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A collection of various resources relating to web accessibility for disabled people
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My Experience with Learning and Disability

My Experience with Learning and Disability | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
I always knew that I had a “breathing disorder”, a term that conveniently fit my curiously escalating diagnoses that ranged from Allergies to Asthma and eventually settled on Bronchiectasis for most of my teens.
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Disabilities come in many forms

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Apple Is Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day By Showing Off Its Watch's Cool Features

Apple Is Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day By Showing Off Its Watch's Cool Features | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
This Thursday the 21st of May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the importance of making technology — everythin...
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I personally have no desire for an Apple Watch but it is good to see these accessibility applications for it.

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Open Scotland

Open Scotland | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it

“Open Policies can develop Scotland’s unique education offering, support social inclusion and inter-institutional collaboration and sharing and enhance quality and sustainability.” This statement was the starting point for the Open Scotland Summit, which took place at the National Museum of Scotland in June 2013.  The Summit brought together senior representatives from a wide range of Scottish education institutions, organisations and agencies to discuss open education policy for Scotland. 


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Scotland ahead of the curve?

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Drag And Drop Links, Text And Images To Open Them In New Tab With This Firefox Extension: Super Drag

Drag And Drop Links, Text And Images To Open Them In New Tab With This Firefox Extension: Super Drag | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it

From Add-on About page:
"Super Drag extends the feature of drag & drop. For example, you can drag a link to open it in a new background, foreground and current tab. You can also drag text to search, by using the default search engine, or select what you want. And for image, you can drag it to view in a background tab, foreground tab, or save it to the default download location.

Super Drag supports links, text and images.
- links: open it in background tab, foreground tab or current tab.
- text: search it in background tab, foreground tab or current tab.
- images: open it in background tab, foreground tab or save it."

Try out it:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/super-drag/

Read more from the review article by CNET:
http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57619755-285/open-links-and-search-text-faster-in-firefox-with-super-drag/
via AddictiveTips:
http://www.addictivetips.com/web/super-drag-speeds-up-browsing-in-firefox-via-drag-drop-actions/



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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17
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Bill Would Require Instructional Technology to Be Accessible to All – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Bill Would Require Instructional Technology to Be Accessible to All – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it

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Interesting access in HE discussion!

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A Return to Simplicity, Empathy and Imperfection in Communication: Human to Human | Brian Solis

A Return to Simplicity, Empathy and Imperfection in Communication: Human to Human | Brian Solis | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it

Excerpt from the guest post by Bryan Kramer, author of the new ebook "There is no B2B or B2C: Human to Human", and published on Brian Solis Blog.
"Marketing has become so complex, in segmenting audiences into “B2B” (business to business) and “B2C” (business to consumer).
This, plus the rise of social, digital and mobile channels, have created an atmosphere of anonymity.
I fear that the social/digital/mobile world has created an angry mob of anonymous reactors who take short form communication literally.

That’s where “H2H” came from.
The dawn of a more social web, i.e. forums, discussion boards, and pre- Web 2.0 online communities, would eventually equalize the media landscape and give a voice and brand to customers while introducing the need for a human persona in business. As Brian says of P2P, "people are now brands and brands are now people."
This evolution has been guiding our society back into one that requires a more personal approach.

- Speaking Human
Consumers are confused. Why can’t we make it simple for people to understand what we’re selling, so they can more easily share their experiences and the value they felt with others?
Don’t care what language you speak, who your brand is or what message you’re trying to send, we all need to speak more human.

- A Human Approach: Social Sensory Marketing
The future of social marketing involves “human sensory building”, and how it will become necessary to intertwine this approach into the marketing experience at each stage of the customer lifecycle. When we are able to weave directly relatable human experiences into social situations, it changes how we share and consume information forever.

- Customers are Fickle Humans
Customers, as humans, are fickle and are so empowered today that they expect extraordinary, over-the-top experiences that rock their world.
Customers are ready to move on unless they have one thing – an undying relationship with a person or people at your brand who made them feel uniquely special.

- Becoming Better Storytellers
Humans require context to understand concepts. Without boundaries, short bursts of communication, coupled with a faster-paced, noisy society and shorter attention spans is affecting how we, as humans, tell stories.
We need to become better storytellers. Storytelling is a great way to communicate how you feel, or how you want your audience to feel. A story helps us understand how things fit into our individual experiences and gives us context to make decisions. Stories add the color, personality and relevance about what you’re trying to sell..."

Read full original article:
http://www.briansolis.com/2014/02/return-simplicity-empathy-imperfection-communication-human-human-h2h/


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We've had great success with B2B marketing by remembering that these prospects are people first, B2B second. The shift to thinking about your program as H2H marketing is definitely one to watch. Must-read article!

