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This is a departure from my usual subject-matter, and arose from a conversation I had today with someone about how a disabled person could set about learning to scuba-dive. There does seem to be quite a lot of information on the Internet – this is just a taster.
Active Sussex ” Scuba Diving – They have a full range of PADI scuba diving courses and have been running for about 4 … clubs, coaches, disability sport, training, volunteering and more.
BBC SPORT | Diving – Disability sport; Diving; Equestrian; Fencing; Football; Formula 1; Gaelic Games; Golf; Gymnastics; Handball; Hockey; Horse Racing; Ice Hockey; Judo; Modern Pentathlon; MotoGP
British Swimming – about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Disability Swimming
DAN Divers Alert Network : Insurance : Diving Accident Insurance Plan – This benefit pays for accidental death and dismemberment or permanent total disability caused directly by scuba diving independent of all other causes. 2008 DAN Tech Diving Conference. Diving Accident Insurance Plan.
Disability – Scuba – Diving – Wheelchair – Accessible – Resort – Roatan – Honduras – please note that this article is 10 years old.
Disability Awareness Course [Archive] – BSAC Scuba Diving Forums – [Archive] Disability Awareness Course Disability and Diving.
Disability and Diving – BSAC Scuba Diving Forums – While the BSAC seeks to be inclusive, it is possible that forum users would prefer to discuss disability within diving in a clearly identified location.
DIVE Rutland – PADI 5 Star SCUBA Training – 24 July 2010 ** Free Event: Gain Awareness of Disability Diving – see our Facebook events for details… "DIVE Rutland is a new full service dive centre offering you the opportunity to access the underwater world through providing you high quality training along with access to the right equipment, diving opportunities, trips and support."
Diving « Water Sports « Recreation & Sports « Disability disabled … – Diving and scuba diving for disabled people of all disabilities.
Diving San Diego – "This was such a great class, and everyone learned things about diving with a disability diving with a diver that is disabled and a few things about them selves, …"
Diving with Disabilities – Diving with disabilities is a fabulous opportunity to explore the magnificent world of marine life. Diving makes disabled peoples a lot happier.
Diving with Disabilities in Bali – Scuba Dive Trips for Disabled in Bali – Scuba diving is the most accessible sport for people with a disability. While Scuba diving is a recreational sport for many people, it is even more so therapeutical for people with a disability. Since many years the IAHD has been a pioneer in the Scuba diving industry for people with a disability.
First paraplegic to qualify as Course Director. [Archive] – BSAC Scuba Diving Forums – "Fraser Bathgate has become the first paraplegic scuba-diver in the world to attain the sports highest qualification."
Freedom at Depth Canada – "With more than 15 years experience we are Canada’s premier scuba diving training organization for people with disabilities".
Handicap Scuba Association – The HSA was founded in 1981 and is now the world’s leading authority on recreational diving for people with disabilities.
Hooked On Diving, a new dimension in live-aboard scuba diving. A 175′ ft…. – "A 175′ ft. luxury dive yacht cruising pristine dive sites in Central America’s beautiful Belize and Honduras, we offer complete live-aboard diving services for divers with disabilities. Experience a new demension in live aboard scuba diving"
IAHD (International Association of Handicapped Divers) – "We have found that the most effective approach is to encourage those with a disability to try diving, so that they can experrience how accessible diving is for them." IAHD … independently operating, non-profit subsidiary of the World Organisation of Scuba Diving
Kent scubAbility programme – "… we can offer a comprehensive range of specialised IAHD courses, as well as …. standard IAHD courses"
Motability – Order a copy of the new Rough Guide to Accessible Britain now! – free to Blue Badge and Disabled Railcard holders. Braille, audio and print versions available.
New trainer for divers with disabilities – Diving News – Divernet – a new organisation, Disabled Divers, was launched in the UK in March, 2010. Also visit
Disabled Divers International
Nottingham Scuba Diving Club and PADI training centre … – "Eagle Ray Diving is a scuba diving club and a PADI training centre in Nottingham, … from able bodied to disability diver training, we can offer it all. …"
Scottish Swimming | Disability Swimming – ( General , Disability, Diving , Masters , OpenWater , Swimming , Synchronised Swimming , WaterPolo ).
