Directly touching the screen is a very easy access method for most people, and has many accessibility benefits, but for others it’s brought new accessibility challenges.
To touch the screen you need to be in a close enough position, be able to isolate a finger or thumb to point with, and be able to control your hand and finger well enough to touch where you’re aiming for. People with disabilities may have trouble with one or all of these.
Using a stylus is one way that some disabled iPhone and iPad users can overcome problems with touching the screen. A stylus isn’t a solution for everybody, but for many users it can make the difference between an inaccessible device and a usable device. There are many different types of stylus and pointer options available to users, and this series will cover all of them. Continue readingStylus Options for iPad and iPhone Users: Easy Grip
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 September, 2014
Keyboard Mastro lets you record a sequence of keystrokes, mouse clicks, and many other actions, and easily play them back at any time.
For users who experience pain, fatigue, or slowness when operating the computer it’s important to learn to be as efficient as possible with what you do. Keyboard Mastro is one way to increase your efficiency so every movement really counts and your energy is preserved. Continue readingHow To Use Keyboard Maestro
Smart Scroll is a utility that allows you to adjust how the scrolling works on your Mac OS X computer in a ton of different ways. For anybody who has trouble with mouse movement or dexterity, it can be really useful. Continue readingSmart Scroll Offers 4 Types Of Custom OS X Scrolling
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 21 September 2014
Welcome to the brand new iOS 8, which became generally available just yesterday.
As always, users who are champing at the bit for new features have upgraded right away, and users who are more conservative and risk-averse are waiting for 8.0.1, which is sure to have less bugs. This is always true of any large upgrade of any software, and iOS is no exception. But if you’re eager to try out new features, here’s what you can expect in iOS 8 in terms of accessibility … Continue readingiOS 8 Accessibility Roundup
If a businessman loses his iPad it’s frustrating, but if an AAC user loses their iPad they have lost their voice. If an able-bodied person’s computer breaks down they can borrow and use another computer, but if a piece of assistive technology breaks down there probably isn’t a spare one available to borrow.
Everything fails eventually! So the question isn’t “if”, but “when” it will happen. Here’s how can you best prepare for assistive technology disasters… Continue readingHow To Prepare For An Assistive Technology Disaster
Wow, what a huge week for Apple!
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 14 September, 2014
If the world included a perfectly accessible gesture/multitouch recognition system, what would that system look like? What accessibility features might it have? Here are fifteen user needs which the developer of a hypothetically perfect system should be aware of … Continue readingWhat Would Accessible Gesture Controls Look Like?
Today Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch, and a brand new ApplePay tap-to-pay system to replace credit cards. Separately and together there are enormous accessibility implications for these announcements, here’s what I’ve put together … Continue readingAccessibility Implications of iPhone 6 Apple Watch Event