Posts Tagged learning
World Braille Day is today, January 4th, 2011.
For more Braille information, please visit
Vince’s Parallax: Braille
There will also be more postings on Braille on this blog later this week. I have quite a back-log of Braille references.
3-D Braille Map That Talks | Far To Nice – aid for blind people travelling alone.
A Process Approach to Teaching Braille Writing for primary teachers.
Accessible Math – site aims to make math and science a accessible, an provide resources for educators.
Another braille presentation: cognitive science of reading « Think Globally, Act Locally – has links to some recent conference presentation notes.
Braille: Deciphering the Code – useful introductory page.
Braille alphabet – shows Braille characters as graphics without labels, so your assistive tech will not be able to decipher what’s there.
Braille Block teaches digital language to visually impaired in a playful manner | 9 Square Gadget – like a hand-held game.
BRAILLE BUDDY by Yasaman Sheri « 5 – to help with the most difficult stages of learning Braille.
Braille Bug – AFB site aimed at children.
Braille Display / Monitor Braille « PUSAT PERALATAN TUNANETRA DAN LOW VISION TERLENGKAP – this article describes the Focus 40 Blue, a portable Braille display with Bluetooth.
RSS Feed links to other articles about assistive technology devices.
Braille factory awarded £1m grant – new technology allows high-volume and flexible Braille printing at RNIB Peterborough. Includes video clip.
Braille gives blind taxi users a fair go | Scoop News – Braille taxi information must be provided by operators in New Zealand.
Braille used less in today’s world – Local – SunHerald.com but the article shows the benefits of Braille for some students.
Creating Nemeth Spatial Math Equations and Multi-Language Braille Translation – free webinar, Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST
Nina Universal Braille Teacher – a portable device for the teaching and learning of Braille alphabets.
From Partho Bhowmick, quoted on the Accessible Image maiing list.
It’s my pleasure to launch Blind With Camera School of Photography
virtual school with step-by-step tutorials for the visually impaired to get
started with photography and provide guidance to sighted photographer for
starting photographic workshops with local visually impaired people. This
website is in compliance with accessibility standard for the visually impaired.
This alternative approach along with physical workshops & training sessions
conducted by Blind With Camera will widen and deepen the creative and social
deliverable, enriching the blind and the sighted community, and inspire social
In 2010, Blind With Camera project is going strong. To know about our recent
Pinhole workshops and coming exhibitions click on links below -
To view new works click below
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.
#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.
Access all areas – everyday tasks that are more difficult with a disability, illustrated in this article from the Jerusalem Post.
Accessites.org – The Art of Accessibility – accessible sites don’t have to be boring!”
ADA Audio Conference Series – find out about trends and regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ai Squared Adds their Holiday Specials to the Mix – Blind Bargains – special offers run until the end of the year.
An Overview of Website Accessibility at Online Pacific Time (Thursday January 14, 2010) – Upcoming – it’s not really too complicated to make sites more accessible.
BookSense 2.0 Firmware Now Available – get your free upgrade from GW Micro.
Cinema for the Blind – Festival : lifestyle, cinema | euronews – films at the International film festival in Marrakech available with audio description and Braille.
DAISY: AMIS (Adaptive Multimedia Information System) – this self-voicing DAISY book reading freeware has a new version, 3.1, released Dec. 19th, 2009.
Language packs and installers for other languages
DAISY: PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 Firmware Version 3 Now Available – update for this DAISY recording and playback device.
DIADEM project – researches what technology works for older people, and produces front-ends for existing programs that are more suitable for their skill level. Project shared by the UK, Norway and Italy.
EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information – podcasts of conferences on accessibility topics.
Free Assistive Technology – OSU Web Accessibility Center – don’t spend your inheritance until you’ve tried these.
[DRAFT] How People with Disabilities Use the Web: Overview document in progress, comments welcome but citations not. from WAI
KNFBReader V6.3.1 upgrade now available – Blind Bargains – supports more devices, trial version available.
Making Flash Accessible: a quick guide – presented as an inaccessible Shockwave object. Great joke, fellas.
Mobile Speak 4 Information – useful resources on the forthcoming screen reader for mobile phones.
NCAM and Apple Publish “Creating Accessible iTunes Content” / NCAM – guidelines include how to include closed captions and audio description.
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program – Freware – programs that could help people with a range of disabilities
Police ignore disabled in metrobus station protest – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review – wheelchair protest at an Istanbul bus station causes divided opinions.
PROJECT DETAIL for Lynx text web browser = useful material on this text-only web browser.
Project:Possibility – A Software Collaboration for Persons with Disabilities – aims to bring developers and disabled people together to make a difference by developing open-source software.
ReadTheWords – make an audio file from written text.
Shareware, Freeware and Demos – The DRM WebWatcher: Assistive Technology – software to make life easier.
The 2010 Accessible Transportation Coalitions Initiative (ATCI) – want to see improvements in your local transport in the USA? This program may be able to help.
Trust gives green light to net TV – the BBC will take part in the Canvas Project, which will develop on-demand TV.
