Social/civic participation

IPad Apps for Scheduling

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
3 PM Pacific, 6 PM Eastern

iPad apps for scheduling, reminders, and task instructions can assist people with disabilities, including autism.

Center for Accessible Technology AT Specialist Jennifer MacDonald Peltier will share several apps that help people stay on task, keep schedules, and perform multi-step tasks, including timers, task modelers, and schedulers. This is also an opportunity to share, so bring any recommendations you have for apps like these. 

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Assistive Technology and Elders

When considering assistive computer technology for elders, three issues need to be addressed: how will they need to be accommodated, what technology exists to provide accommodations, and how can these technologies be presented so elders will use them.

How Do Elders Need To Be Accommodated?

For elders, disability exists on a continuum of severity. Some disabilities are a natural part of aging and are generally mild.  Other disabilities rise in incidence with age, and may be mild to severe. Finally, more people with mild to severe long-term disabilities are living well beyond retirement age.

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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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Accessible Voting

The Help American Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 mandates that people with disabilities be able to vote independently and privately. This mandate may involve machines that are either specifically designed as accessible alternatives, or are used by all voters but have mandated accessibility features.

Accessible voting machines should have the following capabilities:

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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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Staying Connected: Meet the Accessible Technology Coalition

Thursday, January 27, 2011
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

You are invited to join this introduction to the Accessible Technology Coalition—a new model of information and training delivery to better serve the end-users of assistive technology. Funded in part by the California Emerging Technology Fund, ATC is a project of the Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT) in Berkeley, California. The vision of the Accessible Technology Coalition is to broaden the focus of assistive technology to include not only computer access, but all information and communication technologies.

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Captioning

Captions display the dialogue, narration, and sounds of a video program.  Captions can be found on broadcast programs, DVDs, online, or on any other video technology. They are used by viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, and by people who are learning the language or who benefit from hearing and seeing the content at the same time.

This article explores the basics of captions.  There are other articles here for more specific topics, including how to add captions to a video you are producing.

TVs and Set-top Boxes

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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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The Pen is Mightier Than the Lord


This young artistic rebel demonstrates some creative assistive technology, in a very unusual video.

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Basic Overview of the FreeSpeech iPad App


Description: This demonstration of FreeSpeech shows an iPad app created to share image sets created by others in the community. This app was developed by Give Speech, a nonprofit with a focus on affordable, accessible AAC, with a particular focus on individuals with Autism. 

Length: 3:59

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