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Touch Accessibility for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Due to advances in screen reader technology, voice controls, gesture functionality, and add-on applications some touch devices offer an inclusive experience for the blind and visually impaired.

One such example is the iPhone. Its VoiceOver screen reader adds reading functionality in combination with accessible gesture commands. To identify an on-screen item a user simply taps once and VoiceOver will announce it. A subsequent double tap will activate that item. Typing can be complicated so some people use Siri, a voice-command feature. The iPhone has a number of third-party applications designed for people with disabilities, such as a money reader which identifies currency with the iPhone's camera and speaks the denomination. It can also be connected to a refreshable Braille display making it potentially usable to someone who is deaf/blind and in need of a communication aid.

How One Blind Person Uses an iPhone

In the following video Tommy Edison, blind since birth, demonstrates how he uses an iPhone 4S to check Twitter, YouTube, and send messages. A transcript of the Video: "How Blind People Use The iPhone 4S" is available.

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