Deque Systems Sponsors National Federation for the Blind Convention

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Deque Systems is proud to be an Accessibility Champion sponsor of the 2014 National Federation of the Blind Convention, held in Orlando Florida from July 1-6. This will be the 74th annual convention for NFB, which is the oldest and largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the United States. At the convention, Deque will be promoting and teaching NFB attendees about  Fix the Web and… Continue Reading Deque Systems Sponsors National Federation for the Blind Convention

Sony & Amazon Ask to Exempt E-readers from Accessibility Law

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A group of e-reader manufacturers including Amazon, Sony, and Kobo, are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to exempt the devices from federal accessibility laws. The 21st Century Communications and Video Act  (CVAA), which was signed into law in 2010, requires that "equipment used for advanced communications services [ACS], including end user equipment" be "accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities." In the petition to the FCC, the… Continue Reading Sony & Amazon Ask to Exempt E-readers from Accessibility Law

London theatre highlights visual disabilities starring Christopher Eccleston

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The Royal Institute of Blind People (RNIB) recently created a unique theatre experience in London with actor Christopher Eccleston (of Doctor Who fame). The unique performance is performed in the dark, creating a sensory theatrical experience that highlights every sense except sight. "Now That You've Died" was written by award-winning author Patrick Ness and is directed by Hector Harkness and Kate Hargreaves. Read for RNIB… Continue Reading London theatre highlights visual disabilities starring Christopher Eccleston

International copyright treaty will bring more accessible textbooks

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After ten years of negotiations by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a historic treaty was signed that will bring more accessible textbooks to blind users. The agreement, signed by 186 countries, will remove copyright obstacles that have prevented many textbooks from being made available in accessible formats such as braille, large print, and audio. The treaty will carve out copyright exemptions which will also enable… Continue Reading International copyright treaty will bring more accessible textbooks

Inaccessible Course Materials Leads to Another Higher Education ADA Settlement

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Louisiana Tech University has become the latest higher education institution to settle with the Justice Department over inaccessible course materials. The settlement is a result of the university using course materials that were inaccessible to blind students, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Higher ed settlement ensures new accessibility policies The student who initially made the complaint was not able to access… Continue Reading Inaccessible Course Materials Leads to Another Higher Education ADA Settlement

Coming soon to a theater near you: Accessibility!

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The Royal Treatment More and more companies are recognizing the importance of making their content accessible to customers regardless of ability. This trend towards accessibility has now gone Hollywood: Regal Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in the United States, is rolling out assistive technology glasses nationwide. Sony Entertainment Access Glasses are a breakthrough technology which enables instant closed-captioning as well as an audio headset… Continue Reading Coming soon to a theater near you: Accessibility!

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