On Saturday afternoon, at about 60 people attended series of accessibility workshops, which were organized in premises of Teiresias Centre at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic by Teiresias Centre in cooperation with TyfloCentrum Brno.
Teiresias Centre is one of the biggest support centres for students with special needs in the Czech Republic. Its primary task is to provide maximum accessibility to all accredited degree programmes at the University for the visually impaired, the deaf and hearing impaired, people with limited or restricted mobility and people with other types of disabilities.
Participants were offered workshops focused on the following topics:
- FriendlyVox – voice-enabled web portal – led by Roman Kabelka
- Tips for practical use of iPhone camera for users with visual impairment – led by Jan Snyrych
- Tips for practical use of camera on Android devices for users with visual impairment – led by Matej Plch and Jiri Hladis
- DotWalker Pro in a real practise – led by Libor Dousek and Marek Suscik
- Less known, but very useful functions of JAWS screen reader – led by Michal Jelinek and Michal Jungmann
From 13:00 till 16:00, 15 workshops were running at 5 different tracks and at about 35 participants took part in them. This – in the Czech conditions – huge interest showed that people with the visual impairment very welcome opportunities to learn something new. Especially if they have an possibility to try what they learnt in practise.
Participants were very satisfied with the organisation as well as with the content of the workshops and with the professional approach of the workshop leaders. We’ve got very positive feedback and thus hope that in the (near) future we will have an opportunity to organize similar event once more.
Thanks to our sponsors, ACE Design Ltd., GALOP Ltd., TurboConsult Ltd. and Spektra v.d.n., we could offer refreshment and also USB flash disks with study materials to participants.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2015
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is going to take place tomorrow, on the third Thursday of May. If you missed our event, don’t be sad – there are many other events that you can attend. Enjoy some of them and learn something new about accessibility 😉
The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, Joe Devon. The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.
The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.