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The Challenge of Accessibility & New Media | Against-the-Grain.com

The Challenge of Accessibility & New Media | Against-the-Grain.com | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

Meeting the legal challenge of accessibility to information for all in the new age of information will only get more difficult and complicated with the rise of new publishing models and formats. However, with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we have little choice but to find the best possible solutions for our clients.

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IBM Updates Accessibility Checklists in Preparation for Section 508 Refresh | AgeandAbility.com

IBM Updates Accessibility Checklists in Preparation for Section 508 Refresh | AgeandAbility.com | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Last week, accessibility took a step forward. The refresh of the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology passed another hurdle on its long journey to being updated for the first time since its release in December 2000.

The Section 508 Amendment to the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all information and communication technology developed, procured or used by the federal government be accessible. The requirements, however, were written when the majority of people in the United States didn’t use the Internet or mobile devices, and before the more advanced web technologies could be made fully accessible. It has been surpassed by worldwide standards and technologies, including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Accessible Rich Internet Applications 1.0 (WAI-ARIA), and HTML 5.
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First Editors Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.0 now available | International Digital Publishing Forum

First Editors Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.0 now available | International Digital Publishing Forum | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

The first Editors Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.0 has been published at http://www.idpf.org/epub/a11y/, making available a conformance and discovery specification for accessibility within the EPUB standard. While accessibility has always been a requirement of EPUB 3, this new specification was created as a work product of the EPUB 3.1 revision process, to gather in one document all the formal requirements to meet to certify EPUB publications as accessible.

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Adobe InDesign accessibility | www.adobe.com

Adobe InDesign accessibility | www.adobe.com | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Adobe® InDesign® CC software supports accessible cross-media publication, allowing you to export InDesign documents to ePub, HTML, or accessible PDF. Reduce the time it takes to create PDF documents that people with disabilities can use more effectively.

Apply accessibility features within your InDesign document, rather than having to make major changes in Adobe Acrobat® software. PDF tags, alt tags, and the content order you assign stay with the document as you revise it. Used in combination with Acrobat for touch-up of the exported PDF files and Adobe Dreamweaver® software for HTML output, users can achieve maximum accessibility for the exported content.
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Thats astonishing...
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Accessibility: a concept for tomorrow - or today’s challenge? - Government Computing Network - UK

Accessibility: a concept for tomorrow - or today’s challenge? - Government Computing Network - UK | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Apple, Android and increasingly Microsoft products have a plethora of ‘accessibility’ features built in, there is no longer a special add-on that enables a blind person to work with an iPhone. It is simply part of the operating system to be enabled or not as you wish.

Accessibility is becoming part of the mainstream. Amazon has built eBook readers that render the book into speech or allow endless manipulation of the text for ease of reading and Samsung has made fully accessible TVs that can talk to you.

In short, there is no excuse at all for service providers to fail to reach out with their services to blind and partially sighted people and people with other disabilities. The everyday expectation is changing in the consumer market, we want to listen to our email or the news, we want to speak a text message or leave a voicemail. That is what technology is doing for us today, breaking out of the ‘traditional’ means of controlling our online lives, and indeed controlling our everyday environments.
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Facebook's first blind engineer is revolutionizing social media as we know it  |  Mashable

Facebook's first blind engineer is revolutionizing social media as we know it  |  Mashable | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Halfway through Matt King’s presentation, the screen goes dark.

It’s the kind of glitch that might make a man sweat in front of the audience. But this is no glitch. King has done it deliberately to bring us into his world, however disorienting it might be for the rest of the room.

“I’m going to put it into a state that’s more like how I operate,” King says with just a hint of mischief. He looks less like a computer engineer than an ex-marine, but with the surprisingly cheerful and calm speech of someone who grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

Before we can fully internalize his words, King is drowned out by a mechanical voice. “Screen curtain on.”

King begins tapping the arrow keys to scroll through a Facebook timeline, with the voice leading the way. “Heading Level 5. Link. February 26, at 3:53 pm." Next, it recites the contents of the friend’s post. “What a view, I really like my new camera.” Then nothing. The voice is quiet. King is quiet. There is no photo to enjoy. The screen is still dark.
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Guest Post, Darrell Gunter: Accessibility Is The New Innovation | Scholarly Kitchen

Guest Post,  Darrell Gunter: Accessibility Is The New Innovation | Scholarly Kitchen | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

Darrell Gunter discusses the great opportunities available in making all forms of content accessible to everyone.


