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A Cooking Resource You Won't Be Able to Live Without

by J.J. Meddaugh

How many medium bananas does it take to equal one cup? Or how many teaspoons will you get from one small clove of garlic? A page on includes this information and more for over 600 common and not so common foods in one simple table. It's sorted alphabetically and very easy to navigate. Select the link on this post to visit the page.

Posted Thursday, 02-Apr-2015 11:54 AM ET in Resources     1 comment

Ordering Household Items with Amazon Is As Easy As Pushing A Button

by Michael McCarty

Amazon wants to make ordering every day necessities from its website as easy as clicking a button. We're not talking about the Buy Now button on the Amazon website here. This new device is an actual Bluetooth button, known as the Dash.


A Dash is a small Wi-Fi button for different items that you hang in your house. When you are ready to buy an item, like detergent, you just click the button and the product order goes straight to your Amazon shopping cart. Several brand-name products already have their own buttons, including Bounty paper towels, Clorox disinfecting wipes, Gatorade and Kraft mac and cheese.

No word on how much it will cost, but it's now available for Prime members. Non-Prime subscribers will eventually be able to sign up for the device as well. If you're interested, click the provided link and let us know what you think.

Posted Wednesday, 01-Apr-2015 4:40 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Amazon Home Services

by Michael McCarty

If you need a book, cheap phone case or just about any household item, Amazon has you covered. But if you need a gardener, electrician or a private tutor to help you brush up on your Spanish, then before now, you’d need to look elsewhere. Thanks to Amazon Home Services, you’ll be able to easily and efficiently find the right person for the job.

There are a number of sites that simply advertise the services of others, but Amazon assumes responsibility for the entire process of matching the right professional with the job.

At this time, Amazon Home Services is quite limited. It’s a US-only enterprise for now, and whether you’ll be able to find a suitable candidate to complete the required job depends largely on where you live. For Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, you’ll probably be able to find somebody to help with any task, from mowing the lawn to ridding your computer of viruses, although in most areas, coverage is described either as Light or Coming Soon.

If you do live in an area selling services, then for a limited time, Amazon is offering a $20 gift card to anybody buying a service costing more than $99.

Amazon is not the first to create a marketplace for professionals to link up with those who require their assistance, but given the company’s experience and general reputation, one can assume both professionals and consumers will go with the Amazon brand.

To learn more about Amazon Home Services, click the provided link and let us know what you think.

Posted Wednesday, 01-Apr-2015 4:30 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

7-128 Software Releases their 2014 list of Top 25 Websites for Blind gamers

by Alena Roberts

If you are a computer gamer but you don't know where to go to get accessible games, 7-128 software has a list to help you out. The annual list from 7-128 software provides a link to the website and a description of what the site includes. The comments about each website are very useful and will help you find what you're looking for. It's awesome to see that more accessible games are coming onto the market and this is a great resource to learn about what games are available.

Posted Tuesday, 22-Apr-2014 1:39 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

the Android Accessibility Help Center

by Alena Roberts

If you are a new Android user, or if you are curious about all of the accessibility options that Android has to offer, you can now get the information you need by visiting the Android Accessibility Help Center. The website provides information about: general android accessibility, TalkBack, Accessibility features common to applications, BrailleBack, and Android updates.

Posted Monday, 07-Apr-2014 3:51 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Tax Tips for the Blind from Turbo Tax

by Alena Roberts

Tax day is just around the corner. If you still haven't filed your taxes for this year, Turbo Tax can help you save some money with their helpful tips for blind tax payers. There are a number of deductions that apply if you are blind. It's great to have a resource that outlines these tips in one place. Happy filing.

Posted Sunday, 30-Mar-2014 12:01 PM ET in Resources     1 comment

Alphabetical List of All DVDs With Descriptive Audio

by Alena Roberts

When renting a DVD, one of the most important things you might want to know is whether it includes a descriptive audio track. The Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind is keeping track of all DVDs that get released with descriptive audio, and now there's an alphabetical list. The list includes links to the movies where you can get more information about the film. This is a great resource for movie watchers. Just as a tip, the descriptive audio track can be accessed once the movie on the DVD has started playing by switching between the different audio tracks using the audio button on your DVD player remote.

