How To Enable Screen Filters To Compensate For Color Blindness In Android

Technology has long been playing an important part in helping people with disabilities live better lives. Disabilities that have a bigger impact on a person's quality of life such as PTSD or an amputated limb get more attention in terms of treatment since they are harder to overcome. That doesn't mean other more manageable disabilities are overlooked. Color blindness is a vision impairment that prevents people from seeing colors correctly. On the surface of it, you aren't blind and can live a relatively normal life. In reality, you have a genuine problem seeing things properly. The problem can't be corrected with a standard pair of prescription glasses. This is precisely where technology makes life easier. If you use an Android phone, anything that runs Android 6.0 or above, you can enable screen filters that compensate for your particular type of color blindness. Here's how. Read More

How To Customize Assistive Touch In iOS

iOS has long had a feature called 'AssistiveTouch' as part of its Accessibility support. iPhone users who have ever had a defective Home button have often relied on the AssistiveTouch feature to use their device until it could be fixed. Since its inclusion in iOS, AssistiveTouch buttons have been customizable. In iOS 9 and 10, the customization menu is significantly different than it was in older versions. Here's how you can customize the AssistiveTouch buttons in iOS. Read More

How To Disable Reachability In iOS

When iOS 8 was released, the iPhone models accompanying its release were the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. These two sets were the largest ones in terms of screen size that Apple had released to date. It was because of the large screen size that iOS had to make it easy for people with smaller hands to use their phones without dropping them. Apple did this by adding 'Reachability' to iOS. Reachability is activated by double tapping the Home button. This brings the screen down to one-half of the display so that it is easier for smaller hands with smaller thumbs to reach. The feature only works on devices with Touch ID and can easily be activated by accident. In fact, it often is. If you don't need Reachability to comfortably use your device and find it more of a nuisance than anything, here's how you can disable it. Read More

How To Use Your Android Phone More Comfortably If You’re Left-Handed

Being left-handed is a stigma in some societies. Often social construct, religious beliefs, or even out-dated scientific research will tell you that it's not good to be left-handed. Everyday items of use like ringed notebooks and scissors are built to be used by the 90% of the population who are right-handed. You would think that as more and more advances were made in technology, things would get easier for those with different needs but even smartphones are meant to be used by the vast majority of right-handed people with little regard to those who are left-handed and would enjoy texting with one hand just like the rest of us. For Android users, there is actually hope because a built-in developer function allows users to enable a Right-to-left mode which will flip everything such as which side of the screen switches and buttons appear, as well as which way your home screen pages and notifications are swiped. Read More

Simple Run Blocker Lets You Restrict Access To Apps On Windows

Your computer gives you full control over how your kids may access certain applications and websites. Windows comes packaged with different built in parental control features that can restrict access to a bunch of files and programs, but you can also do the same using third-party apps. If you want to stop certain applications from being accessed by anyone who uses your computer but would like to do so in the least complex way possible, then Simple Run Blocker is what you're looking for. It allows you to block any user application via simple drag and drop of its executable file over the Simple Run Blocker’s window, and enables you to either whitelist or blacklist required apps in a blink of an eye. Read More

Configure iOS AssistiveTouch Button To Quickly Perform A Specific Task

While they might not be considered as the most populated genre of Cydia tweaks, there are a few offerings available in the jailbreak store that might make you frequently use the awesome accessibility options offered in iOS. Anyone who doesn't have visual or auditory impairments might not have used the accessibility options even once. So, wouldn't it be nice if there was some way of turning accessibility options into gesture control? In the past, we have covered tweaks like Speaking Keyboard that makes use of the Voice Over feature to make the stock iOS keyboard more useful. MyAssistive is another similar tweak but instead of Voice Over, it focuses on AssistiveTouch. By default, AssistiveTouch can do a lot of things; in fact, some might say it can do too many things, which makes it very confusing and kills its original purpose of making lives of users simpler. MyAssistive lets you program the hovering button to perform just one task of your choice, which can make you feel like having a brand new hardware button. Read More

A Look At iOS 6 Guided Access And Other New Accessibility Features

Among all the changes introduced in iOS 6, Accessibility features have received perhaps the most major updates. From enhancements made to the existing VoiceOver screen reader to the brand new Guided Access feature, iOS 6 has brought significant improvements to iOS devices, making them much easily accessible for the elderly, the disabled and children. In what follows, we will take a look the new Accessibility features added and the old ones updated in iOS 6. Read More

Clikka Lets Disabled People Use Mouse Effortlessly

The technological advancement of recent times has let disabled people perform normal functions, and lead a pretty regular life. These days, disabled people are climbing mountains and running in Olympic races with the help of different gizmos. Devices that help them perform tasks normally come under the title of assistive technology, or accessibility options in case of Windows. The accessibility options in Windows allow people with disabilities to use the operating system without needing the help of others. You can adjust settings for better display and readability, configure keyboard and mouse settings, and make the sounds produced by your computer easier to your and set up speech recognition for controlling the operating system through your voice. Other than the default Windows options, there are also a lot of third party applications available that help in enabling everyone to use the computer in a better, easier manner. Clikka Mouse is one such application that allows disabled users, in particular, people who can't use or don’t have fingers, to use their computer in a normal way. The application is used to emulate mouse-click actions at the position of the cursor, without actually pressing the buttons. Read more about Clikka Mouse after the jump. Read More

Washer Helps Color Blind People View Monitor Screen In Grey Color

People with color blindness often find it hard to differentiate between different elements of applications and webpages that are in green or red color. Most applications, which are designed to reduce the color effects to address the inability of perceiving colors, cater to only specific type of color blindness. Thus, users have to manually adjust the color intensity settings in order to use such applications. Washer is a portable application that provides an overlying window to view certain parts of the monitor screen in grey color. This can help color blind users to easily read text, view images, webpages, applications, etc with having to fiddle around with color specific settings. Read More