Great help to really move you along with Windows 10
Great help to really move you along with Windows 10
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
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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
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
Access Technology Institute (to purchase training textbooks and online training classes) http://www.blindtraining.com/
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
Stevie Wonder called for universal accessibility for all disabled persons while presenting at the Grammy Awards on Monday night (15Feb16).
Read the whole article on: Stevie Wonder
If you are not signed up with AppleVis yet, I highly suggest this site for the latest info on apple products
and if you want more with troubleshooting options–go here–Troubleshooting
Don’t stop there–do your own search and learn more
Obtaining a college education is no easy task, but for students with visual disabilities, the path to completing a degree program is lined with unique challenges and barriers. The following guide explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.
Go to: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed and get your resources lined up for success
Reading a computer screen in Braille is a cumbersome process today. The visually impaired people who rely on the system of raised dots only have access to one line at a time. Beyond that, current systems don’t translate charts or graphs. A team of researchers from Michigan Engineering and the School of Music, Theater and Dance are working on a solution. Their technology, which has been described as a leader in the field, relies on pneumatic use of liquid or air to shrink the mechanism and expand it so it can display more at once. Their goal is for it to display the equivalent of a page of Kindle text at once. Go to: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/news/stories/2015/december/refreshable-braille-device
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Updated! The Unofficial Guide to Changing Braille Displays and other Adaptive Technology into UEB
As the time has come to begin transitioning to Unified English Braille (UEB) in the US, I thought it would be a good idea to briefly discuss how to change various adaptive technologies to UEB from US English braille. Many pieces of assistive technology already support the UEB code, it s simply a matter of enabling them. Below is a list of the more common devices and how to make these changes. note that stand alone braille displays such as the Focus, Smart Beetle, Brailliant BI, etc, do not have specific settings for UEB, as these devices only receive input/output from the device they are connected to. Also note that these instructions apply to the latest version of the hardware/software listed, your results may vary on older models or versions of software. It is also assumed you know how to navigate and select various options for the hardware/software listed. A comprehensive guide to each device is beyond the scope of an article. Please consult user documentation for further support as needed.
Here are the tests you need to see if you have color blind issues.
This web-site defines being colorblind and will educate you about the different types of colorblindness. It explains why you may be colorblind and what teachers, school nurses, and parents should know about being colorblind. You will learn about a new “pediatric” color vision test for early detection. If you think you may be colorblind, you can test your color vision on-line here for free.
The stats are in and once again PC leads the way on the must need technology, following right behind with iOS on a mobile device. Though Jaws still leads the way in screen reader access, other talking software is on the rise since these are free and people do like free.
Depending on your job will depend on what type of power you need in a screen reader device: For my students, they need a minimum of 2, some instances 3. It is being prepared for anything that comes one’s way is the key. Combine that with an iOS device and our students have the power they need to do anything.
Find out all the results from this survey at: Screen Reader User Survey #6 Results
|Response||# of Respondents||% of Respondents|
|Screen Reader||# of Respondents||% of Respondents|
|Window-Eyes-no longer used||745||29.6%|
|System Access or System Access To Go||173||6.9%|
|Mobile Platform||# of Respondents||% of Respondents|
|Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch||1443||69.6%|