Archive for March, 2010
Paul West of British Cycling writes….
You may wish to note the dates of the 2010 BC National Para-Cycling Championships which are as follows-
(C, T, H and B categories)
North Kent, England Time
(C, T, H and B categories)
(C and B categories)
Entries are restricted to British Nationals who hold Full, current and valid UCI/BC Competition Licences.
Any queries please do come back to me.
All the very best and kindest regards
Speedway, Para-Cycling & Track
Cycling, Stuart Street, MANCHESTER, M11 4DQ
- 0161 274 2021, 07507 641267
0161 274 2001
A First Look at the Pearl – Blind Bargains: Audio Content – the new portable device from Freedom Scientific that works with OpenBook to scan books quickly.
Quick Tour of the BookSense DS – Blind Bargains: Audio Content:
When Braille and Print Collide – Blind Bargains: Audio Content – Viewplus have some new products for including Braille and print on the same page.
Other CSUN articles
Adobe at CSUN 2010 – Adobe Accessibility
GW Micro Anounces an Improved Desktop SenseView – Blind Bargains
GW Micro Anounces the BookSense DS with OLED Display – Blind Bargains
GW Micro Anounces the Voice Sense QWERTY – Blind Bargains
GW Micro Releases BookSense 2.1 Firmware – Blind Bargains
I.D. Mate Summit is even Smaller, Lighter – Blind Bargains
Plextalk Pocket Wireless Details Begin to Emerge – Blind Bargains
Sendero Pretends to be Letterman, Releases Top 10 List of New GPS Features – lind Bargains
A (Guide Dogs) bus stop inside the House of Commons — Guide dog puppy blog – talking buses on the agenda for the UK
A reading strategy for low-vision users of SmartView Xtend « Jon Udell – related video
Reading with the SmartView Xtend magnifier (no soundtrack)
Accessible News Slider: A jQuery Plugin – there is a myth that jQuery is not accessible. Take a look at this.
Accessible Recreation – includes adaptive sports, travel and other leisure activities. USA based.
Accessibility: Why it Matters – Blackboard Blogs: by a member of Blackboard’s user experience dept.
Adapting to accessibility « Boagworld – short podcast on making the web a better place for disabled and non-disabled people alike.
[Video] Adobe – Flash CS4 Professional Accessibility – good to note that the controls on the video are accessible.
Assistives in Windows 7 « LVATUG blog – accessibility improvements in Windows 7.
Chairman Ed Towns Breaks Down Bureaucratic Barriers to Good Paying Jobs for People Who Are Blind – US Government urged to cut unemployment among blind people.
CMU Sphinx – Speech Recognition Toolkit – open source toolkit fromCarnegie Mellon University
collective.flowplayer_toolbar: adding accessibility in an unobtrusive way — RedTurtle’s Blog – a Flash player with accessibility features.
Creating Accessible Forms in MS Word from Freedom Scientific
Disabled protest at Safa House – Mail & Guardian Online – disabled South Africans protest about the lack of facilities at the World Cup.
Firefox Add-On Adds Text To Voice « The BAT Channel – the add-on can speak and record the speech to an audio file.
Flash Player and Flex Support for IAccessible2 and WAI-ARIA – Adobe Accessibility – one of several recent articles by Adobe about improved accessibility in their products.
Adobe Accessibility RSS Feed
Fliptop makes RSS feeds more accessible | Rafe’s Radar – CNET News – but you have to get through a CAPTCHA first!!!!
GovHK site revamped – Hong Kong government has removed accessibility barriers from its web site, in consultation with users.
Guide Dogs launches guide to services for people with sight loss – Guide dog puppy blog – UK-wide directory. Guide for each country in .DOC format (accessible) can be freely downloaded.
Guide dog puppy blog RSS Feed
ID Mate Portable Barcode Reader « LVATUG blog – talking device by Envision America
Identification of important cards – Donna Jodhan
[Video] Inclusive Universe – Wendy Chisholm – imagine a world that’s accessible to everyone (so long as you’re in Seattle!).
Inference Group: Dasher Project – Dasher is a text-entry system using gestures, including eye movements, for situations where a keyboard isn’t realistic.
iPhone & iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education « ConnSENSE Bulletin – very useful list of links by category.
