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10 Free Screen Readers For Blind Or Visually Impaired Users. It is not difficult for a sighted person to imagine how being blind or visually impaired could make using a computer difficult. Just close your eyes and you will instantly experience that even processing text is impossible – or impossible without additional software at least. Now a range of software is available that can help to make using a computer an easier, more enjoyable and more productive experience for blind or visually impaired users. Essential Software: A Screen Reader A screen reader is an essential piece of software for a blind or visually impaired person. Simply put, a screen reader transmits whatever text is displayed on the computer screen into a form that a visually impaired user can process (usually tactile, auditory or a combination of both). While the most basic screen readers will not help blind users navigate a computer, those with additional features can give people with visual impairment much more independence.

Free Software Makes ‘Universal’ Access a Reality. Colourblind Tube Map. The iconic tube map has featured on many Mapping London posts but not everyone sees the familiar colours in the same way. The official map uses colours which can be difficult for colourblind people to distinguish. To address this issue, Transport for London organised a competition last year, and Ian Hamilton/232 Studios won with their “Colourblind Tube Map” iPhone and Android app which shows the tube map in six alternative versions, each with different colour-sets, such as white-on-black and yellow-on-blue.

Tube lines are also given “textures” to help distinguish them from others. Shown here are a couple of the variants. A couple of notes – the application is not necessarily updated when TfL release new versions of the map – for example, the official map currently shows the Embankment station interchange as being closed, but this map shows it as a normal connection.

The app is free (and ad-free) for both iPhone and Android. Accessibility Testing Tools – updated | The Paciello Group – Your Accessibility Partner (WCAG 2.0/508 audits, VPAT, usability and accessible user experience) Media accessibility notes. Thailand Disability. PWDs-Statistics-in-Pakistan-2012-2. Media Ethics and Regulations in Pakistan | Blue Chip Magazine. 13173_Disability%20Framework%20in%20Pakistan. S.B. 2117: Filipino Sign Language Act in Broadcast Media of 2014. Bk_australia_mediacontentregulation_12. Thailand Disability. Media accessibility notes. 04. What is media access? AUTHOR’S NOTE – You’re reading the HTML version of a chapter from the book Building Accessible Websites (ISBN 0-7357-1150-X). Copyright © Joe Clark, 2002 (about the author). All rights reserved. ¶ Back to Contents The Web is merely the latest medium requiring accessibility.

Work has gone on for generations on improving the accessibility of other media of communication and of the physical world. Some Web-access techniques stand on the shoulders of ancestors in “old media” like books, film, and television. Conversely, some access techniques from so-called old media are directly applicable online (typically only for multimedia). Just as you need to know more about disability than might seem immediately relevant to the Web, you need to expand your understanding of media access. Here is a quickie introduction to the various techniques and technologies in use to make media of information accessible to people with disabilities and others.

It’s a simple, sweeping definition. Wordwatch. Chapter 26. Changing the Physical and Social Environment > Section 4. Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities > Main Section. What do we mean by ensuring access for people with disabilities? Why ensure access for people with disabilities? When should you ensure access for people with disabilities? Who should ensure access for people with disabilities? How do you ensure access for people with disabilities? How do you engage in disability advocacy? Getting around in the physical world is something many of us may take for granted.

For those of us who have some physical difficulties, however – a curb or a few stairs can be large barriers. In other words, physical features that people without physical disabilities take for granted can present serious problems for people with different abilities, mostly because their needs haven’t been considered in designing those features. This section is part of a chapter that deals with changing the physical and social character of communities. What do we mean by ensuring access for people with disabilities? Disabilities can be visible or invisible, physical or otherwise.

Physical. Making information accessible. Everyone has the right to access public information. If a person cannot access a public document because of a disability, they are being denied their right to access. What are alternate formats? Alternate formats are other ways of publishing information besides regular print. Some of these formats can be used by everyone while others are designed to address the specific needs of a user. Why do we need to provide information in other formats? Some people cannot read because of their disability. Are blind or have low visionhave an intellectual or other cognitive disabilitycannot hold publications or turn pages because of a physical disabilityhave difficulties accessing information on the Internet, orhave difficulties watching or hearing video presentations.

By providing alternate formats, everyone can access your information. Examples of alternative formats Large Print This helps people who have low vision. Screen readers Braille Audio Format Captioning Captioning may be closed or open. Windowing. Wcms_127002. Refresher Media Training on Reporting Disability in Indonesia. Background Decent work is the ILO's primary goal for everyone, including persons with disabilities. The ILO has worked for over 50 years to promote skills development and employment opportunities for people with disabilities based on the principles of equal opportunity, equal treatment, mainstreaming into vocational rehabilitation.

Amongst others, since 2001, the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme has worked in selected countries of South East Asia and East and Southern Africa to promote decent work and a better life for people with disabilities through enabling legal and policy environments, and by providing entrepreneurship development training and access to related services, with a particular emphasis on women with disabilities. The programme has also promoted the inclusion of persons with disabilities alongside non-disabled people in programmes and services relating to employment promotion and economic and social development.

