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19 April, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

Glassouse – Mouse Alternative that can be controlled with your head and mouth

Can a person with no hands or with no hand movement work on a computer? How can a person with spinal cord injuries, stroke patients, or people having bad motor skills, operate a computer mouse or use their finger(s) for tablets or phones? BarrierBreak introduces “GlassOuse” to its Assistive Technologies product line specially designed for people with…

17 April, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

What is a Smart City?

A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. Wikipedia. Smart Cities Awas Yojna Mission by the Government of India has been initiated with a mission to develop 100 cities (the target has been…

29 March, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Keyboard at every desk! Adaption to the Rescue!?

I don’t know about you, but if I have to get work done, I prefer using the keyboard & keyboard shortcuts rather than the mouse. I find it most effective and faster to manoeuvre with! Yet when we go to buy a computer, the last thing that we consider is the keyboard! Maybe, we have…

23 March, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

3 Myths about living independently with Low Vision!

I have been working with the visually impaired for the last 18 years and find that people don’t understand the challenges of low vision. The assumption is always that you have lost your total sight! So not true. Let me shatter some of the myths around low vision. 1. Low Vision doesn’t mean that you…

15 March, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

Communication with AAC Devices

Problem communicating or expressing yourself due to limited or no speech? Try AAC devices! What is AAC? ‘Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.’ – Wikepedia….

6 March, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

BarrierBreaks Shilpi Kapoor named as OpenAir Advisory Chair, Knowbility

BarrierBreak founder Shilpi Kapoor has been named as the OpenAir Advisory Chair.  In 2017, Shilpi Kapoor, Founder and CEO of BarrierBreak will chair the OpenAIR program. Knowbility was seeking international leadership as the program has grown from a local one day hackathon into a globally recognized training and development competition. Shilpi is a serial social…

20 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Accessibility Testing – Offshore & Captive Model

2016 has seen a surge in the demand of accessibility testing services due to the compliance requirements particularly due to various laws and standards in the US, Canada, Australia, and EU. Whether it is the need to comply with Section 508, 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), Air Carrier Access Act, or the…

14 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Accessible modal dialogs: A tricky minefield

We at BarrierBreak get to look at a lot of sites and analyse their accessibility errors and successes. One of the most common pain points we find are inaccessible modal dialogs. Modal dialogs have always been common, but it seems in the last few years, their popularity has increased. From sign-up forms, to dialogs asking…