Proloquo2Go for Apple Watch! Use the app as a single switch on iPhone

 

Right after we released the first AAC app for Apple Watch, Proloquo4Text, we now release the first Apple Watch app that allows users with fine motor challenges to use the Apple Watch as a switch to access an iPhone: Proloquo2Go for Apple Watch!
Tapping the screen on the Apple Watch will activate scanning and each subsequent tap will be treated as a switch hit in Proloquo2Go for iPhone. This allows Proloquo2Go users with fine motor challenges to use an Apple Watch as a switch.
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In addition to support for Apple Watch, Proloquo2Go 4.0.1 also fixes some minor issues:
  • Speech lag when message window is hidden
  • Buttons with photos copied from Proloquo2Go 3 user into UK or Australian Crescendo user could lose photos
  • Copy/paste of folders based on activity templates did not paste placeholder buttons
  • Scroll by page interpreted tap on last page as a swipe
  • Turning off inflections did not properly cause verb inflection sub-folders to be hidden
Naturally Proloquo2Go 4.0.1 also includes all the major new features and improvements Proloquo2Go 4.0 recently introduced.
Version 4.0.1 is a free update for existing users. New users can purchase the app exclusivelyon the App Store for US$ 249.99 (prices may vary from country to country).
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KNFBReader now available for Android

KNFB Reader

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The KNFB Reader is an app that converts printed text into high quality speech. It provides accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents. Your mobile device acts as a handheld scanner while the app’s optical character recognition (OCR) technology converts the text into speech.

The initial download of KNFB Reader is free but limited:
• Trial version allows processing of twenty-five documents with all features of the paid version of the app enabled.
• Full version unlocked with an in-app purchase.

Our app allows users to import or capture pictures of virtually any type of printed text. Proprietary document analysis technology determines the words and reads them aloud to the user with high quality text-to-speech.

The app is designed to make printed text accessible to anyone.
It is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and app functionalities such as Field of View Report, Automatic Page Detection, and Tilt Control which guides the blind user in taking the perfect picture. It is compatible with Braille displays and BrailleBack.
With various options to adapt the font type, size and color, background color and the use of double highlighting. Visually impaired people or those with other print disabilities (such as dyslexia) can easily follow what is being read aloud on the screen by watching the cursor move across the document.
From professionals on the move to busy students, everyone can surely benefit from this mobile reading technology to listen to reports or class notes on the go.

Features:
• Can read mail, receipts, class handouts, memos and many other documents.
• Fast, accurate and efficient mobile text recognition that delivers near instantaneous results.
• Reading modes for books, articles, labels, bills and memos.
• Synchronized text highlighting with high quality speech and Braille output.
• Field of view report to assist with aligning the camera relative to the document.
• Tilt guidance feature to assist with capturing the perfect picture of a document.
• Automatic text detection to enable hands-free operation.
• Ability to import, OCR, and read image-based pdf and jpg files
• Export txt and html formatted text files to cloud storage services including Dropbox and Google Drive.
• Dropbox synchronisation and backup functionality.
• Batch scan mode to process and read multiple pages. This is made easier if using a stand scan and the Stand scan mode.
• Recognize and read text in multiple languages.
• Tap and read function.
• Additional features including language translation, text editing, and more coming soon.

Fully localized version (user interface, recognition and speech) available for: English, Norwegian (Bokmål), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Turkish and Polish.
Other languages available for speech and recognition only: Finnish

Compatibility:
• Optimal experience: Android device with a hexa or octa core CPU, an eight megapixel camera, and Android 5 or 6.
• Less optimal (KNFB Reader will run, but you will notice reduced speed): An Android device with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, a 5 megapixel camera, and Android version 4.3.

The KNFB Reader is developed by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Sensotec NV.
Visit our website at: http://www.knfbreader.com
Please send feedback and suggestions to:
support@knfbreader.com (for the USA)
support@sensotec.be (for the rest of the world)

Apple updates iWork productivity apps for OS X, iOS and the web

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Now that OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 are available to everyone, Apple’s updating its iWork productivity suite to take advantage of certain new features. The refreshed Keynote, Numbers and Pages apps come with support for 3D Touch and Force Touch, as well as Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture modes. But keep in mind some of these will only work if you have compatible hardware, including the iPhone 6s or 6s Plusand the ultra-thin MacBook — either way, you’ll need to have the latest versions of iOS and OS X installed. In addition to this, you can also preview shared Keynote, Numbers and Pages documents on iOS and Android browsers, while iWork ’08 and ’06 users get the ability to start opening and editing files. Lastly, Apple says iWork for iCloud is officially out of beta and there are “many new features” on the service, such as support for 10 extra languages and a way to comment on docs.

Accessibility features in Firefox for iOS

VoiceOver

Firefox for iOS supports VoiceOver. Since Apple’s app store rules force us to use the Safari rendering engine, that is accessible anyway. But we also made sure the browser’s UI, Settings views and other features all talk well with VoiceOver. Moreover, we also implemented audio cues to indicate page load progress and finish. Those of you using NVDA might feel a certain familiarity with these sounds. 😉

We are also taking advantage of the iOS 8 feature of custom actions in various places. So when you start to learn Firefox for iOS, make sure to turn on VoiceOver hints so you get notified when custom actions are available.

