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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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What’s the Best Cellphone for Quadriplegics? Here’s our Take.

What’s the Best Cellphone for Quadriplegics? Here’s our Take.

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But first, a little history...

Before Tecla existed, as a person with limited upper-body mobility, your options for accessing a smartphone were slim. The only solution available was to attach a switch to an adapted Bluetooth headset. With this setup, you could pick up a call or dial pre-programmed numbers.

In 2007 when the iPhone came out, many people with limited mobility attempted to use it, but the only ways to access the screen were by using a mouthstick with a stylus or by using a typing splint. This wasn’t ideal and, frankly, difficult to manage.

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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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How to set up your Tecla Shield (with explainer videos)

How to set up your Tecla Shield (with explainer videos)

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set up your Tecla Shield.

Get your Tecla Shield ready!

  1. Turn on the Tecla Shield.
  2. Select your Tecla Shield mode (the default mode is Switch Control for iOS and MacOS devices, indicated by the flashing white light).
  3. Connect your input devices, switches or wheelchair driving control to the Tecla Shield. 

Watch this video for an overview of the Tecla Shield and to learn how to set the different modes:

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How to independently read with an iPad using one or two switches

People with spinal cord injuries, MS, ALS and other mobility impairments may find it difficult or impossible to handle physical books. While tablets and e-readers can be used by some, touchscreen devices are not always an option for people with reduced hand functionality. The Tecla Shield allows these users to control their smartphones and tablets with any movement that's already within their range of physical mobility so that they can independently control their iPad or iPhone. 

We are often asked how Tecla users can use their Tecla-enabled device to read using one or two switches, so we've laid out our recommendations here.

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