Accessible Instru...
Follow
Find
5.9K views | +0 today
Accessible Instructional Materials
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Accessibility Upgrade: EPUB, Libraries, and Ebook Accessibility

Accessibility Upgrade: EPUB, Libraries, and Ebook Accessibility | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The new EPUB 3 standard could promise a sea change, enabling publishers to integrate accessibility features into their ebook production workflows, creating ebooks that are immediately available to everyone, including customers with print disabilities.

 

“Ten years ago, it was ‘How can the Library for the Blind produce more books?’ Kerscher says. “Now, the thought is that all of the books published each year have the potential to be accessible right out of the box. That’s just mind-boggling to a person who has had such restricted access to ­information.”

more...
Hillary Brumer's curator insight, April 17, 2013 10:24 AM
If accessibility features wer immediately available to everyone out of the box- they would truly be universal, and there would be no limits to how information is delivered to everyone. Empowering? Yes.
Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 19, 2013 8:20 PM

The Technology Exists, there is NO excuse. Accessible textbooks and learning materials need to be provided by publishers for ALL learners, of every ability, using what ever Assistive Technology is required/ preferred/ desired. Schools and organizations NEED to be on board, and need to agree NOT to purchase books or learning materials unless they are accessible to ALL students and individuals. This includes testing materials. Every student can learn efficiently and express their intelligence and knowledge once they have equal access. They have a right to equal access.  

Make a difference, promote access for ALL students. This is the time for positive change. 

Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

How Anyone Can Benefit from Windows’ Accessibility Options

How Anyone Can Benefit from Windows’ Accessibility Options | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The accessibility options that are available in Windows have been designed to help people that have difficulty using a computer because of a condition or impairment, but there are plenty of interesting options that could prove incredibly useful to everyone. We will reveal how the Ease of Access Center could help you.

 

The Ease of Access Center can be found in the Control Panel and is home to a wealth of settings relating to how you interact with your computer, how notifications appear and much more. Settings can be adjusted on a piecemeal basis, so if there’s something you’re not interested in, you don’t have to use it.

Chuck Hitchcock's insight:

Microsoft has a solid history of providing for accessibility within its operating systems and applications. Some of these options may be used to improve the accessibility of computer based ebooks in browsers or in reader applications.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

G3ict.org - Event overview

G3ict.org - Event overview | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

G3ict is dedicated to promoting the Digital Accessibility Agenda worldwide. The M-Enabling Summit is the only global program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities, a market of more than one billion users worldwide, with considerable untapped potential.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

eReader Comparison | Chamber Four

eReader Comparison | Chamber Four | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
If you're looking to buy a dedicated ereader or ebook reader, this should be your first stop. Quick overview of major devices including prices, formats, and reviews.
Chuck Hitchcock's insight:

Includes only limited info about accessibilty but is still a useful reference.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Andrew Kirkpatrick to Co-Chair WCAG WG « Adobe Accessibility

Andrew Kirkpatrick to Co-Chair WCAG WG « Adobe Accessibility | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager for Accessibility, has been offered and accepted the role of co-chair of the WCAG WG, along with Joshue O’Connor of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. Andrew and Joshue will take the place of Gregg Vanderheiden, who has chaired the WCAG WG since its inception, and Loretta Guarino-Reid, who played a pivotal role shepherding WCAG 2.0 to its final status as a W3C Recommendation in 2008.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Making Social Media More Accessible

Making Social Media More Accessible | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it


Holly Nielsen, Social Media Manager and Webmaster, Human Ability and Accessibility.

 

An older blog post by Nilofar Ansher from G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, poses three questions that can help a social media company assess the accessibility of its site:



more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Sign Language app makes Google+ Hangouts more accessible for people with hearing disabilities | Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments

Sign Language app makes Google+ Hangouts more accessible for people with hearing disabilities | Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The new Sign Language Interpreter app, users who are deaf or hard of hearing who prefer using sign language can invite interpreters to speak and sign for them during a Hangout.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers"

ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers" | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Last week I attended the one-day conference “E-books and accessibility : ugly duckling or adolescent swan?” at Senate House in London. This was an excellent event organised by JISC TechDis, EDItEUR and the UCL Centre for Publishing, for librarians, disability resource staff and publishers. I was keen to find out more about providing a better service obtaining accessible ebooks for those students with some kind of print impairment, a service which the ebooks@cambridge team has been involved with since May 2012, in consultation with the lovely people at the DRC.

