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
Whether it is a simple drawing of a tree or an intricate painting of a forest, visual art definitely mesmerizes all of us. And through the power of the Internet, we can now access paintings, drawings, and other forms of visual art more easily.
But here’s a thought: How can you appreciate visual art if you cannot see it? Would there still be a way for you to enjoy what others are seeing?
For the request of site visitors, Even Grounds will host a new series, called Developers' corner. Until now we have targeted two audiences.
- People who are making accessibility decisions in their organization
- People, who have never heard about accessibility and disabilities, but they would like to understand it better, either for their own education, or for making a difference in people's lives, hopefully both. We are trying to help with the blog.
From now on, we will actively reach out to developers and help them design accessible web sites, web applications and software.
Imagine yourself going to your favorite restaurant. You like the ambience and you immediately find a comfortable spot for your own. Everything is going well until you receive the menu but you can’t read it. Think about it. What would you do? Would you ask the waiter about the available meals? Would you get frustrated and just look for another restaurant?
This is actually a common scenario for blind people. Oftentimes, they would go to a restaurant and they do not get a menu they can read.
Similar to most types of tasks, supporting and implementing accessibility in a company could be done successfully if all the group’s members would carry out their own responsibilities.
In this post, we will take a look at what each member of an organization or company can do to improve the accessibility of information, products, or services.
Web conferences provide a convenient option of participating in an event while people are not physically present in the venue. But this technology is more than an option to persons with disabilities. Web conferences present a valuable means for persons with disabilities to join events they might otherwise not be able to attend due to their impairments.
It is therefore a good idea to make sure that the web conferences you would create would be accessible to this group of Internet users. Similarly, if you are acquiring the services of web conference providers, you should also see to it that the service you would get is accessible for persons with disabilities.
Here are some of the major features an accessible web conference should have, and three accessible conferencing solutions to get you started.
Greetings from Brazil. I'm currently attending the Encontro Internacional de Tecnologia conference. This conference explores how to obtain and promote assistive technology in Brazil. I was invited to speak about assistive technologies, where I discussed the relation of assistive technologies and accessible mainstream technologies.
On this international day of Persons with Disabilities, Stevie Wonder was named to be a UN Messenger of Peace. So, let this be an unusual post celebrating this event, instead of tearing this event apart, I would like to share a couple of personal memories I have about Stevie.
We are getting ready to teach an accessibility course in the Philippines. To provide more information about the country, read the situation about accessibility. As a developing Asian country, the Philippines realizes the importance of accessibility to its disabled citizen. In this blog post, we will take a look at the present situation of accessibility in this country.