Learning to Navigate Blindness & Hearing Loss – the author has Usher’s Syndrome, which results in both sight and hearing loss. She is documenting her training at Colorado Center for the Blind.
Lexdis – Ideas for e-Learning – techniques and technology.
LookTel a Mobile Augmented Reality Solution for the Visually Impaired in partnership with LinkMe Mobile. Contains visual and voice recognition technology.
LookTel – Mobile Object Recognition and Remote Assistance Solutions for Visually Impaired Users
LVATUG blog – Low Vision Assistive Technology Users Group serving the NC Triangle Low Vision Community.
LVATUG blog RSS Feed
Online text to speech (TTS) converter – SpokenText.net – convert text to speech and save in audio files. Demo account is free.
Rabbis oppose Egged plan for audio-visual aids for deaf and blind – screens on buses could be used for "unworthy purposes" claim the ultra-orthodox.
School Boards Required To Comply With New Accessibility Standards – Canada, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration
Talking Tins – Voice Recorder for Schools and the Visually Impaired – originally designed to help blind people identify tinned foods, talking tins have their uses in education too.
University adopts award winning mobile technology / Current news / The University of Newcastle, Australia – real-time information on phones, programmed by University student.
VoicePrint – the non-profit, 24/7 audio newsstand that broadcasts top stories — international, national, regional and local — from more than 600 Canadian newspapers and magazines into 10 million homes.
BBC Wildlife Magazine Photo Master Classes – don’t let the sighted photographers get all the good shots!
Blind Photography « Losing Vision Gaining Insight – the author tells how while her vision has deteriorated, she has been inspired by the Blind Photographers web site.
Losing Vision Gaining Insight RSS Feed
[Video] ITV Fixers – Visually impaired photographers from RNC share their vision in pictures – students from the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford demonstrate how they can take photos but may need a little help.
‘Moments the Blind Can See’ Exhibition Gives Window into the World of the Blind | Landmark Education News Blog By Landmark Forum Graduates – the project that produced the current exhibition of blind photography in Tel Aviv –
ProCamera – Advanced iPhone Photography Application – includes anti-shake steady mode, high-speed zoom, autofocus, golden mean grid, sepia, gamma correction…. and many more features.
Sea change – Yahoo! India News – one of the characters in the film, "The Ship of Theseus" is a blind photographer, who poses one of the philosophical puzzles in the story.
7 usability guidelines for websites on mobile devices – based on research among mobile phone users.
accessible information, disability rights, web accessibility – Low Visionary – there is a series of articles here giving guidelines on writing accessible information.
AdapTech Insider: Volume 23 -Flying Blind LLC previews Flying Blind’s contributions to CSUN 2010, including
BLV-1083: Accessible Non-Visual Access to GPS Applications and
BLV-1036: How Far Have We Come with OCR
Analyzing Blogs about Blindness « WRIT 4000: Writing for the Web – looks at Fred’s Head, Perspectives from a Blind Point of View and Voice of the Nation’s Blind (NFB blog – the American NFB, that is).
Disability411 podcast episode 63 – Dann Berkowitz on e-text, Part 1 – sparked off by issues over the Kindle 2 and the accessibility of text by text-to-speech software.
Disability411 podcast feed
gamelablondon.com – UK producer of multi-media content exclusive to all, including blind students and those with learning disabilities.
Getting Started with Web Accessibility – The Web Squeeze – an overview for people new to accessibility.
How Accessible is Safari? | Accessify – using Apple’s browser.
India needs new legislation on Disability Rights – new law should give civil and political rights to people with disabilities, advocates claim.
Jaws PDF Desktop, Server and Enterprise Suite software. Jaws PDF Creator and Editor Software – I can see trouble ahead – this isn’t Freedom Scientific’s software.
Letter from the Editor – Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind – the magazine will be available on NFB-Newsline from Tuesday, m March 30th.
Personalised website for everyone within four years – Telegraph – "Everyone in the country will be given their own personalised website page within four years in order to cut down the cost of dealing with officials, Gordon Brown has said. " Er, run that past me 50 more times….
