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ECA and AbleGamers Foundation Team Up for AbleGamers Game Accessibility Chapter | GamePolitics

ECA and AbleGamers Foundation Team Up for AbleGamers Game Accessibility Chapter | GamePolitics | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The Entertainment Consumer Association (ECA) and the AbleGamers Foundation have teamed up to open a special chapter of the organization dedicated to consumers called the AbleGamers Game Accessibility Chapter. The AbleGamers Foundation runs AbleGamers.com, which provides news and reviews on the accessibility of mainstream video game titles, and covers assistive technology. The ECA is the non-profit membership-driven organization that represents consumers of various forms of entertainment in the US and Canada.

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Amazon's Kindle for iOS Updated with Accessibility

Amazon's Kindle for iOS Updated with Accessibility | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

It's true! Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS app with accessibility features for the blind--and it's an impressive offering. Here are all the details.

 

After playing around with the app, connecting my braille display and exploring tactilely and buying (more than) a few books to try out, I want to share some initial impressions and a general breakdown of what you can expect from the app.

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Abi James's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:52 AM

Great news that Kindle is becoming more accessible. However, Speak Selection option is still disabled on books where Text-to-Speech is disabled so not much help for those who don't use Voice Over

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Section 718 Accessibility Requirements for Internet Browsers on Mobile | FCC.gov

Section 718 Accessibility Requirements for Internet Browsers on Mobile | FCC.gov | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

In this Second Report and Order, we implement section 718 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act),1 which was added by section 104 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)2 to ensure that people with disabilities
have access to emerging and innovative advanced communications technologies. Section 718 requires mobile phone manufacturers and mobile service providers that include or arrange for the inclusion of an Internet browser on mobile phones to ensure that the functions of the included browser are accessible to and usable by individuals who are blind or have a visual impairment, unless doing so is not achievable.

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National Federation of the Blind Comments on Amazon Kindle App | NFB

National Federation of the Blind Comments on Amazon Kindle App | NFB | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Baltimore, Maryland (May 1, 2013): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for access to technology and education for the blind, commented today on Amazon’s incorporation of new accessibility features into its application for the iPhone and other devices using Apple’s iOS operating system.

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Amazon adopts Apple 'VoiceOver' for Kindle on iPhone, iPad - GeekWire

Amazon adopts Apple 'VoiceOver' for Kindle on iPhone, iPad - GeekWire | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Amazon this morning updated its Kindle iOS app with support for Apple’s “VoiceOver” reading and navigation feature for blind and visually impaired users of the iPhone and iPad. Amazon says more than 1.8 million e-books will support the technology, which automatically reads aloud the words on the page.

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This is a small step in the right direction for Amazon and Kindle ebooks.

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Technology makes higher education accessible to disabled students

Technology makes higher education accessible to disabled students | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

While technological advances have been happening, there is still more to be done. Universities, companies, and e-textbook providers need to emphasise low-barrier, commercial alternatives for all higher education accessibility needs. They need to aim to provide industry-leading access to all subject areas, including Stem subjects.

 

Providers need to go beyond content access and come up with more universal design study tools that assist all students. Technology has helped increase accessibility in universities, but there is still a way to go.

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ITD Journal: KY Math Etext Project- A Case Study: Math Curriculum Digital Conversion and Implementation

ITD Journal: KY Math Etext Project- A Case Study: Math Curriculum Digital Conversion and Implementation | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

This study utilized a case-study approach to examine the different facets involved in attempting to digitize and deliver as many elements as possible of a 7th-grade math curriculum. This was intended to improve accessibility to learning for students with print-related disabilities, identified on their IEPs as needing reading accommodations. A unique combination of assistive technologies was employed that enabled students to electronically read aloud not just the plain math text (words), but also complex math symbols. Assessments indicated target students’ math performance improved beyond that of their peers, even though student interest in use of the technology diminished over time. It was found that students were more likely to use the technology to read when the instructional math content was more complex or the amount of the text being read was greater.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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:



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Now you see it: How Apple's Retina display is a boon to accessibility | Macworld

Now you see it: How Apple's Retina display is a boon to accessibility | Macworld | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

iOS’s accessibility features are great, particularly on the iPad—as I’ve written elsewhere—but for disabled users, accessibility is more than just a niche set of options in the Settings app.