Posted Friday, 07-Mar-2014 9:10 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

A Guide to Switching to NVDA from JAWS

by Alena Roberts

If you're a JAWS user that is considering switching to NVDA, but is concerned about the learning curve of switching to a new screen reader, there is now a new guide on how to make the switch. The guide covers a number of topics including: voices for NVDA, cursers and their functions, forms mode, and scripts. The guide will not teach you how to use NVDA, but it gives you tips on how to transition from JAWS.

Posted Tuesday, 04-Mar-2014 8:08 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Results of the 5th Screen Reader Survey from WebAIM Released

by Alena Roberts

For the past five years, WebAIM has been surveying screen reader users around the world to find out which screen readers are being used, how comfortable users feel with using their screen reader, how proficient they are using the web, and more. This year's results have just been published. All continents were represented in the survey, although North America still had the highest numbers. The results this year show that how people use screen readers and what devices they use is continuing to change. For instance, JAWS is still the most used screen reader, but it's continuing to decline in use. Also, more respondants are using mobile technology. Visit the WebAIM website linked in this post to see the full list of results.

Posted Thursday, 27-Feb-2014 1:10 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

A List of Disability Tech Support Hotlines

by Alena Roberts

A number of companies have set up designated support options for customers with disabilities. Below is a list of the companies and the contact information for their disability tech support hotlines. If we've missed any companies please let us know and we'll add them to the list.

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Posted Friday, 21-Feb-2014 11:39 AM ET in Resources     1 comment

Fedora Outlier Starts a New Weekly Series Called There's An App For That

by Alena Roberts

Fedora Outlier, the company behind the weekly access chats on Twitter and the book "The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility", has just started a new series on their blog called "There's an app for that". Each week they will feature a list of apps based on a category. This first week focusses on music. All of the apps recommended will be accessible to VoiceOver users. It's great to see another place where VoiceOver users can go to get app suggestions.

Posted Thursday, 20-Feb-2014 11:51 AM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Beginners Guide to WordPress for the Screen Reader User

by Alena Roberts

Creating your own website can feel like an impossible task especially if you use a screen reader. With the right tools and information though, building websites using WordPress is in your grasp. A new e-book called, "WordPress for Bad Eyes: A Beginners Guide" is designed with screen reader users in mind. Topics covered in the book include: buying a domain name, securing a host, and code for including different pieces of your website. The book also comes with a set of plugins that will help the user in developing their website. The book costs $9.99 and is available in Word, PDF, and DAISY formats. Those who want to try the book before they buy can also download it for free for one hour.

Posted Monday, 17-Feb-2014 6:00 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

RNIB Guide to Smart Phones

by Alena Roberts

Smart phones can be a great asset to people with vision impairments, but sometimes it's hard to know which model or operating system will meet your needs. The RNIB has created a simple to follow spread sheet that lists a number of phone models with their price in the UK and the features that come with the phone. For those outside of the UK, the price will not be relevant, but in many cases, the phones themselves will be available where you live. Hopefully this guide will help users make informed decisions about what smart phone to choose.

Posted Friday, 14-Feb-2014 6:26 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

AI Squared Releases SiteCues: A Simple Way to Add Accessibility To Your Website

by Alena Roberts

AI Squared has many years of experience helping people with low vision access material on the computer. Now they're going one step further and offering web developers a simple way to add magnification and speech to their website. By adding a line of code, webpages can have these options without the programmer going to the extra trouble of building the feature into each part of the website. It also offers more usability than a person simply magnifying the entire webpage. No pricing is available, though it seems to depend on the size of the business and amount of web traffic served. Those that are interested can try it out for free or read the FAQ.

Posted Sunday, 02-Feb-2014 2:00 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

First Non-24 Sleep-wake Disorder Medication is Approved by the FDA

by Alena Roberts

Vanda Pharmaceuticals announced today that HETLIOZ™ (tasimelteon) has received FDA approval to treat non-24 sleep-wake disorder. According to the press release, this disorder may effect as many as 80,000 totally blind people in the US. Non-24 disorder is caused when a person's circadian rhythms become misaligned from the 24 hour day cycle resulting in their bodies not knowing when to be awake or sleep. The end result is that many totally blind people suffer with insomnia or find themselves wanting to sleep during the day. Vanda hopes that this medication will become available during the second quarter of the year. This treatment will hopefully be a solution for people who struggle with this disorder. Find the press release pasted below.

