Product Specifications

  • Handheld digital microscope powered by a 2.0 USB cable
  • Built-in 2MP digital camera for snapshot images and videos
  • Power: 10x to 40x and 150x
  • LED Illumination
  • CD-ROM contains software for basic image capture and organization as well as simple measurement function (on Windows based operating systems)
  • Computer Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, or XP; most MAC 10.4.9 and later, CD/DVD Drive and open USB port
  • Dimensions: 4.25″ x 1.25″
  • Weight: 4 oz
  • Drivers available for download

Go to: Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope for more information

Bookshare now available through the CNIB Library!

CNIB clients can now sign up for a free one-year subscription to Bookshare, an accessible online library for people with qualifying print disabilities! Why join Bookshare?

· Access over 110,000 titles, including New York Times bestsellers, novels, mysteries, science fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, foreign-language books and more!

· Get timely access to books at or near the same time print titles hit the bookstore.

· Read books with text-to-speech, enlarged font, or refreshable braille.

· Read books using a variety of technologies: computers, Apple iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, MP3 players, braille displays and more. Download books in DAISY Text, DAISY Audio, MP3, and Braille Ready Format. Note: DAISY Audio and MP3 books from Bookshare are in synthetic speech, not human narration.

Subscriptions through the CNIB Library are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up for Bookshare today!

More Info, Go to CNIB

Who we are:
Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 volunteer organization located in Richardson, TX.
 What we do:
We provide accessible computers to persons who are blind and visually impaired so that they can have:
-The independent ability to conduct activities of daily living such as personal reading, management of finances, and maintenance of household records.
-Personal and private communications with friends, family, health care professionals and business associates.
-A virtual learning environment where information resources are just a finger-tip away.
-Improved employment opportunities through the development of knowledge, skills, and marketable abilities.
How we do it:
We collect donated laptop and desktop computers from businesses and individuals. Skilled volunteer computer technicians wipe them clean and install screen reader software (NVDA). Upon request we provide larger monitors and/or a trial version of Zoomtext. The full version is available at a significant discount. E-mail and word processor software are part of the software library along with simple accessible tutorials on how to operate the accessible software. We currently ship about 70 computers a month throughout the country and have already shipped over 6,000 computers. We ship a minimum Dual Core 1.8 GHz, with1.5 GB memory and 80 GB hard drive. Occasionally we are able to ship Pentium 4 3.0 GHz systems.
 Who can get a computer:
 Anyone with a visual impairment who is serious about using it and is willing to commit to the learning process. 
 These computers are ideal for persons who want/need a computer but the purchase of one through a state vocational rehabilitation agency is currently not available. We can partner together to meet the needs of your consumers/clients. Please consider referring us to someone who could benefit from one.
For general inquires or to request a computer, contact us at:
Computers for the Blind

Authored by: Braille Authority of North America

March 2013

Braille changes have occured from US braille to the UEB version: Begin learning about the changes in order to be ready for the new reading materials that will be issued as well as use of a new iOS7 device, which sets its default at UEB

Go to: Braille Changes to begin learning these new skills

You can change back to US Braille on an iOS7 device by merely going to the settings\general\accessibility\VoiceOver\braille, Then, find the option called translation and activate this with a CRB or by double tapping. The currently selected table will be English
Unified, and you can choose from either the US or UK table. double tap or press a cursor routing button above US, and you should be set—–.but it may be wise to begin making the shift in learning, so you can do both as needed.

Since the 1990’s, the Microsoft Corporation has perhaps been best known for its various Windows platforms, the most current being Windows 8. What isn’t
as well known, however, not even by access technology instructors, is Microsoft’s Disability Support Line which began in January, 2013 and operates out
of Toronto, Canada. When you call their toll-free number, 1-800-936-5900, you will speak with a technician whose job it is to help persons who are blind,
vision impaired, or have other disabilities with computer troubleshooting and repair issues.

The office reached with the toll free number, 1-800-936-5900, was actually in the Phillipines. The technician did a remote connection with my computer and he fixed my problem.    I also asked about support in other countries outside North America, specifically Egypt. He told me that Egypt is covered under EMEA Support; EMEA stands for Europe, Middle East & Asia. The phone number for EMEA Support is: 080-0026-0584

This is a free service

To assess service quality, callers are asked to complete a brief survey at the end of each call. I was genuinely impressed that a supervisor, and not an
automated system, which I hate, conducts the survey.


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