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

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program

New Federally Funded Program for Persons with Disabilities to Acquire Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program offered through the Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia is a low-interest funding source for District of Columbia residents with disabilities and seniors to purchase assistive technology devices and services.  Many different items are considered assistive technology, including hearing aids, communication devices, computers, specialized software, home modifications and more. Persons with disabilities and their family members, guardians or advocates living in the District of Columbia can apply to purchase assistive technology that will allow them to live and function independently at home, school, work or in the community. Individual loan amounts can range between $500 to $10,000 with terms of 6 months to 5 years and a low 4% interest rate.  

To learn more about the program, please click below:
http://files.ctctcdn.com/c3a7031d001/53771f73-b102-4086-a466-e2d4fb48b7d0.pdf

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Metro Washington Association of the DeafBlind

MWADB is a social organization where Deaf-Blind people and their friends meet on a regular basis to share stories and enjoy activities.  The Deaf-Blind members are people who have both some hearing and visual loss. http://www.mwadb.org/aboutmwadb1.html

Monday, August 31, 2015

8 Useful Apps for Visually Impaired Students

RT @BlindAbilities: 8 Useful Apps for Visually Impaired Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/08/8-useful-apps-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-students.html

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mytelespace

MyTeleSpace is a social networking site that is accessible by telephone.
To get your own Mytelespace account:
Please Call: 832-999-8600
Live Support
Please Call: 682-710-2525

Saturday, August 1, 2015

American art museum tours and presentations

American art museum tours and presentation links follow.
Docent-led, walk-in tours are offered daily at both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. 
The Museum also features Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language (ASL)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Windows 10

For The Early Adopter In All Of Us, Here's A Whole bunch Of Information On Windows 10
Microsoft launched the next version of Windows on July 29th.

http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13189

Monday, July 27, 2015

BlindAlive


http://www.blindalive.com/

About BlindAlive

BlindAlive has a user-friendly, accessible solution to home exercise and fitness. All of their exercise products have been tested by blind and low vision individuals to ensure that they are accessible to members of this community.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

iBUG


Welcome to iBUG Today

The website of the iOS Blind Users Group, dedicated to helping the blind and visually impaired community become more proficient in using the accessibility features of Apple © iOS1 Devices.

http://www.ibugtoday.com/

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Odin Mobile

A Cell Phone Service For The Blind And Persons With Low Vision. Featuring rate plans for every budget, and the best cell phones for the visually impaired.
http://odinmobile.com/

Project Ray

Vision Free Communication Made Easy With The Most Advanced Eye Free User Interface, Specially Designed For The Visually Impaired And The Blind
http://www.project-ray.com/

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Blind-Planet.com

The Blind Planet is a web site with information for the blind community. The following is a list of pod casts:
http://blind-planet.com/audio-postings/

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

the Android Accessibility Help Center

If you are a new Android user, or if you are curious about all of the accessibility options that Android has to offer, you can now get the information you need by visiting the Android Accessibility Help Center. The website provides information about: general android accessibility, TalkBack, Accessibility features common to applications, BrailleBack, and Android updates.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Accessible Playgrounds

Following are some links on accessible playgrounds:
http://www.accessibleplayground.net/
http://www.special-education-degree.net/30-most-impressive-accessible-and-inclusive-playgrounds/
http://www.trekaroo.com/list/top-10-destination-playgrounds-in-san-francisco-bay-area
http://www.npr.org/2013/08/27/213827534/for-kids-with-special-needs-more-places-to-play
https://www.playlsi.com/
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2013/focus_playgrounds_of_inclusion.html
A selection of announcements from Top Tech Tidbits, available at www.flying-blind.com:

