Thanks for forwarding this Neal. The AFB is a great organization. I've been
an Accessworld subscriber for a little over a year and I find it to be a
----- Original Message ----- From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Bct" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, 24 May, 2006 9:41 AM
Subject: [bct] FW: May AccessWorld(R) Now Online
-----Original Message----- From: accessworld@xxxxxxx [mailto:accessworld@xxxxxxx] Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 8:10 AM To: AFB Subscriber Subject: May AccessWorld(R) Now Online
The May 2006 issue of AccessWorld(R), the American Foundation for the Blind's technology magazine, is now available on our web site.
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The May issue, which you can read at http://www.afb.org/accessworld features:
A Range of Opinions: A Survey on the Accessibility of Today's Home Appliances Darren Burton
We present the results of a usability study in which people who are blind or visually impaired tested the usability of a variety of household appliances. Stoves, microwave ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers with different types of controls were tested. Read about the results.
We're Cooking Now: A Guide to Major Appliance Accessibility Brad Hodges
We provide an overview of the current appliance market. We visited local and national retailers and examined products from brands including Whirlpool, Frigidaire, GE, and Sears Kenmore. Read about how these brands fared in accessibility, and our recommendations for which ones to buy.
CSUN 2006 Deborah Kendrick and Jay Leventhal
We report on the 21st annual Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference, hosted by the Center on Disabilities of the California State University at Northridge (CSUN). As we have come to expect, the CSUN staff again put on the largest and best conference in the business. Read our coverage to find out about new and updated products and a sampling of the hundreds of intriguing presentations.
Lee Huffman of AFB TECH evaluates the PC Mate from Clarity and the ClearNote from Optelec, two laptop-compatible CCTVs. This is the first in a series evaluating CCTVs which are laptop-compatible, weigh less than five pounds, have a rotating camera which allows for near and distance viewing, and have the ability to take a "picture" of an image and save it to the computer. Learn what these products have to offer.
Man versus Machine: A Review of Multifunction Desktop Copiers Darren Burton and Lee Huffman
We evaluate desktop copy machines that might be found in a small business or a home office. These units are similar in appearance to a traditional printer you might connect to a computer, but with the additional capabilities of copying, faxing, scanning, and e-mail to complement their traditional print functions. In our March 2006 issue, part 1 of this series took a look at large, expensive, stand-alone multifunction copy machines that have been common in offices over the last few decades. The third and final article in this series will go back to the large machines, focusing on accessibility solutions from Canon and Xerox that have been specifically designed to make their units more accessible and usable for people who are blind or have low vision.
The Liberty to Use a Computer: A Review of the FreedomBox Deborah Kendrick
We evaluate the FreedomBox, an easy alternative to computing and surfing the web for people who are blind. The FreedomBox Network and its rich content have evolved into an attractive option for advanced users as well. Read about this little-known product.
Who's Using The Freedombox? Deborah Kendrick
We interview FreedomBox users. The people interviewed here are not typical screen reader users. One has multiple disabilities, one lost his sight late in life, and one had no inclination to learn to use computers after losing his sight. Find out why the FreedomBox works for all of them.
How Shall I Read Thee? Accessing Commercial e-books Lynn Zelvin
We explore the accessibility of commercial e-books. Commercial e- books are found online in bookstores and in commercial and public libraries. Some must be read on e-book readers; many can be read on a computer using a screen reader.
Brian Walker, of the Iowa Department for the Blind, evaluates the Brailliant Braille Display from HumanWare. This relatively new display is small and portable and offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Read about what this product provides for users.
Jay Leventhal Editor in Chief
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