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Blindness Accessibility in Video Games: A Deep Dive

Aaron Preece: As a follow-up to our introduction article in the Summer 2023 issue, we discuss in greater detail the various aspects involved in making a video game accessible to those with severe low vision or blindness. We will discuss concerns regarding game type and complexity, menus and text, UI design, sound cues, and advanced navigation.

Accessible Shopping: A Survey of the Accessibility of Five Clothing Store Websites

Aaron Preece: Considering the popularity of clothing as gifts, we celebrate the season by evaluating the accessibility of clothing shopping. We review five different clothing store sites for accessibility with a focus on stores that specialize in different clothing types and styles.

Product Reviews

A Tale Of Two Ereaders: The Good News Launched By NLS

Deborah Kendrick: There was a time when blind people were woefully excluded from the joys of reading books, magazines, newspapers, and temporary documents. Now, those who read braille can carry hundreds of publications and other documents with them in a refreshable braille device that is distributed without cost to every eligible blind or print disabled patron. That's a true story of equality rising.

Ooma phone—a mostly accessible and nearly free option for your home landline phone

Bill Holton: With the notable exception of call forwarding, nearly all of the essential telephone features are as easy to use and access with my Ooma phone as they ever were with my old landline. Even considering the hardware limitations I will be keeping my Ooma phone, and the savings will pay for the hardware in a few short months.

Back to the Future with the BlindShell Classic 2

Jamie Pauls: Today, I am entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, and I can’t see myself giving that up for any other phone, but for many who do not wish to use a smartphone with a touch screen, the BlindShell Classic 2 is a robust and easy-to-use solution. The phone and all of its related apps are updated frequently, and the app catalog continues to expand.

Consumer Favorites

February 2017: MyReader and MyEye from OrCam: Text and Item Recognition at the Touch of a Finger

Bill Holton: Check out this review of the OrCam from the February 2017 issue.

August 2021: A Guide to Using Mobile Check Deposit and Some Helpful Accessories

Judy Dixon: From the August 2021 issue, Cut down on your trips to the bank by using mobile check deposit, a feature offered by most banking apps.

January 2014: Three New Techniques for Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Bill Holton: Check out this historical article regarding treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Remember, this article is from 7 years ago and the technology may have changed in that time. Check with the companies or organizations mentioned in the article for updates.

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