Category Archives: iDevices

All articles related to the “iDevices” – the iPhone, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch. This category contains all the articles which are about those devices which run the “iOS” operating system.

Finger touching a screen

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

iOS 8 Accessibility Settings

iOS 8 Accessibility Roundup

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

iPhone beside an Estimote Beacon

iBeacon Assistive Technology 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 Assistive Technology Ideas

iPhone beside an Estimote Beacon

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

iPhone beside an Estimote Beacon

iBeacons and Assistive Technology: The Basics

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: The Basics

Preschool age girl touches an iPad propped on a kitchen table.

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

Palm-sized black BlueAnt S4 speakerphone with clip on back, sitting in front of a laptop.

Hands-free iPhone Activation With iOS 7

At the recent World Wide Developers Conference Apple had a lot to say about the upcoming iOS 8. There are many exciting enhancements coming with iOS 8 and one of them is the ability to use Siri completely hands-free without having to press the physical home button or the virtual one in AssistiveTouch. A simple “Hey, Siri” will bring up your favorite virtual assistant ready to take your requests as long as your iOS device is plugged in (subject to change hopefully). But you don’t have to wait for iOS 8 to have that capability… Continue readingHands-free iPhone Activation With iOS 7