The American Foundation for the Blind lauched a new convenient and high tech answer for people with visual loss that need to have the ability to take notes. The app, which is referred to as AccessNote™, is a specialized notetaker for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The application affects millions of Americans with vision loss, allowing them to take notes at work or at school simply and conveniently. Carl R. Augusto, the president and CEO of the Americal Federation for the Blind noted, "Apple products have earned high points from us for their out-of-the-box accessibility for users who are blind or visually impaired. We designed this app to complement the iPhone’s other popular features, like web browsing and email, so that users who are blind have all the tools they need in one, handy device."
Previously a notetaker, a portable electronic device that enables users who are blind or visually impaired to take notes, create documents, and access applications were extremely costly and retailed for more than $2,000 (or more for a braille display), The Apple app in contrast is available for $19.99.
In addition to being a low-cost alternative to traditional notetakers, AccessNote allows users to combine efficient notetaking with many other features and functions of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This allows people who are blind or visually impaired to use the same popular devices that their sighted peers are using in classroom or business settings. At the same time because is a commonly used product it does not stigmatize the user.
This is the first notetaking app developed and designed specifically for users with vision loss. AFB evaluated many of the other available notetaking apps, but found none to be very efficient or user-friendly to people who are blind or visually impaired.
Some features for AccessNotes include (per AFB):
* Seamless Navigation. Customized keyboard commands make notetaking more intuitive and productive than ever before, including quick access to important features like Search All Notes, Search Within a Note, as well as several navigation options.
* Automatic Saving. With an automatic save on every few keystrokes, notes will never be lost.
* Cursor tracking. When navigating among multiple sets of notes, users can always pick up right where they left off.
* Unparalleled Simplicity. With a clutter-free interface, users can create, read, find, and sync, making it easier to spend more time with actual content and less time with tools.
* DropBox Integration. All notes, always on hand. DropBox keeps AccessNote in sync with the user’s desktop (and other devices) so their notes are always available and backed up.
* Compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards. AccessNote is optimized for efficiency with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and for today’s wireless braille displays. AccessNote was developed in conjunction with FloCo Apps and is available on the App Store(sm).
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.
Information on Dallas area services can be found at the AFB's website for it's Dallas office.