Connecting AT devices to smart devices is a gateway moment—it opens many more opportunities for use of their AT devices as well as making them easier, cheaper and upgradable.
Its is not just iPhones. The range of iOS devices from iPods to AppleTV are all accessible from the day of purchase. The ethos of universal design (UD) in Apple’s software and hardware engineering is what distinguishes their devices. Training often comes from the people around, visually impaired uses are using the same devices as […]
The NATRC has recently added three new iPad apps from BinaryLabs, Inc. that help children and adults with fine motor skills, letter reversing, and spatial reasoning. 1. Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s […]
Assistive technology can be a great resource for young children with disabilities who are developing language and literacy skills. The Center for Early Literacy Learning recently published this study to demonstrate just how beneficial assistive technology can be:. The effectiveness of different types of assistive technology for promoting the early communication and literacy abilities of […]
While iOS devices are relatively inexpensive compared with older AAC devices and pocket devices; they still represent a substantial investment as well as being very important for the user. One solution for the misplaced device is the iAlertTag. It is one of the new Bluetooth 4 accessories that will change the way we communicate with […]
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, […]
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 […]
A NY Times article about Apple’s new feature AssistiveTouch that expands accessibility to user’s with motor control challenges. Apple’s AssistiveTouch Helps the Disabled Use a Smartphone – NYTimes.com.
A brief list of iOS technical support
Striking a balance between the issues of professional experience and immediate needs is an increasingly important issue in the adoption/delivery of Assistive Technology. I’m excited about the potential of new health apps like Bant and Proloquo2go. Tools that improve doctor patient communication and empower patients are fantastic. But I’m a little wary of the robo-doc […]
Disabled World has compiled a list of VoiceOver apps that are compatible with iPhones and Macs. “If you’re blind or have low vision, you can enjoy the simplicity, security, and reliability of the Mac using VoiceOver. It’s built into the Mac OS X operating system that comes with every new Mac and sets a new standard […]
VoCal Voice Reminders (VoCal) is an application used for setting events and reminders on one’s calendar by recording personal voice messages. The application allows users to record their own voice reminder, title the event, and set the date and time on the application’s calendar. In addition, users can choose when they would like to be […]
A Special Phone is an iPhone application that can be used as a voice over for dialing a phone number or act as speed dialer. The application has an “eye free mode”, which allows you to dial any phone number without having to look at the screen. When the application is opened, a phone number […]
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 […]
AdastraSoft has reduced the price on its range of assistive software offerings including HaloTalk: The application may be used as a set of “opposite” flashcards as-is. However, HaloTalk is designed to facilitate rapid prompting. Since autistic individual has a tendency to verbally repeat the last word(s) of a question, it is extremely important if visual […]