Posts Tagged blackboard
Actuate Addresses Online Statement Accessibility for the Visually Impaired with Xenos Axess – Mozilla Firefox – this system can deliver high volumes of accessible PDF files, according to this article.
Advocacy group for visually impaired | guampdn.com | Pacific Daily News – new group aims to open up life and work opportunities. Meeting on April 17th will include phone accessibility and JAWS demonstrations.
Apple iPhone to soon get long-sought multitasking – iPhone OS 4 will let you run multiple apps at the same time.
Apple’s iPad Brings Easy Reading to the Blind « Forbes.com’s Booked – why the iPad is exciting some blind readers and is way ahead of the Amazon Kindle.
ATTO: Assistive Technology Training Online to assist elementary school students.
BCScan Scan It, Learn About It, Use It – a new online way to organise your life. For more information, listen to
Accessible World Tek Talk presents A Look at BCScan, April 12, 2010 by J.J. Meddaugh
Blind iPad Review – Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind – totatlly blind woman reviews the iPad.
Brailect Can Translate Text Into Braille Or Audio – this concept device is a glove that can be used to read text and convert it to either format.
Breaking news on Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials: DIAGRAM – No Limits to Learning – this is hoped to improve accessibility to images for students with disabilities, and educators providing for them.
C-Desk by AdaptiveVoice – free 15 day trial. The program gives a high-contrast, voiced desktop that is meant to simplify computer use for people who are disabled or elderly.
Charities merge to aid the blind – Scotsman.com News – InfoSound news service launched with support from British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
How to listen to InfoSound.
[Audio] Latest briefing (April 12th, 2010).
Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology – "Welcome to COAT, a coalition of over 280 national, regional, state, and community-based disability organizations. We advocate for legislative and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access by people with disabilities to evolving high speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies."
computer assistive technology abilityhub for disability and disabilities – "Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers "
Creative ZEN X-Fi Style PMP, ZEN Style Series Music Player | Blog | ZiggyTek – news on these affordable audio players.
CTL 2goPC Slate: Windows 7 Tablet (Video) | Blog | ZiggyTek – the spec is not outstanding, but this device has some things the iPad currently lacks, e.g., webcam and Adobe Flash.
Document Accessibility Should Begin at the Author Level – the Web isn’t the whole story – what about other types of document?
Dogs and Islam: The Devil and the Seeing-Eye Dog | Psychology Today – all may not be as it seems on the subject of "unclean" dogs.
Dogs for the Blind | Dogs Training who thought of that idea?
Easy to See Balloons – Fred’s Head – balloons that light up. Every little helps!
[Audio] EyePod TechnoCast 10 – Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC, talks about optical character recognition (OCR) and introduces AbiSee Products, particularly the EyePal OCR products that use a camera rather than a scanner.
Good50 Low Vision Version – "Good50 is a user-friendly search engine designed for those who are ages 50+. Because of its user-friendly features, Good50 is also beneficial for the whole family including children."
Grave Concerns about a Ban on Dogs in Nottinghamshire Parks – jady_lady – ban on dogs in parks in part of Nottinghamshire, could cause guide dog problems.
Group Travel for Persons with Special Needs – Yahoo! Finance – many opportunities in the USA for people with various disabilities.
HTML5 details element, built-in and bolt-on accessibility – Bruce Lawson’s personal site – possible advantages of HTML5 over scripting and ARIA.
Ideas on Coping With Low Vision by Sharon Noseworthy and members of the Macular Degeneration Support Network
iSpeech – Text to Speech Service – Assistive Technology – online service that can convert text files to speech.
KeySoft 9 0 1 upgrade – HumanWare Canada/English – update your BrailleNote Apex.
Nissan Adding Noise to Make Silent Electric Cars Safe « Nissan Zone – USA and Japan could make this mandatory.
[Audio] PDF Document Reading and Strategies with JAWS and MAGic – 90-minute webinar with instructions for saving.
Registration Mac Academy Workshop – Handy Tech North America – there is a booking form and description here for the 5-day workshop on using VoiceOver with SnowLeopard being held in June.
Review: VI Scientific’s Currency Identifier (and more) “VisionHunt 2.1″ for S60 3rd & 5th edition – Blind Mind News – Unrestricted Access: Versatile apps for camera-pones. Currnecy, colour light source and light light level detection. Works on the Nokia N97 and their are planned versions for other types of phone, including the iPhone.
Screen Reader Tutorial – for users of the Blackboard Learning System.
Self-Expression | Real Coaching Radio Network – technophobic? well, if a blind middle-aged woman not involved in technology can deal with technology, you can too!
Sweeping Landmark Class Action Settlement Paves the Way for Improved Sidewalk Access for People with Disabilities | Accessibility News International – success for Californians with disabilities.
