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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Maybe think about this one for next year. North Carolina in October should be nice, shouldn't it?
 
The All Things Open conference today pushed out a notification to recipients on its mailing list announcing that registration for the event, slated for October 19th and 20th. has begun. For the first time ever, event organizers are offering something of a…
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Accessibility is always a valid subject. It would be great to have someone do a presentation. Orlando is too far for me this year.

via +Christine Hall 
 
The Second Annual Fossetcon Conference, which is scheduled to be held in Orlando, Florida on November 19-21 has announced their Call for Papers on the conference website. According to the site, the call is officially open until August 17, but might be…
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The SCALE 14x Call for Papers is open, and closes Oct. 30. So you can do one of two things: a.) get your paper done soon and not have to worry about it, or b.) scramble like a mad person on Oct. 29 to get it filed. Your call :-)

http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/14x/cfp
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This is pretty awesome it is an alarm designed for deaf people interested if anyone has any opinions on the design etc http://blog.bones-embedded.ch/helen-an-alarm-clock-for-deaf-blind-people/
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What desktop environment and tools are best for accessibility to a total noob in your opinion? I have tried various DE and some tools like ORCA which seems to be rotting carcass now... abandon with no actual care or proper replacement. So far I found Gnome to be more consistent with its accessibility tools... though I just don't like it that much...

I ask not because I need it but because I have been trying to help a friend for the last 2 years and what I have found out there has been somewhat not good enough for a total newbee with a poor old machine with a Lentium 4 and 512 MB of RAM... Now I have a better hardware to give to her!

From ADRIANE (if I could customize the menus it would be better!) to Vinux (feels abandoned). Sonar Linux (somewhat workable if it would install) to trying to build my own with Debian and Mint, some things would not work as good as I would have liked. And the user in question not knowing English adding to the dilemma.

So far I have Ubuntu Gnome since it seems most manageable for her low vision and am more familiarized with some of its inner workings. I will give support to her easier... or so I intend... I just need to fix some annoyances with it. First day of week, AM PM clock not wanting to stay with dreaded AM PM setting... getting to know the screen reader better... and just thinking of how to not overwhelm her with the system and just having the immediate tools she will need to start, slowly taking it from there. 

All in all I would like to know other options or apps I could look in to to better fix a PC I have for her since hers is not good for Gnome or KDE... though if I could fix some other interface with manageable tools I could go for it! What do you recommend?
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Due to the nature of accessibility apps, they do not get updated as often as mainstream stuff. Orca is now gtk+3 ready, which happened in the last year. Vinux is constantly being worked, but the developers are also blind, so they do not always get the updates out as often as the major distributions update. These are both excellent, as is Sonar. Without knowing the disabilities you are trying to find apps for, it is not possible to recommend much.

For the blind or sight disabled, Vinux and Sonar are both excellent distributions to start with. Both can be installed by the blind user with very little assistance. Ubuntu and Debian also have accessibility installers, as does Fedora. For the physically disabled, most distributions can be made accessible.
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Thank you, +Alfred Poor and exiii !
 
Open Source is not just for apps. The Japanese company exiii has released the 3D print files, Arduino source code, and other technical details for its HACKberry bionic hand as open source.
The photo shows a futuristic prosthetic hand, complete with opposable thumb and forefinger, articulated wrist, and more. One amazing feature is that this is not a someday-maybe technology demonstration; it is available today. And perhaps most amazing is the fact that you can print one for yourself using a 3D printer and off-the-shelf electronics for …
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Thank you, Google. One request, please try and make the "winner" fit into univeral design, which allows all people to use it. Too often we aim at a select group, whether it is "able-bodied", visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically impaired, etc. Universal design fits everyone.
 
What if we worked together to create a more accessible world for all?

Today we’re announcing $20 million in grant funding through the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. We’re challenging the thinkers, the doers, the builders to create technologies that can make a difference to the one billion people around the world living with a disability.

Together, let’s ask the right questions, find new answers, and build a better world, faster. Join us: http://get.google.com/disabilitiesimpactchallenge/
Let’s work together to help change this. The ‘Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities’ aims to expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. Click here to take part.
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+Carla Schroder +DeeAnn Little  Could Universal Tux fit their requirements? I know a lot of us here have some novel ideas.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Just wanted to address the upcoming OSCON 2015. A few of us submitted proposals for this one. +DeeAnn Little was selected to do a presentation. She would appreciate any and all support we can her. The rest of the proposals are on the standby list, which means very short notice.

For myself, I will not be going. The entrance fee is too high for my retired paycheck, and to go to support our speaker without the ability to get in the door seems less than worthwhile. I will be cheering DeeAnn on, and supporting her any way I can.

In the meantime, there are other conferences which need to hear from this group! Let's not stop until we have everything we are aiming for.
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Access to all things can be possible!
 
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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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At $10,000 many will have to wait for insurance approvals.
 
View the article's original source Author: Ahmed Bilal A device named BrainPort V100 has been approved through FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in US before the availability for sale.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Do we have anyone can do this one? This is in +Ken Starks back yard, sort of.
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Wow! Great job! I sure hope you can get that one going. It would be great to see it actually happen.
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FOSS Week in Review As we get ready for a wild weekend of Linux, barbecue and guns at SouthEast LinuxFest — and FOSS Force’s Christine Hall will be on the scene reporting from Charlotte — we should first go to our eye in the sky to see what the traffic is…
FOSS Week in Review As we get ready for a wild weekend of Linux, barbecue and guns at SouthEast LinuxFest — and FOSS Force’s Christine Hall will be on the scene reporting from Charlotte — we should first go to our eye in the sky to see what the traffic is like during FOSS rush [...] Continue reading CFP Jam & LinuxFest Northwest Goes Hollywood
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Spencer Hunley originally shared:
 
I'm speaking at Linuxcon North America this year! 
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Way to go!
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Spencer Hunley
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New accessibility article by +Spencer Hunley​ for +Opensource.com​
Assistive technology such as Augmented/Assisted Communication (AAC), Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text (TTS/STT), magnifiers, screen readers, and eye gaze systems enable people with disabilities to accomplish what others take for granted on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of assistive technology devices are unsettlingly expensive, and they age rapidly, with little in the way of customer-serviceable parts.
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Maybe someone wants to advocate accessibility? CFP is open.

http://techinclusion.co/#
 
View the article's original source Author: info@socialwayne.com (Wayne Sutton) One of the key visions behind the Tech Inclusion conference is to create an event that allows tech companies/startups, individuals, consultants, diverse communites/organizations and thought leaders to share their...
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Opportunities just keep coming. Here is another one that could use someone to give out information. I will take a closer look at it tomorrow. Tonight I have to replace a hard drive.
 
Learn about how to submit a session proposal for Linux Plumbers Conference at http://bit.ly/1IJBXwj
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Another opportunity to educate some folks, and make some more contacts!
 
How - and Why - to Speak at Linux Foundation Events: http://bit.ly/1EdizkT Don't forget the deadline for LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ContainerCon speaking proposals is May 12!
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better) http://red.ht/1zkUvAR
Linux accessibility is good, but could be much better. Learn about many of the free accessibility tools Linux and open source solutions offer, and find out about the areas that need improvement.
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