Visual Impairment Interesting Finds…

This page is dedicated to posts related in some way to my Visual Impairment Services Team work. There are guides, information and shortcuts to things that are technology related. If you find something you think I should look at posting just give me a shout! Thanks ~

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Android accessibility? Is there any?

I posted an article on the http://yorsight.org.uk website, about: "How can you make your Android easier to use if you have a visual impairment? Any thoughts?" and I've very curious to find out more. So I'm re-posting it here on my personal blog. 

I’ve been doing research into Apple devices, iPhone and iPad, to check accessibility settings and apps that are appropriate. Looking at a comparison with Android and the apps and settings available, I’m coming up to a few barriers and wanted your help.

Some apps that I have found, such as Flashlight & Magnifying Glass, have so many ads on it (2 ads on screen!) make it difficult to use when you have a visual impairment. The screen becomes hijacked with full screen ads as well. It becomes hard to select what you want and screen readers read a lot more text than is useful. Do you use a magnifier or know someone who does?

Although I have made a shortcut to accessibility settings on the home screen, which is useful, I can’t see where I can easily turn TalkBack on and off, with a shortcut for example. (the iPhone enables a setting where you can triple click the home button to easily and quickly turn VoiceOver on or off which is quick and easy)

One app I have tried, BlindTool Beta (FREE), is similar to apps that ‘see’ an item, recognize it and then says what it is. This app works pretty good and is easy to use. It launches straight into the app without ads and text and distractions, you just literally point and it says the object which is really great. It is easily one of the better Android apps.

Other than BlindTool Beta, I’m curious to hear from others who use Android or know others using an Android device questions about Android;

  • Is there a difference to the accessibility settings for each version of Android used?
  • What apps on android are invaluable and do they work well with accessibility settings?
  • Are there replacements for apps such as Aipoly Vision, VisionSim and access note?

If you have any advice, help or comments on Android settings and apps please let us know!

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VisionSim; simulator for visual impairments

Do you know someone with a visual impairment? Are you trying to learn a little more about conditions for sight loss and how vision can be affected? VisionSim is a good start to discovering some of the ways people can be affected by sight loss.

If you are a friend, family, carer or just interested to know more, then you should check out this app…

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How-to: Delete an app in iOS with Voice Over

Delete an app in iOS while using Voice Over is easy enough to do once you know how. By default when Voice Over is on, it reads the icon that it is on and tells you that double tapping will open it. But what about when you want to delete the app?

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Easy Access Accessibility Settings

If you find you are using the Accessibility settings often or want to easily and quickly be able to make changes, you can include a link to it in the top bar of your mac screen. This post will quickly walk you through it.

enabling the menu

A pdf version of Quick Access to Accessibility Pane is available for offline reading.

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Contrast for Readability

There are settings on a mac that can make working on the computer much easier for anyone with a visual impairment, but also, some of these settings make things easier to view for many users.

settings on a mac

This particular setting I have enabled on my computer because it seems to make things appear a little crisper and defined.

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Accessibility Plugin for your site

Installing a plugin for your WordPress site is a great and easy way to be sure it's as accessible as possible. I've installed WP Accessibility and it monitors the site and lets me know as I'm inserting images what are the potential issues. 

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Accessibility and Chrome

This is a guide for setting up accessibility features on Chrome Browser.

The guide in this post is for accessibility and Chrome - how to set it up with extensions that are available. It is also available as a Chrome Accessibility PDF Guide if you prefer for offline browsing and reference. 

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Finger Reader, wearable text reading device

There is more information about the project and where the current development is about Finger Reader.

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