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.


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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

Experiencing the 2017 Eclipse Nonvisually

While some scientists at Harvard are working to turn light into sound by way of an Arduino, you don’t have to get so high-tech to experience the solar eclipse that will occur on August 21.

The National Federation of the Blind Helped Eric Duffy Know That He Could Be a Blind Dad

I am from a family of eight. I have four brothers and three sisters, and I am next to the youngest. From an early age I knew that I wanted to have a wife and children.

Be the STAR of Your Story: Using Your Past Experiences to Excel in Interviews

With the unemployment rate for the blind hovering around 70 percent, the National Federation of the Blind Employment Committee is dedicated to providing resources and information to help the blind become gainfully employed.

How Love Convinced Gary Wunder to Join the National Federation of the Blind

One frequent topic of discussion in the National Federation of the Blind is why we joined, when we joined, and those things that pushed us towards and away from the organization.

Just a Mom

I hear, “Wow, you’re amazing! I can’t imagine taking care of one child—let alone three—if I couldn’t see!” To which I say with a smile, “No. I’m just a mom.”

Isabel Espinales Regains Independence through the National Federation of the Blind

I was born in Nicaragua. At ten years old, I was forced to leave my country to escape death threats because of my father’s reputation in the military.