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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 June 2012 Issue  Volume 13  Number 6

Editor's Page

In This Issue and Looking Ahead

Lee Huffman

Dear AccessWorld readers,

For people with low vision, on-the-go magnification is critical. In this and upcoming issues, we'll be bringing you product evaluations of portable, full-featured, desktop electronic magnifiers, sometimes called CCTVs. Gone are the days of 50-pound desktop electronic magnifiers with bulky CRT monitors. Now, excellent cameras and much improved display quality can be found in feature-rich devices that weigh less than five pounds and can be carried in a briefcase or backpack.

This kind of technology opens doors for students and professionals in particular. With a portable, high-quality magnifier, students with low vision can move from classroom to classroom and professionals can move from office to boardroom to conferences across the country and still have the magnification and functionality they need.

Also in this issue, the AccessWorld team looks at tech support in the mainstream and provides tips on how to better interact with customer service representatives who have trouble understanding the issues faced by computer users with vision loss. We provide information about access to music and uncover great resources for learning to play a musical instrument when you are blind or have low vision. You surely want to read Larry Lewis's second article in his series on iOS products. We also pay tribute to Dr. George Kerscher for his invaluable contributions to the field of vision loss throughout his career.

We know that pursuing a good education can be particularly challenging for people with vision loss. In the July issue, the AccessWorld team will again turn our focus to providing valuable information and resources for students, parents, teachers, and professionals in the vision loss field to help make educational pursuits less stressful and more enjoyable. Be sure to check back in July for our Back to School issue.

With best regards,

Lee Huffman

AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief

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