One of the accessibility features built into OS X:
Using Switch Control, and tapping a small switch with his head, my son tweets, texts, types emails, makes FaceTime calls, operates the TV, studies at university online, runs a video-editing business using Final Cut Pro on his Mac, plays games, listens to music, turns on lights and air-conditioners in the house and even pilots a drone!
The Government Digital Service have published the results of their assistive technology survey, which makes a nice companion piece to Heydon’s survey. It’s worth noting that the most common assistive technology isn’t screen readers; it’s screen magnifiers. See also this Guardian article on the prevalence of partial blindness:
Of all those registered blind or partially sighted, 93% retain some useful vision – often enough to read a book or watch a film. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion
Prompted by the Bespin fuss, Derek shares his thoughts on *when* accessibility should be integrated into products.
Stevie Wonder talks about assistive technology. I think this finally proves that yes, accessibility *is* sexy!
A free screen reader. If this turns out to be any good, it could be a game-changer: a long overdue kick in the behind for Freedom Scientific.
It's easy for us to take technology for granted. This video shows how transformative technology can be. I am humbled.
Derek points to a new piece of assistive technology and wonders where the next innovation will come from.