The Open Voice Factory and the case for academics

We’ve made our hope for The Open Voice Factory fairly clear in terms of end users: free communication, wherever you are in the world.  However, I thought it was worth taking some time to lay down the strong intellectual case for why it can be a game changer for academics as well. I used to be a university researcher looking at AAC issues. That design experience stayed with me.  In many… Read Article →

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eQuality Time releases The Open Voice Factory to public beta!

  Today eQuality Time released The Open Voice Factory to public beta. The Open Voice Factory is a free, open source tool for creating communication apps. Anyone can create an aid by editing a PowerPoint template to add their one pages or utterances. When you upload your template to the factory, it will create a working communication aid for you. The resulting programs run on any platform, from tablets to laptops… Read Article →

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Autism work.

Joe Thomas is a writer and website developer from the UK. He enjoys creating useful information for those who suffer from all kinds of disabilities, and also raising awareness on certain issues. The Benefits of Hiring People with Autism In the UK there are more than 700,000 individuals living with autism, however, less than 15% of these people are in full-time employment. This is a dispiriting figure when you consider… Read Article →

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Supertitle Phase 2: report

The Supertitle project is one of our key ideas at eQuality Time and it’s also the only one that’s younger than eQuality Time itself. It’s been entirely developed in public view. We’ve run sessions in 10 schools so far, working with around 60 students in six languages. We’ve made our materials and our technology better and we have a more effective approach to teachers. The funder for the second phase… Read Article →

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ISAAC 2016

eQuality Time has been at ISAAC 2016, the major (and indeed, probably only) international conference for people interested in AAC. We were there to try and find helpers and get a real sense of AAC outside of the UK.  It’s hard to know how that went, we met some great people, but only time will tell if they become part of the plan. In numbers: we spoke to at least… Read Article →

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Interview with Justin Tomlinson MP

It’s been an astonishing few weeks in the UK’s political system with lots of change. One of the less reported aspects was the replacement of Justin Tomlinson MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People.   To editorialise, although I was and remain opposed to the government’s approach to disability, I’ve met Justin, and he clearly valued people in ways that were important to me (he’s also got a good… Read Article →

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Sir Halley Stewart Trust Bid

  At eQuality Time we believe that the more transparent an organisation is, the more effective it will be. One of the things we’d like to be more transparent about is the funding application process.  We’ve just sent off one to Sir Halley Stewart Trust so we wanted to share the application here (Some personal details have been redacted). One thing that was particularly interesting about this application is that… Read Article →

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PowerPoint

Although we’ve demonstrated it in video,  one of the things that we’ve failed to talk about in the context of AzuleJoe is the design decision to use PowerPoint as our editing interface.  (Althought we did talk around it a little in this post: http://equalitytime.co.uk/5631/2016/01/25/i-cut-the-code-but-i-did-not-cut-the-api/) So why PowerPoint? Well, there is one major reason that we didn’t want to write an editing interface like everyone else: Editing interfaces for AAC devices are… Read Article →

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Is it now illegal to administer a service online for someone with disabilities?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has handed down a very important decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act…. Its reasoning appears to be very broad. If I’m reading it correctly, it says that if you tell people not to visit your website, and they do it anyway knowing you disapprove, they’re committing a federal crime of accessing your computer without authorization. (link) This has been… Read Article →