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Tactile Features on Currency Notes are a Worldwide Trend

Aug, 8, 2015

Tactile features on currency notes are used in many countries around the world, which allows citizens with visual impairments to handle money more easily. Canada’s currency notes are printed with a tactile feature in the corner so that visually impaired citizens can easily tell what denomination they’re holding. So are the currency notes in Bahrain, Thailand, Malawi, and […]

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NVDA: A Free Open-Source Screen Reader that Anyone Can Use

Aug, 8, 2015

In 2006, two Australian programmers — Michael Curran and James Teh — released a free open-source screen reader called NVDA. This was a huge win for accessibility, because at the time, screen readers could cost more than the computers on which they ran. (Many screen readers remain very expensive.) The high cost of screen readers made […]

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People with Disabilities Still an Afterthought in Tech Design

Aug, 8, 2015

Voice of America recently published a great article by Aida Akl on digital accessibility. In the article, Akl addresses the ways in which people with disabilities are ignored during the design process of new technologies, in spite of the progress made in accessible computing. She also discusses the difficulty in getting older systems and static […]

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New Yorkers Celebrate First Disability Pride Parade

Jul, 7, 2015

On Sunday, July 12th, New York City hosted its first annual Disability Pride Parade. Over 3,000 members of the disability community took over Broadway to champion equal access, and to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Crowds cheered enthusiastically as participants passed by. Mayor Bill de Blasio was in attendance, telling reporters he […]

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Interview with Mirabai Knight, Realtime Captioner

Jul, 7, 2015

The second installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an interview with Mirabai Knight, a realtime captioner. Knight is also a contributor to the StenoSpeak for Android project. When did you first get started in accessibility? You could argue that my first entry into accessibility was in third grade, when we were given the assignment to invent something […]

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Accessibility in the News – March 2015

Mar, 3, 2015

Here is a roundup of some accessibility stories in the news recently. In Ontario, the Collingwood Public Library was awarded a grant to update its technology with more accessible devices. Microsoft received a 2015 Access Award from the American Foundation for the Blind, in recognition of their accomplishments on the Windows-Eyes screen reader. On opensource.com, […]

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Interview with Entrepreneur and Accessibility Activist John Kirkwood

Mar, 3, 2015

In our new Accessibility Activists column, Equal Entry will be highlighting  the work of people who set and achieve high standards in digital accessibility. Our first installment is an interview with John Kirkwood from CityMouse, one of New York’s first independent Internet media agencies. When did you first get started in accessibility? Well, accessibility has always been a part of […]

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Accessibility in the News – January 2015

Feb, 2, 2015

Here is a roundup of some accessibility stories in the news this month. In British Columbia, the Telemark Nordic Club was awarded a federal enabling accessibility grant to help fund an upgrade to the ski lodge. The lodge will soon be wheelchair accessible and sit-ski/sled accessible. At UC Davis, the Student Disability Center is providing […]

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Q&A: Making a Physical Board Game Accessible for Blind and Low Vision Players

Feb, 2, 2014

Let\’s start from the beginning. How did you come up with the idea of making a board game be accessible? It started early last year, in March, when I started working with a student at Colorado State University named Adam, who is blind. I was supposed to work with him to help him in one […]