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Resources Supporting AT Technology


Technology specific Resources

  • What is NVDA? 
    NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.
  • Learn NVDA: A Free Screen Reader for Windows
    Learning to use a computer with a screen reader doesn’t have to be a daunting task! AFB is here to help with a set of free tutorials called “Learn NVDA,” which provide an easy-to-follow introduction to using Microsoft Windows with Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA), a free and fully featured screen reader.
VoiceOver and iOS
Schools for the Blind Resources
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Washington State School for the Blind

Bruce McClanahan


Web Based Technology Discussions, Newsletters and Podcasts 

  • AFB Newsletters
    AFB offers a number of electronic newsletters to registered users. Newsletters are delivered via email to the account that you specify. Please log in to manage your subscriptions. If you are not yet registered with AFB, you can sign up to receive free newsletters and other services. Sign up to receive an e-mailed alert every time a new issue of AccessWorld® or breaking news article becomes available. 
  • AppleVis
    A community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
  • blind Abilities app: 
    Produces podcasts and blogs dealing with accessibility, technologies, devices and enhancing the opportunities in the job market for the Blind, visually Impaired and DeafBlind. We interview developers, users and advocates in the field of Blindness. Blind Abilities is a community of Blind, DeafBlind and Low vision members.
  • Blind Living Radio Podcast app
    Listen to our special hosts and industry leaders. Learn more about being visually impaired and the great technologies that are available.
  • e-Access Bulletin:
    Collects content from E-Access Bulletin, a free, monthly, text-only email newsletter on technology access by those with disabilities and older people
  • Eyes On Success
    This half-hour weekly radio program and podcast discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss.
  • Flying Blind
    Founded in May of 2006, Flying Blind. is a US-Based (Ohio) company whose mission is to empower persons who are vision impaired with the necessary Adaptive Technology Solutions to make them independent and efficient in unlimited capacities. Subcribers will get a weekly newsletter.
  • Inclusive Android Blog: 
    This is where it all happens! Share your information, ideas, apps and tips with the community of people with disabilities who are Android users from across the world! Information To Promote Sight, Sound, Physical & Cognitive Digital Inclusion for people with disabilities. 
  • Microsoft Accessibility Blog
  • NCBI Monthly Technology Podcasts: Out of Ireland