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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

In This Issue

Editor's Page

AccessWorld App Version 1.8 Is Now Available!

Product Evaluations

High Definition: Help or Hype? A Review of the IBIS HD Video Magnifier (CCTV) by Tagarno

Though the high definition capability of the IBIS does not result in an improved reading experience for those who require a high level of magnification, if you use lower magnification and perform tasks that require a higher level of detail and clarity, the IBIS HD may be worth considering. —John Rempel

Product Evaluation of the Readit Scholar by VisionAid International

If you require an easily portable document scanner and distance viewer that works seamlessly with your laptop, then the Readit Scholar might be just what you're looking for. —Morgan Blubaugh

Diabetes and Visual Impairment: An Update on Accessible Blood Glucose Meters

Things have certainly improved with blood glucose meter accessibility since we began tracking it in our AFB TECH labs nearly ten years ago. Today, we have four highly portable meters with comprehensive speech output from which to choose, and all of them have improved visual displays. —Darren Burton, John Lilly, Matthew Enigk, and Ricky Kirkendall

From the AFB Policy Center

Using Legislation and Advocacy to Respond to a Changing Technology Environment

Strong and decisive consumer action will, hopefully, convince the technology industry to implement, improve, and maintain accessibility across their products and services. —Paul W. Schroeder

Accessibility Issues

Access to Museums and Parks for Patrons who are Blind or Visually Impaired

While much work has been done to improve accessibility in cultural institutions, there is still more to do to ensure people with vision loss can participate equally. —Joe Strechay and Tara Annis


From Canada With Love: Debbie Gleeson Changes Lives in Rwanda

In addition to providing software training and sewing lessons, distributing white canes, providing one blind couple with assistive technology, constructing homes and schools, and sponsoring children to attend elementary school, Gleeson carries information and plenty of hope to people who are hungry for more than just food. —Deborah Kendrick

Letters to the Editor

Manufacturer Comments on AccessWorld Product Evaluation

AccessWorld News

AccessWorld News

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