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Josh Simmons

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I like how Nicolas Steenhout frames accessibility as universal design and disability as impairment meeting failures of design.

Nic and Universal Tux have done a lot to help me tune my perspective on the subject - thank you!
There has been a lot of talk about diversity in software development and at IT conferences. Typically, these conversations focus primarily on gender diversity, sometimes on racial diversity. Very little seems to be said about disability diversity apart from the occasional push for awareness of ...
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Nicolas nailed it. And thank you Josh!
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Spencer Hunley
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This is great, not just useful for the blind.  I think some learning and intellectual disabilities too.
Some of the most emotional, thrilling or frightening scenes in movies contain no dialogue, but that’s a big problem if you rely on sound to see them.
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Spencer Hunley
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So...I'm seriously leaning towards applying. Fedora has always held some interest; the bleeding edge, the close ties to Red Hat, etc, etc.
I'm deeply interested in the alpha adoption of Wayland as well. Even though I don't use Fedora on a daily basis, this could change quickly, as I do have a chromebook that begs for experimentation.

If anyone else would like to apply, I would encourage you to do so as well - I'm just 'testing the waters' in case anyone would be willing to be listed as references "who can speak to [my] passion, interest, or experience with diversity and inclusion".
The Fedora Council is looking for Diversity Advisor to help assess and advise on diversity in our open source project, and we want your help.
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And another go for it! I'll vouch!
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone submitting for this? +Spencer Hunley presented last year, are you going this year?
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This'll hinge on funding, but if we can swing it I can co-present.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This might be good.
ASRU 2015 : IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop December 13-17, 2015 Scottsdale, Arizona, USA http://asru2015.org. Twitter: ASRU2015 CALL FOR PAPERS The fourteenth biannual IEEE workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and. Understanding (ASRU) will be held on ...
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The Reverberant Environment challenge looks really tough. Stone or concrete floors, swimming pools, glass walls, warehouses, any environment with a lot of reflections and reverb are really hard to work with. I've done the "clap test" when working with audio for public presentation in the past and have counted to almost 3 Mississippi before undetectability (by ear, not meter). But these things mess up audio in general.   
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This looks very promising. The demo allows you to download your file in .ogg format to be played in VLC or Audicity. The voice sounds pretty good, even on my old laptop,
Since its launch, you’ve made the IBM Watson Developer Cloud one of IBM’s most vibrant and innovative communities on Bluemix. Today more than 5,000 partners, developers, data hobbyists, entrepreneurs, students and others have contributed to building 6,000+ apps infused with Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities.
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A Facebook friend, who doesn't have speech clear enough for most people to follow, uses Proloquo4Text. She's a motivational speaker (her dream come true).
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Jacob Merrill

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https://plus.google.com/explore/Hovercast

Could this be used for autistic people to talk?

For sign language that talks? or to interface with text to speech?
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Her speech is intermittent, and it seems very frustrating to her.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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I will dig into this later today. KDE is trying to add accessibility to Qt, this could be a good conference to submit to, but it does depend on location, at least.
Please submit your talk submission for conf.kde.in 2015 here. We accept talks that are related to Qt and/or KDE in some way. However, if you feel your talk is not directly related to Qt/KDE but will be relevant to the conference, feel free to submit it.
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Well, this one is in India. Do we have anyone there that can do a presentation? It would be good to get some contacts in KDE.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This looks good, but it appears to be today. The notice is too short for me.
 
Speech is becoming a ubiquitous means to interact with data across more and more form factors. Learn the essentials of Designing Voice Interfaces in our free webcast tomorrow.
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I signed up for this one. I don't know how much I will understand, but I can at least listen.
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Addressing the needs of severely disabled people, Manchester airport opened three Changing Places suites.
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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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A couple of interesting applications being tested.
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CFP open for #OSCON  in Amsterdam, not sure how many in this community are in Europe, but I'd love to see another strong showing for #a11y .
 
#OSCON  returns to Europe this October! Share your stories and know-how with the FLOSS community, the CFP is open now:
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Yes, that is along the lines that I was thinking. I could look to raise funds on a biz plan for Linux events (if the market supports such a move) and (possibly as an addendum) mention a longer-term aim of hoping to create #a11y events. It's only the haziest of notions at the moment and I'll let my brain back-burner do its thing with it. Or front-burner if it keeps buzzing at me.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone planning on this one? We got to keep the momentum going.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, the All Things Open (ATO) conference announced its Call for Speakers for 2015. The call will remain open for 45 days, which means it will close sometime near the end of April. Those interested in being a speaker at this year’s…
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This could be very helpful in planning.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Do we have anyone in Europe that could be there? Presentations are done on 25-26 July. Conference runs 25th-31st July in A Coruña, Spain.
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Would anyone pay for a system to read captions and turn them into sign language using animations ? (like blender or ?)

there is already software that animates mouths using shape keys,
using a string of text,

what about using captions to play animation keys that are sign language?
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I am asking blender python people how hard it would be to do with existing python and blender code base.

my android keyboard was acting up on me before, but it seems to be ironed out now, it was adding whole words every time I backspaced.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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I am not familiar with this one at all. Is it something we need to watch for next year?
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I don't know the answer to your question, but I note that their Twitter says that the conference is now into its 7th year, and the Twitter has 3552 followers (no idea if that's a decent amount for this sort of organisation). The current submissions for this year:
http://opensourcebridge.org/events/2015/proposals
And about last year:
http://mindwarm.com/?p=1384
My apologies if you've already seen all the above.

Interestingly, this is an excerpt from last year's keynote speech:
"Open Source suffers from a lack of diversity. Underrepresented populations, for systemic reasons, might never show up unless Open Source communities 'hack' themselves through explicit invitation & removing barriers to participation. Mozilla is funding two pilot studies designed to explicitly reach out to underrepresented groups in open source today."
http://youtu.be/k-toB1mdpmc?list=PLfwE4lxvXUNnOF_T6WyIbs_sW4b9E7onr
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Another webcast that may be of interest. It's on March 12th.
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Good grief. Glad you managed to register for it nevertheless.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Do we have anyone with enough knowledge of web design to speak about it? I know some of it, but my knowledge is too limited for something like this. They do appear to cover all expenses except meals.
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I was thinking the same way, Spencer. This could be a good way to push. Of course, they only had a dozen or so speakers last year. It looks like a one day conference.
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Charlie Kravetz is speaking on Accessibility and Linux at 3 p.m. Pacific at #SCALE13x - to see the live stream, visit www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/13x/video and he'll be speaking in room Century AB.
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I survived! You are welcome, Larry. Thanks again for the opportunity.
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