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> >++E-ACCESS BULLETIN
> >- ISSUE 92, AUGUST 2007.
> >
> >A Headstar publication.
> >
> >Technology news for people with vision impairment
> >( http://www.headstar.com/eab/ ).
> >Sponsored by:
> >Ford Motor Company
> >( http://www.ford.co.uk ).
> >
> >NOTE: Please forward this free bulletin to others
> (subscription details
> >at the end). We conform to the accessible Text
> Email Newsletter
> >(TEN) Standard:
> >http://www.headstar.com/ten/ .
> >
> >
> >++Special notice: Techshare Expo 2007
> >- 4-5 October 2007, Novotel, London
> >
> >Techshare Expo 2007 is set to be the biggest ever
> European exhibition
> >on access to the information society by people with
> disabilities.
> >
> >Supported by RNIB, RNID, Dyslexia Action and
> E-Access Bulletin,
> >Techshare Expo 2007 is a fabulous new showcase for
> products,
> >services and organisations working to ensure that
> people with
> >disabilities can participate fully in the
> information age. It is the place
> >where decision makers from across the private and
> public sectors and
> >people with disabilities will attend to source new
> products and
> >services, meet with suppliers and be inspired by
> the innovations and
> >ideas on show from exhibitors.
> >
> >The exhibition is free to attend and open to public
> access. For details
> >and to register see:
> >http://www.techshare-expo.com/ .
> >
> >PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition is running alongside
> the Techshare
> >conference, hosted by the RNIB for professionals in
> the field, which
> >does have an admittance charge: for more
> information and a full
> >speaker programme for the conference see:
> >http://www.rnib.org.uk/techshare .
> >
> >[Special notice ends].
> >
> >
> >++Issue 92 Contents.
> >
> >01: International Trials For Groundbreaking Scanner
> >- TellMate seeks UK distributor for multi-purpose
> handset.
> >
> >02: Campaign For Accessible Mobile Phones Launched
> In US
> >- American Foundation for the Blind launches
> initiative.
> >
> >03: Audio Description Included As Standard For Sony
> TVs.
> >- will roll out to entire Bravia range by
> September.
> >
> >
> >News in Brief: 04: Market Access - accessibility
> guide for business;
> >05: Speaking Out - online petition for Yahoo! user
> verification
> >accessibility; 06: Your Space - social networking
> site for vision
> >impaired people.
> >
> >Section Two: 'The Inbox' - Readers' Forum.
> >07: Content Management - Content Management System
> accessibility
> >and UK website law queries answered; 08: Local
> Heroes - accessible
> >small business websites sought for European
> research.
> >
> >Section Three: Focus - Mobile Technology.
> >09: Breaking The Circle: Mobile devices are a key
> part of RNIB's
> >strategy to unlock the benefits of technology, as
> Steve Tyler, Senior
> >Strategic Manager for Digital Technology at the
> RNIB explained to
> >Derek Parkinson.
> >
> >Section Four: Focus - Mobile Technology.
> >10: A Question Of Mobility: Technology aimed at
> providing tailored
> >on-the-go services via mobile devices is currently
> on trial across
> >Europe. Dr Evangelos Bekiaris writes about the aims
> and future plans
> >of the ASK-IT initiative.
> >
> >[Contents ends].
> >
> >
> >++Section One: News.
> >
> >+01: International Trials For Groundbreaking
> Scanner.
> >
> >A device is under development that combines a
> scanner and labeller
> >with voice output, radio, mp3 player, talking
> clock, voice recorder and
> >audio book player, for the first time in a single
> unit.
> >
> >The TellMate, from Singapore company GaiShan
> Technology, can
> >read Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips
> embedded in labels
> >on household objects, such as tins of food and
> clothes. The device can
> >scan these reusable "tagged" labels and "speak" the
> information stored
> >on them aloud, once the user has pre-recorded the
> name of the item and
> >any additional information about it, such as
> sell-by date. Tell Mate is
> >sold with 20 reusable iron-on and adhesive-backed
> RFID tags.
> >
> >The device is about the same size and dimensions as
> a thick remote
> >control and has five main keys for navigating the
> features menu and
> >buttons on the sides for voice recording, locking
> the keypad and power.
> >Voice activated buttons tell users which button he
> or she has pressed.
