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.

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

 

Odin VI Mobile Phone

Blog Date: 
Monday, January 13, 2014

By Clara Van Gerven 

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, it is all too rare to see additions to the small clutch of talking feature phones on the market. When some time ago, Odin Mobile approached us to demonstrate their intent to run a cell phone provider geared primarily to the low vision and blindness market, I admit that I got pretty excited about that. Still, you learn to be wary when it comes to promising ventures, and it wasn’t until I got a peek at the Odin VI that I really felt the enthusiasm was warranted.

MyMathLab-JAWS News from Pearson

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Shared by Rick Clinton

Pearson has made big strides in having students use the JAWS screen reader to access content in MyMathLab and related products—MyStatLab, MathXL, MyMathTest.  Students using JAWS can navigate, read, and interact with MyMathLab homework and assessments, as well as calendars, results, announcements, and study plans.

Kindle Fire HDX

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

By Amy Mason

The Sprint Kyocera Kona talking feature phone

Blog Date: 
Monday, December 2, 2013

By Clara Van Gerven

Basic talking phones are few and far between, though the news of them manifests itself on the NFB tech line every few days. The Kyocera Kona is the first phone we've seen since the Samsung Haven that has full speech, and that makes it a very welcome addition to the market. It would be great if Sprint was a little less shy about letting people know about it. The documentation in the box is completely silent on the topic. Sprint Accessibility lists the phone as having good accessibility for the blind, but doesn't explain why. The entry for the Kona itself makes no mention of accessibility features other than hearing aid compatibility. The full user manual does provide details and setup.

The Prodigi Talking Magnifier

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

By Clara Van Gerven

The Journey Toward Braille: Potential and Limitations of using Braille with iDevices

Blog Date: 
Friday, September 27, 2013

By Jennifer Dunnam

Today, with the right resources and in the right circumstances, it is possible for a Braille reader to purchase a book the same day it is released by the publisher, at the same price paid by the print reader, and read it immediately on a mobile device in reasonably good quality Braille. If a book in another language is acquired, the Braille reader can quickly make some adjustments using the Braille display, and presto, the book is displayed in largely correct Braille for the additional language.  Likewise, it is now possible to write a document, message, or anything else using the six keys of a Braille display, and the words are almost instantaneously translated to print, ready for sharing with anyone. Apple has been one of the major forces in making these previously unimaginable developments possible within the past few years.

NLS Bard for iOS! A long awaited App

Blog Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2013

By Amy Mason

 

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