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American Foundation for the Blind Relaunches AccessWorld®

January 12, 2004 (NEW YORK)—Beginning in January 2004, the American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) premier technology publication, AccessWorld®: Technology and People with Visual Impairments, will be relaunched as a free, web-based magazine at

AccessWorld® will continue to offer the in-depth coverage of assistive technology that it's become known for, while adding new, accessible features such as "e-mail this article to a friend" and "printer-ready" options. In addition, readers who are blind or visually impaired will now have access to "braille embosser-ready" files that have been translated and formatted to be sent directly to their braille printers. Issues dating back to January 2000 will also be available online.

"By transitioning to a web-only format, we can reach a larger audience with a single version that is available to both sighted and visually impaired readers simultaneously," said editor-in-chief Jay Leventhal. "The flexibility of the web will also allow us to offer up-to-date information on the issues that are important to AccessWorld® readers."

In the first web-only issue, AccessWorld® continues its groundbreaking series of evaluations on cell phones. Find out what AFB experts think about another top-of-the line cell phone that comes with software intended to provide blind and visually impaired people with greater access to its features. To date, this has been the most accessible phone to be tested.

Read an account of the development of digital talking book technology that is revolutionizing the way blind and visually impaired people will have access to reading materials as well as reviews of four digital talking book players currently available in the United States.

Other articles include reviews of the Internet service provider AOL 9.0; video magnifiers, devices that enlarge images and text for people with low vision; and audio transmitters, which enable blind, visually impaired, and sighted people to listen to their favorite audio material in different locations throughout their homes.

In this issue, also discover the fascinating careers of people who are blind or visually impaired—research chemist, energy utilization and weather prediction project manager, and more—employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). With operations throughout the United States and a staff of 19,000, NASA is dedicated to hiring people with disabilities, many of whom are blind or visually impaired. Read about the assistive technology they use to perform their jobs in a complex, competitive environment.


Launched in January 2000, AccessWorld®: Technology and People with Visual Impairments is a bi-monthly, free, web-based publication dedicated to people who use or want to use assistive technology. With its team of experienced writers and evaluators, AccessWorld® is the only publication that seeks to provide people who are blind or visually impaired, and members of the blindness field and the technology community, with news and objective, reader-friendly product evaluations that foster informed decisions and intelligent application of technologies. Visit to read the latest issue.

The American Foundation for the Blind—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate the inequities faced by the 10 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired. Visit AFB online at

For more information contact:
Carrie Fernandez
AFB Communications Group

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