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Australia's copyright reform could bring millions of books to the blind

Proposed changes to Australia’s copyright law should make it easier to create and distribute versions of copyrighted works that are accessible to people with disabilities.

The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and other Measures) Bill was introduced to Parliament.

What makes an e-accessible culture?

Cultural institutions in all countries have an important role to play in fostering inclusive societies. Increasingly, they are adopting strategies of inclusion to embrace, engage and learn. A more diverse society removes barriers. Therefore, this society increases opportunities and participation for all people, including people with disabilities.

Sanity Saving Strategies for Dyslexia Reading Practice

Frequent reading is important for various reasons, especially for those who want to improve their reading skills. Parents worry if they are using the right mix of tools and methods. Thankfully, some of them share strategies that they’ve found useful.

Learning Ally recent blog post highlights some of these strategies such as:

  • Eye reading
  • Ear reading: When to follow along with an audio book
  • Ear reading: Pure audio

More information can be found on the Learning Ally blog.

Webinar: Enhancing Transition through Technology

Took place January 25th, 2017.

Presenter was: Margo Vreeburg Izzo, PhD, Program Director of the Transitions Services Department at The Ohio State University (OSU) Nisonger Center.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), December 3rd, 2016

The United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on December 3rd around the world since 1992.

The theme for 2016 is “Achieving Seventeen Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

Accessing Higher Ground Conference

The Accessing Higher Ground Conference 2016 focused on the implementation and benefits of accessible media, Inclusive Design, accessible curriculum, and Assistive Technology in the university, business, and public setting. More information is available on the Accessing Higher Ground Conference website.

MathSpeak, MathML Cloud and Accessible Math

Looking back

The modern conventions for reading mathematical notation out loud have evolved over time, motivated by the desire to improve the quality of mathematical instructional materials. Abraham Nemeth publicly shared his MathSpeak guidelines (1995), which have since been further expanded and refined through the MathSpeak Initiative (2004).

CSUN 2017: Call for Papers and Proposals Now Open

The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge announced that the General Track Call for Papers and Call for Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals for the 32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference opened on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Please note:

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Collaborates with the HathiTrust Digital Library

More than fourteen million digital books will soon be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a collaboration between the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the HathiTrust Digital Library, a digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan.

This program will dramatically increase the availability of books for users who are blind or print-disabled. According to the NFB, currently less than five percent of all published works are estimated to be available to the blind.

Now Available: MathJax Accessibility Extensions v1.0

The MathJax Consortium announced the release of the MathJax Accessibility Extensions v1.0. The MathJax Accessibility extensions provide several tools and features that enable universal rendering of mathematics on the web. They enhance rendering both visually and aurally. In particular:


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