Library

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.

Have a question?

Ask an Expert

Pinterest Collections: Aug Com Apps & More

Pinterest is a way of collecting images and links on any topic. A number of folks, including Speech and Language Pathologists, are using it to highlight their favorite products and strategies. 

To get an idea of what's available, try one of these:

Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP: Ms. Enders has a collection of boards with cases, speakers, stylii, mounting systems,  free apps, apps by category, etc. She has over 12,900 pins.

Have a question?

Ask an Expert

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:

Have a question?

Ask an Expert

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

Have a question?

Ask an Expert

Assistive Technology for People with Limited or No Use of Their Hands

This article provides an overview of alternative strategies that people with physical disabilities can use to augment or replace use of their hands.

Optimizing Hand Use

Many people, even those with severe difficulty using their hands, prefer to maximize their manual capabilities rather than use alternative strategies. Fortunately, there is a wide range of assistive technologies that can help with this:

Have a question?

Ask an Expert

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.

Have a question?

Ask an Expert

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.

Login or sign up for a free membership to register for this training.

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

Login or sign up for a free membership to register for this training.

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.

Have a question?

Ask an Expert

Syndicate content