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Not sure how this one's going to play out for people with hand precision issues.
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I am sticking with my laptop and desktop. Tablets and other touchscreens are great, when they do work for you. For me, they are too much work.
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Spencer Hunley
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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.
The foundation behind Linux is starting a training program for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get certified in one of the world's most popular OSs
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+Charlie Kravetz +Ken Starks It's just a damn shame; we have the resources, experience, and proven templates for this sort of thing - but instead they turn to Goodwill.
The more I hear about Goodwill and the Linux Foundation, the less this sounds good. A bit unfortunate since I'm pursuing my sysadmin cert through the foundation, but oh well.
I guess it's part of what was feared: takeover of Linux by an oligarchy of corporations.
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Hi all, going to start accessibility testing with OSX VoiceOver application is there any tips or gotchas that I might experience that would be different to NVDA? 
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I'll be getting a MiniMac soon (yay!), and hopefully my hands into the VO testing too. Aimee, if you find any interesting resources for newbies, share them around... ;)
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We should have a presentation at this, too. It fits nicely in their suggested topics:
"Technical, Governance and Marketing Best Practices"
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Anyone submitting for this?
 
Tick tock. There are 6 days left to submit a proposal to the ‪#‎OSCON‬ 2016 in Austin CFP: http://ow.ly/UMRM9
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Gonna have to pass (won't make it this year).
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This is really good. It might be a good idea for us to look into something like IndieGoGo to raise funds for conferences. 

via +Rikki Endsley 
 
Developers, like everyone else, often struggle with mental health issues. And like everyone else, these struggles are often left unspoken. In 2013, Ed Finkler decided to change that. Finker started the Open Sourcing Mental Illness campaign to bring the issue to light and prompt discussion.
Developers, like everyone else, often struggle with mental health issues. And like everyone else, these struggles are often left unspoken. In 2013, Ed Finkler decided to change that. Finker started the Open Sourcing Mental Illness campaign to bring the issue to light and prompt discussion.
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So...like a developer mental health conference? 
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We need more creative people.

via +Lisa Cohen 
 
So, the Disney Star Wars and Avengers prosthetics are fantastic, but I love this story more - a young person examining the problem, using materials already available, and then PUTTING THE RESULTS OUT THERE FOR FREE.

Progress, not profit.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151026-a-teens-mind-controlled-arm-could-make-prosthetics-cheaper
A 16-year-old inventor’s brainwave may prevent the need for expensive prostheses.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone want to go to this one?
 
DevConf.cz will be held February 5-7, 2016 in Brno - CFP closes Nov. 30 http://devconf.cz/ 
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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.

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Call For Papers is open, anyone available for this?
 
The location and dates for Flock, the annual Fedora contributors' conference, are announced! Registration and talk submissions are now open. Read this article in Fedora Magazine for more information.
Announcing the Flock 2016 conference August 2-5, 2016 in Krakow, Poland! Registration and call for papers is now open.
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I never did take to the Dvorak keyboard; I'm a QWERTY guy all the way. But this clever on-screen keyboard design is tempting. I think I could learn to use it without too much practice, and it does look like it would save some time. What do you think?
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I for one welcome any and all changes to the qwerty abomination... qwerty's main reason for existence was to avoid stuck keys on old typewriters. Why has it stuck in the digital age is beyond reason... 
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Spencer Hunley
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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...
You wouldn't have to read one line at a time, or listen to voices.
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Even $1000 is A LOT anywhere other than US or Europe. Technical accessibility is not enough, and sadly not a lot of people are working on economic accessibility.

Also, this reminds me of a guy who basically built a braille display from a dot-matrix printer. That is something that could be actually accessible to a lot of people.
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Hello Universal Tux... ers...

Hey, I am just dropping by to update on my proyect... I have finally manage to get the computer from my friend with "low vision" and have been dealing with setting it up with Ubuntu Gnome. Adding and removing stuff, changing preferences and such... some annoyances are still pending.

One thing that I had stubble with recently with various linuxes when trying them was a "crackling" with orca... after searching around I have found the solution to it and I feel it might be of help to the ones in this page or searching around for this situation with crackling voice in orca.

