Snapverter – Accessible, Google Drive-Friendly Files


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Snapverter™ quickly transforms classroom papers, images, and Bookshare eBooks into accessible, Google Drive-friendly files. Make every single word in your classroom truly accessible for every student. Snapverter is an add-on for Read&Write for Google that converts printed documents and inaccessible digital files into readable PDF files for easy sharing and reading aloud in Google Drive. Snapverter uses smart OCR technology to recognize text from worksheets, handouts, book pages, and other printed materials. It can also convert Bookshare® digital publications in DAISY format to accessible EPUB files, which can then be read aloud with Read&Write for Google. Snapverter can also handle documents with embedded photos, charts and diagrams that are integrated seamlessly in the converted PDF. Simply snap a picture of any document using your smartphone or select any inaccessible digital file, and save to Snapverter’s folder in your Google Drive. Converted files can then be easily shared with students and other teachers on any device - PCs, Macs, Chromebook, tablets, or smartphones.
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DrawBraille Concept Is a Smartphone for the Blind 


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DrawBraille Phone

For many people, smartphones are an indispensable part of their lives: Email, games, music, a camera--all instantly accessible wherever you go. But not everyone can fully enjoy the benefits of a smartphone. For the visually impaired, a lot of the convenience of a smartphone is lost. That's where a new concept smartphone comes in: DrawBraille is a smartphone concept that's tailored for the visually impaired. The left side of the DrawBraille phone is the display; it has a series of mechanical dots in groups of six that can display Braille characters for you to read. There are five rows, each containing seven groups of six dots. For messages that cannot be conveyed in that space, there are page up and down buttons to the left of the display area for scrolling. The right side of the phone is the input area and contains twenty touch-sensitive squares arranged in five rows of four. The middle six squares represent the six possible dots that form a Braille character. You enter each character by touching the correct squares, sliding your finger from one to the next either within the six squares that represent the Braille character, or if the dots are not connected, by using the outside squares. Lifting your finger completes the character, allowing you to move onto the next.
Source: DrawBraille Concept Is a Smartphone for the Blind | PCWorld
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Audio Exam Creator 


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Audio Exam Creator App Interface

Audio Exam Creator

Audio Exam Creator is a quick and easy way to record test questions for students with print disabilities who need read aloud testing accommodations. Audio Exam Player (a free download) gives students a superior way of independently hearing those test questions read aloud with human speech or mechanical speech. Students who had, in the past, refused read aloud testing are eager to take their exams using this app. This timesaver app for teachers improves test performance for students who take tests on their own, with peers in the classroom. No more frustration for students who’s inability to sound out words and who’s slow reading causes low test scores. SAVE TIME Record a 20 question quiz in 7 to 9 minutes instead of spending 20 to 40+ minutes interacting with students to complete the reading and rereading of questions directly. DELEGATE TEST PREP Assign test preparation remotely to anyone who has a Wi-Fi connection, assistants, student volunteers. Approved parent volunteers could do this task from their home. One person can start creating the exam, email it to another person who finishes it and emails it back or broadcasts it using the Cloud. KEEP STUDENTS IN THEIR CLASSROOM Eliminate the time and energy required to get students together with a reader because the reader will broadcast the exam and the students will download the exam at their desks. SAVE, SEND, AND MODIFY EXAMS Save exams to rebroadcast. Send an exam using Apple's Mail letting other teachers rebroadcast the exam or modify the exam before broadcasting. LEARN TO USE THE APP IN MINUTES The app is intuitive and simple to use. In 5 to 10 minutes teachers figure out how it works, create their first audio exam, and play it on the built-in player. USE ADVANCED FEATURES Features are easily recognized or discovered, review recordings at high speed, re-record questions, type and edit test questions with the keyboard, import test questions text using cut and paste or file import, archive exams on a computer or anywhere you can send an email, etc. IMPROVE TEST SCORES Without thinking about sounding out words, students concentrate all their attention on what they are being asked and how they will answer the questions. They make better use of their time without the distractions and difficulties caused by a teacher reading to them directly. TEACH INDEPENDENCE Students manage their time, solve problems without looking for help from a reader, develop their confidence, and complete tests on their own. They speed up the playback, skip questions, reread questions, and play questions at will. ENTICE STUDENTS TO USE READ ALOUD TESTING Students volunteer to take exams on the iPad. They don't feel singled out, and they complete exams in the same length of time as their peers. PREPARE STUDENTS FOR MECHANICAL SPEECH Students started using this app with easy to understand human speech, and before they were required to use mechanical speech for standardized testing, they transition to mechanical speech within the app using Apple's built-in screen reader VoiceOver. PASSWORD PROTECT TESTS Exams which are broadcast are password protected on a secure network. Students can be given a length of time for completing an exam. Exams can be set to expire at a specific day and time. Teachers can require students to login when they download an exam, and the teacher will receive a report of that student's download. Use the iOS feature Guided Access to lock students into the app until they have finished their test. GET FREE PLAYERS FOR STUDENTS Open the world of success to students at no cost to them or to the school because the Audio Exam Player is a free download at the iTunes Store.
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Wear.Works : Wearable Haptic Navigation


