May #a11ychat

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Town Hall with Shawn Lauriat from Google Our next #a11ychat will take place on May 20th from 4-5pm EDT (note the time change!), and will feature a very special guest: Shawn Lauriat, a software engineer at Google since 2011, focusing on accessibility of Google Docs. Shawn will be answering questions during the #a11ychat and talking about accessibility and Google Docs. The Deque team, including Glenda Sims,… Continue Reading May #a11ychat

Section 508 Lawsuit

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Attorney Sues Department of Homeland Security Citing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Michael Leiterman, a lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has filed a suit against his employer. Section 508 is an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act, passed by Congress in 1986. This amendment specifies that government agencies must make their electronic and information technology available to people with disabilities. Since its adoption… Continue Reading Section 508 Lawsuit

Requirements for Accessible PDF part 3 – Authoring Best Practices

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While this post is not meant as tutorial on creating accessible content with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, keeping the following pointers in mind will help build accessibility right in the source documents - this list covers a few of the most important things to keep in mind. And as we saw in the previous posts, building accessibility in our source document is usually better than… Continue Reading Requirements for Accessible PDF part 3 – Authoring Best Practices

Midas Touch Allows People with Blindness to Experience Visual Art

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The Arm of Technology Embraces Art Harvard University students are developing technology that will use 3D printing technology to create a relief of artwork. When it is touched, pressure-activated sensors relay audio feedback about the painting. The audio ranges from a description of the piece's history and meaning, as well as the object's physical qualities. The students see this as something that can be used… Continue Reading Midas Touch Allows People with Blindness to Experience Visual Art

Accessibility Round-Up – April 12, 2013

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Here are some notable accessibility links from around the web this week: Why did Mr. Rogers always make a point of mentioning out loud when he was feeding his fish? - Reddit "BBC Olympics: An Accessibility Case Study" - Alistair Duggin on SlideShare "Overcoming Accessibility Challenges of Web Conferencing" - IBM "Accessibility: Front and Center" - Bruce Maas, CIO of University of Wisconsin-Madison "Making Accessible Icon Buttons" -… Continue Reading Accessibility Round-Up – April 12, 2013

#a11ychat Coming up on Monday!

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Ambiguous Guidelines? The April #a11ychat is coming up on Monday the 15th from 5-6pm EDT. The topic is "Violation or Best Practice?" We will discuss the many accessibility guidelines whose interpretation can sometimes be ambiguous: accessibility issues that are often perceived as actual violations, while they may in fact only be best practice (and vice versa). The Deque team of Denis Boudreau, Glenda Sims, Todd Liebsch, Paul… Continue Reading #a11ychat Coming up on Monday!

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