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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 April 2014 Issue  Volume 15  Number 4
Center on Disabilities, Calafornia State University at Northridge logo. Highlights from the CSUN 2014 Exhibit Hall
There were over 100 companies in this year's CSUN exhibit hall so naturally there is a lot to talk about. A wide array of new portable and desktop video magnifiers was on display as well as tools and software that interface through iOS or Android devices. If you're in San Diego next March, I encourage you to check it out. Check back with AccessWorld as we'll certainly feature reviews of some of this year's hottest products in the coming months.
J.J. Meddaugh


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Editor's Page

Busy Days at CSUN and the AFB Leadership Conference


Conference News

Highlights from the CSUN 2014 Exhibit Hall
by J.J. Meddaugh There were over 100 companies in this year's CSUN exhibit hall so naturally there is a lot to talk about. A wide array of new portable and desktop video magnifiers was on display as well as tools and software that interface through iOS or Android devices. The exhibit hall is free to enter without a full registration. If you're in San Diego next March, I encourage you to check it out. And of course, check back with AccessWorld as we'll certainly feature reviews of some of this year's hottest products in the coming months.

CSUN: Is It Still the Definitive Access Technology Conference?
by Deborah Kendrick Whether your greatest interest lies in portable magnification devices, braille displays, tactile graphics, handheld book players, accessible web design, iOS accessibility, or something else, there were plenty of products worthy of attention. While there are still ways in which it could be even better, CSUN is indeed the class act it has always been, and many of us are already looking forward to next year.

Highlights from the 2014 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference
by J.J. Meddaugh The large presence by mainstream technology companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Panasonic, and IBM was quite impressive and provided an excellent opportunity to have an honest and constructive dialogue with these teams. There are a lot of companies who genuinely care about improving accessibility to their products, and hearing about their successes and failures at this year's AFB Leadership Conference was quite enlightening

AccessWorld Technology Summit: A Round-Up of Presentations at the 2014 AFB Leadership Conference
by Janet Ingber This all-day event, facilitated by Lee Huffman, AccessWorld and Technology Information Editor, discussed mobile communications, social networks, technology areas, and advancement in the work place. There were presentations from companies including Google, Yahoo!, IBM, Panasonic, and Facebook. It's clear these companies are dedicated to improving accessibility for people who have visual impairments, and a great deal of progress is being made.

Product Evaluations and Guides

Freedom Scientific Focus on Braille, Part 1: A Review of the Focus Blue 14 Braille Display
by Deborah Kendrick The Focus Blue 14 is a pleasure to use. It is small, lightweight, and appeals esthetically to the senses of sight and touch. It is simple enough to be used out of the box by most braille users, and complex enough to satisfy the needs of sophisticated lovers of technology

Accessible Mobile Money Management: Evaluating Mint, Check, and MoneyWiz iOS Apps
by Bill Holton This article evaluates Mint, Check, and MoneyWiz, three iOS apps that allow you to gather and consult the information from multiple accounts and financial institutions.

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