[Nfbmdtlc-chapter] FW: Free Accessibility Boutique at NFB - October 20 — Topic: Simple Phones

Ringlein, Ellen ERinglein at nfb.org
Tue Oct 10 16:05:54 UTC 2017



From: Scott White [mailto:Swhite at nfb.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:36 AM
To: Ringlein, Ellen
Subject: Free Accessibility Boutique at NFB - October 20

We thought this free event might be of interest to you:

Simple Phones Accessibility Boutique

When: Friday, October 20, 10:00 a.m -12:00 p.m.

Where: Jernigan Institute at 200 E. Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

The Access Technology Team at NFB shared their invitation to this free Accessibility Boutique:

We have received a large number of requests from National Federation of the Blind members to cover a particular topic, and we have taken them to heart. By popular demand we have changed the October Accessibility Boutique to an examination of simple phones accessibility! We have also pushed back the date to Friday October 20th from 10 am until noon to allow some time for travel arrangements to be made.

As shocking as it may seem in today's smartphone-centric world, not everyone wants or needs a cellphone with the latest multi-touch gestures, app stores, dozens of programs constantly draining battery life or a constant stream of social media feeds. Phones still exist for people who just want to make and receive calls or text messages. But how accessible are they really? Large buttons and easy to access speed dial functions are only half the equation. Are they Intuitive to use? Does text to speech work well? Can you voice dial? And do they have features like large fonts or high contrast modes? How affordable are they for those with no interest in a $700 iPhone 8?

All these questions and more will be covered in our Simple Phones Boutique on October 20th at the National Federation of the Blind, Jernigan Institute at 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

To book a place please call Ryan Pugh on 410 659-9314 (extension 2409) or email RPugh at NFB dot Org.

We would like to thank everyone who requested this topic and invite you to continue letting us know what topics matter most to you and what you want examined at these sessions. Based on your feedback, we are also examining options for remote participation and are looking for alternate venues that will not require us to charge for participation.


The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.


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