Sensory impairment

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Competition on accessible web development open to all


Web developers from all over the world can now participate in AIR-Interactive 2011, a competition that focuses on the development of accessible websites.

The competition requires you to either create an accessible website for a nonprofit arts community, artist or musician, or critique the accessibility of select websites and redesign one page for accessibility. Prizes will be awarded at the opening of the SXSW Music and Film Interactive Festival on 11 March.

AIR-Interactive has gone global after web developers from all over the world expressed an interest in participating. The competition was previously available only to Texan web developers.

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Access in the arts in the United States

There are a number of audio description companies in the United States providing either the service themselves or training programs for theatre staff. These include Audio Description Solutions, who are a service provider and facilitator of training programs nationally, and the Audio Description Associates, operating training programs across the country.

Captions also play a large role in bringing performing arts to Americans who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

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How to identify a DVD that has access features

Image of the closed caption logoImage of the audio description logo The Australian DVD industry association, the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA), has adopted a labeling terminology and layout to clearly identify audio described and captioned DV

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Canadian disability service providers appalled at government appeal


The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) have come out with strong statements against the Canadian government’s appeal of a court ruling that federal government websites are to be made accessible to sensory impaired users by 2012.

John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB, said, “The fact that it took a court case to plead for full web accessibility in the first place is bad enough, but to learn that the government plans to spend more time and taxpayer money fighting the court’s ruling is just appalling.”

Robin East, President of the nationwide Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, echoed these sentiments, saying, “we are outraged by the government’s decision to appeal this landmark decision”.

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Accessibility – A Learning Imperative

This is a study by Sue McKnight and Angela Trikić from Nottingham Trent University, and John Baker, President and CEO of Desire2Learn Inc. ‘Accessibility: a Learning Imperative’ examines ways to model best practice for accessibility in web design.

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