Persons With Disabilities

Solution To Problems Installing Provide Feedback withSoundad-donfor Microsoft Office

by Jeffrey Stark

April 3rd, 2016

Like many people, I want sound feedback when using the Microsoft office suite so that I know that it is doing things.  However, during installation and configuration of the office suite on several computers I have ran into a problem where even though the office suite is installed, the installer for the navigation sounds does […]

Accessible Prescriptions Available In Ontario At Shoppers

by Jeffrey Stark

January 30th, 2016

New Service to Access Information on Prescription Medication Labels Dispensed by Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario   Reading or understanding the contents and instructions of labels on prescription medications is a source of problems and frustration for many people, particularly for persons who are blind and others who have difficulty reading print material. The small […]

List Of App Recommendations For Blind And Partially SightedAndroidUsers

by Jeffrey Stark

August 23rd, 2015

Often I get asked what apps I use or which ones I would recommend.    After just switching from my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the OnePlus +1 Android Phone, I was forced to ask myself what apps do I want to install on the new phone and which ones I could do without. I used a […]

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 […]