How major technology companies are improving accessibility for people with disabilities

The year 2016 saw an increase in focus on accessibility features to allow people with disabilities to access technology. The Microsoft Event that saw the launch of the Surface Studio on October 26, and the Apple event a day later on October 27 which saw the launch of the new Macbook Pro laptops, both opened with aContinue reading “How major technology companies are improving accessibility for people with disabilities”

How a Smart Home Empowers People with Disabilities

… While advances in personal technology continue at a rapid pace, at times their designers seem to forget about the population that could perhaps benefit from it the most. Stabelfeldt says just the ability to charge a phone with a wheelchair didn’t even exist until a few years ago. But features like Apple’s “Home” appContinue reading “How a Smart Home Empowers People with Disabilities”

How to Get Your iPhone to Read On-Screen Text Aloud to You

Being able to hear written text on your phone read aloud to you can serve multiple purposes. If you have any type of impaired vision, it can certainly help in that regard. It’s also useful in settings where you don’t have the time nor capability to stare at your phone and read large blocks ofContinue reading “How to Get Your iPhone to Read On-Screen Text Aloud to You”

How disabled iPhone users can take control with blinks, nudges and even breath

Tim Cook began Apple’s latest product unveiling with a video narrated by a disabled woman using a Mac with the help of an assistive device — a switch that she could bump with the side of her head. Her name is Sady Paulson, and the message couldn’t have been clearer: With the right technology, even people withContinue reading “How disabled iPhone users can take control with blinks, nudges and even breath”

The woman featured in Apple’s accessibility video also edited it

Apple’s accessibility features help this woman with cerebral palsy make films. https://youtu.be/XB4cjbYywqg Curated by (Lifekludger) Read full article at Source: The woman featured in Apple’s accessibility video also edited it

Apple brings AirPod-style streaming, Live Listen accessibility to MFi hearing aids

  Apple has enhanced its iOS accessibility features for users with hearing impairments, adapting its enhanced Bluetooth-based streaming to Made For iPhone hearing aids while introducing Live Listen, a feature that uses an iPhone’s mic to focus on conversations in loud environments.   Curated by (Lifekludger) Read full article at Source: Apple brings AirPod-style streaming,Continue reading “Apple brings AirPod-style streaming, Live Listen accessibility to MFi hearing aids”

iOS App VoiceOver Accessibility Teaching and Testing Plan | AppleVis

VoiceOver, a feature Apple has built into all iOS devices to enable Braille and speech access for users who are unable to see the screen, has revolutionized the lives of countless thousands of blind people around the world. It works best when apps are deliberately developed in ways that ensure compatibility with VoiceOver, blind peopleContinue reading “iOS App VoiceOver Accessibility Teaching and Testing Plan | AppleVis”

New for accessibility in iOS 10, macOS, Apple TV & Apple Watch: Magnifier, Dwell Control, taptic time & more

Apple briefly mentioned some accessibility enhancements during its press event this week — watchOS 3 is adding wheelchair specific optimizations to Apple Watch — but iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 also have many other improvements to assist users with motor, vision, hearing, and learning impairments. Here’s the rundown… Curated by (Lifekludger) Read full article at Source: NewContinue reading “New for accessibility in iOS 10, macOS, Apple TV & Apple Watch: Magnifier, Dwell Control, taptic time & more”

Apple Watch to Offer First Wheelchair Fitness Tracking Feature

For athletes who use a wheelchair, and everyday wheelchair users looking to track their exercise and calories burned, Apple has good news for you. Apple Watch will include manual wheelchair fitness tracking in its free watchOS 3.0 update, to be released later this year. Apple made the announcement at their annual WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference)Continue reading “Apple Watch to Offer First Wheelchair Fitness Tracking Feature”