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Spotlight on Computers for the Blind: No One Should Go Without Access to Technology

https://coolblindtech.com/spotlight-on-computers-for-the-blind-nobody-should-go-without-access-to-technology/

New app from Microsoft called Seeing Ai

From their website- “A free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects” 

It has different channels or options including:

  1. Short Text - Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera
  2. Documents - Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting
  3. Products - Gives audio beeps to help locate barcodes and then scans them to identify products
  4. Person - Recognizes friends and describes people around you, including their emotions
  5. Scene - An experimental feature to describe the scene around
  6. ... Continue Reading

Compare Vision Insurance Reviews

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that more than 14 million Americans are visually impaired, and almost 80 percent of that group require eyeglasses or contacts. People with vision insurance are much more likely than those without vision insurance to have regular eye exams and corrective eyewear when necessary, but it’s also important to understand that “vision insurance” isn’t a substitute for primary medical coverage that pays for major surgery on the eye, a unique organ.

Since vision insurance is often excluded from a primary medical policy, a separate vision insurance plan may be necessary, even if vision plans are sometimes known as “wellness” or... Continue Reading

Empowering a More Accessible and Inclusive World

The blog and video links that follow are the property of Microsoft, shared with permission for the explicit purpose of bringing awareness to Microsoft’s accessibility efforts. 

Empowering a More Accessible and Inclusive World posted for Global Accessibility Awareness Day through LinkedIn, May 18, 2017 by Jenny Lay-Flurrie - Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft 

With the right tools, there are no limits to what people can achieve, including people with disabilities. So today has special meaning: It’s the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day focused on raising awareness of digital accessibility to build a more accessible and inclusive world, and a great day to reflect on... Continue Reading

6 Vision Enhancement Devices You Need to See

6 Vision Enhancement Devices You Need to See

APRIL 28, 2017 BY NANALYZE 

The number of visually impaired people in this world amounts to 342 million (more than the entire population of the United States), a number that is shared by both ends of life, the young and the old. Of this number, 23.7 million are U.S. adults experiencing some sort of vision loss. Among those visually impaired, 70% are unemployed and are 3 times more likely to end up in long term care, all because their vision is compromised. A number of startups are developing vision enhancement devices that use technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality to provide the masses with an alternative to ... Continue Reading

SMART Glasses Technology that Support Independence for Blind Users

Dr. Nicholas Giudice, Professor at the University of Maine and Iris Network board member was interviewed on asbradio.org on his assessment of high tech AIRA system that includes glasses that take images sent via his SMART phone to trained agents who provide live descriptions to assist people who are blind in addressing real world navigation and issues. Listen at the following link:

http://acbradio.org/sites/default/files/archives/shows/mainmenu/mm20170203.mp3

Read a Book On Us!

March is National Reading Month and what better time to take advantage of The Iris Network’s Library of Maine Titles! More

Reading Resources

Resources for Reading With NFB Newsline and BARD Mobile Apps

Steve Kelley CVRT, CRC

The following is an archived recording of a presentation provided by Vision Rehab Therapist, Steve Kelley at the Iris Network. March is both National Reading Month and Save Your Vision Month, and what better way to celebrate than reading the local newspaper or a great book.

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Spotlight Gateway

Dedicated to providing students with visual impairments or print disabilities the opportunity to access a library of over 500,000 titles through Bookshare® and the use of Spotlight Gateway. 

http://www.lighthouseguild.org/spotlightgateway/ 

http://chrishofstader.com/howard-kaplan-spotlight-gateway-and-me/

FIVE GREAT READING APPS FOR BOOKLOVERS WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Written by Steven Kelley CRC, CVRT Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Electronic Access to Books Has changed

Tablet computers like the iPad, Kindle Fire, and Samsung Galaxy have dramatically changed how we read. For individuals experiencing any type of vision loss, these devices have also increased the overall ease of access to print. The digital formatting of print into electronic text allows for enlarging text by changing font size or through screen magnification and using screen reading software like Apple's VoiceOver, or Android’s TalkBack to read text out loud with a synthesized voice. In addition, since these devices quickly connect to the Internet, they may also function as audio... Continue Reading

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