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! WIPO has a mandate from its member states, and is working to address the need to change laws and get more accessible books flowing.

Expand Access to Healthcare Services with Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

Connecting people to local health resources is an important service that healthcare organizations provide for their communities. In particular, underserved populations who may not have reliable access to the Internet can find out where they can access the services they need the most.

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Making the Book Truly Accessible for All Students

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.,

Addressing Accessibility in Social Media

NTEN

These needs may relate to accessibility and the user-friendliness of your site for those with auditory, visual, cognitive or mobility impairments. This blog post is not meant to explain the nuances of accessibility, nor will it explore all of the dimensions of building a social site, but it will discuss key considerations when working to make your online presence social while remaining accessible to all users. Keep Accessibility in Mind. By Stuart Holland, Sr.

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Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

Exciting open access project in Vancouver!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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). An exciting development is the recent offering of hosting services (through the help of PKP's main partner university, Simon Fraser U.

Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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. What can we do today to build that accessible future?

Finding Pride in American Service

ASU Lodestar Center

During our country's current educational reform, leaders are emphasizing service learning, and they're demanding this principle be built into a national curriculum. posted by. Dianna Schwartz , Public Allies Arizona Alumna /. Program Associate, New Global Citizens.

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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech has long been a pioneer in providing innovative services to people with print disabilities. 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. DRM DAISY accessibility Poet Department of Education Kerscher Read2Go OSEP DIAGRAM Bookshare BYU

Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers – guest post by Aaron Dorfman, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Some grantmakers shy away from funding advocacy, preferring instead to fund direct services.

Customer Service Tip No. 2 — Resetting Your Password

Tech Soup Blog

If this question is something you are unable to answer correctly, please email our Customer Service department at customerservice@techsoup.org or call us toll free at 800-659-3579, option 2 and request that we reset this security question for you. Having Trouble Logging In to TechSoup?

NTC Day of Service 2011: The Art of Story Capture

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This year’s Day of Service featured three different projects – a computer recycling project and installation of a wireless network in Washington, DC’s largest homeless shelter and meal preparation at DC Central Kitchen. Event 360 was a sponsor for the Day of Service.

NGO Bringing Internet Service To Developing World

TechImpact

In places like rural Africa, reliable internet service is hard to come by.

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Is the Financial Services Industry Poised for Market Disruption?

SocialFish

If the financial services industry is to keep up, it needs to: embrace and acquiesce to the new customer mindset. Technology is enabling a greater awareness of how companies are servicing customer demands. Credit card services have their own databases, and processes for segmentation.

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TechSoup Members Really Love Cloud Services (and Other Things You Told Us)

Tech Soup Blog

We wanted to know whether you use cloud services, how you used them, and what concerns you have about the cloud. One thing that surprised us is that most respondents are satisfied with their cloud services. Cloud Services Are Very Popular.

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New to TechSoup: 4G Broadband Access from Mobile Beacon

Tech Soup Blog

Get mobile broadband access for your organization with a donated fourth-generation (4G) modem or wireless hotspot from the Mobile Beacon Donation Program. Mobile Beacon Internet service is not included as part of this donation.

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

For example, all residents with the qualifying disabilities in Australia, Denmark and Qatar, to pick just three examples, now have free access to Bookshare thanks to our joint efforts with local and national disability groups in these countries. Bookshare now has hundreds of titles in Hindi, Tamil, and Spanish, and we recently announced a partnership with the government of Qatar to develop an Arabic language service.

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The 12 Ways Marriott Practices Good Leadership And Customer Service

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In the booklet, you'll find the following 12 ways that Marriott practices good leadership AND customer service : Continually challenge your team to do better. Get out of your office, walk around, make yourself visible and accessible.

Upcoming Nonprofits Live on September 14: Accessible and Assistive Technologies

Tech Soup Blog

Technology has greatly increased the ease with which we can access news and services and serve others. However, if we are truly intent on using technology to serve and help others we cannot forget to make sure tools we use, whether they are websites or apps, are accessible to all.

Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

Tech Soup Blog

Or maybe you need a little more information about which cloud service is right for you, or you want to work with a consultant. Wherever you are with the cloud, TechSoup has a variety of products and services to help you to make the move. Assessments and Services.

Social CRM Use Case 3: Optimize and socialize your member services

SocialFish

Optimize and socialize your member services. USE CASE: Two full-time junior staff people man an association’s member services center. The recipe: Your goal – responding quickly to customer service questions, wherever they may appear.

