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DeeAnn Little
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Quick check-in for the moment (more later) and I figure this is easier than trying to get all project leads in one place at the same time :) 

Project leads only (sorry, I know this is an open group but this is organizational and administrative). These are plate items. I know everyone is really busy, but it seems a good time to figure out some loose ends as a group. If we need to bring more people on, this is also a good time as I have my own items to delegate (separate post, later time for discussion on that).

I know we all have our own domains here and independent work, but there are some shared items IIRC hanging to tackle, delegate or scratch as out of scope.

First off- the website and dedicated social media accounts under project banner for a unified presence. I do know this site will be more difficult than others to do as it needs to be as accessible as fully possible. Especially with what this group is about. Maybe someone could outreach and see if a professional web developer with some free time and resources can pitch in to get this going.

Second item- I know we were going to try to clean up and/or request removal of old documentation from around the web, including LDP. At this point, I would probably write this off as a scratch item. Maybe when other things are in place and there are enough people to try to take that on.

I'll just leave this part there right now, and will add on edit.

Tagging project leads:

+Carla Schroder
+Spencer Hunley
+Charlie Kravetz
+Charlie Carter 
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Yay, Spencer! Thank goodness somebody has enough energy to push us sometimes.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Wow! Great tips for those who use audio books.

Thanks to +Lisa Cohen  for this.
 
So a little advice when buying audiobooks from Amazon/Audible. Generally buy the Kindle book first (even if you don't have a Kindle). If the books have WhisperSync for Voice you get them much cheaper (For example: The Martian right now - Kindle $1.99 with Audio +$1.99. If you just buy the audio book? It's $27.

Another example: Fantasmagoria by +Rick Wayne $4.99 for the Kindle book + $1.99 for audio. Audio on it's own? $18

Also, you should go buy both those books right now.
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Daniel Foré

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Hey folks. +Sam Hewitt is working on new designs for a11y settings in elementary OS. Would love some feedback about the available options here.

I'd like to make sure that everything presented here:
1. Makes sense as it's labeled and organized. As in, you think you'd be able to easily find the things that you need and understand what each setting does just by reading it.
2. Is useful and relevant. We admittedly don't know your exact needs. If we're putting out stuff that's not useful in an attempt to just throw everything out and see what sticks, we could be obfuscating really important stuff. So pointing out things that aren't needed is helpful too.
3. Is a complete set. If we're missing helpful tools, please let us know. We want to make sure that we're up on the latest and greatest.

Thanks!
 
The Accessibility settings plug for elementary, revised.
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Hats off to +elementary! I have got so many people onto this OS now I've lost count. Many of them Chromebook users looking for more options but a clean and familiar experience. 
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Great comment :) Kids look up to me. I want to see the geeky, different ones—labeled autistic or dyslexic or ADHD—become successful << Temple Grandin +1000
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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What a fantastic use of technology!
 
A company has developed a quick way to create a mold of a patient's eye, so that a custom protective lens can be built to match. #ns

When you think about it, a contact lens is really a prosthetic device. It’s an object that we put on a part of the human body to help it function better. But some patients with limited vision need much more than a contact lens. They need a device that can…
When you think about it, a contact lens is really a prosthetic device. It’s an object that we put on a part of the human body to help it function better. But some patients with limited vision need much more than a contact lens. They need a device that can provide vision correction, protection for …
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Daniel Foré

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Hey folks! At +elementary we're currently working on a new a11y indicator for our login/lock screen. What kind of features are important for us to expose here?

Currently what we have is just the onscreen keyboard and a "High Contrast" toggle. Are there any other important features or access to tools that we're missing? How can we make sure that all types of users are able to log in successfully?

Thanks for your feedback!
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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I have been using the Evoluent Vertical Mouse for a couple of weeks again. Almost all of my devices are wired, because there are too many wireless signals here to interfere with them. Since my right ring finger is short, I use my little finger to hit the bottom button. That is causing some significant pain in that finger.

I switched back to my Kensington TrackBall today. I will need to work at the vertical mouse and get that ring finger working the buttons later. For now, with the surgery scheduled on the left arm, I will keep the trackball in use. After the arm heals, I can use the vertical mouse again. Of course, the trackball is universal. I can use it as easily left or right handed.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Important information for anyone using Windows.

Thank you, +Chris Young , for this information.
 
For those of you who are using any kind of assistive technology based on an Arduino Micro or Arduino Leonardo, you might want to hold off on upgrading to Windows 10. Over in the forums for Arduino.cc there are a number of reports including one of mine saying that Windows 10 is not identified Arduino Micro or Leonardo as an HID using the standard mouse and keyboard libraries. If you plug in a device and sometimes recognizes it but if you leave the device plugged in and reboot, it does not recognize it unless you unplug and plug again or unless you re-upload the sketch using the keyboard and mouse libraries. If you look at the device manager it's recognizing the device as a simple USB COM port and not as something capable of mouse or keyboard capabilities. You can upload using the Arduino IDE and after that upload, it correctly identifies the device as an Arduino Micro or Leonardo and the HID features work just fine.

I've reported this on GitHub as the following issue
https://github.com/arduino/Arduino/issues/3611

I just wanted to post something here to let people know if you are experiencing the same problem you're not alone. And if there's anyone who knows anything about writing USB HID protocols who could further diagnose this problem and perhaps come up with a fix, it would be really a great help.

Many disabled people such as myself have built specialized adaptive technology devices using Arduinos to assist us in accessing a PC. I also use dictation software but it's going to be a hassle for me to have to re-upload the sketch after every reboot. I might be able to get avrdude to automatically do the upload after every reboot but that's no fun.
If you have an Arduino Micro or Leonardo running a sketch that does mouse and keyboard emulation, it will not work under Windows 10 after any reboot. You can unplug and replug the device and it wil...
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Thank you to +Andrew Daley for this.
 
