A new cable box plus a new remote control with voice command and the ability to find a lost remote by sound are available for Verizon Fios TV One customers. The voice-activated remote provides an easy way to access video description and text-to-speech.
While some may see vision loss as a reason to drop out of the workforce, Kelly Egan says it never occurred to her that she would not have a job. Today, she is a customer relations manager for Sprint, responsible for growing the company’s accessibility efforts to include customers who have vision loss.
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The expanding array of specialized help options available from AIRA and Be My Eyes can help people with visual impairments complete a wide variety of computer and other tasks. While the preference should always be for built-in accessibility, it's nice to know there is a fallback when there are gaps in technology access.
The Weight Watchers (WW) website contains a lot of useful information, though the registration process should be easier. The iOS app works well and is very accessible; WW also offers users specific accessibility information.
MFi hearing aids are designed to function well when connected to an iPhone. Though accessibility issues exist in specific hearing aid apps, the controls built into iOS itself can make using MFi hearing aids feasible for a VoiceOver user.
In the last decade, numerous apps that can provide visual assistance to someone with vision loss have been released. Judy Dixon's new book explores many such visual assistance apps, guiding readers through the process of choosing and using the apps that will be most helpful.