New iOS 11 Switch Control User Guide |Closing the Gap

The Apple iOS operating system found on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is the most accessible operating system out of the box for switch users. In 2013, Apple introduced a powerful new feature called Switch Control for iOS 7. Shortly after Switch Control was introduced, we put together our first comprehensive guide, Switch Control – The Missing User Guide, to help everyone understand the power of Switch Control and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get it set up. Since then we have released several updated guides for each version of iOS. This past June, Apple announced iOS 11, and we have been following the beta previews since they became available. We are excited to announce that our latest edition of Switch Control – The Missing User Guide is now available with updates for iOS 11. iOS 11 will be available for free starting today. If you have apps that are critical to the daily use of your iOS device, please check to make sure that the app is compatible with iOS 11 before updating. Download PDF to view.
Source: New iOS 11 Switch Control User Guide |Closing the Gap
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TAP | TAP Assistance Program

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Technology Assisted Prompting

The Television Assisted Prompting (TAP) system is a unique prompting device that delivers reminders and/or home therapy programs to individuals via their home televisions. The TAP system broadcasts multi-media (e.g., text, pictures, audio, and/or video) reminders and therapy content at pre-specified times on one’s own home television. TAP prompts are designed to improve everyday functioning for individuals with cognitive challenges by providing automated reminders that are motivating and customized to the individual. Therapy programs designed for TAP system delivery are also tailored to the individual and allow users to complete intensive home therapy programs to improve on various skills. The researchers at Personal Technologies, LLC specialize in cognitive rehabilitation to assist individuals with a variety of cognitive challenges, including attention, memory, and executive function (e.g., organization, problem-solving) skills. To date, we have designed intensive at-home therapy practice regimens for swallow strengthening exercises and direct attention training for adults who have survived acquired brain injuries (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxic events, brain infections, brain tumors). TAP is an ideal system for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, nurses, and other professionals who aim to provide intensive, evidence-based, effective, in-home reminders and/or therapy programs to individuals with cognitive challenges.
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Social-Emotional Apps for Special Ed | Edutopia

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies. We have all heard that technology can be a great playing-field leveler in a classroom with diverse learners. It can also assist in providing social and emotional skills. Let's face it -- the digital lifestyle is here to stay, so using digital technology to enhance SEL makes perfect sense. However, I have yet to encounter research that focuses on the effectiveness of using apps designed solely to enhance the social and emotional health of children. Researchers and educators have only begun to closely investigate the impact of these technologies on SEL. For special ed teachers, that research can't come soon enough. Young children acquire and utilize their initial social skills mostly in the context of play and shared activities. Through play, they form their first interpersonal interactions and develop important social skills related to empathy, cooperation, conflict resolution, and self-control, which will be used throughout life to maintain healthy relationships with others.
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Social Emotional Apps

Source: Social-Emotional Apps for Special Ed | Edutopia
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H.R. 3749: The Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2013 – VisionAware Blog – VisionAware

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Mark Richert, Esq.

Guest blogger Mark Richert, Esq. is an attorney with extensive experience in public policy and governmental relations in the vision loss field and is the Director of the Public Policy Center of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). The AFB Public Policy Center, in Washington, DC, collaborates with policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure that Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in society. As Director, Mark is AFB's primary representative to the United States Congress and to federal agencies with oversight of programs and services of key importance to individuals with vision loss. You can read his full biography at the AFB website. Medicare and Low Vision Devices For decades, the vision loss community has been advocating for Medicare's coverage of assistive technologies, particularly low vision devices. Currently, Medicare will not pay for any device that happens to use a lens, regardless of whether the device incorporates any other features. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for the management of Medicare, has ruled that devices containing a lens – such as low vision devices – are excluded from coverage, just as are eyeglasses or contact lenses, except in very narrow circumstances. New Legislation Introduced Now, for the first time, federal legislation would begin to change this unacceptable national policy by establishing a nationwide Medicare demonstration project to evaluate the fiscal impact of a permanent change in Medicare coverage to pay for low vision devices.
Source: H.R. 3749: The Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2013 - VisionAware Blog - VisionAware
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ViSee LVM-500 Portable Video Magnifier Reading Aide for Low Vision with 5 Inch Monitor and 15 Color Modes
ViSee LVM-500 Portable Video Magnifier Reading Aide

ViSee LVM-500 Portable Video Magnifier Reading Aide

This 5” portable video magnifier is a handy aid to those dealing with low vision and macular degeneration. Small and compact, it can come to your aid anytime, anywhere. It magnifies from 4X to 32X on its LCD screen, offers multiple display modes to suit your individual vision needs. It allows you to freeze text, adjust brightness, highlight on reading text horizontally and vertically, capture/save/recall images for easier viewing. This video magnifier is a great aid to reading, viewing maps, menus, recipes, and medication labels. It is also great for reading labels and tags at retail stores or anywhere you need bright, convenient magnification. Source: Oasis Scientific Continue reading
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Tim Cook Explains Apple’s Stance On Accessibility

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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple

It is a well known fact that all Apple products have amazing accessibility features, and that’s one of the reasons why these products are appreciated so much. However, have you wondered why Apple cares so much for accessibility? Why do they invest so much time and money in researching accesibility features? What’s in it for the company?These are some of the questions Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, answers in the videos below. A few months ago, he sat down and had coffee with some YouTubers who use Apple’s accessibility features, and they all, more or less, had the same question – why does Apple care for accessibility? Tim’s response is simple, yet powerful. He explains that accessibility is a human right, and a basic value. The company tries really hard to make its products accessible to everyone, and Apple has never looked at its return on investment on accessibility. Tim goes on to explain that making products accessible is a part of the company’s values, and it will never compromise on it. The goal really is to democratize technology so everyone could create, and solve problems. That’s what Apple’s about.
Source: Tim Cook Explains Apple’s Stance On Accessibility - Assistive Technology Blog
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SnapType on the App Store


SnapType helps students keep up with their peers in class even when their penmanship holds them back. Students can easily complete school worksheets with the help of an iPad or iPhone. With SnapType, students can take a picture of their worksheets, or import worksheets from anywhere on their device. They can then use their iOS device keyboard to add text to these documents and print, email, or share their creations. It is the perfect solution for kids, and even adults, who struggle with their handwriting.
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Brain Composer: ‘Thinking’ melodies onto a musical score

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This is Gernot Müller-Putz, head of TU Graz' Institute of Neural Engineering and expert on brain-computer interfaces.
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Brain-computer interfaces, known as BCI, can replace bodily functions to a certain degree. Thanks to BCI, physically impaired persons can control special prostheses through the power of their minds, surf in internet and write emails.

Under the title of "Brain Composer," a group led by BCI expert Gernot Müller-Putz from TU Graz's Institute of Neural Engineering shows that experiences of quite a different tone can be sounded from the keys of brain-computer interfaces. Derived from an established BCI method which mainly serves to spell -- more accurately -- write by means of BCI, the team has developed a new application by which music can be composed and transferred onto a musical score -- just through the power of thought. All you need is a special cap which measures brain waves, the adapted BCI, a software for composing music, and of course a bit of musical knowledge. The basic principle of the BCI method used, which is called P300, can be briefly described: various options, such as letters or notes, pauses, chords, etc. flash by one after the other in a table. If you're trained and can focus on the desired option while it lights up, you cause a minute change in your brain waves. The BCI recognises this change and draws conclusions about the chosen option. The short video "Sheet Music by Mind" gives an impression of composing music using BCI:
Source: Brain Composer: 'Thinking' melodies onto a musical score: New brain-computer interface application developed that allows music to be composed by the power of thought -- ScienceDaily
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How to Automatically Answer Phone Calls in iOS 11 on iPhone: Call & FaceTime
In iOS 11, Apple added brand new secret Accessibility feature to greet an incoming call automatically called Auto-Answer Calls. This latest feature all iOS 11 supported iPhone users are eligible to activate auto receive an incoming call without tapping on call Accept green button or on the lock screen without drag the Slide to Answer to the right. So it’s remarkable feature of iOS 11. By default, it comes disabled, so that if you want to use Auto-Answer Calls, then you will have to enable it which is described below.

Auto-Answer Feature Window in iOS 11

Flagship thing is that this interesting function is smooth works with a bluetooth headsetApple headphones and might with speakerphone too. So hey guys, head over on my following guide to set up Auto answering call on iPhone without the third-party app.
Source: How to Automatically Answer Phone Calls in iOS 11 on iPhone: Call & FaceTime
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Here’s our first look at Harman Kardon’s Cortana speaker – The Verge

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Invoke Digital Assistant

Microsoft showed off a bunch of hardware at its Computex Taipei presentation today, most of which we’d seen before. One thing we’d never seen in person, however, is Harman Kardon’s Invoke — the audio company’s take on a digital assistant speaker, powered by Microsoft’s Cortana. Unfortunately the Invoke demo unit was not turned on or plugged in, so all I can report to you is that it is indeed cylindrical and looks at least as up to the task of imprisoning an AI assistant as the Amazon Echo. It ought to sound better, too, given Harman Kardon’s audio pedigree and inclusion of three times as many woofers and drivers. The main question, of course, is how well Cortana performs in a device like this. The Invoke is set to ship this fall for an as-yet undisclosed price.
Source: Here’s our first look at Harman Kardon’s Cortana speaker - The Verge
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