Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … Continue readingWeekend Roundup for 28 June 2014
Digital Downloads are a really quick way of getting hold of new software, but it’s not always completely intuitive for a new user. Here’s a step-by-step guide for Nuance’s Dragon Dictate for Mac, with pictures, showing how to download and install the program.
This guide is aimed at beginners who are not confident with installing Mac OS X software. If you are a confident user who’s familiar with installing software, just accept the defaults at every step and it will work fine. If you need more help and reassurance, here are the steps… Continue readingHow To Install Dragon Dictate for Mac
Even the most perfectly treated computing devices need occasional cleaning. Laptops, phones, and iPads that are used all day, carried around, used with sticky fingers, used by multiple people, those ones are even more likely to need a good clean fairly often. Continue readingCleaning Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad
Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …
Continue readingWeekend Roundup June 21 2014
Five years ago today, Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader came to iOS. The AppleVis blog has a great article looking back on those five years for blind iPhone users and how they have changed things. Continue readingHappy Birthday to VoiceOver on iOS!
Many devices are commonly controlled by infrared remote controls these days – televisions, video recorders, air conditioners, and more. Using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as a universal remote control gives you many accessibility advantages. You can make use of whatever accessibility features your iDevice has – VoiceOver, Zoom, Switch Control, etc. – and there’s no need to learn to use a new device. Continue readingControl Infrared IR devices with your iPhone or iPad
AfterShokz are wireless headphones which use bone conduction to transmit sound through the bones of your skull and, unlike standard headphones, don’t cover your ear. Bone-conduction headphones can be used by people with certain types of hearing loss such as those with Treacher-Collins Syndrome, and are favoured by some blind users because they don’t cut off audio input from the surroundings the way regular headphones do. Continue readingAfterShokz: Bone Conduction Headphones
The system keyboard in iOS works for a lot of folks, but if you have trouble typing quickly or accurately on your iPhone or iPad, Fleksy might be the right choice for you. Continue readingQuick And Accurate Typing with Fleksy
Cristina Hartmann has written very clearly about what it’s like to use a refreshable braille display (RFBD) with her iPhone. This interesting description is recommended for all sighted users who wonder how braille displays work and what they are like to use, and especially for people who will be supporting braille users. Continue readingUsing Braille with iOS – What’s It Like?
While accessibility did not command any specific demonstration time at the WWDC keynote this year, Apple’s information hints at many new and exciting universal access features that may come to Macs and iOS devices in the near future. These are the features we could find that appeared to have some bearing on accessibility… Continue readingWWDC 2014: Accessibility Implications Roundup