Posts Tagged screen reader
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
[Video] CNET: Ray Kurzweil on the future of reading – potential for multi-functional reading software, Blio.
Free RFB&D Keys Available for the BookSense – Blind Bargains for any blind person in the US.
HiSoftware Cynthia Says Portal – web page validation tool with emphasis on Section 508.
i Speak It for Mac and iPhone Text to Speech – No Limits to Learning Blog – new app converts text to mp3 on Mac, iPhone and iTouch.
Lingo Xplorer 52 « AccessTech News – this device speaks 52 languages, and has many enhancements.
myguide site that provides easy-to-use web services.
Podcast #77: Interview with Terrill Thompson – Web Axe – Practical Web Design Accessibility Tips – Podcast and Blog – Dennis speaks with Terrill Thompson, technology accessibility specialist at DO-IT, a program at the University of Washington.
Pushing past the limits of what people think the disabled are capable of – The Nassau Guardian Online Guide – Sportsability opens up a wealth of activities for disabled people, culminating in an event in Nassau in 2011.
Read Easily – Ebooks Online Library – site presents ebooks in accessible ways, including fonts, colours and text-to-speech.
Screen reader software usage shifts on desktop and mobile » iheni :: making the web worldwide – much more healthy competition among screen readers nowadays.
SSA Now Providing Materials in Accessible Formats, Not Email – Blind Bargains – US Social Security Administration respond to accessibility demand from ACB.
Talking RSS Reader – Project Hosting on Google Code – speaks news feed subscriptions on Android phones.
This feature is turning out to be the backbone of my blog, and there’s nothing wrong with that!. Here are some recent links about, in the broadest sense, accessibility, particularly for blind and visually impaired people.
Blind charity slams ‘dangerous and unlawful’ kerb removal » Local Government » 24dash.com – UK Guide Dogs charity challenges Borough over kerb removal in Exhibition Road, London.
Cepstral Text-to-Speech – plenty of voice demos to try.
EC Proposes Law To Address ‘Fragmented’ Accessibility Rules « AccessTech News – effort to harmonise accessibility rules throughout Europe.
Education Department hit over Web site access — Federal Computer Week – National Federation of the Blind take the Education Dept. to task over usalearns.org.
Experience the Future of Assistive Technology at Abilities Expo November 6-8 – Atlanta, Georgia.
IBM gives voice to your web • The Register – new technology allows the plotting of a flow through complex web pages.
ICT Data Gap ‘Hindering Disabled Business Owners’ – from E-Access Bulletin Blog
Intel May Delay USB 3.0 On Chipsets Until 2011, Users Not Too Happy » ZiggyTek » Blog – this may delay the developmet of many gadgets.
Introducing Orator for BlackBerry Smartphones « The BAT Channel – for my money there is not enough hard information yet to make a purchasing decision here.You can sign up for Humanware’s newsletter to be informed of developments.
Invention helps blind feel way | Bundaberg News | Local News in Bundaberg | Bundaberg News Mail – the BrailleOz makes short work of adding Braille to public signs.
NEW KINDLE MAY ASSIST SOME VISUALLY IMPAIRED but mixed reviews hint that it’s got its limitations.
Nonprofit that helps disabled find work will expand – Business – News & Observer – Enable America matching disabled people with employers.
NVDA 2009.1 beta, what’s in it for Firefox users? « Marco’s accessibility blog – NVDA has come a long way since the previous stable version. We catch up on the news.
Public Firefox 3.6 beta now expected Wednesday, 3.5.4 Tuesday – well, somtime this week with any luck (week of Oct 27th, that is.
Via-Dux – OpenStreetMap – "Via-Dux is planned to be a OSM and Java based multi platform navigation software for mobile devices for blind and visually impaired persons. The task in this phase of the project is to collect requirements. The result will be a document that can be given to a programmer."’
WAVE – Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool – rather than presenting a detailed technical report, this service shows up where a site is accessible or not.
webanywhere – Project Hosting on Google Code – WebAnywhere is a web-based screen reader that can not only assist visually impaired people but can enable programmers to check their code for accessibility and usability. This page points to some resources.
