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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?
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.