Accessible Mobile Apps Weekly - Issue #7
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."
Have a great week, and as always, feel free to send me suggestions for the next issue via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter.
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?
If you're going to 360iDev in August, don't miss the workshop "Identifying and Fixing iOS Accessibility Issues" by Rob Whitaker
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.