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Black and white image of a motorcycle rider driving through a road tunnel.

Cyclepath: Accessible Mac game

Ride a motorcycle and avoid cars; jump on the ramp to collect coins which can be used to unlock faster bikes and new paths. This free, accessible game includes binaural audio and environmental sound...
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The Ruby

The Ruby is a handheld video magnifier that helps me to see things clearer. Here are some different options the device can offer:. You can choose the enlargement. You can take pictures with it...
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BlindSquare--Liberating Blind People from a Square of Restriction

If a person is blind, it costs only $39.99 to buy his freedom! This liberation that will allow someone to travel many new places is in the form of an application named BlindSquare, manufactured by...
Photo of the Braille Sense U2, a 32 cell braille notetaker.

Braille Sense U2

This blog will tell you what I think are the best features of the Braille Sense U2. This device can be complicated at first. My model has a 32 cell braille display. The battery lasts for 17 hours...
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Be My Eyes: iOS App

Can You See? Well, I sure cannot. Anyway, there’s a great app called Be My Eyes. This app will connect you to a person who can see, and then they can read or see something for you that you want help...
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Mag Light: a great magnification app

Mag Light by Tom Geraci. Have you ever stared at a piece of paper and thought, “The print needs to be larger!”? Well, then you need Mag Light. Mag Light is an app designed by Falcon in Motion...
Screenshot of Actiview App with Cars 3 accessibility options: Audio Description, Amplified Audio, and Closed Captions.

Cars 3, accessible movie app and activities!

"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lightening McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport thathe loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an...
6 students sitting in a college classroom receive brailled materials; one student has vision and does not read braille.

Importance of Accessible Materials spoof

Someone has a sense of humor about a very serious topic - providing accessible clasroom materials. Do you have trouble receiving accessible materials in a timely manner? If so, you might want to make...
Sina Barham, a smiling man in his 20s holding a tablet.

How I Code and Use a Computer at 1,000 Words per Minute: Sina Bahram

Sina Bahram has one speed - supersonic!  He navigates life and his computer at breakneck speeds. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University,  is a computer scientist,...
Student starting to stand on a surf board with instructor in the background raising his hands in encouragement.

Indo Jax Surf Camp

Indo Jax Surf Charities offers surfing camps with weeks designed specifically for students who have visually impairments, autism, childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis and other special needs.  The camp...
A father using TapTapSee app on his iPhone to identify a white onion.

How do YOU use Apple Products?

Apple released a series of videos showcasing how individuals with a variety of disabilities have integrated Apple devices and apps with accessibility features into their daily activities.   Teachers...
Smiling high school student sitting in front of a computer.

Astronomy for the teachers and students with visual impairments

During the next three years, Yerkes Observatory is working with educators and with students who are visually impaired and blind to make astronomy more accessible.  Twenty teachers and 200 eighth -...
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Summer Job for Teens with Visual Impairments

Summer is just around the corner - have you found a job?  Need help to get started?  Check out AFB's series on summer jobs for teens with visual impairments: What Jobs Can People Who Are Blind or...
Crock pot and pressure cooker fully controlled by an accompanying app.

Instant Pot: Bluetooth enabled crock pot/pressure cooker

"There's an app for that!"  Yes, there really is an app to control a crock pot!  Classic crock pots had a simple switch that moved between three options: off, low, and high.  Now, crock pots have all...
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Stephanie Zundel: Boston Marathon runner

Stephanie Zundel is a senior at Vanderbilt University who is running in the Boston Marathon today.  Stephanie is one of 13 runners who are registered for the Boston Marathon who are visually impaired...
In a Fox interview, a visually impaired runner explains how Google Glass is helping him run the Boston Marathon.

Google Glass will guide a blind man through the Boston Marathon

People with visual impairments are involved in many sports and activities.  Erich Manser, a blind man, has a passion for running.  Erich is running the Boston Marathon with assistance from Google...
Chris Nagle, a software engineering role model.

A Visually Impaired Programmer Explains How He Does It

Interested in a tech job?  Find a role model, read about others in the field who are successful, learn what these successful professionals, and reach out to a mentor.  Discover what made these...
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Knowing the Shortcuts is Key: VoiceOver on the Mac

Are you a tech savvy student who is using a Mac with VoiceOver? Are you ready to become a power user?  If you are like most VoiceOver users, you probably were taught the basics and then learned a...
High school blind student building the robot with university mentor.

The Dark Side Robotic Team

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition.  Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing...
Mario video game character.

Blind Video Gamers

Kids love video games - including kids who are blind!  Here is a great article that describes the sound clues that blind gamers use when playing mainstream video games.  Succesful blind gamers share...

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