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

Editor's Page

A Step Toward Independent Travel

Lee Huffman

Dear AccessWorld readers,

Last month, AccessWorld served up its best holiday gift-giving ideas for your friends and family with vision loss. In the November issue, we took the opportunity to tell you about some new accessible technology and games that would be sure to make that special someone on your shopping list very happy.

Perhaps Janet Ingber's guide to popular online shopping sites is making purchasing your holiday gifts a little easier, and I hope Bradley Hodges' guide to holiday gifts and Tara Annis' guide to accessible toys are helping to take some of the guesswork out of shopping this season. If you are doing some cooking this time of year, you may want to take a look back at Deborah Kendrick's review of directionsforme, which may help take the guesswork out of preparing those holiday meals by having package directions available at your fingertips.

In this December issue, the AccessWorld team turns its attention to independent travel. AFB staffer Ike Presley relays his personal experiences as a bioptic driver, and Janet Ingber answers frequently asked questions about dog guides and describes two GPS apps. Deborah Kendrick also reviews the HoverCam.

Be sure to check out AccessWorld News this month, which is full of great information, including the announcement of the latest AccessWorld App (Version 1.7), AFB and NFB scholarship announcements, news about the long awaited ZoomText 10 update, and a new textbook release from AFB Press.

If you have a few extra minutes while reading AccessWorld News, we also invite you to take AFB's travel survey to help us learn more about the accessibility of the websites you use to make your travel arrangements.

The AccessWorld team wishes you and yours health, happiness, prosperity, and safe travels during the holiday season


Lee Huffman

AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief

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