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New apps improve Android accessibility | Media Access Australia

New apps improve Android accessibility | Media Access Australia | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

A developer of open-source accessible apps, Apps4Android, has announced the release of four new IDEAL apps for Android smartphones. Android is Google’s operating system for smartphones and tablets. The apps aim to improve the accessibility of the Android devices, which have lagged in this area behind Apple devices.

 

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JISC TechDis Toolbox

"Work smarter - use technology more effectively." Technology, Planning, Organisation, Communicating, Teamworking, Different Needs? #a11y
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Would have liked to have seen more on video calls than just Appe's facetime, but I'm presuming this is an evolving box of tools.

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Balabolka

Balabolka is a text-to-speech program (freeware).
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IMS GLC: Accessibility Specifications

"The IMS Accessibility project group focuses on adaptation or personalization of resources, interfaces and content to meet the needs of individuals. The group believes that the best way to make a system or resource accessible to an individual is by meeting that individual⊃1;s particular needs at that time in that context...."

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Law and ICT for Vulnerable Learners in FE > JISC Legal > View Detail

Law and ICT for Vulnerable Learners in FE > JISC Legal > View Detail | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
This guidance is intended for staff in UK FE colleges whose provision includes further education or training for vulnerable learners with varying need...
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An App That Will Read Newsfeeds

An App That Will Read Newsfeeds | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

SpokenLayer is a very handy app if you don't like trying to read from a mobile screen. The app will read to you from a rage of newsfeeds. Very useful for listening pracyice.


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Inclusive Design Toolkit Home

Welcome to the inclusive design toolkit, which aims to answer three critical questions:

1. What is inclusive design?
Inclusive design applies an understanding of customer diversity to the design of mainstream products to better satisfy the needs of more people.
2. Why do inclusive design?
Products that are more inclusive can reach a wider market, improve customer satisfaction and drive business success, especially given the ageing population.
3. How to get started?
Getting started involves understanding what is different about an inclusive design process and then working out what changes are needed to actually do it.

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JISC TechDis - News

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Copyright Consultation: Make a difference (This Week)

Posted: 12-March-2012

We urge you to take five minutes to make a difference because we know that the voices of practitioners can be very significant.

 

Note: the consultation closes on 21 March 2012

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New apps improve Android accessibility | Media Access Australia

New apps improve Android accessibility | Media Access Australia | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

A developer of open-source accessible apps, Apps4Android, has announced the release of four new IDEAL apps for Android smartphones. Android is Google’s operating system for smartphones and tablets. The apps aim to improve the accessibility of the Android devices, which have lagged in this area behind Apple devices.

 

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Download WebbIE and Accessible programs, free software for blind people

Download page for WebbIE and Accessible programs - get the free WebbIE browser and Accessible RSS, Radio and other programs.

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BIG Launcher - Apps on Android Market

BIG Launcher - Apps on Android Market | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
Large home screen optimized for elderly people and people with bad sight. The first home screen optimized for elderly people and people with eye problems. It uses big buttons and large fonts for all the basic functions of the phone - telephone, SMS messages, camera, gallery, SOS button and installed applications.
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Wheelmap - Apps on Android Market

Wheelmap - Apps on Android Market | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
Find wheelchair accessible places. Wheelmap is an application for wheelchair users, for people with walking frames or pushchairs.

Which underground stations are equipped with a lift? Are there accessible restaurants, cafes or clubs around you? Which museums or libraries are accessible for people with limited mobility and which are not?
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Smart Accessibility | The Guardian

Smart Accessibility | The Guardian | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

Twelve finalists are competing for prizes in the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2011

Top 10 steps towards making your mobile apps more accessible

 Apps for blind and partially sighted users

Mobile accessibility: setting the standard

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Web2Access - use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborate e-learning tools.

Web2Access - use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborate e-learning tools. | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
Directory of accessibility-tested Web 2.0 Services for use in educational activities. Web2Access is a JISC TechDis supported project.
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JISC TechDis - Technology Matters - TechDis Voices

JISC TechDis - Technology Matters - TechDis Voices | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

JISC TechDis commissioned CereProc to create two new high-quality, youthful and modern voices (TechDis Jack and TechDis Jess) that can be used with text-to-speech tools. Text-to-speech (TTS) technology allows text in electronic formats to be read out loud by synthetic voices or saved as MP3 files for later listening.

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“Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?”: What every learning technologist should know about accessible documents #ALTC2012

Presentation from the ALT Conference 2012 in Manchester. 

"A composite of the many responses we receive when we deliver training on accessible documents to teachers as part of the Load2Learn project" Dominik Lukeš

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Comprehensive presentation about print disability issues.

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OpenDyslexic font gains ground

OpenDyslexic font gains ground | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
A free font designed to help dyslexic people read online content is adopted by a range of software nine months after launch.
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ACTOER Project

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The ACTOER Project wiki

Accessibility Challenges and Techniques for Open Educational Resources

This wiki will host the activities of the ACTOER Project to investigate and improve accessibility support in Open Educational Resources.

This wiki is work-in-progress to continually capture the findings of the project team as we challenge typical OERs with a focus on accessibility. We will investigate OERs in situ where possible with a range of learners.

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Web Map Design

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Color Blindness and Color Blends

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The typeface dyslexie

The typeface dyslexie | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

The specific characteristics of the dyslexie

font make it easier for people with dyslexia
to distinguish individual letters. This reduces
the number of reading errors as well as the
effort it takes to read a text.

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ViBe - Applications sur l'Android Market

ViBe - Applications sur l'Android Market | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
Feel who's calling and texting you. Caller ID with vibration patterns. Pick a contact and set or create a unique vibration pattern – it's that easy!

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JISC Techdis - free online training in bite sized chunks with extensive follow up opportunities.

JISC Techdis - free online training in bite sized chunks with extensive follow up opportunities. | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

Inclusive mobile learning - TechDis Tuesday - free bite sized online training at 1300 (GMT) 


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Apps by Eyes-Free Project - Android Market

Apps by Eyes-Free Project - Android Market | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it

Turns your Android into an eyes-free communication device.Provides one-touch access to Android applications, as well as useful mini-apps built into the Eyes-Free Shell.

eSpeak for Android, Text-To-Speech Extended,  Accessibility Preferences, Talking Compass, WalkyTalky, Talking Dialer, Eyes-Free Keyboard, ...

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Zoom Plus Video Magnifier - Apps on Android Market

Zoom Plus Video Magnifier - Apps on Android Market | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
Zoom Plus is a free video magnifier. Video magnifiers make text easier to read by zooming in. They also allow you change to the contrast of the text and background, which can help with dyslexia, low vision and colour blindness.
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HelpTalk - Apps on Android Market

HelpTalk - Apps on Android Market | Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students | Scoop.it
The easy way to communicate Application directed at people unable to communicate fluently orally or through writing with health professionals, family or any other pers...
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Social networks and accessibility: A rather sad picture | Marco’s accessibility blog

In recent months, several popular social networks relaunched or updated their services, and one new player came out onto the plain field that, initially hyped, now is hardly talked about any more.

 

Unfortunately, what all these have in common, is a great number of problems when it comes to accessibility. This is not just for the blind and visually impaired, but also considering people with other kinds of disabilities.


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