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Our first product, is a wearable haptic navigation device for the blind and visually impaired. It guides users to an end-destination using only vibration. WAYBAND communicates navigation information by using non-intrusive tactile feedback. Offloading this from the eyes and ears delivers information without a display in a more intuitive way.
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The Wheelchair POP Topper – WWAY TV3


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Lorraine and her friend looking over her Wheelchair POP Toppers

Lorraine and her friend looking over her Wheelchair POP Toppers

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Bumper stickers have long been used as a form of expression on the back on a car or truck. But in Carolina Beach, a woman has found a way to break barriers with the back of her wheelchair. WWAY’s Daniel Seamans introduces you to our Extraordinary Person of the Week. There is quite the creative mind inside Lorraine’s Hakuna Matata. It’s something old becoming something new. “We Call it a Wheelchair POP Topper,” Lorraine Woodward told WWAY’s Daniel Seamans. “It’s a pop of personality for your wheelchair.” It’s something inspired by girls just wanting to have fun. “In December of last year,” she said, “a friend of mine came over and thought the back of my wheelchair was ugly and she put a Christmas Santa hat on it and I said you’re brilliant.” And with that, the idea was born for folks in wheelchairs. “I said, what do you see?” Lorraine said to her friend. “She said, ‘a Santa hat on the back of your wheelchair’. I said, Exactly! You no longer see the wheelchair.”
Source: EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The Wheelchair POP Topper - WWAY TV3
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Aida Reminder – Set hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reminders


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  • Aida Reminder

    Aida Reminder

    Super fast, set up reminders in seconds
  • User friendly interface
  • 9 different categories to choose from: One-Time, Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly, Wake-Up Alarm, Voice Reminder, Music Reminder
  • Voice Reminders: Use your own voice to record reminders. They will play when the reminder is due (Available on iOS 9 and later. If you have iOS 8, you will have to open Aida Reminder to listen the voice reminder)
  • Music Reminders: Pick a song from your music library and set it as the reminder sound (Available on iOS 9 and later)
  • Snooze reminders directly from the notification banner or from the lock screen
  • Auto-Snooze: Automatically repeat the alarm up to 5 times at regular intervals (e.g. 1 min, 10 mins, 30 mins) until you take action
  • Pre-Alarms: Receive up to 5 notifications prior to the actual due date
  • Add images or photos to each reminder for easy identification
  • Option to skip the current alarm and reschedule it for the next repeating date
  • Has a calendar to view all reminders by month
  • Drop-down panel for easy access to edit or reschedule any reminder quickly
  • Easy one tap to turn individual reminders on or off
  • Option to pause all reminders when you don't want to be disturbed
  • Wake-up alarm with custom snooze time
  • See your past reminders in the History tab
  • Sort reminders by Priority or Due Date
  • Backup and restore reminders on the same device or multiple devices
  • Auto-delete your completed reminders
  • More than 110 built-in images
  • 45 built-in alarm sounds
Source: Aida Reminder - Set hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reminders
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How It Works – Button Blocker


