Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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This is totally the “how sausage and law are made” view, so don’t read this unless you want to know more about global accessibility in detail! WIPO has a mandate from its member states, and is working to address the need to change laws and get more accessible books flowing.

Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

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One of their main challenges is that they do not have adequate access to educational materials that are necessary to learn and succeed in school. Accessible ebooks and Bookshare have helped sixth grader Kevin Leong overcome his reading challenges.

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When We Go with Accessible Content, Everybody Wins

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Editor’s note: A few weeks back, as we wrote about the thinking that went into our new website, we made an embarrassing admission—we’d overlooked the value of designing with accessibility in mind. This accessibility principle is true on the web as well as in the physical world.

Accessibility: 5 Lessons for a Better Nonprofit Website

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If you’re designing for the web or email, even the smallest understanding of web accessibility can help you raise more money and will definitely make you a better designer. Now, this is not where I spring a dusty and intimidating list of accessibility guidelines upon you.

Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

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Last week, the National Federation of the Blind and 22 organizations serving people with disabilities filed detailed objections to a petition from a group of makers of e-reader devices led by Amazon to be exempted from accessibility requirements under the relatively new Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. We think the best long-term way to solve this equal access problem is, well, equal access.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

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HathiTrust, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that digitizing books in order to enhance research and provide access to individuals with print disabilities is lawful on the grounds of fair use —that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work ( Section 107 of the U.S. As a non-lawyer, let me explain from the point of view of a technologist who cares passionately about accessibility for people with disabilities.

Giving the Gift of Accessibility

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Tags: accessibility volunteer donor gift books Bookshare

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

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As part of the celebrations around the first anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty, WIPO launched the Accessible Books Consortium , to help increase global capacity to deliver books to people with print disabilities.

NFB and Amazon.com on Accessibility

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Last year, the National Federation of the Blind took on Amazon.com about the accessibility of their website, which NFB felt at one time had been quite accessible, but which had declined in accessibility. NFB got them to commit to work on accessibility.

Enhanced Searching for Public Access

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We have released a completely redesigned interface for public access to community resources, assets, and services. The interface offers a greatly simplified initial display for the public, with quick links to details and maps, and to an advanced searching module as well.

Our EveryAction Hero: Reproductive Health Access Project

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Reproductive Health Access Project works at the crossroads of the medical community and the reproductive rights space to mobilize and train clinicians to ensure access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care. How did the Reproductive Health Access Project start? Reproductive Health Access Project occupies a unique space, right in the middle of reproductive rights and primary health care.

Mass Market Accessible Books

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We take their files and convert them to the DAISY format which is a digital format designed specifically to create accessible materials for people with print disabilities. We're excited about this trend and the opportunities it creates for the commercial availability of mass market accessible books. Making these files available as part of the mass market product, O'Reilly is ensuring that EVERYONE who can benefit from accessible materials can actually get them.

Making Exercise Equipment Accessible

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Rich Thesing, a long-time disability activist and fellow Fellow of the American Leadership Forum in Silicon Valley, has been thinking hard on how to make exercise equipment accessible. There are lots of exercycles that are in health clubs and exercise rooms around the world, but they lack minor accessibility features to make them usable. They are going to need access to exercise equipment they can use independently to ensure their long term help.

Accessibility and ACTA

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Brief Comments on Accessibility Concerns on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) The disability community should be concerned about ACTA for two reasons: At its core it’s an anti-piracy agreement. The digital measures designed to defeat piracy usually end up equating accessibility with piracy. We don’t know if it’s benign or hostile to accessibility.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day: A roundup of accessibility resources

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For many people with disabilities, this is a daily reality when they encounter the common problem of non-accessible websites. In recognition of these challenges, May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Beyond the Shuffle: Data Accessibility in the Cloud by Kirsten Kippen.

Make Your Nonprofit Website More Accessible with OpenAIR

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Each year, Knowbility hosts OpenAIR (Accessibility Internet Rally). OpenAIR is an online event that provides mission-based organizations both with a new, professionally designed, accessible website that accommodates all visitors, and with expanded awareness about accessibility issues.

Making the Book Truly Accessible for All Students

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This includes accessible educational materials, such as e-books that can be used with computers, or mobile devices that display enlarged text or read the book aloud while also highlighting text. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) selected our successful Bookshare library as the provider of accessible materials to every student in the U.S. Bookshare has grown into the largest online digital library of accessible books and periodicals in the U.S.,

Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit's Website for Accessibility | NTEN

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Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit''s Website for Accessibility | NTEN : "People generally associate the topic of web accessibility with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but I like to think of web accessibility as the practice of making websites with content, features and functionality that people of all abilities can access and use." ''via Blog this

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Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

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There has been a major breakthrough recently on international copyright negotiations in Geneva around improved access for people who have print disabilities. Answer : • Countries should provide for a copyright exception in their national laws to allow nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities to make accessible versions of inaccessible books and other content • Import and export of such accessible materials shall be permitted 2.

Twitter Enhances Accessibility with Alt Text for Images – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Twitter Enhances Accessibility with Alt Text for Images – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education : "Twitter Enhances Accessibility with Alt Text for Images" 'via Blog this

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Harnessing the Power of Accessible Technology with the Help of Its Users

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But others might say that equality is contingent upon access. This gathering is the biggest and most well-known conference to focus exclusively on assistive and accessible technologies for populations with special needs. This is the power of accessible technology. accessibility

Government Access: Privacy Meets Resources

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To gain access to these resources, clients need to provide at least basic information about themselves. While our customers work to support those who need help, protecting their client records becomes critical. This gets interesting at the intersection of charitable or nonprofit support, and government sponsored support.

