J.J. and Joe have returned home from their trip to Orlando and NFB's 75th. our contributor Chancey Fleet was also there in Florida but our guest Jeff Bishop attended the ACB convention in Dallas. All have joined together to review the week that was, minus Joe's thoughts on the San Diego Comic Con which also took place last week, our traditional convention wrap up show. Listen to what the team thought were the hits, the misses and the best of the resolutions put forth to both organizations.
This episode is brought to you by HIMS, who would like to remind you that "Your needs are our solutions". Check out the E-Bot Video Magnifier, the Blaze EZ reading solution, the new Smart Beetle Braille Display and more by visiting the HIMS website. Or, follow them on Twitter.
Here is a collection of our convention hall coverage all in one handy list.
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Joe explains how you can use the volume keys to make text editing easier in Android with TalkBack.
No matter how you feel about either ACB or NFB, the best way that you can bring about change to both organizations is to join them. Change does happen. And it happens through the dedication of those who attend and impact the course of their local chapters. So, get out there and make a difference for all of us!
American Council of the Blind
National Federation of the Blind
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Hello everyone, Yes the BP18 has been discontinued. We found out a few weeks ago on the email list. They have said we will still get some software updates though. However this really upsets me because I shelled out $3600 of my own money for it. Right now we cannot even connect it to a computer to use as a display. If I had the money I would buy myself a dedicated braille display to use instead of a note taker. One issue I have is that with all the concern about braille there is no affordable way to use it. They keep promising cheaper displays but they never materialize. I am at the point where I am about to give up on braille at all because I just cannot afford to use it. Regards, Greg Wocher
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for10 years and podcasting about it for nearly 5 years.