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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 […]

Perkins Holiday Gift Guide

Byline: Alix Hackett  Perkins Solutions has the perfect functional and fun presents for kids and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Want to make someone smile this holiday season? Assistive technology can be a game-changer for people who are blind or visually impaired, offering ingenious solutions in the classroom, at home or in the workplace. […]

Freedom Scientific and Optelec Join Forces in Assistive Technology Merger

Freedom Scientific and Optelec announced that the two companies have merged to create the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. The two companies have a long history of providing innovative technology solutions that enable blind and low vision individuals to reach their full potential – to gain an education, obtain employment, succeed in […]

Library of Congress Opens Assistive Technology Demonstration Center for Employees with Disabilities

The Library of Congress is testing and demonstrating new technologies that enable employees with disabilities to do their jobs in spite of difficulty seeing, hearing, typing or sitting in front of a computer for long hours.   Pictured here, Joe Slavin, a legally blind staff member, demonstrates the usefulness of screen-magnification software in the new […]