Objective and Outputs Topics to be refreshed will be to: Training Manual for Media and Disability Rights | Independent Living Institute. Disability Awareness in Action, 1999 All rights reserved Written by Rachel Hurst Designed and edited by Richard Light, Published by Disability Awareness in Action. Contents IntroductionTraining manual Objectives Partnerships Funding The programme Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Sessions 4 and 5 Session 6 Session 7 Delegates and training Working environment Opportunities Administration Appendix 1 - Statement from harare seminar Harare human rights & Media seminar Plan of action Appendix 2 - Tips for trainers and workshop leaders..

Training Trainer's Check List Assessment and Action Learning from Mistakes Training Model Involving Everyone Complaints Appendix 3 - Ground rules Appendix 4 - Tips on how to write a story The Inverted Pyramid Appendix 5 - Tips for dealing with journalists Press Releases Press Conferences How to prepare for an interview How to give a good interview Improving media awareness within your organisation Types of story Does getting news coverage matter? Introduction Training manual.

Unit 2 | Disability Advocacy through Media Training Course. Overview of Disability in China - Disabled World. Abstract: Social attitudes towards people with disabilities have gone through a gradual change in China. Detail: People with disabilities in China, prior to the year 1980, were referred to with discriminatory terms such as, "can fei," which means, "the handicapped and useless. " Social attitudes towards people with disabilities have gone through a gradual, yet fundamental change in China since then, thanks to the active advocacy of people within the disability community in China, as well as governmental support for disability initiatives.

In China today the term, "can ji ren," meaning, "persons with disabilities," or, "disabled persons," is used commonly by people in the general public and official Chinese documentation in reference to people with disabilities. China is the largest developing nation in the world today, with greater than sixty-million people who experience a form of disability. People with Disabilities and Education in China People with Disabilities and Employment in China. Self-reliance in interdependent communities: Independent living of disabled persons in the Asia-Pacific region | Independent Living Institute. Paper prepared by Yukiko Oka, Programme Specialist, Social Development Division Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) presented at the Post Congress Seminar on Social Rehabilitation Rehabilitation International 10 -11 September 1988 Hamamatsu, Japan I find this subject interesting, because only a few studies have been done concerning the independent living of disabled persons in the Asia-Pacific region.

In fact, the region covers more than 60 per cent of the world's disabled population. This population has great political, economical and cultural diversity, which makes it difficult to come up with a single, unified concept on their independence, common to all the countries in the region. The diversity is clearly indicated by the range of responses to a recent questionnaire on independent living distributed by the Social Commission of Rehabilitation International. What, then, does independent living mean in developed countries? United Nations. Reporting about people with disabilities - Asia - Asia. In many societies, people with disabilities are pushed aside – be they mentally challenged or physically impaired. Some of them have to beg for money in the streets, others stay out of sight or are even locked away.

In Cambodia, the country’s Disability Action Council (DAC) estimates that nearly five percent of the population of 14.9 million people is disabled. According to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Cambodia’s high disability rates can be attributed to three main factors: • “past war casualties • the ongoing risk of mines, • the lack of prevention and primary care for various disabling diseases.”

The Cambodian media don’t often deal with the lives of the disabled. Journalists learn to see abilities instead of disabilities In November and December of last year, 14 TV journalists and camera operators working for the Women’s Media Centre in Phnom Penh produced documentaries that show how people with disabilities live in Cambodia. MediAsia2013_offprint_0232. Changing Attitudes Towards Persons with Disabilities in Asia | Parker | Disability Studies Quarterly. Introduction We are in the last phase of the United Nations' "Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons" (1993-2002). It is timely to examine what has been happening in the Asia Pacific region, and the exciting changes that are set to take place in the first decade of the new millennium.

Before this UN Decade was declared there had already been previous United Nations initiatives, chiefly the "International Year of the Disabled (1982)" and the "Decade of People with Disabilities (1983-1992)" each stressing greater awareness of the need for equitable environments and full participation by all citizens in Asia. Awareness and advocacy have been increasingly popular themes because the level of accessibility is, to some extent, a physical manifestation of society's acceptance and respect for persons with different ability sets.

In certain societies in Asia, disabilities can be perceived as being related to misconduct in a previous life. Local Initiatives UN ESCAP Pilot Projects Discussion. World Laws - Asia (Hong Kong and Japan) You are here: Home > Articles > World Laws > Page 6: Asia (Hong Kong and Japan) Hong Kong: Early Awareness of Web Accessibility Issues Interregional seminar and symposium on web accessibility in Hong Kong, Dec. 13-17, 1999.

This article discusses web accessibility in general and then more specifically the situation in Hong Kong. Web Accessibility by CHONG Chan-yau Web Access by People with disabilities — The Government's initiative to facilitate access to web sites by people with disabilities (March 12, 2001). Web Access by People with disabilities Report (PDF document) This report talks about: The efforts to revamp government web sites Hong Kong's present position Issuing guidelines to public bodies and Government subvented organizations Promotional and educational activities International practices Government concerns about enhancing web accessibility, is a press release from September 30, 2001. Digital 21 Strategy Internet Professionals Association (iProA) Web Care Campaign Other happenings.