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

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jeff's NVDA Add-on Repository

Jeff Rutkowski's Webpage:
Jeff's NVDA Add-on Repository. This page aims to bring together all of the optional components available for the free, open source screenreader NVDA

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kyocera Kona from Sprint

Available for Free, Kona Makes it Easy for the Visually Impaired to Stay Connected opens a new window

For the visually impaired, using a mobile device hasn’t always been easy. Kyocera Kona from Sprint helps to solve that problem by providing an easy-to-use compact flip phone that is the first feature phone in the industry to offer verbal translation enabling Internet browsing. Kona is also the first feature phone to offer a user interface with verbal descriptions of navigation, with which the device describes what is highlighted on the screen and works with menus, messaging, contacts, missed calls, notifications, and many other functions. Other accessibility features include variable speed text to speech service, which reads texts to users, high-contrast user interface options to accommodate a variety of vision ranges, dedicated In Case of Emergency (ICE) and 911 shortcuts, and a tactile keyboard with well-defined buttons.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CAP's Mobile App

Have you downloaded CAP's Mobile App? The CAP Mobile App now works on Android OS 3.0 and 4.0 devices! It is available for downloaded on the Google Play Store.

You can use CAP's Mobile App to learn what's accommodations are available to you. You can easily get in contact with CAP to get started! Not a federal employee or wounded Service member? CAP's Mobile App is a good starting point to learn more about current assistive technology that can help you get your job done.
Features include:
  • News and tips on the latest and greatest assistive technology
  • Information about events in the disability community - CAP and others
  • Downloads of CAP event presentations and materials right to your phone
  • Export events to your calendar so you don't miss anything
  • Videos to learn about assistive technology and how it can help you
  • Videos to hear how CAP has helped others
  • Contact CAP with questions
  • Running Accomm-odometer of solutions provided since CAP's inception in 1990
The CAP Mobile App is also available for Apple Devices.

Friday, July 26, 2013

iOS VoiceOver and Zoom

Learn VoiceOver and Zoom, two accessibility functions available on all iOS devices.

Use the following resources:

A free VoiceOver training application that you can install on your iOs device is available at It must be accessed from your device.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Best Websites for free audiobooks

Google Glass Eye-Control App for Wheelchairs

This app will have controls for powered wheelchairs using the Google Glass eye-tracking technology to provide mobility for disabled persons, with support from United Cerebral Palsy.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WIPO Diplomatic Conference

Today the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) starts its two week (17th -28th of June) Diplomatic Conference to conclude a Treaty to facilitate access to published works by visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities, in Marrakesh, Morocco.

An IFLA delegation, including representatives from the CLM Committee and the Section for Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities will be present during the negotiations for the Treaty during this time. IFLA representatives will be joined by colleagues from Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA). Prior to the conference, IFLA and other leading library organisations have issued a statement stressing the importance of a workable Treaty. Libraries will be at the heart of implementing the Treaty and need an suitable framework to best serve their visually impaired and print disabled users. We hope that the coming two weeks in Marrakesh will be successful and that an effective treaty will be concluded.

You can follow the meeting via livestreamtextstream or on Twitter (hashtags: #WIPO or #books4blindtreaty). We will be providing more feedback as the Conference continues.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Smart 911

DC Mayor To Introduce New 911 Emergency System; Allows Users To Build Online Profiles

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The University of Glasgow is conducting a test of a new audio captcha. 

Monday, March 11, 2013
Gateway For the Blind offers a wide variety of adaptive technology resources to the blind community in Missouri and the nation. Their purpose is to evaluate the needs of a visually impaired person for employment in a field they are entering. To prepare them for education with the proper training in the use of adaptive hardware and software, and mainstream applications.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Eyes On Success
This half-hour weekly audio program discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss. It is available through radio reading services across the US and Canada, via 3 internet streaming services, and to everybody else as a podcast at the link above. To date, the show has been downloaded in all 50 states in the US, 8 Canadian provinces and over 80 other countries on all the inhabited continents. Eyes On Success is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey and distributed by WXXI Reachout Radio in Rochester, NY.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

BARD Detailed Modifications Summary

Please check out this detailing of recent changes to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's Downloadable Books and Magazines online system, BARD, which stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download: