Posts for the Topic accessibility

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Using technology to build brains and develop a ‘SixthSense’

The university recently posted a news story and Tweet about Dr. Chris Eliasmith’s impressive work in the area of Theoretical Neuroscience. His new book, How to Build a Brain, introduces Semantic Pointer Architecture (SPA), which provides a set of tools used for cognitive modelling. Using these tools Dr. Eliasmith and team have built the world's largest functional brain model, Spaun, which demonstrates the high-level neural activity of the brain as it completes several tasks (i.e. recognition and list memorization).

Web Accessibility deadline approaches

One in seven people in Ontario have a disability. Over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages. The University of Waterloo is committed to ensuring that all people, regardless of ability, are able to use our websites. Further, the Government of Ontario has made accessibility a priority, aiming for a completely accessible Ontario. Regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) require that public websites owned by certain organizations, including the University of Waterloo, be accessible by January 1, 2014.

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