 

But perhaps the greatest accessibility feature is the most obvious part of a smartphone: the screen. As a visually impaired user, my effective use of these devices depends on the quality and brightness of the screen. In order for me to achieve optimal use—especially on the iPhone, the device I use the most—I’ve found that I really need a Retina display set to maximum brightness.

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Berkeley accelerating access to course materials for disabled students

Berkeley accelerating access to course materials for disabled students | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

UC Berkeley is making its vast library collections and course textbooks more readily available to students with visual and other impairments under an agreement reached Tuesday that could set a precedent for universities nationwide.

 

The settlement with the nonprofit legal group Disability Rights Advocates was reached after more than a year of negotiations and will provide students with physical, developmental, learning and visual disabilities more timely access to printed materials in alternative formats such as Braille, large print and audio.

 

 

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Abi James's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:53 AM

A sign of things to come? Level playing field means to learning materials means that access needs to be timely.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 9

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 9 | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to focus one day to raise the profile of digital (web, software, mobile app/device, touch screen kiosk, etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities.

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Accessible Digital Learning Materials—Draft Publisher/Developer Best Practices Guidelines | National Center on AIM

Accessible Digital Learning Materials—Draft Publisher/Developer Best Practices Guidelines | National Center on AIM | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The AIM Center is seeking public comments regarding the draft version of Accessible Digital Learning Materials—Publisher/Developer Best Practices Guidelines dated May 1, 2013. The document may be downloaded from this page.

 

Ultimately, our hope is that all learners will be able to use the digital learning materials that are recommended by states and/or purchased by school districts and families. This means that those digital learning materials will need to be accessible to students who have print disabilities right from the start.

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Five Great Ways To Use Accessibility Features For Your Own Benefit, Even If You Don’t Have A Disability [Feature] | Cult of Mac

Five Great Ways To Use Accessibility Features For Your Own Benefit, Even If You Don’t Have A Disability [Feature] | Cult of Mac | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Accessibility is a priority to the designers and engineers at Apple. They have built some amazing software right into each operating system, from OS X to iOS, all for no extra charge and no need to add extra programs on to be able to use the products if you have a visual, hearing, motor, or cognitive disability.

 

But if you don’t have a disability (yet–we’re all just a lucky step or two away), you can take advantage of these systems for yourself or other family members.

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PALM Initiative | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

PALM Initiative | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

PALM (Purchase Accessible Learning Materials) documents have been updated and are now available for download.

 

As classrooms start to incorporate more digital technology, it becomes increasingly important that materials used in the classroom are designed to be useable by all students from the start. This requires adjustments in the way materials are purchased, and that, in turn, will drive the availability of more flexible and accessible learning materials in the marketplace. We are launching the PALM Initiative (Purchase Accessible Learning Materials) to ensure this change happens as soon as possible.

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Book News: Vast 'Digital Public Library Of America' Opens: NPR

Book News: Vast 'Digital Public Library Of America' Opens: NPR | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The Digital Public Library of America, intended to provide free open access to materials from libraries, museums, universities and archives across the country, launched at noon ET on Thursday. The project began as an initiative at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and was funded by foundations including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Robert Darnton, Harvard University librarian and history professor, in The New York Review of Books that "at first, the DPLA's offering will be limited to a rich variety of collections — books, manuscripts, and works of art — that have already been digitized in cultural institutions throughout the country. Around this core it will grow, gradually accumulating material of all kinds until it will function as a national digital library."

 

 

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Chuck Hitchcock's comment, April 19, 2013 9:58 AM
Great resource but it looks like there may be significant accessibility issues with the content.
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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.

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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.

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AcrobatXIAccessibility.pdf

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

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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.

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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.

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