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Dear Subscribers,

As you may already be aware, our site has moved to a better and nicer URL www.thecodpast.org

Something that you may not be aware of is, your subscription to the old site is not yet migrated to the new one. We will be doing it soon and you will soon receive a system email asking you to confirm your subscription. Please click yes, so that whenever we post a new content on the new sites, you will receive an email notification.

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We’ve MOVED!

We will no longer be updating this blog. To continue to get our new content, please subscribe to the www.thecodpast.org

We’ve listened to the feedback and now have a new and improved, The Codpast website.
If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know that the content on our site isn’t always the easiest to find. For instance did you know there are over 100 articles, 13 podcasts and tons of videos?
Taking this into account, we’ve created a brand new website which is much more visual, user-friendly and has accessibility features installed.
We are really proud of what we’ve created but we’d love to hear what you think.

Sean and The Codpast team.

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We’ve MOVED!

We will no longer be updating this blog. To continue to get our new content, please subscribe to the www.thecodpast.org

We’ve listened to the feedback and now have a new and improved, The Codpast website.
If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know that the content on our site isn’t always the easiest to find. For instance did you know there are over 100 articles, 13 podcasts and tons of videos?
Taking this into account, we’ve created a brand new website which is much more visual, user-friendly and has accessibility features installed.
We are really proud of what we’ve created but we’d love to hear what you think.

Sean and The Codpast team.

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The Wait is Almost Over

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Tomorrow this site will be moving to http://www.thecodpast.org

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Making the leap

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It’s time to make the leap.

On the 1st of July

The Codpast is moving to a bigger better website.

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Restricted

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We’re feeling a little restricted.

On the 1st of July, it’s all change.

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Change is Coming

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We’d like a change of scenery.

On the 1st of July, it’s all change.

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Change

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On the 1st of July, it’s all change.

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Accessibility Awareness Goes Global

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As with the movie industry, the summer months have become an important time of year for tech firms. Recently we’ve seen the likes of Google and Apple host their developers’ conferences and the beginnings of the frenzy that will surround the launch of Windows 10. For me, the tech event that kicked off my summer was Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD.)

As with most things tech related, the inspiration for GAAD came about via twitter. Jennison Asuncion, a Toronto accessibility professional, happen upon a blog post by L.A. based web developer Joe Devon. With the power of the internet and their combined passion to raise the profile of accessibility, the first GAAD was born.

The idea behind GAAD is to move the conversation around accessibility, away from those already familiar with its benefits and present its ability to increase productivity and make the workplace more inclusive, to a brand new audience.

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This year we were kindly invited to a London GAAD event hosted by Atos (the digital services company) and the BBC. The events organisers Paul Bepey (Access Technology Manager, BBC) and Neil Milliken (Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos) were on hand to tell us how the event came about. “I feel accessibility is incredibly important and I don’t think it gets the recognition it deserves” Paul continued, “ I had an idea and I spoke to Neil about it, that we should collaborate and organise a joined up event to show how both organisations take accessibility.

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Neil felt that the event was a great opportunity to get businesses more involved, “it’s an opportunity for us to go and grab people within the organisations and say, ‘you need to be thinking about this kind of stuff because large proportions of your workforce and large proportions of your customers are going to need these things and benefit from them.’”

This was my first GAAD event and what impressed me most was the caliber of the guests, speakers and exhibitors that were in attendance. Nuance (Dragon), Text Help, Microsoft, Sony and Iansyst were all in attendance. Seeing the non-nero-diverse and those with specific difficulties using each others’ tech for the first time, reinforce my theory that assistive tech does not just help people with a specific condition; it can be useful across the board. A great example of this was a new a 3D audio headset for the blind.

Although developed for the blind with a few tweaks it could give devices like Google Glass.

and the Apple Watch a run for there money.

For me the biggest take away from the event was this: a group of people, with varying abilities and challenges, came together and left with a deeper understanding of each others’ needs and requirements. With this knowledge each attendee had an understanding of how they could make the environments around them a little more inclusive for those they share it with.

Visit the GAAD site to get involve with next year’s event: www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org

Words by Sean Douglas


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Top 6 Podcasts for Dyslexic Listeners

Top 6 Podcasts

Podcasts are one of the best ways for those with Dyslexia to stay informed without the hassle of reading. If you’re unfamiliar with podcasts, think of them as the audio version of Netflicks. They are radio shows that can be downloaded and listened to on your mobile device or computer. Most mainstream radio stations have spinoff podcasts, but you’re not limited to listening to content from established broadcasters. Much like YouTubers, anyone with a bit of tech knowledge and some subject matter to talk about can set up a podcast. Meaning you will find a podcast on any subject you want to learn more about. Much of this content would never be broadcast on traditional radio stations.

There are currently more than 250,000 podcasts and counting. If you’re new to podcasting, this can feel a little daunting. To help you get started here is a list of our favourite 6.

 

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 6. The Codpast

OK it’s a bit cheeky of me, but if you’ve only read and watch the videos on this blog, then you are missing a whole world of dyslexic audio heaven. Each show features a fascinating story full of inspiration and advice on how to succeed despite your Dyslexia.

 

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5. Stuff You Should Know

http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/

After listening to this show your friends and family will see you as some kind of oracle. In each episode the show’s hosts take a subject and break it down to give you an in-depth knowledge. Topics range from Hip – Hop to The Berlin Wall to Tupperware and everything in between. The thing I love about this podcast is, the things that sound like they will be really boring turn out to be the most interesting.

 

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4. Tech News Today

http://www.technewstoday.com/

If you’re into mobile phones, apps, computer games or what’s new on the web, this is the show for you. After listening to this show you will have the latest tech news before any of your friends.

 

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3. Answer Me This (AMT)

http://answermethispodcast.com/

The only other British podcast on this list, AMT is a must listen. This is the perfect mix of entertainment and education. Listeners can ask questions on any subject they want and the presenters will answer the questions. The USP of this show is what the presenters do with the questions. Rather than just being given the answers, you are taken on a comic detour, which ultimately ends up in a whole load of random knowledge.

 

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2. 99% Invisible

http://99percentinvisible.org/

This is a show about design. When I heard about this show, I thought, ‘how boring.’ After listening, I realised the design element is only there to allow the presenter to tell some of the most interesting stories around. This is also one of the most beautiful sounding shows on the web.

 

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1. Serial

http://serialpodcast.org/

If you only ever listen to one podcast this is the one to listen to. Serial is a 12 part documentary series which follows investigative journalist, Sarah Koenig as she tries to solve the mystery surrounding the imprisonment of Adnan, a Boston resident who has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend. The most impressive thing about this show is that the whole thing is 100% true.

 

Words by Sean Douglas


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