Art/Music

Telling Our Stories: Interview with Jim Ferris

Thursday, November 10, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Jim Ferris is a critically-acclaimed and nationally-recognized poet. In 2004, his poetry book "The Hospital Poems" won the Main Street Rag Book Award. A former newspaper reporter, television producer, and gas station pump jockey, Ferris has won awards for his teaching as well as his writing.

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Broadband Access and How It Is Redefining Quality of Life Issues for People with Disabilities

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

This webinar will present a general introduction and overview of Broadband—both as a public policy agenda and as a quality of life issue for people with disabilities. The training will review the unique ways in which Broadband is redefining health care, education, employment, citizenship, and community participation for people with disabilities.

Description: This webinar will present a general introduction and overview of Broadband—both as a public policy agenda and as a quality of life issue for people with disabilities. The training will review the unique ways in which Broadband is redefining health care, education, employment, citizenship, and community participation for people with disabilities.

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Accessible Options for Art, Music, and Other Creative Activities

Creativity software can help users bypass the most difficult physical, sensory, and cognitive aspects of making art, while enabling expression and exploration. While there is not much high-tech hardware or software for making art specifically made for people with disabilities, there are a variety of mainstream options that can be put to this purpose. Many of these are particularly relevant to people with dexterity disabilities that prevent them from holding a paintbrush or strumming a guitar.

This article covers some of those options in:

  • Painting/Drawing
  • Making Music
  • Photography
  • Video and Animation

If you already have a creativity application, examine the interface, documentation, and online resources; you will usually find at least some of these usability and accessibility features:

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Captioning

Captions display the dialogue, narration, and sounds of a video program.  Captions can be found on broadcast programs, DVDs, online, or on any other video technology. They are used by viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, and by people who are learning the language or who benefit from hearing and seeing the content at the same time.

This article explores the basics of captions.  There are other articles here for more specific topics, including how to add captions to a video you are producing.

TVs and Set-top Boxes

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Eye Writer: Low cost gaze control system enables drawing

NPR has posted a story on Graffiti Research Lab which developed the EyeWriter with one man in mind: Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Tony Quan.

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UK Site Features Info on Simple Switch Access to Games and Entertainment

OneSwitch is a UK organization that develops and shares information about simple access to games and other software. It's got lots of fun, practical solutions for entertainment, music, and art, and an attached blog for dialogue and involvement.

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Add Keyboard Controls to Online Music Sites

Many online music sites require mouse use for play control. Now Factotum for Mac OS X adds keyboard controls to the most popular sites.

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Synchronized Lyrics for Online Music

TuneWiki is a free web site that uses volunteers to create and maintain a lyrics directory .  It shows lyrics in synchronization with songs as they play on the site.  TuneWiki apps are available for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Blackberries, Android devices, and Nokia phones.

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