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Microsoft’s Efforts in Accessibility, Part 1

Microsoft’s Efforts in Accessibility, Part 1 By Cheryl Heppner September 2009 Editor: I have a real love-hate relationship with Microsoft. I love some of the stuff they do and hate some of the other stuff they do. Putting a lot of effort into accessibility is definitely in the former category. Here’s Cheryl Heppner with her report on those efforts. This ...

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COAT Applauds Representative Markey’s Accessibility Bill

COAT Applauds Representative Markey’s  Accessibility Bill July 2009 Editor: You probably know that accessibility laws often lag new technology by years, or even decades. A current example is the lack of legal requirements for Internet videos to be captioned. Representative Markey has introduced a bill to require those captions as well as many other accessibility features. Here’s a press release ...

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WANTED: You to Sign the COAT Petition for Access

WANTED: You to Sign the COAT Petition for Access June 2009 Editor: It may seem that I’m always encouraging you to sign a petition. And I guess that’s a fair observation. But I feel strongly that if we want access to rapidly expanding technology, we have to be the squeaky wheel. This petition supports access telecommunications, the Internet, and TV ...

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Wash-CAP Advocates for Rights of HOH in Washington State

Wash-CAP Advocates for Rights of HOH in Washington State by John Waldo Editor: Tell me again why some public places in the US are not required to provide communications access for people with hearing loss. If John Waldo has his way, we’ll soon all be pondering such issues. John is the founder of the Washington Communication Access Project (Wash-CAP), a ...

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CHHA Releases Universal Design Document

CHHA Releases Universal Design Document Editor: Universal Design is very cool! It’s the idea that a product should be designed so that nearly everyone can use it, regardless of their individual limitations. It ‘s a companion of the idea that it’s much easier to design accessibility in than to add it on. The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) has ...

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Corporations, the Marketplace, and Consumers with Disabilities – Part One

Corporations, the Marketplace, and Consumers with Disabilities – Part One By Cheryl Heppner Editor: Here’s Cheryl’s coverage of the TDI Keynote address, presented by Deborah Kaplan, the Director of Accessible Technology at the California State University (CSU) system. This is part one of four parts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here’s Part One Here’s Part Two Here’s Part Three Here’s Part Four Deborah Kaplan ...

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Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Telecommunications

Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Telecommunications Editor: The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Telecommunications (COAT) is an advocacy group working to ensure that emerging and expanding telecommunications technologies will remain accessible to people with disabilities. They began with national organizations and are now expanding to include local organizations that support this mission. If your organization would like to join, please ...

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Device helps deaf musicians stay on beat – Part 1

Device helps deaf musicians stay on beat – Part 1 Editor: Everyone knows that people with hearing loss can’t enjoy music, right? Fortunately, some students at Marquette University didn’t buy into that myth, and they went on to develop a metronome for deaf musicians. This story originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and is reprinted with their kind permission. ...

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