Play Free Games – PhysBallz – Physics Games – test your colour blindness and increase your concentration.
Prime minister Gordon Brown defends £6 internet levy – Brand Republic – market forces won’t provide decent broadband, so TAX THE PEASANTRY!”
Publishing company subscribes to BrowseAloud… – Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blindwill implement this text-to-speech software on its site.
ThickButtons Launches Accurate, Convenient Typing for Touchscreen Phones: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance – this app is for Android phones.
Web Accessibility for Online Learning – don’t let your content be a missed opportunity.
Windows 7 – The Start Menu « CathyAnne Murtha – using the menu from the keyboard.
Blind photographer celebrates nature in ‘Seasons’ | weston, photography, blind – Entertainment – The Orange County Register – - Kurt Weston, and the "Seasons in the Prayer Garden"
[Video] Blind Photography – Students at the Rancho Mirage, CA campus of the Braille Institute of America share their thoughts and photographs during a field trip to the Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs. Students range from partially sighted to totally blind.
Crossroads: Featured Photograph – this is part of the Blind Photographers’ site where a mem ber shows an image and puts some context around it. The member this time was Alex de Jong.
Field Review: Nikon D3s (Day 1) – visually impaired photographer takes this new camera for a test run.
Off the Wall: “BORDERLAND” by Thomas Ferrella – 9 portraits by this photographer are combined with poetry written in Braille on the photographs. These were exhibited earlier this year at the Wisconsin council of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Onscreen ruler, magnifier, and more – Free Download A Day – this free portable app for Windows, PMeter, may help you edit your photos.
[DOC] WHITE STICK AS SYMBOL OF BLINDNESS – HISTORY – seems James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol, blinded in the First World War, was largely responsible for adopting the white stick as a symbol for blindness in the UK.
#csun10: Hims to Show Off New SenseView DESKTOP D650 – Blind Bargains – new desktop CCTV
2011 census to probe how many are disabled | Accessibility News International – this is the census in India.
Access Technology Institute – ATI Browser Textbooks training for Internet Explorer and Firefox.
AFB Consulting and Adobe Present Free Webinar: Debunking the Myth of PDF Inaccessibility – Monday, April 5, 2010 from 1:00-2:30 EDT/5:00-6:30 UTC.
AOL Beta Central – get AOL Instant Messenger beta, which can interface with Facebook Chat, amongst other things.
Biz Buz Teams With Entrepreneur with Disability – unusual 24-hour TV network ahead.
Board Releases Draft Refresh of Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines – this refers to the U.S. Access Board.
Braille Trainer (Education) – App Shopper – learn the Braille alphabet on your iPhone.
‘Building Accessible Websites’ serialization – a book dated 2007, so this may be useful, but won’t include the latest issues.
BuzzVoice Announces Real-Time Audio Platform For Publishers at SXSW [Private Beta Launch] – Yahoo! News – potential for audio broadcasts to those with visual impairments and dyslexia.
CereProc Products – Windows and Mac voices, prompt creation, server and developer solutions. Voices include Scottish, Irish, Southern English, and, at a knock-down price, Sue from the West Midlands (hey, what are you suggesting?)
Chauncy’s Choices « ConnSENSE Bulletin – the editor visits assistive technology companies with video camera at the ready.
CSUN 2010 Files | DAISY Consortium – conference information in DAISY and HTML formats
CTIA-The Wireless Association Statement on Accessibility Initiatives Announced by FCC :::: ITnewsLink – USA National Broadband Plan includes several accessibility initiatives for disabled people.
Disability News & Views Radio Show – Child Autism & Autism Awareness – on air in Pennsylvania, parts of New York and Toronto. Past shows on the web site.There are big plans for expansion into a 5-day-a-week service.
Duxbury Systems — Purchase, Updates and Demos – what’s available from this famous Braille software manufacturer.
Finding AT Devices « ConnSENSE Bulletin – if you can’t even find what you’re looking for on the Blind Buzz, maybe the links and info on this site will help.
Focus on the Hover ~ Anton Peck, Digital Artist – small CSS trick to allow keyboard users the same hover characteristics as mouse users.