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Posted Friday, 31-Jan-2014 4:42 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

The Microsoft Disability Scholarship

by Alena Roberts

If you are a high school senior with a disability, and are planning to go to college, consider applying for one of the Microsoft Disability Scholarships. Winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be sent directly to their school of choice. According to the scholarship website, those who apply must be majoring in the following areas: "engineering, computer science, computer information systems, legal or in business that are approved (ie. paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration, or marketing)." Other requirements include financial need, a passion for technology, leadership, and a GPA of at least 3.0. Applications must be submitted by March 15.

Posted Friday, 31-Jan-2014 10:31 AM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Review of TeleTender: Accessing the Internet Using a Phone for Free

by Alena Roberts

I recently came across a resource that is a great option for someone who needs to access the internet, but either doesn't have internet at their home or can't afford internet access. TeleTender is a service that allows the blind and visually impaired to access the news, weather, email, webpages, and even Facebook by using their telephones. The organization currently has six different phone numbers that people can use to access the service. If you don't have long distance and want TeleTender to provide a local phone number, send an email to and they'll do their best to get a local number for you.

Even though I have good access to the internet and a computer that is accessible to me, I wanted to test out the service for our readers. My overall impression is that this is a good alternative to accessing the web on a computer. Setting up my email was a bit challenging, but once I got my email address and password entered in correctly, accessing my email was very simple. There is even an option to compose new emails or to reply to emails that are received.

I also tested out the news, internet, and Facebook features. In all three cases, using the features of the service was easy. For screen reader users that like having a lot of control over how they browse, this experience is going to possibly be frustrating, but I feel like TeleTender is not aimed at advanced screen reader users.

Some of the additional features of the service include: being able to speak selections rather than using the phone keypad, ability to increase or decrease the speed of the voice, and ability to change your time zone.

Posted Monday, 13-Jan-2014 4:18 PM ET in Resources     3 comments

A List of White Cane Laws by State

by Alena Roberts

The American Council of the Blind has compiled a list of the white cane laws for each state. These are the laws that give rights to blind pedestrians while crossing streets and outline penalties for drivers who do not yield for travelers. It is easy to navigate to your own state by heading and there are links to each law. Having access to this information is very important. If you ever feel like your rights as a traveler with a vision impairment have been violated, be sure to check this list.

Posted Thursday, 19-Dec-2013 3:56 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Tutorial Videos for BARD Mobile from NLS

by Alena Roberts

The National Library Service has put together a set of 12 videos to help users of the new BARD Mobile app learn how to use all of the features. The videos include topics such as how to read an audio book, how to adjust visual settings, how to pair a braille display and read a braille book, and both basic and advanced VoiceOver gestures that are used within the app. Check the link on this post to view the videos.

Posted Tuesday, 03-Dec-2013 10:19 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Learn About technology Options From RNIB

by Alena Roberts

The Royal National Institute of Blind People has deemed November "Switch on Technology Month". This month, they are offering technology seminars throughout the United Kingdom, and they've put together three guides to technology that can be downloaded in either Word or PDF. The topics of the three guides are: Making Sense of Mobile Phones, Getting Online with Computers and Tablets, and "Ebooks and Downloading Audio Books".

As an adaptive technology instructor, one of the most common things I hear from clients is that they don't know what tools are available. I hope these guides can help people who are new to technology or those new to vision loss learn what their options are.

