Submitted by VLuceno on Mon, 2015-06-15 20:37
Downloading DAISY audio books and magazines from CELA (Center for Equitable Library Access) service in Canada is easy using the new free Direct to Player apps for iOS and Android.
The apps work with out-of-the-box accessibility features (built-in screen readers) such as VoiceOver (iOS) and Talkback (Android). They support full DAISY functionality – users can start where they left off reading, set bookmarks, navigate by section or phrase, and speed up or slow down the audio.
App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch:
Submitted by VLuceno on Sun, 2015-05-10 18:02
Brain-based language problems such as dyslexia and dysgraphia fall under the general category of "learning disability," but a new study from the University of Washington shows that they are distinct disorders that require different types of instruction.
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities and involves problems with reading and spelling words. Dysgraphia is a lesser known disorder that impacts handwriting. It is characterized by poor spelling, but may not affect reading ability.
Submitted by VLuceno on Thu, 2015-04-09 21:17
Karen Keringer, director of the NLS writes that there are times when a “best-kept secret” is exactly what you want. But not when it comes to one of the highly valued services provided through the Library of Congress – namely the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
Submitted by VLuceno on Wed, 2015-03-18 14:28
The Spotlight Text App for iPad makes eBooks accessible to individuals with low vision and eliminates the need for CCTV desktop readers which can be difficult for some to use and too expensive for many.
List of Benefits:
Submitted by VLuceno on Tue, 2015-03-17 09:23
Knowledge is a key driver of social and economic development. It helps shape individual and collective identity and can be a tool for empowerment and inclusion. In this context, disparities in capacity to access and use knowledge can greatly hinder the development of an inclusive society and become a significant source of inequality. While progress has been made through assistive technologies and accessibility standards, persons with disabilities are still at risk of exclusion from education.
Submitted by VLuceno on Fri, 2015-02-27 12:54
The 2015 CSUN Conference is only couple days away. We encourage you to find DAISY Friends and Members in the Exhibit Hall and attend the following sessions:
Submitted by VLuceno on Mon, 2015-02-02 17:30
We often receive inquiries about various tools students can use to read Bookshare books. Fortunately, Bookshare provides several reading options. Students can choose from free reading tools that let them find and read books directly within the tool, or explore other reading tools developed by trusted partners.
Submitted by VLuceno on Tue, 2015-01-13 16:53
An informative tutorial Using Darwin Reader app for Android Devices has been posted to the NNELS website. These directions require that you have Darwin Reader already installed on your device. Darwin Reader is available from the Google Play store as a 30-day free trial or full version ($14.95).
Submitted by VLuceno on Sat, 2014-12-13 12:22
Standard printed publications are not accessible to people with visual impairments. Many other groups of readers are not able to use traditional printed books, newspapers and magazines - including those with dyslexia, motor disabilities or age related macular degeneration. Many popular eBook formats do not provide full accessibility for all users.
In order to be fully accessible, a digital publication should have the following features:
Submitted by VLuceno on Mon, 2014-11-10 10:04
Among China's 17 million blind people, around 10 percent are estimated to know Braille. For the rest, hearing is their only way to access books.
Hongdandan is a Beijing-based nonprofit that "provides cultural products through voice" and records audiobooks. Founded in 2003, the organization started out as a provider of broadcast training to the blind.