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Accessible Educational Materials (AEM): National Center home page

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM): National Center home page | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

Welcome to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. We provide resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).

 

Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphic, audio, video). IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) specifically focuses on accessible formats of print instructional materials.

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Style Guide - National Center on Disability and Journalism

Style Guide - National Center on Disability and Journalism | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
The style guide is intended for journalists, communication professionals and members of the general public who are seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities. The guide covers general terms and words on physical disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, mental and cognitive disabilities and seizure disorders. Entries are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the index above to jump to entries that begin with that letter.

Each entry includes a definition of the word or term, a summary of how it is used or viewed by disability groups and guidance, when available, from The Associated Press Stylebook. Finally, each entry includes the NCDJ recommendation, which strives for accuracy and aims to strike a balance between clarity and sensitivity.
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This  style guide is useful for anyone seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities. Whilst the examples are U.S centric, it is easily contextualised for use in other countries.

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Thats brilliant
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5 iOS accessibility features that are useful to everyone | siliconANGLE

5 iOS accessibility features that are useful to everyone | siliconANGLE | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Apple’s iOS mobile operating system comes with assistive features baked in that allow people with disabilities to use devices like the iPhone, iPod, and iPad in much the same way as non-disabled users.

However, as has been pointed out on more than one occasion, accessibility features are not limited to disabled users, but can also allow non-disabled users to improve how they access and interact with their devices.

Writing for Macworld, Christopher Phin has compiled a list of accessibility features in iOS that not only enrich the lives of disabled iOS users, but that can be useful to everyone.
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resolvednurtured's comment, November 19, 2015 12:27 AM
interesting
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cool
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Describing Images for Improved Web Accessibility | MediaCurrent

Describing Images for Improved Web Accessibility | MediaCurrent | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

One of the most basic techniques of web accessibility is adding alternative texts to images. It is possibly the single biggest thing you can do to make your site more accessible. In fact, it is the very first item listed in the WCAG 2.0 guidelines: WCAG 2.0 Guideline 1.1.1 - "All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose."

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Seattle Settles Lawsuit Over Ed-Tech Accessibility | Ed Week

Seattle Settles Lawsuit Over Ed-Tech Accessibility | Ed Week | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Seattle will take several steps to make the ed-tech used in its schools accessible to blind students, faculty, and parents, in the settlement of a lawsuit brought against the district by Noel Nightingale and her co-plaintiff, the National Federation of the Blind.

The potentially landmark agreement, which was signed on Sept. 25, comes after Nightingale, a blind mother of three Seattle students, filed a lawsuit in 2014 because she did not have equal access to information on the district's websites and a math program. The National Federation of the Blind is a co-plaintiff in the case.

Nightingale originally brought the issue to the attention of Seattle schools in 2012, according to a briefing for the school board on the issue. The district's website provider indicated that it could not fully resolve the issues.
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NYC Education Dept. Halts $30M e-Book Initiative with Amazon.com (AMZN) | StreetInsider

NYC Education Dept. Halts $30M e-Book Initiative with Amazon.com (AMZN) | StreetInsider | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
New York is shelving plans which would have called for Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) to supply the city's public schools with electronic books.

According to the NY Daily News, the contract was valued at about $30 million.

Advocates against the imitative said it would have caused visually impaired children to have trouble accessing the design.

One rep for New York's education said the agency is working with Amazon on a new format whichwill be accessible to all students.
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AEM: Home

AEM: Home | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

Welcome to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). This site provides resources for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and NIMAS.

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Visit our new website which is about accessible educational materials.  The site is also accessible and responsive.

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7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility | Salesforce UX

7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility - Salesforce UX - Medium

Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly. In this world, only the design itself can cause people with disabilities to have trouble using a product.

 

These guidelines will cover the major things you need to know in order for your products to be “design-ready” to meet the minimum of standards in Section 508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. The rest will be up to development and quality testing.

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Baseline for Accessible EPUB: Crucial Part of Achieving e-Accessible Knowledge | EPUBZone

Baseline for Accessible EPUB: Crucial Part of Achieving e-Accessible Knowledge | EPUBZone | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
The 9th European e-Accessibility Forum was organized by BrailleNet and Universcience at the Cité des Sciences in Paris on June 8th, 2015. This year's event focused on e-Accessible Knowledge and was organized in conjunction with the DAISY Consortium Board Meeting. Several interesting educational demos, panel discussions and workshops were offered.

Participants were reminded that well-functioning industry ecosystems consist of several components that need to work well together: time-tested processes, research, collaboration, and integration of relevant technologies and platforms as their cornerstone.
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Its great
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University increases accessibility and affordability of course materials through an opt-in digital delivery program | Pearson

University increases accessibility and affordability of course materials through an opt-in digital delivery program | Pearson | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
In the fall of 2012, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) surveyed its students and faculty about required course materials. Thirty-six percent of students reported that they had not purchased the required course materials at least once and forty-two percent waited one or more weeks after the start of a class to purchase the required materials, thus confirming faculty observations that students were not prepared to start learning on the first day of class.

