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Educational Resources and Tips from the AFB Information and Referral Center

Tara Annis, Lee Huffman, Aaron Preece

This article pulls together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the pursuit of higher education for people with visual impairments. Although the information is geared toward students, parents, teachers, and rehabilitation counselors will benefit from the material as well.

The Accessible Home: Is This Shampoo or Conditioner?

Bill Holton

This article describes a tiny modification that will help people who are blind with orientation and identification and discusses the latest addition to the Be My Eyes “Specialized Help” page.

The 2019 WWDC Conference Keynote

Janet Ingber

Apple held its 2019 World Wide Developers Conference on June 19. In this article, we will detail the new advances that were announced for various apple products including iOS, Mac OS, and developer tools.

Product Reviews and Guides

BrailleNote Touch Plus or BrailleSense Polaris: Which One Is Right for You?

Jamie Pauls

It appears that both HumanWare and HIMS Inc. are serious about developing notetakers that are relevant in the 21st century. Both products are Google certified and support third party apps, though your mileage may vary when using them.

The ActiView App from Empowered Entertainment Puts Audio Description In Your Pocket

Jamie Pauls

One app that shows promise in the area of providing “portable” audio description is ActiView, developed by Empowered Entertainment. Not only does ActiView provide audio description for people who are blind, but it provides other functions including closed captioning and amplified audio.

Shop Independently with Shipt: an Accessible App that Brings the “Store to your Door”

Deborah Kendrick

This article takes a look at the accessibility of an app and website called Shipt, which allows you to have shopping delivered to your door from a number of different local stores.

The Jitterbug Flip, Continued

Steven Kelley

In response to negative reports from readers regarding the Jitterbug accessible cell phones, this article investigates the extent of the reported issues and aims to determine if these phones can be recommended to those with vision loss.

Book Reviews

A Review of Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA: A Guide for Students and Professionals, by David Kingsbury

Bill Holton

For people with visual impairments who are starting high school or college, this book is an essential resource, and others will also find it useful. The author's step-by-step approach to many of Word’s advanced features is helpful, but many features are not covered.

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