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You saw it here first - Google Docs is getting Voice typing.
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Our new app Human Access aims to let you rate the accessibility of various public places. Check it out! We'd love to hear your feedback! #a11y #HumanAccess
Human Access is a project aiming to improve access to places for all of us...
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LabelControl v1.6
Overlays buttons and other controls with a Number for direct access via Ctrl-Number.

Features:
- Hold Ctrl, write the number, release Ctrl.
- Change the settings using Settings in the tray menu.
- To add more controls, use Window Spy included with AutoHotkey
   to find the class of the control, and add it to the proper tab.
- Still missing a lot of controls.

Changes:
- 2006.04.18 - v1.1: Added toolbar button detection.
- 2006.04.19 - v1.2: Improved toolbar button detection, added menu detection.
- 2006.04.19 - v1.3: Cleaned up number placement, corrected menu detection.
- 2006.04.20 - v1.4: Added listview item detection.
- 2006.05.01 - v1.5: Added header and tab item detection. Added use of numpad.
- 2006.12.19 - v1.6: Added listview and treeview detection. Changed the settings dialog.

Inspired by Mouseless Browsing discussed at DonationCoder Forum

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#LabelControl

#autohotkey #accessibility #scripting #ahk  
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#eyetracking

Tobii starts developer preorders for their EyeX Controller hardware, and their EyeX Engine and SDK
 
A computer with eyes - see the future of computing with eye tracking  
So that's why Tobii didn’t care about NUIA’s Kinect eye tracker undercutting them, and actually worked with NUIA to make their hardware compatible with NUIA’s software. The price of Tobii’s package, which consists of the Tobii EyeX Controller, and the Tobii EyeX Engine and SDK, is $195, which isn’t that far off from the EyeCharm $60 attachment and a $99 Kinect.
 
I thought the EyeX Controller was its Tobii REX priced down from its $1000 cost at CES 2013, but it looks like you can buy the REX if you don’t want to wait for the EyeX Controller.
 
I think Eye Tribe stole the thunder with their eye tracker and development kit priced at $99, but people are going to have to take a look at Tobii’s EyeX Engine and SDK, and see if they can find interest in working with Tobii’s software, and whatever support they offer.
 
Either way, I’m rooting for all companies to do very well.
 
The Tobii EyeX, a truly natural interaction with your computer. See it for yourself: http://ow.ly/rpXhG Tobii Eye Experience:embrace it!
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Jeff Kang

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It's a shame that inaccessible Federal IT isn't being taken as seriously. 
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Jeff Kang

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CDesk is a high contrast, large print, and fully speech enabled collection of eight applications that can help people with disabilities perform computer related tasks in a very simple fashion.
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John Brandt

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Here's a "must have" for blind/low vision students
Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator
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Eric Smalley

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More from Wired.com's The Future of Voice essay series.
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Eric Smalley

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Conversational interfaces are the future of computing?
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I'm not so sure the conversational interface is so widely applicable.

There's a time for conversation (seeing a friend, discussing philosophy, working through choices) and there's a time for terse, consistent, commands (all kinds of logistics -- air-traffic controllers, military and sports are good institutionalized examples).

We all use both types in interactions with people. We use the terse stuff in repetitive, command-and-control situations where we want to get something done quickly. This type of interaction is efficient -- it's quick, requires less brainpower, and quickly becomes habit' which makes it even more efficient. Most of my spoken interactions with computers fall into the second category.

What do other folks think?
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John McCarthy

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Check out Noah Trembly's site on his experiences with computer access & #AAC. It's so important to get user perspectives. In Noah's case, he is working with me this year on a sponsored internship through the Prentke-Romich Corporation. 
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Making computers accessible means making sure they work well no matter what input and output methods a person is using. We have the technology. Let's make it happen.
 
Auditgenie.com is an online compliance testing tool for websites! #a11y   #section508  
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AuditGenie™

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Online shopping is just one example of how lack of accessibility has an impact on the blind community. As technology advances and the digital world expands, it is time to make accessibility a priority.
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AuditGenie™

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Hello! Wanted  to introduce myself and Audit Genie, we offer a brand new software that can scan entire web sites to ensure ADA compliance and accessibility. We support we equal access for everyone. Check out our site. Nice to meet you all, looking forward to the great conversations!
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Yes, we are accessible to persons with disabilities and works to make sure coding works with speech recognition software...
We do not do downloadable files such as PDF or word. 
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Salvatore Satta

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+VoiceMyMail  is the first accessible web-mail interface, conceived for blind and visually impaired people. It's fully integrate with screen readers and it needs no installation, registration or creation of a new web-mail account: the user just logs in to his personal e-mail boxes straight away by VoiceMyMail.
Send use a feedback... I’m glad to answer any question, doubt or criticism!
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Jeff Kang

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Just discovered this video. While it's prepped for Australia, it still applies to the US and beyond! Wonderful work on web accessibility. This is how you get the word out.

#a11y
#weba11y
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Great video! Thanks for sharing!
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Gregory Mumford

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Looking to address accessibility in your web build? Start with your designs.

Addressing accessibility issues in your new website or mobile applications, doesn't have to be left to the final development stages, you don't necessarily need to have function to consider testing for accessibility.

A lot can be gained by reviewing the designs. Although checking the functionality on your site is still important, many potential issues can be highlighted at the design concept stage that might not have been initially thought of.

Colour contrast issues can certainly be flagged in the designs and an issue which is often not considered. Although carrying out a design review, will on the whole flag up only potential issues, that may have been already taken into account or perhaps by some considered common sense, a design review can still highlight those issues that have been overlooked or not considered at an early stage.

The design report can then can act as a check list to ensure all those potential accessibility issues are addressed by your development team.

If you are supplying designs for an accessibility review also state what accessibility features you are already considering addressing, the solutions may not look as flashy as your new widget in the design documentation, but it will help the obvious being stated in the report and will also highlight that you have considered accessible solutions already, which can only be a good thing.


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Kim Patch
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Nice thread on Quora -- great example of how awareness can be raised. The top post tells the story. Make sure to also click through to the original post by Christina.

https://www.quora.com/Accessibility/What-are-the-most-effective-ways-to-raise-awareness-about-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities
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Why do they want to manage my contacts?
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Eric Smalley

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Making Siri more like Watson? It'll be great to do more with Siri. Will this help with accessibility?
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it certainly couldn't hurt.
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