Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Accessible 911 Emergency Services Survey

The FCC's Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) released a national on-line survey to determine the most effective and efficient technologies and methods by which persons with disabilities may access Next Generation 9-1-1 emergency services systems. Among other things, the survey asks about accessing emergency services via video, text, and voice. The results of the survey will inform the EAAC as it develops recommendations for the FCC to draft rules to ensure that people with disabilities can access NG 9-1-1 services. The survey is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL video).
This survey will be available until April 24, 2011. People with disabilities are encouraged to complete this survey, and share it with other people with disabilities and organizations that represent persons with disabilities.

Survey in English and ASL:
Survey in Spanish:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Webinar: How to Select a Computer

Join WATAP and the Washington Access Fund, March 30th at 10:00am for a discussion about computer options, operating systems and shopping tips. Learn what assistive hardware and software may best suit your needs and find out about available financing options. Register for the webinar today.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

LookTel Money Reader App

Here is an article from the New York Times about an inexpensive App that accurately identifies the denominations of United States paper currency from $1 to $100 dollars. The Application is currently available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch with built in camera and according to the developer’s website, “Recognition will happen in real-time and without delay – there's no need to hold the device still or take a photo and wait for a result.” This reduces the need for blind people to rely on sighted folks to help them identify what is in their wallet.

The accompanying video shows a user launching the LookTel Money Reader Application on their iPhone 4, the user then hovers the iPhone over a table with various bills placed about in a grid like pattern; as the iPhone passes over a bill a voice announces the denomination of each bill. In the second part of the video clip, the user holds the iPhone in one hand and a wad of folded bills in the other; after the user launches the LookTel Money Reader App he (or she) hovers the iPhone over the wad of bills and flips through them while a voice announces the denomination of each exposed bill.