Woman outside holding iPhone.
Posted by Karl Belanger | 09/05/2018 | Access Technology
Whether texting a friend, taking notes, or writing a longer email, typing on an iPhone has always been a little slow for many people. Apple has tried to make things smoother with the introduction of things like touch typing and Braille Screen Input, but longer writing on the iPhone is typically avoided. The introduction of third-party keyboards has provided the opportunity for alternate input methods and additional features, but there have been very few keyboards that really do anything innovative with on-screen input. Read more Faster Typing with FlickType for iOS...
Accessibility Switchboard logo
Posted by Anil Lewis | 08/27/2018 | Access Technology
You may remember that in 2016, with support from the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the National Federation of the Blind launched an important initiative aimed at generating new resources for accessibility. Read more Announcing New Accessibility Resources for Consumers and Industry...
A person's hands rest on a Braille display in front of a computer.
Posted by Amy Mason | 06/11/2018 | Access Technology
Last year, Karl Belanger and I reviewed the state of Braille support across a number of different screen reader and operating system combinations. One of the biggest difficulties we encountered had to do with the installation and stability of Braille display drivers. Another difficulty was having to locate drivers when a device was heavily optimized for a specific screen reader or operating system, but we wanted to use it with a different piece of screen access software. Read more Plug and Play Braille Display? Not Today, But Soon They Say...
Joel uses the KNFB Reader app in a coffee shop to read the menu.
Posted by Joel Zimba | 05/08/2018 | Access Technology
KNFB Reader, the mobile app which has provided immediate access to printed information to the blind since 2014, has gotten an upgrade! Tinkering with the features or the user-interface of an app should never be undertaken lightly. Read more Introducing KNFB Reader Version 3 for iOS...
Mark Riccobono opens a box to retrieve his package from an Amazon Locker.
Posted by Mark Riccobono | 05/03/2018 | Access Technology, Stories
The National Federation of the Blind is the voice of the nation’s blind. We work to ensure that blind people can be fully participating members of our communities. More and more, our ability to participate in our communities and live the lives we want depends on the accessibility of the commonplace technologies being implemented throughout our environments. Read more A Talking Locker...

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