Based on the survey data, the time seemed right for IPFW to implement a digital delivery program which guaranteed that all students in a course would have access to the materials on the first day of class and gave the university the opportunity to obtain volume discounts on course materials from its publishers.
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Making Online and e-Learning Accessible to All | Huff Post Education Blog

Making Online and e-Learning Accessible to All | Huff Post Education Blog | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
American teens spend an average of seven hours a day connected to their electronic devices (computers, phones, etc.). So it you want to get into the hearts and minds of young people today, you have to where they are: online. That's why websites, emails and e-learning tools need to be accessible to all, including people with hearing and vision impairments who use screen readers or who need captions on videos or other assistive technologies.

The web is a great place for communications, social connections, gaming and even learning. Yes - online learning. This is a relatively new field that is extremely promising for differentiated learners - i.e. gifted learners, people with learning disabilities, and everyone else in between. I'm a big fan of the Khan Academy, Ted.org and MOOCs.
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Download the AFB Accessible Player: The American Foundation for the Blind's Accessible HTML5 Video Player (Beta) | American Foundation for the Blind

Download the AFB Accessible Player: The American Foundation for the Blind's Accessible HTML5 Video Player (Beta) | American Foundation for the Blind | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

Developed by AFB, this fully accessible, embedded video player with HTML5 controls includes the following features:

-Users can select the size and color scheme they prefer.
-Controls are labeled with text and include keyboard commands, so they work with any kind of assistive technology, and can also be used with a mouse.
-Video can also be expanded to a full screen, which is helpful for users with low vision.
-Can be used as an embedded YouTube player or as a standard player.
-Custom control layout supports English and Spanish languages.

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pearfriday's comment, June 4, 2015 3:42 AM
Superb...!!
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Infomative..
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Google Releases Two New Chrome Accessibility Extensions | PC Magazine

Google Releases Two New Chrome Accessibility Extensions | PC Magazine | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

Google recently released two new extensions for its Chrome browser this week, both aimed at helping those with disabilities better interact with the Web.

 

The first extension, Color Enhancer, is designed to help people with color blindness better distinguish between the shades they see when viewing webpages. Once you install it, Chrome gets a brand-new color filter. As part of the setup process, you're asked to pick which row of stars in a grid of stars looks the faintest. After that, you're given a grid of stars on backgrounds of different colors, and you're asked to use a little slider to tweak Chrome's colors until you can see all of the stars on all of the backgrounds.

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Irma Beaupre's curator insight, July 1, 2015 4:32 PM

I'll have my daughter try this 

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The web accessibility basics | Marco's Accessibility Blog

The web accessibility basics | Marco's Accessibility Blog | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it

I’ve been asked again and again over the years what the absolute basics of web accessibility are. And while I always thought that it is not so difficult to find resources about these basics, the recurrence of that question prompted me to finally write my own take on this topic. So here it is, my list of absolute web accessibility basics every web developer should know about.

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DOJ Delays Rulemaking on Website Accessibility | Bloomberg BNA

DOJ Delays Rulemaking on Website Accessibility | Bloomberg BNA | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Disappointing advocates for sight-impaired Internet users, the U.S. Department of Justice has delayed for at least two more years regulations explaining how e-commerce websites can comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The DOJ announced Nov. 19 that it will put off until 2018 the release of website accessibility regulations for businesses. The government's delay puts e-commerce website operators in a difficult position: incur arguably unnecessary costs to make their websites more accessible or risk litigation from blind users who claim that changes are legally required now.

State and local governments, however, can expect DOJ to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in early 2016, according to the agency's statement of regulatory priorities.
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How Facebook Is Using AI to Help Bring Photos To Life For The Blind | Fast Company

How Facebook Is Using AI to Help Bring Photos To Life For The Blind | Fast Company | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Four years ago, Facebook launched an Accessibility initiative, spearheaded by project lead Jeff Wieland. Over that time, the team has worked on ways to improve Facebook’s usefulness for the blind, the deaf, and people with other disabilities. When it comes to helping the blind navigate Facebook, a main focus has been translating the service’s menu and button structure for screen readers.

"We want to make accessibility part of everything we build," Wieland tells Fast Company. "We worked closely with [our] Infrastructure team to make sure [core components like menus, buttons, and links] are designed with accessibility in mind."
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Yahoo brings accessibility quest to Boston | Boston Globe

Yahoo brings accessibility quest to Boston | Boston Globe | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
According to the World Health Organization, a billion people worldwide have some form of disability. The giant Internet service Yahoo wants to deliver information and entertainment to every one of them, not just because it’s good business, but also because it’s the right thing to do.

On Tuesday, Yahoo showed off an “accessibility lab” at its Boston facility in Downtown Crossing. Yahoo will use the lab to test the closed captions it attaches to its online video content, to ensure that deaf viewers can enjoy the shows.
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lepusways's comment, November 19, 2015 4:35 AM
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Accessibility Concerns Delay $30M Amazon E-Book Contract in N.Y.C. | Ed Week

Accessibility Concerns Delay $30M Amazon E-Book Contract in N.Y.C. | Ed Week | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
New York City schools delayed a vote this week on awarding a $30 million contract to Amazon to develop an online e-book storefront for educators, after advocates for blind and visually impaired individuals raised accessibility concerns.

