Dear AccessWorld Editor,

This letter is in response to the July 2019 article, BrailleNote Touch Plus or BrailleSense Polaris: Which One Is Right for You, by Jamie Pauls. There is an absence of table reading commands in the BrailleNote Touch Plus. I can only read tables in a linear fashion by moving the cursor up and down. I confirmed this by reading the user guide, by checking the online tutorials, and by talking to Humanware support. Can you please investigate this? I would really like to be able to read column and row headers and to be able to navigate up, down, left, and right within tables and Google Sheets. I did email Humanware a written suggestion to add these features. Do you know if this is true with the Polaris, too?

Other than this problem, I have nothing but great things to say about the Touch. The ability to create printed math from Nemeth, UEB, Français mathématique, Braille images, and LaTeX is a boon to STEM education for the blind! Blind people can now communicate via print with their sighted colleagues.



Dear AccessWorld Editor,

I agree with Randee Boerboom's statements in the July 2019 Letters to the Editor regarding the unfortunate loss of the AccessWorld app and I thought of more considerations. As far as I'm concerned, for the blind and visually impaired, apps are easier to navigate and use with mobile screen readers than are websites with desktop screen readers, due to simplicity of app design over that of websites, easier and quicker accessibility improvements for apps over those for sites and easier learning and use of apps and mobile screen readers over those for the desktop. I strongly urge the return of the app as another reading choice for AccessWorld.

Thank you.


Dear AccessWorld Editor,

This message is in reference to Steven Kelley's July 2019 article, The Jitterbug Flip, Continued.

Thank you so much for this review of the Jitterbug Flip and accessibility. My sister, who is visually impaired due to MS, has had a Flip for some time but as her vision is worsening, I was trying to find out if it had audio caller ID and it sounds like that's not available. I will look into the voice dialing, which I think could be very helpful to her. I know she could get audio caller ID on some other phone but I think she is so used to how this one functions, that it would be difficult to learn how to use a new phone, especially a smartphone.

I appreciate all your reviews so much.



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