Awards for Advancement in Accessibility Winners

Congrats to the winners of the FCC’s third annual Awards for  Advancement in Accessibility, which recognizes  outstanding private and public sector ventures in communications technology accessibility and innovation. Here are a few of the winners:

YouDescribe, developed by the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, is a website and application protocol  interface (API) for creating and playing crowd-sourced, synchronized video descriptions of YouTube videos.

Texas Multi-Agency Office 2010 Training Collaboration "Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2010 Documents" developed by the Texas Multi-Agency Office 2010  Training Collaboration, and hosted by the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, is a free,  Web-based set of accessible training modules offering step-by-step instructions for creating captioned videos,  MP-3 voice recordings and transcripts in Word and PDF formats. The collaborative effort takes advantage of  social media and low-cost technology to teach accessible design of popular electronic document formats in the  workplace.

Easy Chirp, developed by Dennis Lembree, is a free Web app that facilitates communicating via Twitter and is  optimized for users with disabilities. Optimization examples include: proper coding for screen reader use by  people who are blind, high contrast; large text and zoom support for people with low vision; and other aspects to  better enable access by people with motor and cognitive disabilities. Most recently, Easy Chirp added a feature  which provides a method to tweet an image with alternative text.

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