Android Apps Addressing Low Vision from AFB AccessWorld Magazine

Best Android Apps for People with Low Vision

The expanding accessibility options included in the Google Android operating system, plus a wide array of affordable mobile devices that run the Android OS, have made the platform an increasingly popular choice for those looking for a smartphone or tablet. Since Android is an open operating system, deployed by a number of manufacturers on their phones and tablets, buyers can choose from an array of hardware, without having to wonder whether the gadget they like best is accessible. In addition to the TalkBack screen reader, Android's recent versions allow users with low vision to build their own accessible experiences using a combination of settings for changing the way the screen looks. A few vendors, including Samsung, have even added accessibility tools of their own to the stock Android environment.

But as accessible as your Android phone or tablet may be out of the box, there's a whole world of apps available that you can use to customize the way your device screen looks, increase your productivity, and even deploy the built-in camera to get a closer look at the world around you. The vast Google Play store includes many apps you can buy or download for free, that you can use to customize your mobile device. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the best apps for Android users with low vision. Keep in mind that there are many more accessible apps that work well with the TalkBack screen reader, and also provide great productivity for both those with visual impairments. Our focus here is on apps that support a low-vision Android user experience, and also make it possible to use a phone or tablet as a visual assistant. For more apps that are accessible to blind and low-vision users, check out the community website, Inclusive Android, where members rate and review a wide range of Android hardware and software.—read full article here

From David Goldfield's Blog

Free Computer Resources

One of the phone meetings of the Philadelphia Computer Users’ Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired discussed various resources available to obtain free technical help. I compiled a list of the resources which I use and ones which were mentioned by other callers. I am placing it on this Web site for anyone who might find it of some value.

Microsoft Disability Help Desk– 800 936-5900  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility

Apple Accessibility Help– 877 204-3930  — email: mailto:accessibility@apple.com

Chicago Lighthouse Helpdesk  —  screen readers including NVDA, Daisy book players, notetakers — 888 825-0080

Freedom Scientific (JAWS, MAGic, OpenBook, Focus, Pac Mate, various magnifiers and Plextalk Pocket) — (727) 803-8600

JAWS Technical Support Page http://www.freedomscientific.com/Support

JAWS Users Mailing Lists http://www.freedomscientific.com/Support/UserGroups

JAWS Headquarters http://www.freedomscientific.com/JAWSHQ/JAWSHeadquarters01

Android Access (online community) www.androidaccess.org

AI Squared- Zoomtext and Window-Eyes — (802) 362-3612

Window-Eyes Online Support (including knowledge base and mailing lists) —  http://www.gwmicro.com/support/

NVDA — English users’ mailing List –  To join the users’ list, send a blank email to: mailto:nvda-request@freelists.org with the word “subscribe” in the subject line. www.nvaccess.org

Humanware – 800 722-3393

Verizon Wireless Help for consumers with disabilities (888) 262- 1999,  http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/accessibility-faqs/#vgnEnd

AT&T 866-241-6568  http://about.att.com/mediakit/disability

Sprint  http://www.sprint.com/landings/accessibility/vision.html

American Printing House for the Blind (Bookport Plus)  800 223-1839

Freelists (various discussion groups or mailing lists) http://www.freelists.org/lists.html

Yahoo Groups (mailing lists)  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo

Google Groups (mailing lists) https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview

Microsoft Community For help with Windows, Office and other Microsoft products http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us

Applevis (for all things Apple)  www.applevis.com

MacForTheBlind www.macfortheblind.com

Access Technology Institute (to purchase training textbooks and online training classes) http://www.blindtraining.com/

Comcast email accessibility@comcast.com  phone 855-270-0379 www.comcast.com/accessibility

All Hotkeys Keyboard Shortcuts www.allhotkeys.com

KeyXL  keyboard shortcut list www.keyxl.com

Shortcut World hotkey list www.shortcutworld.com

Blind Geek Zone  www.blind-geek-zone.net

VIP conduit voice Chat with others online www.vipconduit.com

For the People Another voice-chat site, may be a good resource for online help www.for-the-people.com

Accessible World Offers various conferences online, including Tek Talk where products are demonstrated http://accessibleworld.org/archives/tek-talk-archives

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