[Accessibility] Seeking input from experts with mobile assistive devices

Trenton Schulz Trenton.Schulz at nr.no
Wed May 21 09:41:45 CEST 2014

On May 21, 2014, at 06:50 , Leo Spalteholz <leos at uvic.ca> wrote:

> Hi Trenton and qt-accessibility.
> I thought I would introduce myself and the organization I work for.   My name is Leo Spalteholz and I manage the engineering team at CanAssist.   We develop technology and devices for people with disabilities where there is a gap in the commercial market.  We’ve been using Qt for our desktop applications since I started in 2004, and since last year also for our mobile apps.   
> We create a wide range of assistive technology everything from mechanical adaptions to access recreation (http://www.canassist.ca/EN/main/programs/technologies-and-devices/sports/outdoor-ball-launcher-for-dogs.html#video ) to accessible cameras (http://www.canassist.ca/EN/main/programs/technologies-and-devices/sports/single-button-camera.html#video ) to various apps for people with disabilities (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/university-of-victoria/id598687546 ).

This is inspiring stuff. It’s great to see when technology makes life better for people.

> We work a lot with individuals with physical disabilities, and along with the rest of the industry have migrated primarily to mobile development.  So we are primarily concerned with Voiceover support and switch accessibility.  We have primarily concentrated past app development efforts on iOS because platform accessibility and accessibility app support is still far ahead of android for most of our clients.  However we are naturally interested in cross platform development so we have switched to Qt for most of our new, in-development apps to be able to ship Android and iOS simultaneously with our very small team.  
> We’ve worked with hundreds of individuals with disabilities over the years across the age and disability spectrum.  Happy to help if we can.

Thank you, Leo. I would be interested in discussing how switch support works on smartphones as I haven’t seen much of that. I’ll contact you off-list.

Best regards,

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