[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everyone. I don't think I posted about the other awards Apple has received, so hopefully this is okay. But as a Mac user since the beginning of 2014, and as an Echo/Cricket user back in the mid to late-80's I can and will certainly testify to the great accessibility which the company has implemented and continues to do so. It's nice that they are now collaborating with Microsoft more, who are also true accessibility champions in my books. Check this out. URL shortening didn't work once again for this. http://applevis.com/blog/apple-news/apple-receive-accessibility-award-american-council-blind
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everybody. Just last week I registered on NorthShoreConnect, an online portal that was set up for hospital patients in my area to communicate with their medical teams and vice versa. I had a mostly good experience doing so and I'd like to share it with y'all. This portal requires each person who signs up to obtain a security code, so I called and one was promptly emailed to me a couple weeks ago. This code was actually good until July 26th of this year, which so happens to be the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But I went ahead and attempted to complete the online registration. The registration form does have a visual CAPTCHA, but there is an audio alternative which turned out not to present a problem for me--a person with perfect hearing. Still though, even audio CAPTCHAs discriminate against the deaf and hard of hearing. But anyway, at first the form didn't submit correctly because it timed out. But after a couple more tries and some sighted assistance, the form was submitted and I was on my way. I'm honestly a bit surprised by the high level of screen reader accessibility of this portal on the Mac. I guess I've been reading too many complaints lately and have internalized them, lol! But all links are clearly labeled. I haven't actually submitted anything yet to my doctors' offices, but the form for doing so is very accessible. All graphs on the portal seem to be accompanied by text. As you can see I'm still very new on there, but thus far I'm pretty impressed. Additionally, my medical team is top-notch. This includes the doctors I have who are in private practice and therefore not listed on the portal. I also had a top-notch medical team in Pennsylvania, where I used to live with my family. It is my sincere hope that other medical portals like this are accessible, and if not that they become accessible very soon.
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[personal profile] fayanora
Have y'all seen this? There's a new app called Aipoly Vision App that helps blind people navigate by identifying objects they point their phone's camera at, especially good for when navigating by touch is less than ideal. Here's a link with more information: http://nekobakaz.tumblr.com/post/136785299374/voidbat-female-only-sizvideos-aipoly
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everyone. Subject line pretty much gives it away. I'm wondering if there exist any of these with tactile keypads. I will explain my dilemma. To cut right to the chase, I haven't had much if any formal orientation&mobility instruction for a good many years, and I am now living in an area that is more or less unfamiliar to me because of this. I've gone out numerous times with friends and neighbors, and they've been very good about showing me around the area. However, it seems to me that these people lack the skills and time of a formal O&M instructor. I was specifically told by some people at the state voc/rehab agency here in Illinois that only qualified O&M professionals should be showing me this stuff. So I guess my question is a 2-parter. First, have any of you who received VR services in the past--including O&M instruction--been told something like this? I'd also like to know more about GPS options. I've heard a few demonstrated online, but which ones have tactile markings in addition to the audio feedback?
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[personal profile] colorwheel
i've been bugging my local grocery store for a long time to put back the bench that used to be outside the front door, so people could sit for a minute on the way in or the way out. today i arrived at the store and saw -- two benches.
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[personal profile] sarah
Oldest prosthetic helped Egyptian mummy to walk

from http://www.bbc.com/news/education-19802539

"A false toe thought to be the oldest discovered prosthetic device has passed a test to see whether it could have been used as an aid for walking."

I love how it's both an aesthetic and functional aid.
[personal profile] fastfinge
I'm not sure if this is the right place for this. But I think it does qualify as an accessibility win, and could be helpful to anyone who, like me, often doesn't have a deck of accessible playing cards to hand when I want them, to join in with the card games with relatives and friends that sometimes spontaneously break out. I have no financial or other involvement with this, I just wanted to share. If it's inappropriate, feel free to delete.

Amazon Canada sells Braille playing cards manufactured by U.S Playing Card for $9.95CAD. I've found them at specialty stores for the blind for as high as $25CAD. So I wasn't sure what they'd be like, but they just arrived yesterday and I'm completely satisfied! These are the real thing, with American braille in the corners, rather than the ones with braille going awkwardly down the side. They're also the thick, easy to handle paper cards, rather than that awful slippy plastic stuff. They come in a sturdy cardboard box, not a plastic box that will crack with the slightest knock, and never closes properly. Apparently they also have jumbo print, but I have no vision at all, so I have no idea about the contrast or size of the printing for low vision players. If you have never scene Braille playing cards before, you will notice that the braille does cause slight indentations on the backs of the cards. However, a blind player who is dealing and shuffling won't be able to read the card from the back anymore than you can, as the indentations are largely too faint to be read, and are upside down and backwards. They're also out of stock right now, because I was so excited to find these that I bought quite a few decks. The only major flaw is that the braille symbol on both jokers is exactly the same, so they can't be used to play games like Spades, Pitch, or some variations of Euchre that require you to differentiate the big and little jokers, without first agreeing on some house rules, or marking the cards. Also, they come from the US, so I don't qualify for free shipping via Amazon Prime. But if you're blind and someday looking to replace your warn out old paper cards, seriously check out Amazon. Maybe it would occur to other people to check Amazon for accessibility products, but I had never thought of it before, and was quite surprised.