I had to go to:

/etc/pulse/daemon.conf

And change the line that reads:

resample-method = speed-float-1

To:

resample-method = speed-float-0

I had experience this crackling in Mint Mate, Vinux, Ubuntu Mate and Ubuntu Gnome on my lame test machine and my friend's one as well. Old machines... And did notice that there are others experiencing the same issue.

So far I just need some extra parts and I should deliver the machine. I intend to have a VirtualBox installation similar to the one on the machine to better assist my friend with anything and to learn to use orca myself as well.

Hope this helps others with the same issue!
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Good tip! These type of things can be very hard to track down. I am adding this one to my list of "a11y notes".
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#ApacheCon is coming to Vancouver! Learn about speaking opportunities & submit a proposal at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
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This! This is what many of us need. Perhaps the costs will come down sooner rather than later.
 
A device that clips onto your glasses helps users with low vision read text and recognize faces and objects. #ns

  In their later years, my mother suffered from severe macular degeneration and my father-in-law lost most of his vision due to diabetes. As two of an estimated 280 million people in the world with impaired vision from macular degeneration, degenerative…
In their later years, my mother suffered from severe macular degeneration and my father-in-law lost most of his vision due to diabetes. As two of an estimated 280 million people in the world with impaired vision from macular degeneration, degenerative myopia, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetes-related blindness, and other causes, life without effective sight was awkward …
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Carla Schroder
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Hey all, would you give me some feedback on cleaning up the navigation on the ownCloud manuals? The navigation menus are redundant and cluttered, and I'm trying to figure out how to streamline them and make them friendlier to screen readers and small screens.

This is the current version of the user manual: https://doc.owncloud.org/server/9.0/user_manual/

This is the first draft of a redesign:

oc.achimgeissel.de/documentation/org/user_manual
User: owncloud
Password: development

The first test I do is look at it in Elinks. Then I try Orca. There are two nav menus I'm trying to figure out how to manage: the table of contents for the whole manual, and then the TOC for each chapter. Any and all feedback is welcome. This is a big deal, as this is an actual commercial company & we have a chance to show some leadership in accessibility.
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The bullet points are nice, but if you change the symbols (i.e. use bullet then a dash, etc.) it is easier to see. 
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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For those not following the Debian Accessibility Mailing List, this is a new developement there. It looks interesting.


From: MENGUAL Jean-Philippe <mengualjeanphi@free.fr>
To: Debian Accessibility Team <debian-accessibility@lists.debian.org>
Subject: About Hypra project
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:21:33 +0100
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Icedove/31.7.0

Hi,

At DebConf 15 I had introduced the Hypra project to Mario and during a 
lightning Talk. I had talked about our main dev work: Universally 
Accessible System. Now we have a translated website, I think it's nice 
to show you:
http://hypra.fr/?-Home-17-&lang=en

Because we will work with Debian, contribute to Debian and try improving 
its a11y in long-term.

For next month, we will release a full list of features we found in 
Jaws, NVDA, ZoomText and SuperNova and not present in Orca and Linux, so 
that users could tell us whet should be prioritary to be developped. On 
this basis, we'll submit patches to upstream teams in order to add 
features, including technical discussions with you about the good 
approach (what is for Orca, for at-spi, for the application, etc). Now 
we've the basic platform, we can start developping improvements and 
submitting them. And we're going to re-open the issue of packaging some 
useful tools such as Compiz.


Regards,

-- 

Jean-Philippe MENGUAL

HYPRA, progressons ensemble

Tél.: 01 84 73 06 61
Mail:contact@hypra.fr

Site Web:http://hypra.fr
<p>Website for Hypra, Social and Solidary Company, which tries humanizing computing through a Universally Accessible System based on free software. Thus it provides training and support services for disabled people, blind or low-vision people.</p>
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Don't think we can at this point. They seem to be concentrating on blind users at this time. Even the newsletter is in French only. 
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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The state of accessibility in KDE.

via +Paul Brown 
 
The state of KDE's Accessibility: virtual keyboards, speech synthesis, and beyond.
Thanks mainly to Orca, Linux accessibility has always centered on GNOME. During the fourth release series, KDE has started to close the gap, but its efforts have gone largely unnoticed, perhaps bec…
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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linux.conf.au 2016 scheduled for 1st-5th February 2016. This should be a good conference if you can make it. (CFP is closed)
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