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Accessible Technology Support


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An opportunity to share the information I have learned through working at the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY to help make the topic of Accessibility less overwhelming for those trying to improve accessibility where they work.

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Accessible Technology Support

  2. 2. AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND  “The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of people who are blind and visually impaired by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.” – APH Mission Statement  Founded in 1858.
  3. 3. WHAT IS ACCESSIBILITY?  Inclusive  Equal access  Independence
  4. 4. WHY IS ACCESSIBILITY IMPORTANT?  Well informed society  Healthy society  Independence “To people without sight The Reader’s Digest is like a wonderful friend who fills their hands with the treasures of instructive talk and world-wide news. For a few days each month, I am surrounded by…the full, surging life of the world.” —Helen Keller
  5. 5. COMMON ISSUES  Not always there from the beginning.  Issues can vary based on type and severity of disability.  Issues generally have to do with navigation and comprehension.  Poor interaction from support.  Cost!
  6. 6. COST How much did you pay for a mouse, keyboard and monitor when you bought your last pc? How about a printer, ink/toner, or printer paper?
  7. 7. VISUAL  Lack of descriptive alt text on images  Bad style formatting in code  Poor navigation  Poor wording  Poor contrast  No audio indication
  8. 8. HEARING  Lack of visual indicators  No subtitles  Muffled audio
  9. 9. MOBILITY  Keyboard shortcuts  Basic navigation keys  Building design
  10. 10. COMPREHENSION  Too much content  Too many colors  Overly elaborate font  Overly complicated, or poor, word choices.
  11. 11. “Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring barque, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.” ― William Shakespeare, Great Sonnets
  13. 13. WHAT CAN I DO?  Accessibility from the beginning  Reach out  Free tools and information  People are people  Be open-minded
  15. 15. EXAMPLE
  16. 16. NEW TECH  Braille support in Windows 10!  Narrator and Magnifier improvements  Cortana during Windows 10 setup  Braigo, more affordable embosser project  Blitab, a refreshable braille / android tablet hybrid  Braille Blaster, a free Braille Translation program from APH.
  17. 17. ACCESSIBLE CITIES INITIATIVE  Received a grant from the city of Louisville.  APH is working to make cities more accessible.  Uses beacons placed throughout buildings.  Has already been set up in multiple locations.  Some locations: Louisville International Airport, Crescent Hill Library, APH, and more soon.
  18. 18. THANK YOU!  Elizabeth / Beth Gray  Twitter/LinkedIn: @EGrayTech  Email:  Website: