Spotlight

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Spotlight is RtF's program to celebrate and highlight the efforts of individuals and organizations around the globe for their efforts and contributions towards ensuring better ICT access for all.  Of particular note are projects that lower the cost for developing access features in general, efforts to ensure that those with limited resources have the access features they need, and projects that bring access to previously unserved groups.   

Below are some examples of efforts by the Raising the Floor participants and others to "raise the floor" of what is available.


Helping developers to build accessibility into their products

AEGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) - The project aims to empower any disadvantaged user to be able to use in an optimal way any mobile, web, or desktop applications with mainstream technology without having to use any other special technology. AEGIS is developing an Open Accessibility Framework – comprising open accessibility interfaces, user interface components, developer tools, end-user applications and prototype accessibility solutions which is meant to complement, not compete, with the existing commercial applications.
Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool (PEAT) - A tool for web developers to screen their videos and other content for flashing that could trigger epileptic seizures. Developed by the Trace Center.
Contrast Tool - This tool makes it easy to measure contrast on pages, parts of pages, or parts of images. Commissioned by the Trace Center and developed by the Web Accessibility Tools Consortium.
Audio Contrast Tool  - To provide web developers with an easy method to determine the difference in volume between foreground speech and background noises. Commissioned by the Trace Center and developed by David MacDonald and Audacity Programmers.
CapScribe - An application for captioning and describing videos. A web-based version is now in development as the Capscribe Project.
OpenCaps - A web based application for captioning videos. Developed by the Inclusive Design Institute (formerly the ATRC)
MAGpie - A  free software for adding captions and video descriptions to QuickTime, Windows Media, Real and Flash multimedia.
CaptionKeeper - A Software that converts television closed-caption data into Web streaming formats.
CCforFlash - A free Flash component that can be used to display captions of Flash video and audio content.
ccPlayer- Free players that incorporate CCforFlash components; useful for non-Flash authors who want to add captions to Flash video.
ccMP3Player - A Free players that incorporate CCforFlash components; useful for non-Flash authors who want to add captions to Flash video or audio.
IRDC: Fluid Skinning System (previously "TransformAble/Stylable") - This service uses content and user metadata to match and transform content according to user preferences
Fluid Components - Reusable user interfaces that take the hard work out of supporting rich interaction in a Web application. These components and similar toolkits are being developed as the IDRC Toolkit Project.
IRDC: Toolkits (Fluid, DOJO) - Toolkits that are useful in designing accessible online rich-Internet applications.ATRC: FluidEngage - Tools for curating accessible exhibits.
Eclipse Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF) a framework that serves as an extensible infrastructure upon which developers can build a variety of utilities that help to evaluate and enhance the accessibility of applications and content for people with disabilities.
Text-to-Picture Synthesis Project-This project will develop general-purpose Text-to-Picture synthesis algorithms that automatically generate pictures from natural language sentences so that the picture conveys the main meaning of the text.
Fruit Basket Demo - Allows developers to evaluate and compare the accessibility feature of various programming languages.

Building accessibility into mainstream products

Particularly noteworthy efforts from mainstream companies:

Accessibility solutions for iPhone and  iPad.
Accessibility features built into System 7 (and Vista and XP).
Accessibility checkers in Office 2010
accessibilityWorks is an open source frame work and toolset that makes web content more accessible for older adults and people with visual, motor, or cognitive disabilities. Through a standard browser, it provides the ability for users to access Web pages reformatted in a manner most usable by them.
  
Accessibility tips from MozillaAccessFirefoxMozilla Wiki
For improving the accessibility of the BlackBerry Device Software platform and device applications,   work with third party vendors to help enable the creation of external hardware and software solutions for people with disabilities  

Providing free version/special programs for commercial products

SAToGo - Online screen reader, available from any Internet-connected Windows machine for travelers and people who do not own a computer. Developed by Serotek.

Creating free and open source solutions for users

   NVDA- Screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Developed by NV Access.
Fire Vox - A plug-in to Mozilla Firefox that provides text-to-speech, magnification, and other features for web content. Developed by Charles L. Chen.
AccessTomorrow - A portable and accessible browser (Fire Vox) that is bootable from a USB flash memory drive. Developed by the Ideal Group
LowBrowse - Lowbrowse is a plug-in to Mozilla Firefox that magnifies and visually simplifies web pages. Developed by Lighthouse International
WebAnywhere- WebAnywhere is a browser based screen reader-like program for Web content: a specialized, web-based browser that provides text-to-speech, navigation features, and simplified display of web pages. Developed by the University of Washington's WebInSight group.
Bookshare.org - Bookshare.org is an online community that enables people with visual and other print disabilities to legally share scanned books. Developed by Benetech
BookAnywhere- Web based e-book reader for use with Bookshare.org.
TOHRU - A fully accessible online tool that facilitates participation in online teleconferences by allowing users to digitally "raise their hands" to signal that they would like to speak next. Developed by the Trace Center.
ZAC(Zone for Autistic Children)-First Internet browser developed specifically for children living with variants of autism spectrum disorders.
   eSpeakCompact open source speech synthesizer.
Festival-Speech synthesizer and text-to-speech tools developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Edinburgh University.

Giving people the tools to help others to read

 
Route66 is a web-based service that provides teaching resources and literacy instruction for persons (adolescents and adults) with developmental disabilities and/or those who are learning to speak, read, and write English. Developed by Benetech and The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Do-It-Yourself Solutions

Assistive Technology Solutions - A collection of plans and information about Do It Yourself Assistive Technology (AT) solutions develop a AT hardware that may be manufactured by individuals using local materials and at a low cost.

Resource List of Existing Content Authoring Tools and Services

List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative's Evaluation and Repair Tools working group.

Creating compendiums of open source and free solutions

Open Source Assistive Technology Software

OATSoft is dedicated to improving Assistive Technology and computer accessibility through the power of Open Source development techniques. OATSoft makes the best Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS) easy to find.

Gnome Foundation's list

Provides a listing of GNOME-related projects and their related web pages.

Ubuntu accessibility

Provides a list of the best open-source applications that run on Ubuntu Linux. The purpose of this list is to demonstrate the quality of open-source applications and advocate the open source software development model.

Source Forge

Allows user to download and develop free and open source solutions.


Facilitating global implementation of  Digital Accessibility Agenda 

G3ictGlobal Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies is a flagship advocacy initiative of  the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development facilitating the implementation of the Digital Accessibility Agenda defined by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).