(music) Hello everyone, it’s Molly here again and finally, finally, I am doing a video on my technology. As you can see, I have a whole lot of Apple products lined up here and I constantly get questions, especially on YouTube, about how I use my computer, how I film my videos, how I use an iPhone. So I thought it was about time I just sit down and quickly give you an overview of how myself and lots of other blind people are able to use technology just like anybody else can. I mean, I’m surprised most people don’t figure it out on their own, since it is the twenty-fifth…uhh…twenty-fifth?! It is NOT the twenty-fifth century, Molly! It’s 2015 and it’s the twenty-FIRST century. There we go. So, basically here is my iPhone and all Apple products, it’s an amazing company, they’ve dedicated themselves to making sure that every single product they release is fully accessible to the blind, straight out of the box, no extra costs. So, if you have any of these products here at home, like the Apple Watch, the MacBook, the iPad, the iPhone, or an iPod, or anything else, if you have that at home and you go into your settings, you’ll find GENERAL, ACCESSIBILITY, and then something called VOICE OVER. Don’t turn voice over on, unless you’ve looked up how to turn it off. Although actually, I think now you can do it with Siri. So I think if you have Siri, you can actually say, “Siri, turn on voice over,” or “Siri, turn off voice over,” and it’ll do it for you. So you can kind of, like, play around with it too at home and check out how you can do things, but I’ll just give you a quick show. So of course this is the rose gold and white iPhone 6S- I LOVE it! And so I just have the finger, that’s like the best part (iPhone plays very quiet male voice) it’s already talking…okay, I got it! Alright, so basically this is my home page, I have all my apps and I just (hovers finger over apps and male voice says the app name) So I just move my finger across the screen and it reads me what’s under my finger. So for example, if I wanna go to my phone, I double tap on my screen. (iPhone speaks quietly) and this is why I’m…let’s go to RECENTS and then if I wanna scroll up and down my RECENTS, I put three fingers and I just flick Oops…of course it’s not gonna work now. (iPhone mumbles) Really? There we go! So I just move, and then I can (hovers over names, iPhone reads aloud) …Burke, that’s my mom. Um, and then, yeah (hovers over screen, iPhone speaks). I’ll go to my messages- I need to check those! (iPhone talking) So yeah, it just, goes through. So yeah, it’s pretty simple. And then go to the next page, first page again. It’s honestly such simple technology, You can change the voice, you can change the speed that it talks at, a lot of people find my phone a lot of sighted people find my phone to be very fast, and when I’m, say, reading a text message or checking an email they can’t understand what it’s saying, but in the blind community, I actually have a very slow voice, because unfortunately I’m not one of those super tech-savvy blind people like a lot of them are I’m, like, very basic, I know the bare basics of how to get around my technology and that’s it. And now, here is my iPad, and honestly, basically the iPad is just the jumbo version of the iPhone Obviously I have this cute little monogrammed case, because I’m super basic, and then inside I just have my iPad. And honestly, it’s the exact same, I don’t even have to bother showing you, because it works the exact same as my iPhone does I just move my finger around it and tap. And it’s funny because a lot of my friends say I’m faster at texting on my iPhone than other people And I obviously don’t have to look at the screen, I just kind of memorize the key board. And this is my watch, which is the newest to my Apple collection here This was an amazing gift from a client of mine when I did a speech a few weeks ago It was so unnecessary, but obviously a lovely gift to receive And yeah it’s just (watch, female voice: 7pm) It’s like quiet, it’s at its loudest. That’s all I can really show you I’m trying to look at the camera and not look at it so that I can show you guys that I am doing it without looking at it, because I know I’m gonna get some crazy trolls being like, “you were looking at it, you weren’t really using it with the voice!” ‘Cuz I get that stuff a lot But yeah, it’s fun, I don’t know…I don’t actually know how to make the watch do it, but every now and then, because I have one of the moving backgrounds, I have like a flapping butterfly it’ll actually randomly be like, “Blue and white polka-dot butterfly gently flapping its wings in the wind” And I’m like…”why thank you! Thank you for describing that.” But yeah, it’s fun. And then, I just click that, and it brings me (iPhone voices app names) So I can just go through all the different settings like anybody else can. Yeah, it’s like honestly, it’s so basic Which is why I’ve probably waited this long to do this video Because to me it’s like, so basic and it’s not actually exciting at all. (Apple watch talks) Okay, you calm down. So now I’ll just push these to the side and show you the laptop This is my laptop, I’m sure you guys have seen it in a lot of videos if you are a subscriber of mine, which, if you aren’t, go do that. ‘Cuz I’m cool. But…um…I use this in a lot of my videos, especially tag videos, or Q&A videos, I will usually write the questions on my laptop and have my laptop read them to me, so you have probably seen this before. But basically…okay…so now I’ve turned voice over on I’m weird, I like turn voice over off every time I go to close