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Today’s the day! It’s Web Accessibility Training Day 2014 hosted by the National Federation of the Blind and the Maryland Technology Assistance Program. Follow NFB_voice and MDTAP on Twitter, hashtag #WATD14, to get real time updates on sessions, speakers and more.

The session materials and audio recordings will be posted after the event at https://nfb.org/web-accessibility-day

It’s good practice to make things accessible. From equipment to electronic documents, making sure everyone can access an item or information is a universally beneficial choice. And now that so many people, agencies and organizations use social media, it’s vital to ensure that the information you’re posting, whether through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or some other platform, is readable by all users.

Queens University in Ontario Canada has recently created a great series of tips for users of many social media platforms – Social Media Accessibility – Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. For anyone using social media, whether personally or professionally, this provides great tips on captioning video, alt texting images, properly/accessibly constructing tweets, and much more.

Now, go forth and learn. And wow your friends (and colleagues) with how much you know about accessibility!

Medical engineering, musicians with assistive technology, tactile space books, 3-D printed body parts…it’s like the coolest liberal arts college. Ever.

Check out all the newest assistive technology happenings right here – AT in the news from 8/25 -thru 9/5

Wearable Fall Detector Without A Button

New iBooks® Textbook Helps Visually Impaired Visit the Stars Through Touch, Sound

“Researchers found that those given access to a tablet with a speech-generating app during therapy

DC to have more disability-friendly taxis by 10/1/14

Sony challenges Google Glass with its new ‘Smart EyeGlass’

For patients with macular edema caused by diabetes, a new self-administered treatment may be on the way

Inclusive latrines aren’t all about tech

Farm People Can Change Behaviors To Reduce Risk For Arthritis

For blind bus riders, a new app boosts independence

Cheap, Low-Tech Devices Help Paralyzed Patients ‘Speak Their Minds’

Clarkson University: Clarkson University Design Team – Inexpensive Mechanically Powered Laryngopharynx

Central High grad, Auburn senior developing apps for Google Glass to enable disabled

New neuro-stimulator device created to treat epilepsy

Eighth-Graders Create Device for Disabled Student Using 3D Design Software and 3D Printing

A great article on why an AT Assessment is a valuable piece of the puzzle

“Going screenless with YouTube: how blind users experience the service” (video)

Yes, you can use an iPad to teach braille. Here’s how

New blog post – volunteer to help students get accessible textbooks this school year through Team-Up for Textbooks!

Teacher-focused webinars showcase tech & tools to help readers with dyslexia succeed

MIT grads develop real-time head injury alert sensor for parents, coaches

Eye implant turns smartphone into a glaucoma monitor

Start the school year off with technology

5 Tips to Help Your Child Who Is Visually Impaired Move Up to Middle or High School

Surgeons replace a 12-year-old’s cancerous vertebra with a 3D-printed implant

The One-Handed Violin Virtuoso

Cheap tech for polio survivors

Science Changes Lives: The musician who composes in the blink of an eye

Researchers develop artificial lens based glaucoma sensor

New Stand Up Kids’ Wheelchair a Game-Changer

Speech Apps to Smart Pens: Tech Aids Students With Learning Disabilities


During the month of October, The Governor’s Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) will host two workshops for jobseekers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind.

MDTAP will be taking part in both of these events, displaying a variety of technologies that can be beneficial to employees and job seekers!

The Deaf workshop will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014, 1-4pm, Lower Shore, One-Stop Job Market, 31901 Tri-County Way, Suite 111, Salisbury, MD 21804.

The Hard of Hearing workshop will be held on, Monday, October 27, 2014, 1-4pm, Prince George’s County, Economic Development Corporation, Conference Room 140, 1801 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD 20774.

To register, visit http://www.odhh.maryland.gov/news.html or email gov.odhh@maryland.gov.


Separate Content/Functionality from Visual Design

Accessibility of web page content and functionality occurs almost entirely in page markup (HTML). Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), on the other hand, should be used exclusively for defining page styling and visual design. While CSS can be used to improve visual design, accessibility, and usability, screen readers ignore nearly all styles. When page content or functionality are integrated into visual design and CSS (such as a CSS background image that presents content, or a styled button that presents no functional text), then this content is not available to screen reader users. Ensure that content and/or functionality are not lost when page styles are disabled.

It’s Tech Tip Tuesday and we don’t want to disappoint. Recently, we’ve started featuring short videos on new apps on the market. But what if you’re working with someone who can’t use the iPad in a traditional way? What if that person needs to use a switch instead? Enabling Devices has put together a helpful, free chart on Switch Accessible Apps for the iPad. It covers a variety of apps, their prices, and their compatibility with either one or two switches.

In addition, they include other helpful charts, such as Autism Apps and Activity Guides for Communicators. Check out all their resources under the Free Info tab on the Enabling Devices website.

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