Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Helping The Internet Become More Accessible

This post is sponsored by http://www.ami.ca.

My grandmother Skyping
As many of you know I work with people with autism and related disabilities. This has given me the perspective of how challenging it can be to navigate the world if you have a disability and can see. I can only imagine how difficult it would be if you had a vision impairment. As a sighted person who feels glued to her devices, I can’t imagine not being to fully access the internet. I remember my grandmother, who in her 90s was trying to learn to use Skype so she could see my niece (and her great-grandchild) Maggie, saying  “This would be easier if I could see.”  

With all this knowledge, I was excited when http://www.ami.ca asked me to share the launch of their new fully accessible site for those with vision impairments. They did it in such a fun and clever way. Please make sure to check out the video, as you animal lovers will love, love, love it! I don’t want to give more away, just click on it and let me know how your dog would do in this situation. Both of mine would fail!




If the video doesn't play - click HERE.



Let’s hope that other sites follow http://www.ami.ca's lead and help make the internet more accessible to those with vision loss. Blogville has lost some members due to declining vision, so a web-wide accessibility movement could help keep our community together.

19 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Oh yes that is both fun and meaningful! Hooraaahh.... my niece not only was blind, but had other disabilities and it was amazing what was available for her to utilise in order to make net more accessible - she was a bit of a techwizard! This is a wonderfurs thing - so I say again, hoorrahhh!!!! YAM xx

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  2. oh I love the video... I would love to join that class... is it really allowed to run over the desk... ooooh I would be the best student, I swear :o)

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  3. OH WOW!! YOU ARE THE PERFECT PERSON TO HELP TOO. WE ENJOYED THE VIDEO AND AGREE WITH EASY WE'D LIKE TO BE IN THAT CLASS
    BEST WISHES
    HUGS MADI AND MOM

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  4. Absolutely adore the video.
    Bur really, those dogs are WAY BEHIND.
    I mean, some of us have had blogs since we were tiny puppies!
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.
    PS from Gail: great initiative to help those with poor sight to navigate the internet.

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  5. What a professional group of doggies!

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  6. OMD, that was just so clever and creative!!! We wonder if those are the same Goldens we see in so many commercials. Great program too!!!

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  7. Great Ad. SHE was an Itinerant Vision Teacher for years. Computer accessibility has improved so much. SHE keeps in touch with former students in the UK and various parts of Australia through social media.

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  8. What a great video and message. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Loved the video!! Their website sound great!
    hugs
    Mr bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  10. Wow, that video was BOL funny! Loved the doggy on the table at the end. Total chaos in the classroom. Gosh, it would be great for more peeps to be able to use the interwebs. My Mom's work facility is trying to figure a way to get interweb access for the individuals who live there.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

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  11. BOL!!!! OMD, that video is soooo funny! Though...I didn't see any slobbery doggies....I slobber all overs the keyboard....it makes Ma's fingers all slippery....hehehe
    Bravo to your Moms!!!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  12. What a fabulous post!! LOVE the video!!! I would like to teach that class! :) This is terrific!

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  13. What an important post, and a fun video!!!!

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  14. BOL...Arty says he would totally ace that class!!

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  15. OMD! That video is brilliant!! We were giggling throughout but it makes a very good point.

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  16. Hi Kristen we just popped in to say we hope that your dad is doing better, you are in our thoughts...stella rose and moma

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  17. That was great ! I love what they're doing, and how they're promoting it. My crew would be on the desks too. LOL

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  18. Great idea, thanks for sharing. Loved the video too!

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