Monthly Archives: August 2015

Tech helps the disabled, like me, be more independent – Queens Chronicle: Queenswide

When I lost my eyesight, I began researching various assistive technologies that might help me regain my independence. The solutions at the time had the power to allow me to work, learn and live life with some degree of normalcy with one exception: the cost.A desktop magnification system that could assist me with reading printed material cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. Another software program with the ability to read my computer screen was also expensive. How was I going to be able to afford any of the technology that was created to make my life easier and better?

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Developing accessible websites | Accessible Technology

Great reference site…

In order to assure that websites and web applications are accessible to and usable by everyone, designers and developers must follow web accessibility guidelines. Each of the following topics address issues that are especially common on UW websites. See also our annotated list of web accessibility Tools and Resources.

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Innovative Web-based Accessibility Solutions Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments

global alliance on accessible technologies and environments logoJACK is an unprecedented 5-in-1 online accessibility suite comprised of turnkey desktop & mobile applications to meet core AODA legislative requirements in less than 1 hour. The software automates core compliance required by all Ontario businesses with 1 or more employees and includes AODA eTraining for staff and much more.

JACK is also a Customer Feedback process, Employment & Recruitment intake, Emergency & Public Safety Info, and Customer Service policies.

Its applications are practical for people of all abilities, something people with disabilities struggle with on a daily basis.

Trish uses a typical dining experience as an excellent example of what JACK can do beyond meeting AODA requirements. “For someone with a physical, visual, and/or an invisible disability, filling out a customer feedback card might not be possible.  With JACK™, a person would simply use their smartphone to scan a QR code on a tent card, menu, or any print sign for that matter to instantly provide their feedback to management eliminating the need for paper, writing or talking.  Moreover, reducing staff involvement.  Every business and organization collects feedback- why not have it accessible and automated?”, added Trish Robichaud.

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Apple Watch makes Apple Pay even better for accessibility | iMore

“We love this kind of problem. This is exactly what Apple does best.”

That’s how Tim Cook prefaced the reveal of Apple Pay last September—by talking about the many issues with physical credit cards. To me, Apple Pay is emblematic of what Apple does best: integrating hardware and software in a seamless, easy to use way that truly does “just work.” It feels like magic every time I use it.

I wrote last year about the accessibility merits of Apple Pay in context of my iPhone 6, and those words remain true today. But with the advent of Apple Watch, Apple’s payments service is taken to the next level in terms of accessibility. For as great as Apple Pay is on my iPhone, it’s my strong belief that the experience is even better on my wrist.

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Notes on Using ARIA in HTML

This document is a practical guide for developers on how to add accessibility information to HTML elements using the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification [WAI-ARIA-1.1], which defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. This document demonstrates how to use WAI-ARIA in [HTML51], which especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

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The Future of Assistive Tech Is Simple | Al Jazeera America

…the brightest future of assistive technology — a catchall term for any hardware or software used to “increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities,” according to the Assistive Technology Industry Association — will not be found in such marvelous manifestations. Rather, it will be in the application of everyday technology to enhance accessibility and fight stigma.

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Closed Captioning Gives Literacy a Boost – Education Week

Sometimes I turn on my TV and the closed-captioning feature has been activated. I can’t find the button to turn it off, so I think: It won’t distract me. And yet, I usually find it impossible to ignore.

It turns out that reading same-language subtitles while listening to the same words on screen is a complicated transaction.

… Intrigued, I looked into the matter further, finding that same-language subtitling can actually support literacy. In other words, rather than being simply annoying, listening to English and reading English subtitles helps in decoding words and reading better. In fact, the linguist and researcher Martine Danan calls captioning an “undervalued language-learning strategy.”

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