Agents of change, not recipients of change

Accessibility isn’t about accommodations, its about being able to participate in shaping our society. It’s Our Story champions that notion: In using the IOS content to develop media accessibility tutorials and best practices, two critical milestones are met. A people’s history is archived by incorporating 21st Century workforce readiness skills in making the Internet “Accessible to …

White House Announces Audio Descriptions for Public Tours

Great move. However, I wonder if it would be better if the tours were made available online for individual’s to use on their own devices. Many visually impaired users are using smart devices (especially the iPhone with its built-in screen reader). This would also make it great for self guided tour for people with out …

Making your iOS app accessible with VoiceOver

As much work and dedication that Apple engineers have put into accessibility and UD in iOS and OS X and even AppleTV many developers never take advantage of the accessibility API’s. You probably know that Apple’s range of iOS devices comes with a built-in screen reader called VoiceOver. What you may not be aware of, …

Networked lightbulb

Aside from bad jokes about “how many networks does it take to change a light tbulb?”, the implications of networking and comodifying devices, like lightblulbs has important implications for accessibility and Assistive technology. World’s first networked dimmable light bulb Energy-saving, 8W LED bulb shines as brightly as a 60W incandescent bulb Software configurable: link to …

iOS 6 takes Universal Access to a new level.

Apple’s WWDC event incorporates many new features for many users, including people with disabilities.   Using Guided Access parents can disable on-screen controls so that the child doesn’t accidentally exit the app, single-app mode so Proloquo2Go for example can operate, a teacher administering a test via the iPad, so the l user is locked in …

Using Siri to select words and start a car

As in an ear lie post, Getting Siri to work with a radio thermostat, this article highlights the potential applications, such as searching and choosing a word. The ability to open locked doors, close the binds and control heating and cooling (environmental controls) will enable more individuals to operate independently. The consumerization of these technologies will …

Dyslexie, A font for those with Dyslexia

Graphic designer Christian Boer created a typeface designed to be easier to read for those with Dyslexia. “Dyslexie is not a cure, but I see the font as something like a wheelchair,” Boer said, who also has the reading disorder. Dyslexics view letters as 3D objects as they appear jumbled and rotated. The font has thicker …

Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development

I first discovered Dexteria when I came across the website Apps for Children with Special Needs (A4CWSN).  A4CWSN is a website dedicated to finding, reviewing, and demonstrating how applications can be used for enhancing education and building life skills for children with special needs. Dexteria is an iPad application created to improve fine motor skills …

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