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Ranking Screen Readers In Windows10 Anniversary Update, Anything But Cool. →

From BrianHartgen’s
blog

I will confine myself to the findings in relation to the comments regarding JAWS for Windows, since that is the product I work with and use. I will not, for a moment, even think about commenting upon the performance of other screen-readers because I know little about them, certainly not enough to write about them with any degree of authority.

Title II SANPRM from the National Federation of the Blind →

Ensuring access to digital information is a high priority of the NFB and the nation’s blind. For many years, the federal government has considered proposing a regulation that would clarify the requirements for accessibility of websites and online services provided by public entities. Such entities include state and local government websites, as well as those of public schools and colleges. In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice published a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities (SANPRM) in the Federal Register.

Ranking Screen Readers In Windows10 Anniversary Update: The Results Will Surprise You! →

Written by: James Oates On August 9, 2016

In this article, I will attempt to review and rank three of the most popular current screen readers that are available at this time. The three screen readers were tested on the most recent version of Windows 10 anniversary update. This is important because one of the screen readers is Microsoft’s most recently updated Narrator.

2016 NFB of GA State Convention Info

The 2016 State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia will be held October 7-9 in Savannah, GA.

The hotel information is as follows:

Savannah S. I95 Gateway Holiday Inn
11 Gate Way Boulevard East
Savannah GA 31419

Reservations must be made by September 9th, in order to get the rate of $108.00 plus tax.
Please provide our Group code when you call to book your room.

Group code: NFB

Phone: 912-925-2525
Toll Free: 1-800-Holiday

LinkNYC Discriminates Against Blind New Yorkers and Visitors→

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “By treating accessibility as an afterthought, New York City is discriminating against its blind citizens and relegating them to second-class status. The blind cannot even use this new technology in an emergency. This is shameful conduct on the part of the most populous and high-profile city in the United States, and the National Federation of the Blind will not tolerate this artificial limit on our participation.

State Rehabilitation Council Public Hearings

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) in collaboration with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) will hold a series of public comment hearings statewide on the proposed GVRA policy revisions regarding Order of Selection and the implementation of Project Horizon. The State Rehabilitation Council and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) value input from stakeholders regarding the proposed policy revisions.

Alert: Important meeting Regarding Marta Mobility

There will be a MARTA meeting regarding the current changes that have been made to the MARTA Mobility Service. MV and MTM are the two companies that have been contracted to take over the MARTA Mobility Paratransit Service and recertification.
The meeting will be held:

Where: CVI, 739 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time: 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Urgent Action Needed: Final Push to Get Space Available Passed in the Senate!

Fellow Federationists:

Last week, Senator Heller from Nevada introduced an amendment to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include the same Space Available language that you already helped pass in the House NDAA last month. This is the first time we've ever been able to get an amendment for Space Available introduced in the Senate. This amendment currently has two cosponsors, Senators Tester from Montana and Ayotte from New Hampshire, but we need more support.

NFB Sports and Recreation Division and WE Fit Wellness Seek Health and Wellness Experts for the 2016 NF-BE Healthy Fair

On June 30, 2016, the NFB Sports and Recreation division will help kick off the 76th National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind with the first ever NF-BE Healthy Fair. The NF-BE Healthy fair is a health fair designed with the blind in mind. Instead of walking from table to table gathering print information, attendees will have the opportunity to receive a health assessment, nutrition information, put their hands on talking health and wellness related gadgets, try out accessible mechanisms for reading nutrition information, check out accessible activity trackers, and more.

A Lot More Needs To Be Done To Help Blind People Use The Internet

Facebook s new blind-friendly feature puts a small dent in a big problem.

By Casey Williams
From the Huffington Post→

For the blind, navigating the digital world can be as tricky as moving through the physical one.

Some companies have tried to make their sites easier for the world s 39 million blind people to use. Facebook, for instance, just introduced a new image-recognition feature that lets blind users see photos on the site.

But blind advocates say fixes like Facebook s don’t solve the biggest obstacles blind people face online.