The National Federation of the Blind is questioning whether its community would have full accessibility in the online platform that would be built for teachers and principals to order e-books and digital content, and whether blind and visually impaired educatorrs and students will be able to adequately use the content once it is downloaded via the Kindle file format.
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lepusways's comment, November 19, 2015 4:35 AM
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Digital Accessibility Legal Update | Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Digital Accessibility Legal Update | Law Office of Lainey Feingold | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
This post is part of an occasional series about recent legal developments impacting technology and information access for people with disabilities. This post covers activity from March 12, 2015 through August 10, 2015. You can find earlier Updates in the Legal Updates Category of this website. Follow the Law Office of Lainey Feingold on Twitter for legal updates related to information and technology access, particularly for people who are blind and visually impaired. If you would like to be added to my email list, please visit the Contact page.

The series is illustrated by a toolbox — because law has proven an effective tool to improve the accessibility and usability of digital content, print information and technology for everyone. There are many ways to use the law, reflected by the many tools in the toolbox and by the updates below.
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A few recent updates of related to web accessibility, digital content and accessible technology.

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bongotickle's comment, August 18, 2015 3:25 AM
Its remarkable :)
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Tech Giants Team Up To Boost Accessibility | DisabilityScoop

Tech Giants Team Up To Boost Accessibility | DisabilityScoop | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Some of the biggest names in technology are banding together with a new commitment designed to make their products more accessible for people with disabilities.

Companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Adobe, Yahoo and Microsoft are signing on to the new initiative dubbed “Teaching Accessibility.”

Specifically, the tech firms say that they will begin incorporating standard language within their job postings indicating that they prefer applicants with accessibility knowledge.
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ansibicycling's comment, August 6, 2015 12:57 AM
Excellent
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Its beneficial
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astonishing
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VitalSource Expands Accessibility Support for Digital Educational Content

VitalSource Expands Accessibility Support for Digital Educational Content | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VitalSource Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group Company and a leading educational technology company that provides digital solutions to the higher education market, is showcasing new accessibility features of its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform at the National Federation of the Blind National Convention, July 5-10, in Orlando, FL. For more than a decade, VitalSource has provided accessible solutions to learners of all abilities, and was the first company to offer a reading system to support the emerging EDUPUB standard, which brings the benefits of accessible classroom materials into the integrated learning environment.

"VitalSource has been at the forefront of accessibility issues from the beginning, because we believe providing access for all is a fundamental part of successful teaching and learning," said Rick Johnson, VP of Product Development & Sales Engineering for VitalSource Technologies Inc. "We are proud to share our most recent innovations with the NFB community, and we will continue to improve our products and services to ensure that each and every user can be fully supported on our platform."
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Oyster Adds Light-Adjusting Technology for Easier E-Reading | Digital Book World

Oyster Adds Light-Adjusting Technology for Easier E-Reading | Digital Book World | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Oyster, the ebook subscription service and retailer, adds a new feature to its e-reading platform that adjusts the color and brightness of mobile users’ screens in order to improve the e-reading experience.

Called Lumin, the software decreases the amount of blue light emitted by LED screens, which some recent research has suggested can be harmful to readers’ eyes in dark environments and even frustrate sleep cycles
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7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility | Salesforce UX Blog

7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility - Salesforce UX - Medium

Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly. In this world, only the design itself can cause people with disabilities to have trouble using a product.

 

These guidelines will cover the major things you need to know in order for your products to be “design-ready” to meet the minimum of standards in Section 508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. The rest will be up to development and quality testing.

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Jeffrey Lewis Appointed AT&T Chief Accessibility Officer | MarketWatch

Jeffrey Lewis Appointed AT&T Chief Accessibility Officer | MarketWatch | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
DALLAS, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Inc.* has named Jeffrey Lewis as the Chief Accessibility Officer. Lewis will lead the company's Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, which helps people with disabilities get the most out of technology so they can more easily stay connected.

Lewis replaces Chris Rice, who retired. Mark Balsano, deputy chief accessibility officer, will support Lewis. Together, they will work to expand the organization to better provide services to the millions of AT&T customers who have disabilities.

"We know 'accessibility' is more than a word. It's a commitment to connect people to the world around them," said Lewis. "We are the connector, making real efforts to ensure our products and services are accessible to everyone."
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Apple VoiceOver accessibility receives award from American Foundation for the Blind | AppleInsider

Apple VoiceOver accessibility receives award from American Foundation for the Blind | AppleInsider | Accessible Educational Materials | Scoop.it
Apple is the only tech company among the nominees, which also include an actor portraying the blind superhero Daredevil, a visually impaired musician and a pharmaceutical firm that introduced a new treatment for the circadian rhythm disorder.

The group's President & CEO Carl R. Augusto noted, "We are honoring accomplished individuals and companies for their success in improving quality of life for people with vision loss either through groundbreaking innovation or inspirational achievement that changes perceptions about what it means to be visually impaired."

Apple was specifically noted for its work on VoiceOver, an interactive screen reader the company began bundling on its iPods, iOS devices and Macs for free.
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