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How Technology Empowers Blind Readers

Legal scholar and activist Ron McCallum gave a TED Talk called “How Technology Allowed Me to Read.” Born blind, McCallum is “a voracious reader.”

We’ve embedded the video above–how has technology empowered you as a reader?  McCallum explored how reading technologies helped him become a successful lawyer, an academic researcher and a lifelong reader. Here’s more from the TED blog:

In this talk, McCallum takes us on a tour of the people and technology that allowed him to read — from those who transcribed into braille to the maker of the first blind computer with speech synthesizer, to the inventor behind the Kurzweil reader that scan books and reads them aloud. It’s a fascinating look at something sighted people tend to take for granted.

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