OE Patients' Electronic Glasses event, held at the Great Hall of Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital
Accessibility & Technology

Accessibility Event Recaps of 2018

Dec 14, 2018

Accessibility Event Recaps of 2018

This year, we were thrilled to hold our “Accessibility Resources for People With Visual Impairments” series at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in NYC, supported by the Association for Macular Diseases.

Events were lively, fun and full of laughter and discussion, covering an abundance of exciting topics, from smart speakers to electronic glasses to the latest and best in accessibility apps. Our audiences spoke up and exchanged thought-provoking opinions on favorites, preferences, and future developments in accessibility.

If you missed any of our events, not to worry! We return in Spring 2019. Meanwhile, explore the best of this year’s event recaps and accessibility resources below.

Spring/Summer 2018

Google Home smart speaker in gray/white colors.

Smart Speakers

Alexa, Google, and Siri are the virtual assistants that make life easier for everyone, especially people with vision loss. 

Read the original article or download the handout.

The Many Voices of iPhone

Make the iPhone easier on your eyes using VoiceOver & Speak Screen for text to speech, Dictation to replace typing for speech text, and Siri for voice commands.

Read the original articles:

Accessible TV

Explore the options available for audible TV guides and menus, audio describing programming, and the use of voice commands from cable providers and streaming services.

Read the event recap.

Fall / Winter 2018

Black headphones against a bright yellow background.

Audio Description 

Now available on-demand for Broadway shows, museum tours, at the movies, on TV and much more. Explore how this visual voice fills in the missing detail, vividly.

Read the event recap.

Electronic Glasses

Take a closer look at wearable assistive devices, including IrisVision, OrCam, Jordy, eSight, RevoSight and Aira, designed to help you see, read, work and navigate with vision loss.

Read the event recap.

App Happy

The apps we love continue to improve and empower us to function better every day. Learn what’s new in our favorite apps and what’s coming up. 

Read the event recap.

OE Patients Features Assistive Technology At Empowering Event For People With Vision Loss

In October 2018, we held an accessibility event featuring smart wearables for people with vision loss. Read about featured electronic glasses, the importance of persistence as a mindset, and the idea of finding a solution that fits your personal needs.

Read the press release.

Don’t Miss 2019 Events

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About the Author: Bonnie Chan

Bonnie Chan is a featured contributor at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss. She has previously written for other publications, with a focus on wellness, creativity and social good.

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