"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...."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.