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ChoiceWorks app ($6.99) The Choiceworks app is an essential learning tool for helping children complete daily routines (morning, day, & night), understand & control their feelings and improve their waiting skills (taking turns and not interrupting). Created with the support of leading hospitals and child development specialists, this app is designed for caregivers to provide clear and consistent support to foster a child’s independence, positive behavior, and emotional regulation at home and in the community. It can also be customized for teachers in a school setting.

Baltimore’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 24, 2016, 4:30-7:30 PM @ Towson University (7800 York Road Building)

If you are a designer, developer, usability specialist, or other influencer of the technology community, make sure you take time to recognize Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). You are invited to be part of the growing community of technology professionals who are talking, thinking, and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. The second annual free Baltimore GAAD seminar will take place in the evening of May 24.

People who are interested in making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first. To learn more about the Baltimore GAAD event and GAAD as a movement, please visit www.BaltimoreGAAD.org or email info@baltimoregaad.org with questions.

Supported by Towson University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences and the Towson-Lutherville-Cockeysville Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind

Whether it’s within government, college, or chain stores, accessibility is moving to the forefront of conversation these days. AT in the news for the week of 4/18 thru 4/22.

SRI International spins off robotics project as Superflex, aiming at human augmentation

How Accessible Is Your Recruiting Technology?

Breaking Down Barriers for Special Needs Children

College inventors bring sounds to sign language

Bringing 3D prosthetic printing to developing countries

In government, accessibility is a team effort

Technology helps service dogs ‘talk’

5 ways the cloud complicates accessibility

Assistive technology needs federal support to progress development

Breakthrough brain chip gives paralyzed man ability to hold cup, play Guitar Hero again

It’s time to make web accessibility integral to your project lifecycle

9 examples of tech making it harder for people with disabilities

See how Microsoft is giving people with Cystic Fibrosis a voice

Rite Aid to Offer Talking Prescriptions Devices to Customers with Vision Disabilities

Check out some of the newest equipment on the Equipment Link website!

Upcoming Free Accessibility Training Boutiques

Digital Books – Reading and Writing Accessible Books

April 25, 3:00-5:00 PM
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

EPUB is rapidly displacing PDF as the preferred non-proprietary format for digital books, but there are many formats available. This boutique will go over the different ways blind consumers can read a book accessibly, and the different needs for different kinds of books. After all, making a novel accessible is usually easier than doing so for a textbook. We will discuss resources for finding out how good a reading platform is, point out some good examples, and provide some guidance on how anyone making a book – whether it’s a self-publishing novelist, a teacher looking for the right format for a syllabus, or a publishing house – can do so without tripping up their blind readers. Please join us at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute on April 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m. for a free introduction. You can RSVP to cvangerven@nfb.org; space is limited. The address is 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

HTML with Accessibility in Mind

May 12, 8:00-10:00 AM
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

HTML provides the building blocks of accessible web design. Learn about how you can make different elements of a web page work for all your users with simple techniques. We will cover creating proper heading structure, forms, labeled images, CSS, link structure, and other topics. Please join us at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute on May 12, 8:00-10:00 a.m. for a free introduction. You can RSVP to cvangerven@nfb.org; space is limited. The address is 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Accessible PDF Documents

May 23, 3:00-5:00 PM
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Whether you are creating a PDF document or making an existing document usable, there are steps that will help you in the process. This two-hour boutique will cover some of the pitfalls and strategies that can make a cumbersome process less so. Please join us at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute on May 23, 3:00-5:00 p.m. for a free introduction. You can RSVP to cvangerven@nfb.org; space is limited. The address is 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

It’s Parkinson’s Disease Month and we want to make sure that we’re sharing info on some cool new devices on the market that could make a difference in the life of someone with Parkinson’s. Check these out, and let us know what you think. And stay tuned as we share more cool gadgets & gizmos in the coming days!

 

The SpillNot – The SpillNot is an invention that allows anyone to easily carry hot or cold The SpillNotdrinks without spilling. The loop handle (let’s think of it as a ‘thread’) is very flexible and cannot deliver a lateral acceleration to the cup (because it has no ‘sheer strength’), which is what usually makes liquid spill from an open container that is not tipped. Because the thread is very flexible, the thread exerts a force on the cup through the saucer causing acceleration in the only direction in which the thread can exert a force, toward the upper thread end that is held. Meaning, it doesn’t really spill!

 

The MagnaReady – Magnetic dress shirts that allow someone to bypass the use of buttons all together! The buttons are PRE - ORDER! Classic Navy And Blue Plaid Magnetic Closure Oxford Dress Shirt Traditional Fit - Long-Sleeve magnetically infused, allowing the same look as a traditional dress shirt, but with the option to magnetically close the shirt instead of manually button.

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