my computer and I turn it back on every time I open my computer Most blind people, I don’t think, do that. For some reason I do that, it’s just like a weird habit But basically, to turn voice over on I use…I don’t even know the names of keys because I can’t see it written down I just know the placement So I use the key beside the space bar and I count 1…2…3…4…5 (computer talks) So that’s voice over on So to search things, because obviously I can’t use the tracker pad I just use spotlight search and I will search, say for example, Mail, and it will open my mail, and I will start to get emails in I have photos with Santa Clause And we’re not gonna read my emails because that feels a little invasive. I’m gonna shut this down. So basically that’s how I do it. I’ll open something like (computer talks very fast) Okay, calm down (computer continues to talk) I don’t wanna open that. (computer talking) So basically you see I’ve navigated without touching the trackpad at all, I’ve just been using different key commands and if you’re blind and watching this and you’ve been able to hear my voice and figure out what I’ve been doing, you probably know that I suck. I’m literally so bad at voice over. I do, like, the basics on it. So basically now I’m on a blank document or at least I think it’s a blank document And I’ll show you how I can type. So I’m a touch typer, I started learning how to type and taking typing classes when I was very, very young probably 8 years old and they started teaching me because they knew that one day I was probably going to go blind. due to my disease, and so they wanted me to have all the skills that I was going to need like how to read and write in braille, even though I could still read print how to type on a keyboard without looking So I’ve just been able to memorize the keyboard And I’ve been a touch typer for, honestly, as long as I can remember Um, and yeah I’ll just type a sentence out. (computer talks) The big dog was big. Very creative of me. (computer talks) Purple is my favorite color. So basically, yeah, I’m a super fast touch typer. Or at least I think I’m a pretty fast touch typer. And…um…as you could probably tell, I don’t even really listen to what the voice is saying because I know where the keys are so when I’m actually typing a comment on YouTube, for example, I don’t actually generally listen to what I am typing because I just know where the keys are. And then I’ll just tab over, find the comment button or share button or submit button, or whatever button I’m looking for and use the space bar and what’s called the “VO” keys, the voice over keys which are crucial when you use voice over They are what helps you navigate and I click and that’s how you click without using the tracker pad. So usually when I’m using something like FaceBook, Twitter, posting on YouTube, that I’m typically using either my iPad or my iPhone for because I like the control of having my finger around the screen just because I find navigating on an actual computer more dificult but in terms of writing longer documents out or checking emails and replying to emails I tend to do that on my actual laptop itself. So I kind of…that’s really the reason why I have an iPad and a MacBook and a phone because I use them for different uses. And my watch I love, because I love keeping up, I’m very health conscious and I love being able to keep up with my steps and how long I’ve been standing how many kilometers I’ve walked each day and there’s no other fitness tracker on the market that I know of that you can actually track those things as a blind person and have it read it to you. So, that’s one of the reasons why I love this. And I mean, I don’t know what else you guys want to know about my technology I just thought I’d give you a brief overview, show you how I do things So if there’s anything further you want to know about, definitely comment down below or tweet me send me technology-related questions Like I said, I’m not super tech-savvy, I just do the basics I just know how to work my way around the product and get done what I need to get done and that’s all that really matters to me. I am SO grateful to Apple because there is other programs on the market that are out there like JAWS is a big one, typically fully blind people are people who cannot use enlarged print like a program like ZoomText, people will either use JAWS or Voice Over, the most popular. Voice Over is obviously for the Macs and then JAWS tends to be for the PCs. And honestly when I started trying to learn JAWS before Voice Over came out because Voice Over came out about a year after I went blind What took me a year to learn on JAWS took me a weekend to learn on Voice Over. So I personally find Voice Over WAY easier than JAWS. And I am just so thankful that their products exist for the blind that are totally accessible straight out of the box that don’t cost and extra money because PCs don’t come pre-loaded with JAWS, you have to actually buy JAWS the program, which is VERY expensive So yeah, I love my Mac, I love my Apple products I’m so thankful for Voice Over And that is how, as a blind person, I am able to use all of my technology, keep up with you guys on Twitter, on Facebook, which of course are always linked down below. I really hope you enjoyed this video, let me know down below if there is anything else you’re curious about If you are also blind or visually impaired, comment down below and let me know what your favorite apps are that are accessible, what program you use, what you like, and any tips for helping me become more tech savvy. Thanks guys. Bye!