As a member of the Board of EIES (Electronic Information and Education Service) of New Jersey for the last three years, I was very excited to attend this conference as EIES of New Jersey’s mission is to provide the visually impaired with the best reading service of the day’s news.


The Accessibility Conference featured an All-Star panel, and due to a last minute cancellation, I was asked to step in and present Eve Hill’s speech. Ms. Hill is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division of the US Justice Department. After delivering her speech, I was compelled to write about the conference as I believe that publishing industry is not addressing this topic as aggressively as it should.

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ringacrux's comment, August 27, 12:56 AM
Terrific...!!
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Making E-Learning Accessible | Pearson

Making E-Learning Accessible | Pearson | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
These guidelines were created to guide Pearson's development teams and are updated regularly with new techniques. They are public so that customers and others can see what we're working toward and will, we hope, find them useful for their own e-learning projects.
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Spring 2016 Digital Accessibility Legal Update - Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Spring 2016 Digital Accessibility Legal Update - Law Office of Lainey Feingold | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
This post includes recent legal developments about digital accessibility between December 11, 2015 and May 7, 2016. It supplements presentations given by Lainey Feingold this Spring at the Funka Nu Accessibility Days Conference in Stockholm, the John Slatin AccessU in Austin, and at the 31st annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference sponsored by California State University at Northridge, popularly known as CSUN (with Linda Dardarian).

This update is part of an occasional series about recent legal developments impacting technology and information access for people with disabilities. Access to the digital world is a civil right, and there is a lot happening in the legal space. Previous updates include the December 2015 legal update and the Summer 2015 legal update.
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eBooks: An Accessibility Disconnect? | JISC

eBooks: An Accessibility Disconnect? | JISC | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that the eBook revolution has been a boon to many visually impaired people. For the first time, books in electronic formats get the same attention as their hard copy counterparts. This allows disabled readers all over the world to ditch hefty braille volumes, badly-proofed scans and illegally-obtained eBook files. The growth of ebooks has accompanied increased awareness of international standards such as ePub, with its high native accessibility. Accessible eBook production is in the spotlight more than ever.

However, many disabled readers are finding that, despite all of the efforts to push eBook accessibility forward, there is an ever-widening gap between eBook producers and consumers. Digital rights management, proprietary formatting and unusable software is causing many disabled people to hit up against brick walls. This, in turn, is impacting their work, studies, private learning and reading for pleasure. This article explores the tools that work well for blind readers, the ones that could be improved, and the core problems that are causing accessibility setbacks.
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AEM: Best Practices for Educators & Instructors | AEM Website

AEM: Best Practices for Educators & Instructors | AEM Website | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Resources for educators and instructors on best practices to ensure the accessibility of self-created educational materials.
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bloodedcoma's comment, April 11, 6:01 AM

Fabulous
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VitalSource Continues to Champion Accessibility | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

VitalSource Continues to Champion Accessibility | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
VitalSource Technologies Inc., part of Ingram Content Group, has received an unprecedented achievement of 100 percent compliance with the industry-wide tests for accessibility on its Windows and iOS Bookshelf® clients. All VitalSource readers received 100 percent on visual adjustments, and the company has committed to 100 percent coverage on all tests, for all clients this summer. With its long-held commitment to accessibility, the company is the first in its industry to reach this level of conformance with the EPUBtest.org evaluation of reading system accessibility. VitalSource’s reading system serves both K12 and higher education.
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Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility | EdWeek Market Brief

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility | EdWeek Market Brief | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students.

In a statement, the federation indicated it will “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and applications.” It added that representatives from Amazon and the Baltimore-based federation will meet on an ongoing basis “to review progress and exchange ideas and feedback.”

Initial results of this collaboration are expected this year, according to the announcement.
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Thats incredible
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DK launches braille series for children | The Bookseller

DK launches braille series for children | The Bookseller | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
DK, a division of Penguin Random House UK, will next month launch a series of braille books for children.

