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Updated no 6 - 2020

News from Funka
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Time to fix your PDF documents

Let us take care of the accessibility of your PDF documents during the summer, so you do not have to worry about the September 23 deadline. We can audit, remediate or train - depending on the needs of your organisation.

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Funka Accessibility Days November 24-25

To give as many people as possible a chance to attend our annual conference, we have postponed the Accessibility Days to the end of November. We are very much looking forward to exciting presentations and inspiring discussions this year, when teleworking, online training and web meetings have become something everyone is doing. Digital accessibility has never been more important!

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Networking and collaboration - a great way to succeed with accessibility

Not sure who to ask? Do you need inspiration? Do you want to share your thoughts with like-minded people? Then maybe you should join a network that works with accessibility?

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Understandable text through machine learning

Together with the RISE Research Institutes if Sweden, Funka will investigate whether AI can help web authors create texts that are easier to understand.

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Norwegian SpareBank 1 chooses Funka

Funka has been commissioned to audit the accessibility of the Internet bank and banking app for Norwegian SpareBank 1, using the higher level of accessibility requirements that Funka has designed in cooperation with the disability organisations. As SpareBank 1 has higher ambitions than just complying to the law, Funka has been hired to see if there is room for further improvements.

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Tip of the month: write understandable links

Links are important to everyone, as they can lead us right or wrong. For some users, it is especially important that links are clear, but everyone appreciates understanding where a link leads.

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Three questions for Olle Hansen, Captain and project manager on the accessible catamaran and racing boat Handicat

You’ve got a beautiful sailboat. Tell us the story behind it!

I've always had a desire to do the same things as if I didn't have a disability. My parents had a sailboat when I was a kid. My disability limited me when it leaned. I got a tip from a guy to test the catamaran because it doesn't tilt. I tested and was completely sold !! This would be my concept. I also wanted to communicate to others with disabilities, that it is possible to sail despite limitations.

Swedish Catamaran and Trimaran sailors, the Sports Association for All the Disabled and Fryshuset started the foundation Handicat ("Disabled people can sail Catamaran") in 2006 and sought contributions from the Heritage Foundation. We got the funds, bought a used Catamaran in England, renovated and rebuilt it. We started sailing with guests on June 5, 2007, and to date we have sailed with about 5,000 people with disabilities. We have achieved the project's goals, but now we are putting the effort into spreading the message so that more people will test it and get the same sense of freedom that I dreamed of and experienced.

How do I get to sail on Handicat?

You don’t have to have any experience before. Just go to www.handicat.se and check the calendar if a date that suits you is available. Book by entering names etc. Gather a bunch of friends to make it even more fun. The price is 400 SEK (approx 40 EURO) / person.

What is the best thing about sailing for people with motor impairments?

THE FREEDOM at sea, not to be limited. Being able to get out into the archipelago and get close to nature and feel the forces of nature. Get a nice tan!

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One of the employees at Funka's web editorial team has sailed with Handicat and can only agree with Olle: it is an amazing feeling and it works just as well to sail whether you are in a wheelchair or standing up. Everyone on board can participate, anyone who wants to can learn a lot about sailing and also that mobility barriers need not be limiting. Ideal for team building, summer party, as an empowerment exercise for increased awareness of what real accessibility means - or just to enjoy the world's most beautiful archipelago.

There are similar sailing opportunities in many other countries too.

Have a nice summer!

Handicat website

Other news
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Google and Canadian Down Syndrome Society team up to make smart speakers accessible

Google smart products miss 30 percent of all words spoken by those with non-standard speech patterns. The fix for that problem is exposing Google's algorithm to new voices.

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Museums with a view. On frontier research

What if museums were designed to stimulate all of our senses, and what can we learn from people with a disability? An experimental multisensory space at Van Abbemuseum may provide some answers.

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Nino Robotics to develop new type of "seated, personal transporters"

With NINO4, Pierre Bardina, founder of Nino Robotics, intends to offer a solution far removed from those usually offered to people with reduced mobility.

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