People say that ‘ignorance is not an excuse’. Well, when it comes to a specialised topic, such as Assistive Technology, I think people can sometimes be excused and should not be vilified.
Let’s look into where support is on offer in the UK for advice on Assistive Technology. This is what I’ve found….
I’ve just been reading about how a San Francisco designer, Matt Krenn, has identified the difficulty of using touchscreens in cars. It seems car manufacturers are starting to use touchscreens rather than nice clunky buttons. This is silly as it’s more difficult to press a button on a touchscreen without taking eyes off the road. Matt’s solution is an interface that doesn’t require the driver’s gaze to move from the road.
Sound Gecko is primarily aimed at people who are on the go and ‘don’t have time to read’. However, as it is text-to-speech output software, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be really useful for those who are dyslexic or visually impaired.
One of the advantages of working for a charity specialising in technology and being a ‘slight’ nerd, is the availability of technology. We have to lay our hands on the latest stuff so we can inform people on what technology is currently available that can help overcome issues that derive from a disability. It’s taken us some time before we got our hands on Windows phones, though now we have, we can critique its suitability for accessibility.
Hands up who loves lego! Well I do and I’ve just read that Google have a project to put digital lego bricks online. Great, no more standing on a 2×4 in the middle of the night!