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Ricardo De Leon's curator insight, March 19, 2014 1:33 AM

Simpática invitación al retorno de la comunicación H2H, mejor dejemos los teclados, salgamos a escuchar al mundo.

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Why Don’t Screen Readers Always Read What’s on the Screen? Part 1: Punctuation and Typographic Symbols

Why Don’t Screen Readers Always Read What’s on the Screen? Part 1: Punctuation and Typographic Symbols | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
Part 1 of this series focuses on the way screen readers read (or don't read) punctuation and typographic symbols.
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Wish I found this last week!

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European Commission Wants Single Set Of Website Accessibility Rules To Apply To Government Sites By 2015 | TechCrunch

European Commission Wants Single Set Of Website Accessibility Rules To Apply To Government Sites By 2015 | TechCrunch | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
The EC has proposed new rules to improve public sector website accessibility for disabled people, describing the current situation as "dire" -- with only one third of Europe's 761,000 public sector and government websites described as fully...
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Let's hope this initiative has a positive impact on accessibility of public web sites!

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Proposal for a new directive on EU web accessibility « Adobe Accessibility

Proposal for a new directive on EU web accessibility « Adobe Accessibility | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
Information and news about accessibility in Adobe products for people with disabilities, authors, and developers.
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24 ways: Colour Accessibility

24 ways: Colour Accessibility | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
The advent calendar for web geeks. Each day throughout December we publish a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer.
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UK Government cancels Code of Practice for Higher Education on Equality Act 2010

UK Government cancels Code of Practice for Higher Education on Equality Act 2010 | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
Today I have been writing a section on Disability and Accessibility for a paper for LAK13 entitled “What Can Learning Analytics Contribute to Disabled Students’ Learning and to Accessibility ...
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30 Minutes or Less: The Magic of Automated Accessibility Testing

30 Minutes or Less: The Magic of Automated Accessibility Testing
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Automatic testing has an important role - user testing is best!

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Series: Social Networking for the Blind or Visually Impaired: The What, Why, and How - AccessWorld® - April 2013

Series: Social Networking for the Blind or Visually Impaired: The What, Why, and How - AccessWorld® - April 2013 | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
AccessWorld: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is a monthly periodical for anyone who uses or wants to use assistive technology, provides technology training, has students or clients who use technology, needs to make...

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Visually impaired people need and use Social Networks too!

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Here Are The Top 10 Emerging Technologies For 2014

Here Are The Top 10 Emerging Technologies For 2014 | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
From wearable electronics to brain-computer interfaces.
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New DOT Rules Make Flying Easier for Passengers with Disabilities | Department of Transportation


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Accessibility Metadata Project | Making Accessible Content Discoverable: A Benetech Led Proposal for Accessibility Metadata in Schema.org

Accessibility Metadata Project | Making Accessible Content Discoverable: A Benetech Led Proposal for Accessibility Metadata in Schema.org | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
Accessibility Metadata Project looks to define accessibility metadata for use in Schema.org and other mechanisms, such as the Learning Registry
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Web Accessibility and Semantic Heading Structures in HTML 5

Thinking in terms of web accessibility can help provide direction when implementing a semantic heading structure in HTML 5.
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Adapting online learning resources for all: planning for professionalism in accessibility | McAndrew | Research in Learning Technology

Adapting online learning resources for all: planning for professionalism in accessibility | McAndrew | Research in Learning Technology | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
Adapting online learning resources for all: planning for professionalism in accessibility
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A paper I am a co-author on which will hopefully be of interest to all involved in accessibility, especially in Higher Education.

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Looking to the Work of Others as You Create Your Institution’s Web Accessibility Policy |

Looking to the Work of Others as You Create Your Institution’s Web Accessibility Policy | | Accessibility - in general | Scoop.it
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This is very useful for the work of the OU Web Accessibility Policy Working Group which I chair.

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ScienceDirect.com - Procedia Technology - Analysis of Accessibility Initiatives Applied to the Web

The objective of this study is to investigate the current accessibility initiatives applied to the Web and identify its main characteristics and trends. The method used was a literature review focused on work in the last twenty years in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada and Brazil, ranked according to their approaches, in six lines of study.

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Embodied Ontology Model: A Way Forward

A paradigm shift in Disability Studies is occurring where the dividing line between able and disabled is being questioned. As Shakespeare argues: “there is no qualitative difference between disabled and non-disabled people because we are all impaired in some form, some more than others” 

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