Upcoming Free Accessibility Training Boutiques

The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) to Education, Public Information, and Commerce with support from the Maryland Department on Disability through a Non-Visual Access Initiative Grant, continues to offer Accessibility Boutiques (introductions to accessibility) free of charge and open to the public.

June Accessibility Boutique Announcement

The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) to Education, Public Information, and Commerce with support from the Maryland Department on Disability through a Non-Visual Access Initiative Grant, continues to offer accessibility boutiques (introductions to accessibility) free of charge and open to the public.

This boutique will be held virtually via the Zoom platform. To sign up and receive the call details, please RSVP to Rpugh@nfb.org.

Comparing Modern Navigation Options

Thursday, June 28, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

There are more options than ever for getting around your local area or exploring a new city. A variety of smartphone apps, both mainstream and blindness specific, let you navigate with your preferred mix of provided information, delivery and added features. Newer Notetakers also offer the ability to utilize these apps as well, providing real-time Braille directions. Yet there is still a market for dedicated hardware devices for navigation, as the recent release of the Victor Reader Trek shows. This online accessibility boutique will explore several options for getting around including:

  • Apple Maps, Seeing Eye GPS, and BlindSquare on iOS
  • Google Maps and Nearby Explorer on Android devices and modern Notetakers
  • The Victor Reader Trek

This boutique will compare the reliability of each app or device, the accuracy of walking directions, additional information provided during a route, as well as a brief discussion of any unique features each option has.

                                             

If you are interested in participating in this boutique, please RSVP to Rpugh@nfb.org.

The accessibility boutiques are presented by the National Federation of the Blind at no cost to Maryland citizens with support from the state of Maryland through the Non-Visual Accessibility initiative (NVAI) grant administered by the Maryland Department of Disabilities.