Access Matters Blog

The Importance of Captioning

By Mark Miller on May 7, 2014

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As accessibility consultants who live in the world of Section 508, WCAG 2.0, heading structures, alt text and text alternatives, we can often find ourselves removed from the human side of what we do. Day to day we’re buried in code, writing reports, working with developers and project managers, which can distance us from the original reason we got into the business. I love it when something comes around that reminds us of the very human purpose...

Personalized Voices for Non-Verbal Individuals

By Rosemary Musachio on April 18, 2014

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I am non-verbal, and one of the reasons that I haven’t been fond of voice synthesizers is that the synthesized voice never sounds like mine.  Yes, although I cannot verbalize, I still can vocalize.  Just ask my IA colleagues when I grunt to signal affirmative responses during our Skype conferences.  My words spoken by a computerized voice, no matter how feminine it is, sounds disembodied.  Moreover, the same synthesized voice may be shared with...

Ola Mundo – An App for Children with Verbal Communication Difficulties

By Talyah Aviran on April 9, 2014

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Ola Mundo is a project established in early 2012 in Israel by parents of children with special needs aimed to meet a need that had been very challenging to them until then - effective communication with their children. The OlaMundo Messenger application allows children and adolescents who have verbal communication difficulties to communicate with their family members, friends and therapists using symbols...