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American Foundation for the Blind Announces 2012 Access Award Winners
Date:3/28/2012

eaming broadcasts accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired through the League's official Web site, as well as with the MLB.com At Bat 11 app. These services allow people with vision loss to use their iPhone or iPod Touch to get the latest news, stats, rosters and live game streaming broadcasts. This initiative illustrates MLB.com's commitment to providing new technologies and resources for people with vision loss. Also within the past year, MLB has donated $1 million to a new lab and learning center in Arizona that provides access to advanced assistive vision technology to more than 2,000 children with visual impairments.

NV Access is an Australian non-profit dedicated to the ideal that access to technology should not incur extra costs for blind and vision-impaired users. To that end, NV Access offers NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA), a free open-source screen-reading program that allows both portability and access for persons who are blind to use a computer. The program can be operated from a USB drive and does not require installation. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows, provides feedback in synthetic voice or braille and supports over 20 languages.

Leader Dogs for the Blind is well known as a reputable provider of guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired. They also offer the Accelerated Mobility Program, a free, week-long, O&M training program designed to meet an overwhelming need for quality O&M instruction. Many areas lack qualified instructors who can teach people who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely and independently through their environments. This program meets these unique needs, free of charge.

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