I will be going to strange loop in st. Louis this september. I am not presenting, just attending...but I hope to have my aac prototype with me!

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I have some conference updates. I am not going to openSUSE conf. I am going to LinuxFest NW but they did not accept my CFP.

So, I will keep trying!

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LibreOffice tries to be accessible for all users, including those with visual impairments. Find out more in our interview with contributor Alex Arnaud:

https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2017/04/25/libreoffice-contributor-interview-alex-arnaud/

Allrightythen, I have talk proposals in to both LinuxFest Northwest and openSUSE Conf. If it is accepted I will asking for help from you good peoples :)

Freedom for the forgotten people

In this glorious year 2017 of the new millennium we still do not have talking computers. Why do we not have talking computers, and why is FOSS so far behind on this? We should be leading the world. We should be able to write code, write complex documents, do image editing, make movies, make music, and shop without ever touching a keyboard or mouse. We should be liberated from chairs and walkabout as we talk to our computers, which is healthier than sitting in a slowly slumping puddle, growing shorter and more compressed. We should be able to use our computers when we have injuries, such as a eye injury that prevents us from reading, or a hand injury that prevents us from typing, or a back injury that makes it painful to sit at a desk.

We should be able to record our deep thoughts into our phones, and then plug them into our computers as instructions or dictation.

Computers are way overdue to read to us in a pleasing and sensible way, even complex Web pages.

Computers are way overdue to convert handwritten and typed documents into the spoken word.

Computers are way overdue to be fully and easily usable to everyone, including people who cannot see, cannot hear, cannot sit up for extended periods of time, cannot talk, or cannot use a keyboard and mouse, and people with cognitive difficulties. These are the forgotten people who have been left behind by the FOSS revolution.

OK Google and Siri are closed technologies that are powered by remote servers. We need 100% open assistive technologies that anyone can use with any hardware, and without relying on connected services.

Linux and FOSS have the power to open the entire universe to the forgotten people. I will demonstrate assistive technologies using openSUSE, invite audience members to follow along on their laptops, and invite discussion on what genuinely universal computing looks like.

No prior level of knowledge required, though experience with assistive technologies on any platform is helpful.

My session will inspire contributors to improve assistive technologies in FOSS, and attendees will learn the current state of the art and what is possible and needful.

I just got the new issue of IEEE Potentials in the mail. The entire issue is about assistive technology.

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 Since I, personally, need a darker font, I will ask everyone to please email Amazon about this.

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This needed to be here ten years ago, but hopefully it will arrive - and not at the figurative cost of an arm and a leg.

No idea what they'll use as their OS base though...

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While I'm not a fan of Goodwill (the company that runs sheltered workshops paying those with disabilities a sliver of what constitutes equal pay), this could serve as a template for other areas.

Just wish they had, you know, contacted +Ken Starks​ and maybe tossed some funding at Reglue at the same time. Could've been an excellent and efficient partnership.
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