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?
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!
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:
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?
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.
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:
Switchamajig IR lets you control infra-red controlled toys and appliances with an iPhone or iPad directly – this video makes it look simple and so appealing:
I run a blog about assistive technology for Apple users. People who, like me, use iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers for at least some of our assistive technology needs. You can probably tell from this that I really like Apple products! But today I’m going to post a Microsoft commercial for you to view. Surprised? Continue readingTechnology Is Amazing…
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.
VoiceOver for Mac OS X is a very helpful assistive technology for blind Mac users – unlike screen readers for Windows, which cost hundreds of dollars, it’s built right into OS X. Unfortunately for sighted users, occasionally people turn in on without meaning to and the results can be confusing … Continue readingHow To Turn Off VoiceOver For Mac OS X