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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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Assistive Listening Technology

People who are hard of hearing may have trouble hearing a speaker in a public auditorium or meeting room, even if they use hearing aids or have cochlear implants.  Assistive listening technology is a way your organization can improve the quality and volume of the audio delivered to these audience members.  There are many options. 

This article will cover some of the issues and solutions.

The basic idea of assistive listening systems is that the audio signal is collected and transmitted to units that "feed" into a person's hearing aids or cochlear implant.

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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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Technology and Aging: 2014 Conference Presentations

All presentations from the 2014 National Home and Community Services Conference held by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities are now online. These two address technology:

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Seniors & the Internet = Less Depression

In a study that may apply to many people with disabilties as well, seniors who used the internet were found to have a 30% drop in a key measure of depression, compared to those who did not.

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Archived Webinar on AT Strategies and Solutions for Aging Well

Georgia's Tools for Life program presented "AT Strategies and Solutions for Aging Well" in March 2014. The audio and pdf archive are now available.

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Staying Safe Through Technology


A demonstration of assistive technology that can enable safe independent living for those with dementia or TBI.

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There is a well captioned version of this video available on the universalsubtitles.org website.

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Alzheimer's patients tracked with satellite technology


Alzheimer's patients tracked with satellite technology, An east London borough is using satellite technology to help keep track of Alzheimer's patients.
 

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