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.

Freedom – Turn off the internet and get some work done!

The internet brings freedom to people with disabilities in various ways, but sometimes we all need freedom from the Internet too. For those who have trouble with concentration, attention, or staying on task, being able to easily disable Mac OS X’s networking for amounts of time can be a great idea. This could also be useful for educators to make sure students are doing their class work instead of playing online! Continue readingFreedom – Turn off the internet and get some work done!

What Are Time-Independent iOS Games & Why Do You Want Them?

Most “standard” computer and phone-based games get harder because they get faster, relying on the player’s reflexes and coordination keeping up. For example, in Tetris the blocks appear and drop faster and faster as your level increases:

Tetris, like most single player games, devolves into twitch gameplay as the levels increase.
Tetris, like most single player games, devolves into twitch gameplay as the levels increase.

Untimed games or time-independent games are those where you aren’t penalised if you play a game very slowly, have bad reflexes, or don’t posses the hand-eye coordination to time your movements accurately. Games like this are “turn-based games” where any game actions only occur in response to the player’s actions, and additionally they are free of timers or time-related limitations. Continue readingWhat Are Time-Independent iOS Games & Why Do You Want Them?

Connor Reads with Bookshare, iPad, and Ebooks

Lovely article from the CP Family Network about a 7th grade boy who has cerebral palsy and uses switches. He’s has started to read with the freedom of an iPad and the Read2Go DAISY reader app.

In the past, Connor depended on his mom or an aide to hold a book steady or turn a page. His reading assignments had to be requested in large print, but that often took weeks – which left him always in catch up mode. Now, he doesn’t rely on others much and reads digital books from a stationary stand on his wheelchair from his iPad. “He can follow the text and has better eye tracking,” adds Meadows.

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Switch Off VoiceOver: When Your iPhone or iPad Won’t Stop Talking

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:

My iPhone lock screen - note the black VoiceOver outline around the time display at the top.
My iPhone lock screen – note the black VoiceOver outline around the time display at the top.
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Braille Writer for Max OS X – Grades 1 and 2

Braille Writer Pro was designed to be helpful for sighted people working to learn Braille.

Features:

  • 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.

– Ricky