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Cole Camplese

Google Announces Sweeping Accessibility Improvements for Visually Challenged Users - 1 views

  • Google has announced a new initiative to increase accessibility for visually challenged users on its major Web services. In advance of the upcoming school year, Google is rolling out accessibility improvements to Docs, Sites and Calendars. Google is hosting a live webinar for enterprise customers - which include educational institutions - on Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time.
Christian Johansen

Developments to Watch: Federal Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission | ED... - 1 views

  • Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Known as the AIM Commission
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    A government commission that has been relatively unknown, but coud have dramatic effects on teaching and learning. 
Allan Gyorke

New U.S. Dept. of Ed. Guidance on Accessibility and Emerging Technologies | EDUCAUSE - 1 views

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    "Requiring use of an emerging technology in a classroom environment when the technology is inaccessible to an entire population of individuals with disabilities - individuals with visual disabilities - is discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) unless those individuals are provided accommodations or modifications that permit them to receive all the educational benefits provided by the technology in an equally effective and equally integrated manner."
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    This was written specifically to address e-reader pilot programs. It doesn't specifically mean that you can never technologies that are not completely accessible, but it does set the bar pretty high to ensure that blind students would have an equivalent educational experience.
Christian Johansen

dotSub Video Captioning - 0 views

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    The ATeam is researching tools and processes for captioning. This is one tool.
Allan Gyorke

iOS App for Non-Verbal People - 2 views

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    Sam Sennott created an app that helps some autistic and non-verbal people communicate using the touch screen and a series of pictures. He happens to be a PhD student at Penn State in the Special Education program.
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    This is another market the iPad is disrupting. The previous devices to address this were incredibly expensive and bulky.
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    I thought you'd be interested in this. I'd like to bring Sam down here for a demo and discussion about his app. I think it would be a very interesting discussion - and a truly excellent use of a mobile touchscreen device.
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