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November 9–11, 2000

4th Annual Rocky Mountain Collaborative Conference: Achieving New Heights with Assistive Technology.

Denver, CO.

Contact:

Colorado Assistive Technology Project, The Pavilion, 1919 Ogden, Box A036-B140, Denver, CO 80218; phone: 303-864-5100; Web site: www.uchsc.edu/catp/Conference2000/confmain.htm.

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Braille Access Online

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) recently announced a new feature that directly links items in its International Union Catalog for braille and audio materials to the Web-braille digital files in its Internet Web-braille system, which was inaugurated in August 1999. The International Union Catalog is a database of records for finding books in braille and recorded formats and lists 325,000 titles from the NLS and international agency collections.

Editor's Page

In this issue, Darren Burton evaluates the new iPod Nano with talking menus. Apple has released this new, accessible iPod, and has improved access to the latest version of iTunes on both the Macintosh and PC platforms. The article also discusses the I-Tell, a new product from Cobolt Systems that can connect to many of the Apple iPod products to create a spoken interface for accessing music on the iPod. Read about these new products.

VoiceOver Review

Dear Editor:

I have just read "An Evaluation of VoiceOver, the Macintosh Screen Reader" and thought it excellent. I am a former Mac and outSPOKEN user, and this article makes me want a new Mac that much more.

Christopher Peppel

To the Editor:

Now Speaking: Apple Adds Speech Output to the iPod Nano

In the September 2008 issue of AccessWorld, I opened my article on digital audio players by telling you it was the last in a series of articles on the subject. However, just about the same time that the article was being posted, some exciting news about iPods prompted me to write another article. I received an e-mail message from Apple announcing a new iPod Nano with talking menus. Apple also announced improvements in the accessibility of its iTunes software on both the Macintosh and PC platforms.

Focusing on Cell Phones: A Review of the Coupe and breEZe for People with Low Vision

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 37 million Americans are aged 65 or older. Of these 37 million older persons, 5.5 million are blind or have low vision. The Verizon Wireless Coupe phone and the PANTECH breEZe from AT&T have been designed for and marketed to this growing community of older persons with visual impairments, boasting of having large fonts, bright screens, and easy-to-use features.

Product Features

Product Features

Feature: Verizon Coupe cell phone.

Dedicated speed-dial keys for emergency numbers: Yes.

Supports picture and text messaging: Yes.

Built-in speakerphone: Yes.

Voice dialing for hands-free calling: Yes.

Headset Jack: Yes.

Alarm: Yes.

Calculator: Yes.

Calendar: Yes.

Vibrate mode: Yes.

Phonebook capacity: Up to 500 Contacts.

Multiple numbers per name: Yes, 5.

TTY compatible: Yes.

M3 hearing aid compatible: M4, T4 rating.

Going New Places: Bringing Sendero GPS to the Cell Phone

In 1994, Mike May garnered attention in the blindness community and beyond with his laptop in a backpack that could tell him the roads and turns to take from, say, the Minneapolis airport to a desired hotel. That product was called Strider, and, dazzling as it was, skeptics wondered aloud if it would ever become something more than a prototype for the benefit of Mike May and maybe a few others. May was a man with a mission, though, and he could see clearly the benefit of wayfinding technology for people who are blind or have low vision.