Posts Tagged visual impairment
[Video] Dennis Meech Local 1951 Training with his new Guide Dog Partner – IAMBuildingCommunity – Dennis is introduced to the dog and starts training.
[Video] Guide Dog GUGP – Week 38 – Dog Park – puppy walker deals with a dog distraction issue.
Guide Dogs Seek Wider Acceptance — ZooToo Pet News – "No dogs allowed" signlas from ignorant store workers not uncommon.
[Video] Guide dogs turned away – discrimination in western Australia.
High Seas Adventure – No Bones About It: Guide Dogs’ Blog – guide dog and owner go on a sea cruise.
Long Work Route – Dog’s Eye View – introducing a new guide dog to the workplace.
Meeting Canine Friends – Dog’s Eye View – the social side of being a guide dog.
[Audio] One Man and his Guide Dog – Episode 24 – MAIDEN VOYAGE! – Mike Brace describes hhis first solo voyage without a white stick for 50 years, as he and Izzy visit the gym.
Page with all episodes – episode 30 is probably the last one.
The Guide Dog Interviews | scaryideas.com – Guide Dogs NSW/ACT – would you be up to the job?
[Book] Tom and Bear: The Training of a Guide Dog Team – Amazon.com: – a broad look at a newly blind man and his partnership with a guide dog, including coming to terms with his blindness.
Understanding Labrador Retrievers – Why a Lab May Not Be For You | Fido’s Features – explains what a lab was bred to do and how this may or may not fit in with your life-style.
Youngsters Taste Guide Dog Freedom | Able Magazine – the UK Guide Dogs for the Blind Association recently held a 48-hour camp for kids in Loughborough.
APH InSights 2010 – Dog’s Eye View – while the Lighthouse exhibition, Insights Art Exhibition, is taking a break this year, the author will enter the APH exhibition, innovatively called Insights 2010.
Art That Reveals Our Need for Grace – Her.meneutics – comments on some films about disabled photographers, including ‘
Dark Light‘, which features Pete Eckert and Bruce Hall.
ArtFirst! promotes artists with disabilities, welcomes hospital visitors and raises money for the new facility – ArtFirst! at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
[Video] Blind Photography Documentary – "Out of Darkness" — Kickstarter – a project in Mexico in 2006 to teach photography to a group of blind people. The photography may be of bvalue in its own right, but it was used as a confidence builder to enable participants to take their place more firmly in society. Funds needed to improve the quality of the finished film. Spanish language with English subtitles.
"Dunnville’s blind musician" – Dunnville Chronicle – Ontario, CA – obituary to Wilson Amos Brooks, who was not only a dedicated musician but also for many years owned a photo studio and took photographs for weddings and the local paper.
Legally blind photographer sees the world differently | www.beaumontenterprise.com – Local – for Ralf Mims, the best part of a trip is looking at the photos on a large computer monitor when he gets home. He has retinal dystrophy, which has similar effects to macular degeneration.
New Digital Lifestyle – information about Lisa Murphy, a photographer with a CNIB certificate in tactile graphics, who has published a book called ‘Tactile Mind’, erotica for blind people with raised graphics.
One man’s journey of sight loss | Action for Blind People Blog – among Toby Davey’s achievements in life, he has a degree in photography.
Turn your iPhone into a camera for iPad | iPad Application Developer – a very expensive way of adding a 3-megapixel camera to your iPad.
[Video] Understanding pictures in vision and touch | Lecturecasts [flexibility, accessibility, diversity] | Centre for Teaching and Learning | UTSC – Understanding pictures in vision and touch: Lines, perspectives and metaphors from cave art to the present.
No real blog entry today, as I’ve been busy on a new page for my website, dealing with glaucoma.
Hope readers find it useful.
[Video] Authors @ Google: Tony Deifell -the author of "Seeing Beyond Sight" catches up with his old students who inspired the book. He also has a lot to say about different ways of seeing.
[PDF] Behind the Camera, Children With Visual Impairments Make an Impression, by Lisa Ellsworth, BA, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008. Children and young people in the San Francisco Bay area contributed to a travelling exhibition called Open Shutter.
Beyond Sight: Blind Photography in China | GlobalGiving – for more information about this project, please visit the
PhotoVoice Sights Unseen page.
Flickr: Blind Photographers Group – "Blind Photographers is a group for blind and otherwise visually-impaired photographers. How does having a different visual experience affect our photography?"
Flickr: Visually-impaired photographers in the UK – "If you live in the UK and you’re a visually impaired photographer, then please do join us."
