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

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. Benetech was a proud endorser of these objections (under our legal organizational name of Beneficent Technology, Inc.).

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.

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.

When We Go with Accessible Content, Everybody Wins

Idealware

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.

The FCC and Accessibility

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The FCC just did a series of four blog posts asking for feedback on their new accessibility plans. Comments on the FCC's Accessibility Plans (June 2010) My main recommendation to the FCC is to be more ambitious about accessibility. Although the Clearinghouse and Awards programs could be helpful to the cause of greater access for people with disabilities, I don’t think they truly take on the biggest opportunity for change.

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.

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

Tech Soup Blog

Some people say technology is the great equalizer. And it's true that there are many examples of how technology opens doors and levels the so-called playing field. But others might say that equality is contingent upon access. This is the power of accessible technology.

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. We have the technological innovations to help these children and their families and educators, who are looking for strategies to aid their success. Bookshare has grown into the largest online digital library of accessible books and periodicals in the U.S.,

How Accessible Data Can Help You Better Care for Your Donors

Connection Cafe

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.

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). Beyond the Shuffle: Data Accessibility in the Cloud by Kirsten Kippen.

A Worthy Read: National Education Technology Plan

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I just finished reading the National Education Technology Plan , and I can recommend it to anyone interested in the future of technology in American education. I found the explanations good, and the first part of the plan is well worth reading to understand some of the trends in educational applications of technology. Of course, one thing might be that accessibility is put right up top, front and center! born accessible edtech NETP UD UDL

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.

Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

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.

Nonprofits Live Recap: Accessible and Assistive Technologies

Tech Soup Blog

Many organizations, however, overlook ensuring that their web presence is accessible to individuals who may have visual or auditory impairments. Accessibility in Developing Countries. Make It Accessible Early. Assistive Technologies.

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.

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

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There is no better place to engage with colleagues about new technologies, changing business models, fresh ideas, and shared standards. 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. However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

NewsMaker - Commitment to nonprofit technology access wins three charity workers US scholarships

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NewsMaker - Commitment to nonprofit technology access wins three charity workers US scholarships

Windows 8: Designed for Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

Microsoft's latest operating system also delivers when it comes to its accessibility and assistive technology features, namely the Narrator and Magnifier. More Accessibility Resources. For more information on these Windows 8 features, visit Microsoft Accessibility.

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.

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.

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

Tech Soup Blog

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.

Make Your Nonprofit Website More Accessible with OpenAIR

Tech Soup Blog

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.

Accessible Webinars: ReadyTalk’s Live Captioning Service

Tech Soup Blog

Needless to say, the ability to provide live captioning upon request enhances our ability to provide better accessibility offerings for our audience. Want more information on TechSoup and accessibility, or simply wish to request live captioning for one of our ReadyTalk events?

JVIB 2012 Special Issue on Technology: Today's Game Changer

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I'm very excited to be a guest editor with the awesome Donna McNear on next year's special technology issue of the Journal of Vision Impairment and Blindness. Technology is advancing at such a pace that so many topics are possible, but to just name a few: Mobile (what might happen next!?) accessibility blind a11y JVIB assistive technology vision loss blindness

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Access and Washington

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Benetech's mission is to create technology that serves humanity and our longest-running commitment is to people with disabilities. 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.

Unlocking Technology-for-Good Innovation

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At Benetech, we advance technology applications that empower and protect underprivileged populations, and that also have the potential to become financially self-sustaining enterprises.

Voices from the Community: Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

As our community discusses the topic of building a culture of accessibility, an important distinction arises. " Jayne Cravens, host of the TechSoup Volunteers and Technology forum, echoes Rush and laments that too few IT managers and web developers make accessibility a priority.

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.

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.

6 Technology Tips for Community Foundations to Engage Millennial Donors

Connection Cafe

Advancements in technology are accelerating the rate at which our world is changing, transforming the way people connect , learn, and engage with each other. Engage donors in their own environment and heighten their connectivity with technology that is optimized for mobile devices and tablets.

Prescriptive Analytics for Nonprofits—How Data Technology Can Transform the Way We Work

Connection Cafe

Digital technology is revolutionizing our lives. This idea of data technology being assistive and helping us make better decisions is still relatively new, especially in the social sector, but it has the power to transform the way we work. Data is changing how our world operates.

11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

Connection Cafe

Last week I had the privilege of networking with over 2000 nonprofit experts and professionals at NTEN ‘s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). Here are the top 11 tips for nonprofits to embrace technology for even greater impact.

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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.

Ethics and Responsibility in Technology-for-Good: A Human-Centered Approach

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Our networked world has advanced to a point where information technology is touching all aspects of society. The cost of prototyping and deploying new technology tools is now extremely low and data has the potential to accelerate social progress in areas ranging from poverty to human rights, education, health, and the environment. However, we have yet to come to grips with what is ethical and what the laws should be in relation to rapidly changing technologies.

Infographic Friday: 2015 Nonprofit & Association Technology Trends

TechImpact

The idea of being able to work from anywhere in the world, and still access all your files, regardless of what computer you’re on is attractive for the busy nonprofit. The post Infographic Friday: 2015 Nonprofit & Association Technology Trends appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. General cloud cloud computing cloud technology data database fundraising nonprofit nonprofit technology nonprofits npTech

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5 Ways Technology Will Shape the Nonprofit Sector in 2014

Connection Cafe

Technology is changing the world around us – sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes in very dramatic ways. Consumer behavior is changing, companies are figuring out how to best use the latest technology to sell products and services and improve brand loyalty.

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.

World Usability Day - Accessibility Channel » Technology Social Entrepreneurship and Accessibility of Web Services

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Thursday is World Usability Day, and I'll be giving a on-line session entitled Technology Social Entrepreneurship and Accessibility of Web Services at 20:10 GMT, or 12:10pm PST. I never have done such an event, so I'm looking forward to trying it out

3 Factors to Consider When Evaluating New Technology

Connection Cafe

The impact of technology is huge—we can’t function without it. This is why it’s essential for non-profit organizations to embrace technology with caution. Employees are more likely to have some of the latest technology and upgrade sooner than the organization.