Mar 6th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
Mar 4th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
Avoid Screen Reader “Freak Out”
Mar 2nd, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
We’ve been filling up our AT Library Tours about as quickly as we announce them! If you haven’t been on one yet, now is your chance, and just in time for warming weather.
May 13, 2015 – 1-3 p.m. May Registration online.
And if you want to get a sneak peek of what we have in the AT Library, visit our Virtual AT Library.
Feb 27th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
We’re not going to ask you whether the dress is white & gold or blue & black, though you’re more than welcome to let us know what you see. But, if you know what I’m talking about, then you’re probably also aware of other pop culture news this week that just happens to include AT & disability, like the incredibly popular Comcast video of the 7-year-old blind girl’s reimagining of the Wizard of Oz, or the buzz about Eddie Redmayne winning an Oscar for portraying Stephen Hawking in the Theory of Everything. Anyway, read about these and more right here in our AT news wrap up for the week of 2/23 thru 2/27.
Self-driving cars and robot soccer
Bring back TTS (text-to-speech), Kindle
All together now: how accessibility in games is giving everyone the chance to play
This Boss Gives the Disabled What She Says They Want Most: Jobs
New Technology Showroom in Hartford Offers Solutions for Those with Disabilities
Boston’s Snowy Sidewalks Can Be A Big Challenge, Especially For The Disabled
Researchers investigate hi-tech solutions to help patients get more out of their assistive technology
Looking for a good DIY AT design idea?
Applied Physics Laboratory receives $4M to develop a retinal prosthesis
Grasp telepresence robot puts a remote teacher on your shoulder
Technology helps disabled US veteran walk again
University works to improve website accessibility for students with disabilities
(VIDEO) Watch this short sensory disability awareness film created by Basingstoke Disability Forum
A Great Speech and AT Evaluation Guide for Parents
Accessible Apple: How The Apple Watch Will Improve Security for the Visually Impaired
Now You Can Use Stephen Hawking’s Tech to Speak With Facial Expressions
This moldable device enable individuals with mobility issues to grip keys, pens, styluses, cookware, etc
Meet the Team That Makes It Possible for the Blind to Use Facebook
New assistive equipment to maximize human sensorimotor function
World’s first hands-free smartphone for the disabled
Clinton schools use font to help students with dyslexia
App Lets Anyone See for the Blind
Eye-Controlled Wheelchair Wins Top Design Award
Guide to Buying Low Vision Magnifiers
Devices give blind filmgoers Oscar-worthy experience
Comcast Beautifully Shows How a 7-Year-Old Girl Who Is Blind Imagines The Wizard of Oz
EyeMITRA, Cameraculture’s low-cost, eye health assessment tool for mobile devices, on our homepage
Feb 25th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. A CAPTCHA is typically presented as a graphic with distorted letters or numbers that a user must decipher and enter into a text field. Although CAPTCHA attempts to ensure a response that is generated by a person, nearly all modern CAPTCHAs can be readily solved by computer programs. Graphical CAPTCHAs cannot be made screen reader accessible. By their nature, CAPTCHA introduces usability, accessibility, and cognition issues for end users, and therefore should be avoided when possible. When necessary, audio CAPTCHA (distorted audio is played instead) should be provided in addition to a graphical CAPTCHA.
Feb 24th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
NVDA 2015.1 Has Arrived
Contributed by Joel Zimba, Special Projects Coordinator, MDTAP
Keeping to their regular milestone schedule, the folks at NV-Access (Non Visual Desktop Access) have released the first official release of the popular NVDA screenreader of 2015. The unimaginative yet descriptive title of NVDA 2015.1 can’t lead you astray. If you are running an even slightly recent version, you’ll be prompted to update when you next start the application.
There are several great new features in this release. Most exciting to me—the ability to read MS Word files in “Browse mode.” This causes a document to respond much like a webpage. All of the quick navigation commands (such as pressing “h” for the next heading) as well as all of the others familiar “browse mode” features seem to work as expected. Messages in Outlook also start in “browse mode” automatically. There are several other features, like improved performance in Internet Explorer and Skype. NVDA is certainly starting off the year on the right foot.
For those who may be unfamiliar with NVDA, it is a free and open-source screen reader for Windows OS. For some years now, it has been a very respectable alternative to other costly screen reading systems like Jaws For Windows. In fact, NVDA works well enough that paying hundreds of dollars for another package becomes hard to justify unless you need a specific feature. Many point to remote access as one of these features, though this may soon be a reality for NVDA users as well.
MDTAP also recommends NVDA for testing websites for non-visual accessibility. The price is right, and the installation couldn’t be easier. If the free voices aren’t to your liking, there are many paid alternatives available. NVDA can also use the voices which come with MS Windows. Each successive version ships with higher and higher quality voices, so try them out before breaking out your chest full of hard-earned sheckles.
If you find NVDA to your liking, consider donating to their project. A “Donate” menu option is provided directly within NVDA.