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Join Freedom Freedom Scientific at the NFB and ACB Conventions

(St. Petersburg, FL - June 26, 2013)

Once again, we're looking forward to seeing you at the National Federation of the Blind and American Council of the Blind national conventions. You'll learn what's new at Freedom Scientific, spend time with our latest products, and meet some of the key people in our product management team.

We have some great convention specials this year, offering huge savings on MAGic®, OpenBook® with PEARL®, Focus Blue Braille displays, RUBY® XL HD, and PLEXTALK® Pocket:

  • Buy MAGic with speech plus a Large Print Keyboard and SMA for $199 – a 75% discount off the retail price
  • Buy OpenBook with PEARL for $995 – a 45% discount
  • Buy a Focus 40 Blue and get a Focus 14 Blue at half off
  • Buy a Focus 80 Blue and get a Focus 14 Blue FREE
  • Buy a RUBY XL HD for $795 – a $100 discount
  • Buy a PLEXTALK Pocket for $275 – a 20% discount

In addition, anyone who purchases other Freedom Scientific software at the conventions will receive a 10 percent discount, while a 5 percent discount is available on all other hardware products.

National Federation of the Blind

This year's National Federation of the Blind national convention (opens in new tab) is being held from Monday, July 1 to Saturday, July 6 at:

Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819

Freedom Scientific will be at booths A7 through A14. NFB exhibits are open during the following times:

  • Tuesday, July 2 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 3 – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 4 – 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday, July 5 – 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Freedom Scientific Product Presentations at NFB

Monday, July 1
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Salon 10, Level 2

JAWS 15, Windows 8 and Touch Screen with Freedom Scientific

Join Eric Damery, JAWS Product Manager, for a session covering new details surrounding JAWS 14 and 15 development. We will look closely at understanding Windows 8 with the new Modern Style apps, and touch screen support using JAWS 15 which is scheduled for public beta in September 2013.

Monday, July 1
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Salon 10, Level 2

Experience MAGic with Freedom Scientific

Join Dusty Voorhees, MAGic Product Manager, as he walks through the features of the completely re-written MAGic Screen Magnification with Speech software. MAGic's HD Text and Mouse, Speech On Deman™, and a brand-new user interface lead off the list of enhancements that make MAGic 12 the most powerful, customizable, and easy-to-learn screen magnification product available. This session will provide attendees a chance to see and hear about these newest features, plus all new Web tools and enhancements to other features.

American Council of the Blind

This year's American Council of the Blind conference (opens in new tab) is called “ACB Discovering New Worlds.” It is being held from Thursday, July 4 to Friday, July 12 at:

Hyatt Regency Hotel
350 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Freedom Scientific will be at booths 1–4. ACB exhibits are open during the following times:
  • Saturday, July 6 – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Reception)
  • Sunday, July 7 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday, July 8 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 9 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 10 – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

FREE Product Training at Both Conventions

Our product trainers will be on-hand for one-on-one sessions during exhibit hours every day except the final day of both conferences. Please feel free to stop by for some personal instruction on using a Focus 14, 40, or 80 Blue Braille Display with JAWS, and discover the convenience of JAWS BrailleIn™, or learn how to use these displays with an iPhone or iPad. Check out the new support for the Focus 14 and 40 Blue in BrailleBack for Android. Take a few minutes to learn more about using OpenBook with the super-fast and highly portable PEARL camera, and learn how to record in DAISY format using the PLEXTALK Pocket. .

JAWS and MAGic at Sight Village in Birmingham, UK

Come to Sight Village to see demonstrations of JAWS and MAGic. QAC Sight Village will be held on July 16 and 17, 2013 in Birmingham, United Kingdom at:

New Bingley Hall
1 Hockley Circus
B18 5BE

Freedom Scientific will exhibit their products in the Sight & Sound booth. There will be several seminars about the upcoming JAWS 15, including understanding Windows 8 with the Modern Style apps, plus seminars on the new MAGic 12, including the new UK English MAGic Large Print Keyboard. To register for these seminars, g o to the QAC Sight Village Birmingham Schedule page (opens in new tab).

FSCast Features Luis Peña, Blind Clinical Psychologist in Colombia

In the June edition of FSCast, Freedom Scientific's official podcast, we are joined by Luis Peña, a blind clinical psychologist in Colombia, South America. In addition, John Martin demonstrates OneNote Blind, the JAWS scripts for Microsoft® OneNote®.

FSCast is a regular feature provided by Freedom Scientific; we invite you to subscribe (opens in new tab) today. You can always listen to previous podcasts at our archive site where you can download previous episodes in MP3 format.

TypeAbility FREE Webinar on June 26

Please join us for a free one-hour webinar on TypeAbility for JAWS and MAGic on Wednesday, June 26 at noon EST. Visit the Free Online Training page (opens in new tab) to sign up.

David Pinto of YesAccessible! has harnessed the power of JAWS to create a talking typing tutor that is both entertaining and effective. It teaches not only typing skills, but also computer skills, such as working in dialog boxes, navigating and editing documents, and more. Come join us for an enjoyable session on one of the most powerful talking typing and computer tutors in the world.

Note that if you are unable to attend, you should still register. This will give you access to the recorded archive after the webinar.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Freedom Scientific is part of Vispero™. Vispero has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through Vispero's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Freedom Scientific® and its products are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.