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Android is Accessible. Really.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern

ADA Online Learning presents blind access to Android.

From ADA Online Learning: Most people in the blindness community know Apple devices are accessible, but many don't realize other mobile devices also include off-the-shelf accessibility. This presentation discusses the level of accessibility available on Android to people who are blind or have low vision.

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Smart Phones & Service for the Visually Impaired

Professor Norm Coombs of EASI has shared articles on a phone and a cell phone provider designed for people with visual impairments. The Project-Ray Smart Phone is an Android device that has simplified features and was reviewed by the AFB.

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e-Reader Waiver Granted for 1 Year

You may have heard that a coalition of e-reader manufacturers consisting of Amazon, Kobo and Sony, filed a petition requesting the FCC waive the rule requiring e-readers to have text to speech capabilities. 

The FCC has made a decision and the National Federation for the Blind has shared the following:

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Free Window-Eyes with all Microsoft Office products 2010 or later.

Window-Eyes is now being packaged with Windows running Office 2010 or higher. The version of Window-Eyes available to Office users is a full version, available globally and in eighteen languages. It comes with Microsoft speech and eSpeak, and is available from WindowEyes
 

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UK Looks at Creating Access via Copyright Exceptions

“Disability Exceptions” to the Copyright Act in the UK are now up for review. These are a result of legislation that provides exceptions for people with disabilities, aiming to give them to easier access to copyright works.

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Accessible GPS Devices and Apps

Sendero Group works in collaboration with others to create accessible GPS products. On July 2nd, 2013, they announced The Seeing Eye GPS™ app for cell-enabled iOS devices.  It is designed to be a convenient mobile option to compliment other Sendero GPS products. Version 1.1 is currently in process.

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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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