Accessibility is what allows me to use things like a phone, computer, or an ATM. May 9th is all about this. -Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic. (previously)
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
is today. It's a day to consider how people with disabilities experience the web, software, mobile devices, games and so on, targeted towards designers, developers, usability professionals and others without much experience with accessibility. There are public events scheduled
all over the world, as well as other accessibility-related events
. To participate on your own, try one of the suggested activities
: turn off your mouse or trackpad and use only your keyboard to navigate websites, try using a free screen reader, such as NVDA
for Windows or the built in VoiceOver
for Mac and iOS, try watching some streaming videos or movies with captions or add some of your own
to a video you've uploaded. Then relax with a sample of described video
: Katniss, from the Hunger Games, goes hunting. [more inside]
A life well lived.
On October 4, 1973, Josh Miele (4) was permanently blinded in an acid attack by his neighbor (pdf)
. 40 years later, Dr. Miele has worked for NASA on the Mars Rover project, he's helped develop "WearaBraille
", a virtual Braille keyboard interface, and has a new project launching this month: the Descriptive Video Exchange (DVX)
, which will allow "sighted video viewers to seamlessly add audio description to DVDs as they watch.
" [more inside]
has been blind since birth. He wants to show
you how he uses Instagram
Porn for the Blind
is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing audio descriptions of sample movie clips from adult web sites. This service is provided free of charge. [NSFW]
''Tim,'' said Spitzer with a laugh, ''just slaughtered them.'' What's so special about one geek slaughtering other geeks in a game of Quake? Tim is blind
and a company named ZForm
is developing videogames to help blind people compete fairly with sighted people. Way cool.