How technology changes lives…

Last Friday we hosted the annual Enable Ireland National Assistive Technology (AT) course graduation at our building in Sandyford.  It’s the fourth year we’ve hosted the ceremony and it’s a fantastic event. The course is designed, by Siobhan Long and her incredibly hard working team Enable Ireland, to provide participants with hands-on knowledge of AT…

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Enable Ireland-Microsoft partnership recognised as CSR best practice

This week marks the second annual Corporate Responsibility Week in Ireland, an initiative driven by Business in the Community Ireland (BITC). As part of the Corporate Responsibility week, BITC have published the fifth "Inspiring Excellence" publication, which provides case studies on Corporate Responsibility initiatives and projects undertaken by companies in Ireland over the past twelve…

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Microsoft releases DAISY plug-in for visual impaired computer users

Microsoft and the DAISY Consortium have announced the availability of a new “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Microsoft Office Word which enables anyone to create content and documents for blind individuals. The “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Word was developed as an open source collaboration project on SourceForge.net, and enables any Open XML-based…

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Microsoft Announces New Accessibility Tools and Resources for Developers

Microsoft has launched a new online resource and released two new open-source accessibility testing tools for developers who want to create accessible and assistive technology products that make it easier for everyone —including people with impairments and disabilities — to see, hear and use computers and other devices. As the demand for accessibility increases, driven…

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Microsoft Provides Accessibility Programming Model to Industry Group

Earlier today Microsoft announced that it has committed to contribute its UI Automation specification to the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), a new engineering working group dedicated to making it easier for developers to create software, hardware and Web-based products that are accessible to people with disabilities. The UI Automation specification describes Microsoft’s latest accessibility framework…

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New Industry Alliance Formed to Address Accessibility and Interoperability

A group of information and assistive technology companies today announced the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), an engineering work group dedicated to: "enabling developers to more easily create accessible software, hardware and Web products. Those solutions will reduce barriers to information and communication technologies that currently exist for people with disabilities in today’s increasingly digital world."…

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Assistive Technology Graduation

Earlier this week we hosted this year’s Enable Ireland National High-Tech Assistive Technlogy (AT) course graduation.  There were over forty graduates conferred by Dr. Frank McMahon from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Senator David Norris, who was the guest of honour at the event. The demand for the Enable Ireland AT course continues to…

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Changing Lives with Technology

While many things are purported to be "life changing", in reality very few things actually have that impact on a life.  But I believe that Assistive Technology is one such life changing agent. The subject of this post is the headline from a report in Friday’s Irish Times on the launch of Enable Ireland National…

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