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.


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A brief look at the iPad Pro

Blog Date: 
Monday, April 18, 2016

By Karl Belanger

The Orion TI30XS Multiview Talking Scientific Calculator

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

By Karl Belanger

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Research Collaboration: Sunu Band

Blog Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2015

By Amy Mason

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute leads the quest to understand the real problems of blindness and to develop innovative education, technologies, products, and services that help the world's blind to achieve greater independence. Many technology developers have the best intensions when designing that great next product for the blind. Unfortunately they do not include blind people in the process. We strongly encourage developers of innovative nonvisual access technologies to work with us during the design and development phase. By leveraging the expertise and the life experience of the independent blind with the engineering expertise of these developers of next generation technologies, the result is an innovative, more useful product for the blind.  

National Federation of the Blind Indoor Navigation Challenge

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute is the premier research and training institute that applies the collective knowledge and life experience of the blind to the development of innovative solutions to the barriers faced by blind people. We are designing the National Federation of the Blind Indoor Navigation Challenge to combine our expertise and experience with that of other technology and research professionals to partner in the development of universally designed access tools and strategies that enhance independent travel for the blind. Blind people effectively use tools and strategies like white canes, guide dogs, mental mapping, echolocation, and problem-solving skills to acquire and use environmental information to travel safely and independently outdoors and indoors.

Braille Literacy through Technology

Blog Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015

By Jeremy Capati

Apple Watch Review - Part Two

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

By Karl Belanger

Following Amy’s time with the Apple Watch, I put it through its paces. Overall, for an initial release product, it does what it does very well. Before I get into my thoughts, here are some further words from Amy on her second experience with the watch.

Apple Watch Review – Your Mileage May Vary Edition

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

by Amy Mason

The biggest news in the Access Technology community of late has been the Apple Watch. Everyone has had their say.  People have complained about the availability of the devices, crowed about their watch shipping, reviewed, tweeted and blogged. With all the hype surrounding the device,  it only seemed reasonable that the Access Technology team should give it a spin, and give you, our loyal readers, our opinions so that all three of you who haven’t already made up your mind about whether or not you need one, can make that decision with the benefit of our experience.  

Creating Nonvisually Accessible Documents

Blog Date: 
Friday, May 22, 2015

The full Creating Nonvisually Accessible Documents is now available!

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Post Two: Accessibility is a Matter of Style

Blog Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Without some simple but thoughtful styling, your document is little more than a disorganized mess of text.  The careful application of headings, paragraphs, tables, and lists provides your document with much needed structure, so that it can be easily reviewed and understood.  .