Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year's Amazon Paperwhite

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 15 Comments

Drat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look [...]

Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers

By libertyc
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, [...]

Apple will reinstate AAC app Speak For Yourself if its developers win in court

By libertyc
June 28, 2012 // 4 Comments

The Register reports that Apple will reinstate the AAC app “Speak For Yourself” if the speech therapists who made the app are able to win the patent lawsuit brought against them. Apple pulled the [...]

Augmentative communication app Speak For Yourself pulled from iTunes store at patent plaintiff request

By libertyc
June 13, 2012 // 6 Comments

A few months ago I wrote about the patent situation surrounding an app called “Speak For Yourself” that allows autistic and otherwise nonverbal people to communicate with others. A couple of [...]

Patent lawsuit threatens inexpensive iPad app to let autistic speak

By libertyc
March 28, 2012 // 8 Comments

The iPad can be great for letting people read, but it can be just as good for letting certain people speak. As I’ve previously mentioned, autistic, nonverbal, and otherwise disabled people who have [...]

Using Ibis Reader and Apple’s VoiceOver

By libertyc
March 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Threepress Consulting blog: Liza and I have long been interested in making ebooks more accessibile. Both Bookworm and Ibis Reader reflect that goal (with limited success—accessibility can [...]

New choices and access methods for the print-disabled

By libertyc
December 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: NFB-NEWSLINE®, a free audible newspaper service for blind and print-disabled people, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library [...]

Elsevier Enables its e-Books to Read Aloud, Increasing Access for People With Print Disabilities

By libertyc
December 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

From the press release: Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, announced today that it has enabled the text-to-speech option on [...]

Speech therapy uses ereaders

By libertyc
November 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Reading devices help people with strokes, neurological disabilities In the picture are Chrissy Akers (left), a graduate student in speech pathology, and Tina Puglisi-Creegan, a clinical instructor, [...]

Access for print disabled, library exceptions named top WIPO priorities

By libertyc
November 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) closed its latest copyright meeting with a two-year work plan to improve access to the print disabled and to identify potential library exceptions [...]

DAISY to Epub converter announced by Don Johnston Inc.

By libertyc
November 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Don Johnston Incorporated, a company that develops assistive technology for individuals with disabilities, just announced a new software conversion tool, DAISYtoEPUB, during [...]

UN-backed initiative to enable the blind to access published works

By libertyc
October 28, 2010 // 1 Comment

From the UN News Centre: In an unprecedented United Nations-supported initiative, people who cannot see and those who have other forms of visual disability will have access to published works through [...]

U.S. Department of Education Awards Grant to Help Bring eTextbook Savings to Students with Disabilities

By libertyc
October 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: CourseSmart, the world’s largest eTextbook provider, Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), and AccessText Network (ATN) announced that their collaboration in providing [...]

UK Publishers Association says turn on text-to-speech

By libertyc
October 7, 2010 // 2 Comments

From The Bookseller: The Publishers Association, The Society of Authors, The Association of Authors Agents and The Right to Read Alliance have released a joint ‘recommendation to [...]

Accessibility and ebooks – resources and an interview, by Sue Polanka

By libertyc
October 6, 2010 // 3 Comments

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is [...]

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