We’ve been reading a few interesting news articles about low vision and new technology for people who are blind.

The first one is about how the National Federation of the Blind is suing a company who makes K-12 standardized assessments for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The group says they violated the ADA because the assessments were not accessible to students who are blind in the field testing process. Read more.

 On a more positive note, in the current issue of The Economist an article looks at new technology that could help “save Braille.” The article says that more people who are blind are opting not to learn Braille—a spokesman for the Royal National Institute of Blind People in London says Braille is on “life support.” But a designer in India is developing a smart phone for people who are blind and an American firm is working on a Braille tablet. As technology develops (like tactile touchscreens being developed by Disney), the opportunities for Braille could continue to expand. Read more.

Any of your clients with low vision using Microsoft Office? Microsoft just announced new accessibility tools for people with low vision. If you purchased a copy of Office 2010 or 2013 you can download for free “Window-Eyes,” a screen reader for Windows. Read more.

 Do you work with clients with low vision? You may want to check out the new edition of our Online Course for Low Vision in Older Adults. The course provides an overview of the causes of low vision, explores the impact of low vision on occupational performance, and describes effective interventions. Learn more here.

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