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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, this is a great opportunity to help.
 
+Nova Labs​ is looking for help with this. July 22-24.
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It is a good system for those who need it.
ADRIANE is a great interface with a solid plan for design and functionality.
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With plenty of time for planning to attend, too! Anyone giving a presentation at this?
 
Next year's Red Hat Summit will take place in Boston, May 2 - 5, 2017. Don't miss the event dedicated to the power of enterprise open source. http://red.ht/29s6ouq
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Spencer Hunley
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This is a fair point when discussing advancements in technology and the assumptions that what is good for the optimum consumer is good for everyone.
 
New voice recognition technology cannot be used by more than 9 million people in the U.S. with voice disabilities http://owl.li/AxYD300WAPM
Speech-recognition systems promise the world. But for more than nine million people with voice ailments, that world is out of reach
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My sister is in that group. She has nerve damage that causes her voice to change throughout the day.
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Aimee Maree

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for a11y auditing your site gets taken through W3C Jigsaw validation but SCSS does not validate correctly even pre complied I have had no problem with LESS etc but it seems with SCSS there is alot more linting etc that needs to get done to get it to read it right? anyone know anything aka validation for SCSS? any quick tips etc seeing some big issues on a site that I doing web a11y engineering for
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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CFP closes April 15. This conference is in Nürnberg, Germany, June 22 - 26, 2016. Any speakers going to be there?

via +Bryan Lunduke 
 
This years +openSUSE conference is in conjunction with +SUSE, ARM, SoftIron, +SaltStack +ownCloud, +Kolab Systems AG , +MySQL, +OSBA ev , Invis Server, +Monster Energy and +Coca-Cola

Yes..that's quite a list! Come to oSC 16 in Nuremberg, June 22-26

If you've got something cool you want to talk about to do with Linux, DevOps, ARM, or anything related, then the Call for Papers is still taking submissions :)

And there's more big announcements about oSC to come...watch this space..
The openSUSE Conference is the annual openSUSE community event that brings people from around the world together to meet and collaborate. The organized talks, workshops, and BoF sessions provide a framework around more casual meet ups and hack sessions. A party here and there provides the time ...
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Jacob Merrill

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The OpenSTT project is aimed at creating an open source speech-to-text model that can be used by individuals and company to allow for high accuracy, low-latency conversion of speech into text. Currently there are no open source speech-to-text models available, instead this technology is locked ...
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This one is in Atlanta, Georga, USA.
Considering the theme, "When we collaborate they succeed", Open Source should fit right in.
ATLANTA, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Third Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium Issues Call for Papers.
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Spencer Hunley
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The OpenSTT project is aimed at creating an open source speech-to-text model that can be used by individuals and company to allow for high accuracy, low-latency conversion of speech into text. Currently there are no open source speech-to-text models available, instead this technology is locked ...
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Oh! Read it wrong, then. We do NEED STT.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Google has given Google Docs on the Chrome browser a significant, new update. Google Docs now lets its users type, edit and format text using their voice.
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This is major. I tried it out tonight and 90% of the time it gets my words correct. A few kinks to work out, but nothing major. It's quick to understand and very, very nice.
If it continues to be developed, I think this will replace Dragon for a lot of folks; especially due to Docs' cloud nature (use it on a variety of devices, no need to install on everything, etc).
Finally, it is mainstream - not labeled as 'for people with disabilities' or 'medical' or 'accessible technology'. That will aid in its expansion; the fact that it is accessible and assistive but not under the stigma and subjugation that burden people with disabilities using AT.
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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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If no one applies, no one gets accepted.
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This one is in Seattle, Washington, November 11 and 12. The registration is free, I don't know if they can supply much in the way of expenses.
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The commentary below is by Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is Creative Commons Licensed. The U.S. signed but has not ratified the Marrakesh agreement. – D.R. * * …
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Jacob Merrill

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FOSS Pecs system in the works for nonverbal kids.

having a hard time getting pyTTSx to run in blender python interpreter though*
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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We'd like to invite presentation and workshop proposals for systemd.conf 2016! The conference will consist of three parts: One day of workshops, consisting of in-depth (2-3hr) training and learning-by-doing sessions (Sept. 28th); Two days of regular talks (Sept. 29th-30th) ...
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone going to this? Good chance for a presentation.
 
Good news for procrastinators: Texas Linux Fest CFP extended until May 10 http://ow.ly/Jzxw3002zmY #TXLF #linux
We are proud to officially announce Texas Linux Fest 2016, scheduled for July 8 and 9 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. 2016 marks seven years of Texas Linux Fest, the annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. We are assembling a one day ...
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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One of those new features lets you control an Android device with just your voice.
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Spencer Hunley
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Wondering how this will affect future open-source accessibility and AT devices; thoughts?
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Jacob Merrill

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Saw something about flexible electronics, and it appeared they were able to get joint angles from 'stick on' sensors, but it made me wonder if you could make a glove that did it, and use it as a input device , and run it against some GPU based posing solver that recognizes the sign.... Just a thought.
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This is one of the great things about technology today. Someday, a suit will be fully connected and able to help the disabled express themselves without the translator standing next to them.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone planning on making FLOCK? This is a chance to keep accessibility out front.
Flock 2016 planning is under way, and the deadline for talk submissions is April 8th, 2016. If you have been thinking of submitting a talk, now is the time!
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Lol yeah, that won't be on my schedule
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Aimee Maree

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SAN JOSE, CALIF.: Toyota is working on a wearable device that will make it easier for people who are blind or have low vision to navigate around building and indoor spaces, filling the gap between…
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