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.

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.

Get fully hands-free iPhone activation with iOS 7 and BlueAnt S4 Speakerphone

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 readingGet fully hands-free iPhone activation with iOS 7 and BlueAnt S4 Speakerphone

Screen shots from about ten different iPhone games, all partially on top of each other.

Reader Question: Games for iPhone VoiceOver Users?

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?

iPad and iPad mini with different protective cases and keyguards.

Keyguards for iPad and iPad Mini

A keyguard is a plate which sits over a keyboard or touch screen, with spaces that a user can put their fingers or a pointer through to hit the keys. Users who have trouble with fine motor control often find that keyguards help them to hit the key they’re aiming for, and users who have weakness or fatigue that makes it difficult to hold up their arm can rest their hand on the keyguard while pressing keys.

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Keyboard with yellow keys and large print black key legends.

Large Print Keyboards for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X

If you are a Mac, iPhone or iPad user who has trouble seeing or decoding the legends on your physical keyboard, what are your options? They include using a special keyboard with large type keyboard labels printed on it, getting a keyboard skin with large letters printed on it, buying stickers with large font labels for your current keyboard, and more.

These adaptions are helpful for users with low vision and also those with certain neurological problems making reading difficult. Continue readingLarge Print Keyboards for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X

Part of an Apple keyboard being cleaned with a microfibre cloth.

Cleaning Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad

Even the most perfectly treated computing devices need occasional cleaning. Laptops, phones, and iPads that are used all day, carried around, used with sticky fingers, used by multiple people, those ones are even more likely to need a good clean fairly often. Continue readingCleaning Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad