This week we invite you to take a sneak peek behind the curtain of the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab.
Watch how we do some product testing (and play Angry Birds), play dress up with our resident guide dog Lexia, celebrate our first anniversary, and there’s even an article about how we worked with Flickr to come up with an ARIA code pattern to make their mobile site more accessible. It’s not all fun and games in the lab, but we certainly try to make it that way.
You’ll also find some great links about albinism, inclusive workforces, free eye-tracking software, equestrian therapy, and the futuristic care-giver robot.
- Accessibility team builds a Yahoo! for everyone | Yodel Anecdotal
Here’s a short video about the Yahoo! Accessibility Team to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Accessibility.Yahoo.Com. Find out more about who we are.
- Inclusive Employment Model Gaining Steam – Disability Scoop
Proctor & Gamble opened a packaging facility this week in Auburn, Maine where at least 30 percent of employees will be people with physical or developmental disabilities.
- Melanin – Understanding Albinism.
Learn about albinism and how it impacts people’s lives. This report also features efforts to help those in Africa with albinism.
- Accessibility Notes: 2nd August 2011
Catch up on some of the latest research about web accessibility from The Paciello group and friends.
- Breitenbach “Waiting”
Watch this music video with the sound off; it has innovative use of graphics, ASL, and captioning.
- A Moment of Science – Indiana Public Media | Why Do Our Hands Have A Nervous Tremor?
This article explains involuntary nervous tremors.
- Using ARIA to Fix Non-standard Images on Flickr
Find out how Flickr uses ARIA role=”img” and aria-label to fix accessibility on their lightbox pages for iPhone and iPad.
- Camera Mouse
This is a free version of head tracking assistive technology that uses your webcam.
- The Librarian: Silence of Love
Believe it or not, this week, the Yahoo! Accessibility Librarian picks a commercial! To find out why, visit the blog!
- The promise of a truly voice activated world: How real is it
How real is the world where everything is controlled by voice?
- Disability Advocates Call Out Facebook Over Offensive Pages – Disability Scoop
A group of disability advocates is charging that Facebook is turning a blind eye to profiles and pages on the social network that they say are offensive to people with disabilities.
- RIBA-II: The next generation care-giving robot
A new robot using high-precision tactile sensors and flexible motor control technology has taken Japan one step closer to its goal of providing high-quality care for its growing elderly population.
- MARWENCOL official theatrical trailer
Enter the fantasy world Mark Hogancamp created as therapy after a vicious attack left him with significant brain damage.
- Eye-tracking technology could benefit disabled children
This software adapts to the user’s personal eye movements to create a more efficient workflow.
- Yahoo! Accessibility Lab’s mobile application testing
This video gives you an inside view f the Accessibility Lab.
- Lexia the Accessibility Lab’s guide dog is working hard
Just look at her tongue!
- What If ___?
Is the deaf community reliant on electricity? How would the deaf community react if an electromagnetic pulse goes off and destroys electrical power?
- Yahoo! Search – Web Search
Accessibility of the future: want to hear the latest news spoken to you automatically? NP, fire up NVDA screen reader with firefox and go to Search.Yahoo.com/
- Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy – Home Page
Since 1997, Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy, Inc. has helped over 500 children and adults with diverse types of limitations, realize that they are perhaps not as restricted by their situations as they once thought.
- House to Home Part 1 : Home & Garden Television
HGTV’s House to Home shows you what’s involved in making a truly accessible bathroom in your home.
Tags: ARIA, assistive technology, Flickr, Fun, Images, iOS, product testing