People with Disabilities Posts

IAP 2018-E1: Aira: Hands-free Assistance for People with Vision Loss

By Mark Miller on January 31, 2018

IAP 2018-E1: Aira: Hands-free Assistance for People with Vision Loss In this episode: Jeremy and Mark talk about the Aira service that uses wearable glasses technology and remote assistance to help people with vision disabilities with, well, almost anything. The Interactive Accessibility Podcast (IAP) is an entertaining approach to accessibility. We enjoy sharing our discussions on accessibility and how it relates to technology, real-life issues...

Welcome to Global Accessibility Awareness Day Trivia!

By Mark Miller on May 18, 2017

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As you may have guessed from the title, today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! If you don’t know what GAAD is, it is “to get everyone thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.”  And, if you are coming to our site to learn about accessibility, you are in the right place!  Interactive Accessibility...

Could a Video Game be the Key to Improving Functional Vision for Children with Vision Disabilities?

By Mark Miller on November 5, 2014

A team of neuroscientist and video game designers from the University of Lincoln, UK and the WESC Foundation, a leading specialist school for children with disabilities in the UK, have been testing a new computer game which may help some children with disabilities lead independent lives.  The game called Eyelander is designed to improve the functional vision of children who have vision disabilities related to brain injury.

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...