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Amsler grid distortion signals AMD
Jun 19, 2009
A new online free vision test called "Macuflow" is described. It is designed to overcome some of the shortcomings of the traditional Amsler grid vision test, and can aid persons with macular degeneration with the task of monitoring their vision for signs of disease progression. The Amsler grid is an important tool in the examination of...

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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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Olympics
Jul 30, 2008
China has improved its official Olympic website to serve the blind and deaf, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) announced here on Wednesday. Both the BOCOG website, www.olympic.cn, and the China Disabled Person's Federation (CDPF) website, www.cdpf.org.cn, were updated to enable the blind, those with low vision and...

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Visually impaired computer user
Jul 16, 2008
Lighthouse International has announced that LowBrowse, its open source browser extension, is the first software program to allow people with moderate to severe vision problems to view Web pages as the site creators intended. LowBrowse allows people to read text on pages altered to meet their needs. The free program works with Mozilla Firefox,...

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Blind computer user demonstrates how he uses his home computer to shop online
Jun 30, 2008
Garry Grant, president and chief executive officer of Carlsbad-based Search Engine Optimization Inc., is doing more than improving his clients' visibility online. He's helping them reach out to a new demographic, one that cannot navigate online or see Web sites without accessibility enhancements. People who are visually impaired or...

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Blind computer user demonstrates how he uses his home computer to shop online
Jun 5, 2008
Making online shopping accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired has popped into prominence as a result of a lawsuit alleging Minnesota discount retailer Target didn't do enough with its Web site. Last fall, a California judge granted the case class-action status. Target denied the allegations, but the case could shed light on...

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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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Windows Live Hotmail's CAPTCHA
Apr 24, 2008
One of the greatest accessibility challenges on the Internet for the visually impaired blind users is the use of CAPTCHA technology for Web site security. CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test) is when a password is displayed in a moderately distorted image that a machine can't read. The idea is that automated systems (called bots)...

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Apr 18, 2008
Slashdot, the premiere geek hangout on the web, has a discussion of Wednesday's Computerworld article on computer accessibility issues for the vision impaired. Slashdot is where the people who design the computer programs and web sites that you use everyday discuss the issues that are important to their community. This article provides an...

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Apr 16, 2008
Put your graphical user interface to this test: Adjust the contrast on your display until the screen is completely black. Now, perform basic e-mail, word processing and Web-browsing tasks. What? Having a problem? Welcome to the world of the 1.3 million Americans who are blind. For them, the world of personal computers, office automation...

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