Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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! There was also an associated effort called the Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources (TIGAR) project, to ease the exchange of accessible book files between libraries for the blind and print disabled. This meeting in Geneva was on the form of a successor project, dubbed the Accessible Book Consortium ("ABC," of course).

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. Although legal and regulatory requirements stipulate that schools must provide accessible ‘equivalent’ resources for students with disabilities, in practice the majority of these students do not have equal access to textbooks and other instructional materials that make up the primary resources of the general curriculum.

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Digital Storytelling to Access, Attract and Activate U.S. Donors

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ngonzi on Twitter and LinkedIn and register for her upcoming on March 24, Digital Storytelling to Access, Attract and Activate U.S. But many international nonprofits/NGOs are unaware of the extent of the available funding, and many do not know how to effectively access, attract and activate U.S.-based government can access information at grants.gov. The next step is for the organization to craft and disseminate a story through the “digital storytelling ecosystem:”.

Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

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Plenary Talk at the Eighth General Assembly of the World Blind Union Access to published information is an essential requirement for education, employment and full social inclusion. People with vision impairments and other print disabilities deserve equal access to that treasure of information. In my talk, I highlighted three global movements towards increasing accessible publishing. One of the biggest issues is digital rights management.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Two days ago, on Tuesday, June 10, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York made a major ruling that emphasizes the legality of fair use for book digitization. As a non-lawyer, let me explain from the point of view of a technologist who cares passionately about accessibility for people with disabilities. As the parent nonprofit organization of the Bookshare online library, a leading provider of accessible books to people with print disabilities in the U.S.,

Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

ADA Lawsuits Against Website Owners Are Increasing: Mitigate Risk By Making Your Site Web Accessible

Byte Technology

But for those with permanent or temporary disabilities, these companies are accused of violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by lacking the proper digital accommodations to enable access to their coveted online offerings. Unfortunately for companies of all sizes, the five aforementioned brands are just the tip of the ADA and website accessibility iceberg. Everybody deserves to have that full and equal access to the world around them.

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.,

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.

Women Ingenuity is Powering Solutions for the Digital Divide

Connection Cafe

According to the Women and the Web report, 200 million more men have access to the Internet than women. In mid- to low-income countries this statistic soars to a 25-40 percent access gap between women and men. A host of cultural, economic, social and infrastructural barriers keep women locked out from the empowerment potential of Internet access. Even if it is for an hour each day, women will access the Web.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

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Literacy and access to knowledge underpins just about every social good, from education, to economic development, to health, to women’s empowerment, democracy and respect for human rights. To bring the power of books to everybody on this planet, we must make books truly accessible. In order to read a printed book, you must have physical access to it. Third, the print book is not universally accessible. I believe in the power of books to change the world.

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

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Next month, I will be heading to TOC a couple of days early in order to participate in a W3C Workshop on eBooks and the Open Web Platform, where I will be talking about Social DRM (Digital Rights Management). 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.

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. The speech itself was pretty basic: Amazon cares about its customers above all else, and so accessibility is important.

3 Ways to Digitally Transform Stewardship in Higher Education

Connection Cafe

To join the cutting edge of higher ed fundraising, check out three ways you can leverage technology to digitally transform donor stewardship on your campus: Publicly Highlight Donors. Imagine if you had constant access to information to every fund, scholarship recipient, impact statement, and recent financial performance statement. Better yet, imagine if your donors had access to this information online so they didn’t have to pick up the phone!

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day: A roundup of accessibility resources

NTEN

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). GAAD was conceived four years ago after Joe Devon, a web developer, wrote a blog post reflecting on the lack of information available about web accessibility. Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit's Website for Accessibility by Cindy Leonard.

EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

EveryAction

EveryAction offers a best-in-class Digital, Fundraising and Organizing SaaS products, with a unified customer relationship management (CRM) platform that effectively serves large and small nonprofits, as well as campaigns through its existing NGP VAN brand. Through the acquisition, DonorTrends clients will gain access to EveryAction’s Fundraising and Digital products, and EveryAction’s unique CRM – the only unified CRM for nonprofits capable of serving large nonprofits.

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

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Poet supports image descriptions for electronic books created in the international DAISY standard for digital talking books and will be compatible with descriptions for ebooks in the EPUB3 format. 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.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

For easy access you can download all these incredible conferences to your Gmail, ICal or outlook click. Digital Strategy Innovation Summit. Digital Strategy Innovation Summit. This summit will gather the world’s most dynamic and high level executives operating in digital strategy. Data on Purpose 2019: “Navigating the Digital Now.”. Data on Purpose 2019: “Navigating the Digital Now.”. Digital Marketing Conferences (DIGIMARCON) / Orlando, FL / $697.

