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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 January 2003 Issue  Volume 4  Number 1

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Airline Web Site Suit is Dismissed

A federal judge in Miami recently ruled that Southwest Airlines and American Airlines do not have to change their web sites to make them more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. For more information, see the October 14, 2002 edition of Wired News, available: <www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,55708,00.html>.

Magnifier That Can Fit into Your Pocket

PocketViewer is a portable, battery-operated video magnifier made by Pulse Data HumanWare. The compact magnifier weighs 10 ounces (0.625 pounds) and uses a miniature video camera to enlarge material up to 7X on a 4-inch flat panel display. The magnifier is sold with a battery charger and a carrying case. PocketViewer is currently available in limited quantities for the introductory price of $895 plus the cost of shipping. For more information, contact: Pulse Data HumanWare; phone: 800-722-3393; web site: <www.humanware.com/E/E4/E4D.html>.

Comings and Goings

There have been some recent personnel changes in the Technology division of the National Federation of the Blind. Curtis Chong left the position as director of Technology for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in November 2002. The new director of Technology is Allison Joyce. Ms. Joyce, who began working for NFB in 1994, holds a master of business administration degree from Georgetown University. Before leaving NFB for Georgetown, Ms. Joyce acted as the administrative director of the organization. NFB recently recreated the position of manager for the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC), NFB's evaluation, demonstration, and training technology center. Steven Booth, a former assistive technology specialist for the IBTC, is its new manager. For more information, contact: NFB; phone: 410-659-9314; e-mail: <nfb@nfb.org>; web site: <www.nfb.org>.

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