Disability Services at CUNY

The video below, title Disability Services at CUNY, has been produced through the efforts of Ashleigh Thompson, University Dean for Education, Central Office of Academic Affairs, with funding from the IT Accessibility Task Force Strategic Technology Initiative (STI).

Closed captioning available.

 

Be My Eyes!!!

guy holding phone covering his face and a pair of eyes on the back of the phone as his eyes.

Be My Eyes is a free mobile app designed to bring sight to the blind and visually impaired with the help of sighted volunteers from around the world. Whenever you need visual assistance, the app lets you call a helper. A helper will explain what you are seeing through a live video connection. Volunteers are friendly citizens who want to lend their eyes as they go about their daily lives. Today, there are over 1 million sighted helpers part of the Be My Eyes community who are ready and willing to assist you. Be My Eyes stresses that you can and should feel free to make calls as frequently as you wish without ever disturbing anyone. In fact, Be My Eyes has many eager volunteers who are still waiting to receive their first help request.

Be My Eyes is proud to announce that due to the size of their amazing volunteer network and sophisticated technology, you can now request assistance in your native language all day. They also managed to significantly reduce the time that it takes to connect to a helper; most of their calls are now answered within 60 seconds. So whether you need support distinguishing between household products, reading instructions, or help with technical difficulties, Be My Eyes volunteers are here for you. Be My Eyes is harnessing the power of technology and human generosity to help you lead a more enjoyable and independent life. Be My Eyes is free download in the app store. Compatible with iPhone (iOS 10.0 or later), iPad, iPod touch, and Android 4.4 and up.

Handheld Video Magnifier: Ruby 7 HD

Ruby 7 HD rotating the camera

Freedom Scientific acquired a new handheld video magnifier called the Ruby 7 HD. The Ruby 7 HD is equipped with a tremendous 7-inch screen, giving this model an extra two full inches compared to any of the other Ruby magnifiers. Due to the increase in screen size, this new layout gives users larger text and images so you can view more and make reading a lot easier. Another new feature is the PivotCam, a rotating camera that allows you to extend viewing advantages. For example, with the 3-in-1 video magnification you can see up close, far, and everything in between. The Ruby 7 HD gives you 24x magnification rather than the other Ruby magnifiers that only go up to 14x maximum. Below is a tutorial with brief details and examples going over features on the new Ruby 7 HD video magnifier.