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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 June 2015 Issue  Volume 16  Number 6
Helen Keller Achievement Awards 2015 logo Apple Receives AFB's Prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Award
Apple's commitment to accessibility is second to none. This is why this June 18, at a special gala in New York City, AFB will award Apple with its prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Award for its notable breakthroughs in accessible technology.
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Apple Receives AFB's Prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Award
by Bill Holton These days Apple's commitment to accessibility is second to none. This is why this June 18, at a special gala in New York City, AFB will award Apple with its prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Award for its notable breakthroughs in accessible technology.

Product Evaluations and Guides

Dolphin Guide from Dolphin Computer Access: A Suite of Access Programs that Simplify Computer Use
by Jamie Pauls I was impressed with Guide's consistent interface and attention to detail in every area. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who needs assistance with basic computing skills, and who may not wish to ever become a “power user.”

Focus on the Hospitality Industry, Part 2: Using Your iOS Device to Book a Hotel Room
by Janet Ingber It's unfortunate that people who are blind don't have the same access to some hotel iOS apps that sighted customers do. For major corporations, the resources required to do so are relatively inconsequential. Of the apps reviewed in this article, the app from Hilton is by far the most accessible. The calendar could use some modification, which would make it easier to use. However, it is quite accessible and the Call Us feature is a nice addition.

The Free iBill Money Identifier from the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing
by Breonna Patterson and Lee Huffman We realize there are people who are blind or visually impaired who do not use smartphones or do not want to use smartphones to identify currency. This is why we want to make sure our readers are aware of the option of a free stand-alone currency identifier available from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Vision Research

Help Me See: The Organization Dedicated to Eliminating Cataract Blindness Globally
by Bill Holton HelpMeSee is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to wipe out cataract blindness in the developing world. To date it has facilitated nearly 200,000 successful cataract surgeries, at a cost of just $50 per surgery.

Technology Contests

AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge: Programming for Accessibility
by Bill Holton This year, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act, AT&T is partnering with New York University's Ability Lab to offer the first ever ®Connect Ability Tech Innovation Challenge.

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