Scuba 2000 West – provide tailor-made courses for disabled people (UK)
Scuba Diver Disability Insurance – Article by Thomas Lloyd describing the specific things to look for when purchasing a disability insurance policy if you are a scuba diver.
Scuba Diving for Individuals with Disabilities – Gobe Divers, based in Littleton, Colorado.
Scuba Diving for People with Disabilities | Scuba Dive Maldives – "Scuba diving isn’t a sport limited only for those people without physical disabilities Scuba diving is an open sport for everyone."
ScubaBoard – Online Scuba Diving Community – Equipment, Dive Travel, Training and More! – "Since 2000, over 140, 000 divers have joined ScubaBoard to find dive buddies, discuss topics from general Scuba Diving to Equipment to Travel Destinations. Our site also includes a wide range of ocean sport and dive related articles, underwater photography galleries and even a dive vacation and resort finder tool."
Simply Diving, Costa del Sol Spain – Simply Diving is a dive centre based in Spain Torremolinos. Offering Scuba diving in the Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella area
Swim Wales – Diving – Swimming Disability Water polo Diving Masters Synchronised swimming … Of the four disciplines in the sport of aquatics, diving is the smallest of …
The Scuba Trust – "We’ll also keep you up-to-date with the latest news from the world of disability diving. Quotes from our friends….."
Uk photographers – BBC Radio 4 programme on your rights to take photographs, your rights to privacy, and issues around State surveillance.
A talk to a youth group. – Blinkie Photography: Photography and Blindness. – a workshop that turned out to be both fun and a good awareness-raising exercise.
Adobe Camera RAW 6.1 Release Candidate Available » Photography Bay | Digital Camera Reviews, News and Resources – this release has RAW support for more cameras.
At the Canopy – Tree Climbing Techniques for Photographers | Ask The Plant Lady – photographing forest life or avoiding grizzlies – you never know when you’re going to need this.
BBC Wildlife Magazine Offers Free Online Classes in PDF format.
Car Photography: A letter to Randolph de Leon – day’s stories – Randy is a partially blind photographer with a passion for cars. He learns what’s involved in car advertising.
Have Fun Learning Creativity – you don’t have to be blind to read this, but, who knows, it might help!
Moss’s nude pics auction – iafrica.com | highlife | fashion & beauty | cutting edge – photos of Kate Moss aged 19 in Morocco were taken by ‘one-eyed’ photographer Albert Watson.
Silverware Still Life « Losing Vision Gaining Insight – ideas about some other subjects for your photos if you don’t want to be confined to flowers! I know the feeling!
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.
Following tonight’s BBC TV Panorama programme,
Dying For a Biscuit, I’d like to present some links to further information on the plight of the orang-utans and the rainforest environment of Indonesia. This isn’t a flash in the pan – I’ve had a web page on this for several years past, and would be glad if anyone visited it. Please visit
Vince’s Parallax: Orang-utans.
[Video] Benn: ‘Power lies with shoppers’ – BBC News – Panorama – Hilary Benn, British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, comments on the palm-oil industry.
Borneo, Island of Tradition and Mystique – citmag.com » Blog Archive includes information on Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre.
British charity working to save orang-utans in Borneo – Times Online – the work of International Animal Rescue.
[Video] Part 1Orang-utan, Just Hanging On – Before It’s Too Late – saving the orang-utan is now or never.
Unilever drops major palm-oil producer – Nature, Environment – The Independent – BBC TV footage revealed unethical practices in Indonesia.
Wash Your Hands of Palm | Lush Cosmetics – Your Perth – Lush has come up with a special way for customers to make their mark.
BBC – Pods and Blogs | Blind Photographers – modesty forbids, and all that, but this is a pointer to a BBC article on a certain British blind photographer.
Haiti, BIL and accessibility is a BBC page where you can read more.
Blind With Camera » Photo Gallery – work from blind photographers in Mumbai.
Images Without Sight – "Process is as much an artistic experience as the object created. In this project, we follow a photographer who is blind, crafting her personal experience into a public one that can be shared by others."
