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ByMichael McCarty-July 31, 2007No parent likes to think about it, but in the unlikely event that your child is abducted, quick response makes all the difference. Do you have all the updated information? Recent photos? Screen names, MySpace account details, personal blogs, medical information? Not that I want to make you feel like a bad parent, most of us have a tattered child ID card in our wallet, but that can quickly be outdated and if you’re blind, how would you immediately read it in a real emergency?Recognizing this need, Global Security Alerts paired with Kingston Technology, a supplier of memory products, has developed the AMBER Alert Child ID Kit, which stores all the information on a USB device.It’s convenient to use and update, which is the key feature, and keeps your child’s profile, photos and online identity information securely in one place.
ByMichael McCarty-July 31, 2007Fire Vox is an open source, freely available talking browser extension for the Firefox web browser. Think of it as a screen reader that is designed especially for Firefox. In addition to the basic features that are expected of screen readers, such as being able to identify headings, links, images, etc. and providing navigational assistance, Fire Vox provides support for MathML and CSS speech module properties. It also works on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.Fire Vox is designed to accommodate different users with different needs. For visually impaired users, all Fire Vox commands are keyboard activated. In addition, the keyboard commands can be easily reconfigured in the self-voicing Fire Vox Options menu to avoid conflicts with other accessibility software products or to suit personal preferences. For sighted users who need a screen reader, such as web developers interested in testing their webpages or educators who work with visually impaired students, Fire Vox’s highlighting…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 31, 2007This website is primarily a vast collection of links to low vision related information found on the Internet. The links are organized into relevant categories such as: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Eye Diseases and Conditions, Research and Libraries, Computer and Internet Access Technology, and many more. They have an online bookstore which they operate in conjunction with Amazon.com, and they also have a Low Vision Specialist Directory. The Directory features doctors, clinics, and other professionals from the United States and around the world.
ByMichael McCarty-July 27, 2007I’d like to welcome you to Little Known Facts, a radio show that features stories of Americana. Navigation is found on the side menu and it is easyto use. The sections are:
Little Known Facts Fun: In this section, you will find fun facts, games, stories and much more. Did you know that it is illegal to have your shoe untiedas you walk down the sidewalk in Minnesota? Or that in Pennsylvania, it’s illegal to buy alcohol without your wife’s written consent?
Read Today’s Story: Couldn’t catch today’s story on the radio? Well, have no fear, you can read it here! If you see the same story everyday, make sureyou refresh the page to get the new one.
LFK in Your Area: Find out what station in your area plays the Little Known Facts stories. With over 500 radio stations playing the stories, you shouldbe able to find one near you!
Listen to Today’s Story: Here you can download today’s story in an .MP3 format so you can listen to it on your computer.
If you’d lik…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 26, 2007Growing up isn’t hard to do — it’s keeping the kids out of trouble that’s hard on parents. Well, one company, Pip Squeakers LLC, has figured out a way to help blind parents keep track of their kids: they put squeaks in their shoes.
Pip Squeakers are kids shoes with built in squeakers. Every time your baby or toddler takes a step, the shoes sound off. These audible signals give blind parents a minimal-effort means of monitoring their kids’ movements. Because they’re fun for kids to wear, the company also suggests that Pip Squeakers will encourage pre-walkers to take notice of and begin to move their feet and legs, preparing them for their first wobbly giant leaps.
Pip Squeakers are made in China and distributed by a small, family-run business based in New Jersey. The shoes are available in sizes 3 to 6 and come in two styles: sneakers and sandals. Both styles are made with soft cotton uppers and use hook/loop material straps for easy closure. The company’s w…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 25, 2007License agreements preventing you from using software YOU own? Tired of installing your favorite magnifier over and over on different machines just touse it for a few minutes? Need an administrator to grant you access before you can install anything?iZoom2Go is a truly portable access solution available on a USB drive. You simply plug it in and it starts up. No installation, no administrativeaccess, no license agreements, no hassles. It simply works. iZoom2Go possesses all the features of iZoom Standard and it’s not locked down to a specific machine! You can attach it to your keychain and take it with youanywhere you go. All your settings are saved on the USB drive so you don’t have to reconfigure it on every machine. It’ll work on any Windows 2000/XP/Vistamachine. So the next time you get on a computer at your library, your school, a friend’s place, you can relax knowing that their machine isn’t affectedand you can use it as freely as you would your own.
