Tommy Edison works as a traffic reporter for a radio station in Connecticut, critiques movies and takes photographs. He is also blind. But Edison says he’s always enjoyed breaking the rules [...]
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Yesterday Freedom Scientific announced the release of version 14 of JAWS® for Windows , the world’s premier screen reading software. New features include [...]
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Lou Fioritto, the founder and owner of Braille Works is totally blind and wants to tell you about his personal experience using the Apple iPhone. Hopefully it’ll bring you some insight on how you can better utilize all the accessibility options the iPhone has to offer.
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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) today announced the launch of an innovative social network for parents and caregivers of visually impaired children. FamilyFriends is the latest extension of AFB’s web community, FamilyConnect. For the last three years, visitors to www.familyconnect.org have connected with other families through message boards and have explored resources related to raising children with visual impairments.
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Today Braille Works Int., Inc. announced the launch of their premium service Accessible Document Solutions (ADS). ADS will enable insurers to provide insurance plan and benefit information in Braille, Large Print and Audio at a dramatically reduced cost. ADS also provides a low cost solution to the CMS Marketing Mandate (June 4, 2010) requiring companies to provide information to the visually impaired.
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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the nation, announced today that Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, will be the first blind individual to drive a street vehicle in public. Mr. Riccobono will be behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual technology allowing a blind person to drive it independently as part of a historic demonstration scheduled during pre-race activities leading up to the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway.
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Scientists have developed an eye implant that allowed three blind patients to see shapes and objects within days of treatment in a trial and say the device could become routine for some kinds of blindness in five years. Experts described the study results as phenomenal and said the device, developed by German researchers, could eventually change the lives of up to 200,000 people worldwide who suffer from blindness due to a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.
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Designer Noam Klopper is aiming to help people who are blind or visually impaired find a more simple way to get around by introducing the Visually Impaired Assistant (VIA). The “VIA” Visually Impaired Assistant is a pair of hand-centric devices to make the day of a visually impaired person a whole lot easier.
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It’s not always easy for blind or visually impaired people to use mobile phones, but designer Nikko van Stolk has come up with a concept phone that might be able to solve the problem, dubbed the Tactile.
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The National Federation of the Blind’s Blind Driver Challenge-an innovative effort to create a nonvisual interface that empowers a blind person to operate an automobile-received the 2010 Application of the Year Award at the National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Awards ceremony held during the NIWeek annual conference in Austin, Texas. In response to a challenge issued by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) , students and researchers at Virginia Tech – using National Instruments (NI) technology – developed a semi-autonomous vehicle that allows a blind driver to successfully navigate, control speed, and avoid collision while traversing a closed driving course.
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