Accessibility Innovation in Media and Creative Arts

Accessibility in Apps and Social Media (Part One)

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Intensive work continues each day in Canada and around to the world to establish, improve, advance, and expand accessibility to content across all media platforms. In this section, we will look at some of the newest tools developed for accessibility purposes, as well as some of the accessibility options already existing in established social media entities such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Developing an Understanding

There are a number of useful apps that have been developed for people to use on their smart phones and tablets. These are tools expressly created to address a wide range of accessible needs. As well, Google Chrome has a variety of web extensions that provide tools for accessibility. These developments maximize user engagement and help media content emerge and thrive with ever expanding platforms and offerings.

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Chrome Web Extensions

Extensions are software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. There are a number of Chrome extensions that are free and are dedicated to accessibility.

High Contrast

This tool can make webpages easier to read by changing the colors to increase contrast, invert the colors, or switch to gray-scale.

Color Enhancer

For people with colour vision deficiency, this tool can help to adjust webpage colours to make them more accessible.

VoiceIn Voice Typing

With VoiceIn you can use speech recognition capabilities in any textbox on any website. VoiceIn uses Google's speech to text recognition engine, to let you voice type into any website.

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P3 Mobile

This app allows people who are Deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with hearing individuals by providing a speech-to-sign translator. Available for Apple and Android in the iTunes store or Google Play.

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Tap Tap See

TapTapSee is a mobile camera application designed specifically for people who are blind or have low vision. The app uses the device’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user.

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