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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 February 2012 Issue  Volume 13  Number 2

Editor's Page

AccessWorld App Version 1.8 Is Now Available!

Lee Huffman

Dear AccessWorld readers,

Last month AccessWorld celebrated the birthday and life's work of Louis Braille. I hope everyone had a chance to visit The Louis Braille Museum on the AFB website, and read The Reading Fingers, the full text of Jean Roblin's classic 1952 biography of Louis Braille, and Braille, the Magic Wand of the Blind, Helen Keller's essay on Louis Braille. If not, I encourage you to take a look at these great works.

In this issue, in addition to two low-vision product reviews, we revisit the accessibility of at-home diabetes testing equipment, learn about a woman expanding access to people with vision loss in Rwanda, take a look at access to museums and parks, and continue Paul Schroeder's series covering trends altering the design and use of information and communication technology.

Also in this issue, be sure to read AccessWorld News, where among other timely tidbits you will find information about the lawsuit against Redbox claiming it discriminates against the blind by failing to provide accessible self-service kiosks. Also in the News, you'll find information about academic scholarships offered by the American Foundation for the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind.

I'm also excited to announce the 1.8 version update for the AccessWorld app has been released! In this version we've added two new features several readers have requested:

  1. An option to customize the size of the text within the article view.
    To change the text size, navigate to the newly added "More" tab and select the preferred article text size.
  2. A button to let readers e-mail AccessWorld articles to friends! This button is located in the top right corner of any article view.

The AccessWorld app team hopes you enjoy this new version of the AccessWorld app, and we appreciate all of the great feedback you have given us. We are always looking for new ideas to improve the app, so keep the letters coming.

Stay tuned for more updates, and keep an eye out in coming months for even more app development from AFB and FloCo Apps.

Lee Huffman

AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief

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