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All-seeing car of the future helps blind driver navigate his way into history at Daytona racetrack

February 01, 2011, 05:43:16 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

A blind man has become the first person in America to legally drive a car around a race track in a test which could one day lead to all visually impaired people taking to the roads.

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WinZoom 4 and the Windows 7 Magnifier Reviewed by AccessWorld

January 06, 2011, 08:29:26 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

In the January edition of AccessWorld you can find a helpful review of the mid-range screen magnifier WinZoom and the free Windows 7 screen magnifier utility.

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Serotek Releases DocuScan Plus Software

January 03, 2011, 02:56:09 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Serotek Corporation, a provider of accessible multi platform and cloud-based solutions accessible from anywhere, is proud to announce the release of DocuScan Plus™. This innovative software requires no drivers and allows anyone to scan and read documents in an accessible format from any computer. Serotek will be demonstrating DocuScan Plus at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6 – 9.

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Supernova Version 12 Release Set To Shake Up The Screen Magnifier Market

November 16, 2010, 12:24:50 PM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The screen magnification market looks set for a significant shake up following the recent release of an updated screen access solution from one of the Worlds original accessibility experts - Dolphin Computer Access. As with previous releases, SuperNova version 12 boasts screen magnification, screen reading suitable for users with no useful sight, as well as Braille display support – all fully synchronised. Notably however, for low vision computer users, SuperNova now also delivers four new magnifier innovations that should re-ignite the whole magnifier debate.

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Optelec Launches Improved Range of LED Magnifiers

October 26, 2010, 02:54:48 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Provider of assistive technologies for the visually impaired and blind, Optelec US, has announced the availability of its new PowerMag+ series of LED magnifiers. The PowerMag+ line allows effective and easy magnification reading by using advanced Schweizer-brand optics, durable materials and better illumination. PowerMag+ Line

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Freedom Scientific Releases JAWS 12

October 26, 2010, 02:13:24 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Freedom Scientific today announced the release of JAWS® for Windows version 12, including JAWS BrailleIn™, a powerful new feature that enables users who prefer typing in Braille to use contracted Braille in common Microsoft applications such as Internet Explorer and Word. JAWS 12 includes a new Virtual Ribbon feature which provides a fast way to navigate the Ribbon Menus that Microsoft uses in Office 2007 and Windows 7. JAWS 12 also replaces the Configuration Manager with a new Settings Center. The Settings Center allows easy access to all JAWS settings and includes a search box to instantly locate and adjust the desired settings.

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Google Launches Two New Android Apps To Help The Blind Navigate Around Town

October 13, 2010, 06:21:48 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Google has launched two new Android apps for visually impaired users, although they could be useful to just about anybody looking for more information from their mobile navigation devices.

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Freedom Scientific® Releases the First Magnification Software with True Dual Monitor Support

September 14, 2010, 02:05:51 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Freedom Scientific today announced the first true dual monitor support for computer users with low vision. MAGic Screen Magnification Software now works with Windows® 7 and Windows Vista® computers to simultaneously magnify two different applications displayed on two separate monitors.

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Introduction Using Android Phones by visually Impaired

August 11, 2010, 01:38:29 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

All Android phones that have Android version 1.6 or later have built-in support for speech output and accessibility, completely free.

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The iPad could be the best mobile accessibility device on the market

June 02, 2010, 03:10:08 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

How accessible is the iPad for the visually impaired? Apple products like iPod, iPhone and Ipad are not only praised because of their design and new user-interface, but also because they are be made accessible for the visually impaired by default.

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Submitted Speakers Materials CSUN Available

April 13, 2010, 06:45:48 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

From 22 to 27 March 2010 The 25th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference was held in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego USA.
On the CSUN webiste you can now download the submitted speakers materials.

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Nuance launches TALKS 5.0 Mobile Phone Screen Reader

March 31, 2010, 03:59:23 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Nuance Communications has launched a new version of the TALKS software which is not set at v5.0. This version was made for the S60 5th Edition handsets and besides reading a text message to the user – blind or visually impaired – it also has other good features.

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Dolphin Releases Version 11.5 of Screen Reader and Magnifier Software

February 18, 2010, 08:46:23 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

A free major upgrade for all version 11 users of SuperNova Reader Magnifier, Hal Screen Reader, Lunar Screen Magnifier and LunarPlus Enhanced Screen Magnifier is available today. Version 11 users will receive their free upgrade quickly and conveniently via the Dolphin Internet updater found in the Help menu of their Dolphin software.

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Oratio Screen Reader for BlackBerry® is now available

February 05, 2010, 12:59:51 PM by Peter Verhoeven in .

HumanWare and Code Factory announce that Oratio for BlackBerry(R) smartphones is now available for purchase. Formally known as Orator for BlackBerry smartphones, Oratio is the first screen reader software solution that enables visually impaired users to access and operate BlackBerry smartphones using state of the art Text-To-Speech technology to convert the visual information displayed on the BlackBerry smartphone screen into a intuitive speech output.

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Mozilla Sponsors GNOME Accessibility Efforts

February 05, 2010, 04:02:21 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The GNOME foundation has announced that Mozilla has granted the project $10,000 for 2010 to work on accessibility.

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Zoom In and Out Your Desktop with Windows 7 Magnifier

November 12, 2009, 03:13:13 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The new Windows Magnifier is a long missed tool that should have been included in the previous versions. With larger and larger monitors get more and more popular, a tool like this becomes a must-have for many savvy users. It also makes doing presentation much more enjoyable for both presenters and audients. For people with low vision it is an indispensable feature! Microsoft finally covered that piece and killed all other similar 3rd party apps to death, accept the professional screen magnifiers like ZoomText, Lunar or Magic..

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Disabled users will be in Windows Seventh heaven

November 12, 2009, 02:34:34 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

The release of Windows 7 has been widely welcomed as a big step forward from Vista. But the benefits extend beyond obvious improvements, as it greatly enhances accessibility for disabled users.

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HumanWare Launches the BrailleNote Apex

November 12, 2009, 02:23:09 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

HumanWare has launched the BrailleNote Apex, the thinnest and lightest notetaker especially for professionals and students who are blind.

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Intel Launches Ereader for the Visually Impaired

November 12, 2009, 02:14:25 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Intel this week launched the Intel Reader, a device aimed at helping the blind and people with reading-based disabilities such as Dyslexia or low vision.

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Dolphin Computer Access today announced the forthcoming availability of a free major upgrade for all version 11 users of SuperNova Screen Reader Magnifier, Hal Screen Reader, Lunar Screen Magnifier and LunarPlus Enhanced Screen Magnifier

October 26, 2009, 05:07:50 AM by Peter Verhoeven in .

Scheduled for late 2009, version 11.50 will deliver Dolphin magnification, speech and Braille users a host of performance, productivity and usability improvements, as well as building on version 11 its support for Microsoft newest operating system, Windows 7.

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