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Even Grounds Blog
In this blog, I will reflect on issues which effect the accessibility of technology. I would like to bring certain issues to my readers attention which are either interesting, directly effect our lives, or bring issues into our attention which we would have never thought of.
Tom Babinszki, Director of Even Grounds
There is more and more talk about the accessibility of iPhones and iPads. For blind and visually impaired people, it is one of the most accessible devices. But have you wondered how they can access it when all it has is a touch screen?
This is a very interesting and powerful question asked by my friend when we were having dinner a few nights ago. We had a good and long talk about it, and I’d like to share the points we raised in our talk.
We focused on the issues that can really prevent a user from accessing information on a web site.
Help promoting Braille literacy while taking a Caribbean cruise!
The following announcement is from the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia:
Last December, I have shared my reflection about Stevie Wonder when he became the UN Messenger of Peace. If you liked my reflection, or you are a fan of Stevie Wonder, you maybe very interested in an online Seminar of the Hadley School for the Blind. Their guest is Ted Hull, the tutor of Stevie Wonder throughout Stevie's teenage years.
The long white cane has been a symbol of blind persons around the world. This simple device has helped millions of blind persons find their way towards the place they want to go to.
It has also inspired a number of electronic mobility devices for blind individuals. Taking the concept of the white cane, developers of assistive technologies have made these electronic devices to enhance the traveling experience of persons who are blind. Most of these devices should be used in conjunction with the cane or other mobility aids.
One second is all it takes to know what time it is. That is, if you can see your watch or clock. On the other hand, if you are blind, have low vision, or are deaf blind, it would be a very different situation. You may even think of resorting to the help of others in doing this vital task due to the disability you have.
There are, however, a number of assistive technologies you can use to independently know the time. Below we talk about some of the most common time-related devices and software for blind and visually impaired persons.
LinkedIn used to be one of those social networking sites which I have highly recommended to people with disabilities, as it was one of the most accessible ones. Visiting the site for a couple of minutes one can tell that it was designed, with accessibility in mind. Maybe not anymore?
We’ve just created a web accessibility channel in YouTube. We’d like to invite you all to check out our videos, subscribe to the channel, and add us up as your friend.
Let us find out what epilepsy is and what are the technologies that can help people avoid or minimize the problems brought by its effects.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy refers to a group of disorders that causes disturbances in the brain’s electrical signaling.
Pulses of energy travel in the brain at a certain rate. During an epileptic seizure, these pulses of energy travel much faster for a specific period of time. Epilepsy may be caused by abnormalities in the brain, illness, and brain damage.