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Setting Up Accessible Workstations

When discussing computer accessibility in public computer labs, much attention is given to modifications to the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. However, for some users, accessible furniture and good lighting are equally if not more important. Setting up accessible computer workstations at a library or other public access point requires some planning, but usually little additional expense.

This article goes over some of the major considerations to help you get started.

  • Wheelchair access.  Make sure that there is an accessible path of travel to at least one of your workstations.  Chairs should be easy to move out of the way so a wheelchair can fit at the workstation, without inconveniencing other patrons.
     

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How to Handle a Request for Specific Accessibility Solutions

It can be great when the people you work with know exactly what they want.  It can also be a nightmare!  People responsible for accessibility report that they are often contacted by someone insisting on a particular solution to an accessibility problem, even if they have only seen it at a conference, heard about it from a peer, or read about it in a newspaper.

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Comparing the Accessibility and Screen Enhancement Features of Google Android Lollipop 5.0 and Apple iOS 8.1.1 for People with Low Vision

The AFB has posted a good comparison of the two dominant smartphone operating systems

"It can be argued that Apple has represented the gold standard of accessibility for some time now. It is reassuring to see Google taking accessibility more seriously with its more recent Android releases that include Magnification Gestures and color inversion."

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Institutional Guidelines on Captioning

Creating institutional guidance for faculties and staffs on captioning can be a tricky issue. This NCDAE blog post shares what others in the field have to say. It's based on a discussion on the Educause ITACCESS list and shares perspectives of several institutions.

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Web Accessibility Resource for Higher Education

The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) has a resource on their site called Web Accessibility and Accreditation: A Blueprint for Regional Agencies. The blueprint is a set of materials that can be used by regional accreditors to introduce web accessibility into their documents and proces

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Free PDF reader for visually impaired people

According to a recent press release: "The Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), in collaboration with the Access for All foundation and the service provider xyMedia, has developed an important innovation for visually impaired people.

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