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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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My friend +Bogomil Shopov and his fellows are organizing the +Bulgaria Web Summit 2017. If you are into web design and technologies like JavaScript, NodeJS, ReactJS, Django, R, or Redis, you shouldn't miss it.
An awesome technology event about the modern Web: Programming. Experiences. Design. Interfaces. Privacy.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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We still need to educate people and companies on the importance of accessibility. Is anyone able to speak at LinuxFest Northwest 2017?
The Mechanics of Freedom. LinuxFest Northwest attracts a wide audience ranging from Open Source beginners to experienced experts. This year we're looking for presentations around the theme 'The Mechanics of Freedom'. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are becoming even more ...
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I might...I'll discuss it more after I talk to my boss.
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Aimee Maree

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Hi all +Charlie Kravetz +Charlie Carter I have told a friend of mine Louis C about the group and he has requested to join, he works in the area of accessibility automation and I think he would gain alot from shared info :) 
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Thanks for the add +Charlie Carter. My focus is usually mobile dev and security, I'm pivoting for a bit into the automation of mobile accessibility testing - so I'll likely do more lurking than posting - however if I create something useable, I'll share it :).
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Aimee Maree

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Morning all, trying to work in some testing patterns for a11y within my team, what are most people using for basic reporting these days (aka before you call the Auditor for a full report more so for a quick stop gap measure for dev) I have used webaim but is there better tools these day?
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WebAIM is a great tool; WAVE is what I would use - along with CynthiaSays: http://cynthiasays.com/.

There are other tools out there, but WAVE is pretty much top of the line; Stanford had their SOAP Accessibility Checker, but they've almost entirely passed the torch to WAVE at this point.
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via +Jyoti Q Dahiya 
 
Interesting. More at [ https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2016/august/hear2read.html ]. "For the millions upon millions of visually impaired people in India, it can be difficult getting hold of the audiobook they want in the language they need it in. A project from Carnegie Mellon University and partners aims to fix that with a free, easily extensible Android app that can be quickly trained to read texts aloud in local languages.

The app, Hear2Read [ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.hear2read.Tamil ], had its first release today, supporting Tamil, with Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, and other languages and dialects coming over the course of the year. A few hours of talking from a native speaker is the raw data, which is then fed into a machine learning system.
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The resulting language database is small enough that it can be stored on the phone, meaning no internet connection is needed to translate texts. It’ll run on low-end phones, as well, an important factor in a country where budget devices and spotty connectivity are the rule. (You’ll need Android 4.1 or higher, though.)"

+Harish Pillay +Jyoti Q Dahiya
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Anyone want to do a presentation? Our job is not over, we simply put things off for a short time. We still have a goal, accessibility for all!
 
Central Pennsylvania Open Source Conference CFP is open:
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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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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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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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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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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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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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I am going to SCALE_15X the first weekend of March. I will be attending, not presenting.

I do realize that we have been slacking off for a bit now. However, we can not give up, can we? I will be putting in a couple of presentations in 2017. I plan to talk about the state of accessibility in software. What are the areas we think should be covered now?
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I'm already committed to going to other conferences this year for something I wrote last year about filmmaking. BUT, once that's over I want to focus more of my time on open source accessibility. Thank you for keeping it all going, everyone. I look forward to participating more :)
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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It's a good list. Thanks, +Jono Bacon , for the recommendations.
 
Want to know the best open source conferences to get to in 2017? I made a list of my recommendations: https://opensource.com/article/16/12/2017-top-open-source-conference-picks
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Jim Roberts has created a set of Raspberry Pi tutorials for the hearing impaired. Narrating each project through ASL, Jim assists viewers in learning how to create traffic signals and various clock interfaces, from start to finish.

We really like these videos, and congratulate Jim for all the work he has put into making them.

If you know anyone who would benefit from any of Jim’s tutorials, please subscribe for updates to his channel

And as always, don't forget to share, share, share...
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Jacob Merrill

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I did it ! Youle helped me!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMFoLf3xVrw

B_Pecs is a Go!
open source PECS engine for PC (windows) and more to come!



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Spencer Hunley
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While other technology advances, assistive technology lags behind. We decided to make assistive devices; here are some things we considered.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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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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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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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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