Posted by Mark A. Riccobono | 07/26/2016 | General
Today we are republishing President Riccobono’s post from last year’s anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, because the issue he discusses is sadly still relevant a year later. Indeed, we have taken a step backward, because the regulations he mentions that were being considered by the White House office of Management and Budget, which were to provide guidance to public entities on how to create accessible websites,  were withdrawn by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in April of this year. Read more Twenty-Six Years and Counting: The ADA and Stalled Progress...
Posted by Karl Belanger | 07/21/2016 | Access Technology
The BrailleNote Touch (Touch) from HumanWare has full access to the Google Play Store. Many third party apps are made available in a notetaking device for the first time. While this provides a lot of opportunity, there are also many chances for things to go wrong when developers haven't made their apps accessible. The Touch handles many third party apps very well, but sometimes the Braille keyboard interface can cause some interesting interactions, and there are also the expected issues when encountering partially inaccessible apps. Read more BrailleNote Touch: accessing and using third party apps...
Posted by Amy Mason | 07/20/2016 | Access Technology
The BrailleNote Touch is an impressive feat of hardware and software engineering. It is an Android tablet with full-fledged Braille support, a skinned and simplified interface running custom-built accessible programs, full visual display, and the option, but not requirement, of using an external Braille keyboard. It is also a Google certified Android device, capable of running the vast majority of applications in the Play store. Furthermore, it does what it sets out to do quite effectively. The BrailleNote is indisputably ambitious, and in some ways it is already an impressive device. Read more The BrailleNote Touch as a Braille Notetaker- How Does It Stack Up?...
Posted by Jerad Nylin | 07/19/2016 | General
My journey to the National Federation of the Blind started with an idea, the idea of a national convention. In looking back at myself at the age of twenty, I marvel that I had the opportunity to attend the NFB convention. For me it was one of many firsts. It was my first time going to Florida; it was my first time going on an airplane by myself; and it was the first time I spent a large amount of my own money. Perhaps most important, it was the first time I had ever seen over 2,000 blind people in one place living the lives they wanted. Read more My Path to Leadership through the National Federation of the Blind’s National Conventions...
Posted by Julie McGinnity | 07/12/2016 | General
On the evening of my master’s recital, I could barely keep the stress at bay.  If I pulled it off, this performance would prove to everyone (including myself) that I belonged on the stage as a professional singer.  I felt the pressure, but I also knew that I had prepared myself well for the moment of truth.  The sixteen carefully chosen selections had been ingrained into my memory so thoroughly that I woke up with lyrics and melodies running through my head, and I internalized the translations of my French, German, and Italian pieces so well I could have recited them to the audience.  And o Read more Singing to the Rhythm of Our Movement...
Posted by Michael Ausbun | 07/05/2016 | General
As the case is with most millennials, my attention was divided between the material world and my phone. I was anticipating an email; the results determining my proximal future. If, by chance, the email was in affirmation, then I would be spending my summer in Baltimore, Maryland. If the email reflected rejection, I would be doing the same old thing that I normally do–school, school, and more school. Read more Twin Perspectives, One Objective...

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