Greenville is unrated

I’ve been reading about two service rating apps that allow persons with disabilities to review, rate and advise others as to the accessibility of locations such as restaurants and businesses.  The problem is that no one has rated anything.  The one I prefer is called AbleRoad, but without any ratings, anyone who has a disability in Greenville really doesn’t have any ratings to review before going out in public seeking a great place to eat or to obtain needed services. If you have a disability and live in Greenville, NC or thereabouts, consider starting to review places you frequent or visit.

Your work can help others with disabilities.  Reviews can be mobility, cognitive, hearing and vision disabilities. For example: Do you have to walk up stairs? Is there braille signage? Is the door easy to operate?  If ther is an elevator, was there room for your mode of transportation, like a scooter or wheelchair? Did they have a braille menu.  Is the lighting good enough to rad the menu? Can you access the restrooms.  Do they have a payment counter at wheelchair height level — anything that may tell others about what to expect?  A good review can tell others about how great a place was in some way or how awful it was. Excited about your favorite location, tell others. Hated it, then drop a complaint at AbleRoad.

Two Types of Reviews Built-in

What’s nice is that the Yelp reviews are built in to the app, so you can see what the everyone else has to say about the place of business first.review of B's Barbeque

Then you can add the comments that describe the accessibility:Ableroad review Read more

Microsoft’s Built-in Accessibility Features in System 7

Accessibility in System 7

Introduction:  Microsoft has many accessibility functions built into their operating system: system 7.  They also have a very similar set of accessibility features in their newest operating systems like Window 10.  They have been working to keep their products accessible over the past decade or so.
Instruction: Go to the Start Menu, click on Control Panels, then Click on Ease of Access Center:

Once in the Ease of Access Center feel free to try all the settings, though if you don’t have one type of disability or another, changing your computer’s setting may be disconcerting at first.  You will most immediately find four specific areas that are provide.

Start Magnifier:  Starts the screen magnification software for those with low vision.

Start On-screen keyboard: Adds an on-screen keyboard for those using a pointing device to type on the screen rather than on a standard physical keyboard.

Start Narrator:  A simple screenreading software which announces text based content to those who are blind or have vision loss.

Set up High Contrast:  Alters the computers color settings for menus, icon, and the background or windows and the visual display to improve the clarity of objects on the screen so they can be read by those with concentration or vision problems.

Under the Explore all Setting Section

Use the computer without a display:  In this section you can turn on narrator, audio description, set up text to speech, reduce animations and see what other assistive technologies are on the computer which provide access such as other screenreaders or text to speech products.

Make the computer easier to see:  Allows those with vision lost to turn on a high contrast visual theme, turn on speech products like Narrator, make the sizing of text and icons larger, turn on Magnifier, improve the thickness of text input cursors, remove background images and eliminate animations. Again you can also tell what other assistive technologies are on the computer which may aid a person with vision loss.

MOUSING SIZINGUse the computer without a mouse or keyboard: For those who type on the computer using an on-screen keyboard and a pointing device or head operated mouse, this section is available.  It also provides access to the Microsoft built-in text to speech, Speech Recognition software.  Which is adequate but not nearly as well as Dragon Dictate’s product.  This accessibility feature can help those who are developing carpal tunnel or repetitive stress disorder.

Make the mouse easier to use:  It is always better for someone who has trouble seeing to adjust the size of the cursor or mouse pointer.  Here are the selections you find. You can choose to control the mouse with the numerical keypad. Or make activating a window by hovering over it.  There is a link to controls for how the mouse operates such as the speed at which one must click.

Make the keyboard easier to use:  This section provides a set of choices for improving one’s ability to use the keyboard.  It starts with making the keyboard a mouse with Mouse Keys.  Next is Sticky keys, which allows someone to press one key at a time for multiple key commands such as Control key + V for paste.  After that is Toggle Keys for sounding a tone when you press Caps lock, Num Lock or Scroll Lock.  Filter Keys is another set of commands for adjusting the rate at which you must press a key to get a second letter, so that those with dexterity issues cannot type too many characters when they accidently hold down that key too long.  Another feature is to add underlining to keyboard shortcut keys; this helps keyboard users to see what keystrokes are associated with a shortcut keystroke.  Lastly there are other keyboard arrangements like the Dvorak keyboard, which helps improve the speed at which some can type.

Use text of visual alternative for sounds:  For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, system alert sounds may not be something they are aware of, and so this feature provides a visual flash on the screen (Sound Sentry).  One can enable several types of visual content to be set to flash when an audio alert is played: caption bar, active window or desktop.  You can also turn on a feature that provides captions for spoken dialog (when available).

Make it easier to focus on tasks:  For some, the computer is a difficult environment in which to focus.  A variety of features are provided that may help someone.  The features include turning on Narrator, removing background images, turning off animations, etc.

Apple Basics for Accessibility

Apple Basics for Accessibility

Instruction: Go to the Apple, System Preferences, System and double click the Accessibility icon. This will take you to a window that allows for you to improve the accessibility of your Macintosh computer, without having to buy anything.

 

Introduction:

Operating systems have had commands built-in for those with disabilities for years. These commands vary from voice commands, control of the mouse size, inverting the display colors, to hearing what is on the screen.  The complete listing of what can be found in the system preferences folder is provided below.

 

Command Areas

Display allows for inverting color scheme; to use grayscale; to alter the display contrast settings; to adjust the mouse and typing cursor size.

Zoom provides you with the ability to adjust the size of the image on your screen like a screen enlargement software does, but for free.

VoiceOver is a built-in screenreading software that reads back what you type, the headings in menus and the like.

Audio allows a user to create a visual flash on the screen for audio notifications like alarms and when messages are in your inbox

Keyboard allows a user to change how the keyboard works; providing those with dexterity or motor control problems to improve how the keyboard functions.

Mouse provides an alternative mouse, you can use the ten key part of the keyboard to control the functions of the mouse or trackpad.

Speakable Items allows one to speak in commands or to dictate text into fields or documents.  This feature helps someone who has trouble typing to create documents.