Some things we did not get to yet, but which are on our list of things to do are:

System font

We respect the system font setting in the UI. The web site could, of course, still set its own fonts, but all the accessibility settings pertaining to the Web View will work as they do in Safari.

Bold text setting

The Bold Text accessibility setting is respected. You can expect the UI to respond to changing this setting in your iOS system settings.

Switch control

Like VoiceOver, switch control should work in the browser UI. We also tried to always make sure that switch control cannot go to any hidden controls or the like that are not really actionable at a given time.

Some known issues

Where to get it?

Firefox for iOS is freely available on the iOS App Store. It runs on iOS 8 and later.

Disability Awareness Effort Asks People To ‘Just Say Hi’

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by Michelle Diament

Apple’s Siri and CEO Tim Cook are the latest to sign on for a star-studded campaign encouraging people to lose their fear of interacting with those who have disabilities.

Through a series of short videos, the awareness campaign from the Cerebral Palsy Foundation encourages people to “Just Say Hi.”

In addition to Cook, the group has produced spots featuring television hosts Gayle King and John Oliver, actors William H. Macy and Michael J. Fox, as well as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, among other recognizable faces.

“It’s a fact of life that people with disabilities have challenges most of us can’t fathom,” said Richard Ellenson, CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. “While ‘just saying hi’ only scratches the surface of all we can do, it’s a simple and impactful first step.”

In the newest of the campaign’s 17 videos, which was released Tuesday, Cook turns to iPhone’s Siri to ask “How do you start a conversation with someone who has a disability?” Siri responds, “It’s easy. Just say ‘Hi.’”

The videos are appearing on CBS stations nationwide, in some New York City taxis and train stations and in various online outlets, Ellenson said, with more exposure in the works.

“We’ve got many more to release. This is just the start of the conversation,” Ellenson said.

This week’s free lessons in your community library

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The TeachMate365 and AutisMate365 community library is available to you at no extra cost and accessible from within your platform. Import relevant, pre-created content to engage your learner! All content can easily be customized to best support the abilities of your learner.

New Scenes in the Community Library:
1. Hand Shakes During Greetings
2. Purchasing a Meal
3. Heavy Movement Activities
4. Time Management for Transportation
5. House Keeping Responsibilities

Learn more about the new content recently added to the community library by checking out our blog. Instructions to differentiate instruction for these scenes are included in the link below

Click here to view your new content

 

iPad Voice Dictation: Commands List & Tips

iPad Voice Dictation: Commands List & Tips

iPad Dictation Commands

Voice Dictation, or just Dictation as Apple calls it, is one of my favorite features of iOS on the iPad. As I’ve mentioned recently here, I use it more and more and it just keeps getting better. Though Siri may draw more attention, I think dictation is the far more useful feature right now.

If you haven’t tried out dictation on the iPad you really should give it a go. It can be much faster than typing at times. Here are a few little tips and some common commands you can use to get even more out of dictation:

Speak slowly and clearly: I know this sounds obvious, but it’s an easy one to forget. I find that when I speak too quickly or run my words together I see poor results, as should be expected. When I remember to slow down just a bit and pronounce things clearly I get great results – even when there are low levels of background noise around me (e.g. music or TV playing nearby).

Add punctuation commands as you speak: There are a great number of useful commands that can be used with dictation. Common punctuation is easy to add as you speak. For example you can say “This morning I ate breakfast comma walked the dog comma and took my daughter to school period” – and the result you’ll get will be:

This morning I ate breakfast, walked the dog, and took my daughter to school.

Use languages Other than US English: Dictation supports a range of languages other than just US English. If you’ve installed a keyboard for one of its supported languages then you can dictate in that language as well. I tried this out with Spanish and it worked beautifully. Here are the supported languages:

    • English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada)
    • French (France, Canada, Switzerland)
    • German (Germany, Switzerland)
    • Japanese (Japan)
    • Spanish (United States, Spain, Mexico)
    • Italian (Italy, Switzerland)
    • Mandarin (Taiwan, China)
    • Cantonese (Hong Kong)
    • Korean (South Korea)

And here are some of the most helpful commands you can use with dictation – with the command listed first and then the result:

question mark: ?

exclamation point: !

underscore: _

comma: ,

open parenthesis: (

close parenthesis: )

quote: “

end quote: “

colon: :

slash: /

ampersand: &

percent sign: %

caps on: caps lock on

caps off: caps lock off

cap: capitalize next word

new line: insert new text line

new paragraph: begin new paragraph

space bar: type a space

To see a full list of dictation commands you can go to this Apple support document. Note that it is titled as a document for Mac – but I’ve found that nearly all the command syntax is the same on the iPad.

Are you using dictation on the iPad? If so, how much and what do you use it the most for?