Monthly meetings

Special Interest Groups:

  • Green Apples
  • Website development

and more!

Monthly Meetings

BMUG meetings are open to all - annual membership is available online. Guests are welcome on a one-off basis to learn about our activities.

During these times, meetings are held online using Zoom and start at 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm. Notices for meeting details are sent to registered recipients before each meeting.

(Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3.45 pm at the Ocean Grove Community Hub, 1 Dory Street, Ocean Grove, VIC. 3226 – (or see on Facebook: There is ample parking space for all at the Hub. Please note that we must vacate our space by 5.45 pm.)

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The agenda for the next monthly meeting is usually available a week before the meeting.

SIG's (Special Interest Groups) - currently only possible online

SIGs meet in members' homes so the numbers attending are limited.  The meeting dates and times differ for each group.

  • Green Apples (informal tutorial group), meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings of the month.
  • A small Digital Photography group meets on the 3rd Tuesday morning of the month.
Offers to run other SIGs are always welcome.
Enquiries about the SIGs can be made at a general BMUG meeting.



Notes from Accessibility Hands-on Session

Before you read what follows, why not turn on the accessibility technology that will read it to you? It is a transcript for a video. That is, for those who perhaps cannot see the video, there is a description of what happens in it and for those who perhaps cannot hear, there is text of what is said and heard. You could read it - because you can't hear it or you could listen to it because you can't watch it. Let's listen to it:

    • Open Apple Preferences,

    • find the menu item 'accessibility',

    • find VoiceOver, and

    • turn it on.

    • Note what your device wants you to do to use VoiceOver.

    • Highlight what follows here and listen to it.

[music plays] Camera pans slowly across a home kitchen, then cuts to a
mirror. Sady, a woman with spastic cerebral palsy, is in the mirror’s
reflection. Her hair is being brushed by her caregiver. Cut to various shots of Sady being dressed by her caregiver. (Sady — narrating with the help of electronic voice software) People think that having a disability is a barrier. [wheels rolling] Close-up of the wheels of her electric wheelchair rolling over a threshold. [buttons clicking] Cut to Sady, working with an iMac at a desk in her home. She
moves her head to operate switches on both sides of her wheelchair
headrest, typing in Pages through Switch Control. (Sady narrating) But that’s not the way I see it. Close-up of the iMac screen reveals her narration as it’s being typed. Cut to a young man holding up his iPhone while making sign language gestures. (Sady narrating) You can catch up with friends. The man is using FaceTime to have a sign language conversation with a woman. She signs back while smiling. Cut to a young man, a boy and a woman in a park. The young man is taking a photo of the boy with iPhone. (Sady narrating) "You can capture a moment with your family. Since the young man is blind, he uses the VoiceOver feature to follow audible commands in the Camera app. (iPhone) One face. Small face. Focus lock. [Camera app shutter sound] Cut to a close-up of a woman’s hand holding an iPhone. She opens the Home app and taps the Good Morning button. (Sady narrating) And you can start the day bright and early. The woman is lying in her bed. Her lamp turns on and the window
shade rises automatically as a result of pressing the button. She moves
from the bed to her wheelchair. Cut to a doorway as a man exits, prepared to go on a walk with friends. He looks at his iPhone. (Sady narrating) You can take a trip to somewhere new. Close-up of his ear reveals that he is wearing a hearing aid. [wind blowing loudly] Cut to a close-up of the man’s iPhone screen. He selects Outdoor in his hearing aid settings. [wind blowing quietly] (Woman) Three miles to the summit. He continues walking to catch up with his friends. Cut to a young boy in a classroom, studying on an iPad while wearing headphones. (Sady narrating) You can concentrate on every word of a story. Cut to a close-up of the boy’s iPad screen. “Home Before Dark”
is the title of the chapter he’s reading. His iPad reads the first
sentence aloud, highlighting each word as it is spoken. (iPad) A bird began to sing. Cut to a close-up of the boy’s face as he reads and listens. (iPad) Jack opened his eyes. Cut to a close-up of an Apple Watch on a woman’s wrist. She taps Outdoor Wheelchair Run Pace in the Workout app, then taps Start. (Sady narrating) You can take the long way home. The woman quickly propels her wheelchair down a paved path
beside the beach. Suddenly, she stops and begins moving backward, as if
she were in a video being played in reverse. [music swelling] Camera zooms out to reveal that this is a video that Sady is
editing in Final Cut Pro. All the previous scenes described above are
quickly played in reverse as well. (Sady narrating) Or edit a film ... like this one. [buttons clicking] Cut to a close-up of Sady, moving her head to operate switches
on both sides of her wheelchair headrest, as she continues editing the
film. (Sady narrating) When technology is designed for everyone ... [buttons clicking] Cut to a close-up of Sady’s iMac screen where she opens a
directional controller and selects a downward motion. She moves the
final clip into place — a shot of the woman in the wheelchair racing
toward the sunset on the horizon. (Sady narrating) ... it lets anyone do what they love ... including me. Cut to a close-up of Sady, smiling. [click sound] Cut to the Apple logo against a white background.

