Access Technology Blog

Welcome to our Access Technology Blog section! The NFB Jernigan Institute Access Technology team is always on the lookout for new and better ways to give blind people access to technology, as the ever-growing International Braille and Technology Center attests. In these tips we want to share some of the pointers manufacturers and developers share with us to help you learn about new applications and new programs, and to help you find new functionality in familiar products. The Access Technology team works with the relevant manufacturers and developers to obtain the tips listed here, to make sure that you get the best and latest about anything new in the world of non-visual access technology.

 

If you have any feedback please contact Clara Van Gerven at cvangerven@nfb.org.

Ustraap System

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Amy Mason

 

CSUN is always an exciting time for the Access Technology Team. We get to explore all the new and interesting products that have come out, or are on their way to market, and this year was no exception.  We didn’t write about this product before now because its creator is still in the process of bringing it to market, but it’s a nifty little tool, and worth some exploration.

First, a brief caveat, this is a “first impressions” blog post, not a full-fledged review. I’ve not spent more than a few minutes with the device itself yet, though I have every intention of doing so when given the chance in the future. So with that… on to the review—

Odds and Ends - Bite-Sized Bits of Access Technology Goodness

Blog Date: 
Monday, April 14, 2014

By Amy Mason

 

It's been busy for the Access technology team in the last few weeks. Unbelievably, it has been less than a month since we returned from the CSUN conference. In that time we've seen some pretty exciting things going on around the world of accessible technology and we wanted to share a few of those things with you. None of these are super high-tech, nor are they overly complicated, but each of these projects are fun, or useful or both, and their creators deserve a shout-out for working very obviously to include everyone.

Phones for Low Vision and Blind Seniors

Blog Date: 
Friday, March 28, 2014

By Clara Van Gerven

 

For all of you who attended, or were unable to attend but are interested in the talk Amy Mason and I gave on talking feature phones last week at the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), I am posting the presentation slides for your information.

 

Let us know what you think!

 

Simple phones slide deck

My top four picks for Braille iDevice users in the books category

Blog Date: 
Thursday, March 27, 2014

By Scott Davert

 

In my previous article we looked at the top four app picks I have for users of Braille devices in the news category. Browsing the news is a wonderful thing that users, whether blind or deaf-blind, can do via Braille just fine; another is reading books. Over the past year, many book retailers have made their content accessible. However, some have distinct advantages over others in terms of Braille access. Continuing with the theme I started last time, here are my four picks for the book reading apps category for Braille users. The same disclaimer about this not being a list of all accessible apps and such still applies.

CSUN presentation: 3D printing

Blog Date: 
Monday, March 17, 2014

By Clara Van Gerven

 

For those of you who will attend, have attended, or are unable to attend but interested in the "3D Printing and 3D Creation for Tactile Graphics" talk I will be giving at the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) this Friday, I am attaching the presentation slides and resource sheet for your reference.

 

Hope you find it useful!

 

Presentation

 

Resource sheet

Top four picks for Braille users of iDevices

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

by Scott Davert

A rugged talking phone: how good is the Convoy 3?

Blog Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2014

By Clara Van Gerven

 

Convention session

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

By Clara Van Gerven

After a little delay, I am happy to report that the winning session in the poll for the final access technology seminar session at convention is 3D Printing and 3D Creation for Tactile Graphics. 3D printing is an ever-growing trend that promises great things for the availability of tactile models in schools, universities and workplaces. Science and engineering, in education and in the professions, can benefit especially greatly from the ability to create models on the fly based on what’s needed in the classroom, lab or office. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

We will be posting the full agenda shortly.
 

Convention Session Survey

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

By Anne Taylor
Director of Access Technology

One of the most exciting items on the calendar for the access technology team is the AT seminar day at convention. Though it may seem like a long way off, we are locking in the sessions now. We would like to have your input on what topic completes the agenda, and we have set up a survey with the options. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NQ3FPHB and cast your vote. The options are quite wide-ranging:

Window-Eyes and Microsoft Office

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Clara Van Gerven

 

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