Tech Tips

Welcome to our Technology Tips 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 on the tips, please contact Clara Van Gerven at [email protected].

Catastrophic Impact on Vocational Rehabilitation

Much attention has been given to Congress’s planned tax reform efforts and the varied effects those changes will have on Americans. However, one aspect of the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that no one seems to be talking about is the drastic effect it will have on people with disabilities.

Review of Freedom Scientific's ElBraille

The ElBraille consists of a small Windows 10 computer built into a case for the Focus 14 Blue Braille display. The case feels quite sturdy, and the overall concept is a very good one. The unit comes

A Day of Service

It’s Thanksgiving already! This time of year always makes me reflect on all I have to be thankful for and how my family and I can help others.

Not a Long White Cane but a Short Black Tail

It’s the spring of 2004, and I’m a nineteen-year-old college freshman majoring in voice. I’m on top of the world because I’ve just received my admission letter from The Seeing Eye

Firefox 57 and Screen Reader Compatibility

If you are a screen reader user and also a user of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, please pay close attention to the following information. Do not update to the soon-to-be-released Firefox 57.

Bittersweet Ballet Recitals

My six-year-old daughter just wrapped up her second season of ballet lessons. The company holds an annual recital each spring. I have to admit, attending the recital is a bit bitter sweet for us.

Do You Dream in Color? Highlights the Struggles Blind Students Face

I was twenty-two years old when I was diagnosed as legally blind and received my first white cane. I had earned an undergraduate degree from a reputable university in Chicago and worked in a publishing company inputting data corrections,

Dealt: A Card Mechanic's Success in the Face of Blindness

(This post contains some spoilers about the movie, Dealt.) Richard Turner is a living breathing card mechanic. His friends and family call him Rick, and he manipulates cards in ways which leave people scratching their heads. An audience member picks a card, tells Rick what it is, and places it back in the deck.

BAUM Vario 340: Expensive Simplicity

The Vario 340 by BAUM is an extremely simple, basic display designed for quick and easy connectivity with a computer. The display itself simply has the three buttons on either side of the display that simulate Braille dots as in other BAUM products, an on/off switch, and a USB C port.

National Federation of the Blind Celebrates White Cane Awareness Day

Most of us are familiar with White Cane Safety Day. Over the years, however, the significance of the white cane has shifted from safety to independence for blind people.

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