Accessibility

Is the iPhone the Best Accessibility Phone?

Be My Eyes

Episode 1669

Julian from West Los Angeles, Ca

Julian is an accessibility expert and he likes the Be My Eyes app. The EyeRa app is the paid version. It's also available on Android. He says that apps like these are a game-changer for blind people who need help using their phones to see the world around them. Check out Julian's website TechJV.com. He also says that being in contact with the American Foundation for the Blind can put people in touch with accessibility experts who can help.

Can I Replace the Battery On iPhone 7?

iPhone 7

Episode 1669

Ed from Las Vegas, NV

Ed has an iPhone 7. He's blind and he relies on Siri to do everything he needs. Leo says that the iPhone is a great phone for the blind because of its accessibility features. Ed finds, though, that the battery isn't as strong as it used to be and it dies while he's using it all the time. Leo says that the lithium-ion batteries are rated for 500 charge/discharge cycles, which is about a two-year window. But the good news is, that Apple will replace the battery for $49.  Are there alternatives?

Is the Orcam worth getting for a blind reader?

Orcam

Episode 1658

Robert from Mira Mesa, CA

Robert wants to help his uncle, who's blind, to read from his library of 6000 books. He's heard of the Orcam, which scans pages and reads them to you. Is it legit? Leo says that it looks promising, but it's very similar to the Google Glass technology. But since Orcam obscures the price unless you give them personal information, that makes him think it's very expensive. Amazon is selling them for $3250, however, But it could be covered under insurance, or help from the American Federation of the Blind.

Here's some resources for blind computing.

Jaws

Episode 1643

Jim from Las Vegas, NV

Jim is blind and he uses JAWS as a screen reader for his computer. It's not cheap, but your state may have an occupational therapy program that will underwrite the cost. Rich says that there's a home edition for $90 a year. JAWS will read the entire screen and tell you where things are. He says he can do just about anything. There's also ORCA, which is an open-source option.