Sitecues Update

Sitecues will soon be delivering significant improvements to your ongoing service. Among other enhancements, end users will have the ability to define their own personal settings for sitecues. As a sitecues customer, this will enhance your website’s user experience for an even more diverse audience.

Now with Personal settings

With personalized settings, users will now be able to adjust color themes and customize their mouse size and color. For many types of eye conditions, these options can be more helpful than page magnification. Our research indicates that these new personal settings will be particularly helpful to individuals with eye conditions such as light sensitivity, eye fatigue, limited visual field, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, muscular dystrophy, dyslexia, and age-related vision loss. In the future, we expect to add additional personal settings options with the aim of supporting other specialized user needs.

Same Intuitive Design

With these improvements, one thing that has not changed is our simple and intuitive interface. We have combined the simplicity of our two button control panel with added options and instructions within an easily-discoverable secondary panel.  Sitecues is dedicated to supporting first-time users without requiring training. And now with personalized settings, we give users who want more the ability to get more out of sitecues.

Additional Features

In addition to personal settings, we are very excited to be offering these new capabilities:

  • User Instructions – the sitecues badge includes an animated how-to guide.  Users can now access concise and interactive “tips” in addition to a full set of instructions. This will help users get more out of your website and sitecues by improving the discovery of basic and advanced features.
  •  Faster Load Times – sitecues is now delivered at a fraction of its former file size, even with the addition of new features. Our code base is now loaded only as-needed, further reducing initial load. This improvement has been driven by customers with stringent page load requirements.
  • User Feedback – end users can now rate sitecues and offer commentary on their experience.  We are confident that this capability will enable us to further improve both our product and the user experience of your website.

We have made many of these improvements in direct response to feedback from our customers and from end users. Our sincere thanks to all who contributed this critical input. These improvements also follow on recent upgrades to our text-to-speech platform and security.

Our Mission

At sitecues, our mission is to make websites easier for people with diverse abilities to see, hear, use, and enjoy. These recent improvements take us one giant step closer to our ultimate goal.  Many thanks to you and to the organizations who support us on our mission. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Sincerely,

Marc Zablatsky
Vice President & General Manager

sitecues by Ai Squared | Enable your site with zoom & speech

IAAP December Webinar: PDF Accessibility: Beyond the Basics

IAAP December Webinar: 
PDF Accessibility: Beyond the Basics

IAAP has received many requests for a webinar focusing on PDF accessibility and we are happy to announce that the last webinar of 2015 will focus on this topic! End your year right by learning more about this hot topic!   

IAAP’s upcoming webinar on Wednesday, December 9 will help you understand how to create and repair PDFs to be accessible to the end user. Read on to learn more about our upcoming December webinar and secure your registration.

PDF Accessibility: Beyond the Basics

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC – 5 hours)
Speakers: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe; Karen McCall, M.Ed., Accessible Document Design Consultant/Trainer, Karlen Communications
Target Audience: Accessibility repair specialists, document authors
Fees: Member*: $59; Non-Member: $119
*Organizational members can view their membership benefits for additional webinar discounts. Join IAAP today to receive the member rate!

Overview: PDF documents are not all created with accessibility as a goal, but content in PDF must be accessible to end users. You probably know how to add alternative text for images and mark text with heading tags, but this session will show you how to identify and address the next level of accessibility barriers in PDF documents. In addition to learning about more complicated PDF repair, this session will bring you up to speed with user agent support for PDF and help prepare you to provide appropriate guidance to clients and customers using PDF.

Register for the webinar.

Read more about the PDF Accessibility: Beyond the Basics webinar.

Here’s what recent attendees had to say about previous webinars:

  • “This was a great value for the price.”
  • “This speaker always gives excellent presentations – this was no exception! Great webinar!”
  • “All the webinars have been good. This one was very well done.”
  • “Thank you for putting this webinar on, IAAP!”
  • “Very informative session.”

Webinar Format

The webinars will be hosted in the Adobe Connect webinar platform, which is accessible with a variety of browsers. Captioning will be provided. For additional details about Adobe Connect accessibility, go to this Adobe Connect Accessibility Features page.

Join or Renew Today to Get the Member Rate

Join IAAP today to get the member webinar rate for individual and organizational members. A benefit included in organizational memberships is additional discounts off the already discounted member webinar rate.

