A young woman who is visually impaired uses a refreshable braille display to access the web on her laptop.

Researchers Are Making Memes Accessible to the Blind

Everyone loves a good meme. If you're blind or visually impaired though, most internet memes are not accessible. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are trying to change that. BY CHRIS STOKEL-WALKER (VIA ONEZERO) For the 1 million Americans who are legally blind, an increasingly large part of the internet is cut off to them. A young [...]

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Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, trains a client who is visually impaired how to format his word document professionally.

Carroll Center Assistive Technology Instructor Featured on FSCast Podcast to Discuss Work, Formatting Documents

David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind, talks formatting Word documents on FSCast Podcast BY FSCAST (FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC'S OFFICIAL PODCAST) For blind or visually impaired students headed to college, being able to format Word documents professionally is a crucial skill to have in your pocket. The visual appearance of the [...]

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A young girl who is visually impaired plays a game on her tablet to help learn orientation.

How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

Tablet games are more than just fun for students with visual impairments BY WADE TYLER MILLWARD (Via EdSurge) Marty Schultz has added a twist to hangman, the classic word-guessing game. His tablet-run version of the game has the same goal: pick letters to figure out a mystery word. But to pick a letter, you run [...]

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A set of item locators: a pager with three color-coded buttons and three individual receivers (green, blue and red).

Always losing your lucky socks?

BY THE CARROLL STORE We've all lost things before. It's the worst feeling. Keys, wallets, phones—maybe even a pair of your lucky socks—there’s no shortage of things to misplace. Nothing is more distressful when we can't find our favorite communication devices. Because many of us rely on our phones, tablets and computers for daily life [...]

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Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, pictured using VoiceOver on his phone, recently appeared on the Eyes On Success podcast.

Discussing Formatting Documents Like A Pro with David Kingsbury on Eyes On Success

BY PETER TORPEY AND NANCY GOODMAN TORPEY (Via Eyes On Success) The visual appearance of documents that you create can have a big impact on how they are received by others. The Carroll Center for the Blind’s own Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, appeared on the June 12, 2019 episode of the Eyes On Success [...]

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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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Two images mashed together. The image on the left is from a meme featuring a man whistling while turning around to look at a woman passing by. The image on the right features hands typing on a refreshable braille keyboard.

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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