digital accessibility

Xbox Adaptive controller with attachments

Assistive technology: Gaming via the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Introduction: The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a groundbreaking device developed by Microsoft to make gaming more accessible to individuals with limited mobility. First conceptualized in an internal hackathon in 2014, the device underwent several adaptations before its final release to the public in 2018. Designed with extensive input from gamers with disabilities and advocacy organizations, …

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Assistive Technology: Google Maps (iOS App)

Google Maps is a widely known navigational tool used for a variety of activities including daily commutes, travel planning, and discovering new places. As a professional with a background in architecture and interior planning, I understand the importance of designing wheelchair-accessible spaces. In this blog post, I delve deep into analyzing Google Maps and exploring its potential as an assistive technology.

MiMu Glove on an open hand facing downward with a logo superimposed underneath

Assistive Technology: MiMu Gloves

Utilizing spatial sensors in the fabric of the gloves and on the cuff of the wrist, wearers can map sounds and instruments to specific gestures and movements. For musicians with disabilities that can affect their ability to play instruments, MiMu’s gloves widen the range of access to music making by linking those instruments to gestures.

A hand holds and iPhone 15 which displays the Precision Finding feature. The screen is green with a white arrow pointing straight ahead.

Assistive Technology: Precision Finding on Apple’s iPhone 15

Precision Finding is a new feature on the iPhone 15 that uses ultra-wideband technology to allow users to guide themselves to other users who share their location. Although the application is new in terms of Apple’s assistive technology features, and it could be especially useful for people with varying visual, hearing, and cognitive related disabilities. …

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Assistive Technology: Dyslexia-Friendly Fonts

Dyslexia-friendly fonts are typographies that can increase the legibility of written materials for people with dyslexia to read and comprehend better. Dyslexia-friendly fonts can be specially designed with thicker bottoms and different shapes. Some common sans serif fonts from our daily usage, such as Arial, Calibri, and Open Sans, can also be considered as dyslexia-friendly …

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OpenDyslexic Font cover image by Abbie Gonzalez

Assistive Technology: OpenDyslexic Font

Dyslexia – a lifelong condition that affects reading, writing, spelling, and speaking. It is estimated that approximately one in five people are impacted by this disorder. It is crucial to ensure that individuals with dyslexia have access to assistive technology that enhances their accessibility and OpenDyslexic- by Abbie Gonzalez does just that. In this blog post, we will explore the OpenDyslexic Font, a typography innovation designed with dyslexic individuals in mind.

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Revolutionizing Transcription and Note-Taking with AI and Accessibility is a transcription and note-taking platform using artificial intelligence (AI) to transcribe spoken content into written text automatically. It makes it easier for individuals and businesses to capture and organize spoken information during meetings, interviews, lectures, and other verbal interactions. When I first encountered and …

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