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BlindWays & Be My Eyes… Apps For Independence!

GPS technology is only accurate to within 30 feet or so – not a problem for sighted commuters, but that “last 30 feet of frustration” could mean missing the bus entirely for those who are blind or have low vision. Funded by a $750,000 Google Grant, Perkins Solutions, the technology arm of the Perkins School […]

“Seeing AI”: A New App from Microsoft

While the number of apps for folks with visual impairments that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ubiquitous “cloud” continues to grow, Microsoft’s latest entry, Seeing AI, may be a game changer. According to Business Insider magazine, Microsoft first showed off the prototype over a year ago, but released the official version this week. According […]

Amazon Video Announces Support for Audio Description

American Counsel for the Blind and The Audio Description Project are pleased to announce with Amazon Video the availability of AUDIO DESCRIBED movies and TV shows — over 125 of them initially!  The ADP website now lists 117 movies and 10 Amazon-produced TV shows, all with audio description tracks.  Sample movie titles include: Alice Through […]

The Braille Nature Trail & Sensory Garden Directory

According to the World Health Organization, about 285 million people adults and children worldwide are blind or visually impaired. Navigating the outdoors is challenging for the visually impaired, and Braille trails and Sensory Gardens offer sustainable opportunities for increased mobility and access to nature. Nature for All has launched a new website to bring outdoor experiences […]

Gift Giving Guide for Kids with Special Needs

By Glenda Hampton Anderson, Education/Assistive Technology Consultant. As stated by Cari Jean, “It’s no secret that kids love toys. They see a new one on a television advertisement and tell their parents, “I want that!” If kids had their way, they would have every toy imaginable. Toys can be a great way for kids to […]

Tiny fingertip camera helps blind people read without Braille

By Aviva Rutkin No braille? No problem. A new device lets blind people read by popping a miniature camera on their fingertip. To read printed material, many visually impaired people rely on mobile apps like KNFB Reader that translate text to speech. Snap a picture and the app reads the page aloud. But users sometimes […]

New assistive technology website launched by Perkins

Byline: Alix Hackett Paths to Technology website from Perkins eLearning will help teachers, parents and students understand and use the best new technology. Assistive technology has opened up exciting new methods of learning for students who are blind. Photo Credit: Anna Miller. For teachers of the visually impaired, assistive technology has transformed the classroom, opening […]

Facebook launches “Automatic Alternative Text”

Social media platforms may be a great way of telling the world about your life, but not everyone can appreciate these moments in full. Facebook is launching “automatic alternative text”; a tool that uses object recognition technology to identify and describe an image, so that visually impaired and blind people using screen readers will be […]

AT in Development

As you might have guessed by now, I’m a little obsessed with assistive technology products in development. Just can’t wait to see what comes along next! AT is evolving quickly and it seems that every day something new comes on the market. Here are a few of the most interesting products that will be on […]

Microsoft’s smart headsets paint pictures using sound to help the blind see

by David Chambers on 28/11/2015 posted in the Daily Chronicle Dubbed Orientate and Look Ahead, the new features provide information about objects and sites in distance order as the wearer approaches them. “Placing spatially situated synthetic sounds around you – both verbal and non-verbal – it creates a 3D soundscape of the world in a […]