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Make accessibility discussion more accessible, don’t use the #a11y hashtag

18 May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This is an excellent initiative which seeks to put accessibility on the radars of those who may not think about it very often. Many web and app developers either don’t know that assistive technology exists, or due to their limited exposure to assistive technology users, think that no …

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Response to the “Girl Gone Blind” post, “To the Child who has a Blind Parent”

***Updated on 28 March 2017.   Today, Maria Johnson, author of the post that prompted me to write this response, substantially reworked her original article. So while the link to her post which you’ll find in this article still works, the article you’ll see is quite different from the piece that deeply troubled some blind …

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Apple Should Enable The Existing iPhone Feature We Can’t Use

As is customary at this time of year, the iPhone rumour mill is in overdrive. Pundits are expecting a particularly big release this year, as Apple celebrates iPhone’s 10th anniversary. Already, we’re hearing rumours about wireless charging, facial recognition, and fancier screens. The wireless charging seems like a certainty, and I suspect this feature was …

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My Keynote Address to the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

BELIEF A keynote address delivered by Jonathan Mosen to the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired on 3 November 2016   It’s an honour to be with you today, to be in the presence of so many people who are changing lives and facilitating opportunity. I’m mindful that there’s a lot going …

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Important note for VMWare Fusion users regarding upgrading to MacOS Sierra

As I write this post, it’s only a few hours until Apple officially releases MacOS Sierra. The new operating system offers some welcome new features, including Siri, and being able to unlock your Mac automatically when you’re wearing your Apple Watch. While I use some Mac applications and enjoy all the continuity features of the …

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Why I’m buying an iPhone 7 Plus, with mixed feelings about it

When I was 18, I became the presenter of an information line for blind people in New Zealand. This predates the mainstreaming of the Internet, so it was a way for blind people to dial a number, hear a recorded message about the latest goings on in the blind community, then leave a message that …

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The Marrakesh Express won’t take us to the end of our journey

As I’ve blogged previously, I’m pleased to have played a part in starting the journey back in the early 1990s that has ultimately led to the formulation of the Marrakesh Treaty. This significant international agreement, a triumph for all those involved in the delicate negotiations, will facilitate the sharing of accessible format material across country …

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