Posted Friday, 22-Nov-2013 3:16 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Experience Descriptive Audio at the Theater with a New iOS App MovieReading

by Alena Roberts

Many theaters around the country are starting to offer the visually impaired the option of listening to the descriptive audio track while they're watching a film. Sadly though, this technology is not available everywhere, and sometimes it doesn't work. The team at Solo-DX wants to make the experience better by having the blind film-goer use a smart phone app to listen to the descriptive audio track instead. Last week, I had the opportunity to test out the new MovieReading app. The interface is very simple. Once you're logged in, you visit the Marketplace, download the descriptive audio track for the film you're going to go see at your theater, and than start the track when your film begins. The app will listen to the audio in the theater and sync the audio track with where the film is so that the user doesn't have to try and match the two tracks themselves. to test the app, I downloaded the Princess Bride track and then watched some Youtube clips from the film. In all three cases, the sync option worked perfectly.

The app is now available from the iTunes App Store. The film "Philomena", opening on November 22 in select cities, will be the first movie to use the app's new features. MovieReading is currently available on iOS, and they hope to have an Android version soon.

Pasted below is a press release from Solo-DX about the MovieReading app and "Philomena".

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Posted Tuesday, 19-Nov-2013 5:45 PM ET in Resources     1 comment

Demonstrations of the Accessibility Features in the Kindle Fire HD

by Alena Roberts

Since Amazon has let the blind community down in the past, some might be skeptical about the accessibility of the new Kindle Fire HD, but thanks to the RNIB, those who are considering buying the Kindle Fire can see it in action before making their purchase. The three videos demonstrate how to turn on magnification or speech , how to use the magnification features when reading books , and how to use the screen reader features . The videos are very informative and give users a feel for what their experience would be like. It is encouraging to see that Amazon has finally provided access to the Kindle Fire.

To see a list of all of the new accessibility features, read our previous post about the Kindle Fire HD.

Posted Monday, 18-Nov-2013 3:08 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

To Celebrate Disability Awareness Month: Comcast Announces New Ways to Support Disabled Customers

by Alena Roberts

This month Comcast has announced three new initiatives to support their customers with disabilities. the first is a dedicated support team that people can call directly when they are having difficulty accessing Comcast content. The team can be contacted by calling 855-270-0379 seven days a week from 9 AM to 10 PM EST. Along with a dedicated support line, they are also offering a set of movies and TV shows through their On Demand service that highlight people with disabilities being successful. Finally, their accessibility lab is working on designing new ways for customers to access their content including the Talking Program Guide .

Posted Monday, 28-Oct-2013 10:42 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Start Sending Cash Through Email With Smart Cash

by Alena Roberts

If you're like me and you don't carry cash, there is a new solution for those times when you owe someone money. Smart, a company that is helping small businesses reduce the fees that are paid to credit card companies has just introduce a new service called Smart Cash. The service is totally free to use, and it can be done from any device with an internet connection and access to email. The process of sending someone money is very simple. You send the person an email by putting their address in the To: field, in the CC: field, and the amount you want to send in the subject line. Smart will then verify that the bank account that is linked to your email address has the funds, and they will then be sent to the person you've emailed. The recipient will have access to the money in one to two business days.

Since there's an iOS app, I decided to download it to test the accessibility. I'm happy to report that the app works great with VoiceOver, and sending someone money was really easy. The best part is that the person gets all of the money you're sending unlike when you use Paypal.

Posted Friday, 25-Oct-2013 12:02 PM ET in Resources     1 comment

A Look Inside Computers For The Blind: Providing Low-cost Accessible Computers for 24 Years

by Alena Roberts

If you are blind or have low vision, getting access to a fully accessible computer can be a financial burden. Apple offers computers that are accessible out of the box, but you will have to pay a premium price. And even though there is now a very good free screen reader for Windows, sometimes the cost of the computer itself is still too much. This is where Computers For The Blind steps in. For the last 24 years, the organization has been giving computers to people who need accessible software in order to use a computer successfully.

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Posted Saturday, 05-Oct-2013 5:31 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

tell the FCC About Your Experience With Described Television

by Alena Roberts

The Federal Communications Commission is currently seeking feedback about people's experience with described television programming. Since the FCC commenting process is not easy to access, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is offering to help submit comments. All you have to do is write an email describing your opinions about described tv to

Along with describing how you feel about described programming, also include your experience with accessing the programming whether it be positive or not, if you've found the description to be helpful or not, and any other details that will help make described television a more positive experience for everyone.