Images Without Sight Atom Feed
UK Gov nationalises orphans and bans non-consensual photography in public « grassroots issues – far-reaching changes in UK law on copyright may go unnoticed by most of us. Photography in public may in effect be banned, at least if the photography is digital.
blind photographers – The Anti-Aesthetic war: two years later – the author discovers blindphotographers.org
Cameras to Help Blind Photographers | Blind Photographers – Chris Gampat looks at some cameras that can help those of us who have trouble with regular viewfinders. Chris’s own blog is
The Phoblographer –
Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre – Sense of Sight Exhibition, Feb 3rd to 24th, 2010 – in conjuction with Moorfields Hospital, Dubai, this exhibition intends to highlight the effects of vision loss. I am not clear whether the photographers were visually impaired. Also visit
A Bit of a Spectacle « Ramblings of an Ageing / Aging Badger to read a short review.
Excessive photography alert instills ‘fear’ news – Amateur Photographer – If you photograph the American railways, just be sure you’re not excessive!
Fifth Sense | Within a Click – sighted photographer has learned to see things differently when she’s with her blind friend.
94 more secret Windows shortcuts | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com – especially the SHELL command, mostly for Windows 7, though some of these work in Vista and a few in XP.
A-Prompt Project – get the new version of this free accessibility checker.
Assistive Software collection of useful small utilities.
audio by title accessible world tek talk presents walt kramer february 1 2010 | Accessible World – best use of the Windows volume control for listening and recording.
V3 Software Store – Auslogics BoostSpeed 4 – currently available free, this utility may be able to speed up your PC. I haven’t found the program particularly accessible, however.
Balabolka – a free text-to-speech program that can read files and convert from text to mp3/wav. Not apparently accessible to screen readers though.
Blind Bargains: Audio Content Index – includes coverage of ATIA 2010 and podcasts
[Audio] EyePodTechnoCast9B.mp3 – MobileSpeak compared with the iPhone – Larry Lewis of flying Blind.
Fullmeasure – Open Source Assistive Technology Software links to useful software and contacts.
Giz Explains: Why HTML5 Isn’t Going to Save the Internet – HTML5 – Gizmodo – maybe html5 has too many shortcomings to deserve the hype.
IDEAL Group Portable Assistive Technology (AT) Software SmartDrive Project – this page lists many programs that are accessible or assist with accessibility, from Firefox extensions to screen readers to OCR applications, all capable of running on portable devices.
Microsoft Accessibility Update February 2010 « AccessTech News – all the news about accessibility in a certain well-known operating system, directly from Microsoft.
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Mobile Geo: User Guide – the new version of this GPS software works with MobileSpeak 4
Mozilla Sponsors GNOME Accessibility Efforts – accessibility to be core value of GNOME.
NAVIGON Makes the Orient Accessible for iPhone Users – new Gulf/Jordan edition of this navigation software now available.
Nokia Accessibility: Home – "Making mobile devices accessible for all"
Owl Radio – READING FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SEE – "Owl Radio is a free community service of the Low Vision Resource Center and is co-sponsored by Texas Public Radio and the San Antonio Express-News. The service provides daily radio broadcasts of newspapers, magazines and other information for persons who are unable to read regular print due to a visual, physical or reading impairment. The service has been on the air continuously in San Antonio since March 6, 2002. Service to the Hill Country began on January 10, 2005. Owl Radio transmits its programming to special radio receivers provided to qualified applicants over subcarriers provided by Texas Public Radio. The signals can be picked up within the greater San Antonio Metropolitan area and adjacent counties and in the Kerrville and Fredericksburg areas of the Hill Country."
Probably the Best Free Security List in the World – Gizmo’s listing of the best, mostly free, security software.
Read The Words – TTS Online : Free Text to Speech Voices – this service can convert text into audio files. Free account available.
ReadTheWords Tutorial video
Solona a11y — When inaccessible is unacceptable! – Solona helps you to interpret those visual CAPTCHAs that exclude blind people from many of the world’s web sites.
Symbian Foundation says phone software now available for free – CNBC – Symbian is the operating system for many smartphones.
Tech Ability: Making the Web Work For All Users | NBC Bay Area – The article features Alan Brightman of the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab.
Teridon’s Resource file hacks for iTunes for Windows – includes a hack to increase the font size in iTunes. If you struggle to read the “large” 10-point font !!! try
Teridon’s iTunes Font Size Editor, included on that page.
Test Page – command-line utility for testing web pages for accessibility and HTML validity. The link starts the installer.
