[bct] Re: FW: May AccessWorld(R) Now Online

  • From: "Jake Joehl" <jajoehl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 10:06:40 -0500

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 wonderful resource.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [bct] FW: May AccessWorld(R) Now Online

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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.

Be sure to sign up to receive AccessWorld Extra, the e-mail newsletter
produced by AccessWorld staff in each of the six months when AccessWorld
is not published. When you sign up for AccessWorld Extra, you are also
added to the list of people who receive e-mail announcements when a new
issue of AccessWorld is posted.

The May issue, which you can read at http://www.afb.org/accessworld

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

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

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

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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