Apple say:

Taking a family
portrait. Catching up over FaceTime. Dimming the lights for dinner. We
want everyone to enjoy the everyday moments that technology helps make
possible, so we work to make every Apple product accessible from the
very start. Because the true value of a device isn’t measured by how
powerful it is, but by how much it empowers you.


Sometimes a word is worth a thousand pictures. Apple devices let you
compose a text or email without seeing the screen. You can take a
perfect group selfie just by hearing how many faces are in the frame.
Using these features may feel like magic, but it’s very much by design.

VoiceOver tells you what’s happening on your screen.

VoiceOver describes exactly what’s
happening on your iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch or Apple TV, so you can
navigate your device just by listening. Apple’s built-in apps support
VoiceOver, which will talk you through tasks you do with them.

Of course, people who depend upon VoiceOver learn all sorts of tricks to make it work better for their needs. If you need help with seeing what is on the screen AND the resource provider has encoded the resource properly, you can get a lot of help from VoiceOver. Unfotuntely, not all resource providers know how to do the proper encoding, or bother to do it, so not everything is 'accessible'.

Display Accommodations. Easy on the eyes.

If you have colour blindness or other
vision challenges, you can adjust the view on your Mac, iPad, iPhone,
Apple Watch and Apple TV so it works better for you. Choose from a
preset range of colour filters on your iPhone or iPad or fine-tune them.
And turn on Invert Colours on all your devices to instantly change the
values and create more contrast.

Magnifier works like a digital magnifying glass. It uses the camera on your iPad or iPhone to increase the size of
anything you point it at, so you can see the details more clearly.

Upsize the text in apps.

When you activate larger Dynamic Type on
iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, the text inside apps like Mail,
Messages and Settings is converted to a larger, easier-to-read size.

Magnifier works like a digital magnifying glass. It uses the camera on your iPad or iPhone to increase the size of
anything you point it at, so you can see the details more clearly.

Get a closer look with Zoom.

Zoom is a powerful built-in screen
magnifier that lets you enlarge a section of your screen to many times
its normal size, so you can better see what’s on the display. It works
on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and all apps from the App


We want to keep everyone in the conversation.

Apple build features into every operating system and every device
to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Cut through the noise with Live Listen.

Whether you’re having dinner in a loud
restaurant or taking a class in a crowded lecture hall, Live Listen lets
you fine-tune your Made for iPhone hearing aids and AirPods to help you
hear more clearly. For quiet conversations, move your
iPhone or iPad closer to the people who are speaking, and the built-in
microphone will amplify what they’re saying.

Catch every sign, gesture and facial expression with FaceTime.

With high-quality video and a fast frame
rate, FaceTime is a great way for people who use sign language to
communicate easily. And because Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch all
come equipped with FaceTime, you can talk to iOS and macOS users across
the street or across the globe.

There’s a lot more to closed captioning than just reading dialogue. You can also use it to display music and sound effects while you watch
movies and TV shows on any Apple device. So everyone can enjoy a true
cinematic experience.

