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Last October, Nokia announced at their annual Nokia World conference that they are making a FREE Screen Reader for some devices. Not Windows Phones however.

The Screen Reader software is co-developed by long-time Nokia developer Code Factory who are known for their own screen reader ”Mobile Speak”. They actually made an app before it was possible to make a screen reader on Nokia devices called ”Mobile Accessibility”, so it was a natural choice for Nokia to let Code Factory be the main developer of the new screen reader.

This screen reader will be compatible with 3 devices at launch, the Nokia C5 (5 megapixel version), Nokia 700 and 701 with the Symbian Belle Operating System. The supported languages are, at launch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

There are no indications of a Windows Phone 7 implementation of a screen reader.

Nokia’s screen reader will be available before next year and can be freely downloaded via the Nokia Store.

On the Nokia Store there is now an Accessibility section to find apps that can help people with disabilities (e.g. Apps like Vlingo speech recognition that can send SMSes, Twitter messages, etc. with the user’s voice).
Source: AxSLAB

Research In Motion, along with RNIB, are going to be hosting a usability study of mobile phone screen reader software in London at the RNIB Judd Street location on June 13 – 15. Do you know of any iPhone VoiceOver users you think might be interested in participating in such a study? If so, please pass this information along to them.
Here is a summary of the event:

  • Usability study of screen readers on mobile phones;
  • Specific focus of this study is VoiceOver on iPhone;
  • Being held on June 13 – 15 at various times at the RNIB Judd Street location;
  • Participants need to be VoiceOver users on their own iPhone.

Interested parties should email accessibility@rim.com or Sai Prapagharan.

From February 22-26, 2010 the GNOME community will hold a Usability hackfest in London, England.
As GNOME 3.0 approaches, a usability focused hackfest is overdue. This hackfest will provide the GNOME Usability team an opportunity to focus, set goals, and accomplish work to prepare the GNOME community for the GNOME 3.0 transition and the future.
The event will be held at the Canonical offices in London, England. The address is as follows:
Canonical
27th floor, 21-24 Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP UK
This location is near Pimlico Station (which is on the Victoria line) and Westminster Station (which is on the Jubilee and District and Circle lines).
More info at the event website.

The 5th Usability Symposium of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) will take place in Linz November, 9-10 (Monday-Tuesday) 2009. The keynote speech will be delivered by Yvonne Rogers, from the Pervasive Interaction Lab, Computing Department, Open University (UK) “The Changing Face of Human-Computer Interaction in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing”, and will address “New Trends in Human–Computer Interaction”.
A special session is also organised regarding Smart Home, Health and Ambient Assisted Living. The Symposium program is now available online.