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.