Articles for 2012

Join one or many and Popular Accessibility-Related Linkedin Groups Today!

We cordially invite you to join one or many and Popular Accessibility-Related Linkedin Groups Today! Why wait! It’s free to join… and very beneficial professionally. We have over 13,000 members from all corners of the world interested in networking on a wide range of accessibility-related technology, rehabilitation, speech, language, hearing, vision, STEM content, legislation and [...]

National Federation of the Blind Condemns Amazon’s Push to Put Kindle E-books in Schools

Amazon recently launched an aggressive initiative to get inaccessible Kindle e-books into K-12 classrooms across the country.  Given that the Kindle is not accessible to students with disabilities… they are going to be disenfranchised. This is not OK with us. “Any claim by Amazon that is not technically possible, economically feasible, or reasonable to expect [...]

Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education

Thank you Heather Costello for bringing the Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education website to our attention! Presented below are the introductory paragraphs from Accredited Online Colleges’ website. A link to their website appears at the bottom of this page. We encourage you to explore it. Introduction: Accredited Online Colleges is a general information website with many [...]

Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Newsletter for November, 2012… Now Available!

Funded since 2001, the Wireless RERC is a recognized leader on issues and solutions related to the accessibility and usability of mobile wireless products and services by people with disabilities. Here are a few highlights of what is presented in this month’s “Re:Wireless” Newsletter: Third update to the Survey of User Needs (SUN) 2012 Survey [...]

Best 10 Android Apps for the Visually Impaired

Android is a resourceful invention of technology that also includes certain applications that help visually impaired and blind people in functioning. In this article we will discuss some of these applications. 1. Ideal Accessibility Installer This application is also called Platform Access Installer. It contains different packages such as KickBack, TalkBack, and SoundBack (TKS) applications [...]

Federal Circuit Court Affirmed the US Patent Office Decision Invalidating Freedom Scientific’s Patent and Eliminating their Claims Against GW Micro

Oct-29-2012 In July of 2008 on my first day back in the office after the Sight Village conference, someone entered our office and handed me a summons and notification of a lawsuit brought on by Freedom Scientific against GW Micro.  They received a patent for certain screen reader features and our response was that Window-Eyes [...]

Landmark Court Ruling Allows University Libraries to Make Ten Million Accessible Books Available to Blind Readers around the Country

On October 10, 2012, Judge Harold Baer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the National Federation of the Blind’s Motion for Summary Judgment in The Authors’ Guild v. HathiTrust case. Dan Goldstein, Laura Abelson, and Jessie Weber from Brown, Goldstein & Levy represented the National Federation of [...]

U.S. Department of Education Announces New App to Identify U.S. Currency

U.S. Treasurer Applauds Department of Education’s Accessibility Effort October 9, 2012 Contact:   Timothy Muzzio, Education Department, (202) 245-7458 Darlene Anderson, Treasury, (202) 874-2229 Steve Jacobs, IDEAL Group, (614) 777-0660 ——————————————————– The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of the “IDEAL Currency Identifier,” a free downloadable application (app) to assist individuals who are [...]

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Happy 14th Birthday Google!

On behalf of our teams at all six IDEAL Group, Inc. companies… Apps4Android, Inc. Easy Access, Inc. EasyCC, Inc. InftyReader Group, Inc. Online Conferencing Systems Group, Inc. Onymous Heroes, Inc. … we consider it a privilege and an honor to be able to partner with a great company like yours. Without the many resources you [...]