Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sticky Keys

I type with one finger and I'd be lost without Sticky Keys. It was the first and really essential shortcut I embraced. I use Sticky Keys in place of caps lock to capitalize characters. Additionally, it lets me depress a modifier key (Shift, Ctrl, Alt) or a command key (Windows or Apple key) and it remains active until the next key is pressed.

To enable Sticky Key:
Step 1: Find the accessibility options in your control panel (picture upper-right shows the Universal Access options in the Mac OSX control panel).
Step 2: Configure Sticky Keys to suit your needs via the Keyboard tab.

For more information, see the Sticky Keys article in Wikipedia or this video by Dave Andrews in YouTube.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Simple Tips

I have not been posting enough, so I am starting this new and easy "Simple Tips" posting. I'll regularly post these tips that are perfect for any person living with a disability.

Tip: Learn Common Shortcuts
Learning shortcuts can save you time and repetitive movements.
  • To Highlight or Select: Press 'Ctrl' + 'A' (For Mac users 'Command or Apple' + 'A').
  • To Copy: Highlight or Select an area, as shown above, then hold 'Ctrl' + 'C' (For Mac users 'Command or Apple' + 'C').
  • To Paste: Click your mouse where you want the text pasted, and then press 'Ctrl' + 'V' (For Mac users 'Command or Apple' + 'V').

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Business Gains

I encourage persons living with a disability to start a small business--and technology-based enterprises seem to be a popular endeavor. This recent news segment looks at service-disabled veteran-owned small business ownership.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Apple's iPad and Mobility Impairments

Apple Inc. announced this week a new product in their line-up--the iPad. I love my iPhone, but this new product shows promise for someone like me living with mobility impairments. I say this because a light touch is all that's needed to navigate the device. I find reading a newspaper cumbersome, this device will make reading a paper, book, or surfing the net a breeze. Here's how Apple's site lists the iPad's accessibility features:

* Support for playback of closed-captioned content
* VoiceOver screen reader
* Full-screen zoom magnification
* White on black display
* Mono audio
Shown above (image from the Apple website) is a picture of the iPad docked in an optional Keyboard; however, the touch screen of iPad, if like my iPhone, is pretty easy to use...even with virtually no finger dexterity. Accessibility features (see above) currently don't mention Sticky Keys, which is the feature in OS X would want to check on before buying the iPad. It would great if Apple would convene a group of folks living with mobility impairments (maybe they have) and brainstorm ideas of accommodations or software to mimic the screen gestures that make using the touchscreen really convenient. I'll look forward to testing one out and will keep my readers posted.