Newsletter March 19, 2013
American Foundation for the Blind
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss
The March issue ofAccessWorld is now available on our website.
This issue features:
- Editor's Page: A Busy Week at the CSUN 2013 Conference
- CSUN 2013 Wrap-up: What's New from The 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, by J.J. Meddaugh
We spent three full days in the exhibit hall attempting to soak in all that CSUN had to offer. While it's virtually impossible to see and try everything being shown, we do our best to highlight some of the most promising and latest innovations shown at this year's conference.
- A Collection of Accessible Apps for Your Android Device, by J.J. Meddaugh
With over 600,000 apps available to download from Google Play, there are a lot of possibilities. I've attempted to round up some of the most popular and useful apps for your new phone or tablet, including a mix of old standbys and some lesser-known programs for both new and advanced users.
- A Guide to the Barnes & Noble NOOK App: Another Accessible Option for Reading Books on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, by Jacob Roberts and Darren Burton
Barnes & Noble is a bit late to the party when it comes to the accessibility of its e-book platforms, but it has definitely made an effort with the latest release, version 3.3, of the NOOK app. Although the NOOK tablet device is still inaccessible to people with vision loss, the accessibility improvements in this app are worth an investigation.
- Evaluation of the Go Read App, A Free DAISY and ePUB Reader from Bookshare, by Aaron Preece
Since March 2012, the Go Read app has seen several updates with the current version being version 4.0.1. The app boasts a new structure, increased functionality, and updated playback controls.
- Talking About Accessibility: An Evaluation of the Panasonic KX-TG6591T Cordless Phone, by Deborah Kendrick
While work-arounds are possible for some of the phone's attractive features, many are simply out of reach for those unable to see its visual display.
- Series: Mac, PC, or Both: Choices for Blind and Visually Impaired Computer Users Part I, by Janet Ingber
This first article in a series about transitioning from a PC to a MacBook, compares the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air, provides information about putting Windows on a Mac, and rounds out with some VoiceOver basics and resources.
- USABA / WellPoint Foundation National Fitness Challenge Helps Visually Impaired Athlete Go from Biggest Loser to Biggest Winner, by Cooper Kendall with Lacey Markel
On December 25, 2011, I weighed myself and saw the red arrow point towards 240 pounds. I could no longer blame my low vision on the fact I was not physically active. I knew this was an unhealthy weight for a 15 year old and realized I had to do something about it. Read about my road to fitness.
- AccessWorld News
Letters to the Editor
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Leslie M. Smith
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