Need Internet Service? Check Out the Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable internet services are critical in today’s world of virtual connectedness. As we all discovered during the pandemic, Zoom support groups, meetings, and virtual medical appointments were and still are a real boon to everyone. For people with minimal transportation services, these accommodations can be a true “lifeline.” That is why the new Affordable Connectivity … Continued

Dicapta: Spanish Audio Description Services and Technology for Accessibility (Including Emergency Alerts) 

Are you or a loved one a Spanish speaker who is blind, low vision, or deafblind? Read on to learn about an organization that makes audiovisual content and emergency alerts accessible to Spanish speakers with sensory disabilities.  Have you ever wondered how people who are blind or low vision watch television shows and movies? Or maybe you’ve … Continued

Low-Cost Refreshable Braille at CSUN

CSUN, the annual Assistive Technology Conference, took place this month in sunny San Diego, and again, I participated "virtually," listening to podcasts and reading tweets of the products featured in between shoveling out from a series of late winter storms in southern Maine! For readers unfamiliar, CSUN is often a conference where new products, updates, … Continued

Out of the Box Technology, Low Vision, and Quality of Life

You may wonder how the phrases in the title connect? Read on! February is both Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month and Low Vision Awareness Month. If you have recently been diagnosed with AMD and experienced some of the frustration and grief that seem to arrive simultaneously with the onset of a vision loss, you … Continued

During Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Awareness Week: Considering the Increasing Role of Technology

By Steve Kelley, CVRT, CRC Celebrating Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Awareness Week The week of April 9-15, 2017 is Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Awareness Week. The week commemorates the birthday of Anne Sullivan, who was Helen Keller’s teacher (both pictured at left). With this celebration comes the question of “How has the role of a Vision Rehabilitation … Continued

New Glaucoma Research: Will Patients and Family Members Pay for a Glaucoma-Specific App? Not Likely, Results Say

New – and highly relevant – research from the Wills Eye Glaucoma Research Center, in collaboration with Drexel University, sought to “evaluate the interest of glaucoma patients and their caregivers in a smartphone-based and tablet-based glaucoma application” (app) that contained a range of features (explained below) designed to (a) increase patients’ level of knowledge about … Continued

What’s New in iOS 10 Accessibility for Blind, Low Vision, and Deaf-Blind Users Part 2: Scott Davert, AppleVis Editorial Team

Guest blogger Scott Davert, M.A., VRT, is an AppleVis Editorial Team Member and the Coordinator of the New York Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, administered by the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. The Program provides no-cost communication and technology training to persons with significant combined vision and hearing loss who meet federal … Continued

What’s New in iOS 10 Accessibility for Blind, Low Vision, and Deaf-Blind Users Part 1: Scott Davert, AppleVis Editorial Team

Guest blogger Scott Davert, M.A., VRT, is an AppleVis Editorial Team Member and the Coordinator of the New York Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, administered by the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. The Program provides no-cost communication and technology training to persons with significant combined vision and hearing loss who meet federal … Continued

Ten New Tips for Braille Users of iDevices: Scott Davert, AppleVis Editorial Team

Guest blogger Scott Davert, M.A., VRT, is an AppleVis Editorial Team Member and the Coordinator of the New York Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, administered by the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. The Program provides no-cost communication and technology training to persons with significant combined vision and hearing loss who meet federal … Continued