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By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor Mindful of the fact that Cyber Week is behind

Gifts under a christmas tree

By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor Mindful of the fact that Cyber Week is behind us, many of the staff at Society for the Blind are still Googling away – on our breaks of course – for the right gifts to surprise friends and loved ones. And of course, we’re all hoping to find something […]

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Aser using a Polaris

By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor The speed with which technology evolves can really boggle the mind. Even now, scientists are struggling to understand the way in which the shift in how we access information may alter the workings of the human brain. In the space of a lifetime, making a phone call went from […]

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Instructor Randy Owen using a Digital Audio Workstation

By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor When working in the accessibility field, there’s nothing truly as fulfilling as seeing something just work the way it’s supposed to for people who never thought they’d be able to do something that was once very fundamental to their identity. Sometimes, all of the tools to make that happen […]

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By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor The predominant image most people probably have of Braille is something completely static: a set of raised dots on an elevator control panel, or on plaques with room numbers in the halls of public buildings. Some people might think of Braille books – voluminous, hard-shelled tomes that when closed […]

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By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor As summer draws to a close and students of all ages return to the classroom, checkout lines – both virtual and real – fill up with shoppers on the hunt for tools to make the coming school year a success. This is no different in the world of assistive […]

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By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor Many years ago, stakeholders in the assistive technology industry began to gather at an annual conference hosted by California State University Northridge. Though the gathering has since far outgrown its humble beginnings, the conference is still hosted by the Center on Disabilities at CSUN, in downtown San Diego. There, […]

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Image of laptop keys, smartphone, and a pair of earbuds

By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor When living with a visual impairment, the choice of technology has a profound impact on how you interact with the world around you. Here at Society for the Blind, our staff use a variety of tools to do their jobs and live life to the fullest. Working with Access […]

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By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor This summer, Microsoft released an app called Seeing AI. It did so with relatively little fanfare when you consider just what the app represents. The app, currently available on iOS with an Android version to follow, provides access to powerful algorithms that recognize not only text, but barcodes, faces […]

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Conference-1

By Aser Tolentino, Assistive Technology Instructor Every summer, members of the two national blindness organizations gather at conventions that are part professional conference, part social gathering, and complete pandemonium. The National Federation of the Blind traditionally holds its convention in Orlando, Florida while the American Council for the Blind rotates their venue around the country. […]

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