Category: Assistive Technologies

Breaking Down Communication Barriers: RogerVoice

7 Sep 2021

Olivier Jannel founded RogerVoice, an app that provides a live transcript of phone calls in over 100 languages, with a mission to break down communication barriers. Inspired by smartphones’ evolving capabilities, as well as his own experiences navigating the world as hearing impaired, he knew he had to create something and differentiate it from other […]

Apple’s New Software Updates and Service, SignTime.

30 Jul 2021

Apple Inc. has recently announced new software updates that are designed to enhance the experience for people with mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities. These updates, all slated to be available later this year, are being released across multiple Apple devices.  People with limb differences will be able to navigate Apple Watch using AssistiveTouch; iPad […]

Micro-volunteering in Accessibility: Be My Eyes

28 Jun 2021

Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually impaired furniture craftsman, started Be My Eyes in search of becoming more independent. Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people seeking visual assistance with a network of volunteers via video calls.  How it works: A visually impaired person needs visual assistance with a task. […]

Assistive Technology Focus: Sip and Puff Devices

19 Oct 2020

Most types of assistive technology we’ve outlined in previous posts, require the use of one’s hands, motor capacity or mobility of another part of the body in order to use computer devices and the internet. That’s why, for our next post in our Assistive Technology Focus series, we’re going to discuss Sip and Puff devices. […]

A11y Updates: Windows, Firefox and Apple

28 Aug 2020

We’re always thrilled to hear about technology companies updating their products specifically for accessibility. Not only does improved technology enhance experiences for people with disabilities, but these updates move the needle a bit further towards progress. Let’s hope that other companies and organizations follow suit, because everyone benefits from accessibility. Here are some of the […]

Assistive Technology Focus: Braille Devices

12 Aug 2020

One of the best things about being in the digital accessibility field is learning about the innovative tools that give users with disabilities the ability to access and understand content they otherwise could not experience. Assistive technology (AT) allows folks with disabilities to access computers, electronic devices and the web using additional or alternative input […]

A11y Spotlight: Neil Squire Society

10 Jul 2020

Helping people with disabilities gain confidence and independence through the computer When Bill Cameron’s cousin, Neil Squire, was in a car accident that left him unable to move his leg or arms or to speak, Bill was determined to find a way to help Neil to communicate.  This determination eventually led to the Neil Squire […]

Assistive Technology Focus: Keyboard

2 Jun 2020

Imagine not being able to use a mouse or touch-pad to use your computer. Folks with motor disabilities, vision issues–including blindness– or even a broken hand are not able to use a mouse to point to items on the screen, click on check-boxes or “right click.” This is where the trusty keyboard comes in–and considering […]

Gears 5: A Video Game Built for Accessibility

21 May 2020

The Vancouver-based game developer, Coalition Studio, developed their new game, Gears 5 with loads of accessibility features–something many video games lack. A sample of the new features include: Option to turn off “camera shake,” or quick camera movements Customize an on-screen display of information to minimize distractions and sensory overload while playing Improved subtitles with […]

Assistive Technology Focus: Captioning, Transcripts and Audio Descriptions

12 May 2020

I love captioning. I realized that I understand content, easily retain information and enjoy my viewing experiences more when I watch videos, TV and movies with the text right on my screen. Plus, I rarely need to backtrack to figure out what a character in a movie or show said! This is an example of […]