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Access for people with disabilities The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 15 per cent of world population are with disabilities. However, information and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential for making significant improvements in the lives of these persons, allowing them to enhance their social and economic integration in communities by enlarging the scope of activities available to them. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated annually since 1992 on 3 December to promote an understanding of disability issues and to mobilise support for the dignity and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life. UNESCO is one of the UN agencies that promotes and supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006. Access for people with disabilities
GAWDS - The Guild of Accessible Web Designers Trademark 101 for the Web Professional : an article by Ted Roe. The differences between trademark and copyright How to develop a strong trademark and A description of the trademark registration process. At last an easy way to complain about inaccessible websites - start reporting now! GAWDS - The Guild of Accessible Web Designers
Accessibility Accessibility Accessibility Accessibility in web design means creating web pages that everyone can use. Those who cannot see or use a mouse.
JAWS 13 Downloads Use the links on this page to download the latest version of JAWS that is appropriate for your computer's operating system. For a list of new features available in this version of JAWS, see What's New in JAWS 15. For a list of system requirements, see JAWS System Requirements. Read Me First JAWS requires that you restart your computer during the installation process. JAWS 13 Downloads
Accessibility: Low-Vision Support - The Chromium Projects Accessibility: Low-Vision Support - The Chromium Projects We believe that Chrome should provide a complete and satisfying experience to users who have low vision. Here are three of the most common needs, and how they can currently be addressed in Chrome. Full Page Zoom In order to increase or decrease the zoom level of the currently displayed web page, you can use either the keyboard shortcuts (see table below) or access ‘Zoom->Larger/Normal/Smaller’ in the Chrome Page menu. Page zoom level will be remembered for each unique domain, e.g. if you increase zoom for Google Search (, zoom level will also be increased for Google Calendar ( However, since Gmail ( is on a different domain, zoom level will remain unchanged in this example.
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This new database created by the World Bank and Leonard Cheshire Disability provides information on government projects that aim to include people with disabilities in mainstream education, health and rehabilitation, and livelihoods programmes. With funding from the Japanese government through the World Bank, this database is the first of its kind. Information has been compiled from projects in Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Home | Disability and Development Database Home | Disability and Development Database
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Screen Readers Screen Readers Few of us today can get by without using a computer. At home or at work the monitor display is our gateway to information, communication, creative projects, shopping, news, entertainment, and even friends. But what if you can't see? Screen readers, or software designed to convert visual information on the computer monitor to speech output, have allowed people with vision loss to utilize all of the powerful tools and resources that computers have to offer.
Welcome to Welcome to Guide is an all-in-one award-winning software suite of over twenty useful programs with built-in large print and speech access for people with low vision or who are blind. It has been specifically designed to be easy-to-use and easy-to-learn. Guide will help you to perform many tasks, even if you’ve never used a computer before. It has its own built-in screen reader, so it will read out the text on every screen, even while you’re typing. Guide also has its own built-in screen magnifier, so you can enlarge the text on every screen.
JAWS Professional: $1,095 Note: All JAWS Professional products can be used with all 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008. You can also use 32-bit versions of Windows XP operating systems and Windows Server 2003. JAWS Screen Reading Software by Freedom Scientific

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ai squared - making accessibility simple ai squared - making accessibility simple ZoomText 10.1.4 is Released We're excited to announce that the next free update in the ZoomText 10.1 cycle is here. This release contains mostly bug fixes but we also improved the startup experience, enhanced the mouse pointers, optimized overall performance, and made several improvements in Office 2013.
Window-Eyes is nothing less than the most stable, secure and customizable screen reader available on the market today. Featuring comprehensive support for computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008, Window-Eyes enables individuals who are blind or visually impaired to be completely independent on a PC and be more successful and productive at school and in the workplace. Window-Eyes gives total control over what you hear and how you hear it. GW Micro - Window-Eyes
EVAS - Assistive Technology and Turn-key Computer Systems for People with Disabilities.
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How Accessible is Your Website? 8 Tools to Analyze Your Website’s Level of Accessibility Designing a website that’s as much successful as it is effective takes time, skills, and a lot of testing. Normally, when we’re talking about web design and we hear the word testing, the first thing that comes to mind is usability, and that’s fine, but when was the last time you sat down to analyze the level of accessibility of your website? Testing on other aspects of your website are important, however, a lot of us seem to neglect our websites accessibility.
Screen readers are a form of assistive technology. Contemporary screen readers[edit] Unfinished Screenreader Projects[edit] Historical interest[edit] Comparison of screen readers
Overview aDesigner is a disability simulator that helps designers ensure that their content and applications are accessible and usable by the visually impaired. Voice browsers and screen readers read aloud the text on Web pages and are used by visually impaired people. However, these devices are less effective with certain kinds of content, such as highly graphical material. Web developers can use aDesigner to test the accessibility and usability of Web pages for low-vision and blind people. ACTF - aDesigner
metalmouth - Developing an open source voice browser extension for Chrome Voice browsers are one type of assistive technology for people with visual disabilities. They typically speak out-loud the content on the screen and allow a user to interact with it via voice commands or input from the keyboard. Overview The aim of Project metalmouth is to develop a free fully functioned open source voice browser as an extension for Chrome, to give Chrome users the best possible experience when interacting with a spoken web - by voice commands (using the new HTML5 Speech API) or using the keyboard. The marvellous folks at Google have continued to improve their Chrome based text-to-speech engine chrome.tts - which is now fully integrated. The Project metalmouth app accesses the Document Object Model (DOM) of the web page being viewed directly so there is no reliance upon Accessibility APIs (IAccessible, IAccessible2, AT-SPI, etc...), or updates to these APIs.
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