Tech for Vision Loss
Go to www.campabilitiespa.orgCamp Abilities PA @ WCU is a developmental sports camp for children ages 7-17 who are blind or have low vision. The camp is located in West Chester, PA on the West Chester University campus. Held annually over Memorial Day weekend, this overnight camp experience introduces children to a variety of sports, including triathlon, goalball, swimming, beep baseball, track and field, tandem biking, team building, dance, and adventure-based activities. The purpose of the camp is to empower children to be physically active, improve their overall health and wellness, encourage them to make food choices that support an active lifestyle, and develop their confidence and self-esteem through sport and physical activity. Children receive one-on-one instruction during all physical activities and events.
GOING BLIND- Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss
JAWS at the Chester County Library Technology CenterCall 610-280-2666, to make a reservation, to use a computer loaded with JAWS (in the Technology center on the 2nd floor) or see www.ccls.org . You must have a library card to make a reservation.
To view the list of items we need or comment on our site go to: http://www.abilatools.com/blog .
If you are using JAWS or Window Eyes and cannot access our blog to comment send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the most current list via email.
Free Cataract Surgery
Find doctors and clinics at www.missioncataractusa.org for free cataract surgery.
In the West Chester Area there is the form to fill out & return to the LIONS CLUB OF WEST CHESTER with a $5.00 co-pay for Chester County Eye Care. A client can then call for an appointment when approved.
You may request a free white cane from www.nfb.org as often as every 6 months. Call our office at 610-594-7021 and press 4 for John if you need further assistance.
If you do not qualify for a guide dog due to a secondary disability contact www.k94life.org to see about getting a service dog.
BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED student scholarship opportunities 610-241-7903
The current issue features reviews of several helpful products and apps, the first in a series of articles examining iOS devices, and the latest in technology news. Read AccessWorld today and get yourself up-to-date on the latest in access technology!
· Editor's Page: People are Talking
· An Introduction to Accessible QuickBooks by Intuit and My Blind Spot, by Aaron Preece
My Blind Spot and Intuit should be commended for their efforts to improve accessibility. Not only have they made great strides towards developing an accessible product, they have made it very usable as well.
· Evaluating the Accessibility of Microsoft Office for the iPad, by Bill Holton
On March 27 of this year, Microsoft introduced the long-awaited Office for iPad. Microsoft acknowledges and this evaluation confirms that Office for iPad is not yet fully accessible. This is disappointing and discouraging, especially considering the length of time this product has been under development.
· Braille Sense U2 Mini from HIMS: Good Things Do Come in Small Packages, by Deborah Kendrick
The bottom line is that this is an extremely versatile, responsive, and robust product and, at $3,995, we could almost add affordable to the list of adjectives as well. HIMS Inc. is carving an impressive niche as a blindness products company that is engaged with its customers and responsive to customer feedback.
· My Fitness Pal: A Guide to an Accessible Fitness Tool, by Janet Ingber
My Fitness Pal is a good option for someone wanting to get in shape. There's a lot of information on the website, but it's manageable!
· eSight Eyewear and Smart Glasses from Assisted Vision, by Bill Holton
This article discusses two vision research efforts: A pair of smart glasses under development by a team of researchers led by Oxford University's Stephen Hicks, and the digital eyewear, available for purchase as of October 2013, from Ottawa-based eSight Corporation.
· iPhone and Android Apps Keep you Up to Date with the Latest News, by J.J. Meddaugh
Thanks to smartphones, we have a bevy of options at our fingertips to learn of the latest happenings. Since news stories by their nature are mostly text-based, many apps available to read the news are quite accessible on mobile devices. This article highlights several apps available for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad) or Android that we have found to be both accessible and useful in gathering and reading about the latest news.
· AccessWorld News
· Letters to the Editor
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