Current List Of Accessible Android Apps

This is a list of the accessible apps that I am currently using on my 2013 Moto X which is running KitKat.

I use a combination of touch and a bluetooth keyboard in various apps, it just depends on what I’m doing.

Acapela TTS Voices


Amazon Kindle



Beep Hourly


chomp SMS

Commandr for Google Now


Easy Answer

ETI-Eloquence TTS


Google Opinion Rewards

Google Voice

Hangouts Dialer


Music Folder Player Full

My App List

NOAA Weather


Point Finder

Pro Weather Alert




Skype – free IM & video calls

Total Commander

Touchless Notifications Pro

TuneIn Radio Pro


TWiT Pro

My Chocolate Eggnog Protein Shake.

I made one of these last night and posted it to the blind-wls list.
It is 62 degrees in Kansas City, which is a bit above average for this time of year. Don’t worry, fall and winter will return later this week.

This was so good last night I decided to make another tonight.

My Chocolate Eggnog Protein Shake.

1 scoop Big Train FitFrappe Chocolate
2 cups Silk Unsweetened Soy Milk
4 pumps Davinci Gourmet Sugar Free Eggnog Syrup

Put the soy milk in a blender and add the chocolate protein powder.

Add the 4 pumps of the Eggnog syrup. This is where having the pump is really handy, just move the end of the pump over the blender and its just easy.

Blend for however long feels right to you, I usually do for about 45 seconds or so.

Pour into a mug or whatever you like drinking from. I’m a fan of the Bubba mugs.

Set it in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Sip and enjoy.

Between the powder and the soy milk this is 34 g protein.

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Atkins Frozen Meals

My Wife made a spreadsheet of Atkins Frozen Meals and I made it a bit easier with links for each item that have directions and nutritional info from Directions For Me.

You might find that your grocery store doesn’t have all of the items. I’ve found that my local grocery store has most of them and Walmart has a few that my grocery store doesn’t have, so don’t give up if you have trouble finding the one you want.

Atkins Tex-Mex Scramble

Atkins Mexican-Style Chicken and Vegetables

Atkins Pasta Bake

Atkins Italian Sausage Primavera

Atkins Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

Atkins Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

Atkins Chicken Marsala

Atkins Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

Atkins Orange Chicken

Atkins Chili Con Carne

Atkins Swedish Meatballs

Atkins Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy

Atkins Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy

Atkins Tex-Mex Scramble

Atkins Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble

Atkins Bacon Scramble

Atkins Steak Scramble

Atkins English Muffin Sandwich Bacon with Egg & Cheese

Atkins English Muffin Sandwich Sausage with Egg

Atkins English Muffin Sandwich Sausage with Egg & Cheese

Atkins English Muffin Sandwich Canadian Bacon with Egg & Cheese

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Morning Coffee

Sipping on some Dunkin Donuts Colombian Coffee with Davinci gourmet sugar free Egg Nog syrup

This tastes absolutely wonderful, especially in my fairly new coffee maker.

Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

As of when I’m posting this, Amazon has it for $35.

I’m still loving this new coffee maker. It has a bold setting which sends the water through very slowly. It takes about 6 minutes to make coffee with 14 oz. of water and 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds. If you are looking to buy a machine for yourself or as a gift, I strongly recommend this one.

There are no filters to buy, it has a reusable filter that is easy to clean. All you need is coffee, water, and a cup. I prefer to use sugar free syrups to sweeten and add flavor to my coffee, but that part is your choice.

I use a 24 oz. Bubba Tumbler, which works great with this maker.
Here is info on the tumbler I use. You do have to slightly tilt the tumbler to get it into and out of the coffee maker but it isn’t a problem and no spills as the tumbler holds more than the coffee maker will make. It fits perfectly on the coffee maker once you set it in there. The coffee just drips into the tumbler, never outside.

bubba 24 oz tumbler classic black

I like syrups from both Torani and Davinci. I go back and forth as to who I buy from, they have some of the same flavors of syrups but each has a few flavors the other doesn’t have.

DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Flavored Syrups

Torani | Buy Sugar Free Syrups

Please note that the things I talk about and do work for me. We are all different, even if you look at two people who had the same weight loss surgery, each person is different in things they like, dislike, how certain foods work in their body. So consider this before making any changes.

If I can be of any help to you or others, please contact me. I had Gastric Bypass Surgery but it is not the best option for everyone. My Wife did the Slow Carb Diet and has lost 250 pounds and is maintaining her weight, that isn’t the best option for everyone either.

Nixon plans cut in Missouri pensions for the blind

The following is from:

Nixon plans cut in Missouri pensions for the blind
JEFFERSON CITY • Marie Thompson, 81, lost her vision as a toddler, when complications from encephalitis destroyed the optic nerves in her eyes.
Under a special program for the blind, she has received a “pension” from the state of Missouri for about 60 years. Thompson said the money helped her afford the public transportation, readers and other services she needs. Initially $51 a month, Thompson’s pension now totals $718 a month.
But in an unusual move, Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration is cutting back on the $32 million-a-year program. The Department of Social Services has told all 3,847 people receiving the pension checks to expect a $33-a-month cut in January. The cut will save the state an estimated $730,000.
The administration’s rationale — that the fund is suddenly going broke — is puzzling to some advocates for the blind, given that the pensions are funded from a small statewide property tax. Statewide assessed property values are projected to grow this year, according to preliminary data from the State Tax Commission.
“I don’t see how, when the assessment goes up, the money coming in is going down,” said Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence. “I don’t quite understand the math there. There should be a clear, transparent reason for why we’re cutting services for people who need them.”
Social services officials say that for the last several years, the pensions have been costing more than the blind pension fund collects from the property tax. State law calls for benefits to be reduced when that happens, the department said.
“In the history of the blind pension program, the department has never experienced this particular scenario,” Alyson Campbell, director of the Family Support Division, wrote last summer to John Ammann, a lawyer who represents the blind.
Missouri has provided monthly cash benefits to the blind since the 1920s. State voters set up the pension fund through a constitutional amendment.
To qualify for pensions, people must be totally blind, not just legally blind. They can have no more than 5/200 vision or a visual field of less than 5 degrees. Legal blindness is 20/200.
Pension recipients must be at least 18 years old. The blind pensioner and spouse can accumulate no more than $20,000 in savings or property, not counting their home.
Separately, the blind receive state-paid health care, a program that Nixon fought to preserve several years ago when Republicans tried to cut it. That health coverage is not affected by the upcoming pension cut.
The pensions are financed by an annual tax of three cents on each $100 assessed valuation of property in the state. Last year, the tax raised $29.82 million, down from $29.98 million the previous year.
Chris Gray, executive director of the Missouri Council of the Blind, said state officials told him that “property tax values are not increasing; they are decreasing because of foreclosures, because of the soft property market, because property is falling in price, and that there truly isn’t enough money in the fund to pay each pension recipient their share for the whole year.”
Gray said “the peculiar thing” about the pensions is that they are calculated based on property tax collections two years earlier. Indeed, in a seeming contradiction, the blind got a $7-a-month increase in their pensions in July, based on growth in property tax collections in the 2013 budget year.
Such annual increases have been the norm over the years since the state’s assessed valuation usually rises because of construction and higher property values. That has boosted the blind pension from a maximum of $489 a month in 2005 to the top benefit of $718 today.
But since 2008, the statewide assessed valuation of property has teetered up and down. Thus, collections for the pension fund have dipped or generally remained flat. That has required the fund to rely on its fund balance.
The state says the fund will run dry before July 1 if pensions aren’t cut. Officials say a $33-a-month cut in January will spread out the pain over the last six months of the state’s fiscal year, rather than forcing a bigger cut in the spring.
Ammann, an attorney at the St. Louis University Law Clinic, questions the timing. Property tax receipts will flow to government coffers during December and January. In other words, money to fund the program hasn’t come in yet this fiscal year. “If property tax revenue goes up, they may not need to do this,” he said.
Ammann said the Nixon administration’s planned cut is unrelated to a recent court decision that found the state had been shortchanging blind pensioners since 1992. The amount of that underpayment is on appeal.
Nixon could ask legislators to supplement the blind pensions with state general revenue. But advocates say that’s unlikely, given that Nixon has frozen funding for scores of programs.
Gray said the pension cut will be hardest on people who don’t receive the maximum amount now. He said he was contacted by one elderly person who receives $53 a month under a small subset of the pension program called Aid to the Blind.
“It’s going to be a tough cut for a lot of people, but I think the people getting $718 a month, they’ll find a way to accommodate a $33 decrease. But to have a cut from $53 to $20, that seems pretty draconian,” Gray said.
Thompson, for one, isn’t complaining about her share of the cut. She said her pension, combined with Social Security, covers her apartment bills in St. Louis, with enough left over to eat out occasionally with friends at Steak and Shake. She figures she’ll eat out less now.
“As I told some of my friends — they were kinda upset — I said, ‘We’ll just have to all make do with what we’re allowed to keep.’ We’re very lucky to receive this blind pension.”

Starting NVDA On Any Windows Computer Without Sighted Assistance

I learned about doing this from someone in a forum that I found in a Google search and have now written it in my own words.

I have a 32 GB drive that I have portable versions of programs I use, along with the portable version of NVDA.
There are portable versions of Firefox, Thunderbird, Jarte, and several other utilities I like to keep handy. Because of the way that I have things setup, I can take this portable drive to any Windows based computer and start using it without assistance from anyone.

This is of course, assuming that Windows is running, the current user is logged on and nothing really strange is going on, also assuming there are speakers connected to the computer and they are turned on.

Here’s how I do this.

I’ve named the portable drive “ZZZZ”. The number of Z’s really doesn’t make a difference.
I only have one folder on the drive that starts with the letter “N” and that is NVDA.

I put the drive into a USB port on the computer and wait about 30 seconds for the drive to be recognized, usually you’d hear the USB inserted sound in Windows but I go by time.

Press the Windows key and the letter E to open Explorer.

Wait about 10 seconds.

Next I press Z to move down to my portable drive. Its unlikely that anyone will have a drive on their computer that is named something starting with Z, that is why I chose to name my portable drive this way.

Press enter to open the drive.

Wait about 10 or so seconds for the drive to open and for Windows to display the folders.

Press N to move to the NVDA folder and then press enter.

Wait about another 10 to 15 seconds and press N to move to the NVDA.exe file and press enter.

A few seconds later the portable version of NVDA will start and you now have access to the computer with a screen reader running.