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Give the Gift of Accessibility This Holiday Season!

Give the Gift of Accessibility This Holiday Season!

 

This holiday season, we invite you to join Tecla and Ontario March of Dimes Canada in sharing the gift of accessibility. For every $175 USD we raise, we will match you, dollar for dollar, and donate a Tecla to someone who hasn't yet benefitted from accessing mobile technology.

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Preparing for a successful school year with students who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Patty Heine has a son who uses AAC and she has been learning how to best prepare for a successful school year. In this guest blog, originally published on assistiveware.com, Patty shares several tips that other parents will find helpful.

This past summer we ramped up our preparations for Stephen to start the 2nd grade. We’ve been spending some time this summer reviewing math lessons and spelling words from 1st grade, preparing for more strenuous curriculum in 2nd.

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What's new in iOS 8 accessibility for users with motor impairments?

In every iteration of iOS, new features are added to improve the user experience for individuals with disabilities.

Here's a list of new features and enhancements in iOS 8 that target individuals with mobility impairments, including spinal cord injuries, strokes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other conditions that would prevent them from using a touchscreen.

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Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Apps with Adaptive Switches

Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Apps with Adaptive Switches

Operation of an AAC on an iPhone/iPad with a single switch using the Tecla Shield is quite simple.  iOS has a “switch control” setting that, when turned on, allows cycling through the icons on the screen in “groups”.  In the AAC app, the device would scan from the top of the screen to the bottom through groups of icons.  When a group is selected, the device then scans through the icons in that group until the user clicks again. In this way, the different words on the screen can be selected and sentences can be built to then be spoken by the device.

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