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intensive courses on accessible design, May 9-11, 2016 in Austin, Texas
AccessU will be May 9-11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. This is an annual intensive, fun academy regarding digital inclusion in web & app design, put together each year by the nonprofit Knowbility.org. The list of classes is, as usual, outstanding. For me, accessible web design is a human rights issue...
The E-Access Bulletin is back.
The E-Access Bulletin has been a valuable source of news to anyone interested in digital accessibility for years but in mid-2015 there was a break in publication, at first this was due to logistical reasons but then Dan Jellink founder and long time editor of the bulletin died. The good news is that...
Web accessible design - it should be a priority, but isn't
"Even those who claim web accessibility is important lose sight of it. Sometimes it’s scrapped to cut back on cost. Other times it fades into the background as meatier project details emerge. When the project 'gets real,' accessibility gets forgotten. Both client and agency march on...
web site accessibility - how to resources & 2016 conference
Knowbility.org 's AccessU 2016 will be May 9 - 11 in Austin, Texas. Jan McSorley, Pearson's Head of Accessiblity for School, will kick off the three day web design conference with special emphasis on breaking barriers for people with disabilities. Other internationally known experts on accessible...
Google Docs voice typing
Phil Shapiro created a short, VERY fun screencast demo of Google Docs voice typing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d64ohzVlur4 This screencast is by a school teacher and also explains Google Docs voice typing, and why she uses it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q96L66XJouU Has anyone used this...
Windows Crashed - factory key reset?
I purchased 3 computers from Techsoup for our non profit organization, and recently one of them has had a crash, disabling Windows 7. No matter how we reboot, we cannot find a way to reload/reboot Windows 7. Our last options are to check with the manufacturer to see if there's a pre-installed key...
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...