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

E-Text Platform Provider's Accessibility Announcement | EDUCAUSE.edu

E-Text Platform Provider's Accessibility Announcement | EDUCAUSE.edu | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Last week, Courseload, an e-text platform provider that has consistently participated in the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 E-Text Pilot Series, announced that it had achieved major progress in making its platform's collaboration functions (e.g., peer and faculty highlighting and annotation) accessible in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the technology accessibility guidelines established for federal agencies under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

more...
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Accessibility for web writers: introduction | 4 Syllables

Accessibility for web writers: introduction | 4 Syllables | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Intro to a 17-part series on accessibility for web writers, based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. A must-read for web publishers.
Chuck Hitchcock's insight:

Much of this applies to the preparation of eBooks as well. With EPUB3, each eBook can be thought of as a self-contained website.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

AIM Website Home | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

AIM Website Home | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

For students with sensory, physical, cognitive, or learning differences and their teachers accessible instructional materials (AIM) may open doors to teaching and learning that ordinary print-based materials have closed.

 

Accessible instructional materials or AIM are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and with students who are unable to read or use standard print materials. Specialized formats include braille, audio, large print, and digital text. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes a requirement that schools provide AIM in a timely manner to K–12 students who need them for participation and achievement.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Publishers answering the call for digital textbooks | eSchool News

Publishers answering the call for digital textbooks | eSchool News | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
The call for U.S. schools to move toward digital textbooks within the next five years has some education officials pondering their options. Publishers, meanwhile, are starting to answer the call.

 

"A number of challenges to reaching this goal exist—including finding and evaluating high-quality digital texts. To help school leaders with this challenge, here’s a closer look at the current digital textbook market for K-12 schools."

Chuck Hitchcock's insight:

Comment left by me on the eSchool News story page.

 

Thanks for this part 1 summary of your thoughts about digital textbooks in schools.  It would be terrific if you could emphasize the importance of asking vendors if digital materials are fully accessible to all users right from the start. Some digital texts are locked up PDF and don't allow the use of screen reader technologies to provide access to those with vision and other print disabilities. Others are developed in ways that are simply not considerate of available accessible technologies.

 

Having computers, iPads and Android devices that provide accessibility features such as text to speech and navigation supports are often wasted on those who are provided with content that cannot be used with all learners.

 

Some might suggest that similar content may be available from other sources but the Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights would rightfully claim that an equivalent educational experience is simply not being provided and is therefore a violation of the learner's basic civil rights.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Tool Designed For Blind Students Proves Useful For Others, Too | KQED

Tool Designed For Blind Students Proves Useful For Others, Too | KQED | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Some school districts are turning to a new resource to help struggling readers: digital textbooks designed for blind students.  A Silicon Valley publishing company is helping develop this format, with a new injection of cash from the federal government.  Special education teachers are embracing the digital books.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

ePUB for AIM | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

ePUB for AIM | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Use our quick picks to easily get what you need to use and read ePUB format books. Try out a new reader using one of our AIM site ePUB documents.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

6 Major Recommendations for K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age

6 Major Recommendations for K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The traditional approach to developing, selecting, disseminating, and using print instructional materials in the nation’s classrooms is increasingly out of sync with the ways in which technology is reshaping the wider world and the expectations of today’s students and teachers.

