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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 May 2011 Issue  Volume 12  Number 5

In This Issue

Editor's Page

AccessWorld Recognizes Older Americans Month in May's "Tech for All" Issue

Resources

Hope, Help, and Connection at AFB Senior Site: Discover a Treasure Chest of Online Resources

Whether you are looking for information about an eye condition, trying to figure out how to fall-proof your home, searching for local services to help you or a family member or friend with living with vision loss, or even trying to figure out how to change a fuse, AFB Senior Site should be at the top of your list of resources.--Pris Rogers

AFB's Center on Vision Loss: A Showcase of Accessibility and Independence in Daily Living

The information and examples of adapted living areas seen at AFB's Center on Vision Loss will inspire you to make changes to your living space, which will increase your independence in your own home. The center is a showcase for educational tours and hands-on demonstrations to individuals and groups.--Neva Fairchild

Selecting Products for seniors with Vision Loss

In this article, we discuss a selection of products of particular interest to seniors with vision loss, but useful to people of all ages.--Tara Annis and Lee Huffman

Tips for Buying a Computer and Optimizing Its Display for Computer Users with Low Vision

This article will offer tips for how to select and configure a PC to make it more accessible for users with low vision, including information on what to look for when buying a new PC, and how to change the display colors and increase the size of the on-screen text in Windows, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.--Morgan Blubaugh

Product Evaluations

Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin

In early 2011, Amazon released the Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin, and this article will evaluate the accessibility provided by this software.--Darren Burton

An Evaluation of the Milestone 312 from Bones

The market for modern digital book and audio players is exploding. The Milestone 312 from Bones is the latest entry in this crowded market. In addition to the audio and book playback features typical of these units, the capabilities of the Milestone can be expanded to include a currency identifier, bar code scanner, and agenda program. In this review, we put the unit through its paces.--J.J. Meddaugh

The Jitterbug is Back: A Review of the Jitterbug J

For the over 25 million Americans who experience vision loss, it can be difficult to find a simple cell phone that isn't overly expensive or complicated. There are many people who just want a simple, no-frills, easier-to-use cell phone with large buttons, and bright, easier-to-read screens. If you are one of these people, check out this review of the Jitterbug J.--Morgan Blubaugh

Guide Software, Revisited

Learning either Windows or the Mac OS using keyboard navigation and/or screen magnification can be overwhelming. Guide, from UK-based Dolphin Computer Access, attempts to provide an alternative, simplified, strategy for performing many of the tasks for which a Windows OS computer is equipped. Read our review of Guide Software.--Morgan Blubaugh and Bradley Hodges

Interviews

Who Accesses Technology? A Random Sampling of Consumers with Vision Loss

I was curious to look into the lives of randomly selected people with visual impairments to see how their relationship to assistive technology might be faring. To learn what I found out, read this article.--Deborah Kendrick

Letters to the Editor

A Thank You to AFB and a Response to the Blind Driver Challenge Article

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