So if Google gets this to work for the masses, accessibility issues for people who cannot drive vehicles in rural areas may be a thing of the past.
Archive for the 'Low Vision/Blind Issues' Category
Check out this link for a great story about an individual who is legally blind, but has overcome that to be a winner on a reality television show. http://www.aisquared.com/blog/2012/09/from-perception-to-perfection/
Are you a person who is blind but think you would still enjoy some of the many benefits of Yoga? Well, you are in luck! There is a new product out from Rousettus, which has foot stations built in to it so that you can enjoy Yoga, even if you can’t see.
Check out this video for some details on the mat:
If you are intersted in purchasing the mat, you can find it at Maxi Aids for $80.79 (+$10 S/H) at this page:
Voting can be difficult enough, and if you have a disability, the process can be even harder. Luckily, with the Advent of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), assistance and accommodations are available at every voting location. Voting Locations are required to be accessible and have at least one accessible voting machine.
Another option to vote if you have a disability is to have an absentee ballot. If you have an absentee ballot, you can fill out the ballot however is easiest for you, and then send it in when you are done. Check out this link to receive an absentee ballot in Ohio: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/overseas/applyUOCAVA.aspx
For a full guide on vote access, please see this publication:
Here is a brochure with all of the options for voting:
Let your voice be heard! Luckily with all of the modern day procedures and technologies, anyone who wants to vote now can. Having a disability does not limit how much you can participate in your government.
ZoomText, a very popular screen magnifier/reader, is almost ready to announce their next version of their software!
From the looks of this blog update, it seems that they will be integrating the mobile programs that they have created for the iPhone.
We look forward to learning more about the upcoming software! I am sure it add some great features, so if you wish to find some more information out, be sure to follow the ZoomText blog!
With every new operating system that Microsoft has made, the accessibility features seem to get better and better. Even if you do have an older operating system, you can still make things easier to see. Here are some great tips from the Microsoft At Home website that you can use to make your computer more user friendly for your eyes:
1. Enlarge your text
2. Customize your display
3. Increase icon size
4. Use the magnifier
5. Enlarge your mouse pointer
6. Improve your screen resolution
For instructions of how to complete each of these tasks, you can check out this page:
AI Squared (the creator of the popular accessibility program ZoomText) just posted a great article yesterday regarding one of Verizon’s cell phones, the Samsung Haven. The Haven has a multitude of options that make it the perfect phone for a low vision user.
Here is the link to AI Squared’s full story, which spells out a lot of the great features of the phone:
Here is another review on the Samsung Haven:
Of course, an iPhone or Android device loaded up with accessibility software would also be a great option, but if you are looking to be on more of a budget, the Samsung Haven might be a better choice.
The title of this post sounds quite dangerous, but the first car that can be driven by the blind is in its test phase already. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, College of Engineering (Virginia Tech) have announced that they have partnered to demonstrate the first street vehicle equipped with technology allowing a blind person to drive independently.
The car will be demonstrated during the pre race activities for the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
For more information on this car, check out this link:
To watch a video of the first street vehicle in action, check out this link:
At Capabilities, we help people who are blind or have low vision issues work on computers, but it has been nearly impossible for those individuals to use hand held devices to check their emails and do other out of office tasks. Could the iPad change this for these people? Check out this article for a little more insight:
And yes, the iPad may not quite be a “hand held” device, but it sure could come in handy to use when a desktop or laptop is unavailable. Hopefully hand held technology can be rolled out to everyone!