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Webinar: Enhancing Transition through Technology

When? Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm EDT.

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

According to the Ohio and National Longitudinal Studies, 70% of high school seniors with disabilities say they want to go to college. Yet, a year later, only 30% of these students had taken college classes and only 20% were still enrolled in college. Why is this so? According to Dr. Izzo, these students were not prepared for their transition to college or careers.

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 2016 Approaching Fast

The Accessing Higher Ground Conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of accessible media, Inclusive Design, accessible curriculum, and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting. It is coming up November 14-18, 2016. Registration is still 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:

Nominations Accepted for 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recognize leaders who have helped improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in all areas of life, including employment.

These international Awards recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who was a leading advocate for persons with disabilities and a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents.

Seeing is Believing grants encourage innovators

Standard Chartered’s Seeing is Believing, a collaboration between the bank and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), has awarded grants to seven new projects, including the DAISY Consortium's project with a focus to design a simple way for visually impaired people to use a mobile device to read books.

Better voices for your NVDA screen reader

Acapela Text-to-Speech voices for NVDA add high-quality and high performing voices to your NVDA screen reader.

Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA come in two versions:


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