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

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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...
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An excellent article from ebooks@cambridge who provide a synopsis of the eBooks and Accessibiltiy event organised by @Jisc Techdis in February 2013. 

 

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terrymc's curator insight, February 27, 2013 5:54 AM

I'd like to discover more case studies of this is practice in a range of disciplines, to hear how effective different appraoches are in context.

Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 27, 2013 12:45 PM
This is a wonderful article. I'd like to learn more. Scanning existing books for learners with disabilities is a first step in making content accessible. Hopefully eBook publishers will create books that are well designed visually, using space, images and semantic structure. And hopefully school budgets will see the advantage of purchasing these types of eBooks.
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Apps for Learning

Apps for Learning | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
android apps, apps, and android
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Theresa Duffy's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:55 AM

A great collection of resources from Colleen Hurren 

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JISC TechDis - Word Documents

JISC TechDis - Word Documents | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
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Jisc Techdis provides a few simple steps that content creators can undertake to ensure that Word documents are accessible

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Five golden rules for compliant alt text | AbilityNet

Five golden rules for compliant alt text | AbilityNet | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
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Rule 1: Every <img> must have an alt= attribute
Rule 2: Describe the information, not the picture
Rule 3: Active images require descriptive alt text.
Rule 4: Images that contain information require descriptive alt text.
Rule 5: Decorative images should have empty alt text

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PDF Accessibility - Acrobat and Accessibility

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Although you can create accessible PDF files in several programs, Adobe Acrobat Professional is required to evaluate, repair, and enhance the accessibility of existing PDF files

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Web Accessibility: What Does It All Mean? | AbilityNet

Web Accessibility: What Does It All Mean? | AbilityNet | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
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Accessibility is good for business

In the UK there are 11.2 million people with a registered disability. That includes 1.6 million who are registered blind, 1.5 million with cognitive difficulties, a further 3.4 million people who are otherwise IT disabled, and 6 million that have dyslexia.  Their total spending power is now estimated at between £80-120 billion a year. An ageing population will push these figures ever higher, so good business sense suggests that this is a key market for any website.

 
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Why Google Glass is a clear winner for the blind | AbilityNet

Why Google Glass is a clear winner for the blind | AbilityNet | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
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What? Google’s AI glasses with heads-up display are a clear winner for users who can’t even see? Absolutely. Moreover they promise huge potential benefits for users with a range of other impairments too.

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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:36 AM

This article outlines the potential benefits of this new gadget for blind, Deaf and other persons with disabilities. 

terrymc's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:38 AM

Looks promising if affordable, but expect some privacy issues.

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CK UK :: Accessible info

CK UK :: Accessible info | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
CKUK Friendly format is an accessible information service aimed at organisations who provide information for people with learning difficulties/learning disabilities. CKUK is a unique accessible information service.
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Learn more about Common Knowledge, a fabulous resource for people with learning disabilities across the UK. Info, social networking, online magazines. 

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Social media networking - Getting interested in technology: Chapter 4

People with sight loss talk about social media networks such as Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn. They also discuss how to use video conferencing to stay conne...
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Screen readers and screen magnification - Getting interested in technology: Chapter 1

People with sight problems discuss the accessibility features that make getting online more accessible. Chapter 1 of RNIB's Getting interested in technology ...
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Test helps decode how the brain reads words -

A new psychological test has been developed which could help people overcome reading difficulties and dyslexia
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Test helps decode how the brain reads words
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Pinterest, Image Sharing Websites and the Law

Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.
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From our partners @JISCLegal.  Pinterest image sharing websites and the law

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Adding Captions to Videos in PowerPoint

Here we show you how to add captions to your videos in PowerPoint - this is important so that people with a hearing impairment can access the content.
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Another great wee resource from Techdis Toolbox

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Amazon's Kindle for iOS Updated with Accessibility

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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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Technology makes education accessible to disabled students

Technology makes education accessible to disabled students | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
Sponsor's feature: Instead of lugging heavy textbooks about, disabled students now have the option of e-textbooks that present content in a variety of ways to suit the reader
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Making information accessible for all | European Blind Union

Making information accessible for all | European Blind Union | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
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Guidance from the voice of blind and partially sighted people in Europe.

 

Who should read this? 

 

This publication is written for a broad audience since almost everyone creates documents, be it the minutes of a meeting, a leaflet for an upcoming event, a news item for the website or a questionnaire.

 

Everyone who creates documents contributes to the accessibility of the final product. We encourage to pick the sections that apply for your situation

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BRITE Initiative Webinar - Assistive Technology Advice for IT Technicians

BRITE Initiative Webinar - Assistive Technology Advice for IT Technicians | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it

For a college to be inclusive, students must have access to the tools they need for learning. For students with additional support needs this may be specialist software, or the ability to adjust settings in the operating system. This recording will be of interest to college IT technicians and others responsible for student access to IT. The recording outlines examples of software and settings students may need access to. We also set out colleges' responsibilities under the Equality Act and how technicians can support students and staff to fulfil these.

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A great webinar recording from the BRITE Initiative providing advice and guidance for IT technical staff.

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Apps for Independent travel

Technology is playing an important role when it comes to travelling around independently. Whether it is for journey planning, real time travel information or...
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alistairm 's curator insight, April 24, 2013 6:16 AM

The real value of this is that it doesn't just give you apps but also gives you the user stories as to how they use the tools and the pros and cons.

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Getting connected and staying safe online - Getting interested in technology: Chapter 3

While you are online, it is very important to stay safe and maintain a feeling of confidence. In this chapter, people with sight loss talk about what you can...
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Are iPads being used in the classroom? - Jisc RSCs Blog

Are iPads being used in the classroom? - Jisc RSCs Blog | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
Jisc RSCs work with more than 2,000 UK learning providers helping them to improve performance and efficiency through the use of technology, including iPads.
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Great overview of examples of practice from our colleagues across the RSCs.

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Learner Engagement via eBook apps for iPad @ South Lanarkshire College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

Learner Engagement via eBook apps for iPad @ South Lanarkshire College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
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This case study is one of many examples of practice captured in the Jisc RSC Scotland Showcase where staff from FE and HE across Scotland have been kind enough to share their experiences of using technology to support learning, teaching and research.

In this case study Lorraine Cochrane describes the work she has been involved in using iPads and eBook creators with students with learning difficulties at South Lanarkshire College.  Lorraine works with numerous groups on an outreach basis at day centres supported by the College. She was keen to incorporate the use of iPads and iOS apps into the work she was doing with learners as a way of making learning experiences more active and participative and in addition she was keen to incorporate technology that was mobile and could be used in different environments.
 

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Playing for Words | The Scientist Magazine®

Playing for Words | The Scientist Magazine® | Inclusive eLearning | Scoop.it
Children with dyslexia have an easier time learning to read after playing action video games that don’t incorporate reading.
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