Welcome MSU Libraries Emerging Technologies Summit attendees!
The resources referenced in my presentation, Emerging Technology as Assistive Technology: The iPad, Accessibility, and Libraries, are listed below. They are also available via the Diigo collaborative bookmarking site: mbfortson’s MSULibCon11 Bookmarks on Diigo.
You can find a copy of the presentation slides here: Emerging Technology as Assistive Technology: The iPad, Accessibility, and Libraries. If this PDF is not accessible to you, please contact me so I can get the slides to you in a format that is.
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Apple’s Accessibility page. Offers information about assistive technology options included as standard features in Apple products and links to product-specific accessibility information.
“Apple’s Accessibility APIs define how iOS apps can make their user interface available to an external assistive application or service. Apple strongly encourages developers to support these APIs in all of their applications so they are compatible with features built into iOS such as VoiceOver, as well as other third-party products.”
Community resources, third-party solutions, and accessibility standards resources. Also offers downloadable Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (PDF format) that describe how specific Apple products and services address Section 508 Guidelines.
“Hardware and software products (sold separately) that adapt iPhone and iPad for specific needs.”
Information about Accessibility features that make the iPad easier to use for those who are deaf or hard of hearing: FaceTime; Closed Captioning; Headphone Jack; Bluetooth Audio; Mono Audio; Instant Messaging, Chat, and Social Networking; and Visual Alerts.
“iOS 4 comes standard with a wide range of accessibility features that help people with disabilities experience everything iPad has to offer. For example, the built-in VoiceOver screen-reading technology allows those who are blind or have low vision to hear a description of the item they’re touching on the screen. iOS also offers out-of-the-box support for over 30 wireless braille displays and many other award-winning accessibility features, such as dynamic screen magnification, playback of closed-captioned video, mono audio, white on black text, and more.”
iPad user guide in HTML format.
iPad User Guide in tagged PDF format.
VPAT describing how the Apple iPad addresses Section 508 guidelines.
VPAT describing how the Apple iPad 2 addresses Section 508 guidelines.
Information about features that make the iPad easier to use for those with physical or motor-related access needs: Multi-Touch Display; Tactile Buttons; Multiple Orientations; Onscreen Keyboard with Predictive Text Entry, External Keyboards, and Apple Stereo Headset Compatibility.
While not iPad-specific, this Apple in Education page offers information about Apple universal access features. Some iPod and iPhone information may also be applicable to the iPad.
App Store “Special Education” category. Opens in iTunes.
Information about Accessibility features that make the iPad easier to use for those with vision-related access needs: VoiceOver, Zoom, White on Black, Speak Auto-text, Tactile Buttons, Headset Compatibility, and Audible Alerts.
Digit-Eyes Audio Labeling System (iTunes Preview)
“Digit-Eyes reads barcode labels. It enables people without vision to scan UPC / EAN codes and hear the names of over 7.5 million products. Users can also make their own barcode labels on the Digit-Eyes website and print them on inexpensive address labels. These barcodes may contain text that VoiceOver reads aloud or they can be used to record audio on your iPhone or camera-equipped iPod Touch that is played back whenever the bar code is scanned.”
Eye Glasses (iTunes Preview)
“Reading Glasses in your pocket! Works…wherever the phone’s camera does.”
Learning Ally Audio (iTunes Preview)
“Gain instant access to Learning Ally’s downloadable DAISY formatted books.”
Proloquo2Go (iTunes Preview)
“Proloquo2Go provides a full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking.”
Sign 4 Me (iTunes Preview)
“‘Sign 4 Me – A Signed English Translator’ is the ULTIMATE tool for learning sign language. The ONLY app that provides sign language instruction in 3D!”
soundAMP R (iTunes Preview)
“Amplify the world around you discreetly with iPhone and iPod touch.”
ZoomReader (iTunes Preview)
“In combination with your iPhone’s built-in camera, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converts the image into text using state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. ZoomReader will then read the text back to you using a natural-sounding voice.”
Touch devices — most notably the iPad — are revolutionizing the lives of children, adults and seniors with special needs.
“Appolicious is the place to discover and share the latest and best iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android apps through social recommendations as well as reviews from users and our editorial team.” See LuisP’s profile for several disability and accessibility-related curated lists from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology’s Luis Perez.
From the site: “This website covers all Apple products with a slant towards disability. This website is about users with a disability, adaptive and assistive technology, and making accessible programs and content.” Also from AT Mac:
Archive of iPad-related ATMac articles.
Articles about accessibility and the iPad.
“There have been a plethora of stories in the mainstream news and in blogs about the iPad and the amazing positive effects it’s having for people with various disabilities… here’s a round-up of some of them.”
“Then, I did something I had never done before: I went into one of the many Starbucks at O’Hare and ordered my first mocha frappuccino by myself. No misunderstanding or hand gesturing involved. It was so cool, like another door had just opened for me!
I feel like technology is finally catching up with what I truly need.”
“The Mac-cessibility Network is devoted to connecting, compiling, and providing easy access to the best resources for blind, visually impaired, and other disability groups using Apple products. It is maintained by a dedicated group of visually impaired volunteers, who are Apple enthusiasts themselves.”
“Apple Mac iOS Rumors and News You Care About.” Also from MacRumors:
“The new settings allow users to activate a menu overlay on the iPad with by pressing on a designated corner. The menu allows one-tap access to all of the iPad’s functions including rotation, shaking, volume changes and even gestures. Known gestures such as pinch and swipe can be recalled by a tap, and custom gestures can even be recorded and played back on command.”
iPad-related news and rumors on MacRumors.com.
Resources from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology’s Luis Perez, including links to app lists and video tutorials.
Searchable app database from Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program.
“Over the weekend, Apple released iOS 5 Beta 5 to developers, and some intrepid digging by 9to5Mac revealed that it contains a text-to-speech system powered by Nuance, the makers of Dragonsoft Naturally Speaking. The system apparently works by allowing users to switch from keyboard to speech input at any text field, and it looks likely to be a system-wide feature, if it makes it to public release.”
Apple “news, information and analysis.” Also from TUAW:
“Apple has enabled a very cool feature for iPad users in the latest beta of iOS 5. ‘Assistive Touch’ allows users to perform gestures and button actions on the iPad with one touch.”
The iPad “may become the most accessible and least expensive assistive computing device ever made.”