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Blackberry suggestions? [Sep. 26th, 2012|09:19 pm]
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Hi all,

My employer is about to issue me a Blackberry (yes, it has to be a Blackberry). I have very little useful eyesight, and generally avoid smartphones, because I can’t see enough of the screen to read anything. I’ve been told that magnification apps exist, but I think that using 6x magnification on a four-inch screen is absurd. That said, I’m open to a screen-reader or other voice navigation option. Does anyone have any experience with, or suggestions for, Blackberry options?

Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,


(Cross-posted like whoa...)

[User Picture]From: sammason
2012-09-27 09:00 am (UTC)
Aren't you entitled to more suitable technology?
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[User Picture]From: read2781
2012-09-27 10:49 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly! iPhone is way more accessible than Blackberry. In fact, I've talked to many blind or VI people who complain loudly about the lack of accessibility with Blackberry. Yes there is a screen reader, Orfius or something, but it's not highly recommended.
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[User Picture]From: michaelsjournal
2012-09-27 11:25 am (UTC)
If it's a smartphone, it will probably have to be a Blackberry, because the Blackberry devices are more secure than anything else on the market. But, what I'm hearing from you (and everyone else) is that they aren't very accessible, although a screen-reader does exist. So my other option is to suggest an alternate approach. I do have the goodwill of senior management -- but the security issue isn't negotiable.

Yes, I do have the right to ask for an adaptive technology assessment -- but I want to avoid the bureaucracy by just making a final recommendation that will keep everyone (including me) happy.
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