This week, while doing my research for this newsletter, I came across an article about an organization in the UK giving away iPads to children with low vision.
In my head, I always thought about adults using assistive technology, and I never thought about all the kids using tablets and iPads with assistive tech.
I always found motivation knowing that more accessible applications could improving an adult's daily life, but I learned that "a child's confidence can grow once accessibility is included and, most importantly, acknowledged. [...] After just four months with an iPhone or iPad, a child’s reported autonomy increased on average by 18%, alongside engagement by 13% and sociability by 5%" (TechRadar). What an impact!
I feel like I learn something new every week when I do newsletter research, so this quote from an article on CloudFour.com really spoke to me:
"Remember that you don’t need to be an expert to advocate for accessibility. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn."
Blog: Common Accessibility Features Missing from Mobile Apps
"Being able to switch phone orientations from portrait to landscape easily is crucial for all mobile app users, especially those with disabilities. [...] Yet only 28% of iPhone and 25% of Android apps automatically reoriented screens." - Accessibility.com
Assistive Technology Glossary by Fable
Can you define all the accessibility terms on this list?
Accessible Gaming on Discord
Ever wanted to ask a question to real people using assistive technology? Maybe you want to find an accessibility tester for your app. Checkout the Accessible Gaming Discord, and especially the topic #advocates-and-content-creators.
Did you know about the caption panel?
Building Accessible Android Apps with Jetpack Compose: Real-Time Examples
Deque continues their series on Jetpack Compose with this article.
Accessibility in the Android World
Here's a nice article on accessibility on Android by ProAndroidDev.