Instagram launches new accessibility features for users with visual impairments

The major social media platform, Instagram, has recently launched two new accessibility features for individuals with visual impairments.  The first feature is automatic alternative text; the second is the ability to manually add alternative text to photos. Check out the excerpt from Instagram’s blog: We are introducing two new improvements to make it easier for […]

Sunu Band – Sonar Smartband for Visually Impaired

There are many devices available on the market to help individuals with visual impairments.  If you’re looking for something to use in conjunction with your white cane and/or guide dog, check out the Sunu Band. The Sunu Band is a “sonar smartband that improves navigation for the visually impaired.  It combines sonar or echolocation with […]

BrailleNote GPS

HumanWare is “the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision.”  The company offers dozens of innovative products, one of them being the BrailleNote GPS. The BrailleNote GPS provides location information and mapping tools to augment independent travel for individuals with visual impairments.  People can use the GPS to […]

Nearby Explorer App

Yesterday I discussed a handful of apps that are fully accessible using VoiceOver.  One I didn’t discuss is Nearby Explorer, which is a GPS app for people who are blind. Nearby Explorer is yet another app from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH).  (If you’re unfamiliar with APH, it is a nonprofit that offers thousands […]

Refreshabraille 18

Last week, I introduced the Orbit Reader 20, which is an affordable ($449) refreshable braille display.  If you’re looking to compare, another available braille display is the Refreshabraille 18. The Refreshabraille 18 is a “unique handheld refreshable braille display and braille keyboard for desktop computers and mobile devices.” Although the device has been around for […]

Envision ELI: Your personal identifier

There are many QR code scanning apps available on the market that help identify objects for those with visual impairments.  Envision ELI is a personal assistant that uses unique and special QR coded adhesive labels to identify objects. Unlike traditional QR labels, ELI labels do not limit the amount of audio that can be recorded on […]