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Posted on Tuesday 26 June 2018 by Nicholas

I may have sporadic internet use for the next several months. My wife and I are moving back to our little cabin in the woods, on a remote island in the middle of Lake Michigan. Its a place we both love, in a cabin we rebuilt ourselves. After living there for thirteen years, we had moved down to lower Michigan hoping for a better economy. We also had moved closer to family from both sides. However, after pursuing plans in the fast-paced world of a "better economy" and our cost of living...

11 Comments : Last update or comment 9 months 1 week ago.
Posted on Thursday 31 May 2018 by AppleVis

USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the support organization for the advancement and adoption of USB technology, has today announced a new USB HID (Human Interface Device) industry standard that aims to simplify the development of braille displays and allow for an improved user experience.

In it's press release, USB-IF describes this new standard as:

a collaborative step toward greater...

3 Comments : Last update or comment 10 months 3 weeks ago.
Posted on Friday 13 April 2018 by Lysette Chaproniere

My book collection takes up no space. With my phone in my pocket, and wearing my AfterShokz headset, I have hundreds of books to keep me occupied wherever I go. And when I buy new books, I don't need to worry about whether I have enough room for them on the shelves.

That's quite different from the braille books I was given to read as a child, where even the shortest novel took up several massive volumes. Wading through all those volumes was daunting. Later on, I learned about the...

35 Comments : Last update or comment 9 months 2 weeks ago.
Posted on Friday 5 January 2018 by Scott Davert

This post is a follow up to my post from December, Braille Display Users Deserve Better From Blindfold Games. In this post, I acknowledged the efforts of Marty for speech users, but pointed out the lack of accessibility for braille display users. While the use of a display is a luxury for some, for the deaf-blind this is not the case, as a display must be relied...

1 Comments : Last update or comment 1 year 3 months ago.
Posted on Friday 15 December 2017 by Scott Davert

When you think of audio games, the Blindfold series of iOS games from Kid Friendly Software probably come to mind. Certainly, the Blindfold Series of games have been a huge hit within the blindness community. With over 80 titles now available, it makes sense that blind and low vision users around the world would flock to these games.

As a speech user, the Blindfold Games are completely accessible and easy to learn. The consistent menu...

35 Comments : Last update or comment 1 year 3 months ago.
Posted on Tuesday 31 October 2017 by AppleVis

Apple has today released iOS 11.1, which brings a number of fixes; enhancements; and changes for blind and low vision users.


  • The VoiceOver Rotor once again consistently defaults to the Actions Menu when on an element that has Actions available.
  • You can once again use the Actions Menu to delete conversations from the Messages app.
  • Navigating and reading of PDF files is much improved.
  • Alternative characters on the onscreen keyboard can...
58 Comments : Last update or comment 1 year 5 months ago.
Posted on Tuesday 19 September 2017 by Scott Davert

iOS 11 has arrived for users of the iPhone 5S and later; the iPad fifth generation and later; and the iPod Touch 6th Generation. Mainstream changes such as the revamped Control Center, new HomeKit options, the new Files app, and many other enhancements have been added. Other blogs and videos will cover these changes, but as is the case with all major iOS releases dating back to...

11 Comments : Last update or comment 11 months 3 weeks ago.
Posted on Monday 21 August 2017 by Nicholas

I love customizing and tweaking my Mac operating System. From finding those little speed boosts to reducing keypresses for navigation, there is something exciting about finding settings that actually help and make things easier and more comfy. If it were a car it would be a low-rider and have pin-stripes. A stereo would be blasting Led Zeppelin or Santana with a thumpin' subwoofer in the trunk. Some fuzzy dice would be hanging from the mirror. Oops, showing my age again.

Since my Mac...

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Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017 by Scott Davert

On May 8, Sprint released a new update to the Sprint IP Relay app. While the description only states that there are "Miscellaneous bug fixes", one of those bug fixes is very significant... it restores access for braille users. Until now, braille users have not had a reliable solution to access relay via their mobile devices.

What is Text Relay Anyway?

For those unfamiliar, text relay allows a deaf or DeafBlind person to access the phone system through a relay operator, who...

5 Comments : Last update or comment 1 year 11 months ago.
Posted on Thursday 4 May 2017 by Scott Davert

In what could soon be coming as the first of its kind, Humanware appears to be developing a new braille display and app for synchronizing notes with iDevices. In late April, an app hit the App Store called Brailliant Sync. According to the description by Harpo, the app is designed "for synchronizing notes between Gmail, IMAP and similar servers and Brailliant 14 Braille...

4 Comments : Last update or comment 1 year 11 months ago.