While checking for an update to a Firefox add-on I use a lot, I discovered "Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader." Curious, I added it to the extensions I have enabled for Firefox. (Version 60.2.2esr -32 bit.) In experimenting with it, I concluded it works as described. It has a variety of voices … Continue reading Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader
At the Assistive Technology Blog, Venkat Rao writes about assistive technology, mostly about concepts/ devices that are still in prototype stages, but would be possibly mass marketed in the future. He also write about mobile apps/ software that make life easier for people with disabilities. A recent post discusses AccessNow, an interactive map tool that … Continue reading Is This Location Accessible? Check it with AccessNow
The world is tough place to navigate in a wheelchair. But finding ramps and elevators can be easier thanks to this handy map app that anyone can edit. It’s called Wheelmap, and it tells you the accessibility status of public places all over the world. It’s free and grades locations in a traffic light-style, red-yellow-green … Continue reading Wheelmap App Makes the World More Wheelchair Friendly
Brian Meersma over at the Assistive Technology blog reviews some pretty cool stuff. A recent review profiled the UNI Tablet by MotionSavvy. This tablet is a break-through in sign-language communication. The tablet will allow deaf and hearing impaired users to communicate with other people that do not know sign language without an interpreter or slow … Continue reading MotionSavvy’s UNI Tablet: A Break Through in Sign Language Communication
This post at TILT is a good “plain English” overview of designing accessibly.
Section 508 [of the Rehabilitation Act] requires that web content be equally accessible to people with disabilities – web applications, pages and all attached files; the requirements apply to course-based as well as public-facing pages that we create to support teaching and learning.
While universities are working to ensure that Learning Management Systems provide an overall accessible platform for sharing and creating content, the creating of learning-related documents posted to those LMSs is the responsibility of instructors, and often of peer learners in a classroom.
Laura Thrasher notes this in opening her post for by eduniverse.org:
“In higher education, maintaining a Section 508 compliant web presence is essential. However, many people assume that a website’s accessibility is the programmer’s responsibility. You might be surprised to learn that content can also impact accessibility. People with visual, hearing, motor, or cognitive disabilities need to navigate your website. Also, they need to understand…
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