Keyboard viewer with Dvorak layout

How to Switch to Typing With Dvorak

If you use a Mac computer and have trouble using the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, the Dvorak layout may be a good option for you. Dvorak layouts put the most frequently used keys right under your fingers, so you can type with less finger movements needed. Several years ago, I was having significant trouble with wrist and hand pain so I taught myself to use the Dvorak keyboard layout for touch typing. It was frustrating to do, but paid off handsomely in the end… here’s what I did and how you can do it too… Continue readingHow to Switch to Typing With Dvorak

Adding a signature in Preview for OS X

Sign a PDF with Mac OS X’s Preview application.

Preview is OS X’s default application for viewing PDF files. If you scan a document, it will probably turn up as a PDF file, so this is the application used most often for things scanned into the system.

This Preview app has an awesome and almost hidden function – it allows you to scan a signature with your Mac’s camera, then store that signature and easily add it to any PDF file. This is handy for any user, but for those users who can’t easily manage a pen to sign physical documents it’s a really useful accessibility function too. Continue readingSign a PDF with Mac OS X’s Preview application.

Dragon dictate icon and boxed software.

How To Set Up Dragon Dictate for Mac

Software usability improves all the time, but complex programs are often not very intuitive for a new user. We’ve already shown you how to download and install Dragon, and here’s a step-by-step guide for Nuance’s Dragon Dictate for Mac, with pictures, showing how to set up the program so it’s ready for you to use. Continue readingHow To Set Up Dragon Dictate for Mac

Tandem Master Morse2USB device

Morse Code For Computer Control: TandemMaster

The TandemMaster Morse-2-USB interface is a fantastic device which converts morse code entered by two switches into keyboard presses and mouse movements. It gives the user complete control of a computer, as much as any regular keyboard/mouse user would have. Continue readingMorse Code For Computer Control: TandemMaster

Preschool age girl touches an iPad propped on a kitchen table.

Maya Finds Her Voice

Dana Nieder has put together a fantastic video showing very clearly her daughter Maya’s progressive mastery of AAC systems and devices, and how much the “system” around them failed to support this.

This is a really hopeful video from the perspective of Maya, whose intelligence and mastery of communication methods really shines through… Continue readingMaya Finds Her Voice

Using Assistive Technology to Empower Apple Users With Disabilities