Mobile computing is proving to be empowering for people of all ages and abilities, from young children to the elderly. That’s because of the move towards “NUIs,” or “natural user interfaces.” These are interfaces like touch screens, speech recognition, camera input, and haptic output (when the device touches you, as in Apple Watch notifications).

This trend, along with the accessibility features of mobile devices is making computing easier for everyone. In this webinar you’ll see examples of how people use these features.

We will cover:
Touch: Touch screens and multi-touch gestures, haptic interfaces, force touch and 3D touch.
Sound: Speech recognition, conversational interfaces, and “hearables.”
Sight: Camera as seeing eye, camera as scanner, and augmented reality.
We’ll look at examples of people with blindness, motor impairments, and autism spectrum disorder in order to understand how these devices are improving their lives. In addition, we’ll look at how these features can make computing easier for anyone, not just those with recognized disabilities.

You will understand how improving services for those with particular disabilities offers benefits for everyone.
You’ll have a list of the best resources for learning more, including best apps, books, articles, and websites.
You’ll be inspired to create guides and offer workshops on these topics, so that your users can benefit.
Applying this knowledge

You’ll have a good foundation for becoming an advisor to your community about how to use these mobile technologies in the most effective ways.
Handout:  http://hennigweb.com/handouts/mobile-accessibility3.pdf

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Original broadcast May 17, 2016

Biography ~ Nicole Hennig
Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, teaching and inspiring librarians and educators about the effective use of mobile technologies.

She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years, first as web manager and then as head of the user experience department. She is the winner of several awards, including the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions.

Nicole’s books include Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage, Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services, and Best Apps for Academics. She teaches several online courses, including Apps for Librarians & Educators, and Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps.

Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively. To stay current with the best mobile technology for education, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, and follow her on Twitter @nic221, where she tweets about libraries and mobile technologies.