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Button Blocker TV Remote Cover

Button Blocker TV Remote Cover

TV viewers of all ages suffer from the frustration of being unable to navigate the 50 or more buttons on the remote control supplied by their pay-TV providers. Inadvertently pressing “wrong” buttons can cause your TV to become unresponsive and “unwatchable”. The screen turns blue and then reads “No Signal” or HDMI-3.When this happens, it is difficult (some find it impossible) to figure out the correct sequence of buttons you need to press to be able to return the TV to its prior setting. Viewers usually place a call to a family member or to their cable TV provider for help or simply decide to stop watching TV altogether.
Source: How It Works - Button Blocker
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How to Build a LipSync: 37 Steps (with Pictures)


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Touchscreen devices have become a staple piece of technology in this day and age. In 2016, upwards of 1.6 billion people in the world are using smartphones. Most people cannot get through the day without using their smartphone. It keeps us connected. It keeps us organized. It is an integral part of our social lives. For people in wheelchairs whom experience difficulties with fine upper body motor control, the usage of mobile devices can be very challenging. Statistics show there are over 1 million people in the United States and Canada that have very limited or no use of their hands, making touchscreen devices very difficult or impossible to use.The "LipSync" is an assistive technology device which is being developed to allow quadriplegics and other people with limited hand use the ability to use touchscreen mobile devices by manipulation of a mouth-operated joystick with integrated sip and puff controls. The user is able to manipulate a cursor on their device screen using a mouth-operated joystick with integrated sip and puff controls to simulate the actions of "tap" and hitting the back button, respectively. With longer sips and longer puffs, additional secondary features are enabled including a "tap and drag", "long tap and drag" and the possibility of more specialized functions as per the user's needs. The LipSync is design specifically for portable devices, it does not require AC power, but it will work with any device including desktop and laptop computers that support mice through a universal serial bus (USB).
Source: How to Build a LipSync: 37 Steps (with Pictures)
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ADA Rule Inactive Status: Impacts on Digital Accessibility – WeCo Digital Accessibility


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Now and later signs posted pointing in different directions

ADA Rule Inactive

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that rule updates for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been placed on an “inactive” list.  These rules would have provided us with specific guidance regarding what website and software accessibility looks like under the ADA.  They were set to be released in late 2017 and early 2018 according to the Unified Regulatory Agenda. It’s difficult to know exactly what this “inactive” status means.  This impacts many businesses, nonprofits and governments who have web presence.  It is the first time a federal agency has ever taken such an action. “No one knows for sure what relegation to the inactive list means as this is the first time that federal agencies have prioritized their rulemaking agendas…The placement of the Title II and Title III website accessibility regulations on the inactive list represents a significant departure from past positions of the DOJ, which had these regulations expected in each of the coming fiscal years….” -Ogletree Deakins Law Firm.
Source: ADA Rule Inactive Status: Impacts on Digital Accessibility - WeCo Digital Accessibility
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OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired | TechCrunch


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Research Participant Wearing OxSight While Bowling

Research Participant Wearing OxSight While Bowling

One percent of the world’s population, approximately 70 million people, are blind. That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is massive when you consider that there are currently few assistive technologies available as an aid to make easier the lives of the visually impaired. A new startup that spun out of Oxford last year, OxSight, is looking to change that. The company built and is testing augmented reality glasses to help the visually impaired recognize and navigate objects in their environment. Think of it as a hearing aid for the blind. OxSight is a potential replacement for canes and seeing-eye dogs. Those give you immediate localization of obstacles near you, but don’t give you a sense of awareness of the environment that you are in. OxSight is a potential replacement for canes and seeing-eye dogs. Most of the people who have tested the OxSight previously had some level of sight that has degraded over time. The product uses the sight they still have, whether it’s detection of light, movement or a small amount of shape, and amplifies it inside a pair of augmented reality glasses.
Source: OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired | TechCrunch
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