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DIY and Open source Accessibility

Accessibility, Making and DIY Communities

John Schimmel, DIYAbility

As software and hardware become more accessible and APIs support the digital and physical world - people with and without disabilities have new tools to make their world. 

The folks from DIYAbility are going to come discuss some of these technologies and how they make a difference for people with disabilities.



Mirabai Knight 

Machine stenography has existed for more than a century, but it's only been capable of communicating with computers for the last two decades, and both the hardware and software have been so prohibitively expensive that only a small number of professional stenographers have had access to it. Plover is the first open source project intended to bring steno to amateurs as well as professionals, at a tremendous reduction in cost. Realtime captioning is the most well known application of stenography in the accessibility sphere, but it also has tremendous potential for allowing conversational-speed text-to-speech for people who don't use their voices to speak, and possible utility in compensating for various language disabilities due to its largely phonetic mechanisms of text production. In addition, stenography is an extremely promising professional field for people with vision loss who have trained their auditory processing skills on screen readers, and might offer a partial solution to the pervasive underemployment affecting many people with vision loss.

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  • Shawn L.

    Part 1: Mirabai presenting on Plover

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Sveta

    Great meetup! Nice seeing everyone. :0)

    February 25, 2014

  • Sherry

    Hi, do you have the link to the video? Thanks!

    February 25, 2014

    • Shawn L.

      Hi, Sherry! Once we've edited and captioned the videos, we'll make sure to post them.

      2 · February 25, 2014

  • Thomas L.

    It was great to see everyone last night. I look forward to the next one!

    February 25, 2014

  • Martha G.

    Is there any chance this will be recorded?

    February 23, 2014

    • Cameron C.

      Hi Martha, yes, we'll be recording the presentation and will post it online.

      3 · February 23, 2014

    • Martha G.

      Thank you.

      February 25, 2014

  • Gustavo G.

    As great as ever. Great lectures. Learned a ton.

    February 24, 2014

  • Lydia M.

    Sorry to miss it but I'll be out of town

    January 23, 2014

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