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iOS 14 and Phone Calls

Issue Are you having trouble answering your phone with the iOS 14 update? Several people have asked about an 'issue' related to not being able to answer a...
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NVDA Zoom Accessibility Add-On

Zoom meetings are a way of life during these days of social distancing. A recent  add-on called Zoom Enhancemants for NVDA, provides keyboard shortcuts to...
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Google Accessibility Improvements

Google's software update included accessibility improvements! New Shortcut command that instantly toggles Braille Support in Docs, Sheets and Slides...
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Ballyland Magic Plus App: VoiceOver Gestures

The Ballyland Magic app has been a favorite app for introducing VoiceOver gestures to young children. This enchanting app sets the stage for physically...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator: Maps Software Update

Creating and opening non-visual digital maps has never been easier! The June 22, 2020 user-friendly update has streamlined the process of creating maps and...
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BrailleSense Polaris: April 2020 Firmware Upgrade

This month, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris firmware upgrade. Since my students use Google Drive to access and share files, they were highly...
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Word Melodies: Emerging Reading and Writing App

Update: 4/8/20 Word Melodies version 1.0.1 is now available in Google Play as well as in the App Store. This new release fixed the bugs mentioned below. I am...
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New ChromeVox OS

ChromeVox is the native screen reader for Chromebooks. The recent Chrome OS update has revamped ChromeVox to incorporate significant changes for Chromebook...
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Book Creator Accessibility Updates

Book Creator is a simple tool that educators, family members, and students frequently use to create fun digital books. Book Creator's latest update included...
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Changing VoiceOver Commands in iOS 13

Here is a clear and comprehensive explanation of a new VoiceOver feature in iOS 13: remapping VoiceOver gestures. Do you have a command that you struggle...
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Using a Braille Display on iOS: An Introduction

AppleVis continues to be a wonderful resource for learning about Apple products and the accessibility of these products. Scott Davert reports about using a...
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Silence Unknown Callers: iOS 13 Feature

Are you tired of those pesky spam calls? If so, you will love this new iOS 13 feature! Silence Unknown Callers With iOS 13, turn on Silence Unknown Callers...
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New Internet Keyboard Commands for iPad OS

Individual apps often offer their own keyboard shortcut commands. To find the available shortcuts, while in the app press and hold the Command key - a popup...
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Editing Text iOS and iPadOS 13

iPadOS and iOS 13 have added these helpful editing gestures - perfect for students with low vision. Note: These gestures are mainstream gestures, not VoiceOver...
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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software

Post Updated 9/26/19 APH states that BrailleBlaster version 1.1.23 "Document types that are supported by Pandoc and include LaTeX can convert that LaTeX into...
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Accessibility Bugs in iOS 13

iOS 13 will be publicly released on September 19, 2019. Beta testers have been evaluating and reporting accessibility bugs and Apple developers are working...
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

Update 9/4/2019 APH recently updated their APH Crossword  web-browser game. There are several noteable updates, including: Letters are larger -  match the...

Live Edits in Google Docs

Google Docs "live edits" - the ability to make real-time changes in a document by collaborators - is now accessible to users who rely on a screen reader (...
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Aira is now FREE!

Aira is a service that assists individuals who are visually impaired by interpreting visual information. Through the app, this service connects the visually...
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Alexa: Speak Faster

Students and adults are quickly consuming information through auditory input and are excited about the new speech rate feature on Alexa enabled-devices. In the...
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Sneak Peak at iOS 13!

iOS 12 focused on "under the hood" features. iOS 13, however, is ". . . easily the most power-user-focused iOS update that we have seen in the history of the...
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Windows 10 May Update

Developers continuously work on improving their software. Windows 10 (May 2019 release) has numerous accessibility improvements including: Bigger, brighter...
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Update: Orbit Reader is available through APH

Update: June 20, 2019 the Orbit Reader is available again through APH! After months of ongoing negotiations between the Transforming Braille Group (of which...
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JAWS 2019 Updates

JAWS 2019 has many enhanced features that students may find beneficial. Note: there are many additional JAWS enhancements than what is listed below.  Let us...
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Seeing AI App Update: Explore Pictures Feature

The recent update for Seeing AI, a free Microsoft app, has added a fun new feature: Explore Photos by Touch. This feature enables users to drag a finger around...
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BrailleNote Touch Plus: An Update

Just last month, I was weighing whether or not to purchase a BrailleNote Touch or a BrailleSense Polaris, two competing braille notetakers that both have...
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Large Cursor in Windows 10

Hi! My name is Tyler Sheft. Today I would like to tell you about what might just be one of the BIGGEST accessibility updates Microsoft has made to Windows in...
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How to Fix Android Settings that Turn Off Automatically

Smart phones are not always . . .well, as smart as we think. Some Android smart phone users are having trouble apps/settings shutting off. This article from...
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Upcoming Windows 10 software updates

Windows 10 Insiders share information about Windows 10 Build 18298 and the upcoming major Windows 10 upgrade. Windows Insiders is a program for Windows users...
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MATT Connect Updates

HumanWare has announced some new MATT Connect features! The clip located on the front of the stand that releases the tablet will now have the option of being...
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iOS 12.1.1 software update

Apple released iOS 12.1.1 on Dec. 5, 2018. This update includes a few minor bug fixes and a couple of enhancements such as being able to take a live photo...
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iOS 12.1 Misspelled Words

Misspelled words is an iOS feature that alerts users to - you guessed it - misspelled words! A word that is misspelled will visually have a dotted red line...
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iOS 12.1 updates

Today (10/30/18) Apple releases iOS 12.1 to the public with Group FaceTime, new Emoji, and some fixes for VoiceOver and Braille Users. AppleVis reports several...
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Office Lens Commands and Software Updates for Screen Readers

Office Lens converts print to accessible digital materials. Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote (a Microsoft  Office 365 product) that...
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JAWS issue with Chrome 70 release

According to Freedom Scientific, navigating the combo boxes has changed with this week's release of Chrome Browser version 70. The next JAWS update (in...
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New Narrator Guide

Narrator is the native Windows 10 screen reader. With the recent release of Windows 10 (version 1809), comes improvements in Narrator and a new Narrator User...
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New Voice Access for Android

The new Voice Access provides hands-free access for Android, enabling users to navigate, compose and edit text, along with additional interactions, such as "...
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iOS 12 Home Screen VoiceOver Changes

Take advantage of software updates and changes - encourage your student to explore his/her iPad and find changes. When appropriate, encourage your student to...
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Typeability again!

Typeability Although our revered blogmaster, Diane Brauner, posted an excellent review and information about the keyboarding program Typeability typing and...
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Mojave: New Operating System for Mac

AppleVis is always a wonderful resource for all things Apple. A recent blog post, New Features, Changes, and Accessibility Bugs in macOS Mojave for Blind and...

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