TTS: Internet for the visually challenged | My Sinchew – the push for better accessibility in Malaysia.
Typeface or Font Readability – it’s not all a matter of fonts…..
What is accesselearning? – tutorial on accessible distance learning from Georgia Tech.
What is MobileSpeak 4? – Blind Bargains – the new version of the screen reader for mobile phones is scheduled for release in January, 2010.
WinAmp update fades out critical media player flaws • The Register – users advised to upgrade to the latest version to avoid malware activity.
Zoom into Any Screen on Your iPhone – Fred’s Head from APH – don’t overlook the built-in Zoom feature on the iPhone.
ZoomIt – this tool for Windows is designed to work with software used in presentations. Zoom in on an area and draw on it if you like.
By the way, for anyone who’s left a comment. Thanks very much, and I’m not ignoring you, but I am only just starting to find my way around WordPress. I’ll be with you in a minute…….
Becta collaboration: Helping Visually Impaired Learners – positive results from ICT improvements at school.
Disability Accessibility a Priority for UK Digital Services – report from OFCOM, the communications regulator, promises accessibility across all digital platforms.
Disabled users will be in Windows Seventh heaven – better on-screen keyboard, full=screen magnifier, hands-free mode, better speech recognition and Microsoft’s support for the free NVDA screen reader are among many accessibility improvements.
Free Kindle for PC – read e-books without a hardware Kindle. Mac version soon.
HumanWare Launches the BrailleNote Apex – a lightweight notetaker.
Mike Calvo’s thoughts about the Intel Reader « SeroTalk an expert view from the creator of System Access, always worth listening to.
NCAM and Apple Publish “Creating Accessible iTunes U Content” – Bionic Ear Blog – creating content wih closed captioning, audio description and other accessible characteristics.
Paths are too dangerous for the blind (From Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard) – Northleach partially sighted pensioner finds great difficulties going shopping.
The European Commission Preparing a New EU Disability Strategy for 2010 – 2020 – you can take the online survey to help identify problems faced by people with disabilities.
The Motorola DROID Review: High Resolution, Megapixels, And Hope – the DROID has landed, and this article presents multiple reviews of this potential iPhone killer.
Windows 7 – My Impressions « CathyAnne Murtha – one satisfied customer praises the menu and search options in Windows 7.
100+ Places for Free Books Online – legal downloads all over the web.
A Second Look at Apple’s VoiceOver – the Braille Monitor looks again at VoiceOver on the Mac. Thanks to Top Tech Tidbits for this reference.
AFB AccessWorld: September 2009 Issue – iPhones, blind programmer Jamal Mazrui, Lexmark office software and a book about accessible iPods, and a discussion of netbooks.
AIRS-LA: Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles – makinginformation available to print disabled people.
Blind Access Journal: Lawsuit Leads to Reconsideration of Patent – Freedom Scientific, makers of JAWS, brought a suit against GW Micro, makers of Window Eyees, for a copyright infringement. The U.S. Patent Office seems to be reconsidering its verdict.
blind photographers was mentioned in this week’s Top Tech Tidbits. This is good to know.
Device helps blind, deaf to cross roads – road intersections in Cape Town to get vibrating audio buttons to ensure safety of disabled people.
Free Books for Download | FreeBook-s.com – search on this site for any kind of free e-book.
Google Editions aims to bring e-books to all devices – Ars Technica – books to be readable on nearly any device, they claim.
Independent Living Aids products for visually impaired people. USA based.
JAWS scripts for Winamp, Goldwav, and more from Ultra Universe.
Leading Book Distributor and K-NFB Reading Technology Team Up to Deliver Immersive, Next-Generation Reading Experience « The BAT Channel – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the major book distributor, teams up with Ray Kurzweil’s company.
Lighthouse International’s LowBrowse™ add-on for Firefox that blows up text in a line at the top of the viewing window.
Listen to interview with Martha Lane Fox – Action for Blind People interview the woman from Digital Inclusion Task Force to find out about the inclusion of visually impaired people in Digital Britain. Bizarrely prented as an inaccessible Flash control.
Transcript (DOC format)
MaxiAids products to enable you to live more independently. USA based.
PHANTOM Omni® Haptic Device enables people to handle 3d virtual objects. It could be used to model art-works or products for commercial production. Learning to write is another possible use. Presumably surgeons in training could also work on a virtual body before they work on yours!
This blog entry deals with the Phantom Mni as used by blind learners.
Quick Tips » We are Colorblind » Patterns for the Color Blind – advice to web designers on colour combinations that don’t work and reminders about good contrast.
Request for Comments on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind – from the US Patent Office.
Scoop: R&D investment supports technology for the blind – infra-red direction-finding system guides blind people to key points in the environment by sending signals to a hand-held device.
Social Accessibility Project – come across inaccessible web content? Tell the Project and get the pages made more accessible without changing the original content.
Sound Solutions: – Free Recorded Media for Visually Impaired People | Braille Institute of America – learning and life experiences.
Tech Talk on Tuesday, 20 October at 00:00 GMT features a review of JAWS v.11