Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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SpokenLayer Adds Voice to Online Content

SpokenLayer is a new iTunes app that allows users to hear published content via speech synthesis or human narration. According to their site,  "SpokenLayer lets you read with your ears. Choose up-to-the-minute articles from an ever expanding catalog including the best of the web. The Associated Press, TechCrunch, The Atlantic, Engadget and more read just for you, anywhere you are." SpokenLayer offers professional voice talent and encourages authors to record their own work. 

Source: AT Coalition

World Summit on Physical Accessibility to be Held in Montreal, 2014

World Summit on Destinations for All, addressing the themes of tourism, culture and transportation for persons with physical disabilities will be held in Montréal on 19 to 22 October 2014.
Destinations for All Keroul logo
The number of international tourist arrivals is expected to climb to one billion in 2012. Persons with physical disabilities account for roughly 15% of the population and this number should continue to rise given the aging demographic. Like everyone else, persons with disabilities travel for business and pleasure, to visit friends and relatives, and to discover other ways of life, just with slightly greater difficulty.

How do we accommodate tourists with disabilities? Are our infrastructures, buildings and establishments adapted to be easily accessible to all? Can we safely aspire to reach international accessibility standards and benchmarks? Do “accessible” rooms in Montréal and elsewhere around the globe live up to the world traveller’s expectations? How can a person with disability be sure his or her chosen destination is truly accessible? Is our front-line staff properly trained to host these guests and provide appropriate services? Which best practices from the tourism, culture and transportation industries should be considered model practices? What measures should these industries take to substantially facilitate individuals with disabilities participation in cultural and tourist activities?

Those are just some of the questions that will be discussed at the DESTINATIONS FOR ALL World Summit that is set to take place in Montréal from October 19 to 22, 2014. The Summit’s sub-heading expresses the actual scope of the topic at hand:

In fact, the major sector-based organizations from the tourism, culture and transportation industries will be invited to unveil at least two changes they undertake to make to significantly improve travel and tourism conditions for persons with disabilities.

The Global Summit should also prompt partners to join in an effort to make accessibility benchmarks and standards uniform across tourist establishments, attractions and transportation services.

André Leclerc, CEO
Email: aleclerc@keroul.qc.ca

iOS App Offers Access for People with Print Disabilities

NFB-NEWSLINE(R), a free audible newspaper service for people with print disabilities, announced the launch of an exciting new access method. NFB-NEWSLINE(R) App iPhone Screenshot

NFB-NEWSLINE(R) Mobile, a free iOS application now available in the Apple App Store, features the text of over three hundred newspapers, forty magazines, and wire feeds, plus personalized television listings. This breakthrough access method will allow NFB-NEWSLINE(R) subscribers to easily view online and download their favorite publications with their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), said: “NFB-NEWSLINE(R) has made another groundbreaking advance with NFB-NEWSLINE(R) Mobile. It is easy to learn, simple to use, powerful, and practical for today’s mobile computing environment. Now blind and print-disabled people have a wealth of information, available to them at their fingertips, which can be quickly and easily accessed throughout the day.”

“We are proud to offer our subscribers this new exciting mobile iOS application that allows them access to their favorite publications at home, while traveling to work, in the classroom, or in the office. If you’re looking for news from around the corner or from around the globe, NFB-NEWSLINE(R) Mobile can help you quickly find it,” said Scott White, director of the NFB-NEWSLINE(R) program for the National Federation of the Blind.

David DeNotaris, a blind professional, said: “Access equals success, and we have access to more newspapers, magazines and TV listings then ever before! So far I’ve used NFB-NEWSLINE(R) Mobile at the pool, on the treadmill, on the train, while waiting for breakfast at the diner, and I am sure lots of other places to come! I really enjoy my iPhone, and now that NFB-NEWSLINE(R) is on it, I can’t put it down! Great job, NFB-NEWSLINE(R) team!”

NFB-NEWSLINE(R) allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access publications as well as television and job listings over the telephone, on the Web, or by download to digital talking book players or MP3-playing devices.

For more information about NFB-NEWSLINE(R), visit www.nfbnewsline.org .

Source: National Federation of the Blind