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 …
Everything’s a bit sparse this week because I’ve been super-ill so blogging has been a pretty low priority. I had a bit more energy this morning finally but I was so sick of staying at home I zoomed off into the city in my awesome wheelchair and used up all that energy! It was great to get out though…
OS X Links
Dragon Dictate 4.0.6 with OS X Yosemite compatibility has now been released. Go forth and update!
Speak N Spell 1.7.0 – Practice spelling skills with the built-in word list or with your own custom list.
Quick Guide to Using VoiceOver on Mac OS X – a guide especially for sighted developers or instructors who aren’t familiar with screen readers.
Flashcards by Me – an app designed by a parent of a son with Down Syndrome to help him learn vocabulary and sight words using familiar photos.
PrAACtical AAC provides a road map for co-writing a story with a Pictello user.
ArtikPix Levels Plus is now available on the iTunes app store
Home Automation / Internet Of Things
Sphero and Ollie – app controlled robotic toys. These definitely offer some accessibility possibilities for kids with very severe physical disabilities – does anybody have one?
SkyBell – Great bit of home automation here, it’s a video/intercom doorbell that hooks up to your iPhone.
False Negatives: Evaluations of Functionally “Nonverbal” Children – A fantastically useful article from Dana Nieder about some of the myriad reasons that evaluations of nonverbal kids can go horribly awry and give you false-negative results. Most of these also apply to verbal disabled kids, incidentally, but I suspect testers are more likely to be able to figure out what’s going on if the child can speak.
Here on ATMac
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Did you see anything else online that I missed? Leave a comment or drop me a line!