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  • 1. Assistive Technology @ WorkPresenter: Carrie AntonAssistive Technologist & Accessibility SpecialistAthabasca UniversityVRA Canada, June 14, 2012Resource FileAssistive TechnologiesAT is used to enhance or facilitate a skill or area that has been impacted by adisability.AU Types of Assistive Tech Page (updated with new info and videos on free andpurchasable technologies) YouTube Channel Research Network (Canadian) Database of Free & Inexpensivetechnologies Simulation conditions simulation in AT and Accessibility Features:Windows 7 Ease of Access Center’s Universal Access
  • 2. Organizing:Mind Mapping “the ultimate organizational thinking tool –the Swiss army knife ofthe brain!” (Tony Buzan, “the ultimate book of mind maps”, pg. 6)Collaboration via File Sharing & SynchingDropbox http://www.icloud.comMicrosoft SkyDrive Docs ToolsLiveScribe Smartpen http://www.livescribe.comReading Pen (sometimes called highlighting pen) ReadersDigital Recorders & Mp3 players Olympus DM-4There’s an App for That!Audio Note (MS Office) www.grammarly.comGinger phonetic sentence correction
  • 3. Google Eyes Free Horizon Report 2011 – trend in next 5 years are e-text, open source,mobile Horizon Report 2012 Arising technologies of eBook Readers that Speak www.compusult.netAccessibility Barriers to ALL ATInaccessible documentsJavaScript in appsInaccessible FlashNo Captions/ Descriptions createdMouse exclusive control (no keyboard access)Why Be Accessible?The right thing to do - Equal Opportunity to educationGood for business – helps everyone not just people with disabilities. Can’t affordnot to be accessible. Accessible content works on mobile devices & computers
  • 4. The LawEmployers CanCreate Accessible Documents - Accessible Features in Word video o Styles, Images, Tables By ATI Faculty Development Center, Fullerton, 2011 - WebAIM: web & document accessibility resource - Karen McCall: (free & purchasable ) Resources for Creating Accessible Documents - Microsoft: Creating Accessible DocumentsLabel Images, provide captions/transcripts & descriptions for multimediaDo not convey information solely by the use of color. - Use alternative method of emphasis (italic, underline)PDFs Start Somewhere - Created from Word, PowerPoint, or a scanner by using styles (headings, links, table headers & image alt text are maintained - headings create Table of Contents with hyperlinks - Styles are efficient & consistent formatting - Styles save you timeAdobe Accessibility Resources Center for PDFs, flash, Adobe Connect webconferencing & formsWeb Accessibility ResourcesAccessibility & Usability Toolbars
  • 5. Firefox Web Developer ExtensionFirefox Accessibility ExtensionFirefox WAVE Accessibility ToolbarInternet Explorer Web Accessibility ToolbarAccessibility EvaluatorsManual testing and human confirmation is necessary as accessibility evaluatorsare not able to determine meaning and appropriateness. An image may have alttext and pass the test but the label could be not appropriate.WAVEATRC Accessibility checker WCAG 2.0World Space (Deque) FireEyes for FireBugFunctional Accessibility EvaluatorJuicy Studio Luminosity & Contrast Analyzer & Firefox ToolbarJuicy Studio Color Toolbar for FirefoxFujitsu Color Selector application for use on any filesFlicker TestTests the flicker rate & aids creation of objects that decrease the chance ofseizures.CaptioningAccessible IT has: - Keyboard functionality - Customizable font, color - Visually identify focus of keyboard & mouse
  • 6. - Predictable behavior from the keyboard and mouse - Consistent operation/look - Understandable controls & content (required fields, images, color, buttons, form labels) - Captions/transcripts & DescriptionsCandidates Can:Be Honest. - What do you have? - What assists you best? - Offer testing on systems. - Be Patient: a process with you is education & the employer/IT people are mostly unaware of AT & AccessibilitySkills - AT Get it. Learn it, Use it. Acquire Technology while in school – assessment, funding - Type 40 wpm for office jobs - MS Office, Browser - E-mail Concepts (attachments, forward) - Types of Documents (DOCX, PDF, MP3) - Where You Save Things - Defined Strategies for: - Easy, Interactive Communication Method - Reading method for the workflow
  • 7. - Note Taking SystemContact Me:Carrie AntonAssistive TechnologistAccess to Students with DisabilitiesAthabasca UniversityE-mail: or