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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 March 2011 Issue  Volume 12  Number 3

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YourTube by Povidi

Povidi NZ Ltd., a technology company that develops solutions that really matter to the vision impaired, presents YourTube, an accessible web interface for YouTube. YourTube allows you to enter search terms for audio and video and provides browse-able results in the form of headings. Once you find what you're looking for, you can access the easy-to-use player controls. Alternate color settings are available for those who have some functional vision. Povidi offers this interface free of charge to everyone. To try it out, visit the Povidi website.

Coming Soon: ZoomReader Unveiled at ATIA

ZoomReader is an app from AiSquared, the makers of the ZoomText screen magnification software. ZoomReader is a combination video magnifier and OCR app that can zoom in on, apply color filters to, or read aloud any recognized text within, pictures taken by the camera in an iPhone or iPod Touch. At $19.99, it's a competitive and affordable mobile application that does real-time screen magnification, OCR within images, and voice recognition.

AiSquared will provide more information once the product is officially ready for sale in Apple's App Store. For now, you can learn about ZoomReader's functionality by watching the video on the AiSquared website. You can also visit the AiSquared mobile site for more information and screen shots of the app itself.

The 26th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

The 2011 CSUN Conference will be held March 14-19 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA. Visit the registration information page for details and to register to attend. Session schedules are now posted; find them on the general sessions page and the pre-conference workshop page.

The Center on Disabilities is now on Facebook and Twitter. You can become a fan of the Center on Disabilities on Facebook and follow CSUNCOD on Twitter for news from the Center and about the Conference. You can also RSVP on the CSUN Conference event page on Facebook, so everyone can know you are attending. Finally, don't forget to use #CSUN11 when you tweet about the CSUN Conference.

Blind Driver Challenge Update

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced that for the first time a blind individual has driven a street vehicle in public without the assistance of a sighted person. Read The NFB Blind Driver Challenge™: A Success! to learn more.

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