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Notable Improvements to the NVDA Screen Reader

On March 2, I did some investigating on a free screen reader called NVDA.  Although this screen reader has been discussed in earlier conferences and reviews, I was curious to find out if there had been any improvements to the software.

To my pleasant surprise, I found out that, Sure enough, NVDA, in the last year or so, has made significant improvements when using Microsoft word.

The most noticeable change is that the user now has the option to be able to check if there is bolding, underlining, and tab spacing in their document.  These features do also exist in other screen readers, such as Jaws and Window Eyes; however, there is a reason, which I will come back to later, as to why I am so happy that this has now been implemented in NVDA.

What did I learn today - CAPTCHAS

What Did I Learn Today

I am enrolled at Ryerson University, taking part-time distance courses towards a degree in Disability Studies.  I am registered with the Access Centre, Ryerson’s accommodation provider for students with disabilities.  This week, the Access Centre circulated a survey to students in an attempt to evaluate and improve the services they provide.   I thought to myself, here is an opportunity to recognize those things the Centre does well, make suggestions about those services where improvements should be made, and to discuss my views on accommodation versus accessibility.

The Ontario Government's proposed distance learning policy

It is often said that it is the early bird that catches the worm, and in this case, I thought that I would go out there and try and catch the worm or maybe jump the gun in order to register my concerns.

Have your say at the International Conference On Technology & Persons With Disabilities

For the last 27 years, the International Conference On Technology & Disability has been the premier event on Accessibility, Job Accommodation & Adaptive Computer Technology in North America, providing an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices. It regularly draws thousands of participants, hundreds of exhibitors and assistive/adaptive technology manufacturers and researchers from around the world.

This year, Jeffrey Stark, the chair of CWDO's Technology Committee, will be attending the conference in California. He has offered to take your questions, interests and other requests to the participants of the conference.

A Great Technology Training Resource

On February 23, 2012, I came across a web page that deals with technology training for the blind. The web page is www.blindtraining.com.

The first thing that I noticed about the web site was its ease of use and accessibility. Everything was categorized in headings, and the links were easy to navigate to using Jaws for Windows, Voice Over on the Mac, and Window Eyes screen readers.

The web site caters to trainers who write electronic tutorial text books on the use of Software’s such as Word, and Internet Explorer just to name but a few. There is even a link that points to free electronic text files in the use of Windows 7 with Jaws and Window Eyes, and how to deal with the ribbon menu in Microsoft office 2007 or 2010.

Music Technology-Breaking the Barrier

On January 19th, the Hadley School for the Blind hosted an online presentation on music software allowing easy access to the visually impaired. You can download and listen to the presentation from the Hadley web site at http://www.hadley.edu/PastSeminars.asp.  Follow the link to "Braille Music Technology".

Is the government complying with its new standard on web accessibility? Help us find out!

On November 29, 2010 the Federal Court of Canada released a landmark decision concerning the rights of Canadians with disabilities to access government websites. 

Justice Kelen declared that Donna Jodhan's inability to access certain government websites is representative of a system wide failure by government departments and agencies to make their websites accessible, and that the government's failure to monitor and ensure compliance with its own accessibility standards violates the equality guarantee in the Charter. He declared that the government has a constitutional obligation to bring itself into compliance with the Charter within a "reasonable time period, such as 15 months."  If the government is not complying, Justice Kelen indicated Ms.

Why Accessibility is an Essential Ingredient for the iPad's Success in Education

Today, Apple announced some new tools that are likely to revolutionize textbook publishing and education in the same way that iTunes and the iPod changed music and the music industry and in the way the Appstore and the iPhone changed mobile phones. Specifically, Apple announced:

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