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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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Creating Captioned Video

Adding captions to video is easier than it seems, and it's getting easier all the time.  The process consists of 2 or 3 elements:

  • The text of the captions, which should be an accurate transcript of what is said in the video, plus sound effects
  • Timing information, so the right caption shows up at the right time
  • Optional formatting information about where the captions appear on the screen, font, color, etc. 

This article covers the basic steps of adding captions to a video you are creating. In some cases the steps will depend on the video production system you are using.

Why Add Captions?

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Refreshable Braille Devices

Individuals who can read braille may prefer it to audio as a means of accessing information from a computer. This is particularly true for programmers and others who need to closely proofread their work. Refreshable (electronic) braille displays allow blind individuals to access on-screen text.

Refreshable braille devices have multiple braille 'cells', spaces on a surface that correspond to the 2-column-3-row layout of braille dots. Each cell has 6 pins that can be raised or lowered electronically, creating the dot pattern for the character. For example, the letter 'a' is created by raising only the top left pin.

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Making Browsers More Accessible

Browsers are the software programs used to access the web, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All have accessibility features built in; you can add more features by downloading add-ons. This article covers what's available for each of these popular browsers.

Internet Explorer

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Braille Printers

Braille printers take an electronic text and emboss it onto stiff paper for blind readers who know braille.

This article covers the types of braille printers and how they work.

Braille printers can be used to create paper documents in either Grade 1 braille (every English character is represented by a braille character) or Grade 2 braille (contractions are used for common words such as “for” and common letter combinations such as “ing”). They use a special heavyweight paper to create easy-to-read characters.

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Using Assistive Technology with People with Autism

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST

This presentation explores various low-, mid-, and high-tech tools that can facilitate organization, information presentation, and communication for people with Autism. This training will be presented in a dynamic graphic style that encourages audience input and direction.

This presentation explores various low-, mid-, and high-tech tools that can facilitate organization, information presentation, and communication for people with Autism. This training will be presented in a dynamic graphic style that encourages audience input and direction.

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Gaming Systems (Wii, etc.)

Gaming systems like Playstation, Wii, and XBox are powerful technologies for education, entertainment, and exercise.  They include a console, a handheld controller, game media, and a connector to a television for display.  Some connect to the Internet as well.

They can be used to play physical games or mental puzzles, chat by voice or text with others, browse the web, and watch videos.

There are specialized input devices for different activities, and some have been created or modified for people with disabilities.  New controllers include object, face, and voice recognition technologies -- exciting options for accessibility.

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PDF Accessibility

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a common file format that allows the layout of a document to look the same across different platforms and applications. This article explains how to view and create PDFs with accessibility in mind.

Viewing PDFs

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Mobile Phones and Vision Loss

The main problem for blind and low vision mobile phone users is access to the screen: menus, address books, text messages, incoming call information, etc.  Just like computers, the solutions are to enlarge the text or turn it into speech.  Some phones have these features right out of the box; others require add-on software that may cost as much as $400.

This article will cover some of the options available, and point you to more information resources in this fast-moving market.

Built-in Features

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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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