ByMichael McCarty-July 24, 2007Lift, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that qualifies, trains, hires, andplaces information technology professionals who have physical disabilitiesthrough contracts with major corporations who eventually hire them directly.Lift combines specialized business experience in information technology withexpertise at recruitment, assessment, and accommodation to give men andwomen who have disabilities a vocational lift. Neither a traditional educational institution nor a job placement agency,Lift uniquely accomplishes the objectives of both. To its employees withdisabilities, Lift offers opportunities for very rewarding careers. To its corporate clients, it provides aproven human resource development program for high performanceprofessionals.Lift has placed professionals in positions such as: programmer-analyst,systems-analyst, software engineer, business analyst, technical writer,technical specialist, network administrator, computer support specialist,data security specialis…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 24, 2007Rudy Sims has spent a decade blogging and over the past two years he’s been putting together Disabilityblog.info. He was finding it difficult to find online resources for living with Cerebral Palsy and chronic pain. So he decided to provide a site for those looking for disability news or information about their own disabilities. Rudy uses several search engines and more than 200 different news sources to find content to post on the site. Navigating it is like finding atreasure trove of news feeds all at once. Clear layout ensures you get right to where you want to be. Latest health items are on the main page. Then ifyou look at the links on the right, you’ll find a huge spectrum of topics related to disability issues. There are also links to separate blogs on specific conditions, all of which Rudy has created and updates himself. Each is like a specialist news feed initself. “I love doing research and helping people. One of my biggest problems is I don’t type …Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 23, 2007WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) is committed to improving the Web for disabled people.One service the site offers is a screen reader simulation which will give you an idea of how a blind person might use the Web. Other services include a distractibility simulation, which shows how a person with a cognitive disability might see the Web, and a low vision simulation.WebAIM has provided comprehensive Web accessibility solutions since 1999. These years of experience have made WebAIM one of the leading providers of Webaccessibility expertise internationally. WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. The mission is to expand the potential of the Web for people with disabilities by providing the knowledge, technical skills, tools, organizational leadership strategies, and vision that empower organizations to make their own content accessible to people with disabilities.
ByMichael McCarty-July 23, 2007RiverDocs Converter is a simple, user-friendly desktop application with a powerful analytical conversion engine capable of separating content from presentationand extracting the logical structure of source information. RiverDocs Converters (X)HTML outputcomplies with web accessibility (WCAG 1.0) standards
loads fast and needs no plug-in reader
can be read online as a single document
has a table of contents
can be previewed and edited on the Converter’s WYSIWYG interface
can incorporate your own CSS stylesheet – or the Converter will generate one for you Established in 2000, RiverDocs has research and development offices in both the UK and Ireland. RiverDocs also funds applied research at Queens UniversityBelfast and is building relationships with other universities engaged in the fields of accessibility, artificial intelligence and character recognition. Working with AbilityNet, the UK’s leading pan-disability technology charity, RiverDocs is committed to further extending the…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 20, 2007Recently, someone asked me about the MS-Office Spell Check feature. Specifically, the reader wanted to know if there was a way to fix a consistent mistakethroughout a document, with just a single click.Well, I’m happy to report that yes, assuming you misspelled the word the same way each time, you can fix them all at once.Start the Spell Check feature. Normally you simply choose your correction and then click Change, but wait! Don’t go quite so fast. If you have some vision, look just below the Change button. Screen reader users continue to tab past the change button. See it?Yep, that’s right. The next button says Change All. That’s the one you’re looking to use. By clicking the Change All button, the program will change alloccurrences of that specific misspelling in the current document you’re working on. So, yes, one click can fix them all!Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 19, 2007Schools and universities have begun using podcasts to distribute educational content, but, in the rush to join the latest trend, have not always thought about the impact on their students with disabilities.EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) provides 3 separate Podcast feeds on the general topic of how to create and provide accessible Information technology:
IT Tips and Tricks
It’s About People Not Technology
