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The accessible power of pinch-to-zoom

The accessible power of pinch-to-zoom

The onset of the iPhone in 2007 introduced the world to Multi-Touch, which Steve Jobs said "worked like magic". It forever changed the way people interacted with smartphones; not only was Multi-Touch an impressive technical achievement, but it was fun and delightful to use. More importantly,...
Autism and iPad, five years later

Autism and iPad, five years later

We covered both autism awareness month and the iPad five years later over the last couple of days, but now it's time to look at what the two can accomplish together. Shannon Des Roches Rosa's son Leo, now fifteen years old, has been using an iPad since shortly after it launched in 2010. Over the...
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Apple highlights accessibility features of the Apple Watch

Apple had accessibility in mind when it came to the Apple Watch experience. The company has shared details on what options are available to those who require advanced assistance. Just as we covered in our first look at some of the assistive technologies included in the Apple Watch, the company...
Autism awareness, iPad, and changing lives

Autism awareness, iPad, and changing lives

I spent six years working with secondary-aged (14-21 years old) students with autism. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I've ever had the privilege to do. At that time, the state of technology for these types of uses was woefully behind where it is today. Granted, we're talking...
Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

Apple's message that Apple Watch is "the most personal and intimate device we've ever created" resonates with me in two ways. First, regarding the Apple Watch as an object, as a timepiece and fashion accessory: It's been years since I regularly wore a watch, but Apple Watch is pushing to change...
Autism and iPad, five years later

Autism and iPad, five years later

We covered both autism awareness month and the iPad five years later over the last couple of days, but now it's time to look at what the two can accomplish together. Shannon Des Roches Rosa's son Leo, now fifteen years old, has been using an iPad since shortly after it launched in 2010. Over the...
Amazing iPad apps to help with autism and awareness

Amazing iPad apps to help with autism and awareness

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. The United Nations General Assembly designated the day in 2007 as a way to raise autism acceptance and help those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Since it's launch in 2010, the iPad and iPad apps have been a...
Safari Reader view and instant accessibility

Safari Reader view and instant accessibility

Like many people, I get most of my news nowadays via Twitter. Whenever I find a story that interests me, I usually read it right away using the in-app browser. My Twitter client of choice is Tweetbot. I do this at the expense of a read-it-later service like Instapaper, because I find more often...
Force Touch is going to do incredible things for accessibility

Force Touch is going to do incredible things for accessibility

I'm really excited about Force Touch for a bunch of reasons. But where I think it's going to really succeed? Accessibility. I've been thinking about Force Touch almost non-stop since the Apple event a few weeks ago — what it means for Macs now, what it could mean for the future of software...
The accessible power of pinch-to-zoom

The accessible power of pinch-to-zoom

The onset of the iPhone in 2007 introduced the world to Multi-Touch, which Steve Jobs said "worked like magic". It forever changed the way people interacted with smartphones; not only was Multi-Touch an impressive technical achievement, but it was fun and delightful to use. More importantly,...
How to design apps for everyone

How to design apps for everyone

Who are you designing your app for? Is it meant for people of all ages and interests, or is it meant for a very narrow niche? That's the topic Dave Wiskus addresses in the latest installment of his Better Elevation video series — what it means to design apps for human beings. The last...
How BabyTalk made remote therapy accessible with iPad and FaceTime

How BabyTalk made remote therapy accessible with iPad and FaceTime

BabyTalk is a free program offered by the Stanford Ear Institute and Weingarten Children's Center that uses Apple's iPad and FaceTime to bring speech therapy to deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the rural areas of California. Kathy Sussman is executive director at Weingarten, and a passionate...

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