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iBeacons for Accessibility: Active Projects

Beacons are small smart devices that can give your phone or tablet a lot more information than they already have about where you are and what’s happening in the environment around you – it’s like giving your phone or tablet an extra sense.

Their most common use, at least so far, is for retailers to give you information when you come close to specific products in their shops – called micro-targetted advertising – but there are a myriad of possibilities for assistive technology uses for beacons too. This article lists some projects using iBeacons to help people who have disabilities or are elderly. Continue readingiBeacons for Accessibility: Active Projects

iPhone beside an Estimote Beacon

iBeacons and Assistive Technology: The Basics

Beacons are small smart devices that can give your phone or tablet a lot more information than they already have about where you are and what’s happening in the environment around you – it’s like giving your phone or tablet an extra sense.

Their most common use, at least so far, is for retailers to give you information when you come close to specific products in their shops – called micro-targetted advertising – but there are a myriad of possibilities for assistive technology uses for beacons too. Continue readingiBeacons and Assistive Technology: The Basics

Keyboard viewer with Dvorak layout

Yes, You Can Learn Dvorak Typing: Here's How I Did It

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 readingYes, You Can Learn Dvorak Typing: Here’s How I Did It

Adding a signature in Preview for OS X

Learn To Sign PDFs 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 readingLearn To Sign PDFs with Mac OS X’s Preview application

Dragon dictate icon and boxed software.

The Ultimate Guide To Setting 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 readingThe Ultimate Guide To Setting Up Dragon Dictate for Mac

Using Assistive Technology to Empower Apple Users With Disabilities

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