A blood glucose meter.
Posted by Anil Lewis | 11/21/2018 | Access Technology
The National Federation of the Blind is working to increase the accessibility of medical technologies so that blind people can live the lives we want. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the largest causes of blindness, yet the technology that allows individuals to monitor and cope with this disease remains fundamentally inaccessible to blind people. Read more Inaccessible Medical Devices Have Life or Death Consequences...
National Federation of the Blind, "Live the life you want" logo
Posted by Rachel Olivero | 11/15/2018 | Access Technology
We’ve often heard users of access technology products express frustration over the cost to keep their technology up-to-date. With a software maintenance agreement (SMA), a user incurs a periodic fee to make sure they have the latest version of their screen access program. For users on a limited or fixed income, this frequently means running an outdated version of their software and higher pricing to catch up later. Read more SMA No More? JAWS and ZoomText Annual Home Licensing: A Win for Consumers...
Woman outside holding iPhone.
Posted by Karl Belanger | 09/05/2018 | Access Technology
Whether texting a friend, taking notes, or writing a longer email, typing on an iPhone has always been a little slow for many people. Apple has tried to make things smoother with the introduction of things like touch typing and Braille Screen Input, but longer writing on the iPhone is typically avoided. The introduction of third-party keyboards has provided the opportunity for alternate input methods and additional features, but there have been very few keyboards that really do anything innovative with on-screen input. Read more Faster Typing with FlickType for iOS...
Accessibility Switchboard logo
Posted by Anil Lewis | 08/27/2018 | Access Technology
You may remember that in 2016, with support from the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the National Federation of the Blind launched an important initiative aimed at generating new resources for accessibility. Read more Announcing New Accessibility Resources for Consumers and Industry...
A person's hands rest on a Braille display in front of a computer.
Posted by Amy Mason | 06/11/2018 | Access Technology
Last year, Karl Belanger and I reviewed the state of Braille support across a number of different screen reader and operating system combinations. One of the biggest difficulties we encountered had to do with the installation and stability of Braille display drivers. Another difficulty was having to locate drivers when a device was heavily optimized for a specific screen reader or operating system, but we wanted to use it with a different piece of screen access software. Read more Plug and Play Braille Display? Not Today, But Soon They Say...

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