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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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!




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 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