Category : Mobile Apps

The Blind Reinvent the iPhone

May 3rd, 2012 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

Nice piece in The Atlantic on how blind people have embraced the iPhone, a device that offers surprising accessibility features despite its flat screen and visual interface.

Digital Outcasts and Food Deserts

April 7th, 2012 by Kel Smith | 3 comments

A food desert is a term given to any part of the industrialized world where healthy, affordable food is difficult for consumers to obtain. New technologies combined with community involvement may one day solve a growing health problem.

A CSUN Preview: Gracie Asks for a Crunchie

February 26th, 2012 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

This week I’ll be presenting at the CSUN Conference for Persons with Disabilities on a topic entitled Yesterday’s Future: How the Technology of Tomorrow is Benefitting Today’s Digital Outcasts. I’m happy to have as my co-presenter the brilliant Lisa Domican, inventor of the Grace App for Autism available for iPhone and iPad. Below you’ll find […]

Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

February 22nd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

A teacher in the suburbs of Chicago teaches traditional piano lessons by incorporating the iPad as a way to broaden disabled students’ learning opportunities.

Texting for the Blind

February 21st, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Texting for the Blind

“Users who know how to type Braille well never move their hands. When users hold the phone they hold the phone with the screen facing away from them in landscape mode. It’s not like the Qwerty keyboard where you move up and down. That’s why this thing works – we can get away with only six keys.”

“60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

October 25th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

Last Sunday, the CBS program “60 Minutes” showed a segment on the use of iPad apps among people with autism spectrum disorders. The video is embedded above, with a full transcript available on the CBS website.

iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

July 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

A piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday discussed the use of multitouch technology — such as that used in iPads, smartphones, and tablet devices — are being investigated as therapy for people living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers from three North American universities are developing therapeutic applications for these devices, branching […]

Communication Apps for Children with Autism

July 24th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Communication Apps for Children with Autism

The fine folks at Enabled have compiled a list of communication apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Among those listed are apps previously mentioned in this space (such as ProLoQuo2Go), plus a few new entries. Nice to see Dragon Dictation evolve to a newly emerging use case; I personally have used this desktop […]

Children’s Book on iPad Teaches Tolerance

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Children’s Book on iPad Teaches Tolerance

Raghava KK is the artist and author of Pop It, a new children’s book for iPad intended to teach open mindedness to toddlers. According to Mashable, the book/app delivers a message that adapts to multiple character and plot contexts. For example, characters in the book can be changed upon shaking the device to reflect different […]

Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

July 2nd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

A story in this week’s Herald Sun from Melbourne, Australia described a young girl with a vision disorder who has used the Apple touch-screen tablet to improve her reading. Where Holly Bligh once used a heavy magnifying glass, she is now able to zoom and swipe to read classroom materials. Holly lives with albino nystagmus, […]