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EBSCO Information Services Partners with The Carroll Center for the Blind to Advance User Research and Design

IPSWICH, Mass. (May 16, 2019) — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Carroll Center for the Blind today announced a partnership in which the two organizations will work together to improve and enhance the experience across EBSCO products for users with a varying array of disabilities. The Carroll Center for the Blind, based in Newton, [...]

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A cartoon hand pokes out from a computer monitor with the words "Access Denied" on the screen. This illustrates the effects of inaccessible technology on those whom it excludes.

The Coming Web Crack-Up

BY PETER SLATIN | This post is the first in a series on web accessibility. | Remember the bumper stickers that read, If You Can Read This, You’re Too Close? Yeah, danger ahead. Well, as America races down the cyber-highway, we should be on the lookout for a pile-up, because despite warning signs (as in [...]

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Blind People Can Struggle to Understand Memes, So They Made Their Own

BY JUSTIN CAFFIER | Screen-reading software allows visually impaired people to use the internet, but it hits a wall when it comes to memes. | In January, a photo of a woman holding a probing cane and looking at a phone went viral on Facebook after the poster implied that the subject was faking blindness given that [...]

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What Types of Digital Accessibility Clients Does The Carroll Center for the Blind Work With?

As Manager of Accessibility Services at The Carroll Center for the Blind, I am often asked what types of clients we work with to improve the accessibility of their digital footprint. There are a couple of different ways I can answer this question. One way is to list all of the different industry sectors we […]

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Smart Glasses, Apps, Talking Appliances: How Tech For Blind People Is Getting Better

These glasses have a camera built into the bridge over the wearer’s nose, so that a remote viewer can see what is happening in front of the person wearing the glasses. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR) From smart glasses with an integrated camera for reading, to apps that offer more independence and freedom, what's some of the best [...]

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Jake Lacourse and his daughter Rebecca play with the BecDot. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

His 2-Year-Old Daughter Is Slowly Going Blind. So He Invented A Game To Help Her Learn Braille

The majority of adults with a visual disability in the U.S. are also unemployed. The jobless rate is close to 60 percent, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Statistics like that, which shed light on the long list of challenges people with vision impairment face, were a driving force behind one father’s attempt to help his […]

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Who’s Paying for Assistive Technology?

When Lee Huffman wants to use his personal computer, he launches a special application that magnifies the screen, allows him to change background colors in case his eyes get tired of the bright hues, and reads whatever text is on display. This tool helps him get information online, work on his projects and carry with […]

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A surprisingly simple technology is helping these blind Eagle Scouts — and hundreds like them — ‘see’ through other people’s eyes

As Nick Cantos slid on a sleek pair of glasses, a voice spoke out to him through his iPhone. “I see the George Mason statue,” a woman’s voice said. “It looks like a bronze statue, standing tall, with a scroll in his left hand.” Nearby, Nick’s brothers, Leo and Steven, were also busy putting on their […]

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Section 508 Gets an Update: New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Government Sites Take Effect in January

Updates for Section 508 accessibility legislation go into effect in January, creating new specifications for how federal agencies must make websites and other digital information channels navigable for users with disabilities, and experts say these requirements are poised to become the new standard for state and local governments as well. Section 508 is a 2001 […]

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Technology seeks to preserve fading skill: Braille literacy

For nearly a century, the National Braille Press has churned out millions of pages of Braille books and magazines a year, providing a window on the world for generations of blind people. But as it turns 90 this year, the Boston-based printing press and other advocates of the tactile writing system are wrestling with how […]

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