The National Federation of the Blind released the agenda for their 2016 convention on Wednesday. While it's packed with info, just like each year, there is also another headline here.
Freedom Scientific, which is now part of the VFO Group, will be again offering deep discounts to registered attendees on all of their products. JAWS, Openbook, and Magic for home use will again be available for "less than $100". SMA's for these pieces of software will be sold at $100. They will also be offering a 20% discount on all hardware. These deals will be available only in the exhibit hall.
At the time of writing, there is no news of such a discount for atendees of the American Counsel of the Blind's convention, though we will certainly update you if we are made aware of such a deal.Source: NFB Convention Page
Time for the NFB to stop supporting a failing product. Enough is enough. Those who cannot compete fail as they deserve, as it should be.
Reginald George Sunday, 05-Jun-2016 11:06 AM ET:
Maybe you don't know the whole story here. This could be VFO's way of supporting the NFB and blind students. Many of their staff are NFB members and want to support the work that is being done. I am not a member so I have no opinion. But I think it is a stretch to call Jaws failing. It is one product in a competitive marketplace. Props to Freedom for finding a way to lower the bariers of entry for the real users of the product, and not just government agencies. And it's not like the NFB is supporting the Pac mate!
marianne Friday, 10-Jun-2016 12:38 PM ET:
I just listened to a Freedom Scientific report that the same offer is available at the ACB convention.
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