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Open Voice Factory has updated

Following some fairly intensive work by testers (thank you everbody!), we’ve updated the Open Voice Factory as well as its CommuniKate templates. This has fixed one bug made one design change, and added one feature. The bug was relatively simple – the colour wasn’t been read from some PowerPoint cells correctly, which meant that they would take on the colour of whatever that cell had been on the previous page…. Read Article →

Mozfest

eQuality Time will be running a design session at Mozfest in a few weeks. We’re very excited about this.  Mozfest is an astonishingly exciting place.   Joe wrote this about it a little while ago: The easiest way of explaining Mozfest is this. There are 900 people there. You can ask any one of them ‘What’s the awesome thing you are doing?’ and *they know the answer*. Our session is based… Read Article →

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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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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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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 →