> >
> >"It's simple to use. The buttons are big enough but
> not bulky," said
> >Dave Chatten-Smith, founder of the non-profit
> Hampshire blindness
> >organisation Blink
> >( http://www.blinkfundraising.co.uk/ )
> >and current UK supplier of the device.
> >"The voice commands are not professionally custom
> recorded voices,
> >but it's a very good unit: it's small, compact;
> light and it has a good
> >neck strap so you're not going to lose it,"
> Chatten-Smith told E-Access
> >Bulletin.
> >
> >Chin Swee Jeen, of GaiShan Technology
> >( http://www.gaishantech.com/ )
> >told E-Access Bulletin that 100 units have been
> sold globally.
> >Participants from trials conducted with 50 vision
> impaired people in
> >Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and 10 in the US
> have said they
> >prefer to have multiple functions in one gadget.
> "In this part of the
> >world, new technology requires you to have a new
> mindset. The
> >difference in accessing information [using] RFID is
> great. They are so
> >used to having Braille or nothing at all," said
> Chin.
> >
> >The device costs 250 pounds and is available from
> Chatten-Smith who,
> >although the current UK distributor of the device,
> is looking for a
> >permanent UK stockist. He found out about TellMate
> on an assistive
> >technology news website and contacted the company
> to ask if he could
> >test and distribute it for Singapore-based
> manufacturer GaiShan
> >Technology.
> >The second version, which is to have a built-in
> slot for a removable
> >Secure Digital flash memory card format, will be
> released by winter
> >2007.
> >
> >NOTE: To comment on this story or the issues it
> raises, please visit the
> >E-Access Bulletin Live blog:
> >http://www.headstar.com/eablive/ .
> >
> >
> >+02: Campaign For Accessible Mobile Phones Launched
> In US.
> >
> >A campaign has been launched to support vision
> impaired Americans
> >who have problems accessing mobile phone services.
> The campaign,
> >co-ordinated by the American Foundation for the
> Blind (AFB), will
> >raise awareness of Section 255, a part of the
> Federal Communications
> >Act that requires all phones to be made usable by
> people with
> >disabilities.
> >
> >The 'Cell Phone Accessibility Project' provides
> consumers with
> >information about Section 255; what consumers can
> expect from a
> >usable cell phone; information about available cell
> phones with
> >features that make them more usable by people with
> vision loss; and
> >strategies that consumers can use in campaigning
> for phones that meet
> >their needs. The AFB also provides information
> about how to file a
> >complaint with the Federal Communications
> Commission (FCC),
> >which enforces Section 255
> >( http://fastlink.headstar.com/afbmobile ).
> >
> >"Two kinds of complaints can be filed under Section
> 255, formal and
> >informal. The complaints are informal. The FCC
> notifies the
> >companies against whom the complaints are filed and
> the companies
> >are required to contact the consumers to attempt to
> resolve the
> >accessibility issues," said Paul W. Schroeder, AFB
> Vice President,
> >Programs and Policy. "We decided to assist a group
> of individuals in
> >filing a series of complaints to provide evidence
> to the FCC that the
> >cell phone industry, as a whole has not made enough
> progress in
> >developing accessible cell phones," he told
> E-Access Bulletin.
> >
> >"Hopefully, companies will do two things: provide
> more details about
> >the accessibility features currently available in
> phones, and begin
> >working with qualified experts to fully examine
> accessibility and
> >improve everything from visibility of the display
> to the tactile
> >identification of keys and speech output for all
> phone functions and
> >information," Schroeder said.
> >
> >"Thus far, 14 individuals have filed complaints
> against the cell phone
> >service provider Sprint Nextel and against several
> phone
> >manufacturers," said Schroeder. "I expect that
> there may be a few more
> >complaints that will be filed in the next few weeks
> as we have a
> >number of individuals who have expressed an
> interest in making
> >complaints," he said. "Section 255 requires both
> service providers and
> >manufacturers to ensure that their services and
> equipment are
> >accessible to people with disabilities, if readily
> achievable. That is why
> >the complaints are against both the provider and
> the specific phone
> >manufacturer," he explained.
> >
> >NOTE: To comment on this story or the issues it
> raises, please visit the
> >E-Access Bulletin Live blog:
> >http://www.headstar.com/eablive/ .
> >
> >
> >+03: Audio Description Included As Standard For
> Sony TVs.
