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The background to this research into the development of a freely available Arabic symbol dictionary is based on the fact that there are very few freely available culturally suitable Arabic pictograms, icons, symbols or other graphical representations of language for use within the Arabic community by those who have a wide range of communication and literacy difficulties.
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The ATbar is a browser based toolbar to aid accessibility of websites with the option to change the look and feel of webpages through text only enlargement, font style and colour changes plus increased line spacing. There are also features for text to speech, a dictionary, spell checking, word prediction and colour overlays.
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The goal of this Massive Open Online Course project is to provide education on accessible design in ICT.. This has now been achieved and there is a new free online FutureLearn course starting on Oct 17th 2016 called Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society". The five weeks will cover: Understanding the concepts of disability, usability and accessibility; creating accessible content; enabling people to communicate on mobile devices; understanding and overcoming barriers to accessing the web and enabling access to daily living technologies. No prior knowledge is required and everyone is welcome. To find out more and sign up, visit Futurelearn
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A major obstacle to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of education in Europe is the lack of widely available, accessible, multilingual, timely, engaging and high-quality educational material (i.e. OpenCourseWare). The creation of comprehensive OpenCourseWare (OCW) is tedious, time-consuming and expensive, with the effect, that often courseware employed by teachers, instructors and professors is incomplete, outdated, inaccessible to those with disabilities and dull. With the open-source SlideWiki platform (available at SlideWiki.org) the effort of the creation, translation and evolution of highly-structured remixable OCW can be widely shared (i.e. crowdsourced).
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STEMReader aims to deliver a significant step forward in reading aloud maths for those working from functional to advanced levels. For the first time it will enable a broader range of publishers and educators to easily share accessible STEM materials that can be read and understood by all types of user and will aid individuals who want to have maths notation read aloud while they read and write documents.
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The LexDis project has allowed the team to take a participatory approach to the way disabled students develop technology based strategies when working in e-learning situations. Helpful guides have been created, providing hints and tips on how to make the most of e-learning technology. The strategies have been generated by those studying and working in Further and Higher Education to help others make the most of a wide range of apps, productivity tools and assistive technologies.
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This website developed for the Mada Center in Qatar is intended to provide you with an overview of how you can make your assistive technologies suit a wide range of users around the world. It will also provide pointers for the localisation of accessible websites.
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Synchronise your Notes: Synote is a free web-based application that allows you to synchronise your notes with audio and/or video and also transcribe your audio recordings for you. Index Notes with 'Synmarks': Notes can be tagged with 'Synmarks' which enable you to find, associate and link notes to a part of your audio or video, whereas other software will only let you do this to the entire resource.
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Web2Access provides a tool that can be used as reference for creating accessible Web 2.0 resources. The guides and walk-throughs available will enable you to develop accessible web based resources, expanding your potential website audience. The website also information that will also help you test desktop software. There are over 150 services that have been evaluated by the criteria offered using the online review process.
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Learn about Accessibility: A series of online materials are provided to teach users about issues surrounding accessibility of websites and software and the importance of considering them when developing online content: Tailored Learning & Assessment: Try the 2 part online course that enables you to see how much you currently know by completing the quiz, so you can then read the learning materials that are relevant to you and attempt the assessment again.
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REALISE your potential: REALISE is a community of people working to develop new technologies that make using the Internet, computers and mobile devices easier for those who encounter barriers to access.Open Innovation: REALISE is ideal for the application of open innovation principle, enabling potential to develop ground breaking and life changing technology solutions.
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This research aims to analyse university students’ handwriting skills using digital pens. The research will build on present day paper and pen evaluations that occur with the use of a stop watch and simple speed of writing tests. By using digital pens it is hoped that it will be possible to analyse the results of individual handwriting skills to not only discover issues that may arise when copying or free writing, but to also provide an insight into specific types of difficulties.
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The Portable Accessibility Toolkit: The Access Tools USB Flash drives contains accessibility tools that can run directly from a USB flash drive, making it easier to test software and websites on different platforms. Open Source: It features a fully-accessible a customisable menu system and tools that are free for anyone to download and use.
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