Monday, April 27, 2015

New Zealand Sign language Week May 4-10 2015

New Zealand Sign Language Week May 4-10

http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/13/new-zealand-sign-language-week-4-10-may-2015/

RantWoman enthusiastically recommends the Global Alliance on Assistive Technology Environments website http://gaates.org/ for other sueful information as well !

South King Sluggers Season Starts! Organizational Meeting May 9

Kick off the 2015 Beep Baseball season with the Seattle South King Sluggers
Join us Saturday, May 9th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the High Point library in West Seattle, 3411 SW Raymond St., for an organizational meeting.
Everyone is invited: current players, potential players, and the general public. Learn what 2015 holds in store.
Here is a list of schedule games, but we expect more.
May 2, Tacoma Clinic
May 9, Sluggers Organizational Meeting (Season kick-off)
May 30, Sluggers vs. SPD Game
June 20, Guide Dog Users Benefit Game
July 25-31, World Series
September 12, Sluggers vs Spokane (Vancouver)
2015 Practice Schedule
(in May we practice Sunday instead of Saturday)
Thursdays 5: 30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays Noon to 2 p.m.
Kevin D. Daniel, Head Coach
Seattle South King Sluggers Beep Baseball Team
206-979-5616

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Luther the Anger Translator

RantWoman is DEEPLY amused by Luther the Anger Translator who appreaded with president Obama at the 2015 White House correspondent's dinner.

RantWoman apologizes for sloppy curation and invites readers to find the right moment themselves.

RantWoman apologizes for not testing whether this is doable using only screen readers.
http://www.c-span.org/video/?325411-2/2015-white-house-correspondents-association-dinner

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The WA Department of Enterprise Services Usability Testing Lab!!!!

RantWoman brings you today's catalyst for usability testing excitement and hopefully usability / accessibility happiness as well: the WA State Department of Enterprise Services usability testing lab webpage and particularly the Technology heading which mentions screen reading, screen magnification, and some indication that this lab understands the impending mobile tide!

http://www.des.wa.gov/services/IT/UL/Pages/default.aspx

Even though RantWoman had to do her own research to find this information, RantWoman is terribly excited to discover the info above because.... RantWoman received an invitation to usability testing shown below. RantWoman received the invitation via a blindness email list but the email did not really spell out options if one needs to make reasonable accommodations requests. RantWoman is excited to discover that anyone in a state agency who is doing usability testing at this lab at least theoretically has the possibility of doing accessibility testing at the same time!

(Name of State Entity) is looking for volunteers to test their new webpage.  They are hoping to find both English and Spanish testers*.  Your participation could help ensure that information is easy to understand for all! There are ... gift cards as a thank you. Please find information below.
[*RantWoman assumes what is meant here is people who can test in both English and Spanish, not people from England or Spain.]

Dear Potential Participant,

We’re looking for consumers to help test the ..... 
With help from consumer testers like you, we can make sure the messaging and design of ... clearly directs customers to pay the right people. We’re looking for English and Spanish testers to provide feedback on new screens that are scheduled to be available on www.ournewwebsite.org starting Sept. 24, 2015.

Here are the details:

When:   We are requesting a 1.5 hour time commitment from each participant. You can choose from the following times:
 -
Where:  Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Usability Study Lab
 1500 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia WA 98501
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What:  Use a mock version of Ournewwebsite and provide feedback on new screens.  We will set up scenarios for you so that you will not need to enter in any personal information. We’re seeking your feedback only about the content of information on-screen. You will be video recorded so that this material can be used by the(state entity)to improve our website.

You won’t need to prepare anything before you come in. In return, we are offering gift cards ... as an incentive for your time.
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Please respond by Tuesday, May 5 by 5 p.m. by filling out this survey so we can schedule you in. We’d love to have your participation to help us to improve the consumer experience.

Thanks again!

(Names of staff and contact info)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Video of the day: Amazon "Life in Seattle"

According to this video

1. No one or at least none of the young urban hipters on camera wear glases, except sunglasses.

2. NO ONE on camera uses any kind of canes or mobility devices or hearing aids or...

3. There is diversity in people's skin tones.

4. "Housing is great here. It's not very expensive."
(Picture RantWoman rolling on the floor....)

[5. #TruthfulTuesday, activating the RantWoman telling too much of the truth mode: Traffic? What Traffic? #whydrive  #hackthecommute]



RantWoman will at some point meditate on the irony of Youtube, competitor to Amazon in some spaces also serving up a long list of vids about working conditions in Amazon warehouses. Hold that thought.

Gimme some vids!

RantWoman, wouldn't you like all of these nice leaflets?

Um, NO.

Not even No, thanks. Just NO.

(Earth to RantWoman, you know perfectly well that other blind people are happy to have leafletst they can carry home to have someone read them! Uh huh, So?)

RantWoman would like one piece of paper with some links on it in large print.

Or RantWoman would be willing to provide an email address.

Or RantWoman would like links to good videos not only for herself but also for lots of other people who for various reasons cannot read the nice leaflets either!

Word!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blame the Birla Mandar: Shree Hanuman Chalisa ( Full Song )

Blame the Birla Mandar.

It all started with a RantWoman high school buddy's travel postcare of the Birla Mandar, a Hindu temple in India.

One of the things RantWoman's search engine served up was a video with an enchanting voice singing something RantWoman had never heard before, the Hanuman Chalisa.

This time, after YouTube served up a short version of the Hanuman Chalisa, Look, a whole MUCH longer, more complex performance with a whole choir instead of just a solo voice. RantWoman has no time righ tnow but one of these days....