> >
> >Sony has begun shipping its Bravia range of
> integrated digital TVs
> >with audio description included as a standard
> function. The first of the
> >new Bravia models were launched in June, and the
> company aims to
> >equip the entire Bravia range with audio
> description by the end of
> >September 2007.
> >
> >Earlier this year rival TV manufacturer Panasonic
> made a similar
> >move, enabling consumers to access audio described
> broadcast content
> >without buying extra equipment such as a set-top
> box. At present, the
> >audio description facilities provided by both Sony
> and Panasonic are
> >restricted to programme content only, and so do not
> include an
> >accessible electronic programme guide.
> >
> >The move was welcomed by the RNIB. However, Jill
> Whitehead,
> >RNIB Media and Culture Information Officer said
> that Sony could
> >improve the accessibility of its remote control
> handset. "The Panasonic
> >remote control is much better," she told E-Access
> Bulletin. Unlike
> >Sony, the Panasonic system enables users to isolate
> the audio
> >description stream, listening to it privately
> through headphones, which
> >may be a bonus for households with sighted and
> vision impaired
> >viewers.
> >
> >Although Sony's move is a welcome development,
> Whitehead was
> >cautious about the impact on other manufacturers.
> "Audio description
> >is still not seen as a desirable feature for the
> mass market. The
> >manufacturers think of it as serving a minority
> audience," she said.
> >RNIB has produced a downloadable guide to audio
> description that
> >includes more details about the new Sony and
> Panasonic models:
> >http://fastlink.headstar.com/rnibdigtv .
> >
> >
> >++News in Brief:
> >
> >+04: Market Access: A guide aimed at private sector
> buyers who want
> >to research the usability and accessibility markets
> has been published.
> >The guide, from E-consultancy, contains information
> on market trends,
> >advice about how to find the right supplier and
> information about
> >costs. The guide contains detailed profiles of
> supplier agencies or
> >consultancies with market positioning charts for
> each:
> >http://fastlink.headstar.com/econguide .
> >
> >+05: Speaking Out: An online petition has been
> launched to encourage
> >search engine company Yahoo! to ensure visual user
> identification
> >systems such as captchas are accessible to vision
> impaired people. The
> >Yahoo! Accessibility Improvement Petition is
> calling for an audio
> >alternative to the systems. Yahoo's current system
> uses graphics that
> >cannot be translated by screen readers or Braille
> output devices:
> >http://fastlink.headstar.com/yahoopet .
> >+06: Your Space: A social networking website aimed
> at vision
> >impaired people has been launched. The Zone BBS
> from
> >J-Squared Access Solutions, does not use captchas
> and is fully
> >accessible with a screen reader. The site contains
> online games, a
> >discussion forum, audio profile and voice chat
> features:
> >http://www.zonebbs.com/index.php .
> >[Section One ends].
> >
> >
> >++Section Two: 'The Inbox'
> >- Readers' Forum.
> >
> >Please email all contributions or responses to:
> >inbox at headstar.com .
> >
> >
> >+07: Content Management: Simon Pavitt, Director of
> Headware writes
> >in response to queries from David Rosser of the
> Torbay Care Trust
> >about being unable to access the PARIS Content
> Management System
> >(CMS) in the last issue of the bulletin: "If you're
> looking for an
> >accessible CMS a good starting point might be:
> >http://fastlink.headstar.com/cmsacc ,"
> >writes Simon.
> >
> >"I'd be disinclined to go for a proprietary system
> as you have no
> >control over how it adapts to new standards or
> develops new features.
> >Using open source software gives you more
> flexibility to make
> >whatever changes you need.
> >
> >"I use Drupal, which has a user group of people
> working on its
> >accessibility:
> >http://groups.drupal.org/accessibility .
> >It also has the same interface for users as admin,
> although you have the
> >choice of using different themes for each if you
> wish).
> >
> >"A wide variety of open source CMS can be tried out
> at
> >http://www.opensourcecms.com .
> >It's not completely obvious, so follow the Portal
> (CMS) link in left
> >menu, then select the CMS you are interested in and
> use the 'Admin
> >login' link. You can then get your own idea about
> its accessibility or
> >run any tests.
> >
> >"Bear in mind though, that CMSs generally come with
> the ability to
> >swap the template for another one. Drupal has
> hundreds that different
> >people have contributed, for example. So the
> default one might not
> >necessarily be the best one from an accessibility
> point of view, and a
> >designer can adapt them to make them better or
> worse."