See your phone ring with LED flash.

Don’t miss an incoming FaceTime call,
text message, email or notification. Just set the LED light on your
iPhone camera to flash. Instead of getting an audio alert, you’ll see a
blinking light from the rear camera.

Type a note to Siri.

Siri helps you with the things you do
every day on your iPhone, iPad or Mac. But you can also use Siri without
speaking commands. Just set Siri to “Type to Siri” mode and use either a
physical or onscreen keyboard to ask questions, set reminders and
schedule meetings.

Physical and Motor Skills

Many people find controlling the track pad or mouse difficult, or using the keyboard. Apple features can overcome many of these problems if you learn to use them. It takes time but can be worth it!

A tap. A word. A million possibilities.

There are
assistive features in Apple products to give people with physical
limitations greater control. You can navigate onscreen
keyboards and menus with a single tap using Switch Control, customise
accessible Multi-Touch gestures to work best, or control
HomeKit-enabled accessories using just voice.

With Switch Control, you’re in control.

Switch Control lets you use built-in features and switches, a joystick or
other adaptive devices to control the screen. So you can
fully interact with your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV without touching

Manage your house and your music. With just voice.

Turn on the lights, lock the doors or
play the latest hit song just by speaking. HomePod is a
Siri-enabled intelligent assistant that works with your HomeKit-enabled
accessories and a music speaker. And now with Siri Shortcuts
for HomePod, iOS and watchOS, you can run multi-action commands through
simple phrases custom-designed to fit your needs.

If you have trouble using standard gestures, like pinch, you can use AssistiveTouch to change them. Customise gestures and make other features accessible with just a touch from the AssistiveTouch menu.

Activity and Workout apps. Set a goal, then push yourself past it.

Apple Watch has fitness algorithms
designed for wheelchair users. Instead of steps, the Workout and
Activity apps track your pushes and keep you motivated. Close your rings
with reminders like “time to roll”, and enjoy wheelchair-specific

Accessibility Keyboard. Type what you see.

You can navigate macOS with minimal use
of a physical keyboard. The Accessibility Keyboard is fully customisable
and gives users advanced typing and navigation capabilities. And now it
includes new toolbar support, as well as improved typing capabilities,
autocapitalisation and word suggestions.

Powerful innovations come together to help you communicate.

Every iPad, iPhone and Mac has built-in
communication features that support learning. FaceTime lets you
communicate visually, using sign language, gestures or facial
expressions. Speak Selection helps with speech development by speaking
words you’re reading. And Text to Speech can make learning easier by
letting you hear what you’re reading and writing. There are also many
third-party apps in the App Store, including TouchChat, to help you
communicate more easily.

Learning and Literacy

Remember that there are a lot of resources in different languages. You can translate them, or have them read to you when otherwise you could not use them.

Focus your attention. Unleash your imagination.

Apple products include technologies that can read words or whole pages aloud for auditory learners. And now Screen Time helps
everyone better understand and manage device usage. Whether it’s for
you or a family member, you can view the amount of time spent in
apps and set specific limits for each one.

With Speak Screen, a reading experience can be a listening experience.

If it’s easier for you to read while
hearing the words spoken aloud, Speak Screen can read text from
newspapers, books, web pages or email on your iPhone or iPad.

With Typing Feedback turned on, your
iPad or iPhone can give you spoken feedback, including text corrections
and word suggestions, as you type. So you can stay focused on what you’re typing.

Bring focus with Guided Access.

Guided Access lets parents, teachers or
therapists limit iPad to one app at a time, and limit the amount of time
spent in an app. So iPad can be a powerful tool for people with autism
or attention and sensory challenges.

Safari Reader puts the emphasis on content.

For some students, navigating the web on
iPad, iPhone or Mac can be sensory overload. Safari Reader reduces the
visual clutter. It strips away ads, buttons and navigation bars,
allowing you to focus on just the content you want. And on Mac, you can
choose to use Reader automatically on websites where it’s available.

Explore the accessibility features built into our products.