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World Braille Day is today, January 4th, 2011.
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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.
Apple Issues Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5 » Photography Bay – RAW compatibility extended to several more cameras.
ArtAbility on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners – More than 400 works of art by artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual disabilities are on view at the 15th annual Art Ability Exhibit at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, PA, through .Jan. 16, 2011. This year’s exhibit features paintings, sculpture, photography, pastels, jewelry, stained and mosaic glass, and metalwork by artists from 32 states and five countries.
Arts by blind and visually impaired photographers | Evil Sunday – World Religion, Culture, People – a rather oddly-written article about the New York ;Seeing With Photography Collective, with photos.
CHRIS FRIEL – chris friel is a british colour blind painter who bought a camera in 2006 and has not painted since. shortlisted for the sunday times landscape photographer of the year 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Famous faces on message for Royal Blind exhibition – Scotsman.com News – Edinburgh exhibition of paintings and photography by blind and partially sighted people supported by celebrities messaging in Braille to celebrate Braille Week.
Free Online Photography Magazine for Download: PhotographyBB Launches 35th Edition – get tips on photography and post-processing.
The Blind Photographer – A Dog’s Dinner – Blipfoto – a brief encounter with Rosita McKenzie, well-known Scottish blind photographer.
#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.
10 Best Nokia Beta Labs Apps -include the experimental Braille Reader, indoor GPS, magnifier
A vision for inclusion – A Guide to the European Blind Union. Includes a section on inaccessible products and services.
Abilities Expo | Events for People with Disabilities – USA organization for disabled people and proefessionals. Events display latest technology, products and services.
Access Keys -Accessibility Assessments – these are awards for web sites that meet particular needs.
Accessible Alternatives for CAPTCHA – those visual puzzles you have to solve before you can enter some web sites are not a whole heap of use to blind people, so here are some solutions.
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 – what’s ARIA all about?
Accessibility tools, web developer tools, wizards and markup generators | Accessify – warning: a script on this page generated a threat warning from AVG anti-virus. Probably trivial, but it’s your choice whether to follow this link.
ADA Online: Is a Website a “Place of Public Accommodation”? | Citizen Media Law Project – in the light of the recent case claiming that Sony’s games site was not made accessible to visually impaired people, questions arise about the status of websites.
AMP Express – get a free accessibility report for your web site.
Balabolka: Free Text-to-Speech for Windows – Fred’s Head – this is a simple text-to-speech program that can read from the clipboard and save sound files from what it reads there.
Beyo CBS Reader is an OCR application for Symbian phones, cost £75. Get a demo in the UK from
Computer Room Services – supposedly the OCR program requires Talks.
Blind in business: Cutting-edge seeing aids – The Independent, UK – how a City of London blind high flyer does it.
Bookshare – Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities – books and periodicals made accessible. USA based.
Browser Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts « AccessTech News – Firefox, IE, Chrome, Safari, Opera.
Color Vision – by Cal Henderson – a tool to simulate how someone with color deficiency would see your site – or not, as the case may be.
Discover new ways of thinking about accessibility – W3C Blog – new documents urges designers to involve users, not just stick to standards.
Dive Into Accessibility – book for site owners.
eyes-free Google Group – access to Android phones.
Finally, Posted Notes for the Visually Impaired – Fred’s Head – ever wanted bigger post-it notes? Now’s your chance!
FireVox – free text-to-speech extension for Firefox.
Free PDF to Word Converter Online – send in your scanned PDF file, and get a Word document back with page features preserved.
Global Assistive Technology Encyclopedia – accessible wiki site that everyone can help to build.
GW Micro – News & Events – Upcoming Events – Online Presentation of BookSense 2.0 Firmware! – When: Monday, December 21, 2009 – registration for this event is closed, but you will be able to hear a recording of it eventually.
IDEAL Group Android Accessibility Wizard – helping people to move from previous generation phones to Android smartphones.
Introducing Easy Web Browsing – Macy’s talking web browser in co-operation with IBM. Only works with oudated versions of Internet Explorer.
JAWS ate my tables – WebAIM Blog – is this a data table or is it a layout table? It isn’t always clear to screen readers.
JAWS scripts for Mozilla Thunderbird version 3.0 – this link starts the installer.
Lighthouse International: Get Organized – handy hints on making your whole life more accessible.
Lou Reed Launches iPhone App for the Visually Impaired – Spinner UK – yes, it is that Lou Reed. The app zooms your iPhone contacts.
Memory Fox Manages Firefox’s Memory Use, Aims to Keep It Low – Memory – Lifehacker – much as you might love Firefox, it can be a memory hog.
northtemple – The Accessibility Checklist I Vowed I’d Never Write – a guideline for developers not experienced in accessibility.
Obama Sides With Blind in Copyright-Treaty Debate – some copyright holders (authors and publishers) in the USA want to deny blind people the right to accessible bookes e.g., text-to-speech on the Kindle). Obama has laid his cards on the table on this issue.
Section 508: Summary of Section 508 Standards – site may not be available this weekend.
Simplicity launches in London computer powered by Eldy – easy computer targeted at older people.
Ubuntu brings advanced Screen features to the masses – screen profiles are very powerful, but most users don’t know about the advanced features.
UN Agencies Agree on Need for Closer Collaboration in Favor of Visually Impaired including access to literary and scientific materials.
VisionAWARE | Resources For Adults Experiencing Low Vision, Vision Loss, and Blindness – find products, services and useful information.
WCAG 2 Tutorial – learn about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Web Accessibility Toolbar for IE – several manual web page testing tools for Internet Explorer only.
Windows Vista Accessibility Tutorials from Microsoft.