Silicon Valley Vows To Improve Tech For People With Disabilities. Because tech should be for everyone.
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It is an uphill battle. All we can do is keep requesting, without getting too annoying. Yes, we will get blasted, and sometimes that comes from those we thought were very willing to help, too. There are distros out there that do test, there are many more that might test if we were an active user. There are others that will give you word of mouth, but do nothing. That is one of the reasons we formed this group.
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In the UK it's currently impossible for many of us to watch catch-up for two of our major TV channels (Channel 4 aka C4, the catchup of which is called 4od, and Channel 5 aka C5, the catchup of which is called Demand5) in recent installs of Ubuntu GNU+Linux. The ads sometimes played fine for 4od but after that it was just plate-spinning (ie buffering ad infinitum). It was the same in all browsers.

I think that any TV station that requires Adobe Flash v. 15.0.0 or higher is never going to work, because AF 11.2 was the last version to support the Linux platform.  So that means that Demand5 will never work for me. It's a bummer, and I don't see any way around it.

After a fair amount of research, I found that 4od requires HAL (for pete's sake), which is no longer available, but Michael Blennerhassett maintains a PPA, and the info is here:
ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2286023

Now 4od works for me.

Perhaps someone else will find this info useful - there may be other people here who, like me, find it easier to watch TV on their computer monitor than on the TV.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone know if this works? I can see some uses for my sister, who is deaf in one ear.
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That's one really bad review.
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Discussion about needs of Linux and FOSS users with various disabilities, and how to meet them. Make Linux and FOSS the genuinely universal computing platform. Make accessibility a fundamental Linux subsystem, as fundamental as keyboards and mice, audio, and video.

Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Installing Elementary OS on hardware. This is my "old and slow" desktop. I do have spare drives available, for testing hardware installs of distros. Sometimes there are advantages to that, since bugs will show up that others will never see due to speed of their equipment, or bugs in hardware that are not in VirtualBox.
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I broke something. I have to try again tomorrow. Today's efforts resulted in locking myself out of the Applications menu.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This could be great.
 
The platform will serve as both a basis for new apps and as an interoperability standard for existing video conferencing apps like Skype.
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DeeAnn Little
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Linux port, anyone? "Intel just open sourced Stephen Hawking’s speech system and it’s a .NET 4.5 WinForms app" http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cdndevs/archive/2015/08/14/intel-just-open-sourced-stephen-hawking-s-speech-system-and-it-s-a-net-4-5-winforms-app.aspx
Disclaimer: This post does not constitute an endorsement of any Microsoft service, technology or product by Stephen Hawking. The purpose of this post is to discuss Intel's communication platform for individuals with disabilities and it's technical details. Pictures are used purely for ...
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Thanks! :)
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Spencer Hunley
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Addressing the various accommodations, abilities, and disabilities of the world's largest minority may seem like a daunting task for developers of all stripes, but Colin Fulton is up for it.

He wants to change the way accessibility is viewed and perceived in the #Linux and #opensource  communities.
Addressing the various accommodations, abilities and disabilities of the world's largest minority may seem like a daunting task for developers of all stripes; however, LinuxCon speaker Colin Fulton wants to change the way accessibility is viewed and perceived in the Linux and open source communities.
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Great article. Thanks for sharing :)
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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They do NOT work for everyone, but for the people that they do help, it's like a different world.
ABC News(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- A new type of glasses may help people who are color blind see the world in a whole new way. The Berkeley, California-based company EnChroma developed glasses with lenses that contain a special vertical filter that blocks o...
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Or maybe it's just crappy he-said she-said journalism, where they feel obligated to include opposing views no matter how useless.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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I have to consider this. I have been in Korea, I do speak the language. It might be fun.
 
Korea Linux Forum is seeking speaking proposals. Deadline is 10 August. Submit today at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/korea-linux-forum/program/cfp #lfklf
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This looks great! Money might be a problem, though.

via +Alfred Poor 
 
This is very cool. I wanted to run right out and get one but then I remembered we don't have any interior stairs in the house. 
For people living in a house with more than one storey, stairlifts or home elevators are often a necessity of life as they get older and find it harder to get up and down the stairs. Normal stairlifts have the disadvantage of being a permanent an
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Yes. It amazes me how businesses in this country (UK) so often fail to provide online even rough estimates/ballpark guesses of how much their products cost.
https://www.terrylifts.co.uk/products/home-lifts/lifestyle-home-elevator-lift/
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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What a great app!

+Ken Starks This might be good for you, too.
 
Great, and possibly life-saving idea! Do you know anyone who may someday need an Emergency Chat on their phone when they cannot speak? It would work for many medical emergencies.  It's available at the Google Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jeroendebusser.aspiemeltdown
The next time you're on the verge of a panic attack, just give your phone to a stranger.
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Will forward to +Emergency 2.0 Wiki​
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Carla Schroder
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Hello! Remember me? :) finally I get to do some serious work on accessibility. I work for ownCloud now, and I'm starting a project to make our admin, user, and client manuals more accessible. https://doc.owncloud.org/

I'm starting by targeting visually-impaired readers. It seems the state of the art has not advanced since the last time I looked at this-- overpriced proprietary screen readers, and not-so-great FOSS stuff. 

I'm planning a two-part approach: site design to help people who have varying degrees of impaired vision but can still see, and blind site visitors. Everyone is welcome to follow along and shout advice :) 
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Plz don't die, Charlie :) 

Thanks Charlie and Marysia.
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