Accessibility Explored Information Day
Thursday, 4th September 2008
Browsealoud and the IIA are hosting a joint ‘Accessibility Explored Information Day’ on Wednesday 9th April in the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Dublin.
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Why is website accessibility important?
First and foremost because it is a legal requirement for organisation's website and intranets to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). But perhaps more importantly, it makes good business sense to ensure that customers have access to goods and services online. It is estimated that 1 in 4 Irish people have problems with reading and writing on a basic level and at least 8% of the Irish population have some form of dyslexia.
The speakers at the event will give first hand accounts of their experiences in ensuring websites and Intranets are fully accessible. Presenters include Nigel Cunningham from Texthelp Systems, creators of the market leading Browsealoud text-to-speech programme, as well as experts in e-learning and web accessibility in Strata3, An Post, ilikecake, Reach and CFIT.
An exploration into Website Accessibility will be covered by all the guest speakers:
• Brendan Spillane, ilikecake
• Michael Clyne, Reach
• Josh O’Connor, CFIT
• Nigel Cunningham, Texthelp
• Aisling McMahon, Strata3
• Barney Whelan, An Post
There will also be an opportunity to put questions forward to the panel of accessibility experts.
To register your place at the event, visit the IIA Website and fill out the form.
There will be an opportunity for you to view a demonstration of the Browsealoud software. If you would like further information on Browsealoud in advance, or more details on the event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Texthelp Systems Ltd
Texthelp Systems Ltd is the worldwide leader of literacy software solutions provided through three core business divisions: Education, Speech Services and Publishing. Texthelp has been developing assistive technology software for the learning disabled community since 1996. The aim has always been to provide the most comprehensive cutting-edge technology available to provide inclusive education.
Based in Antrim, N. Ireland and with offices in the US, Texthelp is currently experiencing a period of explosive growth. The company has a reseller network covering over 20 countries.
The premier product is Read&Write Gold, which is designed to assist students and educational institutions to improve their reading and writing skills and is also used in the classroom. Speech service products include Browsealoud, which has been adopted as the service of choice in the UK and Ireland to read websites out loud for those with literacy difficulties, which includes 20% of the population in the online world. Lexiflow is Texthelp’s latest product and allows publishers to create media rich, multimedia flash presentations for electronic books and eAssessment.
Texthelp has been a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award winning company for six years.
Texthelp Systems Ltd is:
o A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
o ISO 9001:2000 accredited
o An Investor in People
o An Adobe Solutions Network Developer
o An Apple Business Partner
o A HP Business Partner
Browsealoud was awarded runner-up in the Product of the Year at the IM2005 Awards. Read&Write Gold Version 8 won the Secondary Resources and Equipment Education Resource Award 2006. Texthelp won the award of Web Development Company of the year in 2006 at the ICT Excellence awards and the 2006 Golden Eye - Education Technology Award.
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