Category: “assistive technology”

Accessibility Videos

Here’s a great list of videos and YouTube channels about web accessibility, assistive technology, and more. And from some excellent sources!

Types of Assistive Technology

Here is an excellent resource from Usability First on types of disabilities and corresponding assistive technologies:

Accessibility: Types of Accessibility Aids

Many devices are described, organized by the following types of disabilities:

  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing loss and impairments
  • Speech impairments
  • Motor impairments
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Repetitive stress
  • Color blindness

iPad Is Assisitive Technology But No Killer

One may plainly say that Apple’s new iPad is an assistive technology device. Like the iPhone, it includes many accessibility features such as:

  • VoiceOver
  • screen zoom
  • white-on-black display
  • mono audio
  • closed-captioned content

But as pointed out in the article Accessibility and the iPad: First Impressions, it additionally has the following helpful features:

  • Large size (for visually impairments)
  • External Keyboard (for mobile impairments)
  • Speakers (for visually impairments)
  • Simple Interface (for cognitive impairments)

Although I feel that the iPad is certainly better than Amazons’ Kindle, I believe that the iPad will not “kill” the Kindle, mostly because of the price difference. The iPad is much more expensive ranging from $499 to $699 while the Kindle is $259. For more on this, check out Apple Tablet Could Be A Kindle Killer.

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Web Accessibility Conferences in 2010

Here are some web accessibility conferences this year, 2010. Details for some of the annual events are not announced yet. Please comment with any changes, additions, and comments.

This post is periodically updated throughout 2010.

ATIA 2010 Orlando
January 28 – 30, 2010
Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, FL

California Web Accessibility Conference (CalWAC) (Knowbility)
February 8 – 10, 2010, Santa Clara, CA

Techshare India 2010
15th – 16th February 2010
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference
March 22-27, 2010
San Diego, CA
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel

Power Up 2010 Conference and Expo
April 26 and 27, 2010
Holiday Inn Select, Columbia, Missouri
presented by Missouri Assistive Technology

W4A 2010
7th International Cross Disciplinary Conference in Web Accessibility
April 26-27, 2010
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Hosted by North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Techshare Mobile 2010
Presented by Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Birmingham, UK
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The John Slatin Access U (from Knowbility)
Monday, May 10th and Tuesday, May 11th , 2010
St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas

Penn State Web 2010 Conference
June 7 and 8, 2010
Penn State Conference Center
Keynote by Jeffrey Zeldman

Aiming for Accessibility: Meeting Standards, Making Change
University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
June 8 and 9, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Christine Karcza of I can do This

ACCESS-IT Seminar (hosted by AbilityNet)

ICCHP
12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs
July 14-16, 2010, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Pre-Conference July 12-13, 2010

AHEAD: Association on Higher Education And Disability
July 12-17, 2010
Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

Annual Assistive Technology Conference (from Easter Seals Crossroads)
July 29 & 30
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
*Web Axe host Dennis Lembree is speaking!

Illinois Web Accessibility Conference and Expo (Jon Gunderson)
September 29, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Victor Tsaran
Registration is closed; reached capacity

Accessibility Camp DC
October 9, 2010; 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
MLK Library
Washington, DC, U.S.A.

HighEdWeb (Higher Education Web Professionals)
October 10-13, 2010
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Assets 2010
The 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
October 25-27, 2010
Orlando, Florida

Accessing Higher Ground
Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference
November 15-19, 2010
Westminster, Colorado, U.S.A.

An Event Apart

  • Seattle, April 5-7
  • Boston, May 24-25
  • Minneapolis, July 26-27
  • Washington, D.C., September 16-17

4th European eAccessibility Forum (Paris)

Featured vendor:
Mangoco.com: web design company in Virginia

Free Browsers for Visual Impairment

I recently came across an article from disaboom called “Assistive Technology: Top 8 Free Browsers for Visual Impairment and More“. The link was also popular on Twitter. But one problem, there are no links to the mentioned browser! So I went and found them:

  1. WebbIE -accessible browser, RSS news reader and more.
  2. EdWebtalking web browser that can display web pages as text and symbols.
  3. Fire Vox – Talking Browser Extension for Firefox (add-on page).
  4. CliCk, Speak – less advanced version of Fire Vox.
  5. Orca – speedy and powerful Gecko-based browser.
  6. Simply Web 2000 – outdated; optimized for Internet Explorer 5.
  7. SpeakOn -PC-based media suite program (four apps).
  8. Thunder – package contains the WebbIE Text browser and more.

I’d like to add that Disaboom is a pretty nice site. In their words:

Disaboom is the leading resource for disability information and real-life articles about people with disabilities. Our broad range of topics, including health conditions, lifestyle, and helpful resources, help you create the life you want.