The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance.

The Pathfinder

A publication of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana

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K-NFB Reader: A Revolution for the Blind

By Norma Crosby


At the 2006 convention of the National Federation of the Blind, we introduced a new piece of technology that will revolutionize the way blind people deal with printed material. The product is the Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader (K-NFB Reader), and it utilizes state-of-the-art technology to make printed documents accessible to the blind.


The reader uses a digital camera and a powerful personal data assistant, housed in a custom-made case to take snapshots of print data. Once the snapshot has been taken, the reader uses the best available character recognition software and text-to-speech technology to verbalize the content.


The reader can be used to read letters, memos, airline tickets, mailing labels, packages and much more. The latest update to the reader allows it to identify U. S. currency. There are hundreds of uses for this technology, and Pathfinder readers who need additional information about the K-NFB Reader should contact K-NFB Reader Technology, Inc. You can reach them on the web at Or, you can call toll-free at 877-547-1500.


National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, Inc.
101 South Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana 71270
Phone (800) 234-4166, Fax (318) 251-0109
Norma Crosby, Editor