Freedom Scientific and Optelec Join Forces in Assistive Technology Merger

Freedom Scientific and Optelec Join Forces in Assistive Technology Merger

  1. PETERSBURG, FL and BARENDRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS – NOVEMBER 16, 2015 – Freedom Scientific and Optelec announced today that the two companies have merged to create the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. The two companies have a long history of providing innovative technology solutions that enable blind and low vision individuals to reach their full potential – to gain an education, obtain employment, succeed in professional careers, and live independently throughout their lives.

“Combining our complementary businesses gives us the broadest portfolio in the industry and unmatched worldwide distribution and customer support,” said John Blake, CEO of Freedom Scientific. “The combined company will be able to offer customers a broad portfolio of well known brands of video magnifiers, scanning and reading solutions, refreshable Braille displays, and the industry’s most recognized screen reading software, JAWS® for Windows.”

“Our employees are energized by the capability that results from this merger and we are eager to start working together to deliver market leading solutions, training and support to the broadest audience of blind and low vision users,” said Maarten Bosch, CEO of Optelec.

Both companies were recently acquired by Vector Capital, a San Francisco based firm that invests in market leading global technology companies.

“We are excited to bring together two of the industry’s leading companies to create a global, diversified end-to-end technology provider to the low-vision and blind community,” said Andy Fishman, a Managing Director at Vector Capital. “The combination, integration and platform created will enable continued investment, support and growth for the combined company.”

The combined holding company will retain the individual Freedom and Optelec brands and product portfolio as the two businesses work on the integration and realization of all the anticipated customer benefits.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Freedom Scientific is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida with offices in Switzerland. The Company’s products have been translated into 24 languages and are available in more than 70 countries.

Media Contact:
Brad Davis
Email: info@FreedomScientific.com
Phone: (800) 444-4443 / (727) 803-8000
www.FreedomScientific.com

About Optelec

Optelec is a leading global distributor, designer and manufacturer of life-changing assistive technologies for people who are visually impaired and blind. Optelec is headquartered in Barendrecht, the Netherlands with offices in the US, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom, offering multi-tier distribution in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Media Contact:
Maarten Bosch
Email: info@Optelec.com
Phone: +31 88 678444
www.Optelec.com

About Vector Capital

Vector Capital is a leading global private equity firm with over $2.5 billion under management specializing in transformational investments in established technology businesses. Vector actively partners with founders and management teams to devise and execute new financial and business strategies that materially improve the competitive standing of these businesses and enhance their value for employees, customers and shareholders. Among Vector’s notable investments are Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Allegro Development, Cambium Networks, Certara, ChyronHego, CollabNet, Corel, IPVALUE Management, LANDesk Software, Niku, Gerber Scientific, RAE Systems, Register.com, Saba Software, SafeNet, Technicolor, Teletrac, Tidel, Triton Digital, WatchGuard Technologies, and WinZip. For more information, please visit www.vectorcapital.com.

Media Contact:
Jonathan Gasthalter/John Christiansen
Sard Verbinnen & Co
Phone: (212) 687-8080 / (415) 618-8750

Tell Your AT Story with #MyATStory

Tell Your AT Story with #MyATStory

Did you know that ATIA conference attendees and their organizations reach more than one million people with disabilities? You all do such powerful and amazing things every day to help your students and clients, and we want to hear about it. ATIA is launching a social media campaign that lets you share how assistive technology has impacted your life and your students’ or clients’ lives. Upload a short video to Twitter telling your AT story using #MyATStory #ATIA16.

We hope that in sharing our stories, we can show the profound ways in which assistive technology has changed so many lives and begin to connect our growing community of AT professionals and families.

Learn more at atia.org/MyATStory. Need inspiration? See what ATIA speaker Beth Poss shared using #MyATStory:

We also hope you will connect with the people you might meet at ATIA 2016, ATIA’s annual conference, held February 3-6, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned for more details on special #MyATStory happenings at ATIA 2016.

Everyone has a story to tell. Share yours today!

SuperNova Magnifier & Speech in the workplace ensures full accessibility

If you’re employed or looking for employment in a role that uses technology, it’s good to know that SuperNova Magnifier & Speech delivers a great workplace experience

SuperNova Magnifier & Speech supports common workplace applications MS Office and Internet Explorer, meaning you can use the same technology in the same productive way as your colleagues.

Dolphin also delivers the best Citrix support – allowing employers to deliver applications to you via the company network with no loss of accessibility.

“It certainly blows iZoom out of the water.”

Matthew Leese Lead Citrix | Thin Client Infrastructure Engineer, DWF LLP

Simply put, SuperNova Magnifier & Speech is the ideal choice for employers and employees alike; offering stability, flexibility and reliability while delivering an excellent workplace experience, all backed up by our 30 day full refund guarantee.

