HumanWare Buddy App News Tech Tips Technology

Have you been having a difficult time learning how to use a HumanWare product?  The HumanWare Buddy App is the perfect tool to learn, teach and interact with HumanWare’s products. Designed to assist teachers, students, and professionals, the HumanWare Buddy App is the tool you need to have a successful and enjoyable experience with HumanWare’s…

Read More
Having trouble reading restaurant menus? Macular Degeneration Macular Degeneration Tech Tips Technology Top Choices

When my father had advanced dry AMD (also called geographic atrophy) between 2005 and 2012, going out to eat was a problem for him, and as a result, a problem for those with him. He would have my mother put his reading glasses and a lighted magnifying glass in her purse. Much of the time,…

Read More
Michelle Perkins Recommends this Talkback Guide Education Tech Tips Technology Training

Michelle Perkins, Senior Assistive Technology Specialist & Trainer at New England Low Vision and Blindness recommends this quick reference guide when teaching the Android in an Apple world. Michelle suggests that if you are teaching someone who is visually impaired and or using TalkBack, this young lady has some very informative YouTube Videos. Live Accessible. …

Read More
Apple’s head of accessibility on the company's determination to make gadgets that work for everyone Tech Tips Technology

How Apple ensures its tech and services work for everyone, regardless of their needs As one of the world’s premier tech companies, Apple has a whole lot of people using its products around the world. Earlier this year, CEO Tim Cook confirmed there were in fact 1.4 billion active Apple devices, including iPhones, iPods, Macs,…

Read More
Tips and tricks to start your new year right with Alexa Smart Homes Tech Tips Technology Uncategorized

After a record-breaking holiday season for Amazon Devices, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks from someone who knows how to make your homework harder for you. Customers worldwide purchased tens of millions Amazon Devices this holiday—and they’ll be getting set up heading into 2020. Customers love their devices for features like timers, weathers, music,…

Read More
Other Tools for Accessible Identification Resources Tech Tips Technology

As we mentioned in the last section of this guide, you can use both UPCs and QR codes to help with identifying consumer products and any other items you might care to tag. But what if the item is not tagged with either a UPC or QR code? Happily, there are other mobile resources you…

Read More
Using UPC Bar Codes and Quick Response (QR) Codes for Accessible Identification Resources Tech Tips Technology

For several decades, the Universal Product Code (UPC)—a strip of vertical black bars with white spaces printed on product packages—has helped speed our way through checkout lines, where cashiers use special laser wands to scan the codes. Each UPC (also commonly referred to as a “bar code”) corresponds to a unique 12-digit number that is…

Read More
Identifying US Currency For People Who Are Visually Impaired Resources Tech Tips Technology

The United States is the only country that prints all denominations of currency in the same size. The US and Switzerland are the only two countries that use the same colors for all of their various bills. Needless to say, this sameness of size and color make it impossible for a blind person to locate…

Read More
Accessible Identification Systems for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Resources Tech Tips Technology

As someone with a visual impairment, you will be faced with the question “What is this?” many times throughout the day. Often the answer is obvious (a fork); sometimes the answer comes with some comparison (an AA battery versus an AAA battery). Sometimes you can only make a partial identification (you know it’s a disk,…

Read More
The Benefits of Using a GPS Mobile Navigation App Designed for People with Visual Impairments Resources Tech Tips Technology

All three of the GPS navigation apps described in our <previous post> above offer or link to a full suite of the basic navigation features, including the ability to determine your current location, browse and search nearby POIs, set a favorite place, create a travel route to your destination, and find your way using turn-by-turn…

Read More
Three Blindness-Aware Mobile Navigation Apps Resources Tech Tips Technology

Most GPS navigation platforms do not include a full set of features and functions for traveling with a cane or guide dog. In this section, we will introduce you to three mobile GPS navigation apps, one for Google Android and the other two for Apple iOS, which ave been designed from the ground up to…

Read More
Accessible Fitness and Nutrition Tracking Devices and Software Resources Tech Tips Technology

Bluetooth Connected Devices Until recently, people with visual impairments had to rely on special purpose devices, such as talking scales, to obtain access to many devices. However, with the mobile revolution in full swing, a new solution is emerging: Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connected devices that display their data on a smartphone and are thus accessible…

Read More