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World’s first smartphone for blind invented in India

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The most obvious question is how does a smartphone work for people who are blind? The answer in layman terms is its innovative “touchscreen” which converts text and pictures into Braille and raised patterns.

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

I am very interested in this innovation becoming a reality, and hope that this technology also encompasses Voice Output guidance. Currently individuals who are Blind combine the iPhone with VoiceOver and a refreshing Braille display, it would be excellent to have these features combined in one device, along with tactile images. 

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World’s first smartphone for blind invented in India

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See on Scoop.itAssistive Technology for Education

The most obvious question is how does a smartphone work for people who are blind? The answer in layman terms is its innovative “touchscreen” which converts text and pictures into Braille and raised patterns.

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

I am very interested in this innovation becoming a reality, and hope that this technology also encompasses Voice Output guidance. Currently individuals who are Blind combine the iPhone with VoiceOver and a refreshing Braille display, it would be excellent to have these features combined in one device, along with tactile images. 

See on pctechmag.com

Portable Text to Braille Reader Concept

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This concept would provide accessibility immediately for paper textbooks, tests, magazines, menus, and other documents or materials that are not available in Electronic format.

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

This innovation would be excllent for accessibility in school as well as the community and workplace. Refreshable Braille displays (in conjunction with text to speech) are efficient to use when a book or document is available in electronic format, however so many still remain in paper format, and inaccessible to Blind readers who need Braille. This would provide instant access! While a refreshable braille display offers access to a computer or iPad, this concept (a portableBraille Reader) would continue to provide instant access at school, in the workplace, at a restaurant, in a meeting, etc. 

See on www.universaldesignstyle.com

Portable Text to Braille Reader Concept

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See on Scoop.itAssistive Technology for Education

This concept would provide accessibility immediately for paper textbooks, tests, magazines, menus, and other documents or materials that are not available in Electronic format.

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

This innovation would be excllent for accessibility in school as well as the community and workplace. Refreshable Braille displays (in conjunction with text to speech) are efficient to use when a book or document is available in electronic format, however so many still remain in paper format, and inaccessible to Blind readers who need Braille. This would provide instant access! While a refreshable braille display offers access to a computer or iPad, this concept (a portableBraille Reader) would continue to provide instant access at school, in the workplace, at a restaurant, in a meeting, etc. 

See on www.universaldesignstyle.com

Two Excellent Apps for Communication

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Individuals who have difficulty with speaking or communicating due to a disability or a condition or accident that hinders their ability to speak, may benefit from using Assistive Chat or Predictable, apps for iOS devices.

 

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

If an individual has difficulty with speaking or communicating due to Apraxia, Aphasia, being deaf or HOH, or even an accident or another condition that may hinder their ability to speak, they may benefit from using these communication apps. Both Assistive Chat and Predictable work very well for someone who may write or type well, and would like to communicate/ converse using text to speech. Combined with word prediction for faster "talking," as well as assistance with spelling, and the ability to add favorite phrases, or use emoticons. Assistive Chat and Predictable apps both offer a person or student the ability to converse with peers socially as they write or type what they want to say and have it spoken aloud. Predictable offers emoticons, handwriting to text, and the ability to send messages via email, text, social networking, etc. 

Assistive Chat: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/assistive-chat/id379891874?mt=8

Predictable:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/predictable/id404445007?mt=8

 

Accessibility Upgrade: EPUB, Libraries, and Ebook Accessibility

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The new EPUB 3 standard could promise a sea change, enabling publishers to integrate accessibility features into their ebook production workflows, creating ebooks that are immediately available to everyone, including customers with print disabilities.

 

“Ten years ago, it was ‘How can the Library for the Blind produce more books?’ Kerscher says. “Now, the thought is that all of the books published each year have the potential to be accessible right out of the box. That’s just mind-boggling to a person who has had such restricted access to ­information.”

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

The Technology Exists, there is NO excuse. Accessible textbooks and learning materials need to be provided by publishers for ALL learners, of every ability, using what ever Assistive Technology is required/ preferred/ desired. Schools and organizations NEED to be on board, and need to agree NOT to purchase books or learning materials unless they are accessible to ALL students and individuals. This includes testing materials. Every student can learn efficiently and express their intelligence and knowledge once they have equal access. They have a right to equal access.  

Take a stand, make a difference, promote access for ALL students. This is an imperative time for positive change. 

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calibre – ebook management, conversion, and reading,Watch it in action!

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calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Free Comprehensive e-book software.

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

Excellent, free tool/ software for educators and students, as well as all individuals wgo may need an accessible format, or those who simply enjoy ebooks.

calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats.  

The conversion engine has many features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book.

calibre can directly connect to all the major (and most of the minor) ebook reading devices, smarthphones, tablets, etc. In addition, using the Connect to folder function you can use it with any ebook reader that exports itself as a USB disk. You can even connect to Apple devices (via iTunes), using the Connect to iTunes function.

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calibre – ebook management, conversion, and reading,Watch it in action!

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See on Scoop.itAssistive Technology for Education

calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Free Comprehensive e-book software.

Diana Petschauer‘s insight:

Excellent, free tool/ software for educators and students, as well as all individuals wgo may need an accessible format, or those who simply enjoy ebooks.

calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats.  

The conversion engine has many features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book.

calibre can directly connect to all the major (and most of the minor) ebook reading devices, smarthphones, tablets, etc. In addition, using the Connect to folder function you can use it with any ebook reader that exports itself as a USB disk. You can even connect to Apple devices (via iTunes), using the Connect to iTunes function.

See on calibre-ebook.com