Apple Watch Review - Part Two

Following Amy’s time with the Apple Watch, I put it through its paces. Overall, for an initial release product, it does what it does very well. Before I get into my thoughts, here are some further words from Amy on her second experience with the watch.

Apple Watch Review – Your Mileage May Vary Edition

The biggest news in the Access Technology community of late has been the Apple Watch. Everyone has had their say.  People have complained about the availability of the devices, crowed about their watch shipping, reviewed, tweeted and blogged. With all the hype surrounding the device,  it only seemed reasonable that the Access Technology team should give it a spin, and give you, our loyal readers, our opinions so that all three of you who haven’t already made up your mind about whether or not you need one, can make that decision with the benefit of our experience.  

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Post Four: … But We Just Got Started

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and as Global Accessibility Awareness Day draws to a close, we will leave you, with our:

Design Considerations

Document accessibility involves a number of different factors. Choices made to improve the visual appearance of a project may hinder or enhance readability for all users. Furthermore, access to documents encompasses word choice and sentence structure. Finally, it comes down to checking your work to ensure that the document you have created is meeting the needs it was created to fulfill. The below guidelines are a sample of the types of things that should be considered when creating a document, that were not covered in other sections of this article.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Post Three: Describe It Well to Help Your Users Get the Picture

Blind users are reliant on textual description of most electronic content. Whether they are using a Braille display or a speech synthesizer, the content they review from documents and websites comes in the form of text.  As we all know, the web and many documents are built with a great amount of graphical material.  With the following tips, however, you can ensure that your content can be enjoyed by blind visitors as well.  

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Post Two: Accessibility is a Matter of Style

Without some simple but thoughtful styling, your document is little more than a disorganized mess of text. The careful application of headings, paragraphs, tables, and lists provides your document with much needed structure, so that it can be easily reviewed and understood.
 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Post One: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Accessible Document Creation

It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day! This means it is time to celebrate accessibility. All over the world today, people with disabilities and their allies including disability rights advocates, web accessibility specialists, teachers, corporations, and all sorts of others are discussing the importance of ensuring that websites, storefronts, education, travel, books, and all manner of content and public spaces are available and accessible to the widest selection of the population. The other topic up for discussion discussion is how we can share the importance of this message with those who don’t yet know how important and how easy it can be to make the world more accessible for everyone.

The Sighted Guide to VoiceOver

Recently, I decided to turn my iPhone screen off, and use only VoiceOver at work for forty days. As the longtime lone sighted person on a team of blind access technology specialists, I will never have the same everyday user familiarity with JAWS or VoiceOver as my blind colleagues, but I strive for as much knowledge of any of these as possible. I’ve read a number of articles from mainstream journalists about accessibility. Some are good; but the majority miss the finer points (and sometimes the not-so-fine points) of how the technology works. Worse, they often miss how blind people operate. Ironically, the most common mistaken assumption is that blind people are somehow different from sighted ones; that they somehow have different needs, different hearing, different lives, and a lot more patience.

Drafts – Flexible, Accessible, and Fun Text Editor for iOS

Hey everybody, did you miss me?
?  *crickets chirp*

Ok, I’ll take that as a yes.  Anyhow, we’ve been very busy on the access technology team lately. With meetings to attend, projects to complete, and IBTC tours to provide, I have found it increasingly necessary to pull together a portable toolbox that will help me make sure I don’t miss something critical, (or interesting). Calendars, to do lists, organizers, e-mail, and notetaking solutions are all required tools to keep me focused and working toward my ultimate goal… world domination… er.. no.. I meant assisting in the effort to expand non-visual access to technology.  

3D Printing Tactile Graphics 101

One of the most popular areas in the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (a.k.a. the Lab) are the tactile graphics tables. 3D printing has been in the media a lot over the last three or four years, and no wonder – here are our dreams of Star Trek’s Replicator made flesh at last. The dreams of what these machines can and could do are everywhere - 3D printing on the moon! In space! 3D printed prosthetics! It’s all very exciting.

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