 

Moreover, in a time of increasingly tight budgets, many states and school districts continue to purchase both print and digital instructional materials in a duplicative uncoordinated fashion, with far too little attention to quality and value for money. At the same time, the open educational resources (OER) movement has opened many people’s eyes to new paradigms for addressing the age-old problem of ensuring access to quality content.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

AcrobatXIAccessibility.pdf

Chuck Hitchcock's insight:

Adobe introduced several enhancements in Acrobat XI to help make the process of creating accessible PDF content easier.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

NFB Proposes Bill on Accessibility Standards for Digital Instructional Materials | EDUCAUSE.edu

NFB Proposes Bill on Accessibility Standards for Digital Instructional Materials | EDUCAUSE.edu | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has released a fact sheet for proposed national legislation to enact a key recommendation of the Postsecondary Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission report released over a year ago.


NFB’s legislative proposal would have Congress direct the U.S. Access Board, which develops accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to establish such guidelines for digital instructional materials at the postsecondary level, including related delivery technologies.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Contrast Rebellion - to h... with unreadable, low-contrast texts!

Contrast Rebellion - to h... with unreadable, low-contrast texts! | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

A readability experiment conducted on web pages shows the importance of sufficient contrast between the text and the background. 

 

Another experiment confirms that reading time is lower when there's high contrast between the text and the background. What's more, contrast sensitivity declines with age. Also, see more papers on readability.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Ed Tech Kit: Universal Design for Learning iPad Strategies: Text Accessibility | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum

Ed Tech Kit: Universal Design for Learning iPad Strategies: Text Accessibility | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Over the next few weeks I'll be making a series of videos covering different Universal Design for Learning strategies for the iPad. This first video looks at different features on the iPad that make text more accessible for all students not only by enlarging the font size but also by providing greater focus or by allowing students to add greater detail to handwritten annotations on various note taking apps.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Accessibility Guides - Google Apps Help

Accessibility Guides - Google Apps Help | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

See the Google Apps: Getting Started Guide for Blind and Low-Vision Users for help for low-vision and blind users of Google Apps services. This includes set-up steps and workarounds for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Gmail.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Introducing NoCoffee - Vision Simulator for Chrome

Introducing NoCoffee - Vision Simulator for Chrome | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Vision problems are more pervasive than most of us realize. Upwards of 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired. Many more have low or moderate visual difficulties. The number in the U.S. is expected to double by 2020, due to the aging of the baby boomer generation.

 

NoCoffee is a free extension for Chrome (download link), which can be helpful for understanding the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

PLOS ONE: Subjective Impressions Do Not Mirror Online Reading Effort: Concurrent EEG-Eyetracking Evidence from the Reading of Books and Digital Media

PLOS ONE: Subjective Impressions Do Not Mirror Online Reading Effort: Concurrent EEG-Eyetracking Evidence from the Reading of Books and Digital Media | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.

 

In the rapidly changing circumstances of our increasingly digital world, reading is also becoming an increasingly digital experience: electronic books (e-books) are now outselling print books in the United States and the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, many readers still view e-books as less readable than print books. The present study thus used combined EEG and eyetracking measures in order to test whether reading from digital media requires higher cognitive effort than reading conventional books.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

The Essential Guide to Digital Accessibility | Visual.ly

The Essential Guide to Digital Accessibility | Visual.ly | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Digital accessibility is creating a secure technological system for digital components so that everyone can have the same user experience when they ac (The Essential Guide to Digital Accessibility - http://t.co/6yHx0Rej)...
more...
Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 26, 2013 12:34 PM
This is great...I learned some things I didn't know before. Helpful information that is well organized.
Valerie Chernek's comment, February 26, 2013 2:36 PM
Yes! Agree with Angela. Informative!
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Includification - Actionable Game Accessibility

Includification - Actionable Game Accessibility | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Welcome to Includification.com an AbleGamers Foundation Project. This is a free resources for game developers to make games accessible for the disabled community (@DailyDevDose Thanks, check out our Developer Guide for Game Accessibility.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Hitchcock
Scoop.it!

Creating EPUB 3 files with Tobi - YouTube

Tobi [http://www.daisy.org/tobi] is an authoring tool for DAISY and EPUB 3 talking books. You can use Readium [http://readium.org/] to play back EPUB 3 files.
more...
No comment yet.