The email must include your full name and physical street address for the comments to be accepted by the FCC. Send emails to AFB no later then September 30.

Posted Thursday, 26-Sep-2013 4:19 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Introduction to Web Accessibility Online Course Offered by Google

by Alena Roberts

Web developers who are interested in learning how to make their websites accessible can now participate in a free online course offered by google. The course starts today and runs through the end of September. Participants will be able to complete the course at their own pace. Topics that will be covered include: the fundamentals of using Aria within html 5 and tips and tricks hon how to build accessibility into your site without breaking code. Participants will also have the opportunity to test out their website using the Chromevox screen reader that is compatible with Google Chrome. Those who register should have a basic understanding of html, java script, and CSS.

Posted Tuesday, 17-Sep-2013 1:07 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Apple Rolls Out It's New Trade-In Program Today

by Alena Roberts

In an effort to boost sales of iPhones at it's retail stores, Apple has just rolled out it's new trade-in program. Starting today, if you visit an Apple store and you want to upgrade to a newer iPhone, you will have the option of trading in your old device for in-store credit. To use the trade-in program you will have to agree to sign a new two year contract with the cell phone carrier of your choice. According to the chart on the CNBC website, a 16 gig iPhone 5 could get you as much as $336 and an iPhone 4S as much as $221. The article also lists all of the other trade-in options and how much each company is willing to give you.

Posted Friday, 30-Aug-2013 10:37 PM ET in Resources     1 comment

Listen To the Sessions From This Year's Vision's Conference

by Alena Roberts

If you weren't able to attend this year's Visions Conference hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, you can now download the audio from many of the sessions. The Visions Conference is unique in that it is the only conference where you can learn about different diseases of the eye as well as learn about the research that is being done to treat diseases of the eye. All of the audio sessions can be downloaded for free. This year's conference featured sessions on topics such as gene therapy, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis, overcoming the emotional barriers of blindness, participating in a clinical trial, information sessions on diseases such as Ushers and RP, and stem cells 101.

Posted Friday, 30-Aug-2013 4:48 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

List of YouTube Videos on Blindness

by Alena Roberts

The Fred's Head blog is compiling a list of videos that you can find on YouTube that address issues about blindness and how to adapt to losing your vision. The current list has 86 videos and they plan to add more as they find them. The list of videos is organized by category. The list also has the title of the video, the name of the presenter, and how long the video is.

Posted Friday, 16-Aug-2013 2:34 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Using a Victor Reader Stream As An Audio Teleprompter

by Alena Roberts

Giving presentations can be a challenge when you can not read print. Many blind people use braille notes or memorize what they want to say. If you don't use braille, or find memorizing too challenging, this demonstration from Bruce Gardener will show you how to use a Victor Reader Stream as an audio teleprompter.

Posted Tuesday, 13-Aug-2013 2:43 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

New Blog from Louisiana Tech University

by Alena Roberts

The Professional Development and Research Institute at Louisiana Tech University has started a blog that they hope will be a useful resource for anyone who works with blind children and adults. These are some of the topics that the blog will cover.

  • The latest research on blindness to help you to better answer questions
    from educators and the general public, which will improve the opportunities
    available for blind students and professionals;

  • Methods for teaching braille and cane travel that will increase the
    effectiveness of instruction, allowing blind people to lead active, truly
    independent lives;

  • Philosophy-rich speeches and articles leading the public to see blind
    people as equal participants in their training, education and employment;

  • Perspectives from current students and alumni about why they find it
    rewarding to teach blind students and adults, encouraging others to join the
    growing profession; and

  • Interviews with experienced professionals, which will create nationwide
    networking opportunities for teachers of the blind that will foster
    collaboration on the latest, research-based instructional methods.

On the website, there are ways to subscribe either via RSS or email.

Posted Sunday, 04-Aug-2013 11:28 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Learn How to Use Windows 8 Using WindowEyes or JAWS From the Assistive Technology Institute`

by Alena Roberts

If you're looking for an in depth look at Windows 8 and you use JAWs or WindowEyes, ATI is offering two online courses that provide an overview of the operating system and how to use your screen reader with the new features of Windows 8. The courses include 4 pre-recorded lectures as well as a copy of the textbook. There are also periodic tests that students can opt to take. Each course can be purchased for $225.

