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When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, few people could have fathomed that we all would own smartphones someday.
Three decades later, not only are folks carrying these devices but those with physical impairments — hearing loss, low vision, motor disabilities — are benefiting from the same experiences as everyone else, frequently with an assist from baked-in accessibility tools that are free on Android and iPhone handsets.
More than a billion people globally have some sort of disability according to the World Health Organization, and anyone can take advantage of such tools as audio enhancements, motor controls and screen readers. Indeed, making something accessible — think sidewalk curb cuts — potentially benefits the entire population.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the federal ADA, signed into law July 26, 1990, here’s a look at some common accessibility features on Android phones and iPhones. With some small differences related to the nature of the devices, they also work on each operating system’s tablets. Your starting point for most of these is found in device Settings.
On an iPhone, tap Settings | Accessibility and select among many accessibility choices. On an Android phone such as the Google Pixel 4 (because many manufacturers make Android phones, you may see variations) tap Settings | Accessibility and similarly make a selection.
Keep in mind that some tools are meant to be used with external accessories: braille keyboards, hearing aids or switches.
On an iPhone, head to Settings | General | Keyboard and make sure the Enable Dictation switch is turned on. From then on, you can tap the microphone icon to speak rather than type whenever a keyboard turns up within an app.
You even can use your voice to add punctuation. For example, “Dear Ed comma the check is in the mail exclamation mark.”
You similarly can tap a microphone icon whenever an Android keyboard appears. Tap Allow rather than Deny if you’re cool with the app in question recording your voice so you can speak instead of type.
Dictation provides a benefit not just for people with accessibility challenges but anyone who finds typing on relatively tiny keyboards a hassle.
An Android app released last week called Action Blocks is designed for people with a cognitive disability but can automate everyday tasks for anyone.
These customizable buttons for your home screen serve as shortcuts to turn off lights, watch a movie, message a loved one or perform another task that is anything but routine for users with dementia, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries or other conditions. The activities that Action Blocks can address typically require users to make choices and navigate multiple steps, including having to remember things, enter text and sometimes edit that text.
After fetching the free Actions Blocks app in the Google Play Store, a disabled person or perhaps a family member or caregiver can create these buttons. Google offers suggestions for common actions — making phone calls, sending text messages or setting alarms — but users can create their own custom Action Blocks.
If you take Google’s suggestion to create a “play music” Action Block, a sample action to “Play Beatles on YouTube Music” is already filled in. Of course, you can type in or use voice to substitute another artist and source for the music, as well as check a box so the chosen action is spoken out loud to reinforce the activity. A Test Action button makes sure all of it works before you OK it.
The final steps allow you to choose an image, name and size of button that the Action Block will display on your home screen. Action Blocks work in tandem with the Google Assistant. The app works on devices using Android 5.0 and higher.
Article written by Edward C. Baig for AARP: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-2020/smartphone-accessibility.html?intcmp=AE-HF-TECH-R1-C5