on January 05, 2015
6th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference
Student Success in the Digital Age
Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
John Jay College of Criminal Justice 524 W 59th St. between 10th and 11th Ave New York, NY, 10019
The CUNY Accessibility Conference Coordinating Committee is pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference that will be held on May 1st, 2015 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The Annual Conference will bring together CUNY professionals and others in the fields of higher education and disability to highlight the changing dynamic of digital media accessible to students across the CUNY campuses.
For more information and for further updates, please visit the 6th Annual Accessibility Conference page by clicking here.
on January 04, 2015
When one thinks about accessibility, they usually think about apps, software and websites that make it comfortable for people to access content across all devices with ease. With thousands upon thousands of apps out there, though, how do you know what apps to choose and which apps are trustworthy? This is where this article comes in. Today, we’re going to review CamScanner — a phone PDF creator that OCR’s any document you scan using the app.
Having the ability to scan documents and convert them into PDFs is useful, especially when you have the power to do so at the palm of your hand. You can scan business cards, legal documents, pages in a book, pretty much anything! All with a simple tap of the camera icon button.
If you really want to get into it in detail, CamScanner has features like enabling a security password or scanning a batch pages in one taking, so that you can later merge the documents and its pages in a corresponding order and continue with the OCR process. In fact, CamScanner allows you to edit your OCR’ed document in its “Pro” version, allowing you to view them only in the free version of CamScanner.
The pricing gets a little confusing with CamScanner, though, so I’ll simplify it for you. You have two options, here. You can upgrade CamScanner at $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year. With this upgrade, you’ll get:
- the ability to edit OCR’ed documents
- the ability to create document collages for multiple pages you scanned
- the ability to enable automatic upload of your documents to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and Evernote so that you never worry about losing content
- the ability to share documents (in the paid version, you can set an expiration date to the links of items you share
- the ability to have up to 50 document collaborators
- the ability password-protect your documents and those you share
CamScanner Introductory Video
To download CamScanner for iOS or Android, please visit the CamScanner website by clicking here: https://www.camscanner.com/user/download
on December 12, 2014
For those who are visually impaired or blind, daily tasks can be difficult to complete. With technology progressing so quickly, though, there’s always something new to try that can make everyone’s life a little easier in most any situation. For those looking to make their lives just a little bit easier, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’ll be reviewing SayText – an app that OCRs images you capture and reads them aloud.
For those who are blind, SayText makes it easy to read just about anything in any situation. Say, for instance, that you’re in a restaurant and you’d like to know what the special for the day is. You’d take your iPhone and place it on top of the restaurant’s menu, tapping “Take picture.” Slowly elevating it, SayText will let you know that it has detected the menu/document by playing a short beep. Once SayText has captured the image, it will begin the OCR process. To hear OCR progress, simply tap the screen and listen. Want to hear the menu? Simply swipe right to have the menu speak!
SayText is free and requires iOS version 5.0 or higher.
SayText Introductory Video
As you can see, SayText is an accessible app and caters to those who are either blind or visually impaired.
To get SayText from the App Store, click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saytext/id376337999?mt=8
on November 26, 2014
CATS wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to work with such a vast group of passionate and dedicated people. Hope you have a long and wonderful weekend.
on November 25, 2014
Reasonable Accommodations- A Guide for Faculty PDF is now available on catsweb.
Click here or click the image below to view and/or download the PDF.
*Note* The new guide is also located on the sidebar of CATSWeb Hompage.
on November 24, 2014
If you are planning on attending the CUNY IT Conference here is an interesting seminar you may want to attend presented by our colleagues from CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Friday, Dec 5th at 1pm
Teaching Faculty to Fish: Course Accessibility in the Online Classroom
As CUNY colleges push further into the realm of online education by offering increasing numbers of courses in hybrid or fully online sections, there is growing need for a university-wide approach to making these courses accessible to all students, including students with disabilities. In recent years, individual accommodations implemented by each campus have made it possible for increasing numbers of students with disabilities to access higher education. Currently the university is undergoing a shift toward the principles of universal design, striving to build in accessibility for people with a wide a range of differences, from students with mobility and sensory impairments to those with intellectual and psychological disabilities. In the online learning environment, while supported by campus and university resources, the instructor ultimately mediates the implementation of universal design principles. In this presentation, we will showcase some of these principles in an online course environment and discuss, from the viewpoint of both student disability services and faculty development/instructional design, how administrative professionals can best collaborate with each other and with faculty to raise awareness about accessibility/universal design, establish best practices for online courses, and support faculty as well as students.
Antonia Levy, Faculty Development & Instructional Design, CUNY School of Professional Studies
Christopher Leydon, Student Services, CUNY School of Professional Studies
on November 21, 2014
Being in school and completing a professor’s assignments can be stressful, especially if you don’t have the right tools to help you complete the task(s) you’re working on. If you have dyslexia or it’s hard for you to read certain things for long periods of time, you’ve come to the right place!
Read2Go is an application for iOS and it has been recognized as one of the most accessible apps out for smart phones today. Read2Go accomplishes it’s goal by being a simple yet intuitive e-Book reader that highlights words as it continues to read to you and by including many other features. Those features are:
- the ability to increase font size up to 70pt.
- the ability to adjust the speed of narration
- the ability to bookmark pages
- the ability to continue reading from where you previously left off
- the ability to convert text to braille
- the ability to turn off Read2Go’s voice reader and use Apple’s VoiceOver instead
- the ability to browse, search and download books quickly and easily
- the ability to choose “natural Acapela voices” amongst other choices
- and many more features
Read2Go is only available on iOS at this time and it has a one time fee of $19.99. You can download Read2Go here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/read2go/id425585903?mt=8
on November 03, 2014
For anyone interested in Web Conferencing EASI will be hosting 2 free Webinars in the month of november that you may want to check out.
Introduction to Web Conferencing
Presenter: Norm Coombs
Date: Tuesday Nov. 4 at 2 pm Eastern
Web conferencing systems are complex and powerful. This introduction will outline these features and discuss the issues each creates for accessibility. A significant aspect of accessibility frequently depends on the presenter. The particular features the presenter selects and the way the presenter makes use of them all become part of their accessibility or inaccessibility. This introduction Webinar is intended as background for the Webinar on Nov. 11. That Webinar will actually be using Blackboard Collaborate, and this Webinar will help you be sure your computer is configured for that experience.
The accessibility of Blackboard Collaborate
Presenters: David Hastie, Director Product Management, Blackboard Collaborate and Connect and Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington
Date: Tuesday Nov. 11 at 2pm Eastern
This Webinar will explain and Demonstrate the Accessibility of Blackboard Collaborate. Participants will hear about its features and be able to actually experience them as the Webinar is being held there.
Register for the Webinars on Nov. 4 and 11
on October 15, 2014
If you’re looking for a screen reader or a text-to-speech application for your smart device, VoxDox is the right choice for you! With a natural-sounding voice, the ability to read in over ten different languages and read at different speeds, you really can’t go wrong. The special thing about VoxDox is that it gives you access to thousands of audio books that are read by actual narrators.
VoxDox is a great tool for anyone and especially for those who are visually impaired. Here’s what VoxDox can do and some of its features:
- Read full-length books
- Read any text, document or PDF file
- Choose from many different voices and ten different languages
- Take pictures of a page in a book, have VoxDox convert and read it for you
- Text-To-Speech tool
- Read text from your web browser by choosing “Share link” and sharing it with VoxDox
Click the link below to visit the VoxDox website