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NTC Day of Service 2011: The Art of Story Capture

NTEN

This year's Day of Service featured three different projects - a computer recycling project and installation of a wireless network in Washington, DC's largest homeless shelter and meal preparation at DC Central Kitchen. Approximately 100 volunteers participated in service activities.

The New York State LGBT Health & Human Services Network Is Using Text Messages to Connect Vulnerable Populations with a Life-Saving Drug

Mobile Commons

Problem: How do you provide a vulnerable population with access to a life-saving drug? But many of the people most at risk face barriers when attempting to access the medication. African Americans account for 44% of new HIV infections, but only 10% of them seek access to PrEP. “On

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Manage IT Incidents with GoToAssist Service Desk

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is proud to announce GoToAssist Service Desk as its newest offering from Citrix. Service Desk from Citrix is a cloud-based service designed for IT teams and help desks to manage, track, and resolve technical incidents from within the organization. Self-Service Dashboard.

Save on Mobile with a Refurbished iPhone 5s and Discounted Service Plans

Tech Soup Blog

Need to save money on a smartphone or service plan? Eligible nonprofits can now request access to a 10 percent discount on refurbished smartphones like the iPhone 5 or 5s or the Samsung Galaxy S5. These offers include a 5 percent discount on any of Sparrow's mobile service plans.

Ask a Nonprofit Specialist: Should we charge fees for our services?

ASU Lodestar Center

Question: We provide our services free to our program participants, but we are feeling the strain of limited resources. Some have suggested we charge a fee for our services, but I am reluctant to go down this road. What should we consider about charging fees for our services?

Customer Service Tip No. 3 — Use a Common Organization Email Address

Tech Soup Blog

Since all product fulfillments are sent to the one "organization email address" listed on your organization's account, you can set this fulfillment email to an account that more than one person can access.

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Leadership And Customer Service, Marriott Style

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In the booklet, you'll find the following 12 ways that Marriott practices good leadership AND customer service : Continually challenge your team to do better. Get out of your office, walk around, make yourself visible and accessible.

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Metro4All — Making All Metro Systems Accessible

Tech Soup Blog

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.

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Gerardo helped Benetech dramatically increase our capacity to benefit larger populations by scaling our services, revamping our innovation process, and establishing a thriving network of industry partners and volunteers.

Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

Tech Soup Blog

Or maybe you need a little more information about which cloud service is right for you, or you want to work with a consultant. Wherever you are with the cloud, TechSoup has a variety of products and services to help you to make the move. Assessments and Services.

Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Libraries for people who are blind or dyslexic are the primary source of accessible books in audio, large print or braille. Wouldn’t it make more sense to make it easier for people with disabilities to get access to the books they need for education and employment? I hope they follow the lead of the great majority of these countries and allow libraries serving that community to be fully stocked with the needed accessible books! If you can buy a book, you can’t borrow it.

Lawsuit over denying access to a student with learning disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

Emerging Technologies for Human Service Organizations

Idealware

I'm in Maryland this week for the Legal Service Corporations's invitational Summit on Technology and Access to Justice. I'm excited -- it should be a great discussion on the ways that existing and emerging technology can help legal aid organizations provide more access to information and support. Americans are accessing the Internet with mobile devices in increasing numbers. Social media and networking is often used by nonprofits for fundraising, marketing and service.

Mozilla and Nonprofits: Working Together for Common Good

Tech Soup Blog

The Mozilla Foundation is driven by a mission to help keep the Internet an open, global, public resource accessible to all. Voice recognition makes working with and navigating the web more accessible. There are more than 4 billion people who don't have access to the Internet.

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Planned Parenthood Hudson Valley Offers Health Access Over SMS

Mobile Commons

Planned Parenthood Hudson Valley is using SMS to offer citizens quick, confidential access to resources for their sexual health concerns.

Is Website Accessibility a Social Responsibility?

NTEN

Cindy Leonard, our presenter at " Access for All: Basics of Website Accessibility ", believes we as nonprofits have a social responsibility to make our websites more accessible : By their very nature, nonprofits exist to make the world a better place and to create positive social change. They should, therefore, be concerned with creating equal access to their programs, opportunities, and services.

Small Library — Big Service to the Community

Tech Soup Blog

Many Natalia residents don't have Internet access at home, and they need the Internet to find jobs, take online classes, and sign up for unemployment benefits. How the Natalia Library Helps Patrons Improve Their Lives.

Help Us Help You: Austin-area service opportunities wanted for the 15NTC

NTEN

Giving back to the local community that physically hosts the NTEN Community through NTC Days of Service expresses a guiding value of the annual event. Please add your organization''s volunteer opportunity to our Days of Service Project. 15NTC Community day of service volunteermatch