Conference Presentations from Conferences on IT and People with DisabilitiesYou can read about these Podcasts and join any of these Podcast feeds at:http://easi.cc/podcasts/.Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 19, 2007Have you ever needed to print an email to share with someone? Maybe you wanted to print a receipt for an online purchase? If you use Yahoo! for email, there’s a quick and easy way to print your messages.First, sign in to your Yahoo! account and open up the email you would like to print. It could be an email in your Inbox, one you sent to someone elseor even one in your junk folder. Either way, open it up and, if you can see the screen, look to the top right hand corner of that message. There you will see a link that saysPrintable View. If you click on that link, a new window will open that compacts your email down into an easier to print version. In that window, go up to the top right handcorner again and click on the Print link. That will send the e-mail to your printer and you can just click OK to print it like you normally would. Whenyou’re done, click the Close Window link and you’ll be all set. You’ll have a perfectly printed email and you can use it for…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 18, 2007Sometimes its just too inconvenient to log in to your web-based email account to check whether there is any new mail. It is worse if you have multiple accounts. Generally, you can seek help from a notifier program. A notifier program can tell you at a glance ifyou have got new email by alerting you from your menu bar or taskbar.There are many forms of Notifiers, from shareware to desktop widgets for Windows and Mac OS X systems. If you are using Gmail or have a Yahoo! email account, you can download a Notifier to keep track of new messages.
ByMichael McCarty-July 17, 2007Light cars is an adictive remake of the tetris console’s car racing game, but this version is for the blind. Choose your own car and start zooming and avoiding tons of cars coming from each direction trying to crash you! The game includes 2 game modes : tetris mode being the clasic racing game and arcade mode with all it’s arcade consepts; avoid holes in the road, skid, grab items, get engine repairs, shoot cars, and much more! Features include :
4 different types of cars to choose from (light car, lego car, electric car and electric jip) with each one having it’s advantages and disadvantages.
play the game on 3 difficulty levels : easy, normal, and crazy
2 game modes (themes) : tetris mode and arcade mode!.
shoot – the – birds bonus level.
the game has an unlimited number of levels : play the game untill your car goes bang! (can even get to level million) or can it?
the ability to remap the keys on your keyboard to your liking!
the ability to view your local top ten scores for …Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 17, 2007Your mission in this game for the blind is a nearly hopeless endeavor: to destroy all the enemy’s aircraft and bombs, but beware–it’s not as easy as it sounds!You will have to destroy 9 levels of enemies, with ten waves per level. The waves are not announced, but for each wave destroyed you are rewarded with the enemy coming at you a bit faster. You will be attacked with jets, planes, choppers, falling bombs and other surprises.To attack the enemy, you press keys on the keyboard. Since the jets fly the highest, you use the top row of the keyboard–1 through dash. To shoot down the planes, use q through left bracket. To knock out the choppers, use a through apostrophe. To destroy the bombs, use z through slash.So, if a jet comes screaming along from left to right, (and you catch it quick enough,) you can use 1 if it is on the extreme left, 2 if it is a little further on, and so forth. It is the same with the planes, choppers, and bombs. The sooner you hit your ta…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 17, 2007By Tasha ChemelUp until relatively recently, whenever a new jaws update was about to be released, I would frantically read the “what’s new” webpage with only one desiredfeature in mind. I wasn’t interested in remote access or the newest scripts for Sound Forge or Cakewalk; all I ever wanted from screenreader developerswas the edition of an alternative software synthesizer to replace crummy old Eloquence. Each time a new release was issued, with no comments on Eloquenceto speak of, I would face my disappointment yet again. After spending hours and hours trying to make Jaws embrace the beauty of RealSpeak, I discoveredthat the coupling worked on principle, but JAWS’s and Jennifer’s union was fraught with strange pronunciations, misplaced emphases, and poor responsiveness. As I grew older, my opinion of Eloquence began to soften. The more I read, the better I became at imbuing that once-hated voice with all of the emotions,idiosyncratic quirks and vocal q…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 16, 2007Advanced computer users (aka Geeks) know that when you buy a computer, it often comes loaded with bloatware, software that you don’t need, is not accessible and just slows down your computer. Unfortunately the reality is that the average person isn’t aware of all of this unnecessary junk, nor are they aware how to get rid of it. That is where the aptly named PC Decrapifier comes in. It uninstalls many of the common trialware and other bloatware that come installed on your PC. PC Decrapifier shows the list of items it detects and then lets you choosewhat will be removed automatically. And the software is donation ware, which means it’s free for personal use.
