I’ve been catching up on my podcast listening while laying low and I came across this from the folks at the the TWIT Network — a partial review of some of the apps that are used to enable usage and assist people with disabilities on the iPad.
They covered (but didn’t really demonstrate) the in built features within the iPad and the operating system in general. Then they had a discussion about the use of the terms “special needs” and accessible. Unfortunately, although agreeing that the term accessible was preferable and more inclusive the younger Sarah Lane persisted with using the “special needs” terminology. They also make the point that these apps for people with a disability tend to cost a lot and a lot more than your average application. This will hardly been news to anyone that has a disability, but I’m grateful that they noticed and commented.
The focus then seemed to be on Autism spectrum education apps– which is great and applaudable but these I would see as education apps even though they are for people with disabilities. I understand they got a lot of input but share the love across impairment types
My best pick for an accessibility app on the iDevices — dragon dictate for iDevice. Not quite as precise as the desktop version (which is trained specifically for an individual user, but still very accurate.
The first 20 mins of the podcast by Leo and Sarah is still great though and worth the listen, even if the terminology might grate. I appreciate the fact they did it.
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