Built-in Smartphone Mapping Apps from Google and Apple Resources Tech Tips Technology

In their series ‘Smartphone GPS Navigation‘, American Foundation for the Blind explains how the built-in Smartphone mapping apps can help people who are blind or visually impaired. In their built-in mapping apps (Google Maps and Apple Maps), both Google and Apple provide mapping data collected and assembled from a wide number of sources—from satellite imaging…

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“Watching” TV with a Visual Impairment Resources Tech Tips Technology

Many unenlightened sighted people may wonder, “But if you can’t see, how can you watch TV?” If someone asks you this question, just smile, then wait until the next time they go into the kitchen to start dinner with their back turned but the TV on so they don’t miss anything. Pictures are nice, but…

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Turning the Printed Page into Machine-Readable Text Resources Tech Tips Technology

These days you can find nearly any book or magazine you wish to read in an accessible format.  But there’s a lot more to living a productive and independent life than reading books. What about the daily mail? That print memo your boss just distributed? The folder of take-out menus you keep in a kitchen…

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Accessing and Reading Mainstream Electronic Books (eBooks) and Magazines Resources Tech Tips Technology

In addition to recorded book collections for people who are blind or visually impaired, it’s possible to obtain and access mainstream electronic books and periodicals. Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg, named in honor of Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the moveable type printing press, was founded in 1971 with the goal of making culturally important works of…

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Popular reading resources for people who are blind or visually impaired Resources Tech Tips Technology

Here are four extremely popular sources of books, magazines, and newspapers formatted to be accessible to people with visual impairments and blindness. National Library Service: Talking Books The National Library Service Talking Book digital player. The Library of Congress National Library Service (NLS) has been producing Talking Books since 1931, and today their collection, which…

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Assistive Devices and Technology for Low Vision Resources Tech Tips Technology

Are you having difficulty reading your mail or recipes? Would you like to see your family photos again? A CCTV could be just what you need! In macular degeneration, central vision is affected, while peripheral vision remains unchanged. You might experience a blurred area in the center of your vision or blank spots. Complete blindness…

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Using Technology for Reading: Solutions for People with Visual Impairments and Blindness Resources Tech Tips Technology

If you lose vision gradually, you may go from reading glasses to prescription lenses, from large print books to hand-held magnifying glasses. Eventually, however, many reach the point where not even a strong magnifying glass will make text large enough to read.  And if your blindness is sudden you may go from reading perfectly fine…

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Online Shopping and Banking: Accessibility for People with Visual Impairments Resources Tech Tips Technology Uncategorized

Whether you are employed, receiving Social Security retirement or disability payments, or living off your savings and investments, as a person with a visual impairment you are just as much a consumer as anyone else. You need to shop for groceries, clothing, furniture, pots, and pans the same as everyone else you know. You may…

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Using Social Media with a Visual Impairment or Blindness: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Resources Tech Tips Technology

It wasn’t too long ago when people would bemoan: “The Internet is terrible for society. Using it isolates yourself. There is no human interaction or engagement.” Of course, that was before Facebook and other social networks took the world by storm. Today, over a billion people a day around the world check in on Facebook…

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Touchscreen Smartphone Accessibility for People with Visual Impairments and Blindness Resources Tech Tips Technology

When a sighted person uses a touchscreen smartphone or tablet, he or she taps icons or slides a finger across the display in order to make things happen. Happily, the three major touchscreen platforms from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, each include two built-in accessibility features for people with visual impairments: a screen magnifier and a…

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The Mobile Revolution for people who are blind or have low vision Resources Tech Tips Technology

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Star Trek, you will doubtless recall how the crew of the Starship Enterprise was able to keep in touch with each other by means of a small device, called a communicator, attached to their uniforms, and to access data and a galaxy of other information via hand-held tricorders.…

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142 Useful Voice Commands for Siri Tech Tips Technology

Refresh your memory of what Siri can do for you on your iPhone, iPad and HomePod with this list of useful commands. Do you use Siri to its full potential? Perhaps it’s time to refresh your memory with this list of useful things you can ask it to do for you. Control your devices Siri…

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