Keyword: Electronic and IT Accessibility (28 results)
The Federal Communications Commission is dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have full access to our nation’s communications’ revolution. Accessibility Clearinghouse provides many factsheets and resources on how to achieve this goal.
Accessibility Guides for Businesses and Government Organizations
This Microsoft resource provides information on the value to organizations of integrating accessible technology into their technology plans and guidance on effective implementation processes.
Assistive Technology Experiment: High Contrast
High contrast settings benefit users with low vision or other visual disabilities. The "High Contrast Themes" present in Windows change or invert web page background and text colors. This resource can help employers accommodate workers with visual disabilities by providing information on how to enable High Contrast in Windows 7.
CAP Technology Evaluation Center (CAPTEC)
Located in the Pentagon, the CAP Technology Evaluation Center (CAPTEC) is a facility dedicated to the evaluation and demonstration of a variety of assistive technology solutions. If you are seeking solutions to accessibility challenges, you can visit CAPTEC, either in person or via Video-Teleconferencing (VTC). At CAPTEC, you will have the opportunity to see the types of equipment available, receive a needs assessment and compare different solutions. The CAPTEC staff is available to work with you to select the most appropriate assistive technology solution to help you carry out the essential functions of your job.
Captioning with Maccaw
This High Tech Center Training Unit instructional manual provides guidance on the use of Macaw, a lightweight captioning tool for the synchronization of text and multimedia for the QuickTime media player only. It is Mac and PC compatible and is available at no cost.
Computer Electronic Accommodations Program
Established by the Federal government, the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is a centrally funded program that provides assistive technology (AT) and reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. CAP's mission is to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to information and employment opportunities in the DoD and throughout the Federal government.
Designing & Implementing Workplace Plans for Accessible Information Communication & Technology
ODEP’s Accessible Technology in the Workplace Initiative has drafted a paper to help employers develop a corporate-wide, comprehensive strategic plan for adopting and implementing accessible ICT corporate policies, practices and procedures in their own workplace. Technological advances will leave people with disabilities behind if employers do not buy and use accessible information and communication technologies.
Effective Practices for Description of Science Content within Digital Talking Books
This website provides both general guidelines that should be followed when describing STEM images in digital talking books and many examples of how the guidelines can be implemented. The guidelines are the result of a seminal 4-year effort encompassing multiple surveys with describers and with students and scientists with vision loss to research preferred practices for description of visual information in textbooks and journals.
FCC Updates Standards on Mobile Phones and Hearing Aid Compatibility (Word Doc)
This resource provides the new technical standard for testing phones for hearing aid compatibility (HAC), approved by the Federal Communications Commission on April 9, 2012. After this new standard is adopted and a 2-year transition period is completed, the Commission's rules requiring phones to be hearing aid- compatible will apply to handset operations over additional air interfaces and frequency bands. The Commission’s HAC rules will now apply to a range of new technologies and will allow for more accurate measurements of hearing aid interference – i.e, the new standard will improve the measurement criteria for determining if a mobile phone is hearing aid compatible or not.
Federal Relay Conference Captioning
Relay Conference Captioning (RCC) service is available to all Federal Employees who work for agencies that have a Task Order with Sprint and who are deaf or hard-of-hearing which gives them equal access as participants in conference calls and/or multi-party calls. RCC uses the same high-quality captioners that provide closed captioning for live television, news, sports and weather to deliver live, real-time text streamed to an Internet-connected computer anywhere in the world.
The ForEmployers.com site provides straightforward technology solutions and flexible design strategies that address everyday human resources issues, especially as they relate to current or future employees with disabilities. This site is a part of The Institute for Community Inclusion program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design
This book provides information to help organizations improve their products, websites, software, hardware, and consumer products to remove accessibility barriers and avoid adding new barriers.
The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology aims to advance the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities through accessible technology. Its new Web portal, PEATworks.org, will feature many tools and opportunities for employers, technology providers and users to engage with us and each other on employment-related technology issues. You can visit PEATworks.org now to sign up for updates, and follow PEAT on Facebook and Twitter.
Senate Commerce Approves Telecom Disability Update Bill
The Senate Commerce Committee has approved by voice vote S. 3304, the Equal Access to the 21st Century Communications Act. The bill, okayed on July 13 2010, takes a number of steps to update the Telecommunications Act disability access provisions to reflect the rise of broadband. According to committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) it will "expand the availability of hearing aid-compatible phones; develop ways to provide equal access to 911 communications emergency services; and expand and update requirements regarding closed captioning and video descriptions."
SSB Bart Group
Since 1997, SSB BART Group (SSB) has supported the accessibility initiatives of more than 1,000 organizations by developing software, training and consulting solutions to address the specific business and technical needs of the organizations most affected by accessibility requirements. Early in 2011, SSB BART Group acquired the team and specific assets of TecAccess, LLC. This acquisition has allowed SSB to expand its service offerings to include custom design and development services focused on accessible and compliant IT systems.
USDA: TARGET Demonstration Center
The USDA TARGET Center's mission is to ensure that all USDA employees have safe and equal access to electronic and information technology by assessing, educating, and advocating for the integration of assistive technology and worksite accommodations.
Use of Toll-Free Numbers for Video and IP Relay Service
On August 4, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to promote the use of geographically appropriate local telephone numbers, while ensuring that the deaf and hard-of-hearing community has access to toll-free telephone numbers that is equivalent to the access enjoyed by the hearing community. This video describes how to comply with these new rules.