From Smartphones To E-books, New Technologies Expand Options For The Blind16:15

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There are more than 1.3 million blind people in the United States, and for decades many have been successfully using technology to improve their lives. But they've typically had to rely on blind-specific products like computers with expensive text-to-speech software.

Now, smart phones and other mainstream devices are compatible with recording software that help the blind. We look at how the blind are using these new technologies with Brian Charlson, he's director of computer training services at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton Mass.  He's also blind.

This segment aired on March 18, 2011.

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