Don’t forget, with SuperNova Magnifier & Speech you can tailor your experience to your own visual needs with crystal clear magnification up to 64x,  high contrast color schemes and customizable mouse pointers.

There’s so much more to SuperNova Magnifier & Speech, so look out for more information coming soon.

Or, if you can’t wait, why not call us on +1 866 797 5921 or click here to email us and we’ll get back to you.

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Volume 535
The Week’s News in Adaptive Technology

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1A) Mozilla has created an iOS version of the Firefox browser and has included accessibility considerations:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/11/12/accessibility-features-in-firefox-for-ios/

1B) We also have a Cool Blind Tech podcast about it:
https://www.coolblindtech.com/a-quick-look-at-firefox-for-ios/

2) The Narrator screen reader now works in the XBox 1, which may make some games or other programs accessible. Here is a demo of the screen reader:
https://www.spreaker.com/user/superblindman/xbox-one-narrator-demo

3) There is a Windows 10 Wiki which gives information about the operating system, different upgrades, and screen reader issues:
https://groups.io/g/win10/wiki/Home

4) Audio Feedback, A New Accessibility Option, Will Let Your Android Wear Watch Talk Back To You:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/11/13/audio-feedback-a-new-accessibility-option-will-let-your-android-wear-watch-talk-back-to-you/

5) Chris Hofstader gives Apple positive marks for its 2015 upgrades:
http://chrishofstader.com/apples-2015-accessibility-rebound/

6A) Ai Squared has released ZoomText Fusion, adding Window-Eyes to ZoomText for the user whose sight loss is intensifying:
http://www.zoomtext.com/products/zoomtext-fusion/?_ga=1.181810151.1550108057.1447874827

6B) The company is conducting a free webinar to introduce the product on Monday, 30 November at 19:00 GMT:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8592362684155100418

7) Hear about the PlexTalk Pocket Linio player/recorder on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 November at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8) In the Fall 2015 edition of “508 XPress” a quarterly newsletter on making electronic content accessible to everyone, you will discover tips on making PDFs accessible on mobile devices, learn about the importance of skip nav links and more:
http://www.section508.va.gov/support/newsletter/508XPressVolume15Fall2015.pdf

9) Here we have a video, “Overview of Voiceover on 4th Generation Apple TV:”
http://luisperezonline.com/2015/11/18/overview-of-voiceover-on-4th-generation-apple-tv-video/

10) The November issue of AccessWorld is traditionally the Holiday Issue. Besides the Annual Accessible Holiday Gift Guide, which contains items whose prices range from free to hundreds of dollars, the issue includes a review of iOS9, thoughts on holiday shopping using an iOS device, a discussion of the web accessibility enhancement tool Sitecues from Ai Squared, an overview of the products from 64 Oz. Games, a review of the new CrowdViz app that enables blind people to get help from remote assistants, and coverage of a Learning Ally endeavor to help college students succeed:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

11) MacForTheBlind sells tutorials on iOS and the Mac. Prices seem to run from $35 to $45 per chapter:
http://macfortheblind.com/Audio-Tutorial-series?page_id=1514

12) Jamal Mazrui has updated IniForm, a set of tools for conveniently creating user interface dialogs under Windows. You can get the package here:
https://github.com/JamalMazrui/IniForm

13) Learn about creating your own website in episode 1547 of Eyes on Success:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14) We like to mention blind bloggers who help people think about the implications of blindness to life and demonstrate constructive approaches to life. Here is one such:
http://adrianspratt.com/compliments/

15A) NVDA 2015.4rc1 has been released for testing. Get it, and read about new features here:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2015-4rc1-released/

15B) Here you will find a podcast demonstrating the new features:
http://nvda-kr.org/en/ @NVAccess

16A) Investment firm Vector Capital has acquired Freedom Scientific and Optelec and combined them into one big adaptive technology company. For the moment, the two companies retain their own identities:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=13750

16B) Freedom Scientific has rushed out an FSCast all about this development:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

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Seeing IS Believing!

Check out SmartEdApp Version 2.0 by watching this short overview video. Once you see it, you will want to share it with your teachers – AND the app is currently FREE!

When special needs children use any of the dozens of SmartEdApp learning activities, their progress is recorded. A dashboard with graphs and charts shows scalable results, enabling a teacher or specialist to make quick adjustments to a child’s learning program.

Find out more about the app and register for your free classroom license for 30 students* on the SmartEdTech Website . Get the license yourself or forward this email to your head of special education.

If you have any problems downloading Version 2.0, please contact us!

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