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The incredibly empowering technology of iOS 8 and switches

The incredibly empowering technology of iOS 8 and switches

Terrific video by Christopher Hills showing how iOS 8 and the Switch controls have improved his life. While many of us have been extremely happy with how everything from Extensibility to Continuity have made our lives easier and our workflows faster, it's important to remember how assistive...
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Dim your screen further than Control Center allows (and other cool iOS 8 tricks)

Dan Frakes, formerly of Macworld, took some time on Monday to write up a giant compendium of iOS 8 tips, tricks, and hints that he's compiled over his months beta-testing the operating system. There's a lot of good stuff in there for people interested in Mail shortcuts, Siri, and Safari, but my...
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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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...
How to enable and use alternate calendar formats on iPhone and iPad

How to use Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic calendars on iPhone and iPad

The Calendar app on the iPhone and iPad supports alternate calendars, including Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic. By default, in America, it's set to U.S. format. However, you can easily change it to any of the other formats. Here's how! How to enable Chinese, Hebrew, or Islamic formats in...
Accessibility is for everyone

Accessibility is for everyone

The point of my work as a freelancer writing about accessibility is to advocate for (and raise awareness of) iOS users with special needs. This is meaningful work to me, as I'm a disabled user myself, and I've worked with children with special needs who have leveraged iOS to help them learn. Yet...
BabyTalk program uses iPads to help children with cochlear implants learn to talk

BabyTalk initiative uses iPads to help children with cochlear implants learn to talk

Accessibility, and the use of technology in helping people live better lives, has always been an important focus for Apple. A recent profile shows another amazing example of this at work: A toddler who was born deaf is learning how to talk by remotely connecting him to a speech therapist some...
Apple Watch, WatchKit, and Accessibility

Apple Watch, WatchKit, and Accessibility

Ever since rumors started swirling that Apple was working on a wearable device, I've often thought about what such a device would mean for people with disabilities. My curiosity is so high, in fact, that I've even written about the possibilities. Make no mistake, for users with disabilities such...
Apple Pay: Inclusive and empowering by design

Apple Pay: Inclusive and empowering by design

After Apple introduced the iPhone 5S last year, I wrote a piece on Medium about Touch ID and accessibility. In it, I posit that the fingerprint scanner would prove to be a huge usability win for users with disabilities because unlocking one's phone was no longer a chore. Over the next 12 months...
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Dim your screen further than Control Center allows (and other cool iOS 8 tricks)

Dan Frakes, formerly of Macworld, took some time on Monday to write up a giant compendium of iOS 8 tips, tricks, and hints that he's compiled over his months beta-testing the operating system. There's a lot of good stuff in there for people interested in Mail shortcuts, Siri, and Safari, but my...
How Siri became an autistic boy's best friend

How Siri became an autistic boy's best friend

For Gus, Siri is more than just a virtual assistant, more than just a sequential inference engine that listens to him and answers his questions. Gus is autistic, and Siri has become something akin to his friend. The New York Times: It all began simply enough. I'd just read one of those...
Making the App Store more accessible

Making the App Store more accessible

For as much as I laud Apple for their unwavering year-over-year commitment to improving Accessibility on iOS, there remains one area of the operating system that is in dire need of better accessibility, at least visually — the App Store. The problem with the App Store's accessibility lies with...
How to use the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus one-handed with Reachability

How to use the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus one-handed with Reachability

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are a lot bigger than what many iPhone owners are used to. A big concern for many is one-handed use, particularly with the iPhone 6 Plus. This is why Apple created a new feature called Reachability, which while it may not be a solution for everyone, it does make one...

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