Apps4Android Releases 2014 Version of their Accessible Voter Information Guide

Application Helps Make Election Information Accessible for Voters with Print Disabilities

 

Contact:

Steve Jacobs
steve.jacobs@ideal-group.org
(614) 777-0770

HILLIARD, Ohio (BUSINESS WIRE) October 22, 2014 –Apps4Android today announced the release of a “no-cost-to-the-user,” accessible, 2014 Voter Information Guide® (VIG). VIG was designed to help users, including those with visual disabilities, find personalized election information based on their address. The app allows voters to identify their polling location, the candidates on the ballot, their contact information, and everything else voters need to know to knowledgeably cast their vote.

Download VIG from Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.easyaccess.vip&hl=en

The application prompts users to enter their address. The app then submits the address information to Google’s Civic Information knowledge base and retrieves voting information specific to that address. Information includes, among other things, polling place, early voting location, candidate data, and election official information. Before being presented to the user, this information is automatically compiled into an accessible eBook designed to be read by IDEAL Group Reader, a fully accessible, “no-cost-to-the-user” ePub 3 Reader. If the user does not have an ePub 3 reader installed on their Android device at the time the ePub is generated, they will be provided the opportunity to download IDEAL Group Reader which will automatically load their customized voter information guide and present it to them as a fully-accessible eBook.

VIG was developed by Apps4Android, Inc. and was funded by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) through a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to support the development of technologies that will increase the accessibility of elections for all voters.

Feedback and/or suggestions are very much appreciated. Please send them to support@apps4android.org

About IDEAL Group Reader

  • Reads text aloud (just like an audio book).
  • Highlights sections of text as they are being read.
  • Enables users to take notes using speech recognition, highlight sections of text to be remembered, and then gather all the important notes together in one place.
  • Can display and read aloud (assuming that the appropriate voices are installed on the Android device) books in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Welsh.
  • Provides significantly improved accessibility: This includes enhanced navigation including jumping to specific chapters, pages, and passages.
  • Displays audio tracks and videos embedded in ePub3 texts; and,
  • Provides MathML support

For more information about IDEAL Group Reader plase see: http://tinyurl.com/igr-a4a

About IDEAL Group, Inc.

IDEAL Group is a 2002 spin-off from IDEAL at NCR Corporation. IDEAL Group and all of its subsidiary companies are Not Just For Profit (NJFP) corporations. They all use the concept of NJFP to capture expanded sets of values for defining and evaluating their companies’ performance. One key value is their level of success in driving significant cost-effective benefits for customers while operating in a self-sustainable manner.
More: http://ideal-group.org

About Apps4Android, Inc.

Established in January, 2009, Apps4Android is the world’s largest developer of Android accessibility apps with 13+ million installations in 213 countries. Apps4Android’s mobile apps are being used on more than 6,ooo different model Android devices made by 73 wireless device manufacturers and distributed by 544 different wireless services providers.
More: http://apps4android.org

About the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-partisan research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. For more information: http://itif.org/content/about-us

About the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds. For more information: http://www.eac.gov/about_the_eac/

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