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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