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Fill out your Accessible NCAA Tournament Bracket



Terrill Thompson has once again posted a completely accessible NCAA March Madness bracket which you can fill out and monitor.

Further Orbit Reader 20 Shipments Delayed until Summer



Shipments of the Orbit Reader 20 refreshable braille display have been delayed until summer according to the latest news update from The American Printing House for the Blind.

NVDA's First Release of 2018 Improves Firefox 58 Support, Adds More Braille Displays



NVDA's first release of 2018 is now available and Firefox and braille users will be among those who will love the new features.

JAWS February Update Simplifies OCR from PDF's, Fixes Numerous Bugs



Freedom scientific has recently released an update to their popular screen reading solution JAWS which adds new functionality and simplifies some interactions.

Be my eyes partners with Microsoft to offer free tech support for Blind and Visually Impaired individuals



Microsoft's Disability Help Desk has partnered with Be My Eyes, a smart phone application to connect blind and visually impaired individuals with technical support representatives from Microsoft in over 12 countries.

Orbet Reader 20 Drivers Now Available for JAWS Screen Reader



Users of the Orbit 20 braille display and the JAWS screen reader will no longer need to use an emulation mode to enjoy all 20 cells of their displays, thanks to the release of new drivers for the display.

Get Job Help and a Ride with the Aira employment program



It is no secret in the blind and visually impaired community that unemployment is one of our biggest group challenges. To help combat the high rate of unemployment in the blind and visually impaired community, Aira has recently introduced the Aira employment program.

Breaking: Baum USA Closing their Doors, Suspending U.S. Repairs of Braille Displays



Baum USA, distributor of Baum braille displays and other products, is closing its doors as of the end of business today.

Aira streaming superbowl descriptions, including comercials and halftime show



Aira user Greg Stilson will be attending the Superbowl Sunday Feb 4th, and will be using Aira to get descriptions of the big event. Generously, he and aira will be streaming the event to all, even if you're not currently an Aira subscriber.

NVDA users rejoice: Firefox 58 is now available and includes many accessibility improvements



On January 23, Mozilla released Firefox version 58. The previous Firefox version, 57, known as Firefox Quantum, was a major Firefox release which changed how webpages were rendered, but unfortunately also [rendered Firefox much slower and less accessible to screen reader users including users of NVDA

Google launches dedicated accessibility support



Ever wished you could get more help with the accessibility of your google products? Now you can. After being in beta for several months, Google now offers a dedicated accessibility support team for all your accessibility questions.

Breaking: APH Announces Orders For the Orbit Reader 20 Will Start February 2



APH has announced via it's mailing list for the Orbit Reader 20 that they will start taking orders tomorrow for the much anticipated braille display/notetaker.

Breaking: VFO Magnifies its Portfolio Again with Acquisition of Enhanced Vision



VFO, owners of Ai Squared, Freedom Scientific, Optelec, and The Paciello Group has now acquired Enhanced Vision, a company known for making video magnifiers.

Duxbury Systems releases DBT WIN version 12.2 SR1 with New Braille Embosser Support, More Goodies



Popular braille printing and translation software Duxbury has released an update to their windows application. Existing Duxbury 12.2 users can update for free today by opening the DBT Win application, going to the help menu and selecting check for updates.

Submissions for the 2018 Holman Prize now open



One of the biggest prizes for blind or visually impaired people is back for its second year and the application period is now open.

Sendero Group begins testing indoor wayfinding app, seeking local field testers in Chicago and Baltimore



Sendero group, recent recipient of a grant from National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, is prototyping an app to aid with the often hectic navigation in large in door spaces such as malls or airports. If you are a visually impaired resident of Chicago or Baltimore or can travel to one of these cities, Sendero Group is requesting your help to test and refine the effectiveness of this prototype on-site.

Noticing device slowdown after updating iOS? Take advantage of apple's battery discounts now



As you may or may not be aware, it has recently come to light that older iPhones are often known to experience reduced performance due to how apple handles new features on devices with older batteries.

Out Of Sight Games Completes Their Quest Line With The Official Release Of A Hero's Call



Out Of Sight Games updated their Kickstarter page with news that the audio-driven PC version of their Role Playing Game is now available for purchase from the official site.

Popular website Eyes Free Fitness now has an iPhone App



BlindAlive has now released a companion to their Eyes Free Fitness website. According to the description from the App Store, the app offers a variety of workout types, all described freely, enabling visually impaired people of all fitness levels to set and achieve their personal fitness goals. The app also allows users to access content from across the BlindAlive blog and podcasts.

Seeing AI version 2.0 released with new features, including handwriting and currency recognition



Version 2.0 of Seeing Ai, the app which Microsoft released earlier this year and which has now been downloaded over 100000 times, was released today. In addition to now being available in 35 countries, version 2.0 of the app has introduced a number of new features likely to be of interest to blind and visually impaired users.

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