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
Who are the people that come to mind when you work on the accessibility of your site? Your answer would definitely be persons with disabilities, right? True enough, if your web site is accessible, this huge and loyal group of readers and potential customers would visit you often.
This however doesn’t end there. I invite you to read on and get to know another important group of people who can benefit from web accessibility.
Without your eyesight and sense of hearing, you may think you’d be unable to browse the Internet, let alone use the computer.
Our friend Ruby has however proven that a day of a deaf blind person can include these activities. Yet although deaf blind persons like Ruby have the assistive technologies they need in surfing the Net, they still find difficulty in accessing certain web sites.
Here, Ruby joins us one more time and shows us the challenges faced by deaf blind persons as they use the Internet.
Autism has been mistakenly described as a disorder that traps the person and the mind in a solitary world. We now know that this is not true. While autism can give rise to problems in social interaction, communication, and cognitive and motor difficulties, there’s so much that assistive technology can do to help people with autism live functional lives.
Computers are one of the most adaptable assistive technology devices available for people with autism. Contrary to what many people think, computers are perfect for people with autism because of the predictability of its responses and its capability to conduct communication through symbols and synthesized speech.
There are several adaptive computer hardware and software available which could help people with autism use the computer more effectively.
For popular request, I put a workbook together which gives you easy to follow instructions to make your web site much more accessible to people with disabilities. Very often people ask me what can they do to make a site more accessible. Usually I find that their concern is that accessibility is too complex or overwhelming.
We’ve all become so familiar with the rhythmic clacking of our keyboard and the clicking of the mouse. These sounds have accompanied us as we rushed to finish that report and as we leisurely browsed our favorite social networks.
Things however would be a lot different if you couldn’t use your hands to type or click. But you nonetheless would still want to use your computer, right? So how would you be able to do this without your hands?
One of the best possible answers to this is to use a voice recognition system. Here, we’ll look at what this technology is, how it works, and what its applications are.
We all know that sign language is used by people who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate with other persons. But while this form of communication is essential to this group, only a small percentage of hearing people know this language.
To address this issue, developers of technologies have created ways to use sign language in software and similar products. Below we offer a glimpse of some of these assistive technologies. You may be surprised by how innovative these products are.
“Provide good content” is what many people say in order to increase your site rankings and convert your readers to customers. So you work to create the most informative and interesting articles out there.
But you must know that there are people whose comprehension is different from yours. What’s basic and simple to you may be too complex to others. How can you be sure that everyone would understand your content?
Here, we give you the answer by discussing the challenges faced by Internet users with cognitive disabilities. Joining us is Tristan, our friend who shared with us A Day in the Life of a Person with a Cognitive Disability. For each challenge below, we provide a solution to help people such as Tristan as they use your web site.
It starts with a few harmless minutes of surfing the World Wide Web. You eventually become engrossed in surfing the Net and begin to do it more frequently. And if this is not managed and controlled at once, it may turn into a harmful habit that can affect your work or studies, social life, and even your health.
This disorder known as Internet addiction can affect anyone of us who uses the computer and the World Wide Web. We believe it is therefore important to identify its causes and symptoms, and the ways to treat this addiction.
When you find a huge population of Internet users, you definitely want to target them and make them want to visit your site. And one of the major groups that many web developers are aiming to target is that of the aging population.
More and more senior citizens are using the Internet at a regular basis. And no matter what your niche is, you can be sure that there will always be older people who would find your site and would want to read what you have in store.
This is more than enough reason to make your site more usable and accessible to the aging population. So to help you get started, here are 4 easy steps to make your site usable and accessible to older people.