So I blogged last week about technology and how it changes people’s lives. I’ve now read an article on Wired.com which talks about the team of people that makes Facebook accessible to disabled people. I decided to write a blog about how I – and other disabled people – use Facebook, what I still struggle with, and whether I think the accessibility is getting any better.
Posts Tagged ‘text-to-speech’
Speech recognition was initially designed for people who felt they needed to do lots of typing but couldn’t touch-type, otherwise known as the one-finger typing brigade or ‘hen-peckers’. However, it soon became apparent that there were disabled people out there, who couldn’t type by hand or struggled with literacy, who were suddenly thrown a computer life-line.
In my 14 years of working with disabled people and the technology designed to help them, I have spent a lot of time with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The type of AAC that I have been involved in is provided by computer technology, a branch of electronic assistive technology (eAT).
I thought I’d take my chances and delve into the world of games that are designed specifically for blind and visually impaired people. I wanted to look at different websites/games, and rate them on playability, if they were easy to find and whether I would play them again.
I know I’ve been continuing my gaming blogging series (which I hope everyone is enjoying reading as much as I am enjoying writing it!) but being a bit of a googler as well, I decided to look into eBooks and how easy they are to access online.