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
Keyboard Mastro lets you record a sequence of keystrokes, mouse clicks, and many other actions, and easily play them back at any time.
For users who experience pain, fatigue, or slowness when operating the computer it’s important to learn to be as efficient as possible with what you do. Keyboard Mastro is one way to increase your efficiency so every movement really counts and your energy is preserved. Continue readingKeyboard Maestro for Mac OS X
Smart Scroll is a utility that allows you to adjust how the scrolling works on your Mac OS X computer in a ton of different ways. For anybody who has trouble with mouse movement or dexterity, it can be really useful. Continue readingSmart Scroll for Mac OS X
If the world included a perfectly accessible gesture/multitouch recognition system, what would that system look like? What accessibility features might it have? Here are fifteen user needs which the developer of a hypothetically perfect system should be aware of … Continue readingWhat Would Accessible Gesture Controls Look Like?
Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …
Good heavens it’s nearly September … how did that happen? Continue readingWeekend Roundup for 31 August 2014
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. Several years ago, I was having significant trouble with wrist and hand pain so I taught myself to use the Dvorak keyboard layout for touch typing. It was frustrating to do, but paid off handsomely in the end… here’s what I did and how you can do it too… Continue readingHow to Switch to Typing With Dvorak
Preview is OS X’s default application for viewing PDF files. If you scan a document, it will probably turn up as a PDF file, so this is the application used most often for things scanned into the system.
This Preview app has an awesome and almost hidden function – it allows you to scan a signature with your Mac’s camera, then store that signature and easily add it to any PDF file. This is handy for any user, but for those users who can’t easily manage a pen to sign physical documents it’s a really useful accessibility function too. Continue readingSign PDFs with Mac OS X’s Preview application
Typing can be a fantastic access method for those with Dysgraphia who find handwriting difficult, but how can you type math equations? Here are some OS X applications especially for inputting mathematics. Continue readingReader Question: Typing Math on a Mac
Software usability improves all the time, but complex programs are often not very intuitive for a new user. We’ve already shown you how to download and install Dragon, and here’s a step-by-step guide for Nuance’s Dragon Dictate for Mac, with pictures, showing how to set up the program so it’s ready for you to use. Continue readingHow To Set Up Dragon Dictate for Mac