Entertainment and media player software

Access to Videos

This article provides an overview of the issues people may have when accessing videos online, in theaters, and from DVD or Blu-Ray players, and the solutions that have been developed to address these. 

Barriers to Video Access

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Mounting Systems for Electronic Devices

Mounting systems are often needed to hold specialized or mainstream devices to wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or stationary objects such as desks, counters, beds, and walls. They provide a way to accommodate the user's ability to reach or operate the device, or a cognitive disability. They work well in public settings and institutions, where the device must be easy to find and use, but protected against theft. Mounting systems have evolved to handle many devices and environments. This article provides an overview of available mounting systems, including what to consider when selecting a system.

When considering mounting systems, keep the following in mind:

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E-books and E-reading Software

Electronic books (e-books) are an alternative to print, and may be useful to people who have difficulty reading because of vision or cognition disabilities, or who have difficulty holding a book or turning pages.  However, not all e-books are automatically accessible to blind users.  Libraries and schools should carefully consider their choices when making e-book decisions.

This article covers some of the most popular current choices.

E-book content may be available in different computer formats. Some books and magazines are available as standard text files or Microsoft Word documents. These are easily accessed by the use of screen reading software.

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Software and Hardware Media Players

Audio and video files can be played on hardware devices (such as an iPod or portable DVD player), or via software on a computer (such as Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime). This article discusses what to consider when determining options for making these files available for use by individuals with various types of disabilities.

Hardware media players

Controls: Controls should require minimal hand movement and activation pressure for the benefit of people with dexterity disabilities. Make sure that they are not too easy to activate or too close together.  Multiple controls with different shapes allow blind users to distinguish among them by touch.

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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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Audio Description Toolkit Released

The World Blind Union has released a toolkit on audio description: what it is, how it works, and how to do it. Written for non-technical people, the toolkit offers both basic background and plenty of guidance on how to add audio description to videos you are producing.

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New iPad/iPhone/iTouch Games Playable By Blind Or Sighted Individuals

Stem Stumper is an iOS game intended to be fully playable by blind individuals. The game works with VoiceOver; an audio-only "sonar" mode is also available.

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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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