Google Accessible Search – returns results that appear to be most accessible.
HandyTech Leaks Info on Taskmaster – Blind Bargains – but exactly what it is, they’re too shy at Handytech to say.
IBM IRL Project Spoken Web – India – plan for a parallel to the web using voice input.
IBM to Collaborate With Universities to Make Mobile Devices More Accessible – FierceWireless – open-source software being developed in Tokyo.
JAWS Script Exchange to version 7.2 – updates, enhancements and additional scripts. This is a direct link to the installer.
Manuals and Tutorials – High Tech Center Training Unit – materials on JAWS, Braille, and other subjects relevant to blind people. Manuals iarchive.
MasterCard Launches ATM Finder For Blackberry Phones – PaymentsSource Article – originally for the iPhone, this app can locate drive-through ATMs and wheelchair accessible machines, amongst other things.
Microsoft modernizes Web ambitions with IE9 | Deep Tech – CNET News – release is "months away", a spokesman said yesterday. You can take a sneak peek at the
platform preview version now.
Nokia Braille Reader (experimental) – Beta Labs | Cell Phone Choice – enables SMS for visually impaired people.
Nuance Powers Innovative Speech Capabilities on New Olympus Digital Audio Device | DAISY Consortium – DM4 and DM5 devices can respond to voice commands, and read out text.
Olearia for Mac – Brings the versatility of talking books to OS X. MacUpdate Mac Software Downloads – DAISY reading software.
[Audio] olympus_podcast.mp3 – DM 420 and DM520 voice recorders from Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired.
POURfect Kitchen Tools « BlissTree include measurements in imperial, metric and Braille.
ReadHear™ Mac | gh, LLC – 30-day trial of DAISY reading software.
Robotron Sensory Tools – Galileo Reading System – personal computer/organiser with Braille and speech.
Seedlings Braille Books Just Another Ordinary Miracle – spring catalog just out.
Special Purpose Phones – voip-info.org – for information about phones not widely covered elsewhere.
Spectrum Industrial launches Taktyle Hygienic sign: News from Spectrum Industrial – I have always wondered whether even if you found the Braille in a public toilet, whether it was really wise to run your hands all over the walls.
Squibble Portable Braille Interface: Making Life Easier | Touch User Interface – Touch Screen and Multi Touch – with Braille and high contrast, the display may be useful to a wide range of visually impaired people. This is intended for SMS. Audio and visual feedback
Staying Fit a Challenge – Donna Jodhan – Donna hits the spot as usual with a short but apposite comment about problems of exercising.
Tactile Graphics Resources – Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
[PDF] Talking Disability – booklet about communicating with people with disabilities.
TAW3 with a click :: Add-ons for Firefox – add-on for Firefox that estimates the accessibility of sites you are visiting.
Taxi drivers offered their Hackney Carriage licence forms in Braille – Telegraph – this is one of those tired old stories that just won’t go away, like all those silly posts about drive-in ATMs with Braille. I’ll quote it once, and hope never to hear of it again!
[Audio[ Tek Talk presents Gene Asner, March 15, 2010 by Gene Asner | Accessible World – if you go over to Windows 7, you will want to get to know a new e-mail program. Gene looks at Windows Live Mail and Thunderbird.
Telecom operators ordered to ban internet voice services – Poten & Partners – regulatory mess in egypt concerning Skype and other VOIP services.
Exhibition for London or New York – Blinkie Photography -Andrew Follows has a chance to put on an exhibition in either city.
Exhibit shows artists “inner vision” | courier-journal.com – last Saturday, there was an exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany featuring Louisville artists C.J. Pressma and Keith Kleespies, including photography.
Gadgets for the Visually Impaired – Design Concepts – several devices that may never come to market but are full of good ideas.
The Amazing Art of Disabled Artists – striking works by people with visual impairments and other disabilities.
Trey Ratcliff – NEIU Photography Blog – he is a travel photographer, blind in one eye, who uses HDR (high dynamic range) techniques to capture his images. See his site
Stuck In Customs HDR Photography
[PDF] A Fathers Thoughts on Foreign Language and Spanish Braille – USA resources.
Access all areas – braille on packaging – getting it right in the USA took a long time.
