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by Allan Wilson

on Fri Jun 24, 2016

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DMD pathfinders logoEarlier this week we came across Touch Tap Swipe, a great resource produced last year by DMD pathfinders, on choosing and using touch phones and tablets for people with minimal body movement.

DMD pathfinders is a user-led organisation supporting teenagers and adults living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Though aimed primarily at people with muscular dystrophy, this 20 page guide is very readable and is full of information that will be helpful for many other people with disabilities who wish to use a smart phone or tablet. It provides important information about accessing touch phones and tablets  in a concise, readable format, along with a number of short case studies reflecting on the experiences with technology of their members.

Information on a variety of topics is included, with links to additional resources:

  • Can I physically use a smart phone or tablet?
  • Choosing a phone or tablet
  • Home automation
  • Mounting solutions
  • Controlling your phone from a computer
  • Built-in accessibility
  • iOS for Apple iPhones and iPads
  • Android devices
  • Basic Android access features
  • Windows phones
  • Basic Windows phone access features
  • Switch control
  • Using a mouse on Android devices
  • Using a stylus
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Communication apps
  • Top Tips

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Our only very minor gripe about the guide is that there's no mention of the various iPad and Android resources that CALL has created, including the book, iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL) and the various posters available from our web site.






Tags: smartphone, access, ipad, android

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