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Neil Ford uses ZoomText to enlarge the type on his computer
Jan 20, 2011
Jim Vlock is on a mission. Afflicted 15 years ago with macular degeneration, a retinal disorder that erodes central vision and thus the ability to drive, read, watch television and recognize faces, Mr. Vlock is determined to spread the word about the many devices that can help people like him live more fulfilling, independent and productive lives....

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Computer keyboard
Sep 24, 2009
The artificial intelligence group at Freie Universität Berlin, under the direction of the computer science professor Raúl Rojas, has developed a new type of information system for blind and visually impaired individuals. Field trials are being carried out to optimize the device for future users. During the next six months it will be...

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Apple Computer
Oct 20, 2008
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and the National Federation of the Blind have reached an agreement with California-based Apple Inc. that will provide blind consumers and students full and equal access to Apple's iTunes and iTunes U. Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will ensure that both iTunes and iTunes U are accessible...

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The Make Sens phone with contoured keypad
Oct 15, 2008
Lighthouse International organized a recent expo, showing off gadgetry geared for people with low or no vision. The group says the same technologies that can help most of the population in small ways can help people with vision loss in huge ways. "For someone who has normal vision, simple tasks for them are very difficult to do by a person...

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Blind person using a GPS device to determine routes, traffic, and local services
Jul 23, 2008
Out walking with Skipper, his Lab guide dog, Spero Pipakis has gained a sharper perception of the trail he blazes. Thanks to technological advances in this decade, the 56-year-old Carnegie man, who has been blind since birth, now has a portable global positioning device designed for the blind. He wears it on a shoulder strap to help plot his...

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Smart phone
Jun 23, 2008
Olivia Norman's fingers fly across her laptop keyboard, dexterously tapping out instant messages to friends and entering search-engine queries without committing a single typo. A minute later, she's listening intently to the voice cues that help her read e-mail and send text messages on her smartphone. Norman is blind, so the cues help her...

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WebInSight Project Logo
Jun 22, 2008
When Jeff Bigham started developing a Web-based screen reader for people who are blind, he had no idea his work would bring him international recognition as one of the brightest young stars of computer science and accessible technology. He was just trying to help people. Bigham, 27, and a Ph.D candidate in computer science at the University of...

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Computer eye
Jun 15, 2008
Less than two months after celebrating his 18th birthday, a blind, East Boston-based phone hacker has been arrested for paying a Sunday afternoon visit to the Verizon security officer who'd been chasing him. Matthew Weigman, known on the telephone chat lines as Li'l Hacker, is charged in federal court in Dallas with obstruction of justice...

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Visually impaired computer user
May 25, 2008
In this paper the accessibility of health information on the Internet to the visually impaired user was studied. The amount of digitally available health information has dramatically increased, but this information is of little use to the visually impaired if it is inaccessable to screen readers or other assistive technology. This study...

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DAISY logo
May 9, 2008
The release of an esoteric plug-in for a twenty-year-old piece of software normally doesn't merit much attention... except when the software is the ubiquitous Microsoft Word, and the add-on could have a major positive effect on the 1.5 million blind or visually impaired Americans who use computers, millions more like them around the globe, and,...

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