A few years ago, backstage at a conference, I spotted a blind woman using her phone. The phone was speaking everything her finger touched on the screen, allowing her to tear through her apps. My jaw hit the floor. After years of practice, she had cranked the voice’s speed so high, I couldn’t understand a word it was saying.
And here’s the kicker: She could do all of this with the screen turned off. Her phone’s battery lasted forever.
Ever since that day, I’ve been like a kid at a magic show. I’ve wanted to know how it’s done. I’ve wanted an inside look at how the blind couldnavigate a phone that’s basically a slab of featureless glass.
This week, I got my chance. Joseph Danowsky offered to spend a morning with me, showing me the ropes.
There’s a ton to dislike about iOS, but its assistive technologies for people with disabilities are absolutely spectacular. Nothing even comes close to it.
Indeed the assistive technologies on the iOS are impressive and cover many languages.
Some time ago when I was testing an ipad for this exact reason in order to buy one for a relative of mine with eyesight issues the only “issue” I noticed is that you can have both the voiceover feature enabled and the zoom feature enabled.
I’m not sure if this has changed now but if anybody has any experience I’d love to hear it.
Actually the UWP developer tools have support for developing applications for the blind, including turning the screen off, so that normal developers can have the same experience.
“Accessibility on Windows 10”
Edited 2017-03-11 07:43 UTC