Don’t let a disability stop you from using your smartphone

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Watch video from usatoday Apple CEO Tim Cook recently tweeted, "Accessibility rights are human rights. Celebrating 25yrs of the ADA we're humbled to improve lives with our products. #ADA25."Apple and Google have baked strong accessibility tools into the iOS and Android ecosystem, respectively. While some tools are meant to complement third-party ...

Leapmotion Gestures for accessibility

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

[wp_youtube]GoytMqwygZ0[/wp_youtube] Christian Heilmann has a neat article and video about using the Leap motion for accessibility gestures. In essence, this means: Swiping your finger right will scroll the page down, left will scroll up. The speed of the swipe defines the amount of pixels scrolled Making a clockwise circular gesture will jump to the ...

Head-gesture control in iOS7 accessibility options

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

iOS7 introduces  head gesture control as part of Apple's accessibility tools. It cycles automatically through every on-screen icon, just like a scanning on-screen keyboard, with the user selecting options by moving their head. The 'Switch control' feature, lets you set left or right head movements to trigger Siri, the notification center, control volume, ...

Windows 8 & Metro Accessibility

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

  Great article outlining Windows 8 & Metro Accessibility: "Our accessibility goals in Windows 8 are to: Improve the assistive technologies that are components of Windows, and provide a good experience with the Metro style UI. Provide developer tools that have baseline accessibility built in, so that accessible Metro style apps are available ...

Keyboard Access for Google Maps

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Web Axe points to an article where Patrick H. Lauke provides a solution to making Google Maps keyboard accessible by retrofitting keyboard access into google maps. (Obviously JavaScript is still required.) Also, Google Maps provides a text-only option, which is nice for those using assistive devices, mobile devices, low or ...