ByMichael McCarty-July 16, 2007Not too long ago, I got an email from a reader who needed to know the keyboard shortcuts for the current date and time in MS-Word.Since these are always handy tidbits to know, I thought it would make a great entry into the database.Alt+Shift+D will insert the current date into your document.
Alt+Shift+T will insert the current time into your document.Unknown to most, the current date and time really are at your fingertips!Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 16, 2007The system tray is located at the very bottom of your desktop, in the taskbar (which is the long bar that runs across your desktop). If you look along the taskbar, you’ll see some icons in the quick launch area, then you have some open space for any programs you might have open. On the very far right, you’ll see where the system tray sits. The system tray contains the clock icon, the volume icon and a variety of others, depending on what programs you have installed on your computer. Usually, your antivirus program icon will be there, it’s where your printer icon shows up, your modem icon is there, the safely remove hardware icon sits there and so on. If you need to use any of the items in your system tray, all you have to do is double click with a mouse, or press enter on the icons if using a screen reader and the programs will open. Right clicking on these icons can often bring up several options as well.If you use a screen reader, hold down the Windows or Start Menu…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 16, 2007ABISee, Inc., developer of products for low vision and blind computer users, has developed the Zoom-Ex Portable Scanner which makes it possible to turn any computer into an accessible scanner and reader for blind users.The durable but lightweight design of the Zoom-Ex Portable Scanner consists of a 2 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch digital camera on a stand, with the stand also acting as a guide for lining up the book or document to be scanned. Because of this unique camera and stand design, the camera is always at the exact distance it needs to create a clear image and the blind user always knows exactly where to place the material to be scanned. The Zoom-Ex Portable Scanner can operate in either manual or automatic mode. When in automatic mode, Zoomex senses when a page has been turned, leaving the user’s hands free to easily turn the pages.Because the Zoom-Ex scanner includes its own text-to-speech and OCR programs and runs off any Windows-based computer or laptop, you can use it…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 13, 2007Homebound or isolated believers need not be cut off from religious sustenance as long as they have broadband internet access. Search by keyword or browse through categories like Religious News, Religious Music, Native Religion Discussions, Bible Study, Sermons, several world religions, and several Christian denominations. Click this link to visit the Religious Podcasts Directory at http://www.religious-podcasts.net.Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 12, 2007Here’s a handheld microscope that lets you see any item at 200 times the regular size on anyTV screen. Dubbed EyeClops, this handheld bionic eye makes the common items look extraordinary on the screen. All you need to do is to plug the EyeClops into a composite video input on any TV and move its eye to any object you want to see in gigantic size. Everythingis right under your nose. Just think of your hairs appearing as twisted rope or the sugar to look like giant ice cubes. That will be real fun for kids.It needs no software installation or any sort of system requirements.
