The Bigger Picture, Issue 4

Howdy there, neighbor! It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means…

Jump right into The Bigger Picture, Issue 4!

Netflix: Now With Descriptive Audio!

The phrase “binge watched that show this weekend” has been brought into our dialect courtesy of on-demand programming services like Netflix. The instant gratification of being able to watch a whole season of your new favorite TV show in one sitting is a great feeling for many of us, but what if you have a vision impairment and have difficulty seeing what’s on the screen? Well that’s where the accessibility advancement called “descriptive audio” comes to lend a hand! Audio description is a fairly new addition to the world of accessibility, however it’s growing more and more. With descriptive audio being added to the thousands of titles in Netflix’s catalog, that feeling of instant gratification from binge watching every episode of the whole first season of Marvel’s Daredevil–the TV adaptation of Marvel Comics’ blind crime-fighting hero–is now more accessible to so many people. See what CNN has to say about this here, and head over to Netflix to check out their services.


“I truly believe that if it wasn’t for this group, many of them wouldn’t make it.”

Grief and mourning is not exclusive to when a loved-one dies. We feel grief, and we mourn, any time we experience a loss of something significant in our lives: a beloved pet, a relationship, an object with sentimental value, or one of our abilities/senses. While grief is unique to the individual (and even further, unique to what that individual has lost) there is common ground within these losses when another person has lost something similar. Our Veterans are a treasure to our nation, and their life experiences are unique based upon what they have gained (or lost) from their military service. While services for veterans are a hot-button issue right now, we must remember to look at the places where those services are helping our veterans. Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s Veteran amputee support group is giving new hope to veterans who have lost parts of their bodies, whether during active duty or back at home. Read more about the common ground these women & men are finding to help each other heal.



AT&T Challenges App Developers

Take a look at what AT&T is doing to further the advancement of accessibility and assistive technology! And while you’re at it, we’ve got you covered for accessibility apps!


Staff Spotlight – Jim Bradshaw

Each week on The Bigger Picture we’ll be bringing you a closer look at one of our wonderful staff members. Last week you had a little afternoon tea with our intrepid and fearless captain, Maia Santamaria. This week, sit down for a morsel with our helmsman, Jim Bradshaw! If you’ve visited our office, you’ve probably met Jim at the front desk. But did you know these little tidbits? Grab a chair, a biscuit or cookie, and get to know Jim!

Jim Bradshaw

Jim Bradshaw

What do you do at NWGACIL? I provide information and referral to people who call or visit our organization. This includes individuals as well as service providers, health care agencies, government agencies, non-profits, and churches.

How long have you worked with NWGACIL? 1 1/2 years. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such a well known and effective organization.

Do you have a disability? I am not on disability but I feel that I have limitations/barriers because of age and having had two knee replacements.

What topic of independent living do you find most important? I feel that information and referral is at the heart of everything our entire team does.

What’s the best part of working at NWGACIL? Our co-workers and the fact that we have the opportunity to help people.

What do you do for fun? My wife Susan and I enjoy going to concerts and plays in Rome. Our city has excellent entertainment opportunities at the colleges, Rome Little Theater, and all of Sam Baltzers’ musical groups.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be? Why? An eagle. I think that the view would be spectacular!

Do you have anything on your Bucket List? Visiting Arcadia National Park in Maine. (Also, I must get around to seeing that movie!)

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? I think China or India. The sights, culture, and food are fascinating.

What three traits define you? Loyalty as a friend, perseverance, and serving the Lord through the church.

Any plans for the future? We have two grand-daughters who are 20 months old, so I hope we can spend as much time with them as possible!


Thanks for coming back for another Wednesday filled with information and hopefully a few smiles! We’ll be here again next Wednesday with more from the world of independent living and NWGACIL! Have a great day!

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