Assistive Technology Link Roundup 10 May 2015

Weekend Roundup for 10 May 2015

Here are the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 10 May 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users.


Getting the most of Mac ID: Unlock your Mac with Touch ID and much more!


Can’t hear your doorbell ring, your kettle whistle, your fire alarm going off? There’s an app for that too!

Note says: Buy Time Capsule (2TB) - Next Tuesday. Check old iPhone works - tomorrow. Set up Time Machine - next Friday.
Are you ready for an assistive technology disaster? Do you have a plan and know how you’ll cope?

It’s really important to regularly back up your iPad data – here’s Cricksoft’s guide to protecting your Clicker Apps files

Conductive Microfiber Tip Stylus

Voice Amplification App: Microphone

Ekko Player for iPhone will read the latest news headlines & stories to you

Apple Watch / Smart Watches

How to enable bold text on your Apple Watch

How to set up and use Zoom on Apple Watch

How to enable grayscale mode on your Apple Watch

How to make on/off labels more visible on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch screenshots showing different sized text
The new Apple Watch comes with a ton of accessibility options! Check out 10 killer tips to get your Apple Watch set up just right

Sounds and Haptics On the Apple Watch – No More Embarrassing Meetings

How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch

An audio review of the VoiceOver gestures on Apple watch

How to setup accessibility short-cut on the Apple watch for triple pressing the digital crown for VoiceOver or Zoom

How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch

How to create and manage alarms on Apple Watch

Apple Watch 101: What To Expect When You Aren’t Connected To Your iPhone

HomeKit / Smart Home / Internet Of Things

New Video Tutorial: Accessibility features of Apple TV

GE announces HomeKit enabled lights that’ll help you sleep

Samsung’s smart home platform beats HomeKit to Apple Watch

GE will launch an LED light bulb that will connect with Apple’s HomeKit

Other Links

I loved seeing this video of a kid’s babbling in ASL sign language – this is a typically developing kid who’s been exposed 24/7 to ASL since babyhood.

I find information about kids babbling is really useful to me because I think a lot of people don’t notice and/or forget how much language typical kids take in and how much they babble before we really see them developing purposeful language that the adults around them can understand. For us hearing folk, seeing the process in ASL makes it a bit clearer because it’s less familiar. Next time you see a kid apparently hitting random words in on their AAC device, think about this!

ALS-diagnosed Maker uses 3D printing to create eye-tracking wheelchair – So cool!

Did you see anything else online that I missed? Leave a comment or drop me a line!

– Ricky

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