CNET Asia Photo Academy – free online beginner’s course in photography.
Seeing beauty without sight – mySouTex.com – Elbert “Buz” Brown is developing more vision as a photographer as his sight diminishes.
iPhone Human Interface Guidelines for developers.
Nocturne Download – Softpedia – test your web site for contrast in varying lighting conditions.
OASES –-Assess your Library Accessibility and Inclusion Provision « Chrissie’s Muses – JISC TechDis have now launched the OASES which is the Online Accessibility Self Evaluation Service.
Go to OASES
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.
I hope anyone concerned with rod cone dystrophy will find these references useful. Needless to say, I hope, that nothing listed here constitutes medical advice, and you should seek, as soon as possible, a qualified medical opinion.
[PDF] CONE DYSTROPHY – SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – advice leaflet.
Cone Rod Dystrophy – information provided by Macular Degeneration Support.
A very happy new year to our reader!
I’m sorry I’ve started the year so quietly, but I have to put this down to some local technical difficulties, hopefully resolved for the time being.
For anyone who’s new here, I gather together news headlines on blindness, technology and, occasionally, environmental topics and complementary therapies. The main thrust, though, is towards accessibility, as that forms the most compelling content of all those news feeds that feed me!
Access awareness | The Fulcrum – Center for Students with Disabilities hosts Access Awareness Week events, Jan 11th-15th, 2010.
Accessible Ajax – some examples using WAI ARIA.
Accessibility: How Many Disabled Web Users Are There? | Practical eCommerce – some traders will tell you their sites aren’t used by people with disabilities, so they don’t need to provide for them. The truth is that they have no way of backing up such claims.
Accessibility Foundation – Accessibility of Internet, Software and Electronic Devices – site in Dutch and English.
Accessibility in Higher Ed – World Campus delivers courses on the Web, so web accessibility is vital.
An Accessible Set Top Box – promising exhibit by Ocean Blue at International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
AnyBrowser.COM – test how well your site comes across on browsers you haven’t tried. Online and desktop versions.
Apple Tablet: 10? Screen and Ready for Jan. 26th Annoucement? » ZiggyTek » Blog – could be that some of the rumours about Apple’s e-reader are true.
Aural Style Sheets – what is possible in present and future versions of CSS.
Breakthrough in Text to Speech Technology | Mobile Phones UK – Ivona has introduced two new British English voices, Brian and Amy. Try the
free Ivona Player using Ivona voices. Be wrned, however, that the half-gigabyte package takes a heck of a lot of downloading.
Cairo museum offers blind tours | Odd Spot | Telstra BigPond News – odd spot? hope the author comes a bit closer so I can see whether he/she has anything odd about him/her. If not, it can be arranged.
Calls for disabled-friendly infrastructure resonate – sounds as though there is a burgeoning disability movement in Zambia.
FlameReader – text to speech software that can convert any text into spoken words. You can listen on your PC or portable devices such as iPods, PocketPCs, MP3 players and CD players.
Free copyright control to help blind students: Xavier’s Resource Centre – dnaindia.com – now that we have the technology for VI people to access the printed world, a change in copyright law is called for (India).
FSCast Episode 36, November 2009 – Research It functionality in JAWS 11, and the Braille Challenge.
Grant aims at science software for blind | jconline.com | Journal and Courier – development in co-operation with Idaho blind school.
How to Enable Windows 7 GodMode – get easier access to all those Windows settings that are usually scattered throughout the system. Also seems to work on Vista and Windows Server.
If you have a visual impairment, BSkyB – Sky Tv in the UK now provides 20% of its programmes with audio description. They have an accessible remote control on offer, and cater for other disabilities, by using subtitles and sign language.
KNFB EReader Appears as Blio, to Debut at CES Next Week – Blind Bargains – new format allows colour reproduction of books with text to speech accessibility. Now we have to hope that the publishers get on board.
Readability – if cluttered web pages drive you crazy, try this tool. Set your setting for the kind of page you want and drag the readability icon into yur bookmarks toolbar. You may not always be pleased with the results, but it’s an experiment.
Separate text-only version? No thanks! – the arguments for making main web sites accessible in the first place.
The Serotek Story – Part 1, Only the Beginning! SeroTalk Podcast.
Tutorials now free on AccessWatch – previously paid-for tutorials by Jamie Pauls, including those on Rhapsody and Nero
WAI-ARIA finally added to HTML5 – having been implemented in some browsers, WAI ARIA is more likely now to end up in the HTML standards.