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Accessible Guitar Instruction and Music Resources

Bill Holton

There are a variety of resources available to the guitarist with a visual impairment. Accessible online materials, apps to tune your instrument and voice tablature, and remote video instruction can help you pick up or hone your musical skills.

2020 Senior Solutions: Low-Tech and No-Tech Tools for Independence

Deborah Kendrick

Our favorite low-tech and no-tech solutions aimed at guiding older people losing vision down the path of continued independence. Most range in price from free to $100, and the few that cost more still warrant inclusion.

Conference Coverage

ATIA 2020 Wrap-Up: What's New and Noteworthy at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference

Aaron Preece

Once again, AccessWorld brings you news from the ATIA conference. We discuss the updates announced at the conference and shine a light on some lesser known products and companies for people with vision loss.

Product Evaluations and Guides

IPEVO VZ-X Doc Cam: A Stealth Video Magnifier

Steven Kelley

The IPEVO VZ-X is a well-designed, sturdy document scanner with more than enough features to make it a serious contender in the low vision market, at a very reasonable price.

The BlindShell Classic Accessible Feature Cell Phone, a Smart Alternative

Steven Kelley

The BlindShell is a completely accessible cell phone with a tactile number pad and buttons and a consistent, easy-to-use menu system. For anyone wanting a bit more than a flip phone and unwilling to tackle the learning curve of a smartphone, the BlindShell is a great alternative.

The Accessible Kitchen: The Black+Decker Talking Toaster Oven

Bill Holton

An introduction to the Talking Black+Decker Toaster Oven, a kitchen appliance that is completely accessible for people with vision loss.

Simple Sounds: A Review of the Sangean PR-D17 Radio

Deborah Kendrick

The Sangean PR-D17 radio is a simple way to access your favorite news and entertainment. It's lightweight, sounds good, and is completely and delightfully accessible to users with visual impairments.

Book Reviews

A Review of Navigating Healthcare: When All They Can See is That You Can’t, by Deborah Kendrick

Janet Ingber

This is an excellent book whether you have always been blind or visually impaired or are new to vision loss. Kendrick provides useful information in every chapter, sharing anecdotes and recommendations. Though there is a large amount of material, the book is easy to understand.

A Review of iOS Access for All: iOS 13 Edition, by Shelly Brisbin

Jamie Pauls

iOS Access for All is a great investment for anyone with a visual impairment who is considering the purchase of an Apple mobile device, or for a sighted person who wishes to help someone with a visual impairment enter the world of smart devices.

A Review of Dinner Delivered: Accessible and Easy Ways to Receive Meals Direct to Your Door, by Kim Loftis and Chris Grabowski

Bill Holton

From the folks at Mystic Access comes a comprehensive guide to accessibly moving groceries and prepared foods from the local marketplace to your front door.

AccessWorld News

AccessWorld News

Applications are open for the Leader Dog Summer Experience Camp and the 2020 Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, and more...

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