Working Toward Internet Access for Everyone

Tech Soup Blog

adults still don't have broadband Internet access at home. The big recent digital inclusion news is the Federal Communication Commission's ( FCC ) proposal to extend the Lifeline Program , which has supplied discounted phone service to low-income people since 1985. 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. digital divide

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. A definition of formats that includes Braille, audio and digital text, but excludes large print and video. A definition of formats that includes Braille, audio and digital text as well as large print.

EveryAction Acquires ActionKit

EveryAction

Innovative Talent and Digital Product Add to EveryAction’s Rapid Growth. ActionKit offers a Digital toolset recognized for its innovative and powerful features, and for providing the scale and reliability needed by larger organizations. Additionally, ActionKit clients will gain access to the EveryAction Fundraising and Organizing products, and EveryAction’s unique CRM – the only nonprofit-focused unified CRM of its kind on the market capable of serving large nonprofits.

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Digital Marketing Plan For Nonprofits: The Definitive Guide (2017)

Nonprofits Source

Does your nonprofit have a digital marketing plan ? Creating a digital plan does that by aligning strategies to support your marketing goals. Digital Marketing Plan Chapters. Chapter 3: Digital Promotions. Why Nonprofits Need A Digital Marketing Plan. Digital channels have made it affordable for brands to communicate their message to a broad audience. How To Build A Nonprofit Digital Marketing Plan (That works). Digital Marketing Plan

Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction

EveryAction

Thousands of nonprofits use EveryAction every day to raise money, manage offline fundraising through pledges and grants, send emails, run nonprofit digital advocacy campaigns, and so much more. Aside from fundraising and digital tools, EveryAction also is a leading provider of nonprofit advocacy technology. Have easy access to the voter file.

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. at a Department of Education meeting on the new digital textbook repository, the NIMAC.

#NPTech, Digital Inclusion, and the Web we are cocreating

Amy Sample Ward

I do the work I do because I believe that technology in general, and the Internet specifically, have the potential for making the biggest impact on social justice, access, equity, and democracy here in the U.S. With access can come so much.

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The sgENAGAE Podcast Episode 87: Digital Transformation of Fundraising

Connection Cafe

What is digital transformation, and how is it impacting fundraising in the social good community? What does digital transformation mean for those organizations themselves? Listen to the episode to hear what Brad has to say about digital transformation tools, how personal connections matter, and what the rise of crowdfunding means for social good. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Digital transformation tools.

Digital Divide Data: our Partner in Laos

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Our first partner in this work was Digital Divide Data, an organization that has an outstanding training program in the area of data entry and outsourcing. The DDD student staff people work half days at DDD, proofing textbooks to make them accessible to students with print disabilities. Our partners proofread the text, fixing mistakes and adding accessibility, and ship us the files back to add to our Bookshare library. Benetech is a tech social enterprise.

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SEO For Nonprofits: A Beginners Guide To Digital Marketing Success

Nonprofits Source

In the last step of this digital marketing plan, we’re going to share SEO strategies and tactics we use to increase search rankings on Google. How to measure and track digital marketing success. Digital Marketing Plan Chapters. Chapter 1: Digital Marketing Plan. Chapter 3: Digital Promotion Strategies. Chapter 4: Digital Marketing Process. Web crawlers scan the internet indexing websites and following any linked resources it has access to.

Lawsuit over denying access to a student with learning disabilities

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We're up to more than 125,000 users, with over 95,000 books available, and our users are now accessing content at a rate of more than million downloads per year! That's why it's painful to hear about disputes over denying students with very real print disabilities access to these resources. I've recently been corresponding with a mother whose son's school district seems to be suing them to deny access to accessible material.

Creative, Authentic and United: Digital Engagement during COVID-19

Museum 2.0

When I wanted to try to understand where we are going as a field and wanted to try to do so thoughtfully by first taking stock, Kate's name was one of the first on my list. -- Author: Kate Meyers Emery Over the last five weeks, I’ve been amazed and inspired by my colleagues in the GLAM digital engagement world. They have created elevated and new digital opportunities for public access and engagement within their respective museums at a time when physical access is not possible.

Bookshare to Convert Open Content Textbooks to Accessible Formats

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Our new announcement about the Department granting Bookshare supplemental funding to convert open content textbooks to accessible formats went over very well. We're promising to do highly accessible versions of 80 open content textbooks. Accessibility is a huge asset of open content materials, which are frequently released under the Creative Commons licenses and are freely distributable. Since they are open, we can get them and do the adaptations for accessibility.

