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Video: a Moldova teen created an app to make it much easier for visually-impaired people to use a computer
A video from UNICEF about a teen from Moldova who created an app that makes it much easier for visually-impaired people to use a computer. Sixteen-year-old Diana Marusic is passionate about computer programming. She is also visually impaired, and her impairment makes it difficult to spend extended...
Could your org's inaccessible web site lead to a lawsuit?
Postponing web site accessibility is riskier all the time. U.S. Dept. of Justice has announced a settlement with online course provider edX, created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to allow people to take free online courses and earn certificates for the work...
RE: Nonprofit Website Design SoupChat - Live Q/A Wed 12/17 12PM PT
p.s. I should have asked: How can a nonprofit or library make its web site fully accessible for people with disabilities and people using assistive technologies?
RE: Nonprofit Website Design SoupChat - Live Q/A Wed 12/17 12PM PT
How can a nonprofit make its web site fully accessible for people with disabilities and people using assistive technologies?
NVDA voice improvements
NV Access, the developer of the free NVDA screen reader, is working on improving the default speech synthesizer for the program. They have a page which contains five speech samples. People who visit this link can play each sample and fill out a quick form to indicate which voice they prefer. http://www...
Accessible Technology webinars
This arrived recently in my inbox from the Accessible Technology Coalition: While we hope you are on vacation, there is free PD in abundance. Free Webinars ALSA presents Tips for Easing Daily Living Challenges in ALS Monday, August 18th, 2014 11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern AbleNet has two coming up...
MS Windows 8 podcast intro
I picked this up from the Assistive Technology Professionals group at LinkedIn. CoolBlindTech offers a new 20-minute podcast, explaining more about navigating windows 8.1 with JAWS 15. (http://coolblindtech.com/podcast/exploring-windows-81-im-at-the-start-screen-now-what) I do not know about you...
UK 2015 digital accessibility election pledge
One Voice launches 2015 election pledge campaign A campaign urging all UK political parties to add digital accessibility pledges to their 2015 election manifestos has been launched by the One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition. a petition on the open campaigns website '38 Degrees' (https://you...
Open Source Assistive Technology Software
Apologies for indulging in self publicity but.... I have just had an article on open source assistive technology software published at opensource.com. If this interests you take a look at http://opensource.com/life/14/6/open-source-assistive-technology-software
Fonts for Dyslexic Users
Fonts for dyslexia Miracle claims about new fonts designed for people with dyslexia come out every few years. My experience is that everone is different and what works for one dyslexic client is not guaranteed to work for another. However, it is certainly true that fonts can make a difference, so try...
Re: How Much Should A Website Cost?
"In particular, it's hard to find a web builder (option 1 above) that is accessible. I haven't found one yet!" To clarify: Most any web builder can be used to create an accessible web site. For more information about how to create a web site that meets federal accessibility standards...
NVDA graphical map of commands
NVDA is a free screen reader for MS Windows that is great both for users with visual impairments and web developers who want to test accessibility. As screen readers are usually worked from the keyboard there are a large number of keyboard commands to master. To help Stamford Interactive have produced...
RE: Philippines: Life's Journey Mobile Apps
Parish Youth Committee (PYC) - Pagbilao, Quezon Chapter formerly known as Buklod Diwa ng Kabataan (1980) is a not-for-profit youth led religious and community organization under of Parish Pastoral Council(PPC) recognized by Roman Catholic Church and of course our local government here in Philippines...
Hi, My name is Maggie and I'm with Twin Lakes Civitan Club in Mountain Home, AR. I'm ordering something for the first time and I'm curious about what administrative fees are and when are they revealed in the ordering process. Any help out there?
Re: reenergize an IT career and gain knowledge
ACCESSIBILITY CLASSES. I recommend these all the time to people who want to know how to become more marketed as an IT person. Understanding accessibility standards and being up-to-date on such is, in a word, HOT. This year's Access U, which is run by the nonprofit Knowbility.org, will be in May...
Amazon, Sony request accessibility requirements be waived for e-book readers
Amazon and Sony Are Requesting That The Accessibility Requirement Be Waived for E-Book Readers "The ) Twenty-First Century Communications and Video ) Accessibility Act of 2010 requires companies who make electronic devices to make them accessible to people with disabilities. At this time, none of...
crowdsourced Digital Bill of Rights
Mashable asked the digital community to collaborate with it on the creation of a crowdsourced Digital Bill of Rights . After six weeks of public discussions, document updates and changes, as well as incorporating input from digital rights experts , Mashable is pleased to unveil its first-ever Digital...
Free predictive speech app for iPad
I picked up on this at the linkedin assistive technology professionals group. The Verbally for iPad app has all the features: onscreen keyboard with word prediction in combination with word / phrase choices, and male / female speech syntheisized voices. Check out: http://verballyapp.com/
Examples of Web Accessibility policies
For organizations looking to institute a policy regarding web accessibility at their organizations, here are some great examples: University of Cambridge Web Accessibility Policy ; excerpt: "The University favours the principles of usability and universal design, which will be of benefit of all...
Webinar in Europe: Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: Benefits for Business
The International Labour Office and the Global Compact Office, both agencies of the United Nations, have established a webinar series on specific labor topics. One that's coming up might be of interest to web designers: Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: The Benefits for Business...
Open Air Hackathon - Nonprofits Get Web Sites, Designers Get Accessibility Training
The Accessibility Internet Rally is a community hackathon with a unique twist – Internet accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities. AIR benefits nonprofit organizations and schools in any community by providing them with free, professionally designed, accessible websites. ...
Call for papers: Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities - Melbourne Australia
Call for papers: Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities - Melbourne Australia Bridging the Information Access Gap Past Successes & Future Challenges 30th Anniversary Conference - 2011 When: 21-24 May 2011 Where: Bayview on the Park Hotel; Melbourne What can we learn...
Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) competition 2013
Hey Jayne (and all), Participants in this discussion of web site builders might be interested in joining the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) competition. As you know, Jayne, the program educates teams of web professionals about what design techniques are needed to make sites fully accessible to...
European Union Train the trainers in disability ICT skills workshops
I am not clear on all of the details but if you are interested looking at the website and following up the links should get you started. Training trainers in providing basic ICT skills’ education to people with disabilities Invitation to a 5-days training course – GRUNDTVIG programme of...
Aug 3 Second Life event: International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference
On, Friday August 3, the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life will attend the Second Annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island, with its partner, Virtual Ability. This event will provide valuable information about accessibility...