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A DIY Accessible Hardware Solution for Students with Disabilities Ryan Vernon BC College and Institute Library Services (CILS) Falling through the cracks? Raise the floor... Raising the Floor: Enabling everyone, regardless of extenuating circumstances, to obtain access...

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a diy accessible hardware solution for students with disabilities
A DIY Accessible Hardware Solutionfor Students with Disabilities

Ryan Vernon

BC College and Institute Library Services (CILS)

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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Falling through the cracks?

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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Raise the floor...

Raising the Floor: Enabling everyone, regardless of extenuating circumstances, to obtain access...

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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DIY: do it yourself

  • Recipe:
    • Cheap hardware
    • Free or cheep software
    • Combine

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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Hardware

  • Desktop PC
    • The computer you have now
    • The library's computer
    • Any old computer!
  • Netbook / Ultra-portable laptop
    • Asus Eee PC (windows version)
    • Acer Aspire One (windows version)
    • Other netbooks or subnotebooks
    • Any old notebook!

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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Hardware

  • Things you might need
    • Windows 2000 or newer
    • Onboard sound
    • Speakers
    • Custom input device
    • An Internet connection

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Software

  • Thunder (screen reader)
  • WebbIE (Accessible browser)
  • Accessible RSS news reader
  • Accessible podcatcher
  • ReadPlease (text to speech engine)
  • TextAloud (text to speech engine)
  • AMIS (DAISY book player)
  • WinAMP (media player) and the PaceMaker plugin (which allows users to adjust playback speed)
  • Iconico magnifier (screen magnifier)

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Software: Thunder

Screen reader: A screen reader is a software program that uses a synthetic voice to read a computer screen out loud.*

  • From the Thunder website:
    • "Free of charge to EVERYONE and any organization."
    • "A quick and easy download on a modern computer."
    • "For everyone who needs it."

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Software: Webbie

  • An accessible browser
    • When combined with Thunder users may listen to and navigate webpages
    • Keyboard controlable
    • Plain text output
    • Includes magnification function
    • Free download

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WebbIE "webpage" view

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WebbIE "text" view

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WebbIE also includes...

...an accessible RSS reader

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WebbIE also includes...

...an accessible pod catcher

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WebbIE also includes...

...an accessible Project Gutenberg

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WebbIE also includes...

...an accessible Directory(providing access to the ODP)

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ReadPlease

  • Text-to-speech software: Converts computer readable text into spoken language
  • Free and paid versions
  • Available to download
  • Tutorial available at CILS

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ReadPlease

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TextAloud

  • Text-to-speech software: Converts computer readable text into spoken language
  • Free trial available
  • ~$30 to buy
  • Available to download

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TextAloud

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DAISY

  • DAISY book format
    • DAISY: Digital Audio Information System
    • A highly navigable digital audiobook format: navigable by chapter, section, heading or page number
    • May be human voice or synthesized voice
    • May have full-text or just heading information

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AMIS (Daisy Player)

  • Open Source
  • Freely available
  • Available for download
  • Tutorial available at CILS

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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AMIS (Daisy Player)

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AMIS (Daisy Player)

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WinAMP

  • A media player, like Windows Media or VLC
  • Freely available
  • Allows plugins
  • Tutorial available at CILS

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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WinAMP with PaceMaker

  • Pacemaker: a WinAMP plugin
    • Freely available
    • Changes tempo (play back speed)
    • Changes pitch

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WinAMP with PaceMaker

Allows you to speed up your MP3 without making it sound like a chipmunk:

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Magnifier

  • Enlarges a portion of a computer screen
  • Freely available

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Conclusion

  • Don't be afraid...
    • ...to get your hands dirty
    • ...to try
    • ...to ask

You can do it!

cils@langara.bc.ca | www.langara.bc.ca/cils

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Thank you

This presentation is available in multiple formats at http://www.langara.bc.ca/cils/Tel: 604-323-5685Fax: 604-323-5577E-Mail: cils@langara.bc.ca

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Questions?

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Photo Credits

  • All photos were generously made available by their creators under a Creative Commons license:
    • Stick Figure Loses Foot In Crack!
    • Sunrise - Project City Center
    • Computer Cooking
    • Master in Computer Architecture, Network and Systems
    • Lightening 16x9 03
    • Chipmunk Checking Email
    • Three magnified morons
    • Don't Stop Questioning

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