Dec 9th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
Ever wonder if you or someone you know is starting to experience hearing loss? Now, Sound √, a free app from Starkey Hearing Technologies, allows you to quickly evaluate your hearing to determine if it’s within normal range. Results are displayed in an easy-to-understand format as well as a more detailed view to show results for specific areas of hearing.
• Includes learning materials and links to websites with detailed information on hearing loss and how to get help.
• Includes a feature to help find a qualified hearing professional in your area.
• Screening results are automatically saved to track changes over time or for you to discuss further with a qualified hearing professional.
Dec 6th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
Dec 5th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
VisionAware recently established its Getting Started Kit. Over 21.2 million Americans report trouble seeing, and that number is on the rise. For adults experiencing vision loss for the first time, the diagnosis can feel overwhelming and stressful. To provide hope and help to handle the challenges of vision loss, and to connect users with the resources they need, VisionAware created a Getting Started kit. Comprised of 10 “tip sheets,” each sheet addresses practical solutions to everyday tasks such as reading, cooking, bathroom safety, using computers, and more. The tip sheets are available as accessible PDFs that can easily be printed and shared.
Dec 4th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
Frames (a way of combining multiple web pages into one visual presentation) are not used as frequently today, but when they are used, they must be identified with descriptive text. All frames must be given a descriptive title. The title should succinctly present the content and/or functionality of that frame.
<frame title=”navigation” src=”nav.htm”>
<frame title=”main content” src=”content.htm”>
Dec 2nd, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
HCI receives prestigious grant from Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States recently awarded HCI – Holly Community, Inc., contractor to the Maryland Technology Assistance Program, a $100,000 grant over two years to expand assistive technology services on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The focus of this grant will allow for the development of a small loan and demonstration site to be established in Easton, provide localized training and assistance for the purchase of assistive technology, and secure a part-time staff person for one-on-one personalized assistance.
“We are honored to be chosen as a grantee of the Weinberg Foundation and are appreciative of their support to expand community resources for individuals with disabilities on the Eastern Shore,” states Pattie Tingle, HCI’s Executive Director.
For the past 40 years, HCI has been a leader in innovative support for individuals with disabilities. HCI partners with Maryland TAP to bring state-of-the-art technology and resources to individuals living in eight counties of the Eastern Shore.
Nov 26th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
Learning to Write with DoItWrite
Contributed by Joel Zimba, Special Projects Coordinator, MDTAP
With the release of iOS7, Apple added a hand writing function to VoiceOver. When the “Hand writing” option is selected via the rotar function, print characters, such as uppercase, lowercase, numbers and punctuation, can be drawn directly on the screen of an iOS device. I find hand writing particularly useful when unlocking my iPhone. It also makes for a handy way to select apps from the home screen. This is a great feature, but I discovered my hand writing is a little bit rusty. Here is where the DoItWrite app comes in.
DoItWrite is the first iPhone app produced by Draconis Entertainment. They make many accessible games for the Mac and PC. DoItWrite is an educational game, of sorts. DoItWrite turns hand writing practice into a game. The game section of DoItWrite announces a letter and the player must draw that letter on the screen as quickly as possible. The longer you take, the fewer points are awarded. The letter is repeated until drawing of the letter is completed. In addition to the game playing section, DoItWrite has a “learn” feature. Spoken directions are given to teach a user how to write each letter. If done incorrectly, feedback is given to help improve accuracy, for example, “The line on the right hand side of the letter J is not long enough, which registers as a U.”
After some practice my hand writing has improved and my speed has increased. It’s worth mentioning that DoItWrite does not teach penmanship per se. The letters are taught in a way which makes them easily recognizable by VoiceOver. However, they might not look so hot to an experienced scribe.