Posted Thursday, 01-Aug-2013 11:18 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Blind Wiki Aims to Be the One Stop Shopping for All Blind Resources

by Alena Roberts

There is a new site that hopes to be the place where anyone can come to get all the resources they need to learn about blindness and ways to adapt. Blind Wiki has a large list of resources so far, and they are continuing to add more. They also ask that users should submit resources that they don't already have listed.

Posted Monday, 29-Jul-2013 3:22 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

AFB Launches a New Career Connect Blog

by Alena Roberts

If you're looking for career tips, job seeking pointers, employment advice and career connect updates, then the new Career Connect blog is for you. The first post features Lesson Plans for Professionals and is the first in an upcoming series.

Posted Monday, 01-Jul-2013 5:40 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Learn How to Become a Beta Tester for IOS with Jonathan Mosen's Next Webinar

by Alena Roberts

If you have wanted to become a beta tester for IOS, but feel like you don't know enough, join Jonathan Mosen on Saturday July 6 to learn all that you need to know.

According to the webinar description, some of the topics that will be covered include:

Becoming legally entitled to run iOS betas
Downloading the latest build
Taking precautions before you take the plunge
Reporting bugs, being a beta tester who adds value
Your obligations under Apple’s Nondisclosure agreement (NDA)

The webinar will take place at 3 PM EST or 1900 UTC

If you can't attend the live webinar, you will be eligible for a copy of the archive. Purchase your spot today for $19.95.

Posted Monday, 01-Jul-2013 1:58 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Participate in Free Webinars Offered By Ai Squared

by Alena Roberts

AI Squared is offering a number of free webinars this summer. The first one is on Tuesday June 25. It will cover the ZoomText for Mac Reading Tool. Other webinars this summer include: an introduction to ZoomText for Windows 8, ZoomText Image Reader advanced tips, and an overview of ZoomText University. If you can not attend the webinar when it's happening, then you can access the recorded version at your own convenience. If you plan to attend any of these, you will need to sign up in advance to access the live events.

Posted Friday, 21-Jun-2013 11:29 AM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Summer is Here, so It's Time to Go to Camp

by Alena Roberts

Camp can mean a lot of things for people. For some, it's the place where you met your best friend, and for others it's the place where you learned new skills. There are a number of summer camps around the country that cater to the blind and visually impaired. Some camps are only for children and others even serve adults. The Brailleworks blog provides a great list of options to choose from. Maybe this is the summer that you'll choose to go to camp.

Posted Wednesday, 19-Jun-2013 3:34 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Purchase "Record Tech Demos Like A Pro" by Jonathan Mosen for $19.95

by Alena Roberts

Technology demonstrations can be a great asset when they are done properly. This past weekend Jonathan Mosen put on his first webinar to teach people how to do demos like a professional. If you didn't catch the webinar live, you can still purchase the recording. Some of the topics covered include: tools for the mac an PC, microphone considerations, what to communicate, and how to get the best exposure for your demo. It's available as a download for $19.95.

Posted Monday, 17-Jun-2013 11:31 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Virtual Employment Workshops from Action for Blind People

by Alena Roberts

There are a number of resources available that offer tips on how to get a job, but most of them are not from the perspective of the visually impaired. Action For Blind People, a UK non-profit has put together a set of videos that provide tips and tricks to getting a job when you have a visual impairment. Some of the topics include: deciding when and how to disclose your disability, the do's and don'ts of applying for a job, and where to look for work. The library of videos is continuing to grow so return to the site periodically for updates. Happy job hunting.

Posted Monday, 17-Jun-2013 3:22 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Apple Launches Telephone Number for Accessibility Support

by Matt McCubbin

Apple has recently launched a telephone number for accessibility related questions and technical support. The toll-free number is (877) 204-3930.
Representatives are available to assist with iOS inquiries Monday-Friday 6 am to 11 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 6 am to 10 PM central time. For all other products, specialists are available 8 am to 10 PM central time, 7 days a week. This number can also be used to file accessibility bug reports, according to the representative we spoke with.

