Mobile Devices

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 […]

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 […]

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

by Jeffrey Stark

April 6th, 2013

I am a perfect example of someone who needs a high contrasting color scheme to be able to effectively use an interface. On the PC I use a combination of speech output, magnification and high contrasting colors. If I use a white background with black text I require 12x-14x magnification; however, if I use white […]

Configuring your Samsung Galaxy S3 for Blind Users – Part 1 – Getting rid of the samsung keyboard in favor of the android stock one

by Jeffrey Stark

December 25th, 2012

Over the next few weeks I will be documenting some of the changes that every blind Samsung Galaxy S3 user should consider doing to improve their experience. These include changing the default input method, installing nova launcher and configuring a number of other settings on the phone. First out of the gate is to get […]

The must have accessible apps for blind android users

by Jeffrey Stark

December 9th, 2012

Just new to android or looking for a few new apps for your phone? Below, I have put together a list of the 30 apps I use the most or find I miss when I'm on another device. How about you, what are your must have android apps? Please leave your favourite accessible android apps […]

Google Now Great for providing access to your surroundings

by Jeffrey Stark

October 24th, 2012

Google released a new feature called "Google Now" in their latest version of the Android OS called Jelly Bean.     Google Now is a screen that contains "cards" of concise information that Google has guessed you might need, "now".  You simply tap the "Google" icon from your desktop, the search icon or voice search icon and […]

Notes / Tweets From Lake Joe Technology Training 2012

by Jeffrey Stark

September 30th, 2012

_ #ljt1 2 Lake Joe Technology Training -2012 5 days of technology training, exploration & excitement at CNIB's beautiful and accessible Lake Joe facility Trending Words alt, @lordjeff, @mcourcel, up, slide, press, powerpoint, rt, now, use, enter, arrow, right, dropbox, list Event Participants _ RT @mcourcel: RT @mcourcel: A slightly edited tweet list of the […]