From BBC Ouch: Training to use a guide dog isn’t always a walk in the park.

This is a great podcast discussing the pros and cons to owning a guide dog. It is a HUGE decision that should be made after much research and making sure a guide dog is a good fit for both you, your family/loved ones and the animal.

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Chris Lona of CL Design and Shellianne Redding of Low Vision Support Group

Blind Collaboration

Inclusive Web Accessibility (IWA) by CL Design eliminates these barriers (and more) for people and empowers organizations by tying ROI to aligning with multiple web accessibility regulations. IWA’s empowerment extends to anyone with visual, hearing, cognitive, visual, sensory-motor, dexterity, and/or physical impairments.

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Have you seen EmpowerPeopleOnline.com?

If not, just take 30 seconds to change your view of how accessible and straightforward a website can be for…

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Interactive Web Accessibility: The New and Improved Mousetrap?

Assistive technology (AT) already plays a significant role in my life. in I am extremely blessed to have my screen magnifier/reader. Without it, I would probably never touch a computer again. However, my relationship with screen readers is a love-hate relationship.

The screen reader’s voice sounds like a monotone robotic voice lacking inflection, emotion, pitch, or variations in the tone and rhythmical flow/pattern of the human voice.

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What I Learned from the 8-18-20 #AXSChat

This post is a long response to an #axschat that takes place weekly on twitter. In the weekly sessions, various…

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Accessibility: Can We Outlaw Grey Text on White Background?

Accessibility seems to be the “cause de jour” in the tech world these days with tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft pledging their commitment to Accessibility (making the internet more user-friendly for people with disabilities). As a visually impaired user and founder of a website created for the sole purpose of supporting those with visual impairments (LowVisionSupportGroup.com), I am hopeful and grateful that this issue has received so much attention. I do not want to rain on Facebook, Google nor Microsoft accessibility parade, but I urge anyone who wants to make the web more accessible to those with visual impairments take a step back and do some very simple fixes to their sites first. The first thing that could be done is to do away with grey or silver text on a white background. For people like me with visual impairments that impact our ability to see color, grey or silver text on a white background can make a site virtually useless. This seems like a very simple fix so I do not understand why grey or silver text on white seems to be the default color scheme of so many sites.

“Accessibility Teams” issuing glossy press releases touting their commitment to making the web more accessible. However, I feel like we are putting the cart before the horse, so to speak.

Features like voice over and designing sites to be more screen-reader friendly are all admirable and badly needed features for people like me who are losing their vision.

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