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Blind, Visually Impaired Mass. Voters Have Variety of Options

BY CHRIS LARABEE (VIA THE DAILY FREE PRESS) Blind and visually impaired voters can access electronic ballots, special voting machines and help from a family member or friend to exercise their suffrage in Massachusetts. Secretary of State spokesperson Debra O’Malley said voters who applied for a mail-in ballot could request an electronic ballot. Voters approved [...]

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Boy Scout’s Project Lights the Way for People with Vision Loss

Inspired by uncle and grandfather with progressive eye disease, boy scout's project helps make local blindness rehabilitation agency’s campus more accessible. NEWTON, Mass. (October 6, 2020) – Ryan Sutliff, a 17-year-old senior at the Boston Latin School, is now one step closer to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout after completing his final community service project [...]

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Carroll Center for the Blind Continues to Serve Students Through Innovative Youth Summer Programs

Despite the ongoing pandemic, creative new remote and face-to-face programs are keeping blind and visually impaired youth engaged and connected. NEWTON, Mass. (August 10, 2020) – Although summer programs nationwide have mostly been shuttered due to COVID-19, the Carroll Center for the Blind has been quietly operating this summer to keep children and teens with vision [...]

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Book cover for "When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users" by David Kingsbury. The Carroll Center for the Blind logo appears in the foam in a cup of coffee. That's beside a laptop keyboard with an orange bump dot.

New Book Offers Guidance for Web Browsing Using Screen Readers

Sometimes, one web browser just isn't enough. A new book provides guidance on web browsing with popular browsers to improve experiences for blind and visually impaired screen reader users. NEWTON, Mass. (August 3, 2020) – A new digital book by Carroll Center for the Blind assistive technology instructor, David Kingsbury, provides a timely and much-needed resource [...]

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The legendary Ellis Hall smiles while seated behind a Hammond piano keyboard as he talks to students in the Introduction to Careers in Music program through Zoom.

Carroll Center for the Blind Launches Summer Program for Teens Aspiring to Kick Start Careers in Music Industry

Introduction to Careers in Music featured speakers include Grammy nominated American singer-songwriter, Ellis Hall and musical artist and American Idol Top 40 Contestant, Shayy Winn NEWTON, Massachusetts (July 6, 2020) – The Carroll Center for the Blind launched an innovative new Introduction to Careers in Music summer program today—a first-of-its-kind virtual career development program for [...]

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Why Reddit Has Become A Favorite Social Media Platform for Many Blind and Visually Impaired People

BY RACHEL E. GREENSPAN (VIA INSIDER) The Reddit logo, featuring a smiling alien with a single antennae on his head, is seen displayed on a smartphone screen. [Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images]Samuel Proulx, a 32-year-old blind man living in Ottawa, Ontario, isn't that interested in using traditional social media. Proulx doesn't find Instagram and [...]

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Carroll Center for the Blind Announces Be My Eyes Partnership

NEWTON, Massachusetts (June 15, 2020) – The Carroll Center for the Blind announced this week its partnership with Be My Eyes, an innovative app that provides real-time video assistance for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Beginning Monday, June 15th, 2020, Carroll Center support staff will be able to field calls from the Specialized [...]

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Carroll Center for the Blind Announces Virtual Walk for INDEPENDENCE

New virtual event on June 28th will raise awareness and help transform the lives of children, teens, adults and seniors who are blind or have low vision. NEWTON, Massachusetts (June 9, 2020) - The Carroll Center for the Blind has transformed its 8th annual Walk for INDEPENDENCE, originally scheduled to take place in-person at its Newton [...]

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This Blind Gamer Is Fighting for Accessibility in Video Games

BY GRAHAM ISADOR (VIA VICE) Steve Saylor's YouTube channel is devoted to reviews, reactions, and first impressions of video games. Saylor has an infectious, over-the-top, energy while hitting on many familiar Youtube tropes. He's prone to hyperbole, funny faces, and the occasional silly voice. Popular clips see him web slinging as Spiderman or digging at the ground [...]

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The cover for "Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone VoiceOver Users." The book title and words, "written by Heather Thomas" appear above the Carroll Center for the Blind logo. A pair of headphones and an iPhone displaying the Zoom app is placed on top of a laptop keyboard. This guide is intended to teach Zoom for People with Visual Impairments.

Carroll Center for the Blind Publishes Book about Using Zoom for People with Visual Impairments

An invaluable resource for individuals who are blind or visually impaired needing to participate in, and host Zoom meetings as a result of changes caused by COVID-19 restrictions. NEWTON, Mass. (June 1, 2020) – The Carroll Center for the Blind announced today that it has published a new book, "Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide [...]

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