Low Vision

Screen Magnifier Software

Simple magnifiers are built into all operating systems.

">Screen magnifier software enlarges text and other elements on the monitor.  Simple versions are built into all operating systems, and on some smartphones and other portable devices

This article covers both free and third-party AT solutions.

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Comparing the Accessibility and Screen Enhancement Features of Google Android Lollipop 5.0 and Apple iOS 8.1.1 for People with Low Vision

The AFB has posted a good comparison of the two dominant smartphone operating systems

"It can be argued that Apple has represented the gold standard of accessibility for some time now. It is reassuring to see Google taking accessibility more seriously with its more recent Android releases that include Magnification Gestures and color inversion."

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Comcast Talking TV Guide

Comcast today announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or low vision, navigate the X1 platform.

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DOJ Action Results in PeaPod Accessibility

The Justice Department announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Ahold U.S.A. Inc.

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Creating Accessible Narrated PowerPoint

Tuesday Sept. 16th, 2014
11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern

EASI presents how to set up and record narration for your PowerPoint presentation.

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Smart Phones & Service for the Visually Impaired

Professor Norm Coombs of EASI has shared articles on a phone and a cell phone provider designed for people with visual impairments. The Project-Ray Smart Phone is an Android device that has simplified features and was reviewed by the AFB.

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e-Reader Waiver Granted for 1 Year

You may have heard that a coalition of e-reader manufacturers consisting of Amazon, Kobo and Sony, filed a petition requesting the FCC waive the rule requiring e-readers to have text to speech capabilities. 

The FCC has made a decision and the National Federation for the Blind has shared the following:

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Free Window-Eyes with all Microsoft Office products 2010 or later.

Window-Eyes is now being packaged with Windows running Office 2010 or higher. The version of Window-Eyes available to Office users is a full version, available globally and in eighteen languages. It comes with Microsoft speech and eSpeak, and is available from WindowEyes
 

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