Be the Light: Elizabeth Bonker’s 2022 Valedictorian Speech at Rollins College Commencement

From Rollins College: For Complete Post, Click Here… Rollins College’s 2022 Valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker, who is affected by non-speaking autism and communicates solely by typing, urges her fellow graduates to use their voices, serve others, and see the value in everyone they meet in her valedictory address. Read more about Elizabeth’s story: https://bit.ly/3P4rsdPhttp://dlvr.it/SR383z
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Apple Promoting New Accessibility Features For IOS Users

From Apple: For Complete Post, Click Here… Apple this week celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day by announcing new accessibility features that will be available later this year with iOS 16 and other software updates. However, while we wait for those updates, the company has been promoting accessibility tips that anyone can take advantage of. For instance, Apple shows … Continue reading Apple Promoting New Accessibility Features For IOS Users →
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Microsoft reinvents the mouse for people with disabilities

BY MARK WILSON: For Complete Post, Click Here… A new wireless button design will let anyone make Microsoft’s hardware their own. The mouse looks tiny. It’s a small square, reminiscent of one of those novelty mice sold to people who refuse to use the trackpad on their computer. It has two buttons and a scroll … Continue reading Microsoft reinvents the mouse for people with disabilities →
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Be the Light: Elizabeth Bonker’s 2022 Valedictorian Speech at Rollins College Commencement

From Rollins College: For Complete Post, Click Here… Rollins College’s 2022 Valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker, who is affected by non-speaking autism and communicates solely by typing, urges her fellow graduates to use their voices, serve others, and see the value in everyone they meet in her valedictory address. Read more about Elizabeth’s story: https://bit.ly/3P4rsdP
http://dlvr.it/SR383z

Apple Promoting New Accessibility Features For IOS Users

From Apple: For Complete Post, Click Here… Apple this week celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day by announcing new accessibility features that will be available later this year with iOS 16 and other software updates. However, while we wait for those updates, the company has been promoting accessibility tips that anyone can take advantage of. For instance, Apple shows … Continue reading Apple Promoting New Accessibility Features For IOS Users →
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Microsoft reinvents the mouse for people with disabilities

BY MARK WILSON: For Complete Post, Click Here…

A new wireless button design will let anyone make Microsoft’s hardware their own.

The mouse looks tiny. It’s a small square, reminiscent of one of those novelty mice sold to people who refuse to use the trackpad on their computer. It has two buttons and a scroll wheel, and when Microsoft claims that this new mouse has been designed alongside people with disabilities, I’m skeptical.

And then Gabi Michel, director of accessible accessories at Microsoft, demonstrates how this tiny mouse has been designed to slide perfectly into its “tail”—a large ergonomic grip that your hand can grasp almost like a ball, switching from left- to right-handed configurations with a simple squeeze. Then she pops it out and slides it into a different tail (this one with large finger indentations for people with tremors) and then another (with a longer and even more pronounced set of finger indentations).

“No two people are going to be the same,” Michel says. “Everyone needs a different solution.”

The mouse is part of Microsoft’s new Adaptive Accessories line, a kit of tools meant to provide an easier mouse and keyboard experience for people with disabilities—on a PC or phone. The entire kit consists of three main components: the mouse, a button that has programmable pressure sensors underneath, and a hub to connect them all. The hub can be used with the mouse, a keyboard, plus any other assistive devices one might have, whether they’re made by Microsoft or not (wirelessly via Bluetooth or through the hub’s many ports). Everything will be available later this year for an as-yet-undisclosed price.

Be the Light: Elizabeth Bonker’s 2022 Valedictorian Speech at Rollins College Commencement

From Rollins College: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Rollins College’s 2022 Valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker, who is affected by non-speaking autism and communicates solely by typing, urges her fellow graduates to use their voices, serve others, and see the value in everyone they meet in her valedictory address. Read more about Elizabeth’s story: https://bit.ly/3P4rsdP

Apple Promoting New Accessibility Features For IOS Users

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Apple this week celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day by announcing new accessibility features that will be available later this year with iOS 16 and other software updates. However, while we wait for those updates, the company has been promoting accessibility tips that anyone can take advantage of.

For instance, Apple shows how users can increase text size, play calming background sounds, magnify objects near you using the Magnifier app, and even identify certain ambient sounds like alarms and sirens with Sound Recognition. Other tips include how to listen to what’s on the screen, control a device using custom voice commands, and lock your iPhone or iPad to stay in a single app.

One of the new accessibility features teased by Apple this week is called “Door Detection,” and it uses the LiDAR scanner on supported iPhone and iPad models to help users understand how far away they are from a door. It can also read signs and symbols around the door.

For Apple Watch users, a new option will mirror the watch’s screen on the iPhone so that people with physical and motor disabilities can interact with features such as ECG, Blood Oxygen, and Heart Rate. Also, live captions are finally coming to FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Android 13 Beta 3 will bring native support for braille displays

By Kishan Vyas: For Complete Post, Click Here… Over the years, Google has added many features to Android to make the operating system more accessible to people with special needs. For instance, Andriod 10 brought Live Caption and Live Transcribe, while Android 12 added a new feature called Camera Switches, allowing users to control their phones with … Continue reading Android 13 Beta 3 will bring native support for braille displays →
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Apple previews innovative accessibility features combining the power of hardware, software, and machine learning

From Apple Newsroom: For Complete Post, Click Here… Software features coming later this year offer users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health, communication, and more. Apple today previewed innovative software features that introduce new ways for users with disabilities to navigate, connect, and get the most out of Apple products. These powerful updates combine … Continue reading Apple previews innovative accessibility features combining the power of hardware, software, and machine learning →
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