This Blog includes information related to Library Adaptive Technology events, archives, presenter and participant recommendations and suggestions.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Experience Accessibility First-Hand on May 9

take an hour to experience digital accessibility (or lack there of). Then share your experience publicly online:
  • What surprised you the most?
  • What difficulties did you encounter?
  • What did you learn?

Go Mouseless For An Hour

Unplug your mouse and only use your keyboard (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar) to navigate and interact with your favorite websites and applications.

Surf The Web With A Screen Reader For An Hour

Learn About And Use Other OS/Mobile Accessibility Features

Find out more about Global Accessiblity Awareness Day (May 9th) and events near you at:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Download 161 Free Assistive Technology Applications University of Athens Speech & Accessibility Lab Offers Online Software Directory

Download 161 Free Assistive Technology Applications from the University of Athens Speech & Accessibility Lab's Online Software Directory

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 9

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to focus one day to raise the profile of digital (web, software, mobile app/device, touch screen kiosk, etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities.

Screen Reader Showdown

The Saturday Technology Training Session for May 5th, 2012 will feature demos of new products from Freedom Scientific and TCS Associates followed by a Screen Reader Showdown between JAWS, Window Eyes and NVDA.

Jerry Marindin from Freedom Scientific will demo the new Focus 40 Blue Refreshable Braille display and input, and Matt Belcher from TCS will demo Braille notetakers, the Braille Pen 12 refreshable Braille display and input which works with iOs, and the Orabis read-aloud text reader and a magnifier. 

After these demos three volunteers will use JAWS, WindowEyes and NVDA to perform a list of tasks and compare the various features and capabilities of the screen readers.  This Screen Reader Showdown is modeled on Jamal Mazrui’s Dueling Operating Systems event from CSUN 2008, and may use some of the same tasks.  Thanks to Zuhair Mahmoud for volunteering to use JAWS, John Herzog for volunteering to use NVDA and Lloyd Rasmussen for volunteering to use Window Eyes.

Saturday Technology Training Session
1:00PM to 4:00PM,
May 5th, 2012
Room 215, Adaptive Services
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW

Saturday Technology Training Sessions occur on the first and third Saturday of each month in room 215, Adaptive Services Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  They focus on the topic of adaptive technology as it relates to employment for people with disabilities.  The library is located at 901 G Street, NW Washington DC 20001, diagonally across the street from the 9th street exit of the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro stop, or two blocks from the 11th and G exit of Metro Center.  There is no public parking at the MLK Library.