> >
> >Waqas Hussain, Director of Consultancy Diversity,
> Equality responds
> >to David Rosser's other questions about legislation
> relating to
> >websites: "All UK websites including those of local
> authorities are
> >covered under part three of the Disability
> Discrimination Act (DDA)
> >1995, to be accessible and usable by disabled
> people and I believe in
> >your case, Part two (employment) may also be
> applicable.
> >Furthermore, DDA 2005 requires all public
> authorities to promote
> >disability equality, which does include taking into
> account accessibility
> >and usability of websites or software for disabled
> employees and
> >service users at the time of procurement or
> development.
> >
> >"You could discuss these issues with the human
> resources department
> >or the person in the Equalities unit responsible
> for dealing with
> >disability equality and related issues. You could
> also request for a copy
> >of the local authority's Disability Equality Scheme
> (DES) in an
> >accessible format and point out any actions they
> have committed to
> >take for improving accessibility and usability. We
> work extensively
> >with local authorities on these issues. Please feel
> free to contact me
> >should you need to discuss it further on:
> >Waqas at deo-consultancy.co.uk ."
> >[further responses to inbox at headstar.com]
> >
> >
> >+08: Local Heroes: Suzette Keith from the Middlesex
> University
> >Design for All Research Group writes: "Did you know
> that 99 per cent
> >of EU businesses are classed as small to medium
> enterprises
> >employing less than 250 people and most of these
> are sole traders,
> >family run businesses or others with less than 10
> employees? There are
> >now many surveys of web accessibility of government
> and large
> >organisations, but how are the small local service
> companies doing?
> >
> >"Currently I am running an exploratory project for
> a European
> >consumer group and want to find some examples of
> good practice
> >among small businesses in the leisure and
> entertainment business and
> >social services. These business sectors were chosen
> because they
> >contribute to quality of life and wellbeing, and
> generally the fun side of
> >life!
> >
> >"Can anyone recommend a favourite accessible web
> site run by a small
> >local business such as a family run restaurant or
> pub, online shopping
> >for a specialised hobby, sport or food, or maybe an
> aromatherapist or
> >similar? I will look at the site to see how it is
> designed and will make
> >contact with the site owner or developer with a few
> questions in
> >September. When you make your recommendation,
> please give me the
> >URL and also can you tell me what sort of assistive
> technologies or
> >adjustments you use when accessing the web, or tell
> me if you are a
> >developer and recommend a client site."
> >[responses to inbox at headstar.com].
> >
> >[Inbox ends].
> >
> >
> >
> >++Section Three - Focus
> >- Mobile Technology.
> >
> >+09: Breaking The Circle
> >by Derek Parkinson.
> >
> >The benefits of technology and how to make them
> accessible to more
> >people, occupies a lot of Steve Tyler's thinking.
> As Senior Strategic
> >Manager for Digital Technology at the RNIB, Tyler
> is always looking
> >ahead, trying to anticipate the improvements that
> new technology can
> >bring to the lives of people with impaired vision.
> >
> >Mobile devices have a key role in his thinking, he
> told E-Access
> >Bulletin. "In theory mobile technology should tick
> all the boxes for
> >blind people. It provides communication, it can
> help you get around,
> >and can be used as a safety device," he says.
> >
> >To bring these benefits to more vision impaired
> people, Tyler hopes to
> >build constructive relationships with manufacturers
> of mobile devices.
> >Recent meetings with mobile phone giant Nokia
> >( http://www.nokia.com/ )
> >have given Tyler reason to be optimistic about this
> approach. "We've
> >had some good sessions. The beauty of these
> meetings is being able to
> >talk to the technical staff. We discussed some of
> the excellent voice
> >technology that has been developed by independent
> suppliers, such as
> >the Nuance Talks
> >( http://www.nuance.com/talks/ )
> >product for example," he says.
> >
> >Specialist products such as this can bring huge
> benefits to users but
> >there needs to be wider take-up, says Tyler.
> "Wayfinder [a GPS-
> >enabled navigation system] works amazingly well
> with Talks," says
> >Tyler. Excellent as these products undoubtedly are,
> too few people
> >benefit from them, he says.
