January 2014 Issue  Volume 15  Number 1

In This Issue

Editor's Page

Remembering the Birthday of Louis Braille

Lee Huffman

Access Issues

A Technology Year in Review: 2013

by J.J. Meddaugh

It's time to look back at the technology highlights of 2013. This was a year of trends, especially the proliferation of mobile into groups who may have never imagined it a few years ago.

Legislative Bill Would Establish Medicare Demo to Cover Video Magnifiers and Other Aids

by Mark Richert, Esq.

Learn about legislation that could help lead to Medicare's coverage of assistive technologies, particularly low-vision devices. Currently, Medicare will not pay for any device that happens to use a lens, regardless of whether such device incorporates any other features.

Vision Research

Three New Techniques for Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration

by Bill Holton

A look at three impending breakthroughs: two new treatments for AMD currently in clinical trials, and a brand new device called the AdaptDx, that will allow doctors to detect the onset of the disease almost as soon as it arises.

Product Evaluations and Guides

Weighing the Accessibility of the Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale and the Lose It! Healthometer Bluetooth Scale

by Bill Holton

If improving your fitness level is a New Year's resolution, you may want to check out one of the new Bluetooth-connected scales. The Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale and the Lose It! Healthometer are evaluated in this article.


John Blake, New CEO of Freedom Scientific

by Deborah Kendrick

A new CEO at the helm of Freedom Scientific is news in the access technology industry. AccessWorld was quick to pursue a conversation with John Blake to find out where he is coming from and where he and the Florida-based company are heading.

Access to Entertainment

Comcast Accessibility: More Than Talking TV

by Deborah Kendrick

Comcast certainly seems to be serious about being the company to bridge the accessibility gap, not just for people with vision loss but for all people who have ability or language differences. The solution of greatest interest to AccessWorld readers will, undoubtedly, be the new talking TV interface that Comcast rolled out in a limited trial January 1, 2014.

AccessWorld News

AccessWorld News

Letters to the Editor

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