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Hi All! Are you developing an app for the iPhones and iPads in your company, for a special event or just as a hobby? If this is so, you might find the following video from this year’s Apple WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) very insightful.

In the focus of the presentation are all sorts of different ways how people with physical or sensory limitations use iOS; this is NOT just about blind people & VoiceOver. The video shows how easy it actually is to make your apps accessible just by using standard UI elements.
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    Enable Ireland’s National Assistive Technology (AT) Training Service runs both certified and customised AT courses and seminars targeting people with disabilities, therapists, educators and employers.

    The Foundations in AT course, accredited by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), leads to the award of a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development. It is suitable for a range of professionals working in areas such as, therapy, education and ICT.

      Moodle is a Content Management System that is widely used in third level education. It facilitates remote learning, and also has a good level of ‘out of the box’ accessibility for blind and vision impaired users of Assistive Technology.

      This is what they have to say about their approach to accessibility.

      From the ‘Moodle Accessibility’ page:

      Moodle core developers spend a lot of time making sure new development are accessible. Part of the process when building new code in Moodle is to follow established best practices and part of the process for accepting new code into core is to test pages carefully and gather feedback from experts.
      Continue Reading Learn about Moodle Accessibility

        There is a great Web Accessibility Toolkit developed by Cornell University. It gathers many links to a diverse range of online resources relating to accessibility.

        Visit the <a href=”http://webaccesstoolkit.org”>Web Accessibility Toolkit</a> and you will find lots of information that relate to applying web accessibility best practice within an educational context. The Resources section contains a great list of training materials, articles and white papers, evaluation tools, tips and techniques to help make your educational materials accessible to the widest audience.

          A free Web-based set of accessible training modules in Creating Accessible Microsoft Office 2010 Documents has been developed by the Texas Multi-Agency Office 2010 Training Collaboration. It gives step-by-step instructions for creating captioned videos, MP-3 voice recordings and transcripts in Word and PDF formats.

          This is a good resource for educators or employers who want to know how to create accessible electronic documents. It was a winner in the Federal Communications Commission 2014 Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA), which honours innovators who develop communications technology for people with disabilities.