Android Accessibility

 

Android is my choice of operating systems for my smartphone. It is very accessible and below you will find some helpful information. Some info, like my list of apps is from me, other info has been gathered by the very helpful people on the Eyes Free google group. Other info is from a search on google.

A great tutorial for the options in TalkBack and using its gestures:
http://goo.gl/xNcJ50

 

Here is a list of keyboard commands for android:
http://goo.gl/VWZ36Q

 

Another tutorial for using the gestures in TalkBack:
http://goo.gl/VTmHve

 

The Eyes-Free Google Group:
http://goo.gl/gJe4UR

 

To join the Eyes-Free google group send an email to:
eyes-free+subscribe@googlegroups.com

 

 

Here is a list of accessible android apps that I have installed on my phone. Just for reference, I’ve got the first Moto X which is running version 4.4.4. Most of the things I do are by touch but I do use a bluetooth keyboard sometimes too, it just depends on what I’m doing.
This list is current as of the date of this posting. I don’t have any problems labeling a button from time to time. These apps are accessible for me but many people have different ideas of what accessible means.
I’ve shortened the play store links for each app.

 

Acapela TTS Voices
http://goo.gl/y7PBaw

AccuRadio
http://goo.gl/yf7Qx6

Amazon Kindle
http://goo.gl/9jCIT

AquaMail
http://goo.gl/U8Ij0

Audible
http://goo.gl/9g9uR

Beep Hourly
http://goo.gl/vDvKt

CamFind
http://goo.gl/4l4mz9

chomp SMS
http://goo.gl/IbdLi

Commandr for Google Now
http://goo.gl/ymE0Mn

Docs
http://goo.gl/s7dFFk

ETI-Eloquence TTS
http://goo.gl/r74XuS

Facebook
http://goo.gl/fu6z9

Goggles
http://goo.gl/BctQA

Google Opinion Rewards
http://goo.gl/CLmCNH

Google Voice
http://goo.gl/oHXrk

Hangouts Dialer
http://goo.gl/tRaJpm

IFTTT
http://goo.gl/zyOjbT

Messenger
http://goo.gl/wEyfq

Music Folder Player Full
http://goo.gl/vUtPvX

My App List
http://goo.gl/Bfs30

NOAA Weather
http://goo.gl/IBbzQO

NotNav
http://goo.gl/LQRUsZ

OneDrive
http://goo.gl/sNja3

Plume
http://goo.gl/b9KJj

Point Finder
http://goo.gl/BxZ2IC

Pro Weather Alert
http://goo.gl/CB3lZ

Ringdroid
http://goo.gl/HmFxV

ShakeCall
http://goo.gl/9dyzYK

Sheets
http://goo.gl/FnTpvq

Shiprack
http://goo.gl/RbRFdj

Total Commander
http://goo.gl/7U9e9

Touchless Notifications Pro
http://goo.gl/dOYbdV

TuneIn Radio Pro
http://goo.gl/ZHqFh

TWiT Pro
http://goo.gl/JWIwzb

 

 

My list of apps changes from time to time as I find new apps and remove apps I just don’t use anymore. So check back often.

 

Weight Loss Surgery Podcast & More

I’ve mentioned in a previous post about how I’ve never stopped learning. This is nothing new for me as I learned way back in high school to always look at sources of learning other than the book the teacher is required to hand out.
This became even more important after having Gastric Bypass Surgery as the place where I had surgery doesn’t have anything in their book about life after six months post surgery. I looked for info online and from others who have had various weight loss surgeries.

My learning expanded again today after reading some tweets from those at the Obesity Action Coalition’s 2014 conference. I learned that there is a weight loss surgery podcast. The tweet talked about this lady named Dr Michelle May. I was very interested in what she had to say as I’ve always been interested in those who think differently. Something that challenges traditional thinking and shows that someone has gone outside the traditional thinking style of only this way, never anything different, just do what we say.

 

 

I encourage everyone, not just those who have had weight loss surgery to always keep learning. Look at what others are saying about a topic, find out what makes them different and make up your own mind. Just because someone has a different opinion than mine, that doesn’t make me right or them wrong. We all learn from each other.