If you've never played cards at the table with a blind person before, or are blind and only ever play cards online, here are some helpful tips. I'm honestly kind of surprised that a quick Google didn't turn up an article about this written by someone else, but apparently not!
list behind the cut )

If you're looking for an accessible and easy to navigate website of card game rules, I highly recommend Pagat. They have almost every card game you can think of, indexed in multiple ways, so you can always find a new game to try.

Edit: I messed up the formatting. Fixed, I think.
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[personal profile] pauamma
Passing on this request from the News blurb in Irregular Webcomic:
Jamey Sharp of Comic Rocket is interested in hearing from people with visual impairment who use text transcripts (like the ones on this comic) to enjoy webcomics. He's thinking of implementing a transcript feature for Comic Rocket. If you have experience that you don't mind discussing, please contact Jamey.
(If you can't use the mailto: link for any reason, the email address is jamey@comic-rocket.com.)
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[personal profile] colorwheel
when people are meeting up with me someplace besides my home, i really love when they ask first (or default to no if they can't reach me) about returning objects to me that they've borrowed, or bringing me things that we'd previously agreed i would borrow. because yo, i have to *carry* home whatever they hand me, and an item that might not be heavy to a TABby could change the whole nature of my walk. depending on its weight/shape and my state of spoonage, it could tip the balance between whether i can walk or need to take a cab.

(i am a person who does appreciate having things returned when they were borrowed, so i don't want to sound otherwise -- the best is when a person mails or calls beforehand to say i'm ready to return x / lend you x, should i bring it when we meet at the restaurant, or wait?

\o/

Feb. 24th, 2012 10:48 pm
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[personal profile] synecdochic
Magnetic retainer lets you operate machinery with your tongue, gives linguistics new meaning (via irc)

"Developed at Georgia Tech, the Tongue Drive System uses a magnetic piercing to track lingual gestures. The sensors then transmit data to an iOS app that translates it to on-screen or a joystick movement."

(Not really something personally relevant to me, but I had to post it anyway because how fucking cool is that oh my god.)
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[personal profile] colorwheel
i generally find it harder to explain accessibility win regarding cognitive things than physical things, but i'm giving this one a whirl because it makes me happy.

so, i've got cfids, which has cognitive disability elements. the relevant one here is memory. all my friends know i've got memory problems. there are some types of things (interactions with friends) that i remember better than others (time frames), but overall, yes, memory issues.

the thing is, i'm good at knowing when this part of my disability is relevant. on top of that, i lean towards claiming less certainty than i feel, just to be on the safe side. so when i say that i do remember something, it's trustable.

the accessibility win i'm appreciating tonight is a couple of recent instances of people trusting my memory.

is this "accessibility," really? i know that there are conversational moments when someone and i have conflicting memories and i can fairly hear them thinking, "but she has cognitive disability around memory issues, so my memory outranks hers automatically." of course i can't tell for sure that someone's thinking that. (i do not possess any supercrip powers, including hearing you think.) but i feel like it does happen sometimes; and i feel like that cuts off my access to be "one of the people who might be right." and everyone deserves access to that group.

so, accessibility win occurs when people treat me like i could be the one remembering correctly, despite my disability. special accessibility win when they really mean it. because sometimes, i am the one who remembers.


[ETA: i didn't mean to sound as if i feel entitled to be trusted on remembering past events more than other people. just not less, if i'm saying in that instance that i do remember. i know when my disability is relevant.]
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[personal profile] colorwheel
there's a small bench outside my local grocery store. i went to sit on it the other day, to rest between a walk and a shop, but there was a man sitting on it. there would have been plenty of room for us both to sit there, if he'd been sitting to one side or the other, but he was sitting smack in the middle. i was cognitively fogged-out from walking too far, and i did not have a communication spoon to ask him, "excuse me, could you move over so that i could sit here too?"

so here is my accessibility win request today: if you sit on a public bench that doesn't have other currently-free benches nearby, please increase other people's accessibility to that bench by sitting to one side or the other, rather than the middle. yes, a person could arrive and ask that you move over, but there might be a reason why asking is hard for them.