The ‘DK Braille’ series is the first of its kind for the publisher, which has created a range of non-fiction titles, ranging from board books to books for independent readers. Senior editor Fleur Star and designer Jemma Westing came up with the idea, while producer Charlotte Oliver looked into the feasibility of making braille books using standard production methods. The three then developed the series with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

As well as braille lettering, the books also feature tactile elements such as embossing and flocked finishing. The narrative is also told in printed text so parents or carers can read alongside children.
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When Equity Means Accessibility | Blogs.Scholastic.com

When Equity Means Accessibility | Blogs.Scholastic.com | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Of the nearly 55 million students who attend primary and secondary schools in the United States, about 60,000 are visually impaired, meaning they’re either blind or have low vision. Because students with visual impairments make up such a small segment of the overall student population, their specific learning needs are often an afterthought. This is particularly the case as teaching and learning in our schools increasingly rely on digital materials and online platforms that too often offer limited accessibility to students with visual impairments.
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Microsoft publishes new Accessibility documents for Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft publishes new Accessibility documents for Windows 10 Anniversary Update | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Windows 10 offers a number of enhancements to users, from security to added features to improved machine intelligence by way of Cortana. One specific area where Microsoft focused efforts on making Windows 10 shine is accessibility, meaning the application of user interface elements and various technologies to make the operating system fully accessible to all users.

Yesterday, Microsoft published a number of documents outlining how the Anniversary Update further improves Windows 10 accessibility
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Welcome to Includification - Actionable Game Accessibility

Welcome to Includification - Actionable Game Accessibility | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Welcome to the AbleGamers Foundation’s Game Accessibility Guidelines, written by developers, and gamers with disabilities. We hope you will use this website as a resource tool to answer questions you might have about adding accessibility to your game.

The information you will find on this website is the culmination of nearly a decade of research, review, experiments and first-hand experience by gamers with disabilities who live with these problems every day.

If there's one thing you take away from our guidelines, please remember that everyone has a different way of playing. There is no one right or wrong way of playing with a disability. As disabled gamers, we just want to be able to play the game and sometimes that means accessibility options are a must.
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Website Accessibility: Ten Things School Districts Should Know - Education Week

Website Accessibility: Ten Things School Districts Should Know - Education Week | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
What has the office for civil rights been doing to enforce website accessibility?

As of July 2016, OCR has 227 investigations open involving the issue of accessibility of online courses, distance learning, websites and remote applications. The result of many of those investigations are consent agreements with schools, districts, and states to fix their websites. Those agreements have pointed toward two international standards as a framework to follow. One is called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and the second is a set of tools designed to make today's more complex web interfaces usable for all. (Those tools are known by the tongue-twisting name of Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, or WAI-ARIA.)
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IAAP and G3ict Merger Press Release | g3ict.org

IAAP, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, announced today that G3ict will be acquiring IAAP in a merger aimed at promoting the accessibility profession on a more global scale. Under this agreement IAAP will become part of G3ict, effective immediately, but will continue its mission to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession globally through networking, education and certification in order to enable the creation of accessible products, content and services. This joint decision by the Boards of IAAP and G3ict reflects the strategic alignment of these organizations and a shared need to respond to rapidly growing, unmet worldwide demand for IT professionals, developers, educators, business leaders, and content creators knowledgeable in accessibility.
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Doors Are Open to the AEM Center: Explore Accessible Learning Options This Summer

Doors Are Open to the AEM Center: Explore Accessible Learning Options This Summer | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

Doors Are Open to the AEM Center: Explore Accessible Learning Options This Summer.


The AEM Center offers ed resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, and students all year long. AIM-VA is a free program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education. We provide free accessible versions of printed instructional materials for qualified K-12 students in Virginia.


Students with disabilities who meet certain criteria can be found eligible for AEM and free high quality accessible reading materials. Moreover, some of the providers offer contests and ways to connect with readers who have print disabilities.


For example: "Learning Ally has kicked off its "Summer Reading Together.External Link to Summer Reading Together (New Window)" program. This initiative is designed specifically for students with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia and blindness or visual impairment. The program features unique and engaging events that create a sense of fun, excitement, competition and support among students, their teachers, families and friends.


Bookshare's accessible online library is another excellent resource for students and adults who cannot read traditional print books due to disabilities like blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities like dyslexia. Check out Bookshare's tips for giving students with print disabilities independent access to Bookshare over the summer.

