ZoomNews April 2010 Volume 10 Issue 2

Spring Cleaning Sale!

Image of a bunch of cleaning suppliesSpring is finally here and aside from the snow melting and buds starting to form, it also means it's time for some spring cleaning!

While they last, we're offering up our classic keyboards - either black on yellow or white on black - for just $50 (plus shipping)! That's half off the original price! To take advantage of this amazing offer, give us a call toll free at 800-859-0270 and mention "Spring Cleaning" to get your classic keyboard for $50 (plus shipping).

You can read about the differences between the classic keyboards and the "second generation" keyboards and you can also check out pictures of both versions.

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Survey Results

Image of a trophyThe February issue of ZoomNews polled our readers about voting for the visually impaired in their area. First off, congratulations to Lisa Lawley whose name was chosen in the raffle from all the participants - she won a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate!

Only 50% of those who responded noted that their area offered visually-impaired-friendly voting machines. Here are the results of your preferred voting methods:

  • Absentee ballot with use of an aid (CCTV, handheld magnifier, reading glasses, another person) at home - 47%
  • Bring someone with you to the polls to read the ballot aloud - 30%
  • Visually-impaired-friendly voting machines - 19%
  • Paper ballot using a handheld magnifier - 2%
  • Standard voting machine using a handheld magnifier - 2%

Thanks to everyone who participated - not only did you have a chance to win a prize, but this information is really interesting and helpful for fellow ZoomText users to give them more options that maybe they didn't think of! Thanks again to Jim Hendrickson for a great topic.

Read on for this month's contest and another chance to win!

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New Contest

Image of MoneyThe next survey topic comes to us from Ted McCoskey: "How has ZoomText changed your life?" He was awarded a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate for his suggestion.

Each issue of ZoomNews you read about an individual whose life was changed because of ZoomText. Now it's your turn to share your story! Your responses could be used on our website or other marketing material - please note in your entry if you do not want your story to be publicized. Send your answers to Becca at rproskin@aisquared.com by April 31st to be entered into this month's raffle for a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate!

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ZoomText 9.18.8 is Released!

Image of a ZoomText Magnifier/Reader boxWe are proud to announce the newest and most comprehensive release of ZoomText - version 9.18.8.

In addition to the already versatile capabilities of ZoomText 9.18, like Windows 7 support, Windows Vista 64-bit support, smooth panning, and built-in scripting support, 9.18.8 includes several bug fixes! For the most complete information, please read the release notes.

This update is free of charge to anyone who owns ZoomText 9.1. If it didn't automatically install for you, you can always get it from the updates page on our website.

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Join our "Releases" Email List!

Image of a globe sending information to a bunch of different computers via email marketingDid you know that ZoomText 9.18.8 was actually released on March 10? Want to know as soon as we release a new version instead of waiting for the next issue of ZoomNews?

You're in luck! All you have to do is sign up for our new "Releases" only email list - you'll be the first to know when the latest and greatest ZoomText is available.

Sign up today!

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Resources to Help Pay for AT

Image of a bag of moneyAssistive technology is expensive. For many, the devices and software are a necessity but many people just cannot afford the high ticket prices.

I came across this blog posting that lists several resources that can help you finance your purchases. On our end, we offer a ZoomText Easy Pay Plan to help ease the up-front costs for ZoomText, but that may not be enough. Hope you find this resource helpful!

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Check Out VisiPrint Software

Image of a child reading large print documents created through VisiPrintAt ATIA, we saw a really cool software product called VisiPrint and thought we'd share it with you. VisiPrint was created to assist schools and agencies in the preparation of printed or online documents for users with visual impairments. It works in conjunction with Microsoft Word, RTF, PowerPoint handouts, and Excel documents. VisiPrint creates a database that stores visual preferences for font type, style, and point size for any number of visually impaired end-users. It also features the option of acting like a CCTV, and can modify any document immediately into reverse contrast format with white text on black background.

Once a document is selected for processing, you choose any number of names from the database, and it queues that document for printing at the preferred settings of each user. This allows the document to be quickly batch processed for all selected users instead of manually producing large print documents - which takes a lot of time and money.

If you want to learn more about this software, visit www.visiprintsoftware.com!

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In the News

Image of stack of newspapersBlind Sox fan gets MLB to even game - At the urging of Brian Charlson and fellow advocates, Major League Baseball rolled out a series of accessibility features on all league and team websites aimed at making statistics, ticketing, and other information fully accessible to the visually impaired.

I see, said the blind man - Thirty years ago, Hugues de Montalembert was enjoying life in New York City as a painter and a filmmaker when he burst in on two thieves trashing his apartment. One of them threw paint remover in his face and by the next morning, the 35-year-old artist was totally blind. This is an excellent article that talks about de Montalembert's life and his newly written memoir, Invisible.

Blind gamer beats Zelda - A video story about how an online community helps a blind gamer defeat "The Legend of Zelda".

Accessible movie theaters - The goal of MoPix (Motion Picture Access Project) is to provide a way for people with hearing or vision impairment the chance to enjoy movies in public theaters through The Rear Window Captioning System and the DVS Theatrical. In a semi-related note, you can also read about how the Theater Development Fund is trying to make Broadway accessible for the disabled.

Inclusive toys for children who are visually impaired - Read some guidelines to help you in choosing inclusive toys for children who are visually impaired.

Blind chemist encourages students with disabilities to enter sciences - Cary Supalo has spent his efforts educating and promoting the active participation of individuals with disabilities in the chemical sciences after achieving his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Purdue.

Television Review: 'The Eyes of Me' - Read a review of the PBS documentary that follows the lives of four teenagers who are blind.

Stem cells restore sight in mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa - An international research team led by Columbia University Medical Center successfully used mouse embryonic stem cells to replace diseased retinal cells and restore sight in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa.

Blind golfer's friend keeps eye on ball - Fred Worsley and Jim Crawford, both 80, are long-time neighbors and full-time jokers. Since Crawford lost his vision, Worsley has also been his golf coach, directing him around the course.

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Tradeshow Schedule

Image of tradeshowI'm exhausted just looking at this giant list of tradeshows! If you're planning on attending any of these shows, be sure to stop by and see what's new with us.

Baruch College Conference on Employment and Visual Impairment
April 9th, 2010
New York, NY

Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) Tech Fair
April 22nd, 2010
Hartford, VT

California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI) Annual Conference
April 22nd - April 25th, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

SightCity Frankfurt
April 28th - April 30th, 2010
Frankfurt, Germany

Michigan Assisted Living Association (MALA) Conference
May 3rd - May 5th, 2010
Lansing, MI
Booth #27

Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) Statewide Conference
June 15th - June 18th, 2010
San Antonio, TX

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) National Convention
July 3rd - July 8th, 2010
Dallas, TX

American Council of the Blind (ACB) Conference & Convention
July 9th - July 17th, 2010
Phoenix, AZ

Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) Conference
July 12th - July 17th, 2010
Denver, CO
Booth #35

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) Sight Village Birmingham Conference
July 13th - July 15th, 2010
Birmingham, UK

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) International Conference
July 21st - July 25th, 2010
Little Rock, AR

New England Library Association (NELA) Conference
October 17th - October 19th, 2010
Boxborough, MA
Booth #207

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Chicago Conference
October 27th - October 30th, 2010
Schaumburg, IL
Booth #309

National Ergonomics Conference & Exposition (NECE)
December 1st - December 3rd, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
Booth #241

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