O & M Trivia game on Alexa and Google Assistant Review

I was on Facebook scrolling through, seeing what was going on, when I came across a friend’s post about a new game was on the Amazon Echo, and it is also available on Google Assistant. The free game is called O M Trivia. The game tests a players knowledge about Orientation and Mobility (O and M ). I was eager to try out the game and to see what it had to offer.

I had trouble finding the game by using my voice, so I had to use my Alexa App to enable it. The game can be played by a single player or by a group of four, and there are three levels of difficulty: beginner, intermediate and advanced. I had previously completed Orientation and Mobility; I am now in my refresher course. I thought this game would be a breeze. I was wrong.

I found the beginner level quite easy to achieve the correct answers. The second level, intermediate, can be tricky for someone who has been in O and M if they are not paying attention to the question. 😊  The final level, advanced, is difficult in itself and I highly recommend the level for anyone who has completed their Orientation and Mobility training. I personally found that this game was difficult to navigate, and I do not think this will be on my top favorite games. However, I feel that the general public can learn a lot from this game, in the way of its content, even from the advanced level.

Please note, the game or any of the products I have mentioned has not been sponsored.

 

Final Echo Dot Lesson (independent living skills series 5)

This week was an exciting week for me. I am now a proud graduate of the first ever Echo Dot training class. For our final class, my teacher had me disable, and then re-enable his Echo Dot. This will help me once I get my own Echo Dot next week.

Setting it up was simple. I only had to follow the set-up menu via the app. During the set up process, I watched a short tutorial video which included information on the different skills and features (such as playing music via Bluetooth, using Google calendar, ect)

The last thing we did was allow me to explore the different skills. Some of the skills I chose for my Echo included: Weather, Flashlight, TED Talks, Sleep and Relaxation Sounds, CNN, and Meow meow.  What Skills do you use for the Echo Dot if you own one? Tell me in the comments below.

I’m eager to receive my device, customize it, and to start using it.

 

Echo Dot and Orientation and Mobility (independent living skills series 2)

The nervousness has died down quite a bit since I’ve gotten over my first lesson.

Today I had assistive technology and Orientation and Mobility lessons. The first lesson of the day was an introduction of the Amazon Echo Dot. I learned how to address it, some basics of what the dot could do such as set reminders, multi-timers, to-do lists, read audio books and play music.

I was able to practice asking questions, setting lists and reminders. Another part of the lesson that was useful was a brief over view about the application that goes along with it. It really is a neat device, and I’m excited to learn more.

After a quick lunch, I had a short Orientation and Mobility lesson. We worked on crossing light-heavy traffic and upper protective protection technique. My teacher was happy that I knew the basics of upper and downward curbs, as well as some basic parallel traffic crossings. I am already gaining more confidence. I can’t wait for the next lesson.

 

First Day of Class: Cooking (independent living skills series 1)

For those who do not know, I am enrolled in cooking, Orientation and Mobility (O and M), and Amazon Echo Dot classes at a local training center for the blind and visually impaired.

I was nervous as a frantic mouse who was trying to get away from a cat the night before. Would I do well? Would I graduate in time? What would happen if I found employment in the middle of my training? Even though all these questions were  going around in my mind, I felt comfort knowing I knew some of the staff and instructors, and two of my classmates from previous classes.

I woke up bright and early Tuesday morning; I quickly dressed and was ready for the bus way ahead of schedule. I waited and waited; when the bus did not show up for the arranged time, I called the company.  Come to find out, the company had a computer problem and I was scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday. I had to cancel my ride, and my grandpa took me to the school.

I was still early for class, so I hung out in the conference room and talked with my classmates and staff.

Soon our lecture on safety and cooking meat began. I learned all kinds of things about the safety of cooking meat.

Spaghetti was on the menu. Soon we were adding our sauce in our pans. One of the goals I identified during my pre assessment was that I need to improve my chopping and dicing skills. I was able to peel and chop garlic, along with chopping and dicing one large green  bell pepper and two mushrooms. One thing that I learned was that cutting on a clear cutting board was not helpful because of the contrasts.  I ended up using a solid white cutting board.  Once my ingredients were ready, I added it to my sauce and I let it cook, stirring as needed.

Once the sauce was finished, the teachers added in the spaghetti and hamburger that was already precooked.  We stirred everything together.

The dish came out tasty and we were able to enjoy it for our lunch. We even got to take some home to our family.

I can not wait to share the rest of my journey with you and to acquire new skills and to grow in my confidence.