Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Best Podcasts For Learning iOS With Voiceover

Below are several podcasts that I have found helpful in learning about my iPhone and iPad as a VoiceOver user. This content was presented at the CNIB Calgary iOS User Group meeting on 2016/04/12. If you are unfamiliar with the Podcasts iOS app, please read my Using Podcasts App With Voiceover blog post for an overview.

Seminars@Hadley - Accessibility and Technology

Author: Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a U.S.-based non-profit corporation that is the world’s largest provider of distance education for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Seminars@Hadley are the school's free, "just in time" webinars, sharing timely topics of interest to people who are blind or visually impaired and blindness service providers. They last 1-2 hours. This podcast contains seminars on the topic of Accessibility and Technology.
  • The iFocus series focuses on tips and training for iDevice users. It is often delivered by Douglas Walker, Hadley’s Access Technology Instruction Specialist and iDevice trainer.
How to find in Podcasts app: search for "Seminars Hadley Accessibility and Technology"


Author: AppleVis, "a community-powered website for vision-impaired users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The website is managed by a small team of volunteers. We do not have any affiliations with other organizations and receive no external funding or sponsorship."
  • "AppleVis offers a wide range of podcasts covering topics of interest to blind and low-vision users of Apple Devices. Featured topics include walk-throughs and demonstrations of apps, tips on using iOS and Mac OS X, and accessory reviews."
  • The iTunes podcasts only lists the 100 most recent episodes. Visit the website for the complete archive.
How to find in Podcasts app: search for "AppleVis"

Cool Blind Tech

Author: Cool Blind Tech, "Podcasts for the blind, by the blind."
Description: Mission Statement: "Cool Blind Tech strives for universal design of products, environments, programs and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design, not excluding assistive devices for particular groups of individuals with disabilities where this is needed. Cool Blind Tech endeavours in maximizing the independence, productivity and participation of the blind and low vision community, to empower the blindness community through the acquisition and enhancement of skills in using adaptive technologies."
How to find in Podcasts app: search for "Cool Blind Tech"

iSee - Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective

Author: David Woodbridge, Senior Adaptive Technology Consultant at Vision Australia
Description: Apple Accessibility for the Blind or low vision
How to find in Podcasts app: search for "iSee"


Author and Description: "Maccessibility is devoted to connecting, compiling, and providing easy access to the best resources for blind, visually impaired, and other disability groups using Apple products. It is maintained by a dedicated group of visually impaired volunteers, who are Apple enthusiasts themselves. Maccessibility provides news and commentary, podcasts, and online communities, and more to low and no vision users of Apple products."
How to find in Podcasts app: search for "Maccessibility"

Assistive Technology Update with Wade Wingler

Author: Wade Wingler, Vice President of Technology and Information Services and Security Officer at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indianapolis
  • Easter Seals Crossroads has been providing assistive technology solutions in Indiana since 1979. In 2007, Easter Seals Crossroads partnered with the State of Indiana, Bureau of Rehabilitative Services to establish the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project. The INDATA Project is one of 56 similar federally-funded projects designed to increase access and awareness of assistive technology.
Description: "A weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs."
How to find in Podcasts app: search for "Assistive Technology Update Wade"

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