Catch up with Dolphin this fall, 3 conferences, 14 presentations and more

8th Oct, 2010

The Dolphin Computer Access team is 'out and about' this fall, attending Closing the Gap, ATIA Chicago and the 13th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference.

They will share their expertise in the creation of alternative formats, accessible eBooks, screen magnification, screen reading and more. The Dolphin team will be presenting seminars, delivering training workshops and meeting customers at the Dolphin booth.

Not travelling this fall? You can still get the information you need by contacting Charlie Hamilton, Jeff Bazer or Andy Leach directly:-

Closing The Gap, October 21 - 23, Minneapolis, MN

Magnification and Multiple Monitors: Increasing Productivity for People with Low Vision

Date: Thursday Oct 21, 2010 from 09:30 am - 10:30 am
Speaker: Charlie Hamilton

This session will offer people with low vision or anyone supporting low vision people with an overview of Dolphin's screen magnifiers. The features and settings to be highlighted can increase a users' productivity. The session includes practical tips and advice, as well as new innovative screen magnification technology.

Alternative Formats 101: The Basics

Date: Friday Oct 22, 2010 from 11:00 am - 13:30 pm
Speaker: Jeff Bazer

This hands-on lab will introduce the basics of alternative formats. Perfect for DSS officers, low vision/blindness specialists and LD advisors, this session will walk participants through each of the stages of creating high quality alternative formats. These formats will include MP3, large print, Braille and DAISY (accessible eBook) learning materials.

eBooks: A Practical Guide to Finding eBooks and Playing them as DAISY

Date: Sat, Oct 23, 2010 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Speaker: Jeff Bazer

The availability of eBooks is rapidly growing, but many DSS coordinators are unsure how learning disabled and vision impaired students can access these books. This session will answer this question, delivering a step-by-step demonstration of where to source eBooks and available formats. The session will also demonstrate how the EasyReader software DAISY player provides eBook accessibility to low vision, blind and learning disabled students.

ATIA Chicago, 27 thru 30 October in Schaumburg, IL

Convert it, Read it, Take it with you, Reading Barrier Free

Date: Friday Oct 29, 2010 from 13:15 pm - 15:15 pm (session code ET-17)
Speaker: Jeff Bazer, Brenda McBride of Humanware & Mary Jo Barry of Don Johnston

Come learn how to make a DAISY book using EasyConverter. Discover how to maximize its amazing power with Read:OutLoud and the portable ClassMate Reader. This hands-on training session is perfect for DSS coordinators working with vision impaired, learning disabled and dyslexic students. Delivered by trainers from three leading access technology and DAISY developers, attendees will learn how to make a DAISY book using EasyConverter. Also discover how to maximize its learning power with the text reader Read:OutLoud and the portable ClassMate Reader.

Accessible eBooks: A Practical Guide to Finding and Playing eBooks

Date: Friday Oct 29, 2010 from 13:15 pm - 14:15 pm (session code SI-17)
Speaker: Charlie Hamilton

The availability of eBooks is rapidly growing. Many people are unsure how vision-impaired and learning disabled students can access these books and take advantage of their rapidly growing availability. Using EasyReader, the presenter will instantly search and download eBooks directly from a variety of locations including Bookshare, Project Guttenberg and more.

Alternative Formats for Learning Disabled Students - Why and How?

Date: Saturday Oct 30, 2010 from 09:20 am - 10:20 am (session code EDU-43)
Speaker: Jeff Bazer
This session will offer a practical insight into the benefits of learning disabled and dyslexic students accessing their learning materials in alternative formats. The session will exam MP3, DAISY and accessible ebook formats, weighing up their advantages and disadvantages for different students.

Accessing Higher Ground, 15 thru 19 November in Westminster, CO

Alternative Formats 101: The Basics

Date: Monday Nov 15, 2010 from 14.30pm to 17.00pm
Speaker: Jeff Bazer

This session is a beginner's guide to the types of alternative formats and their suitability to students with various disabilities. Walking attendees through the basics, attendees will create eBooks, Braille, large print and MP3 learning materials.

Dolphin EasyConverter & Microsoft Word 2007 - Alternate Format Production on a Bicycle Built for Two

Date: Wednesday Nov 17, 2010 from 8.00am to 10.00am
Speaker: Julie Balassa of Valencia Community College & Jeff Bazer

Unfortunately, publisher source files are never student-ready. So in this presentation, we offer a hands-on overview of how to use Microsoft Word 2007 and Easy Converter to convert a source PDF file to multiple student-ready alternate formats (plain text, Microsoft Word, Large Print, DAISY, MP3, and Braille).

Magnification and Multiple Monitors: Increasing Productivity for People with Low Vision

Date: Wednesday Nov 17, 2010 from 11.15pm to 12.15pm
Speaker: Charlie Hamilton

An overview of how multiple monitors with side-by-side magnified applications, magnification views, color and other visual settings can increase the productivity of students with low vision. The session includes practical tips and advice, as well as brand new screen magnification technology.

Sourcing DAISY books and eBooks the Accessible Way - Using Dolphin Publisher & other tools

Date: Wednesday Nov 17, 2010 from 14:15 pm - 16:15 pm
Speaker: Robert Beach of Kansas City Kansas Community College & Jeff Bazer

Dolphin Publisher is one solution for generating full-text/full-audio DAISY books. Come see how it is used in the alternate format production system at KCKCC.

Making my own Alternative Formats - A Student Skill for Life

Date: Thursday Nov 18, 2010 from 11.15am to 12.15pm
Speaker: Jeff Bazer

Following a recent British Government pilot study empowering K12 students to create their own alternative format learning materials, the session will exam the pros and cons of this approach, reviewing the learning independence achieved, as well as the tools used during the pilot.

Alternative Formats for Learning Disabled Students - Why and How?

Date: Thursday Nov 18, 2010 from 14.15pm to 15.15pm
Speaker: Jeff Bazer

This session offer practical insight into the benefits of alternative formats for students with learning disabilities or dyslexia; as well as the software and hardware tools used to create and deliver them. The session will specifically look at MP3s, DAISY and accessible eBook formats.

Finding the Unique Combination of SuperNova's Speech, Magnification, Color & Braille settings for your Blind & Low Vision Students

Date: Thursday Nov 18, 2010 from 14.15pm to 16.30pm
Speaker: Andy Leach and Charlie Hamilton

Do you need tips and tricks on supporting low vision and blind students to find their unique combination of screen reader, magnifier and Braille settings? This session is a practical exercise working with the requirements of 2 case study students.

Microsoft Office the Screen Reader Way

Date: Friday Nov 19, 2010 from 8.00am to 10.15 am
Speaker: Andy Leach

A practical but basic introduction to using Microsoft Office without the mouse! Experience Word and Excel entirely through the keyboard, guided only by your favorite voice.

PDF to MP3 in Seconds - Done!

Date: Friday Nov 19, 2010 from 11.45am to 12.45pm
Speaker: Jeff Bazer

Learn the simple stages to convert an inaccessible PDF into MP3 audio using a single software tool. This is perfect for beginners or experts.