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App winners.

A smartphone application (app) that can help people with speech difficulties find work is among the winners of the U.S. Department of Labor's disability employment application challenge.

The contest encouraged third-party developers to build tools to help improve employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities using publicly available resources and employment data.

The "VoisPal-Speak as You Think!" application, available at, received the $3,000 People's Choice Award through a public voting process. The Augmentative and Alternative Communication app for Android phones is designed to help people with speech difficulties express themselves fluently and effectively using more than 5,000 commonly spoken sentences grouped in intuitive categories and subcategories.

The "Access Jobs" application, available at acce, received the $5,000 Innovation Award by implementing techniques such as responsive design to deliver an accessible job search experience across all platforms. The site also uses an open-source job posting schema that is capable of pulling search results from multiple online sources.

The "AccDC: Accelerated Dynamic Content" application received the $2,000 Above and Beyond Accessibility Award. This scalable, cross-browser and cross-platform compatible Dynamic Content Management System automates the rendering of dynamic content to ensure accessibility for screen reader and keyboard-only users.

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Date:Nov 1, 2012
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