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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

Thoughts on the BrailleNote Apex

by J.J. Meddaugh

Today, BrailleNote mPower users and the public at large received their first view of Humanware’s new breed of PDA devices. While many are quick to discount the Apex as overpriced, outdated, and meaningless, we can’t hardly blame Humanware for the new release. And while users are quick to scoff at the price, the machine brings some welcome competition to the blindness-specific PDA market which I’m glad to see.

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Posted Wednesday, 11-Nov-2009 4:42 PM ET in Articles     4 comments

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

Review: San Francisco Lighthouse Helps to Bring Braille Maps to the Masses

by J.J. Meddaugh

One of the biggest challenges faced by a blind traveler is obtaining a concept of their surroundings. The availability of Braille maps has been rare if not nonexistent. Thanks to a partnership between the Tactile Map Automated Production (TMAP) Project and the San Francisco Lighthouse, one can now obtain hard copy maps for any address in the United States for a small fee. After seeing the results for an area near our home, we were quite impressed.

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Posted Monday, 12-Oct-2009 6:21 PM ET in Articles     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

Window-Eyes 7, Worth the Wait?

by J.J. Meddaugh

Well, the day has finally arrived. It's been an unprecedented 14 months since the release of any version of Window-Eyes, and now users around the world will get to decide if the wait was worth it.
Follow the link to read the entire article.

Posted Tuesday, 24-Jun-2008 6:28 PM ET in Articles     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

Accessible Symbian Phone Software Discussed

by J.J. Meddaugh

There's actually lots of quite accessible software available for your Symbian-based cell phone. Brent Harbolt discussed a large list of programs in a recent seminar now hosted on You can listen to the archive as well as find links to the programs mentioned.

Posted Monday, 28-Apr-2008 10:12 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

New Potential Gold Mine for Blind Programmers

by J.J. Meddaugh

We've seen several resources made available for blind people who wish to program in their language of choice. But a new effort led by popular programmer Jamal Mazrui has the potential to open many doors for current and potential developers alike. is a wiki-based site which offers links to articles, resources, and information for a variety of programming and scripting languages. Whether you are writing Windows programs in or web pages in HTML, there is a section for you. The site is still early in development, but we're sure it will evolve into a rather useful destination.

Posted Wednesday, 19-Mar-2008 5:22 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

Get Cash at Any Talking ATM Free Without Surcharge

by J.J. Meddaugh

A new kind of checking account has been introduced that provides unlimited refunds
of surcharges from automatic teller machines, allowing blind people to use any talking
ATM free without fee or extra charges. Kelly Pierce explains how to do it and which banks offer this very useful service.

Posted Tuesday, 19-Feb-2008 11:24 AM ET in Articles     Post a comment

Why Pay for a Screen Reader?

by J.J. Meddaugh

These days, blind computer users are gaining more and more options for free access to technology. But in our latest article, we discuss some of the reasons that one should consider paying for a screen reader compared with downloading one for free.

Posted Monday, 10-Dec-2007 2:24 PM ET in Articles     1 comment

Amazon's MP3 Service is Simply Simple

by J.J. Meddaugh

Much has been written about the inaccessibility of some of the legal services for downloading music. But in the latest in our series of articles, we discuss the ease of use of Amazon's new MP3 offering. The service offers pure MP3 downloads with no DRM restrictions for 99 cents a track or less. Select the link on this post to read our article.

Posted Thursday, 08-Nov-2007 11:07 PM ET in Articles     1 comment

Bargain Hunting 101

by J.J. Meddaugh

Searching for the absolute best deal for an item is not
as hard as you might think. In the latest of our series of articles, we detail some
of the methods we use to find the bargains that are posted to the site.

Posted Monday, 29-Oct-2007 8:37 PM ET in Articles     Post a comment

Cell Phones for the Blind: An Introduction

by J.J. Meddaugh

The advancement of accessible
cell phones has sparked a lot of interest in the blind community. We've written an
introduction to cell phone access for new and advanced users alike. Read it to learn
more, or send it to a friend who is curious about how a blind person can use a cell

Posted Thursday, 11-Oct-2007 5:12 PM ET in Articles     Post a comment

A Guide to Selling on EBay for the Blind

by J.J. Meddaugh

We've written a detailed explanation on how to get around the sell an item form on
EBay. Selling on EBay is actually a relatively simple process, and this guide will
hopefully help in simplifying it.

Posted Thursday, 04-Oct-2007 6:00 PM ET in Articles     Post a comment

Take the NV Access Survey for a Chance to win new Features

by Scott Davert

According to this survey, NV Access is going through a time of rebranding and looking for direction on further development of its screen reader, NVDA. Questions on the survey range from how you use NVDA to how you as a user would feel about any kind of name changes with the company or its screen reader. While taking the time to fill this survey out won't enter you in to gift cards or other monetary prizes, it's possible that your contributions could lead to all users of the screen reader winning, if your suggestions are implemented.

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