I knew this topic would have to run on and on. Well, at least for a second day! Some of these topics will no doubt turn up again in more detail, but for now, these are the links.
Accessible Kitchen Appliances « The BAT Channel – your views are wanted on which ones really are accessible.
Bar Code Scanners, an article at Fred’s Head.
BBC iPlayer Guide – A guide for users of the Jaws screen reader (and other screen readers), written by David Bailes
BCI: Thought control for smart home – Taking thought control from parlour trick to scientific reality using brain-computer interfaces. Emerging technology of interest to disabled people and the military.
Bioptic Driving USA – types of technology that may enable mildly visually impaired people to drive, state laws, available training and an explanation about who would be eligible for bioptic driving.
Website Introduction Video on Youtube
BookSense 1.1 Public Beta Released – GW Micro’s book reading machine gets some stability fixes.
Digidesign Demonstrates Upcoming ProTools Accessibility– The Mac-cessibility Network – improvements to this professional recording software for the Mac.
Download WebbIE 3.95 – you will need this update if you want to carry on using the BBC Live Radio program, as the BBC has scrapped its Real Audio streams. The package has several bug fixes too.
EU launches free satellite system to fine-tune GPS – free European Union satellite service could improve accuracy for pilots, drivers and blind people using GPS.
Fifth-generation iPod nano Review | iPod | Playlist | Macworld – another device uses the VloiceOver screen reader.
Flash 10.1: Full Flash for Everyone But iPhone, Actually Playable HD Vids [Flash] « The BAT Channel – up-and-coming fast Flash version invading everything except the iPhone.
High-tech glasses help the nearly blind see – eSight, developing special glasses with cameras looking out and LCDs looking in, which they claim are suitable for people with severe sight loss. Production hoped for in 2010.
jady_lady: Gadgets We Can’t Live Without – in praise of the Nokia N81
JAWS Public Beta 11 Released! from the Ranger Station Blog
Math Education and Nemeth Code for Braille users
Movies For the Blind – enjoy films without looking at a screen. Download audio-described movies.
New software helps blind venture out on their own – BlindAid, developed at tel Aviv University, allows blind people to feel and hear information about their surroundings.
Open Textbook Resources free from the Orange Grove
Orator for BlackBerry ® Smartphones – this is a Frequently Asked Questions page on this screen reader by CodeFactory, with some less than satisfactory answers.
Phone eyes documents, reads to the blind – the KNFB Reader offers increased independence by reading bills, menus, etc.
Qwitter: the Accessible Way to Access Twitter – "The Qwitter client enables blind individuals to interface with the Twitter service globally, regardless of application focus. Based off of revolutionary concepts pioneered in The Jawter Jaws Scripts, Qwitter, with full support for the three major comercial screen readers and sapi speech, provides you instant access to all aspects of the twitter microblogging service, giving you the ability to post a tweet from anywhere, read tweets, perform searches, and far, far more. "
Scanning Pens – these are pens that let you write on ordinary paper, but save your text and drawings in digital format as you go. An example is the Digiscribble. Pens, small scanners, portable printers, consumables. Request a catalogue and the site newsletter via e-e-mail forms on the site.
Solona – a site that can solve CAPTCHAs by getting volunteers to read and decipher the graphics.
Ten Innovative Designs To Help The Sight Impaired » Yanko Design – introduces several products, including Siafu PC, B-Touch mobile phone, Braille Label Maker The Visual Assistance Card, Braille Interpreter, Braille E-Book, Voice Stick, Swatch Sens, Rubik Cube For Blind.
Toshiba Touch cell phone for blind people – Google translation from Russian.
Traveleyes – world-wide travel for blind and sighted people. That’s accessibility all right!
VINUX Project Page – A Customized Version of Ubuntu for Visually Impaired Users
Virtual reality used for blind to map real world – VR used to deal with the world, not escape from it!
Visionplus Sightstick for the Blind – not any old cane, this one has GPS, can output sound, vibration and braille and can bookmark specific locations.
WebAIM Screen Reader Users’ Survey – you may have seen one of these before, but this is a new one. Your chance to influence the industry.
Webvisum – your web helper – WebVisum is an add-on for Firefox that lets you solve CAPTCHAs, those mangled symbols that you have to decipher to get into some web sites. It also lets you label graphics on a site to make clear what they are.