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Complex Images • Images • WAI Web Accessibility Tutorials

Complex Images • Images • WAI Web Accessibility Tutorials | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Complex images contain substantial information – more than can be conveyed in a short phrase or sentence. These are typically:

graphs and charts, including flow charts and organizational charts;
diagrams and illustrations where the page text relies on the user being able to understand the image;
maps showing locations or other information such as weather systems.

In these cases a two-part text alternative is required. The first part is the short description to identify the image and, where appropriate, indicate the location of the long description. The second part is the long description – a textual representation of the essential information conveyed by the image. The following examples show different approaches that can be used to provide such short and long descriptions.
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Amazon expands VoiceView accessibility tool for users with vision disabilities | GlobalAccessibiltyNews

Amazon expands VoiceView accessibility tool for users with vision disabilities | GlobalAccessibiltyNews | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Amazon announced today the introduction of VoiceView to its line of Kindle e-readers, starting with the Paperwhite. The feature had previously only been available on the company’s Fire tablets

VoiceView allows readers with vision disabilities to use the devices through speech feedback. Just like on the Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch navigation, as well as the same range of speech feedback rates and earcons.

VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices (formerly known as IVONA) lets users with vision disabilities read millions of Kindle books and navigate the Kindle Paperwhite via speech feedback. Like VoiceView on our Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch navigation, and the same broad range of speech feedback rates and earcons.
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5 ways the cloud complicates accessibility | Federal Times

5 ways the cloud complicates accessibility | Federal Times | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Five years after the administration instituted the Cloud First policy, federal agencies across the government are buying in to cloud computing at an accelerated pace. But, when it comes to the government, progress can’t mean leaving people behind.

The cloud policy itself acknowledges this with a mandate to “define unique government regulatory requirements” when considering a cloud solution. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, this includes Section 508, which requires federal programs, systems and information be accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities.
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National Federation of the Blind and Amazon Join Forces to Improve Accessible Reading Experiences for Blind and Low-Vision Students | PR Newswire

National Federation of the Blind and Amazon Join Forces to Improve Accessible Reading Experiences for Blind and Low-Vision Students | PR Newswire | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
BALTIMORE, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon announced today that they will be working together to increase selection, enhance accessibility, and improve reading experiences for blind students, including those who have low vision or who are deaf-blind. Amazon and the National Federation of the Blind will collaborate on improvements to Amazon's education content, platforms, and applications, and will meet on an ongoing basis to review progress and exchange ideas and feedback. Initial results of this collaboration are expected this year and beyond.
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The EPUB Accessibility Summit: Making Accessibility Fundamental and Essential to EPUB - TISP Smart Book

The EPUB Accessibility Summit: Making Accessibility Fundamental and Essential to EPUB - TISP Smart Book | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
The IDPF places a high priority on collaborating with related organizations. Two of the most in-depth such collaborations are with the IMS Global Learning Consortium on educational issues and the DAISY Consortium on accessibility issues. There couldn’t be a better example of the importance of both of these partnerships than the EPUB Accessibility Summit, graciously hosted by IMS at their quarterly meeting in Baltimore on February 24.
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Accessibility QA Checklist | Compliance | EPUB 3 Accessibility Guidelines |IDPF

Accessibility QA Checklist | Compliance | EPUB 3 Accessibility Guidelines |IDPF | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

MT @accessibledaisy: EPUB 3 Accessibility Guidelines [IDPF] https://t.co/g1YrHZsYF9 #epub

This guide has been designed to help guide you in the creation of accessible EPUB 3 content. It includes a quality assurance checklist together with instruction on how to implement the requirements.

If you are new to accessible publishing, the best place to start is with the free O'Reilly book Accessible EPUB 3, as it will walk you through the basic issues you need to understand in more detail — and with more of an instructional focus. The EPUB 3 Best Practices book includes the information in Accessible EPUB 3 as a chapter, but has also been expanded to include additional information. If you're looking for a more general purpose guide to EPUB 3 production, that also covers accessibility, the Best Practices guide is recommended.

For general how-to questions, please create a new topic in the IDPF accessibility discussion forum. Someone will always try to respond!

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