What’s New in JAWS 11 – security update available for JAWS 11 in versions preeior to 11.734
FPAC – Free Portable Apps Collection
This is a collection of accessible programs that will run with NVDA and other screen readers. The collection is built with blind people in mind, and is aimed at those who want portable applications for their pen drives / memory sticks. Used as instructed, the programs should not leave unwelcome settings information on the host computer’s hard drive. Good for library, cyber cafe or work computer use. There’s no knowing what the host computer’s firewall will do, though!
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.
I thought I’d start with the very basics. Without accessibility to the web and other things, blind people can’t get started with anything else. Luckily, this is a very lively area at the moment, and accessibility is likely to be a major theme in this blog.
These are simply alphabetically listed links. Along the way there will be features on particular subjects.
Blindness ‘licked’ by new technology | Weird True Freaky | News.com.au – a camera image transformed into champagne bubbles on the tongue….. the Brainport is due to appear late this year.
BookBole – social network for lovers of accessible books.
Call for law to improve websites for disabled – Commissioner proposes pan-European law to include disabled people.
Change Log for WebbIE and the Accessible Programs – WebbIE is a text-based web browser, and comes packaged with many other handy programs – podcast receiver, internet radio tuner, access to Gutenberg Library, RSS news reader, front end for BBC iPlayer …… It’s too good to miss. This page details recent changes in these programs.
Down for everyone or just me? – if you have trouble getting through to a web site, this free online service may be able to diagnose the problem.
Download Instructions for Microsoft Security Essentials from the Blind Access Journal. You may want to research this a bit more before you install the new security tools from Microsoft. It does seem that you are expected to uninstall your current security software.
E-Access Bulletin Live » Blog Archive » Google reCAPTCHA Purchase Boosts Accessibility Potential – Google has acquired the company that produced an audio CAPTCHA system. Now let’s hope they use it wisely.
E-Access Bulletin Live » Blog Archive » Ofcom Report Uncovers Major Accessibility Research Gap – UK regulators OFCOM found that communications and broadcasting companies were doing very little to give access to disabled people.
Free and Open-Source Screen Reader for Windows « AccessTech News – review of NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access)
How Tech for the Disabled Is Going Mainstream – BusinessWeek – the iPhone may now have speech output and be able to respond to voice commands, but this is familar territory for developers of adaptive technology.
HSBC Credit Cards To Deliver Services For Disabled – improved service in New York following customer complaint.
Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboard – Yellow Keys with Black Print – this and other blind-friendly devices are available in the USA from Amazon’s health and Personal Care Department! I don’t make it up, I just report it.
Kindle DX: Amazon’s 9.7″ Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation): Kindle Store – latest version of this book reading machine available on Amazon’s USA site, but it’s not exactly cheap.
[mp3] Mobile Speak New Touch Interface – Techshare London 2009 – audio recording of one of the presentations, with the microphone, as ever, placed as far away from the person presenting as possible.
National Legislative Measures Aimed at Strengthening Rights of Persons with Disabilities Focus, as States Parties to Convention Open Session – nations urged to embrace the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
New approaches to Flash and Java accessibility in the browser on Windows « The BAT Channel – very useful notes on the approaches taken by screen readers to these sometimes troublesome programs.
Philly Fun Guide – lists accessible arts events in the Philadelphia area
Recent happenings in accessibility-related projects financially supported by Mozilla « AccessTech News – projects include NVDA screen reader, Orca and Firebug
Smart Canews for the Blind – some recent developments.
Textbooks for the Disabled – Inside Higher Ed – publishers and the University of Georgia aim to provide text books in good time for disabled students.
Top 5 Free OCR Software Tools To Convert Images Into Text – maybe you already use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to scan your snail mail, but if you’re not blessed with Kurzweil or some other big-name software, you may find this article a very useful introduction.
Traveling Independently Without Sight – how do they do it?
Websites will talk to you now – Internet -Infotech-The Economic Times – India legislates for accessible web sites, and ATMs, washing machines and other devices are soon to follow.
Window-Eyes 7.11 is Now Available! – update of the well-known screen reader.
World’s First Talking Digital TV System – talking technology for television sets and set-top boxes, developed in Bristol, UK, could bring enhanced TV experience to millions.