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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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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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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 →

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Flowers for Turing 2016

  A quick note to tell readers that Flowers for Turing 2016 completed recently.   The total raised was around £2050,  almost trebling last years total! You can read more about the event – including photos, videos, and roll of honour, on the Flowers for Turing subsite.

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CommuniKate: Github and new website

Two cool CommuniKate things to tell you about! Website We’ve updated the CommuniKate website: communikate.equalitytime.co.uk It was something we thought carefully about for a while, but we wanted a site that focused on the ‘things that help’ rather than the ‘story about the things that help’.   The blog aspects have gone (news and development will be posted here) and the layout has been updated to focus on what’s important: the… Read Article →

AzuleJoe: why PowerPoint?

Today we’re going to go into a little bit of detail about a choice we made when building our test version of the Open Voice Factory. One of the unusual things about the video we put out a few months back is the choice of using PowerPoint to edit AAC pagesets.  We’d like to talk about that in a bit more detail today (there was some technical detail about the… Read Article →