Category Archives: Adapting for Accessibility

The New Victor Reader Stream: A New Look For A Popular Product

By Michael D. Barber Rehab Technology Specialist Manufacturer: Humanware (800) 722-3393 http://www.humanware.com $369.00 Do you remember when you first got your brand new Victor Reader Stream? Do you recall how excited you were to have a device that would play … Continue reading

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The Second-Generation iBill®

By Curtis Chong On September 18, 2012, Orbit Research announced a second-generation version of the iBill® Talking Money Identifier. When the original iBill® was released in late 2009, it was truly a very competitive product. Other currency identifiers were priced … Continue reading

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Braille Sense U2 QWERTY 32: A New Look From HIMS Inc.

By Michael D. Barber Rehab Technology Specialist Manufacturer:  HIMS Inc. Website:  http://www.hims-inc.com Sales:  (888) 520-4467 Technical Support:  (512) 837-2000 HIMS Inc. 4616 W. Howard Lane Suite 960 Austin, TX   78728 One of my biggest complaints about using a NoteTakers with … Continue reading

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JAWS 13: The First Screen Reader To Recognize Text In Images

By Curtis Chong On October 24, 2011, Freedom Scientific announced the release of JAWS® for Windows version 13.  Most significant about this newest release of JAWS is a new feature which Freedom Scientific calls Convenient OCR.  Simply put, Convenient OCR … Continue reading

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The Struggle To Upgrade My iPhone To iOS 5

By Curtis Chong On October 12, 2011, Apple released iOS 5, the latest operating system for its line of “i” products.  Since my iPhone 4 had been purchased less than six months ago, I knew that I would probably not … Continue reading

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By Michael Barber The Wilson™ Digital Voice Recorder is one of the smallest and simplest digital recording devices I’ve seen.  Measuring just 2 inches by 3 inches by 0.5 inches, it will easily fit in your hand, your purse, your … Continue reading

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Olympus Digital Recorders Still Accessible to the Blind

By Curtis Chong Contributing Writer About a month ago, I purchased the Olympus DM-620 digital voice recorder in my ongoing quest to acquire the latest and greatest in nonvisually-accessible digital recorders.  The Olympus DM-620 digital recorder is the latest in … Continue reading

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Technologies For Nonvisual Access To Paper Currency

By Curtis Chong Contributing Writer During recent months, more affordable and usable technologies have become available to enable a blind person to identify paper currency without having to rely upon the assistance of someone who can see.  While folding different … Continue reading

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How I crossed over to the ‘Dark Side’ (I mean iPhone)

By Curtis Chong Contributing Writer  In the summer of 2009, almost two years ago, Apple announced that its iPhone (a smart phone operated primarily through a touch screen) would be equipped with the VoiceOver program, software designed to allow the … Continue reading

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Web Page Reading: Have It Your Way

By Michael Barber Contributing Writer Burger King is not the only company who lets you “have it your way.”  When it comes to the automatic reading of a web page when it’s loaded, Freedom Scientific gives you a choice.  You … Continue reading

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