An article published this week in About.com Disability by Charlotte Gerber, a person with a disability, provided an informative overview of the Kindle Fire as an “accessibility device for the disabled.” However, the glaring weakness in the About.com review is that it does not address significant accessibility issues for blind and low-vision readers.Read More Is the Kindle Fire Accessible For the Blind? Not Yet.
With yesterday’s announcement by Amazon of the new Kindle Fire e-book reader, and the upcoming rollout of the iPhone 5 and iOS 5 by Apple, we are moving inexorably toward a world dominated by mobile technologies. What does the widespread adoption of the mobile Web mean for people with disabilities (PwDs), who already deal with accessibility issues on the desktop Web? A provocative article recently posted by Firefox co-creator Joe Hewitt about the potential demise of the open Web got me thinking.Read More The Mobile Web Is Firing On All Cylinders: Can PwDs Catch Up?
In the fifteen months since the iPad was released, there has been an amazing array of applications for this device that addressed the needs of people with disabilities (PwDs). It is fair to say that the iPad has become a disruptive force in the assistive technology industry.Read More The iPad as a Disruptive Force in Assistive Technology
VoKnow is a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android which converts published news content from the Internet into audio format, and then reads the content out loud to the listener — a time saver for busy people on the go, and a lifesaver for those with motion sickness and, as it turns out, those with blindness or vision problems.Read More VoKnow: Enabling The Blind And Elderly To Hear The News On Their Smartphones