When I come home from work, after a fun filled day of analyzing website code, my 6-year-old son sometimes asks me "What's your job daddy?" I have to give him a simple answer he can understand, so I tell him my job is to make sure that everyone can go on the Internet. If he keeps asking me further questions, I usually distract him with… Continue Reading Web Accessibility – It‘s always about the users!
Have you seen the popular show Undercover Boss? If you haven't, the premise behind it is that the boss of a large company, usually the CEO, will go undercover and do the job of one of the employees working at the lowest levels of the organization for a week. One reason shows such as Undercover Boss are so popular is that many of us can… Continue Reading Walk a Mile Using Assistive Technology
Purdue's Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Assistive Technology Center (ATC) have a joint mission - to improve the accessibility of the University. Commencement with Closed Captioning As part of fulfilling this mission, on-site closed captioning was provided during each commencement ceremony. A large screen TV with captioning was placed on the stage, television and online broadcasts included captioning, and an American Sign Language interpreter was on hand as well.… Continue Reading Assistive Technology Helps Mother and Son at Purdue University
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
What is H.R. 521? The Transforming Education through Technology Act (H.R. 521) has been introduced in Congress. If passed, the bill would require accessible learning technology to be available to students from K-12, for every school subject. The government would make $500 million dollars available for state education agencies through grants. As part of the application process, the agency would need to describe how they… Continue Reading Transforming Education Technology