Is my site accessible?

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Chances are, you already know how important it is to have an accessible web site. I’ll spare you a lecture on that subject here by reminding you that your site should, most definitely, be accessible. I attended an awesome session on accessibility at the UPA conference and the folks over at Fidelity Investments shared some great questions to use to test out your site: Can you navigate your site using just your keyboard?

Cell Internet Access | Pew Internet & American Life Project

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Cell Internet Access | Pew Internet & American Life Project : Nearly two-thirds (63%) of cell phone owners now use their phone to go online, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. We call them “cell internet users” and define them as anyone who uses their cell phone to access the internet or use email.

Access and Washington

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We have been helping blind and print disabled people gain access to books for over 17 years. Two recent experiences underscored different parts of this struggle to deliver access. It's great to see someone still using one of our products to access books for this length of time. The goal of this repository is to ensure that students with print disabilities have easy access to textbooks.

Open Access: How A Nonprofit Is Giving Techies Without Tuition Their Shot | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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Open Access: How A Nonprofit Is Giving Techies Without Tuition Their Shot | Fast Company | Business + Innovation : 'via Blog this

Exciting open access project in Vancouver!

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It takes an editor through the entire process of operating and publishing a journal, with a heavy emphasis on open access journals (where the articles are freely available to everybody from the moment they are published). One metric that made a real impression: OJS users publish an open access article for around $200 per article, which compares to the typical number of $3000 that is frequently floated around in the open access field.

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

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Our commitment is to provide access to books for those who are unable to read a traditional print format and to do so without harming the economic interests of authors and publishers. The Problem with Traditional DRM Traditional “strong” Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions have traditionally been the most common way to control access to online books. However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

Austria conference on access technology

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This is an academic conference on access technology, full of researchers trying out new things that will help people with disabilities. My first day was hanging out at the Young Researchers seminar, which was organized by Professors Paul Blenkhorn (the UK's first professor of access tech) and the ICCHP host Klaus Miesenberger. The goal is to get more people working to make this happen: getting access tech to every person in the world who needs it.

The Google Cultural Institute and Arts Accessibility: Where Is It All Going? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

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The Google Cultural Institute and Arts Accessibility: Where Is It All Going? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

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The DIAGRAM Center team has also created an image data content model which will provide standards to define and enhance the efficacy and interoperability of accessible images as the project evolves. DIAGRAM stands for Digital Image and Graphics Resources for Accessible Materials. Our DIAGRAM Center is dramatically changing the way image and graphical content for accessible educational materials is produced and accessed.

Working Toward Internet Access for Everyone

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adults still don't have broadband Internet access at home. The June 2015 FCC proposal calls for an expansion of Lifeline to provide low-income households with a choice of subsidized phone service or broadband Internet access. Nearly a third of U.S.

Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility

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The first time I really "got" the power of accessible technology (AT) to improve the lives of people with disabilities was when I saw the PBS documentary Freedom Machines. How Accessible Technology Computer Refurbishment Came About. How Accessible Technology Works.

How Accessible Data Can Help You Better Care for Your Donors

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Healthcare is changing—and for the better—because of this immediate and remote access to data. For the best donor interaction, development staff needs information to be accessible wherever and whenever their conversation happens.

Windows 8: Designed for Accessibility

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Microsoft's latest operating system also delivers when it comes to its accessibility and assistive technology features, namely the Narrator and Magnifier. Watch this video demo from Microsoft to see the new accessibility features in action: (Please visit the site to view this video).

Metro4All — Making All Metro Systems Accessible

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Ever since the Independent Living Movement began to emerge in the 1960s to empower people with disabilities, more and more of the world has become accessible. Metro4All is actually a collaboration of people in different countries interested in addressing mass transit accessibility.

Towards Global Access for the Print Disabled

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The Goal The goal is pretty clear: insuring that every person on the planet with a serious print disability has access to the books and other printed material that they need to get an education, make a living and be included in society. They would permit import and export of accessible materials, and are crafted to avoid a significant financial impact on publishers. That could start the ball rolling with access right away.

Disabled Students Need Accessible Books: On Huffpo!

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HuffPo recently published my first post, Disabled Students Need Accessible Books. The Huffington Post recently invited me to become a guest blogger, based on a connection to Arianna Huffington from the Craigslist Nonprofit Boot Camp. It's great to be able to bring this kind of attention to our work at Bookshare helping students with print disabilities.

Universally Accessible Demands Accessibility for All of Humanity - Google Video

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Google invited me over last month to talk about accessibility. Of course, when I talk about accessibility, I'm focusing on access for people with disabilities, and Google people are typically talking about access to more material. Universally Accessible Demands Accessibility for All of Humanity

Gates and World Bank Back Tech Aided Access for the Underbanked - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

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Gates and World Bank Back Tech Aided Access for the Underbanked - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : "Imagine living without a connection to a bank or financial institution. You cannot shop online, do not have access to credit, and are likely terrified of being robbed. Your check from your employer must be cashed at a check-cashing store, where they charge 5 percent of the check amount.