Accessibility & Adaptive Technology

Get A Better Desktop Experience By Tricking Websites Into AutomaticallyShowing You The Mobile View

by Jeffrey Stark

July 18th, 2015

While having access to an accessible desktop website is great, Often the standard views of websites are just too cluttered and full of a massive amount of information, links and buttons.  However, anyone who’s visited a website with their mobile phone may have noticed that websites auto detect that you are using a mobile phone […]

The Inverting Feature On iOS & Android Doesn’t Meet The Needs Of Low Vision Users

by Jeffrey Stark

June 27th, 2015

If you look at all the products out there for partially sighted people it becomes very obvious that they all have a mechanism for presenting you with bright text on a dark background.  You will also notice that some of the recent operating systems have attempted to bridge the gap of what a low vision […]

Simple Way To Get the Windows 7 Experience In Windows 8 and 8.1

by Jeffrey Stark

April 26th, 2014

A number of my friends have mentioned that they are holding off buying a PC or Laptop with Windows 8 on it because of all the negative things they are heard about Windows 8.  I even know a person who tried installing Windows 7 on the Windows 8 laptop they purchased only to find out […]

Getting Touchy Feely with the Beta Version of the Blackberry Screen Reader on the Q10 / v10 of the blackberry OS (bbOS)

by Jeffrey Stark

March 21st, 2014

At the time of writing this article, the Blackberry v10 Operating System and suite of devices has just got interesting to the community of blind mobile users because in the last few months Blackberry has released the Blackberry Screen Reader for v10 in beta.  The screen reader comes pre-installed for free on the latest version […]

Best GPS app for blind travellers.

by Jeffrey Stark

January 28th, 2014

As many of you know, I travel semi-regularly and have found myself in all kinds of unfamiliar places over the years.  I've used the trekker, breeze, mobile geo, wayfinder access and all the free and low cost GPS solutions I could get my hands on both iOS and Android.  For those not familiar with gps […]

Android or iOS for blind or low vision users?

by Jeffrey Stark

January 28th, 2014

I often get asked, Android or iOS?  I believe it's a choice that requires one to list out the tasks and features you want, look at the devices on the market and make your decision objectively from those elements.   I have access to both platforms iOS and android.   I spent a year using iOS as […]

The quest for a high contrasting black mobile phone experience for low vision users – Part 2

by Jeffrey Stark

December 17th, 2013

As outlined in the article The quest for a high contrasting black mobile phone experience for low vision users Part 1, I outline how I need Bright Text on a Dark Black Background to be able to read anything comfortably and how I've spent hours and hours trying to find the best combination to get […]

Getting a dark (or inverted) browsing experience on Android

by Jeffrey Stark

December 17th, 2013

A quick google search finds that many people are looking for a dark browsing experience, the reasons vary as many different types of people look for a browsing experience with a black background.  For some it's to avoid waking their significant other asleep in the bed with a bright white screen that lights up the […]

Fund Raising For The All Hands On Braille Camp For Kids

by Jeffrey Stark

November 8th, 2013

I need your help. Help Support Blind Children's Literacy Fund Raising For The "All Hands On Braille Camp" for Kids Ages 8-12 Braille literacy for blind kids is at an all time low and kids in rural Ontario are particularly hit by this epidemic. Kids in rural areas of Ontario have less access to supports […]

The accessible android keyboard you can’t live without

by Jeffrey Stark

June 8th, 2013

The built in on-screen keyboard does a good job, but if you are like me, there are a few things that you wish you could change. I find that having to go to the “symbols” screen just to type in a number takes too many steps. I wish the stock keyboard made a louder sound […]