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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DAISY videos from the eBook Accessibility Symposium

Blog Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The following are two recordings from the NFB's eBook Accessibility Symposium on December 6. These videos are also available on the DAISY Consortium YouTube Channel:

EPUB 3, A Foundation for Accessible Publishing


DAISY Pipeline 2

iBooks 2

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

GWSkype: Giving Easier Access to Skype

Blog Date: 
Friday, January 20, 2012


Over the years, Skype has become a popular means of communication for people around the world. This is especially true for those who are blind, deaf, and deaf-blind. However, as time has gone on, the accessibility of the actual Skype program has started to drop. And while many portions of the Skype program are usable with scripts that can be installed for various screen readers, each version of the Skype released brought about changes that needed to be made to make the program more usable for those individuals using screen readers and/or braille displays to access the service as each new version of Skype itself has been released.

CES Hall of Shame

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Consumer Electronics Show Wrap-Up

Blog Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2012

Well, friends, geeks, our attendance at CES has come to a close. As Amy and I wend our way home, we can't but spend a little of the plane time on a last report on the show. Here are some highlights from the last day:

CES Day 2

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hello again from toyland.. er, I mean Las Vegas.  We've wrapped up day 2 of CES and its continued to be an exciting adventure which has provided us with many new and interesting projects to pursue, and wonderful gadgets to dream of.

Another day in geek Valhalla

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

If geek Valhalla can involve an inordinate amount of walking and some kosher hot dogs, then today took us there. The legs hurt now, but here is some of the loot:

Carnegie Mellon’s Quality of Life Technology Center: Part of CES’s Silver Summit, this Carnegie Mellon initiative is working on a number of exciting things, one of the more salient ones is Tiramisu, their system to crowdsource bus tracking. The system lets bus travellers record (and share with other travellers) whether a bus is on time, and how full it is. The pilot is running in Pittsburgh, and is showing some good results. The center is also doing some work on facial recognition and object tracking, and are well worth keeping an eye on.

CES – first reports from floor

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always an adventure, and this year it looks like one which will involve a LOT of new phones and new tablets. Given that our focus is not necessarily the same as everybody else’s, here are some of the highlights of the first day of exploring:

CES Day 1

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ces Day 1

As a first time attendee of CES I was thrilled by a great deal. The new shiny toys, the enthusiasm for all things technology, and the dancing... everything.  In our first day on the floor, we ran across dancing cat dolls, a human sized dancing robot, and a trio of parrots strutting their stuff.  These are not the highlights of the event, but, they certainly warm a geeky heart.


Blog Date: 
Friday, January 6, 2012


After letting the dust settle, and now that Freedom Scientific has released two updates to the latest release of JAWS, it seemed a reasonable time to give a quick overview of what the new version has to offer blind users.