Pragmatica11y: Perception is everything

Pragmatically with Denis Bourdeau

Back when I was a student in classic literature and creative writing some 20 years ago, one of our teachers showed how perception is often more important than the message we mean to convey. On the very first day, as we entered the room, seven words were written on the blackboard: "A woman without her man is nothing." The teacher was standing in the front… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: Perception is everything

Deque Attending HHS Conference

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Technology Accessibility and Inclusion The Department of Heath and Human Services is hosting the first annual Technology Accessibility and Inclusion Conference (a11y@HHS) on May 7th in Silver Spring, Maryland. Over 300 are expected to attend this one-day event, where they will visit sessions and an exhibit hall, and network with industry peers. The conference goal is to broaden the dialog concerning accessibility and inclusion. The… Continue Reading Deque Attending HHS Conference

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

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