Thursday, October 11, 2012
2012 Holiday AT Buying Guide Webinar
Do you have suggestions for AT gifts this holiday season? Visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wa.assistivetech) to post suggestions you’d like to see shared in the webinar. Or, submit your suggestions while registering for the webinar by emailing Leann at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (206) 328-5116 or TTY (888) 494-4775.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Image Capture and OCR Apps for the iPhone
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Scanning Software, Text-to-Speech, and Text-to-Audio File
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Speech Feedback and Word Prediction featuring WordQ
Monday, September 3, 2012
Speech Recognition: The Writing Magic Bullet?
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Writing and Spelling TTS, Word Prediction, Spellcheck, Supports
As always our AT Specialists are available to work with and explore the specific needs of students and their support team when determining what options might work best. These products and many others are available for short term loan through WATAP's Device Lending Library to help individuals make an informed decision about what products will work best for them.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Writing and Reading Support Built-in to Common Word Processing Programs
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The 20th Annual Governor's Employer Awards Program
In addition, the GCDE is also recognizing an individual with a disability who has exhibited outstanding leadership. The Governors Trophy in Memory of Carolyn Blair Brown will be presented to an individual with a disability who has significantly enhanced the empowerment of people withdisabilities. This year, 2012, will be the 20th Governors Employer Awards Program. Winning nominees will be honored in a celebration in Olympia in fall 2012. With the attached materials, we ask you to join us in recognizing leaders in thedisability community and employers by nominating private, nonprofit, and government entities that show, by example, the use of best practices in recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. The nomination deadline is August 30, 2012. Electronic applications should be submitted to: http://tinyurl.com/2012-gov
People with disabilities are a tremendous resource and we are proud torecognize their many contributions. Thank you for all that you do supportworkers with disabilities and for your participation in the nomination process.
Reading with Text-to-Speech
|Image of word highlighting feature for text-to-speech|
This is the first in a series of blogs our Director has composed to help people increase their reading and writing efficiency.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Washington SILC Membership Recruitment
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Meet, Greet, and Eat Chocolate in Eastern Washington
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
How to Order Walmart Talking Prescription Containers
Information you need to order Talking Prescription Containers from Walmart
To listen to the talking label provided by Walmart, you will need to first get a reading device from Envision America, the company that makes ScripTalk. The device is called the ScripTalk reader (or the ScripTalk machine) and is available free of charge to Walmart customers who are blind. You only need to order the device once: it will work with the Talking Prescription labels you receive repeatedly from Walmart. Contact En-Vision America at 800-890-1180 to order your free ScripTalk talking prescription reader. Envision America will also be able to answer many questions regarding insurance coverage and costs and discounts for Walmart prescriptions. After you talk to Envision America, you will need to call Walmart to order your prescription medication. The phone number for the Walmart Mail Order pharmacy is 1-800-273-3455 (1-800-2-REFILL). When you order your prescription tell them you want the Talking Prescription label (also known as the ScripTalk label). There is no extra charge for the label. Walmart is currently also offering the Talking Prescription labels in the following three stores. As with mail order, you will need to contact both the Walmart store (for the prescription medication) and Envision America (for the ScripTalk reader (also called the ScripTalk machine)).
- 214 Haynes St., Talladega, AL 35160 (256) 761-1681
- 2270 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801 (662) 844-4011
- 601 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood, CO 80110 (303) 789-7209
Thank you to our wonderful Advisory Council members for bringing us this information!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: Consistent Navigation and Identification
Consistency is important for web site accessibility and usability. WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 3.2.3 (Level AA) requires that navigation elements that are repeated on web pages do not change order across pages. Success Criterion 3.2.4 (Level AA) requires that elements that have the same functionality across multiple web pages be consistently identified. For example, a search box at the top of the site should always appear in the same place and be labeled the same way.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: Large Clickable Targets
Some mouse users have may have difficulty with fine motor control, so it is important that clickable targets be sufficiently large. Radio buttons and checkboxes should include properly-associated labels (using the
element). Small icons or text, such as previous/next arrows or superscript links for footnotes, should be sufficiently large or combined with adjacent text into a single link.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Webinar: AT for Gardening & Outdoor Entertaining
Register now and join WATAP and the Washington Access Fund for what will promise to be an informative, educational, and fun webinar for all. To register for this free webinar, please send an email to Leann at: email@example.com, or by phone at (206) 328-5116 or TTY (888) 494-4775.
