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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 September 2012 Issue  Volume 13  Number 9

In This Issue

Editor's Page

More Information on Cell Phone Access

Cell Phone Access

An Evaluation of the New, Free BlackBerry Screen Reader from Research in Motion

by Aaron Preece

With the release of BlackBerry Screen Reader, BlackBerry devices may be a viable choice for people with vision loss looking for an accessible cell phone.

Accessibility Evaluation of the Samsung Gusto 2 from Verizon Wireless

by Jake Roberts and Aaron Preece

Many of our AccessWorld readers have told us they want a low-cost, accessible feature phone, but the Samsung Gusto 2 from Verizon Wireless is not the answer.

Book Review: Four Great Guides to Jumpstart your iPhone Journey

by Deborah Kendrick

National Braille Press stands apart with its four fabulous books that, together or singly, can jumpstart the novice iPhone user or augment the fun and practicality for those who have mastered the basics.

Product Evaluations

Glasses That Alert Travelers to Objects Through Vibration?: An Evaluation of iGlasses by RNIB and AmbuTech

by John Rempel

Retailing for $143.95, iGlasses are being marketed as a technology solution that will protect your eyes while, at the same time, detect objects in your travel path at waist level and higher.

Access to Textbooks

A Step Forward for Accessible Textbooks: A Review of the STudent E-rent Pilot Project

by J.J. Meddaugh

STEPP is a program that aims to overcome the obstacles of receiving textbooks in an accessible format, placing blind or print-disabled students on a level playing field with their peers.

Airline Travel Information

Before You Fly: The Transportation Security Administration and People with Visual Impairments

by Janet Ingber

Learn the general screening procedures each passenger must undergo and get some tips and information from the TSA to help your travel experience go as smoothly as possible.

The AFB Optics Lab

The American Foundation for the Blind's Small Visual Display Project

by William Reuschel

The purpose of the SVD project at American Foundation for the Blind is to identify and assign value to the characteristics of a display which contribute to its readability and, then, use this information to raise awareness for consumers about their choices in display quality and to influence manufacturers to improve the quality and readability of displays for all consumer devices.

AccessWorld News

AccessWorld News

Letters to the Editor

Opinions Vary on TV Access Article

Entire Issue

Copyright © 2012 American Foundation for the Blind. All rights reserved. AccessWorld is a trademark of the American Foundation for the Blind.

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