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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 January 2016 Issue  Volume 17  Number 1
An image of fingers touching braille. Celebrating the Birthday of Louis Braille
AccessWorld can't let January go by without celebrating the birthday, contributions, and legacy of Louis Braille. The fact is, 200 years ago, a child or adult who was blind had no effective way to read or write independently. Today, thanks to Louis Braille's invention and advancements in technology, children and adults who are blind can read and write as well as their sighted peers.

In This Issue

Breaking News

Report One: Opening Day Ness from CES 2016

Report Two: Wrap-up Report from CES 2016

Editor's Page

Celebrating the Birthday of Louis Braille

Product Reviews and Guides

The Fourth-Generation Apple TV: An Accessibility Evaluation for People with Visual Impairments
by Shelly Brisbin Apple TV isn't the only game in town for eyes-free TV viewing, and it's far from perfect, but it is by far the best option for users with visual impairments who want to stream their entertainment.

Running the ChromeVox Screen Reader on a Lenovo IdeaPad 100S Chromebook
by Bill Holton For many individuals and organizations spending $180 on a new test device is imminently doable. To those I can recommend the IdeaPad 100S as a solid device that offers good value for the money.

An Introduction to the Amadeus Pro Audio Editor from HairerSoft
by Janet Ingber If you are a Mac user and want to make ringtones, transfer old cassette tapes or albums onto your computer, create a podcast or do just about any common audio editing task, Amadeus Pro is a good option.

Website Access

Evaluating the Accessibility of Jet, a New Online Shopping Site
by Bill Holton Finally, it would seem, Amazon has some viable competition. This can only enhance service and help keep prices at their lowest. Despite some serious accessibility issues, I am giving Jet a tentative recommendation. The apps are free, and if they don't work for you, there is always the web interface to fall back on for a test purchase or two.

Access to Personal Financial Information

Spotlight on Personal Finance Accessibility
by Bill Holton Overall, accessibility for personal financial websites and mobile apps has improved dramatically over the past five to ten years, and, more importantly, accessibility is still improving.


Making the Transition from English Braille to UEB
by Jamie Pauls Regardless of one's opinion as to how and why the Unified English Braille code has been adopted in the United States , it is most likely here to stay. There will certainly be changes made to the code over time, and the transition from English Braille to UEB will almost certainly have a few hiccups.

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