 

 

Here is a link to this great podcast site. I’ve only listened to the one withMichelle May, but will be listening to others in the coming days.
Don’t forget the host of the podcast because I think she’s pretty amazing too. I’ve talked with her a little today via twitter and I wish every weight loss center had someone like her.

 

Weight Loss Surgery Podcast
http://www.weightlosssurgerypodcast.com/

 

 

After listening to the podcast I am going to get the following book this next week, so happy its available from Audible and with the author reading it too!

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
by Michelle May
http://hkc.im/4eC

 

 

If I can be of help to you or someone you know, please contact me. I’m a 20 year cancer survivor who is totally blind and had gastric bypass surgery in January 2011. Weight loss surgery can be a bit challenging when you can’t see. I have various places I go to for nutritional information and cooking directions. I’d be happy to share any of that info along with my experiences.
Steve
blindbites@gmail.com
@blindbites via twitter

Happy 11th Anniversary!!!!

I posted this to my Wife’s wall on Facebook this morning and wanted to share it with everyone who reads my blog.

 

Happy Anniversary!!! 11 great years that we’ve been married. We’ve both gone through allot in these 11 years and we are still in love and have never had a fight or arguement. That is because we are a team and are here to help, support, and love each other. I remember getting down on one knee and asking you to marry me and I was serious then when I said 2 weeks isn’t enough time to get to know you, I want to spend a lifetime together. Here’s a song to celebrate that great day on the 13th of September!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlh4TMnjS8g

My Healthy PB&J

I’ve been expanding the variety of foods that I eat in an effort to have more carbs in my diet. I learned from a study that I wasn’t getting enough carbs in my diet now that I’m just over 3 and a half years since I had Gastric Bypass Surgery.

There is a link to this study in a recent blog post about why I needed to make some changes.

 

I’ve found a very yummy and healthy way of making an old favorite of mine, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I hadn’t had one since before surgery and am very happy to be able to have one again.

 

Please note when I mention that something is healthy, I am talking about for me. We are all different and have different needs and different foods effect people in different ways.

 

Here are the three things I use to make my PB&J. I do use the serving size mentioned and as always, take small bites, and chew chew chew before swallowing.

The peanut butter may not be on the same shelf as all of that unhealthy, sugar filled, peanut butter in your store. In the grocery store I go to, they keep it in the refridgerated section of their health market.

Arnold – Pocket Pita 100% Whole Wheat
Serving size:
1/2 flatbread
Total Carbohydrate
20 g
Dietary Fiber
5 g
Sugars
2 g
Protein
5 g


Old Home Creamy Peanut Butter
Serving size
2 tbsp
Total Carbohydrate
7 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
Sugars
0 g
Protein
8 g


Smuckers Concord Grape Jam with Splenda, Sugar Free
Serving Size
1 tbsp
Total Carbohydrate
5g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Sugars
0g
Protein
0g

 

Total net carbs for my PB&J:

24 g

Total sugars:

2 g

Total protein:

13 g

 

I plan to post about the other things I’ve added to what I eat, so stay tuned.

Learning…

I had some lab work done recently and a liver enzyme was way above the upper limit for normal. I had an ultrasound and the liver looks fine.
I also noticed that one of the kidney levels was off just a bit. I’ve also gained a few pounds this past year, a few more than I am comfortable with.

 

The place I had my Gastric Bypass Surgery had a great education program for life before surgery, preparing for surgery, post surgery diet for about 6 months, and that was it.
They didn’t really teach anything about several years after surgery. They didn’t teach about what happens if you have too much protein in your diet and I really wish they would have.

 

I read several things online and figured out the increased liver levels, increased kidney levels and weight gain along with some constapation are all because I had too much protein in my diet.
I was enjoying those yummy protein drinks just a bit too much. I was drinking plenty of crystal light and plain water but not enough to keep up with the amount of protein I was taking in each day.

 

Thanks to online sources I’m rearranging what I eat and how much carbs I eat each day. I’m happy there are others online to learn from because nobody ever taught me what I need to know, I’ve had to search for the info.

So maybe someone involved with a education program at a weight loss surgery center will see this and change how and what you are teaching. We need info on more than just six months after surgery. We need to know of things to be aware of and how to correct problems once they are discovered.