The Race to Expand Internet Access. in Space

Tech Soup Blog

NTEN's Amy Sample Ward recently wrote an intriguing article about Addressing Digital Inclusion in Every Mission making the case that access to broadband for everyone is key to ensuring that we all have the opportunities to fully participate in public life and advocate for our own health and well-being. Yet a significant portion of the world's population doesn't currently have access. digital divide

Announcing the Digital Inclusion Fellowship

NTEN

Only when everyone is online can we truly support our entire community with necessary services, access to education and information, avenues to employment, and social connections to friends and family regardless of income or where someone may live. Most organizations don't have the know-how or resources to address key barriers of digital literacy, awareness of affordable options for access and devices, or even availability of digital trainers. digital inclusion

The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

EveryAction

Rising email spam rates Many nonprofits depend on email as the backbone of their digital fundraising programs. Digital fundraising is an indispensable part of every nonprofit’s Development program, as younger generations of donors rely almost exclusively on the internet to facilitate their charitable giving. In the age of hyper-personalized content, setting fundraisers up for success means ensuring access to as much information as possible.

Digital Inclusion, Energy Conservation, and Accessibility Play Major Roles at Mobile World Congress

Tech Soup Blog

Zuckerberg's Keynote on Digital Inclusion and Internet.org. Zuckerberg talked with journalist David Kirkpatrick about the Facebook-led Internet.org initiative, which has the lofty goal of making Internet access available to the 4 billion people on earth who are not connected. billion people have access to the Internet and it's growing more slowly than you think. The main cost is not the smart phone; it's the cost of the data access.

Our EveryAction Hero: Rock the Vote

EveryAction

Today, the internet has really changed how we digitally organize young people. One is doing advocacy around ensuring voting rights and access to democracy work for young people. Rock the Vote has been mobilizing the youth vote for almost 30 years. From GOTV to grassroots organizing, their efforts have helped create unprecedented levels of engagement from young people.

Data+Culture Change+Digital = Awesome at #ideas16

SocialFish

I’m headed to Colorado Springs for ASAE’s Great Ideas conference, where I’m excited to be presenting with Joe Colangelo (data scientist extraordinaire) and Susan Cato (an amazing digital strategist) about our huge and exciting digital transformation project at the American Society of Plant Biologists. Ready to turn your “ #Membership Inside Out”? Join @joecolangelo @maddiegrant @susancato at #ideas16 [link] 3/14 #assnchat.

Data+Culture Change+Digital = Awesome at #ideas16

SocialFish

I’m headed to Colorado Springs for ASAE’s Great Ideas conference, where I’m excited to be presenting with Joe Colangelo (data scientist extraordinaire) and Susan Cato (an amazing digital strategist) about our huge and exciting digital transformation project at the American Society of Plant Biologists. Ready to turn your “ #Membership Inside Out”? Join @joecolangelo @maddiegrant @susancato at #ideas16 [link] 3/14 #assnchat.

Report on Community Internet Space for People who are Homeless released ? Open Access Connections

AFP Blog

Report on Community Internet Space for People who are Homeless released  Open Access Connections : "Report on Community Internet Space for People who are Homeless released “I speak to many homeless individuals, being one myself. One of the most pressing problems is our limited access to technology. Each individual seems to have limited ability to access technology at different levels.”

Tracking Long-Term Donor Value: The Report You Shouldn't Miss in 2019

EveryAction

While almost all nonprofit professionals recognize the importance of running data-driven programs, most fundraising and digital staff of all levels don’t feel like they have access to the data they need for informing strategic decisions. One of the data points that is often most difficult to access is the long term performance of donors from various acquisition sources, allowing a more holistic evaluation of a donor's lifetime value to the organization.

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[Guide] Creating Video for Nonprofits

EveryAction

Fortunately, nonprofits of all sizes can afford to incorporate video into their digital and communications operations. As smartphones have become more sophisticated, video production has become accessible. We chatted with digital strategist Yash Mori for insights on creating video for nonprofits, campaigns, and advocacy organizations. We shared Yash’s invaluable insights on digital storytelling and we couldn’t resist sharing his advice on creating compelling videos.

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Google Fiber announces its Charlotte Digital Inclusion Fellows | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer

AFP Blog

Google Fiber announces its Charlotte Digital Inclusion Fellows | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer : "Google Fiber and the Nonprofit Technology Network have picked two Digital Inclusion Fellows for Charlotte, as the company best known for its search engine builds a new high-speed Internet service here.

5 Common Sense Approaches To Effective Nonprofit Digital Marketing

TechImpact

When designing your nonprofit’s digital marketing materials, thinking outside the box is important, but it is also important to think practically. Here are 5 common sense approaches to your nonprofit’s digital marketing strategy to help you get noticed, and take your nonprofit to the next level. For example, Unicef created a sweat machine that turned sweat into drinkable water to raise awareness that 780 million people worldwide still do not have access to clean drinking water.