Category Archives: Educators

Educators who teach and work with people with disabilities as a part of their job, including special education teachers, teachers with mainstreamed students in their classrooms, assistive technology specialists, and so on.

Pointer Options for iPad and iPhone Users: Advanced Options

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.

This article is on variants of the stylus which are not held in the hand at all – some are attached to the user’s finger in some way, some are attached to the head or held in the mouth. We also cover some accessories that may help stylus users in other ways. Continue readingPointer Options for iPad and iPhone Users: Advanced Options

Stylus Options for iPad and iPhone Users: Easy Grip

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

iBeacon Accessibility Ideas

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 ideas for future using iBeacons to help people who have disabilities or are elderly. Continue readingiBeacon Accessibility Ideas

iBeacons and Assistive Technology: 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 and Assistive Technology: Active Projects

iBeacons and Assistive Technology: A Primer

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: A Primer

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

How To Install Dragon Dictate for Mac

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