(i can't think of a reason why a person would actually need to sit in the middle of a bench, but a reason could exist and be totally valid; if there's a good reason you need to sit in the middle, that is obviously fine.)
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[personal profile] colorwheel
my cfids comes with cognitive impairment. often, a conversation becomes confusing to me during the conversation. sometimes it's because there's a reference i don't get or information i don't know, even though i'd get it or know it at another time (brain fog is intermittent). other times it's because i've just never learned that reference or that information. other times i just can't follow. it doesn't matter which of these is happening -- there's an easy, kind way people can help me to have the most possible access to the most possible rest of the conversation:

let me not understand the parts that aren't key. have that be okay, and move gracefully on. don't squeeze in an explanation just because the point seems simple to you.

if i ask you, "do i need to understand this point?", a "no" answer is a gift. don't do it falsely -- some things i DO need to grok in order to stay in the conversation, and i need your help knowing which is which. i don't know which is which, because i'm foggy and also because (obviously) i'm not the person saying things that i don't understand. the thing might be side information; it might be a cool parallel or a fascinating tangent to the main point. if i ask you, "do i need to understand that part?", i am not devaluing that part (i'd probably love it). i'm saying that for me to try to understand it right then is nontrivially hard and will use spoons at too fast a rate. and possibly crash me.

if you notice me getting confused but i haven't asked "do i need to understand this point?", you're giving me a gift if you bring it up yourself: "by any chance are you confused? this part isn't key to the main point. would you like me to skip ahead? would you like me to simpify?" that's a damn gift. it's a damn gift because, by helping me save cognitive spoons, you're giving me the most possible access to the part of our conversation that we most care about, and to whatever else we might feel like doing that day.

[i can't tell if this post makes sense outside of my head. feel free to ask questions.]
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[personal profile] colorwheel
a friend of mine helped me with something recently. i'm not sure whether he knows that he helped me twice at the same time.

my friend took a time-sensitive package to the post office for me and mailed it, on a day when i was too sick to go out. it's obvious why that was so helpful. but i want to explain how it came about, because he made his own help especially accessible to me by the way he offered. knowing that i was sick, he mailed, "If there's anything I can do to help (car ride somewhere, pick up groceries, what-have-you), let me know." the specificity of his examples was what made me feel comfortable asking him to mail my package. i felt comfortable extrapolating that the post office was in the same category as the things he mentioned.

another friend, who lives quite nearby, often tells me what neighborhood or store she's going to that day and asks if i need anything from there. easy as pie to accept, because it's clear that it's easy for her.

when people offer help in general terms like "let me know if i can do anything," even if they really want to do something, it leaves me with the task of guessing what type of help would be okay to ask for. often i won't risk asking for help if i think it might turn out to be the person's least favorite type of thing to do, or the most inconvenient for them given their life or the week they're having. my friends' material examples allow me to feel like i'm accepting a particular offer rather than asking out of the blue. that's agatha fry and christopher john for ya.
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[personal profile] jadelennox
I've made a set of tags for this community. My thought is that it might be useful to tag every post with the disability or disabilities the suggestion helps with (this can be edited as commenters come in and say "it helps me, too!"), and with the kind of adaptation or help being suggested. I'm sure my initial list of tags is both much too short and possibly doesn't use great language for the types of disabilities. Suggestions for new tags or requests that I change the terminology used can go here.

Any member can tag a post.

Oh, and [personal profile] colorwheel is co-modding with me, [personal profile] jadelennox. Neither of us has really done something like this before so please bear with us during growing pains.
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[personal profile] jadelennox
I know that offering and receiving advice is incredibly touchy subject both for people with disabilities and for allies. For me, I would appreciate it if advice were only offered within a set of frameworks that I have finally got around to telling my friends.

Help is different from advice, of course. If somebody wants to offer to help, that's usually great, as long as they take no for an answer. But advice, well, that taps into all kinds of deep issues, and if you don't know for certain what kind of advice I welcome, I would really much rather you don't offer any. This includes probing questions about why I am following or not following a particular behavior pattern, course of treatment, or accessibility adaptation. Please, just don't go there.
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[personal profile] colorwheel
if you're shopping in a store that offers different shapes and sizes of cart, please don't use the smaller/lighter kind unless you truly need it. some of us can't shop without the smaller/lighter kind, and there are usually far fewer of them, which means we have to stand around waiting until one comes back. thanks!

also, hello, and welcome to [community profile] accessibility_win! as you'll see in our profile, anyone with a disability is welcome to post, and everyone is welcome to read and comment.
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