ByMichael McCarty-July 12, 2007A firewall is a system that is designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. You can implement firewalls in yourhardware, software or both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks that are connected tothe Internet. With all that said, let’s talk about some of the different types of firewalls available. Most firewalls use two or more of the following techniques:Packet Filters: A packet filter looks at each packet that enters or leaves the network and accepts or rejects the packet based on user-defined rules. Packetfiltering is fairly effective and transparent, but it is difficult to configure. In addition, it is susceptible to IP spoofing.
Application Gateway: An application gateway applies security mechanisms to specific programs, such as FTP and Telnet. This technique is very effective,but it can cause performance degradation.
Circuit-layer Gateway: This technique applies security mechanisms …Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 12, 2007If you’re like me (and everyone else who has emailed me about this), you’ve been getting some strange emails in your Inbox lately. Am I right? Well, thoseemails are part of a newer scam that is going around these days. It goes by the name “Postcard Scam,” but there are various versions of it that may have found their way to your Inbox. If you receive one of these emails, the subject will say something like “You’ve received a postcard from a family member” or something similar. There have also been some that say something about an e-card, a greeting or even one specifying a special holiday (like the Fourth of July). The senders of this scam have also varied. These spam emails have come from Hallmark, Greetings123, eCards, GreetingCards.com and more. If you open the email, it will tell you that you’ve been sent a postcard and there will be a link you can click on to go and preview it. But, if you clickon that link, you’re putting yourself at…Post a CommentRead More »
ByMichael McCarty-July 11, 2007In a sterling example of “you can find anything on the Internet,” an individual is collecting the original ringtones available on all possible mobile phones and putting them up for all to enjoy.
ByMichael McCarty-July 11, 2007Sound Rts is a free audio stratogy game developed by Jean-luc Pontico, based upon the popular warcraft series of fantasy battle games. In this game you become the general of an army, commanding peasants, foot soldiers, knights, archers, catapults mages and dragons against enemy forces, and only wise leadership and optimal use of resources will win the day. You may play against the computer, carry out a number of military missions, or connect to and challenge other players over the internet. the game is also available in French!So, what are you waiting for! Go here to the Sound Rts website to download the game and begin your adventure! http://jlpo.free.fr/soundrts/
ByMichael McCarty-July 10, 2007Did you know that there are over 6,000 spoken languages in the world today? Or that about 2,000 of them have written languages to go with their verbal ones? Your Dictionary brings you around 300 language dictionaries to browse through. The dictionaries are in alphabetical order and they go across the page to the right, making it easy to find the language you are looking for. Navigationis simple. Just click the name of the language of which dictionary you’d like to browse through. It will take you to a page full of links to dictionariesof that dialect, as well as, some you can open in your word processing programs. I think this is a handy tool to have around for many different projects. Whether you want to help your kids with their language class, you want to lookup a certain word you’ve seen or you use it to find a word to use for a project, you’ll find so many different dictionaries here that you’d be hard pressedto ask for anything more.
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- USB Amber Alert Child ID Kit
- Fire Vox: A Screen Reading Extension for Firefox
- The Low Vision Gateway
- Little Known Facts
- Pip Squeakers sound good to blind parents
- iZoom2Go: a Free Screen Magnification Program
- How About a Lift?
- The Disability Blog
- WebAIM: Improving Internet Accessibility
- Convert PDF and MS-Word documents to Accessible We…
- Fix Repeated Spelling Errors in MS-Word
- Accessible Information Technology Podcasts
- Printing Email from Yahoo!
- Email Notifiers for Google and Yahoo!
- Light Cars: Where Blind Drivers Zoom at Light Spee…
- Enemy Attack Audiogame for the Blind
- In Defense of Eloquence
- The PC Decrapifier
- Current Date and Time in MS-Word
- What is the Windows System Tray
- The Zoom-Ex Portable Scanner
- Religious Podcasts Directory
- EyeClops: the Microscope for your Television
- What is a Firewall?
- Postcard email Scam
- Cell Phone Sounds
- Sound Rts! A Real Time Audio Stratogy Game
- A Dictionary for Every Language
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