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Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
Understanding visual impairment
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Understanding visual impairment

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  • 1. Jane Vincent, A.M.L.S.Assistive Technology Lead, U-M jbvincen@umich.edu November 8, 2012
  • 2.  Computer access ◦ Focus of today’s presentation Magnifiers Audio/braille/large print products for: ◦ Health care ◦ Cooking ◦ Labeling ◦ Working ◦ Etc. Many products listed at abledata.com
  • 3.  Monitor ◦ Low-vision users: May be difficult to read  Contrast  Movement  Size ◦ Blind users: Cannot use Mouse ◦ Low-vision users: May not be able to see standard pointer/cursor ◦ Blind users: Cannot use
  • 4.  Provide solutions to barriers ◦ Modification of standard setup ◦ Alternatives to standard setup
  • 5.  At U-M, AT is administered through the Knox Center, 1128 Shapiro, (734) 936-3794 (message), jbvincen@umich.edu Knox Center services are available to members of the U-M community (anyone with a U-M login) ◦ Center open the same hours as the Shapiro Library ◦ Evaluations available by appointment
  • 6.  Speak information from the screen ◦ Visible information ◦ Background information (e.g., descriptions of graphics) ◦ Summative information (e.g., how many links are on a page) Use keyboard shortcuts to substitute for a mouse ◦ From system or from screen reader May interface with refreshable braille
  • 7.  JAWS ◦ Available from any Sites Windows computer VoiceOver ◦ Built into the Macintosh and iOS operating systems ChromeVox ◦ Downloadable screen reader that only works with Google’s Chrome browser
  • 8.  Braille printer Reading Edge scanner Standard scanners ◦ The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) performs high-volume scanning for registered students
  • 9.  Pointer/cursor enlargement or tracking aids Magnification Color modification Redundant audio output
  • 10.  System or program settings ◦ Windows tutorial ◦ Mac tutorial Browser settings ◦ Firefox 10 ◦ IE 8 ◦ Safari 5 ◦ Chrome 22 MAGic ◦ Available from any Sites Windows computer
  • 11.  Closed circuit televisions (CCTVs)
  • 12.  Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch ◦ Assistive Technology Lab, 2nd floor, (888) 460-0680 ◦ Lab has scanning software, CCTV, large-print Intellikeys keyboard, refreshable braille display ◦ Free drop-in trainings are available at the lab:  Tuesdays 2:00 pm-6:00 pm  Wednesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm  Thursdays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm ◦ JAWS is also available on computers at all AADL branches Center for Independent Living ◦ Glen Ashlock, (734) 971-0277
  • 13.  Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) ◦ Users sign up once for the software solution they need ◦ That solution is then available from any Internet- or intranet-connected device, automatically configured to their preferences and the device they are using ◦ Many solutions will be free or low cost ◦ Products will be updated automatically
  • 14.  Design that works with AT ◦ Compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), backed up with user testing Design that is broadly usable by default ◦ Reasonably large font sizes (at least 12 pt.) ◦ Good color contrast ◦ Judicious use of formatting (boldface, italics) ◦ Use of plain fonts
  • 15.  Web Accessibility at the U-M WebAIM AChecker
  • 16.  Jane Vincent U-M Assistive Technology Lead jbvincen@umich.edu 734-936-3794

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