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Tips for Making Your Events Accessible

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
10 AM Pacific, 12 PM Eastern

AbilityTools presents tips, tools, and tricks to make your future meeting all accessible to people with disabilities.

Meetings and other events are important ways to network and expand your organization’s mission. Join us to learn some tips, tools, and tricks to make your future meeting all accessible to people with disabilities.

Topics covered will include:

• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
• Common barriers for people with all disabilities

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Advocating for Your Rights & Acquiring AT from Dept. of Rehabilitation - The Client Assistance Program (CAP)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
10:30 AM Pacific, 1:30 PM Eastern

Learn about the California Client Assistance Program (CAP) and how to obtain assistive technology from DOR. CAP provides advocacy services to help clients understand the rehabilitation process and to ensure that clients’ legal rights are protected as they prepare for, obtain or maintain employment.

Join AbilityTools  to learn about the Client Assistance Program (CAP) and how to obtain assistive technology from DOR. CAP provides advocacy services to help clients of the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) understand the rehabilitation process and to ensure that clients’ legal rights are protected as they prepare for, obtain or maintain employment.

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Social Media Networks: Enhancing Community Engagement Amongst People with Disabilities

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
5 AM Pacific, 8 AM Eastern

AAIDD and ISAAC sponsor this overview of social media networks, considering how social media networking can be used as an engagement tool by people with disabilities. Also on 10/21/13 at 8 PM Pacific, 11PM Eastern.

 

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Accessibility and Social Media

Social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, have challenges in terms of accessibility. Here are three resources that can help you understand and overcome the barriers.

Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government is an article for those who post to social media and want to be inclusive. It was developed by the Federal Social Media Community of Practice and the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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Making Documents Accessible

Much information is available about website accessibility. However, documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF can also be inaccessible to blind users, as well as some users with cognitive and physical disabilities. This article summarizes the accessibility process for several versions of the Microsoft products, and discusses multiple ways to address PDF accessibility.

 

What is Document Accessibility?

A document is accessible if users with disabilities can read and understand all essential information that it contains, whether or not they use assistive technology. In particular:

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Technology Made Easier for Technology Averse People

While technology seems a clear boon to many people, including elders and people with disabilities, others may find it too intimidating. This article talks about products and strategies that simplify the process of using technology or that provide up-to-date capabilities via familiar products, such as televisions and refrigerators.

Not using current technology may present significant barriers, such as the inability to use an ever-increasing number of services that are only available online: applying for jobs, cutting through governmental red tape, or communicating with banks and other companies.

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Basic Web Accessibility: Understanding WCAG 2.0

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Standard Time

As the most widely used international guidelines on web accessibility, and the basis for many federal and local standards, it's important to understand WCAG. In this webinar, we'll explore the relationship between WCAG 2.0, WCAG 1.0, and Section 508.

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Telling Our Stories: Sarah Triano

Thursday, September 15, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Daylight Time

Join us for an interview with Sarah Triano, Executive Director of San Jose Independent Living Center! Sarah is a Disability rights activist and leader known for being dynamic, provocative, and engaging.

Guest Speaker: Sarah Triano

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Accessibility and E-Readers

E-readers (portable devices used primarily for reading electronic books) and general purpose tablets with book-reading apps, like the iPad, are fast becoming popular choices for reading the growing collection of books available in electronic formats. Both types arrived with some accessibility advantages, and developers have been making their products more accessible to people with visual and dexterity disabilities. This article is a summary of the current accessibility state-of-the-art for the most popular of these devices, as well as information on using computers to access e-books. The field is evolving due to lawsuits against schools and libraries, by groups concerned with access.

Most e-readers have features that make them easier for some users, compared to printed books: lighter weight, buttons or screen gestures for page-turning, magnification, and good contrast in low light. Brands and models differ widely on these and more advanced features such as text-to-speech, easy-to-use controls, and screens that perform well in all lighting conditions.

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Assistive Computer Technology for Individuals with TBI

Monday, October 10, 2010
11:00 - 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time

This webinar training will focus on the latest technology innovations that may be useful to individuals with TBI or similar acquired cognitive disabilities.

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