I think part of the problem is most of the people involved in a weight loss surgery center only know what they are taught as only one person had weight loss surgery that was involved in the place I went to.
There also seems to be new people in the office at each yearly visit, so not many people actually know me, other than what is in my chart.

I’d go to a support group for my wls center but its the same thing and there are issues with transportation for me.

 

So as I told someone recently, the learning never stops after weight loss surgery. Its a matter of learning what works, what doesn’t work, investigating the nutrition of different foods, and trying new things.

 

Never stop learning.

Current List Of Accessible Android Apps

This is a current list of apps that I have installed on my Moto X.
These apps work for me using TalkBack. My idea of accessible may be different than somebody else. For example, I use the IFTTT service. Setup and configuration is done 100% through their web site, the app just processes and acts on those settings. So I don’t actually have to open the IFTTT app on my phone for anything. I’m also okay with having to label a few buttons on my own from time to time and will even ask someone who can see what the unlabeled button is. I then label the button and it is now accessible to me.
Just the way I think.

 

Acapela TTS Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

AccuRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.slipstream.accuradio

Amazon
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.mShop.android

Amazon Kindle
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

AquaMail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail Pro Unlocker
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail.UnlockerMarket

Audible
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application

Beep Hourly
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mst.android.beephourly

Call Control
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flexaspect.android.everycallcontrol

CamFind
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.camfind

chomp SMS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.p1.chompsms

Commandr for Google Now https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.RSen.Commandr

Docs
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs

ETI-Eloquence TTS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.eloquencetts

Facebook
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana

Goggles
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.unveil

Google Voice
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

HaxSync
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mots.haxsync

IFTTT
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ifttt.ifttt

Messenger
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

NOAA Radio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jjacrappsllc.noaa

NOAA Weather
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nstudio.weatherhere

NotNav
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smithson.notnav

Pdf to Speech Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.practicalapps

Plume
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.levelup.touiteur

Plume Premium
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.levelup.touiteurpremium

Point Finder
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.picospace.pointfinder

Pro Weather Alert
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.globalcanofworms.android.proweatheralert

Ringdroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid

ShakeCall
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ysrsoft.shakecall

Sheets
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets

Shiprack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shiprack.client

Talking Caller ID
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kgmoney.TalkingCallerID

Taxi Magic
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ridecharge.android.taximagic

Total Commander
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.android.TotalCommander

Totalcmd-Google Drive
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.tcplugins.GoogleDrive

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

TWiT Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.markhanson.twit

Taco Bell’s new Cantina Power Menu Healthy?

You might have heard about Taco Bell’s new Cantina Power Menu. They are marketing this as healthier because it has more protein. I understand my needs for healthy food are different from other people’s needs for what is healthy food.

I look at this from my healthy life after gastric bypass surgery. I eat foods that are high in protein but low in carbs and low in sugar.

Here is some nutritional info for these new healthy menu items from Taco Bell.

 

Cantina Power Burrito Chicken
Calories 470
Carbohydrates 41
Dietary fiber 5
Sugars 4
Protein 28

 

Cantina Power Burrito Steak
Calories 430
Carbohydrates 52
Dietary fiber 9
Sugars 5
Protein 15

 

Cantina Power Burrito Veggie
Calories 460
Carbohydrates 43
Dietary fiber 4
Sugars 4
Protein 28

 

Cantina Power Bowl Chicken
Calories 490
Carbohydrates 49
Dietary fiber 8
Sugars 3
Protein 29

 

Cantina Power Bowl Steak
Calories 500
Carbohydrates 47
Dietary fiber 8
Sugars 3
Protein 29

 

Cantina Power Bowl Veggie
Calories 460
Carbohydrates 58
Dietary fiber 13
Sugars 4
Protein 16

 

 

So just remember, no matter how healthy this stuff is advertised to be, its still fast food. Its eating food like this that helped me get to 336 pounds. My lifestyle has changed and I don’t want to even walk down that road that took me to such an unhealthy place.
Again, these items may be fine for you, if so, that is okay. I only know they aren’t good for me.
Thankfully Taco Bell and many other restaurants make their menu and nutritional information available online. This allows me to look at the menu from home, away from the scents and sounds of the restaurant. I can check out the nutritional information and find a healthy option for my meal.