At the present time VoiceOver in OS X includes built-in voices that speak over 30 languages! This article explains how to select the voices you’d like to have available to you, and how to switch from one voice to another while using VoiceOver. Continue readingHow To Use OS X VoiceOver in Languages Other than English
The iPhone has a huge range of games available for it but it’s not easy for a casual user to find out which games will be compatible with VoiceOver. How could you go about finding appropriate games for a VoiceOver using relative? Continue readingReader Question: Games for iPhone VoiceOver Users?
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!
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?
VoiceOver for iOS is a very helpful assistive technology for blind iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users. Unlike screen readers for many other situations, which cost hundreds of dollars, it’s built right into iOS. Unfortunately for sighted users, occasionally people turn in on without meaning to and the results can be confusing …
It’s probably VoiceOver if your iDevice won’t stop reading what’s on-screen in a computer-generated background voice, and you see a black line around what you touch like this:
The Vocab Ninja blog has collected together samples of all Apple’s iOS text-to-speech voices so we can hear them side by side. There are 26 different languages, with 35 different dialects in all.
Their collection includes both standard quality voices and enhanced quality voices – the difference in quality is especially stark when you hear them side by side. I found it fascinating that even in the languages I couldn’t understand, the difference in quality is audible! Continue readingInternational iOS Text-to-Speech Voices
Braille Writer Pro was designed to be helpful for sighted people working to learn Braille.
- Handles both Grade 1 and Grade 2 contracted and uncontracted Braille
- Translates Braille to English
- Reads / Writes .DXB files
- Supports emailing and printing files with and without translation
- Dictionary that supports both Braille and English
Braille Writer lets you use six keys from a standard Apple keyboard as if they were a braille keyboard, and displays the resulting braille visually on the screen so that sighted students can practice their braille entry and reading skills on a regular computer.
Great article from the American National Federation of the Blind about changes in iOS 7′s accessibility for users who are blind, deaf blind, or have low vision.
Their article includes changes relating to:
- Ways to turn accessibility functions on and off
- Changes to VoiceOver practicing
- Changes to device unlocking
- Changes to VoiceOver’s rotor
- High quality speech synthesis available for more than one language
- Changes for braille users
- Changes to contrast, dynamic text sizing and bold text and labels