blog post: my first impressions of jetpack

Hello to all. You might notice some changes to the podcast page. I’m using the jetpack plugin as i want to kind of streamline the plugins i use and prevent any unnecessary load n the server, plus i’veheard some good things about it.

changes in jet pack i’d love to see

one change in particular i’d love to see in jetpack is the ability to add the sharing social buttons with out ragging and dropping. As many of you know i am a voice over user and a screen reader user in general, so dragging and dropping is not a good thing, in most cases it is actually impossible to do this. I hope to get in touch with jetpack’s developers to try and implement this but in the mean time you will have to share the links and posts by hand. Sorry to all for now.


i spoke to the jetpack staff and they fixed the sharing problems with accessibility. I wrote up a tiny blog post about it, but i can update this one wiht the key strokes if needed. I would like to thank the jetoack team for working so hard to make this change.


so far im really loving the set up. It is quick simple and for now, free. Any comments are welcome. The staff are wonderful at jet pack and I really applaud them for giving 110 percent in fixing this issue.

blog post: a call to action against the regional transportation commission of Southern Nevada

Hello to all. This is in regard to a petition I created against our transportation commission here in the southern part of Nevada. They have for the past 4 years given me and others grief by limiting access to their system. Basically if you live outside the fixed rout system they will not pick you up. This is an injustice to the disabled as they have to rely on family members and friends who might not always be around to take them to a stop where pera transit can pick them up.

I encourage you all who are in this area to forward this to fellow nevadans and get the word out there. Send it to email lists you know of, etc.

Petition and link.

Here is the petition and link.

I’m writing on behalf of all the blind and disabled out there in southern Nevada. For 4 years I’ve been trying to convince the RTC (regional transportation commission of southern Nevada) to please ask pera transit that they pick us up outside the supplemental zone. They have done this but on a stand by system, that is, you might have a way their, but not back to your destination.

By law Pera transit has a 0.5 mile radius outside the area that the fixed rout takes so they can accommodate. My nearest bus stop is over 2 miles away. Which for me is an impossible rout because of the area I live in. I have talked to many supervisors and left comments for them, but they keep giving the excuse that they don’t have enough demand for the service outside where I live, and that the richer population complain that it would bring more crime to the area.

This to me is not a good enough excuse, as I know many older and disabled people who do live in my community who would value the use of the pera transit service in my neighborhood. I have to depend on others to get me to a place where pera transit can then pick me up. This is counter intuitive as it does not promote independence, rather it instead promotes dependence.

I’m asking on behalf of the national federation of the blind of southern Nevada to please increase pera transit to all of Las Vegas, not just where the fixed rout is capable of going. It is a disservice that the RTC made the decision to exclude the rural areas of Las Vegas and is to me an injustice.

Thanks for your time.

Sarah k Alawami

Las Vegas Nevada,
February 28, 2014

That’s why I created a petition to Regional Transportation commission of Southern Nevada, which says:

“On behalf of the blind and disabled, we petition the regional transportation commission of Southern Nevada to expand the coverage of the Pera transit service to cover all of the Las Vegas Valley. This will promote grater independence for the blind and disabled persons living in rural areas.”

Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name:

Here it is imbedded in to the post directly.



I encourage all of you to please forward this to as many nevadans as you can. if this becomes popular enough move on will help us spread the word. Those of you in the news departments can also maybe contact your news directors and also get this out there. This is an injustice that needs to be stopped. Not just for me, but for the rest of us that live outside the fixed route system.

blog post: selling on amazon, an accessibility user’s guide

This post will summarize my experience with selling something on amazon from an accessibility view. I love amazon as normally i can get very good deals from them and the sellers right down to amazon are good to work with. For this guide i used os10.9.2 And the safari browser with all applied updates.


I needed a new keyboard as I was sick of batteries for a keyboard I used every 3 months. Batteries can get expensive even when you buy them from a store like Costco or sam’s club. (Other stores like this might exist in other countries.) So I decided to try selling on amazon, mainly because:

  • The items are already listed in amazon and you don’t have to upload pictures
  • The amazon catalog is constantly growing.
  • When you have a problem you can report the buyer to amazon, and they know to follow the rules and guidelines when contacting a seller.
  • Their comissions, althouth a lot, are not as much as some companies.
  • It does not cost anything to list an item that amazon has in its catalog for yu to sell.
    So as you can see, there are a number of valid reasons, and probably some I missed.


I will now outline to the best of my ability my experience Ihad wiht selling my first item on amazon from an accessibility point of view. If anyone has any comments please leave them as I qant to knwo your experience if you have done any selling.

step 1, finding your item

When you want to sell anitem, you need to find it. YOu also have the opertunity of selling your prior purchases if you want to do that. That can be found in your account summary.
When you search for an item that you want to sell be as specific as possible. For example apple bluetooth keyboard. After you have foundn and verified it is yoru item, click have one to sell. Note, words might be slightly different but that is a summery of what they say. Now log in using yoru seller credintals. if you don’thave any, you now have the opertunity to create yoru seller account. doing this is 100 percent accessible.