> >
> >"It's no good if the technology doesn't reach the
> users. But it's often a
> >struggle to get it out to the public because they
> don't know it's
> >available, the cost is high, or the user needs to
> know some horribly
> >technical information. Even when people do know
> about technology
> >that makes their phone more accessible they have to
> send the phone
> >away to have the technology loaded onto it. Either
> that or they have to
> >be a computer geek themselves," says Tyler.
> >
> >The trend towards globalised markets brings new
> opportunities, he
> >says. In order to safeguard their position in North
> American and
> >European markets, companies such as Nokia are
> having to  respond to
> >the needs of ageing populations, and the public
> policies and research
> >programmes that promote accessible design. In
> Europe, a research
> >programmes known as COST (Cooperation Europeenne
> dans le
> >Domaine de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique)
> draws together
> >researchers from EU and non-EU countries. One
> particular strand,
> >'Cost 219', aims to improve access to
> telecommunications services for
> >elderly and disabled people. For information about
> work on COST 219
> >in the UK, see:
> >http://fastlink.headstar.com/cost219 .
> >
> >In the US, similar objectives are the aim of
> policies such as Healthy
> >People 2010
> >( http://www.healthypeople.gov/ ),
> >a plan drafted by the US Department of Health and
> Human Sciences to
> >improve the quality of life of ageing American
> citizens, and promote
> >inclusion. Such policies encourage Nokia to think
> about how to make
> >their products accessible, and organisations such
> as RNIB are well-
> >placed to help them, says Tyler. "Their phrase is
> 'Connecting People'.
> >They understand the potential of personal,
> configurable devices to
> >break down barriers between people," he says.
> >
> >Working more closely with organisations such as the
> RNIB will save
> >Nokia valuable time otherwise spent researching
> what vision-impaired
> >users want from mobile devices, and how they use
> them. Ultimately,
> >the aim of the RNIB is to encourage manufacturers
> to build
> >accessibility features into products from the
> start, as far as is possible,
> >says Tyler. This would save the user from having to
> spend more time
> >and money on assistive technology, but
> manufacturers must also be
> >able to see benefits, most obviously demand from
> the mass market.
> >"This needn't be rocket science, heads in the
> clouds stuff," says Tyler.
> >An example of a mass market service which also
> brings great benefits
> >to vision impaired people is the cinema listings
> service provided by
> >network operator Orange, says Tyler.
> >
> >"You can receive film listings and storylines for
> your local cinemas, in
> >an accessible text format. So right there you have
> something that has
> >mass-market appeal, but ticks boxes for blind
> people," he says.
> >However, even when a manufacturer or service
> provider does
> >introduce accessible options, barriers remain, says
> Tyler. "A few years
> >ago the manufacturer LG introduced a talking
> microwave oven, but
> >said that they couldn't sell them. I decided to do
> some research, and
> >rang five big retailers of LG products to ask if
> they sold the
> >microwave. None of them knew about it," says Tyler.
> >
> >"A problem with the retail industry is that only
> sales are recorded.
> >Failure to serve customer requirements doesn't get
> logged. It creates a
> >circle that we must break," he says.
> >
> >[Section Three ends].
> >
> >
> >++Section Four: Focus
> >- Mobile Technology.
> >
> >+10: A Question Of Mobility
> >by Dr Evangelos Bekiaris.
> >
> >ASK-IT is a European umbrella project aiming to
> develop a platform
> >for information and services that will be delivered
> via mobile devices.
> >This is large, challenging and ambitious but aims
> to change the market.
> >
> >The 'Ambient intelligence system of agents for
> knowledge-based and
> >integrated services for mobility impaired users'
> >( http://www.ask-it.org/ )
> >is funded by 18 million euros - 10 million of which
> is paid by the
> >European Commission (EC), the rest by over 50
> partners. It is an
> >initiative of the 'e-Inclusion' Strategic Objective
> of the IST Thematic
> >Area of the 6th Framework Programme
> >( http://fastlink.headstar.com/einc ).
> >
> >The aims are to prove that full travel
> accessibility for anyone who has a
> >problem in being autonomously mobile can be
> achieved in a reliable,
> >seamless and viable way using a range of available
> technologies and
> >communications networks. It also aims to enable
> personalised, self-
> >configurable, intuitive and context related
> applications and services as
> >well as facilitate knowledge acquisition.
