniornet   and use the discount codes below to save. 

 

 

 

Que Publishing Discount   

 

Regards,

 

   

 

Leslie M. Smith

Chairman 

 
 
Newsletter January 23 2013 PDF Email

Have you signed up for classes yet?

  
SeniorNet Learning Centers now have access to the latest versions of some popular software and can simplify your learning: 

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (for image editing) 
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 11 (for video editing) 

...and new curriculum, too! 

  • Microsoft Word
    • Level 1 (basics)
      • for students with limited knowledge of Word processing programs or is new to Microsoft Word 2010  
    • Level 2 (intermediate)
      • will introduce you to features that impact the design of a document such as styles, themes, templates, graphics   
    • Level 3 (advanced)  
  •  
    •  learn how to work with columns, tables, headers, footers, page numbering, and how to print labels and send personalized mailings 
  • Digital Photo Editing for Beginners
    • Edit and add artistry to your photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery 
  • Digital Video Editing for Beginners
    • Learn how to edit your home movies with Windows Live Movie Maker 

Visit your local learning center for more information about classes.

 

Volunteers Needed for GrandMentor Program

GrandMentor is a volunteer program that uses the internet to connect seniors with disadvantaged children. The seniors act as literacy mentors for children in need, using a computer with internet access and free teleconferencing tools. If you are a SeniorNet member with internet access (either at home or in another location), you can help a child in need. For more information click here 


 
Newsletter December 2012 PDF Email

SENIORNET NEEDS YOUR HELP

SeniorNet Members and Supporters

As SeniorNet reaches the end of our 26th year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past years. It is only with help from people like you that SeniorNet has been able to fulfill our mission (enhancing the lives of older adults and those with a need of computer training and technology education).

Look at some of what we accomplished in 2012:

  • We opened new centers
    • Quinault Indian Reservation, Learning Center, WA
    • Second Union Baptist Church, Learning Center, Washington D.C.
    • An International Research Center for product and services for those "50 years old and better", Brooklyn, New York.  
  • SeniorNet Social Media was created to extend education and awareness
    • Our blog:  Social Media Scoop for Seniors
    • SeniorNet on Facebook
    • SeniorNet on Twitter
  • We launched new partnerships
    • GrandMentor Program, giving members the opportunity to volunteer by reading to underserved elementary school children via Skype.
    • Vistaprint, providing logo'd marketing collateral to SeniorNet Centers to increase their awareness in their local communities.
  • New Membership benefits/discounts with more new partners  ( Holiday Membership Benefits )
    • Telikin, all-in-one, easy-to-use touchscreen computers designed with seniors in mind offers significant product discounts to our entire membership. The Telikin has been piloted in centers with seniors that are impaired and the feedback has been fantastic.
    • Clarity (division of Plantronics), provided new amplified cellphones designed uniquely for seniors to SeniorNet leaders and is offering holiday discounts to SeniorNet
    • Pearson QUE Publishing, one of the largest computer book publishers in the world, offers special discounts and tutorial reference products to our centers and members.

As you know, the world is becoming increasingly connected through the internet, and it is more important than ever before for seniors to know essential computer skills. To this point – with the support of our strategic partners, we were able to provide the latest Microsoft and Adobe software to our centers, as well as SeniorNet‘s user-friendly curriculum (student instruction) for all ages.

We know you receive many requests for donations, and we know your money is important to you. Please take a moment to consider helping us to make a difference.

Please know that any contribution from you, large or small, will go a long way empowering seniors and those that need new technology skills.

Go to www.SeniorNet.org and click on Donate Today!

Or mail your check/money order to:
SeniorNet
12801 Worldgate Drive
Suite 500
Herndon, VA 20170

Remember, SeniorNet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation you make is fully tax-deductible!

We have a lot planned for 2013 and hope you will continue supporting SeniorNet‘s mission. Thank you again for your loyalty and dedication over the past years.
Sincerely,

Leslie M. Smith
SeniorNet Chairman

 
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