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Edited by Danielle Trevino
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Android 6.0 and Talkback 4.5 Accessibility Improvements

By Karl Belanger
With Android 6.0 and Talkback 4.5, some significant accessibility improvements have been made. The gestures seem more forgiving when inputs aren’t perfect, web browsing is much better, and the overall experience feels more fluid. I’ve attempted to use Android a few times in the past, but have always been frustrated by inconsistent interpretation of my gestures, random focus jumping if any other part of the screen is touched, and a lack of navigation granularity on the web and in other apps. With the current versions, things are much better. While the overall navigation is not as seamless as on iOS, the gap has narrowed significantly. Unfortunately, as Brailleback has not received an update since December and the introduction of Unified English Braille, Braille accessibility was not tested for this review.

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Welcoming the Blind of the World

By Danielle Trevino

It’s common knowledge that the National Federation of the Blind has always been a trail-blazing organization. We’ve made history multiple times over the last seventy-five years and 2016 is no exception. This August, the NFB is proud to host the joint general assembly of the World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) in Orlando, Florida. Beginning on August 18 and running through August 25, this event will bring together representatives from more than one hundred eighty countries. Though the precursor to the WBU, the International Federation of the Blind, was founded in Phoenix, Arizona, this will be the first time that the general assembly will be held on American soil in the organization’s history.

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6 Dot Dashing into Summer

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Summer will be here before we know it. The longer days, warmer weather, and beauty of Baltimore truly shine during this time of year. In exactly one month, we will be hosting our fourth annual 6 Dot Dash which benefits the programs of the National Federation of the Blind. If you’re local, there’s still time to sign up. If you’re not in the area, you can participate by following and sharing our posts on social media or sponsoring the event.

 

By Stephanie Eller

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I’m Not Just a “Blind” mom. I’m a (insert adjective here) Mom.

Terri Rupp is a decade long member of the National Federation of the Blind.  She currently serves as President of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the NFB of NV, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children(NOPBC).  Terri shares her trials, triumphs, tears, and travels as a stay at home mom in the suburbs of Sin City through her ever so entertaining blog Blind Mom in the Burbs. To learn more about resources for blind parents, visit www.blindparents.org.

by Terri Rupp

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Choosing to Stand

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Deja Powell wears many hats. She's an O&M instructor in Utah, a Ph.D. student, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, an active member of the Federation, a blogger, and so much more. She wears each one of these hats with grace and confidence and when faced with challenges, she approaches them fearlessly. When you join the National Federation of the Blind, you're not only joining a local chapter of people who will stand with you, you're joining a family that is thousands of members strong. Keep reading to find out more about Deja's story of not backing down and finding support from the NFB. 

 

By Deja Powell

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Myths, Musings, and Running Shoes

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Jessica Beecham is an energetic member of the NFB whose passion for living a fit and active life is contagious. Whether she’s leading a session of Cardio Drumming at the Colorado state convention or doing yoga with a group at Washington Seminar, she is always on the move. Jess completed the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016. Keep reading to learn more about the myths she debunked on her journey to complete this feat.

 

By Jessica Beecham

 

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The Advocacy Effect: An Update on Amazon and New York City Public Schools

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Many of our readers may recall that back in September of 2015, the NFB was ready and willing to protest a thirty million dollar deal between Amazon and the New York City Public Schools which would have left students who are blind at a disadvantage. This deal has since gone through and because of the school district’s willingness to listen, we were able to begin a productive dialog with Amazon.

Spreading the Good News About Technology Accessibility

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Today's post was co-written by Natalie Shaheen and Leah Jacobs. Natalie is a dedicated Federationist who works with blind students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). She is in the process of earning her doctorate degree from Towson University. Leah is a student at the University of Maryland, College Park and is working with Natalie to bring awareness of the importance of accessibility on the internet.

 

By Leah Jacobs and Natalie Shaheen

A brief look at the iPad Pro

By Karl Belanger

 

Introduction

I recently had a chance to use an iPad pro for a short time, and wanted to share some things I noticed as a VoiceOver user. The iPad Pro is Apple’s biggest tablet, and the first to have a specially designed keyboard and stylus, called the Apple Pencil. For the most part, using the iPad Pro is identical to using any other iOS device. All the gestures, buttons, and VoiceOver commands are identical. The iPad Pro, by virtue of having the largest screen size, fits the most on the screen and gives the most accurate positioning of items when exploring by touch. However, the device does have a few interesting benefits and drawbacks.

 

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A brief look at the iPad Pro

By Karl Belanger

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