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

Weekend Roundup for 31 August 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 …

Good heavens it’s nearly September … how did that happen?

OS X Links

How to tweak the Mac’s display settings for visual impairments.

iOS Links

How to set the triple Home-click shortcut for accessibility on iPhone or iPad.

Siri vs iOS Switch Control for hands free iPhone access.

How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide. These have tons of accessibility uses!

How to turn pages in iBooks using single switch and iOS switch control.

Linda Mamer has compiled a list of 30-plus apps for orientation and mobility for visually impaired, blind, and deaf blind users.

Tecla have written an article called “9 Surprising Things Quadriplegics can do with an iPhone or iPad“. Readers of this blog will probably find none of the entries surprising – I didn’t – but it’s a good article for a general audience!

Choosing the Right iPad App for Teaching Braille Literacy.

How to invert screen colors for visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad.

Smile’s custom TextExpander keyboard for iOS 8 will save you time typing.

BigBrowser App: Making Internet Navigation Easier for Individuals with Low Vision.

Home Automation

Simplicam is a new entry in the home monitoring derby.

You can now buy a HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock in time for iOS 8.

Archos launches a connected weather station, light bulbs and beanies that will play your tunes.

Other Links

Robert Rummel-Hudson’s daughter Schuyler, an AAC user, has written her first published essay: To the people like me. Great to see writing out there by AAC users.

Young teenage girl in a green t-shirt and denim shorts with an iPad mini in her lap, sitting on a flight of stairs.
Schuyler Noelle Rummel-Hudson, an AAC user.

Bookshare are looking for volunteers to test their new website and web reader, especially those with learning and physical disabilities. You can fill out Bookshare’s volunteer questionnaire to offer your services.

Jane Farrall has updated her Picture Books for Older Readers list.

Here on ATMac

New article for this week:

An Introduction to iBeacons as Assistive Technology.

Only one new article as I was busy this week, but there are two more in the iBeacons series which are completely finished and ready to publish next week so stay tuned.

Also significantly updated this week was the article iPhone and iPad Speech Recognition: 3 Ways To Speak To Your iDevice.

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

– Ricky

4 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup for 31 August 2014”

  1. hello. my name is Jonathan Meola. on may 18,2013 I suffered a brain aneurysm while riding a NYC subway, and fell from the train, and was run over. as a result, I lost my right (dominant) arm above elbow. before I got hurt, I was using a Macbook, which unfortunately crashed. my then girlfriend had a Macbook, which we afterwards shared. since my accident, my girlfriend has broken up with me, and I’ve been struggling with learning on a non-mac computer. I was wondering if there are any programs for people with disabilities to acquire an apple computer, specifically a laptop. thank you for you consideration,
    Jonathan Meola

    • @Jonathan: Unfortunately there is no program like what you describe. You could try contacting local charity groups or rehabilitation organisations but that’s pretty much the only suggestions I have – sorry!

  2. Hi – I really hope you can help me to help my Dad.

    He has severe MS and can do virtually nothing: he has a very weak voice, near zero motor skills, a ferocious intention tremor which effects his whole body, and his eyes aren’t steady.

    However, bless him, he decided to buy an i-pad.

    So the problem is, once he’s got someone to download a book or magazine, can he get the i-pad to read it to him or is there a switch he can attach to it so he can press a single button to turn pages?

    He wants to buy an Optelec ClearView+ Speech reader but it’s so expensive and still can’t turn pages!

    Basically all he wants to read is the mac users magazine as he thinks it will tell him how to operate his i-pad: he’s an old fashioned engineer and goes by the rules so the idea of just switching it on and ‘playing’ with it is totally alien – and he can’t do that anyway……help, please!

    Kind regards


    • Jemma: The iPad can definitely be operated by a single switch or multiple switches but it’s not an area I know a whole lot about. I suggest you speak to the Tecla Shield people about what would work best and how to get some training for your Dad. There are definitely solutions out there that will let him use it!

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