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Re: looking for examples of cognitive disability and technology


From: Henny Swan
Date: Apr 9, 2009 12:35AM

An interesting project built by Christian Heilmann is Easy YouTube [1]

Prompted by Antonia Hyde, who works with people with cognitive
impairments at United Response, who voiced her concerns about a lack
of an easy to use media player at Accessibility 2.0, Christian went
and reskined YouTube so that it had bigger buttons, removed additional
clutter and made better use of colour. There are also bookmarklets
that can be added to the regular YouTube page so that you have a nice
big green button you can it click if you want to switch to Easy YouTube.

Antonia presented about it again at Scripting Enabled [3] so you can
get more background there. Her presentation contained lots of videos
of people using regular and then Easy YouTube (the presentation is
available as a video and transcribed). Easy YouTube also lead to Easy
Flickr [4] and Easy SlideShare [5] which may also be of interest.

Cheers, Henny

[1] http://icant.co.uk/easy-youtube/
[2] http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/direct/podcasts.html#hyde
[3] http://scriptingenabled.org/2009/01/video-antonia-hyde-on-learning-disabilities-scripting-enabled-london/
[4] http://www.wait-till-i.com/2008/06/13/easy-flickr-just-the-photos-please/
[5] http://icant.co.uk/easy-slideshare/about/index.html

On 9 Apr 2009, at 06:55, Peter Krantz wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 01:40, catherine < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> wrote:
>> While there is a lot of material out
>> there on how to make the Web more accessible to this particular
>> community, there does not seem to be anything in terms of interesting
>> projects or concrete examples where people with cognitive
>> disabilities
>> use technology.
> There are a lot things for persons with dyslexia. Some examples:
> 1. Speech enabled websites (e.g. with tools from voicecorp:
> http://www.voice-corp.com/en/ or http://www.browsealoud.com/).
> 2. Enabling internet for people with dyslexia:
> http://www.e-bility.com/articles/dyslexia.php
> Regards,
> Peter