Monday, January 20, 2014

How to set up and use the Accessibility options on your iPad

The INDiana Assistive Technology (INDATA) Project has published another series of videos; this series is about Accessibility on the iPad.

Part 1 of the series teaches you how to turn on VoiceOver and set up other accessibility options.

Part 2 of the series shows you how to work with the Contacts app by using the Dictate option to add the first and last name of the contact.

Part 3 of the series show you how to add a phone number to the contact by turning on Handwriting mode.

I watched all 3 videos this morning – unfortunately, I couldn’t follow along because I don’t have an iPad – yet.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Licensed users of Microsoft Office can get Window- Eyes for free

Thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and GW Micro, licensed users of Microsoft Office (2010 or later) can get a copy of Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs,  for free. You can get more information at the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office web site.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to use the accessibility features built into Windows 8 (Videos)

I've been doing some research as part of my work with the W3C WAI Mobile Accessibility Task Force, looking for resources on Windows 8 Accessibility, specifically for the Microsoft Surface. I found a collection of videos created by the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program that I thought might be helpful to my readers.
These are just a few of the videos created by the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program available on Vimeo - check out the complete list of their videos.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How to find accessible apps in the Windows Store

Did you know that you can set your preferences in the Windows Store so it's easier for you to find apps that are built with accessibility features? Here's how:

On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.
  • If you are using a touchscreen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
  • If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.
  • If you are using a Microsoft Surface and have a keyboard attached, press the Settings charm on the keyboard.

Tap or click Preferences.

Choose the "Make it easier to find apps that include accessibility features" preference to turn it on. By doing this the Windows Store will only show you apps that meet accessibility requirements (determined by the publisher) when you search or browse the Store.