Accessibility has always been important to AssistiveWare. We have several accessibility solutions, such as AssistiveWare's very first product, the on-screen keyboard KeyStrokes
for Mac, and our brand-new accessible keyboard for iPad, Keeble
Last year we added switch access with five different scanning modes to Proloquo2Go. To give even more people access to Proloquo2Go, and specifically individuals with a vision impairment, we are adding additional alternative access features in version 4.
For vision impaired users who can use one or more switches, we are adding auditory cues to Scanning. When auditory cues are turned on, as each item is highlighted, its label is spoken aloud. This allows users with vision impairments to use scanning – they wait until they hear the name of the item they want, and then hit their switch.
Select on Release
Some people with vision impairment have good fine motor skills and can use a single finger to point, but they can’t see what they’re pointing to. We’re adding auditory cues to Select on Release, First Finger Down mode.
With auditory cues turned on, the user can move one finger around the screen and hear the names of the items that are being touched. When you hear the name of the item you want, lift up your finger, and that item is selected. This access method has been called “auditory fishing”.
For both Scanning and Select on Release, you can choose a different voice for the auditory cues and the spoken output that communicates with others, so people will know when it’s “you” talking as opposed to the auditory cues telling you the current scanning position.
Auditory cues in Select on Release
Also read the previous Road to Proloquo2Go blog posts: