Tag Archive for "Accessibility" tag

Toronto Accessibility Meetup May 29

May 23rd, 2013 by Kel Smith | 2 comments

For those of you in the Toronto area, I’ll be doing a “Digital Outcasts” session on Wednesday May 29 at 7:00 PM. The fine folks of Toronto Accessibility and Inclusive Design will be holding the meetup, with the fine folks at Devlin providing the venue. I’ll be raffling off free copies of the book as […]

Digital Outcasts Book Now In Production

December 11th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts Book Now In Production

The manuscript for Digital Outcasts has been delivered. As of today, I can’t tell you whether it’s any good. I think it probably is, but I’m too close to be the most objective judge of quality. What I can tell you is that the book is now in production and will soon be available for […]

Equality vs. Equivalency

November 21st, 2012 by Kel Smith | 3 comments

I’m in the final stages of wrapping up the manuscript. I’ve read that the last 10% of an effort requires as much work as the first 90%, and that has certainly turned out to be the case. Fortunately, I have a great support team of editors and reviewers providing critical input as I shape the […]

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.

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.”

Holiday Shopping for the Disabled Video Gamer

December 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Holiday Shopping for the Disabled Video Gamer

Every holiday season, the wonderful folks at AbleGamers release their annual Shopping List for accessible gaming. This year’s list includes assistive input controls, iPad tablet mounts, joystick extenders, plug-in specialty keyboards, XBox 360 devices, Kinect add-ons for people in wheelchairs, and links for the DIY disabled gamer. They also provide the top three games of […]

The Business Rationale for Virtual Accessibility

November 14th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

How would a merger between virtual worlds and commercial retailers affect consumers with disabilities? First in a series of sample chapters.

What Steve Jobs Meant to Digital Outcasts

October 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

As most folks undoubtedly know, this week the world lost Steve Jobs after his quasi-secretive battle with pancreatic cancer. From a consumer standpoint, Jobs was arguably the most significant business figure of the past quarter century. A number of technology and innovation pundits have already published lengthy blog posts detailing what Jobs meant to the […]

Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

An article in Wired’s GameLife section details the struggle that players are having in bringing accessibility to video games. This isn’t merely an issue of accommodating users with a physical disability, such as Chuck Bittner (pictured), who has quadriplegia and can only reach certain buttons on standard Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers. The challenge […]

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, […]