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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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Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Standard Time

Join us for Reading and Writing Solutions, tips and tricks including, great low tech tools, software and apps. Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps.

In this archived webinar: Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks we review great low tech tools, software, and apps. Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps. Presenter: Laura Simmons-Martinez. 

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Telling Our Stories: Interview with Jim Ferris

Thursday, November 10, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Jim Ferris is a critically-acclaimed and nationally-recognized poet. In 2004, his poetry book "The Hospital Poems" won the Main Street Rag Book Award. A former newspaper reporter, television producer, and gas station pump jockey, Ferris has won awards for his teaching as well as his writing.

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Notetaking Tools for People with Learning Disabilities

An important function of accessing information in most educational and work settings is notetaking -- extracting the most important material and using it for studying, supporting assertions in new writings, or transmitting to colleagues. Assistive technology is now available to help facilitate notetaking with either text or audio materials. This article summarizes these current technologies.

Notetaking with Written Materials

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Assistive Technology Software and People with Learning Disabilities

The term "learning disability" is usually defined as involving difficulties with reading, writing, math, memory, or other cognitive functions among people with average or above-average intelligence. Because there is such a wide variation among individual needs and preferences, people with learning disabilities are often best served by software with a variety of customizable features. These features may also be of use to individuals with more temporary needs, such as beginning readers and ESL students. This article talks about some of these tools and the needs they address.

Assistive Technology Strategies for Reading

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Assistive Technology for Safety and Security

There are three types of products related to safety and security that may be of interest to people with disabilities:

  • Products that provide redundant alerts for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Products that allow people with various disabilities to signal for help
  • Products that provide assistance to people with cognitive disabilities

This article covers all three.

Redundant Alarms

Most alarm systems use a loud sound. People with hearing loss need a redundant signaling method that uses lights, vibration, or both, or may connect to a lamp that flashes when activated. These features are available on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burglar alarms, and baby monitors; many can be found in home improvement stores or big box retailers.

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Funding Assistive Technology for Libraries and Other Organizations

There are two primary ways to fund assistive technology acquisition: build it into your organization's budget, or seek outside funding. When these don't work, it may be worth trying some creative strategies. This article covers all three approaches.

What to Budget For

When putting together a budget, keep in mind that it needs to cover more than assistive technology hardware and software. It should also include as many of the following as appropriate:

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