Importance of Mobile Applications in Accessibility

HOWS YOUR MOBILE? I M P O R TA N C E O F M O B I L E A P P L I C AT I O N S I N A C C E S S I B I L I T Y Susan Hewitt, Accessibility Coordinator Texas Department of State Health Services The Rise of Mobile

58% of Americans own a smart phone 34% of them use it as their primary means of accessing the Internet 47% of low-income Americans use it as their primary means of accessing the internet (Pew Research Center)

How is This Important to People With Disabilities? Since 2009, reported mobile usage has increased by 60% to a reported total of 82% of people with visual impairments. Users with motor control impairments report 58%

reporting accessing the internet via mobile devices. (WebAIM) Its Not Just Numbers

Video: Bill Herzler, Assistive Technology Unit, DARS (Link will open in browser window.) How Mobile Devices Assist Visually-Impaired Screen-readers Speech-to-Text GPS navigation

Cameras Ability to magnify screens & high contrast modes Support of external devices Hearing-Impaired Vibration and LED flashes Subtitles and captions Hearing aid support

How Mobile Devices Assist Motor-Impaired Speech-to-Text Assistive touch and custom gestures External switch device support Fingerprint recognition

How Mobile Devices Assist Cognitive-impaired Apps to assist the non-verbal Productivity and organization tools Ability to disable features Screen reading Lets Get Technical

How does all this work? Mobile Content: Pick Your Poison Native Apps HTML

Responsive Design is Responsible Design Target Chooses to Optimize Google Nexus tablet

Samsung s5 Galaxy Phone And They Show the Pluses of Native Mobile Browser

Native App The BBC is Responsive Desktop Nexus Tablet

iPhone Dept of Veterans Affairs Has 99 Problems Desktop Browser Mobile Browser

And Their Mobile is Definitely One Desktop Browser Mobile Browser The Great Device War

Who does what and how well Apple got it right and everybodys scrambling to catch up. -Bill Herzler, Assistive Technology Unit, DARS

Usage by OS Visually-Impaired Motor ControlImpaired iOS -65% Android 16%

iOS 35% Android 24% (WebAIM) iOS - VoiceOver Voice Over announces

info on items with focus. Voice Over features a rotor function. Settings for Voice Over. Android - TalkBack

Firefox allows navigation options like iPhones rotor. TalkBacks context menu The Galaxys TalkBack settings

iOS - Magnification & Contrast iPhone with magnification iPhone with colors inversed

Android - Magnification & Contrast Samsung Galaxys color settings Androids magnification settings Theres an App for That! VisuallyImpaired LookTel Money Reader

Color ID VizWiz Audible Lyft Capitol Metro Tap TapSee

BlindSquare iOS - For the HearingImpaired Using Facetime for sign lanugauge conversation. iPhones hearing-impaired settings

Android - For the HearingImpaired Androids hearing settings Androids caption settings Galaxys auto-haptic settings

Theres an App for That! Hearing-Impaired Dragon Dictation Tap Tap CapTel SoundAMP Z5 Mobile

P3 Mobile Netflix iOS - Motor Control Accessibility

iPhones assistive touch menu iPad and switch control Android - Motor Control Accessibility

Samsung Galaxys motor control settings Theres an App for That! Motor ControlImpaired Rocket Keys Panther Connect

For the CognitiveImpaired Naming TherAppy Spaced Retrieval TherAppy Attainments Social Success Proloquo2go PlanIt

And The Other Guys WindowsPhone Blackberry Mobile accessibility

standards What does the law say? The Rules Section 508 References mobile in ?? TAC

References mobile in?? WCAG 2.0 References mobile intheory Grow Your Own

What are your next steps? Include mobile in your accessibility policy Commit to mobile accessibility across your organization Do it today Resources

HHS EIR Mobile Accessibility policy HHS EIR Software, websites and applications checklist (Excel) BBCs Mobile Accessibility Guidelines AppleVis Bridging Apps W3C Mobile Web Best Practices

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