G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Weekend Roundup for 23 November 2014

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 …

OS X Links

Updated Bookshare Web Reader Now Lets You Read using Safari for Mac!

iOS Links

Ever wanted a way to set your iPhone/iPad volume so the user can’t change it? Volume Sanity may help.

Miss T9 texting on your iPhone? There’s an app for that

Smart Apps For Special Needs: Top apps to teach/support following directions!

Put down the turkey … 10 best social story apps + tips to help you get through Thanksgiving!

Find out how texting can improve children’s language skills (and an app to make it easier)

I Forgot to Remember… assistive tech for memory challenges

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 with Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users This is great news for VoiceOver users – it seems that many of the VoiceOver bugs introduced with iOS8 have now been fixed.

New sensory apps for iPhone and iPad from RJ Cooper.

SuperKeys App from Crick – Another Assistive 3rd Party iOS Keyboard

Apple will soon let third-party products use its Lightning port, opening up new possibilities for accessories

Dropbox for iOS is now more accessible

Smart Apps For Special Needs: ASHA means apps! Speech-language app companies discounting apps! Save hundreds!

Apple Watch Links

The Doctor on Your Wrist

Home Automation / Internet Of Things

Drop Kitchen Connected Scale drops just in time for your holiday baking

Review: Microsoft’s health tracking, iOS-compatible Band

Audio: Exploring The Accessibility Of The Apple TV for VoiceOver Users

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Aquanta makes your hot water heater smart

Amiko seeks to make inhaler compliance smart and connected

Flic Wireless Smart Button – So much accessibility potential here!

Swiftpoint GT: Mouse with Natural Touch Gestures — Kickstarter

Other Links

Glenda’s Assistive Technology Gift Giving Guide for Kids with Special Needs – This looks really useful! I wouldn’t mind some of these gifts myself…

Gift guide for people with autism – written by someone autistic & explaining why things are good. Awesome!!

Communication Breakdowns & Repairs with AAC – A BRILLIANT resource from Dana Nieder! I want every single person who has any connection with AAC to read this.

Apple Switch Accessibility: 1979 to 2014

Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:

Screen protectors for your iPhone and iPad

iOS 8 Keyboard Review: Keedogo and Keedogo Plus

Also very popular this week was our article about Controlling Infrared IR devices with your iPhone or iPad.

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

– Ricky

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