Tactile mind – A book of nude photographs for the blind/vision impaired. ISBN: 978-0-9813431-0-5 produced in toronto,canada. email@example.com, telephone: 416.516.2999. Wrongly described as a magazine in the British Telegraph newspaper, this is a thermoform book of raised erotic images with Braille text. A snip at £150.
Read the telegraph article ‘Pornographic magazine for the blind launched’
Videos Created by Ai Squared « AccessTech News - these promote products such as ZoomText, Victor Reader Stream and Pebble.
Who Wins the Accessibility Election? | S3 Web Design - a web designer comments on the accessibility of the web sites of the major British political parties.
[Book] Windows 7 and Vista Explained – A guide for blind and partially sighted users. Intended to work with whatever access technology you have. Can be pre-ordered for delivery late May. Orders from USA and Canada should be made to National Braille Press.
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.
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.
A small apology if necessary – because WordPress seems to have had some downtime today, some of the links here haven’t been checked as they would usually be checked. Chances are that they’re fine, but time will tell.
Accessible Open Source Content Management System – TYPOlight Open Source CMS – to produce well-organised and accessible web sites.
AIM 7.2 Integrates with Facebook Chat | SSB BART Group – improves accessibility to Facebook.
Airline staff refuses to help blind man from the Deccan Herald
ARC Accessibility Simulations – Home Page – simulations of the ways in which various disabled people may interact with Blackboard. This is for awareness-raising.
Are You Aware February 10, 2010 | VisionAWARE newsletter of zVISIONAWARE.ORG
Built-in video arrives in Opera beta | Deep Tech – CNET News and still Opera refuses to work with my screen reader. Why haven’t they ever got this right? Is this the fastest critique on the Web?
Computer Training for the Over 50s – based in southern England. Online learning materials are free, and you can pay for a tutor to visit.
Design for Disability Will Become the Norm – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education – as the population ages, the penny’s dropped that accessibility is good for everyone.
Disabled score voting victory | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun – elections must be made more accessible in the whole of Canada, human rights judgement says
EASI Webinar: NonVisual Desktop Access free open source Screen Reader – use this link to register for the webinar scheduled for Wed. March 3, 9 GMT in the US, times are 1 PM Pacific, 2 PM Mountain,
Expedia Offers New Option for Disabled Travelers – find out which hotels can offer facilities for people with disabilities.
Full Screen Weather : Weather Underground – partly accessible with a screen reader.
Google Buzz Has Completely Changed the Game: Here’s How « The BAT Channel – what Google Buzz might mean for the social networking environment.
Internet Your Way to a New Job (JOBONLINE – National Braille Press (USA)) – $11.95 Braille and e-book.
iPad: no books here and an interesting diversity challenge – The Mobiliser » Blog Archive – no iPad books in the UK at the moment, and some criticisms of Apple’s software.
Law Office of Lainey Feingold – Disability Rights Legal Advocacy – Home Page – has represented blind and visually impaired people in class actions in the USA.
[Audio] Michel Pepin Talks Oratio in Extended Interview – Blind Bargains – Oratio is Humanware’s screen reader for the Blackberry smartphone.
Mobile Speak 4.01 for Symbian phones has been released – Blind Bargains – maintenance update of CodeFactory’s screen reader.
Monthly Event Calendar | Accessible World – podcasts, webcasts and e-learning.
Qwitter Client – an accessible Twitter interface for blind people.
REAPER | Download – trial version (fully working) of this music editing software is reportedly accessible to screen readers.
‘Talking’ bus stops for blind – pilot project in Leicester, UK, using the Star Trak bus information system.
Teaching about accessibility – via @saraheborne – Hello Happy Pitbulls » Blog Archive – Alan Brightman of Yahoo! explains how staff are made aware of accessibility needs. Better late than never, I suppose.
The Internet Archive: An Untapped Resource for the Blind – Braille Monitor – set up in 1996, the Internet Archive’s mission was to make knowledge universally available. In partnership with the NFB, they are making efforts to make it accessible to blind people.
The one handed typing tutor – Learn to touch type with one hand. Suitable for child and adult. One handed typing helps people with a disability in education and employment. Become a one hand typist
The Top 5 Roadblocks To Web Accessibility – Karl Groves asserts that accessibility is the last thing on the minds of web designers, and explains why it is important, and the major pitfalls.
Theatre for the blind gives unique insight at Upton Village Hall show – Chester Chronicle – local production of ‘Jane Eyre’ will be audio described.
TidyRead Turns Your Web Reading into a Fast, Smooth, No-fringe Experience Again – extension available for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Results for me have been a bit patchy, I must say.
UIC Accessibility Guide for Non HTML Formats including PDF, Word, Powerpoint, multimedia formats.
Vodaphone… get blind pedestrians back on track! – group aims to save Wayfinder Access GPS software. Thanks to Top Tech Tidbits for this one.
Win a new VW Urban Fox or £10,000 in our Big Spring Prize Draw 2010 – Action for Blind People – hey, does the car include driving lessons?