Accessible Audio Editing Software for Windows – Fred’s Head – Studio Recorder.
accessible_output 0.3 – Python Package Index – library of routines for Python programmers.
Amazing Morphing Computer for the Blind – Blind Ant-bition – the Siafu, a concept from industrial designer Jonathan Lucas, iwould let visually impaired users feel everything on their screen. Through a material called Magneclay, the computer’s display can turn into a braille display or a morphing relief of pictures. Also visit
Metamophing Computer Interfaces » Yanko Design All the references I can find to this date from about March, 2008, so I don’t know what became of this idea.
Assistive Technology (AT) – Week 1 – Library Notes – ideas for teachers making accommodations for disabled students.
[Video] Blind ambition – Craig was blinded while fighting in Iraq, and is trying a prototype Brainport device that produces tingling on the tongue using signals from cameras on his glasses.
Braille: The Basics – American site, hence the capitals.
Braille hope in local lingo – Braille codes to be developed for the north-eastern states of India.
Braille paper, Braillon paper, Compudot paper, SwellTouch paper, Braillables, Embossables, Poly Covers from the American Thermoform Corporation.
Embossing Braille Printer – concept printer takes voice input, prints Braille labels.
Gadgets That Really Change Life – a beginner’s guide to access technology.
Here’s something to read… TYWKIWDBI – someone reading Braille with their tongue.
Large Print, Large Prints, Braille Books and More – Read How You Want based in Australia.
Learning to knit by touch – new book for blind and sighted learners.
Senior leader urges to provide better cultural services to the blind – the Chinese Government orders better Braille facilities.
Two helplines become one – Optometry Today – RNIB and Action for Blind People in the UK are merging their services.
Window-Eyes 7.2 Beta 1 – You must already have an existing copy of Window-Eyes 7.X (including 7.0, 7.01, 7.02, 7.1, or 7.11) installed before installing Window-Eyes 7.2 Beta 1.
This entry promised to go on forever, such is the volume of stories coming in at the moment. That’s why I’ve divided this entry into two entries, the first going up to the initial letter M, the other covering N to Z.
Navigating And Updating – AccessWatch – using the Human ware web site and updating the Victor Reader Stream.
Optelec Gets Creative: CSUN San Diego and VisionZone Premier with Special Movie Debut « AccessTech News – the company will demonstrate its technology and promote eye health.
Samsung Super AMOLED Touchscreens – ZiggyTek – the video on this page apparently has no sound-track. AMOLED screens promise to be brighter than normal and have touch sensors built into the panel.
SharePoint Accessibility – Planet MOSS – despite some non-compliant code on the site, better accessibility is possible.
[Book] Social Networking and You: Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin for Blind Users – available in paper or electronic Braille, DAISY or text.
SpeedyFox 1.4.2 Download – speed up your Firefox browser.
THE ASSISTANCE TRAVEL SERVICE – the one stop shop for all your assisted holiday needs – UK based.
Think Globally, Act Locally – blog about this year’s Round Table Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, involving accessible format producers
[Video] Todd Kloots – Building Accessible Widgets with YUI 3 – providing for people with disabilities, and those with a preference for using the keyboard.
Training: Learning How To Use The Internet For People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired | NVSC – London, E12 on Wednesday 24th March
Videos/Podcasts | Accessibility | Computing @ UW-Madison – several videos introducing access technology.
Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.3.2 – A free, open source, screen magnifier, for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X.
WebAIM: Keyboard Accessibility – many other great resources for developers and users on this site.
Webinar: Bookshare – VR Stream Download Training – Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT.
Why is Braille dying? – Disability – Salon.com – and is listening to an audio book the same as reading a book?
Why websites shouldn’t accommodate disabled users | Because it’s good – don’t be misled by the title…..
Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines – guidelines for Windows applications.
Xsticky-Addon for Firefox – leave a sticky note on web sites you visit, and it will still be there next time you go there. Under development, author welcomes feedback. At present the download button isn’t working.
YouTube – EyesFreeAndroid’s Channel – T V Rahman and Charles Chan present numerous accessibility videos. Ouch, that audio really hurts my ears, man.