Down here in Australia we’ve got the NDIS New World: Disability in the 21st Century conference coming up – it’s at the Brisbane Conference & Exhibition Centre during October 27 – 29 2015 and I am envious of all who are able to attend! There are also an Apple Technology House at the conference, and more Apple retail store events than you can shake a stick at – read on… Continue readingApple Accessibility Events around NDIS New World Conference
This week, OneSwitch.org.uk posted a video which is both a thank you to Apple for their work in switch accessibility and a request for something more… Continue readingDear Apple Accessibility Team: Requests from Switch Users
If you use a Mac computer and have trouble using the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, the Dvorak layout may be a good option for you. Dvorak layouts put the most frequently used keys right under your fingers, so you can type with less finger movements needed. Continue readingHow to use the Dvorak keyboard layout with OS X
Trackpads are an awesome alternative to a mouse for Mac users. Trackpads require less energy and less force to move around, and they don’t need a flat smooth surface to operate on. You can also configure them to do much more than you expected. Here’s how… Continue readingFour Essential Trackpad Tips
Speech-to-text software, sometimes known as dictation software, is something that lets you talk to the computer in some form and have the computer react appropriately to what you are saying. This is totally different to text-to-speech software, which is software can read out text already in the computer.
In this article you’ll learn about different types of speech-to-text software for Mac OS X, and what your options are if you want to use it to control your computer, dictate text, or both. Continue readingThe Ultimate Guide To Dictation Software for OS X
You hear the Skype ringtone, there’s a call! You reach out to grab your mouse, or keyboard … but it takes a moment to do it. Oh no – by the time you’ve got to the answer button, your caller has hung up!
Sound familiar? Did you know that you can set up Skype for Mac OS X to answer for you automatically? Continue readingLet Skype Pick Up Calls For You
Dictation results in better structured and more creative writing of letters, essays etc. than either handwriting or typing out your own thoughts for most people. Learn the principles of excellent dictation from somebody who’s dictated documents professionally for nearly fifty years. Continue readingDictate Better with These Tips From Somebody Who’s Done It For 50 Years
Are you familiar with keyboard skins? These cover your keyboard with a thin skin made from flexible silicone to help protect the keyboard as you use it. A protector won’t make your keyboard completely waterproof but they’ll help protect it from spilled drinks, drool, crumbs, pet hair, etc. Continue readingDisability-Friendly Keyboard Skins for Macbooks and Apple Keyboards
OS X 10.10 – Yosemite – was released today. As well as a lovely new design it’s major new drawcard is Continuity, the ability to switch between doing things on iOS devices and OS X devices seamlessly.
Continuity in itself has a bunch of accessibility implications, and there are other specific accessibility advances in Yosemite as well as a bunch of general features which have accessibility implications. Continue readingMac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup
Switch Control for Mac OS X is a very helpful assistive technology for physically disabled Mac users, but occasionally people turn in on without meaning to and the results can be confusing … Continue readingHow To Turn Off Switch Control For Mac OS X