It’s been a dark couple of weeks for disabled people: what does it all mean?


As I sit writing this, I’m struck by how this has been an alarming couple of weeks for disabled people in this country. Last Monday the Court of Appeal ruled that the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) from 30th June 2015 was lawful after all. The previous week the Court of Continue Reading Continue Reading

Are the disabled ‘afflicted’?


On January 6th, I was invited to speak on AM980’s Andrew Lawton Show about a recent Facebook post on the radio station’s fan page stating Trig, Sarah Palin’s son, was “Down Syndrome-afflicted.” Mr. Lawton and I had an engaging conversation around whether or not the term “afflicted” is offensive or if people are simply nitpicking Continue Reading

5 Caregiver Support Team Essential Ingredients inShare


What does a caregiver support team have to do with mountain climber Don Bennett? More than you might think according to Mike Woods at Special Needs Ministry. The support team put together by Don Bennett, who lost a leg in a boating accident, made it possible for him to climb Mt. Rainier in 1982. After Continue Reading

Autism On The Job: Really?


Recently, an article in The Wall Street Journal came to our attention. While it is a step in the right direction, we do have a couple of issues with the column. “How Autism Can Help You Land A Job” by Shirley S. Wang, is about a German company, SAP AG, that has been hiring people Continue Reading

Mobile Accessibility on the Move


Even though WCAG 2.0 was written before smartphones put mobile accessibility in the public eye, WCAG 2.0 was written to be forward-thinking and has proved to be so. During this session, you’ll learn about available mobile accessibility resources from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative. You’ll also learn about the new work going on in the Continue Reading

Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties


Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Fortunately, there are many mobile apps that can help. While we’ve reviewed all of the following ones, and they work well for my daughter who has dyslexia, we also know that “one size (or app) does not fit all.” You may need to Continue Reading

How Do Deaf People Use The Phone


After looking at how deaf people use the computer, let’s see how can they use the telephone. Since the telephone originally is intended to rely on voice, it is much more complicated than using the computer. Originally, deaf people had hearing friends or assistants to make the calls for them. Later, they started using a Continue Reading

How Do Blind People Use The Computer


People who are totally blind are absolutely not able to interact with the computer without assistive technologies. In order to overcome this barrier, they mostly use screen reader software and Braille displays. In simple terms, a screen reader system speaks all the information in a human voice which comes on the screen as well as Continue Reading

A small hearing boost: soundAMP app


Computer use isn’t an enormous challenge for the hearing impaired, but it can still be difficult to work in an office when you can’t make out what co-workers are saying. If you can’t quite hear everything that’s being said around you but aren’t ready to wear a hearing aid, your iPhone or iPod Touch can Continue Reading

Up close and personal: ZoomText Magnifier/Reader


For those with macular degeneration or poor eyesight, a screen magnifier can bring sentences or even individual letters into focus. Recent versions of Windows include a crude magnifier, but it can’t go beyond a 9X zoom, and fonts look pixelated and blocky. AI Squared’s ZoomText Magnifier/Reader can blow text up to 32 times its original Continue Reading