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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 05:00 am (UTC)
Aren't you entitled to more suitable technology?
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[User Picture]From: michaelsjournal
2012-09-27 07:25 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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