DigitalGov University webinar from 12/20012: Have you ever observed how people with disabilities are experiencing your content on social media? Is someone who uses a screen reader or other assistive technology able to understand your content on Twitter or Facebook? Join us for a 20-minute sprint where you’ll learn specific tips for making your agency’s social media content more accessible. We’ll go through tools and tactics you can use to help make sure your social media engagements are readable for all your communities.
FCC regulations have gone into effect in 2013, requiring programs that were broadcast on TV after 9/30/12 to have clossed captions if uploaded to YouTube or other internet sites. (There are some exceptions; it has to be posted basically as broadcast. So, for example, just the highlights from a program would not need to be captioned.) YouTube has been formulating a response to this, which has included:
- Improving the captioning tools they offer on the site.
- Referring people to universalsubtitles.org and allowing you to link your YouTube videos to that site.
- Providing a complaint form for people to report programs that were broadcast but lack captions.
- Notifying posters that their videos need to be captioned and reporting them to the FCC if there is no response.
YouTube has posted a list of companies that are certified by The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP). They've included links that take you straight to the YouTube captioning rates and information for each company. Rates tend to include a minimum of $70 or so and hover around $7-8 per minute for longer videos. Transcripts are cheaper, which would work for folks who can put the time into to upload and synch the captions.
Fujitsu has designed an Android-based smartphone, the Stylistic S-O1, with a number of features to improve functionality and reduce frustration for seniors.
- It comes with a rubberized skin and is more curved to fit in the hand.
- The home button stands out and is easy to identify.
- The touchscreen is less sensitive.
- It's equipped with an alarm, that when pressed will make a loud noise and call a pre-determined number.
- The Android interface is simplified with help and design elements familiar to seniors.
- Built-in apps, such as the camera, are simplified and clearly labelled.
- Text on the help pages is large.
- Buttons and text are larger, in general.
So far it's only available in Europe but should be rolled out further. A review with pictures can be found at TechCrunch.
Title: Apps for Guided Reading - 45 Minutes
Presenter:Jane Farrall, SLP
Description: Are you already doing Guided Reading in your classroom? Are you interested in using your iPad as a Guided Reading resource? This webinar will begin with a brief summary of what guided reading involves, and then will discuss using digital storybook apps, eBooks and other iPad based resources for Guided Reading in the classroom. A discussion of the characteristics of a good guided reading app will occur, along with criteria for selecting apps for guided reading. The role of word-by-word highlighting in Guided Reading and in literacy generally will be discussed, along with research around student's comprehension of enhanced eBooks. Resources for finding digital storybook apps will also be covered, and access options and alternative access to digital storybook and eBooks on the iPad will also be covered briefly in this presentation from AbleNet.
Session Level: Beginner
Link: Click here to watch webinar