Tech Talk: Philly organizations take the lead in making tech accessible

Philadelphia's Overbrook School for the Blind is focusing on making curriculum accessible to students through technology such as text-magnifying software, BrailleNotes,and computers outfitted with synthesized speech guidance. (Photo courtesy of

From organizations like the Overbrook School for the Blind to corporate giants like SAP and Comcast, Philadelphia technologists and advocates are working to ensure that access to technology means true access for everyone.

A  large schoolroom at Overbrook is peppered with tech tools, writes Roberto Torres at

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There are tablets with text-magnifying software, BrailleNotes — simply put, a laptop that’s operated through braille — and computers outfitted with synthesized speech guidance. On student’s phones, applications that recognize text on signs and pieces of paper and read it back to the user. The students use them all with ease, but Denise Mihalick, training specialist at the school, wants you to know that they’re not there to just master the tech.

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