Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hadley eConnect, February 14, 2011

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Seminars@Hadley Presents: Yahoo! for Web Accessibility

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m. CST, 19:00 GMT 

Is Web accessibility a concern for you or your clients and customers? Are you finding navigating the Web to be an impossible quest? 

The Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of our daily lives: education, employment, business, shopping, health care, recreation and much more; but navigating its waters and accessing its ports can be a difficult task for disabled Web sailors. On the other hand, when Web sites, Web technologies and Web tools are properly designed, developed and edited, all users can have equal access to information and functionality.

Join Seminars@Hadley as Yahoo! Senior Accessibility Program Manager Victor Tsaran talks about how Yahoo! promotes Web access within its community and across the World Wide Web.  Among other things, you'll learn how Yahoo! uses its Accessibility Lab to design, test, and create sites, applications and features that better meet the needs of users with disabilities. 

This 60 minute seminar will be moderated by Hadley Outreach Coordinator Billy Brookshire. A question and answer session will be included.



Attention Readers!

The next meeting of the Hadley Book Chat is March 7 at 1:00 p.m. CST.  Join us as we discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This piece of historic fiction provides a fascinating inside look at the maids working in Mississippi in the 1960s.  The Help is available at Bookshare and the National Library Service.  For further information and log-on instructions, contact Debbie Siegel at siegel@hadley.edu. 



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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hadley Announces Three New Access Technology Courses!

NEW! The Hadley School for the Blind Launches Three New Access Technology Courses

We are pleased to announce the launch of three new, structured and practical online courses designed to improve user access technology skills for users of screen readers. Each course consists of two lessons.


"Screen Readers: Listening Skills" trains users to increase their speed of listening to a screen reader. The course assists in being able to listen and comprehend a screen reader at 300 words or more a minute. It also teaches techniques to enable a user to listen to a screen reader and listen to another person on the phone at the same time.  This skill lends itself to success in most work places. For more information or to register, follow this link.


 "Screen Readers: Web Browsing" is about navigating Web sites.  This course has lessons that provide tips and advice on the best methods to navigate very accessible Web sites as well as those that present more accessibility challenges.  The Internet is "an information super highway," and an ability to navigate it efficiently and skillfully is crucial to educational and workplace success. For more information or to register, follow this link.


"Screen Readers: Formatting Word Documents" is aimed at sharpening the user's skill in Microsoft Word 2007. This course covers editing text, adjusting fonts, using headings, bullets and much more while using a screen reader. Determining editing and formatting problems with a screen reader can be challenging, but mastering the techniques taught in this course can lead to confident creation of appropriate-looking documents for work or school. For more information or to register, follow this link.