Obtaining a college education is no easy task, but for students with visual disabilities, the path to completing a degree program is lined with unique challenges and barriers. The following guide explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.

Go to: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed and get your resources lined up for success

Reading a computer screen in Braille is a cumbersome process today. The visually impaired people who rely on the system of raised dots only have access to one line at a time. Beyond that, current systems don't translate charts or graphs. A team of researchers from Michigan Engineering and the School of Music, Theater and Dance are working on a solution. Their technology, which has been described as a leader in the field, relies on pneumatic use of liquid or air to shrink the mechanism and expand it so it can display more at once. Their goal is for it to display the equivalent of a page of Kindle text at once. Go to: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/news/stories/2015/december/refreshable-braille-device

Contact: Angela Fichera

Marketing Communications Specialist

Mechanical Engineering

(734) 647-8087

2236 GG Brown

Updated! The Unofficial Guide to Changing Braille Displays and other Adaptive Technology into UEB


As the time has come to begin transitioning to Unified English Braille (UEB) in the US, I thought it would be a good idea to briefly discuss how to change various adaptive technologies to UEB from US English braille. Many pieces of assistive technology already support the UEB code, it s simply a matter of enabling them. Below is a list of the more common devices and how to make these changes. note that stand alone braille displays such as the Focus, Smart Beetle, Brailliant BI, etc, do not have specific settings for UEB, as these devices only receive input/output from the device they are connected to. Also note that these instructions apply to the latest version of the hardware/software listed, your results may vary on older models or versions of software. It is also assumed you know how to navigate and select various options for the hardware/software listed. A comprehensive guide to each device is beyond the scope of an article. Please consult user documentation for further support as needed.

Go to Braille Display to UEB

Color Blind Home Page

Here are the tests you need to see if you have color blind issues.

This web-site defines being colorblind and will educate you about the different types of colorblindness. It explains why you may be colorblind and what teachers, school nurses, and parents should know about being colorblind. You will learn about a new "pediatric" color vision test for early detection. If you think you may be colorblind, you can test your color vision on-line here for free.

Click here to start the test and see the Demonstration Card


The stats are in and once again PC leads the way on the must need technology, following right behind with iOS on a mobile device. Though Jaws still leads the way in screen reader access, other talking software is on the rise since these are free and people do like free.

Depending on your job will depend on what type of power you need in a screen reader device: For my students, they need a minimum of 2, some instances 3. It is being prepared for anything that comes one's way is the key. Combine that with an iOS device and our students have the power they need to do anything.

Find out all the results from this survey at: Screen Reader User Survey #6 Results

Operating System
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Windows 2140 85.3%
Apple 171 6.8%
iOS 134 5.3%
Android 33 1.3%
Linux 26 1.0%
Nokia 4 .2%


Which of the following desktop/laptop screen readers do you commonly use?
Screen Reader # of Respondents % of Respondents
JAWS 1098 43.7%
NVDA 1040 41.4%
VoiceOver 778 30.9%
Window-Eyes 745 29.6%
ZoomText 691 27.5%
System Access or System Access To Go 173 6.9%
ChromeVox 71 2.8%
Other 163 6.5%


Which of the following is your primary mobile platform?
Mobile Platform # of Respondents % of Respondents
Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 1443 69.6%
Android 430 20.8%
Nokia 79 3.8%
Other 120 5.8%


Font Resize