AT for Gardening and Outdoor Entertaining on Thursday, May 3rd from 10:30 - 11:45am.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: Do Not Require Unnecessary Form Data
One of the keys to creating highly accessible forms is to avoid as many errors as possible before the form is submitted. Ensure that forms are as simple and intuitive as possible, and don't require that a field be filled out if the content is not necessary (e.g., a telephone number to subscribe to an email discussion list). Errors can also be prevented by allowing informatoin to be entered in a number of logical formats. For example, allow a telephone number to be formatted: (123)456-7890, 123-456-7890, 123.456.7890, or 1234567890, as long as ten numerals are present. This data can easily be reformatted using scripting or database languages for further usage.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: Accessibility User Testing
Friday, April 6, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: WCAG 2.0 and Reading Level
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Web Accessibly Tip: Link Type Indicators
Monday, March 26, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: Text Readability
- Avoid very small text. This not only impacts some users with low vision, but many users with cognitive disabilities as well.
- While serif fonts (e.g., Times) are more readable when printed, both serif and sans-serif fonts are appropriate when displaying body text onscreen, as long as the font is clean and readable.
- Underlined text should be avoided, except to designate links.
- Minimize the number of different fonts used on a page. Two to three fonts is optimal.
- ALL CAPS should be used minimally. It is more difficult to read and is often interpreted as "shouting". Additionally, screen readers may read all-caps text letter by letter (like an acronym) rather than as full words.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Financial Fitness Day
Whether you want to open a personal account with a bank or credit union, talk to a financial planner about preparing for retirement, discover how to save more money and create a budget, talk to a credit counselor about your credit report, learn how to start your own business, get help with your tax preparation or student aid application, or talk to a housing counselor about your mortgage or buying a home— you will find the help you need today.
The Collaborative will have three ASL (and tactile) interpreters but if someone needs an interpreter, it would be helpful if they registered at: http://www.skcabc.org/fitness_fair/registration.php.
Web Accessibility Tip: Use True Text
Monday, March 12, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: Voice Control Software and Image Alternative Text
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Evaluating Alternative Text
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Smoke Alarms for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seattle Residents
|Free strobe smoke alarm|
To qualify, a person must be Deaf or Hard of Hearing and live in Seattle. Renters need permission from landlords before they can be installed.
Any Seattle resident who might be interested in a free Deaf/HOH smoke alarm, should contact Seattle Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Evaluating Web Accessibility with WAVE
Important information for Washington State Voters with Disabilities
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Web Accessibility Tip: Low Vision Custom Color Settings
Monday, February 20, 2012
Tour Day at DSB
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Don’t Know What to Wear Today? There’s an App for That
|iDress for Weather Screenshot|
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Personal Preparedness for AT Users
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Accessibility, Compliance, and Discrimination
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Preparing Yourself and Your AT in an Emergency:
Join us and the Washington Access Fund on Thursday, February 9th at 10:00am for a free webinar on emergency preparedness. If a disaster struck, either large or small, how prepared would you feel? What would you do with your assistive technology and how would you replace it if it were lost? Learn simple steps you can take to prepare yourself and your assistive technology in case of an emergency. Find out about resources available, ways people can receive communication before and during an emergency and the importance of thinking ahead. There’s no time like now to be prepared for the unexpected.
For more information and to register, send an email to Leann at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (206) 328-5116. We're looking forward to having you join the discussion!