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2010 Access Awards Winners and Nominees

After tabulating hundreds of votes, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Blind Bargains Access Awards. For each category, you will find the winner as well as the other worthy nominees. Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees.

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1. Best New Product or Innovation. This award goes to the best new product or innovation of 2010. The product or innovation must have been introduced during 2010.

Winner: Horizons for the Blind Directions for Me
Other nominees: Apple iPad
Apple iPhone 4
Qwitter Q-Audio
RS Games RS Games Client

2. Best Company. This award is for the best company serving the blind community. They must have been in business for at least part of 2010.

Winner: Apple
Other nominees: Horizons for the Blind
RS Games
Sendero Group

3. Best Screen Access Program. This award goes to the best screen reading or magnification product of 2010, regardless of the operating system. This includes both computers and mobile devices.

Winner: Apple VoiceOver
Other nominees: Freedom Scientific Jaws for Windows
GW Micro Window-Eyes
NV Access NVDA
Serotek System Access

4. Best Hardware Product. This is for the best hardware product for the blind or visually impaired. It must have been released or upgraded in 2010.

Winner: Apple Accesible iPhone 4
Other nominees: American Printing House for the Blind Book Port Plus
Hims BookSense
Hims Braille Sense OnHand
National Library Service Digital Talking Book Player

5. Best Software Product. This is for the best software product for the blind or visually impaired, other than a screen access program (see above). It must have been released or upgraded in 2010.

Winner: Qwitter Client
Other nominees: Blastbay Studios Blastbay Game Toolkit
Klango Network Klango Player
Serotek Corporation DocuScan Plus

6. Best Accessible Game. This is for the best accessible game for any operating system. It must have been released in 2010.

Winner: RS Games Uno
Other nominees: RS Games Blackjack
RS Games Yahtzee
Somethin' Else Papa Sangre
Tyflos Accessible Software Accessible Minesweeper

7. Best Blindness-related Website. This award goes to the best website serving the blind community.

Winner: Directions for Me
Other nominees: Accessible Twitter
Blind Cool Tech
White Cane Day

8. Best Blindness-related Blog. This award goes to the best blog serving the blind community.

Winner: Fred's Head from APH
Other nominees: Blind Access Journal
The Ranger Station
Serotek Blog

9. Best Blindness-related podcast or radio program. This award goes to the best podcast or radio program serving the blind community.

Winner: SeroTalk Podcast
Other nominees: Accessible Devices Podcast
All with my iPhone
Blind Cool Tech
Tech Access Weekly

10. Best Store for Blindness-related Products. This award goes for the store, online or offline, that best serves the blind community.

Winner: Independent Living Aids
Other nominees: Blind Mice Mart
Future Aids Braille Superstore
Horizons for the Blind Product Catalog

11. Must Follow Twitter Account.. This award goes to the Twitter username most worthy of being followed.

Winner: @fredshead
Other nominees: @JonathanMosen

12. Person of the Year. This special award goes to the person who has most influenced the blind community or blindness in general in 2010.

Winner: Christopher Toth
Other nominees: Dean Blazie
Torsten Brand
Camille Caffarelli
Ryan Smith

The 2010 Blind Bargains Access Awards was administered in two phases. An open-ended nomination form was first presented to readers. From these forms, the top vote-getters in each category were picked for the voting round. Winners were determined solely based on vote totals.

Blind Bargains and other properties by A T Guys, LLC were excluded from the contest.

No monitary value is attached to any awards given.

All decisions by the Blind Bargains staff are final.

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