> >
> >The services offered cover transport, tourism and
> leisure, personal
> >support services, work, business, education and
> community building
> >related content. Users can get information;
> guidance; book and pay for
> >any transport, tourist or other service through any
> mobile device, such
> >as a mobile phone, PDA, in-car terminal, tablet PC
> or laptop; anywhere
> >- indoors, outdoors, in any connected city or
> country.
> >
> >It will work seamlessly, so the technologies to
> keep the user connected
> >might change, but he or she wouldn't notice. The
> framework is
> >interoperable in terms of what mobile device used
> or whether a local or
> >wide area networks is used. The framework is
> entrusted and based on
> >intuitive web-semantics; thus offering a seamless
> and device
> >independent service everywhere.
> >
> >And the user interface adapts to the users'
> interests, abilities, habits and
> >intentions. Content and tools are integrated within
> an Ambient
> >Intelligent Framework [an electronic environment
> that is responsive to
> >mobile devices] and a self-configurable user
> interface that offers
> >service personalisation according to user profile,
> habits, preferences
> >and context of use.
> >
> >The ASK-IT service and system will be tested in
> seven core sites and
> >one satellite site across Europe, with about 50
> mobility-impaired users
> >in each site. The sites are: Athens-Thessaloniki,
> Greece; Bucharest,
> >Romania; Genova, Italy; Helsiniki, Finland; Madrid,
> Spain; Newcastle,
> >UK; Nuremberg, Germany; and a satellite site in The
> Hague,
> >Netherlands.
> >
> >The main development work of the project is coming
> to an end and the
> >focus has moved towards the integration of the
> tools into the ASK-IT
> >system environment and the test sites. The pilot
> sites are coming to the
> >end of the accessible content gathering and web
> services development.
> >Connection of new and existing services to ASK-IT
> is realised through
> >an innovative tool that has been developed within
> the project, namely
> >the Data Management module.
> >
> >Some examples of developed user interfaces are the
> domotics
> >application, through which the user can control
> different parts of the
> >house in terms of lighting and heating. And at the
> Greek pilot site, a
> >social events web service has been developed
> allowing blind users to
> >plan a trip to an ASK-IT site. He or she can make a
> booking so that a
> >Braille map of the city would await him or her at
> the airport, as well as
> >specially arranged personal transport to his or her
> hotel. The hotel will
> >be fully accessible with Braille text, and
> announcements and guiding
> >trails all over. Also, advice on nearby accessible
> restaurants and cafes
> >is given, including route guidance on user's mobile
> or Personal Digital
> >Assistant (PDA) on accessible routes.
> >
> >At the end of the project, users will pay a small
> premium of 10 to 30
> >euros to have the ASK-IT software on their mobile
> device and a
> >monthly or yearly fee or a pre-paid card depending
> on the country.
> >Then services may be free, such as information from
> municipalities
> >although each connected service or content provider
> can have its own
> >pricing policy.
> >
> >The tests of individual modules and services are
> planned to start in
> >October 2007, while the integrated system will be
> tested a couple of
> >months later. The first set of results will be
> reported by the end of the
> >year and results from the whole project will be
> reported at the ASK IT
> >International Conference in June 2008.
> >
> >
> >NOTE: Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris is Research Director
> at the Centre for
> >Research and Technology at the Hellenic Institute
> of Transport
> >( http://www.hit.certh.gr/ ).
> >and is a member of the ASK-IT Scientific Committee.
> >
> >[Section Four ends].
> >
> >
> >++Special Notice: Web Accessibility Forum.
> >
> >Accessify Forum is a discussion forum devoted to
> all topics relating to
> >web accessibility. Topics cover everything from
> 'Beginners' and 'Site
> >building and testing' through to projects such as
> the new accessibility
> >testing tool WaiZilla and the accessibility of the
> open source forum
> >software itself.
> >
> >All you need to register is a working email
> address, so come along and
> >join in the fun at:
> >http://www.accessifyforum.com .
> >
> >[Special notice ends].
> >
> >
> >++Special Notice: Braille Translations.
> >
> >Braille Translations provides a fast,
> cost-effective, high quality service
> >of translating any document into Braille. We are
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> >compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act.
> We can translate
> >from large print, audio tape or audio CD.
> >
> >We can also help with premises accessibility
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> >
> >All work is proof-read before dispatch and we are
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> >
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