Posted Monday, 19-Mar-2012 12:52 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

A sneak peek at Talks version 5.0

by Dave Wright

Talks, one of the leading mobile phone screenreaders will soon be releasing version 5.0 with support for a host of new devices.
In a recent podcast found on we heard a 40 minute interview discussing some of the new features being offered in the upcoming release. Check out the interview for yourself by navigating to the blog and please let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

Posted Wednesday, 17-Mar-2010 08:00 AM ET in Resources     4 comments

Olympus and accessibility

by Dave Wright

Are the olympus line of digital audio recorders really accessible? In a recent podcast, done by some wonderful folks in Australia, we find out about the accessibility features built in to the Olympus DM420 and DM520 respectively. These small and sleek digital recorders feature enhanced voice guidance and superior recording quality along with extended battery capabilities and increased built in memory capacity. Please navigate to the link above and have a listen to the demonstration featuring accessibility and let us know what you think.

Posted Wednesday, 17-Mar-2010 06:47 AM ET in Resources     1 comment

ATIA Chicago List of Exhibitors posted

by J.J. Meddaugh

The Assistive Technology Industry Association offers this list of exhibitors scheduled to appear at their new Chicago conference later this week. Over 100 companies will be represented including most assistive technology companies for the blind, though curiously Serotek is not on the list. It will be interesting to see how this new conference is received and whether it will adversely affect attendance for the Orlando conference next January.

Posted Wednesday, 28-Oct-2009 5:35 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Serotalk Offers Vast Array of Informational Podcasts and Tech Chats

by J.J. Meddaugh

Serotek has been busy this year rolling out a wide array of podcasts covering a wide array of accessibility news and technologies, both from Serotek and other companies. Of note, the Serotalk Tech Chats are now hosted on their Accessible Event service, allowing for user interaction and questions via text. Their latest weekly podcast, for example, includes a discussion of the accessibility of upcoming versions of the Pro Tools audio editing software for the Mac, among many other stories.

Posted Monday, 12-Oct-2009 4:14 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Handy Tech North America Now Offers Handy CMS

by J.J. Meddaugh

Handy Tech North America now offers Handy CMS, the new online Contact Management System developed with an emphasis on accessibility. Please navigate to the above link to read more and obtain a trial!

Posted Monday, 12-Oct-2009 1:30 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Bioptic Driving can Help Some Legally Blind people Drive

by J.J. Meddaugh

This is a great new website dealing with Bioptic Driving.Bioptic driving is a method which allows persons with soe usable vision to become licensed drivers. Candidates often have good peripheral vision but lack the ability to sometimes see street signs and other objects, according to the Bioptic Driving website. While much debate exists on the safety of this or other driving systems for those with some useful vision, this site may serve as a useful jumping off point. It is sponsored by the Low Vision Centers of Indiana,.

Posted Sunday, 04-Oct-2009 8:41 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Mailing List for Mobile Geo

by J.J. Meddaugh

Code Factory has added another mailing list to their portfolio, this time for the Mobile Geo GPS software. This software was recently released for Windows Mobile smartphones and Pocket PC phones and offers accessible turn-by-turn directions and points of interest information. Follow the link on this post to go to the subscription page.

Posted Monday, 20-Oct-2008 10:22 AM ET in Resources     Post a comment

All Hail the July AccessWorld

by J.J. Meddaugh

The new issue of Accessworld has been posted to the AFB website. The July 2008 edition has a heavy emphasis on access to mainstream technology, including looks at MP3 players and in-flight entertainment systems. You'll also find the latest news and technology insights. AccessWorld is published bimonthly and is available free on the web.

Posted Monday, 21-Jul-2008 10:17 AM ET in Resources     Post a comment

The Chaos World of Assistive Technology

by J.J. Meddaugh

This is the title of a new blog focusing on accessibility news and updates. Initial topics covered include accessible GPS software, notetakers and PDAs, and screen reader news. It seems to be well-updated so far, and we'll add it to our blogs to watch.

Posted Friday, 23-May-2008 6:44 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

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