Friday, 22 March 2013

Readability Redux vs EasyReader

These extensions both do an awesome job converting the text of webpages easy readable documents without adds and website distractors. Making the text accessible to a reader with a vision impairment, emerging reader, having a text or learning difficulties.  When I first added these two extensions EasyReader was the winner as the text and format was easily readable and I could use Command +
(on a mac) to enlarge it more.

When I accessed readability redux the text was tiny even though their were no adds. This lost my vote.

After exploring the options in settings for these 2 extensions, I am voting for Readability Redux because the conversion time from website to new text format is so much quicker. Readability won in the options setting I could change the text size and when I also use the feature Command +, the text gets bigger and the page reformats itself so the page gets longer. No need for sideways scrolling with the text going off the side of the screen.

EasyReader has other cool features in settings which may suit a specific reading difficulty. Both extensions are worth exploring by personalising the settings options.

Chrome Settings - Explore Extension Settings

I was adding a number of chrome extensions and enabled one I didn't like. It was not obvious how to remove it. The exploration started and I have found out so many cool accessible features built into extensions.

1.  Click on the 3 horizontal parallel lines on the top right of the tool bar and select settings.

2. Select Extensions under the Heading Chrome on the left hand side bar.

3. This gives a list of all the extensions that you have added to chrome. Here you can enable and disable them. No more panicking when you have added an extension you don't want to chrome and can't work out how to stop its action.

4. Some extensions have an option link in this menu. This is where all the amazing accessibility features that can be personalised are hiding.

I have changed my mind on the value of many extensions as a result of this find.

Is this process obvious and I just didn't find it, or is this a built in secret designed to get us excited when we unlock the access gate?

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Speech to Text using Siri in Google Apps

Speech to text using Siri in Google Apps is awesome. As a teacher I share the document with my student. I have the Google Doc or what ever Google application you want the text to be inserted into open and shared. I am using this to assist a high functioning dyslexic student with asperger's syndrome. This student has excellent speech but cannot read or write very well. He will insert text into documents using Siri and select text and press speak to have his compositions read back to him. He will have this document shared with a teacher's aide who may be in another room, and his teacher who can assist with editing. If this technological solution, makes text and writing accessible to this student, the school will look at putting him up a class. Exciting times.

I access Siri on my phone as it is blocked by the school portal and I only have a wifi iPad. I must discuss this issue with apple.

Any thoughts about Dragon Dictation compared to Siri?

Monday, 11 March 2013

Google Chrome Web Content Settings

I used Chrome Web Content Settings to adjust text size to very large and increase the zoom text to 200% to enable access, to a legally blind student who likes to access her residual vision. These settings worked much better than using Windows Eyes and zoom text to create a Form in Drive. I just had to talk her around the composition site. Once she new the layout she independently created a survey.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Connections - Improving Accessibility

Have a question?

Have a suggestion?

Try these Google Resources

And... drum roll..Google latest accessibility news!!

- Great new features for Android (Are these tablets now as accessible as iPads?)
- Loving ChromeVis too!!

Again check it out!!!

ChromVis - Text Tool

A great tool to increase the size of text as well as change the colour of the page!!

Simple and easy to use with keyboard controls!!

Details here 

Check it out!!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Google Needs a Microphone on all Google Apps

A microphone input option for all Google Google Documents would be a brilliant accessibility feature. They have the mic on Google Translate and Google Search, Google Maps, so why not extend it. The voice recognition software is already in use. Just do it Google!