Posted by Mark Riccobono | 09/12/2017 | Access Technology
President Mark Riccobono stands at a podium to address the crowd at USDOT's Vision for Safety event.
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. Read more President Riccobono Speaks on the Importance of Accessibility in Autonomous Vehicles...
Posted by Eric Duffy | 08/30/2017 | Access Technology
A product image of the BrailleSense Polaris
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. Read more The BrailleSense Polaris — A First-Look Review from the National Federation of the Blind Access Technology Team...
Posted by Amy Mason | 08/28/2017 | Access Technology
Close up of hands on a Braille display
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. Read more The State of Refreshable Braille Support — Summer 2017...
Posted by Clara Van Gerven | 03/28/2017 | Access Technology
The National Federation of the Blind Access Technology team made its presence known this year at the CSUN Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. As in years past, we presented on topics of interest to blind technology users. Below, you can download the slides from the presentation on Phones for Low Vision and Blind Seniors by Clara Van Gerven and Amy Mason. Read more National Federation of the Blind Reviews Phones for Low Vision and Blind Seniors...
A little over a week ago now, President Riccobono and myself were at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. President Riccobono demonstrated the AIRA service in front of a large audience at the AT&T developer summit on our first day there, which made for a high-profile way to kick of the NFB's participation. There was, however, also time the next day, Thursday, to tread the vast exhibit floor. Read more CES Las Vegas Highlights Accessible Technology for the Blind...
Posted by Amy Mason | 01/03/2017 | Access Technology
Every year on January 4 we celebrate Louis Braille’s birthday because of his invention of the Braille code—the most powerful and successful reading and writing system designed for the blind. It has given us freedom that only a scant 200 years ago we couldn’t have imagined. It allows us to study the sacred and mull the mundane. From Christmas cards to Coraline, The Great Gatsby to grocery lists, the Bible to the beer menu, and everything in between, Braille has changed the fortunes of the blind by opening the written word to us. Read more The Future of Braille is Refreshing: How the National Federation of the Blind is Making Refreshable Braille Displays Affordable with the Orbit Reader...

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