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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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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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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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Siri vs iOS Switch Control for hands free iPhone access

We’ve heard a number of times that access to the iPhone (or iPad) would be solved IF individuals with limited mobility could have access to Siri or some other powerful voice recognition protocol or app.  While Siri is useful to people unable to use touchscreens, the number of situations it addresses is actually quite limited.  Here we compare access to the iPhone using Siri vs the “Switch Control” access method - Apple’s switch-access feature first incorporated into iOS7.  “Switch Control” is a robust accessibility framework developed by Apple to accommodate users with limited mobility.

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