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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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Why Switch Users Need Tecla – and Not Just Switch Control Alone

Why Switch Users Need Tecla – and Not Just Switch Control Alone

You might be hearing more and more about Switch Control these days.

Apple’s accessibility feature was recently covered by BuzzFeed, where one of Tecla’s first users, Christopher Hills, was highlighted as a great example of someone who uses Switch Control. And more recently, CNN profiled another Tecla user, Todd Stabelfeldt, who runs his software business all from his iPhone.

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iOS 9 is Here. So What’s New in Apple’s Switch Control for Users with Limited Mobility?

Apple’s operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch was recently updated, and with this update comes some interesting new features. Two of the most relevant new features for accessibility are 3D Touch and Hey Siri. 3D Touch introduces a new way to interact with the screen by measuring the amount of physical force applied to the touchscreen. And Hey Siri allows voice command without having to press an actual hardware button, a feature that was previously only available while the device was plugged in.

Alongside these new features, improvements have been made to the existing array of touch-based accessibility features, including Switch Control, AssistiveTouch and a new feature called Touch Accommodations.

These new updates are especially relevant to current Tecla users and those with Apple devices who are wondering if Tecla is right for them.

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Meet Christopher Hills, known as the "Switch Master" for his expertise in Apple's Switch Control

Christopher Hills in his mobile editing suite in Brisbane, Australia

Meet Christopher Hills. As one of Tecla's first beta testers, he's been using Tecla for almost three years. 

 

"When I first started using the Tecla Shield, I made my first ever phone call to mum at work. I was 16. This made me realise that a whole new world had opened up to me."

 

On why he was first drawn to Tecla:

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