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Join Us for Next Accessible Technology Webinar
The ADA National Network provides comprehensive services for up-to-date information, consultation, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses, employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.
The Next Session is Thursday July 16, 2015 1:00 - 2:30pm CST
Turning Text Into Speech: Real World Applications and Examples
with Speaker Jonathan Campbell, MN State Services for the Blind
Computers these days have a lot to say but only if you know the right way to ask them. With text-to-speech a user can have the computer read almost any text out loud. This can be a life changing tool for people who are blind, low vision, or have a print related disability. But what are these tools, how do they work, and what does it look like in real life for an everyday user? In this Webinar we will explore text-to-speech tools available on computers, tablets, and smart phones through the use of real world examples.
About our Speaker
As a trainer of blind and low vision computer users Jonathan has gained a significant amount of hands-on experience of text-to-speech technology and will demonstrate the way his clients find success with text-to-speech tools. You'll also learn how people with print related disables like dyslexia can leverage these tools to find success.
Jonathan Campbell works as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. He helps low vision and blind Minnesotans stay independent with technology through assessments, technical assistance, and hands-on training. He is also the host of the Access Ninja Podcast at www.access.ninja where he and his co-host Rachel Magario discuss assistive technology issues from the perspective of users, developers, and professionals.
Before working for the state Jonathan was an assistive technology specialist and videographer for the PACER Center's Simon Technology Center where he performed technology consultations, workshops, and training programs for professionals and parents of children with disabilities. While with PACER Jonathan shot and produced the entire Assistive Technology in Action and Simply Said video series. Both of these series come up as the top hit on YouTube when you search "Assistive Technology".
The Accessible Technology Webinar series is free, but participants must register at http://www.ada-audio.org/
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The Accessibility Viewer (aViewer)
The Accessibility Viewer (aViewer) is a free, inspection tool for Windows that displays the accessibility API information (MSAA, IAccessible2, UI Automation, ARIA, HTML DOM) exposed by web browsers to the operating system, and thus to any assistive technology (AT) such as screen readers. The Accessibility Viewer (aViewer) is developed by Jun and Steve Faulkner (The Paciello Group, Europe), with support from Hans Hillen, Gez Lemon (The Paciello Group, Europe), and Google.
- Exposes MSAA, iAccessible2, ARIA, HTML DOM and UI Automation properties.
- Displays a navigable accessibility tree. The tree scope can be customized via the 'view' menu.
- Accessibility properties, accessibility tree and HTML code panes.
- Customize which MSAA, IAccessible2 and UIA properties to display via the settings dialog:
For more information and to download aViewer:
New Punch-In Webinar in July
5 Questions to Ask as You Job Search that will Help You Find Your Niche
Punch-In is sponsoring a new webinar for young adults with disabilities. Punch-in, a project of the Great Lakes ADA Center, is sponsoring a webinar for young adults with disabilities to learn about employment accommodations. The webinar is on July 9, 2015 at 4pm CST.
Starting a job search can be a overwhelming, lonely process and most times individuals in their early 20s are unsure where to begin. This lack of clarity from resources available all the way to trying to discover your strengths and passions can lead to working in a job you are not satisfied with. Kevin O'Connell, author and founder of The Niche Movement, a community of young professionals set out to end employment unhappiness, will walk you through five questions and provide current resources and tips as it relates to starting out your job search. Many tips will be presented from his new book The Niche Movement: The New Rules to Finding The Career You Love that was funded on Kickstarter in 2014. Questions are welcomed prior to, during, or after the webinar so Kevin can best help your job search and help you find your niche.
Kevin O'Connell has over eight years of experience in the social media landscape and digital storytelling. He is a content creator helping start-ups and designs custom digital marketing strategies. Clients include, George Washington University's Business School, Lemonade Day DC, and Lost Rhino Brewery. Prior to starting his own company, he worked at Rutgers University building a social media infrastructure and digital media department for their campus wide. Finally, he just released his Kickstarter funded book The Niche Movement: The New Rules to Finding A Career You Love. Kevin is a collaborator on the Punch-In Employment course.
The webinar is free, but you must be a part of the Punch-In network to participate. If you are interested in becoming part of Punch-In, please email Janet Peters at email@example.com for more information.
One question we often get at the Great Lakes ADA Center when conducting Accessibility trainings is "but how do I make it accessible for mobile?"
"Mobile" is a generic term for a broad range of wireless devices and applications that are easy to carry and use in a wide variety of settings, including outdoors. Mobile devices range from small handheld devices (e.g. feature phones, smartphones) to somewhat larger tablet devices. The term also applies to "wearables" such as "smart"-glasses, "smart"-watches and fitness bands, and is relevant to other small computing devices such as those embedded into car dashboards, airplane seatbacks, and household appliances.
The Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium actually has a many resources and technical guidance on this area. It is important to note that mobile platforms do not have separate guidelines. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) is highly relevant to both web and non-web mobile content and applications. But mobile devices do present a mix of accessibility issues that are different from the typical desktop/laptop. For example, these best practices highlight specific accessibility concerns on mobile platforms:
- Ensure that images used as controls have sufficient size for touch
- Use information available via mobile sensors to provide custom experience
- Separate interactive elements by a space to facilitate activation by touch
- Position important page elements before page scroll
- Keep the page banner short to avoid unnecessary scrolling
- Place buttons where they are easy to access
- Ensure pages support both portrait and landscape mode
- Use simple navigation concepts with consistent interaction patterns
- Using Standard operating system alerts where available
WCAG 2.0 does not provide testable success criteria for some of the mobile-related issues, but the Mobile Accessibility Task Force is working on developing techniques to do so.
In Addition to WCAG 2.0, these W3C Guidelines and resources are applicable to mobile technologies.
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines and Accessible Mobile Browsers
The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 is meant for the developers of user agents (e.g. web browsers and media players), whether for desktop/laptop or mobile operating systems. A user agent that follows UAAG 2.0 will improve accessibility through its own user interface, through options it provides for rendering and interacting with content, and through its ability to communicate with other technologies, including assistive technologies. To assist developers of mobile browsers, the UAAG 2.0 Reference support document contains numerous mobile examples.
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines and Accessible Mobile Authoring Tools
The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 provides guidelines for the developers of authoring tools, whether for desktop/laptop or mobile operating systems. An authoring tool that follows ATAG 2.0 will be both more accessible to authors with disabilities (Part A) and designed to enable, support, and promote the production of more accessible web content by all authors (Part B). To assist developers of mobile authoring tools, the Implementing ATAG 2.0 support document contains numerous mobile authoring tool examples.
Independent User Interface
Independent User Interface 1.0 (IndieUI) is a way for user actions to be communicated to web applications, including mobile applications. This will make it easier for applications to work with a wide range of devices, including assistive technologies.
Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications
- Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile
- Web Content Accessibility and Mobile Web: Making a Web Site Accessible Both for People with Disabilities and for Mobile Devices
- Shared Web Experiences: Barriers Common to Mobile Device Users and People with Disabilities
- Relationship between Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
If you would like to be more involved in the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative's work on mobile accessibility, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: mobile accessibility volunteer