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].

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.

An Update on the National Federation of the Blind Hurricane Relief Project

This hurricane season has been particularly harsh on our Federation family in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Harvey, we shared information on our efforts to help blind people impacted by the storm.

Helpful Hints for Handling Homework

Once again, the school year is in full swing. No more sleeping late. No more lazy summer days. It’s early to bed, early to rise, and of course once again it’s time to tackle homework.

Amazon Fire Braille Support: New, Improved, and Still Improving

The Access Technology Team of the National Federation of the Blind recently reviewed the new Braille features that Amazon has built into their Fire tablets.

Tips for Planning a Successful 2017 Meet the Blind Month

Meet the Blind Month is a great time to ramp up outreach and education efforts in our local communities.

President Riccobono Speaks on the Importance of Accessibility in Autonomous Vehicles

On September 12, 2017, National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono attended a Vision for Safety event held by the US Department of Transportation to announce new guidelines for autonomous vehicles.

National Federation of the Blind Hurricane Harvey Relief Project

During the past week, many members of the National Federation of the Blind have reached out with offers of support for blind individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The BrailleSense Polaris — A First-Look Review from the National Federation of the Blind Access Technology Team

We received the box, and the battle was on. With three team members, and several other curious folks in the building who are avid Braille users, there was a minor scuffle as the team negotiated for time with the latest bright shiny object.

The State of Refreshable Braille Support — Summer 2017

Refreshable Braille displays are undergoing a renaissance. New devices with many different form factors, price points, and features are either on the market, or on their way.

From Timid to Bold: Reflections on Newcomers to National Convention

"Attending the convention has changed me in many ways. For the first time in my life, I did not feel self-conscious or different. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am part of a big family that really cares." - Ayoub Zurikat, 2017

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