1) The monthly AppleVis newsletter, highlighting the most important additions to the site during May, came out right as June dawned:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-apple-watch-applevis-gaming-ios-apps-opinion-rumors/applevis-unlimited-whats-new
2) Freedom Scientific is giving attendees at the upcoming National Federation of the Blind convention very favorable prices for JAWS, such as $75 for a copy of JAWS 16 Home Edition, and others:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/Events/NFB
3) The release candidate for the second update to NVDA for 2015 is now available, with improved handling of MathMl and more power in Excel:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2015.2Released
4) Hear about the new features in the Ace Plus standalone reader, now sold by Freedom Scientific, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 9 June at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2
5A) As a follow-up to last week's blog post on Android camera apps for low-vision users, here is a post on Android camera apps for blind users:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/camera-apps-for-blind-users/
5B) And a podcast on the topic with more informal chat:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/camera_apps_for_blind_users.mp3
6) Thanks to a grant, those on SSI can receive copies of TypeAbility, a typing tutorial that goes with JAWS, for $25. Others can receive it for $50:
http://www.computersfortheblind.net
7) Freedom Scientific offers free webinars on using Facebook and online shopping sites with JAWS:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/FreeWebinars
8A) Meanwhile, the series on using Window-Eyes with complex web pages continues. Session One has been archived:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Webinar_Training/
8B) And Session Two is scheduled for Thursday, 18 June at 19:00 GMT. Visit this link at the time to attend:
http://www.aisquared.com/meeting
9) HIMS offers a webinar, "Using Assistive Technology to Start or Run a Business", on Tuesday, 9 June at 19:00 GMT. And remember that you can always write to ask what that means in your time zone if you don't know. Register here:
http://bit.ly/1KFuzke
10) Take a listen to Blind Bargains Qast 18:
http://blindbargains.com/b/12936
11) You can now use ZoomText Mac under subscription for $19.95 per month:
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/
12) If you want to take part in a survey to improve the accessibility of LinkedIn, write to:
accessibility@linkedin.com
13) Eyes on Success provides a two-part series on blind musicianship. Episode 1522 is an interview with the head of the Academy of Music for the Blind and creator of both CakeTalking and the aforementioned TypeAbility program. Episode 1523 is an interview on composing and performing music with a talented young musician:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LG Optimus F3Q

Simple Android With A Sliding Keyboard

http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-D520-optimus-f3q

DESIGNED TO INSPIRE BOTH FIRST TIME SMARTPHONE USERS AND SEASONED EXPERTS, OPTIMUS F3Q IS STOCKED WITH ALL THE FEATURES YOU NEED TO CONNECT, SHARE, AND LIVE ON YOUR TERMS.

"Intro to Facebook Workshop"

The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in New York City offers a free "Intro to Facebook Workshop", aimed at beginners, on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 17:00-19:00 GMT. Remote participation via Skype is available on a first come, first serve basis. Register ASAP to reserve your spot by emailing: chanceyfleet@nypl.org  For a list of upcoming programs at the Andrew Heiskell Library, follow: http://www.nypl.org/locations/heiskell

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Insights about Using an iPhone: Pros and Cons for Blind and Visually Impaired Users:

This balanced VisionAware post offers what it claims to offer: "Insights about Using an iPhone: Pros and Cons for Blind and Visually Impaired Users:"
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/insights-about-using-an-iphone-pros-and-cons-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-users/12

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Apple Accessibility Phone Support

Call 1-877-204-3930 for direct access to Apple representatives who are trained in providing support using accessibility services. Please note this number is U.S. only. https://www.apple.com/support/accessibility/contact/

Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

Disability Answer Desk
The Disability Answer Desk is where people with disabilities can get support with Microsoft products and accessibility features.
Connect with a Microsoft expert:
Call the Disability Answer Desk at 1-800-936-5900  Call 1 (800) 936-5900
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DC Accessibility and Innovation Meetup

DC Accessibility and Innovation Meetup
http://www.meetup.com/dc-Accessibility-Innovation-Meetup/

Monday, March 16, 2015

Accessibility Hackathon - March 31, 2015

The White House Office of Public Engagement, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, 18F, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and DC Legal Hackers invite you to an Accessibility Hackathon on March 31, 2015.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/accessibility-hackathon-tickets-16044802436

Friday, March 13, 2015

Getting Started using the iOS 8 operating system

This new edition of the National Braille Press' soup-to-nuts tutorial for beginners contains everything you need to know to get started using the iPhone and the iOS 8 operating system. 
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS8.html

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

XFINITY TV accessibility

TV is universal.
Access should be as well.
XFINITY on the X1 Entertainment Operating System has accessibility features built right in. We’re bringing customers innovations like the industry’s first talking guide, video description, accessible mobile apps and the new voice remote. All designed to bring the magic of entertainment to everyone.

http://www.comcast.com/accessibility?CMP=KNC-IQ_ID_85031948-VQ2-g-VQ3--VQ6-44340079896-VQ16-c-pkw-%2Bxfinity%20%2Bvisually%20%2Bimpaired-pmt-b&iq_id=85031948