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Access:Ability August 2023 Newsletter

The August 2023 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Feature in Focus

Learn More About the Mobile Device Finder on the Ability Central Portal

Latino senior married couple sit on couch and smile at tablet device

Struggling to make a smart device accessible or easily usable? Finding it hard to know what accessibility features your mobile phone or tablet has? We have a free tool that can help!

One of the key features of the Ability Central Portal is the Device Finder, a comprehensive database that provides accessibility information for every mobile smart device available to buy. Developed and regularly updated using data from the Global Access Reporting Initiative (GARI), this powerful tool allows users to find the perfect device that fits their unique needs.

For people with disabilities, seniors, and others, mobile devices can be a lifeline, providing them with communication, information, and ways to navigate the world more independently. However, devices without proper accessibility features create barriers that limit their effectiveness and usability. We’re making it easy to sort through the devices that are right for you.

Quick Facts

  • Hundreds of smartphones and tablets sold globally.
  • Includes devices with enhanced visual features, hearing aid compatibility, specialized input methods, and more.
  • Filter devices based on specific criteria such as operating system, model, accessibility features, and more.
  • View detailed specifications, including information on visual accessibility, hearing accessibility, physical interaction, and cognitive accessibility.

Even for people who may not identify as disabled, the Device Finder can be a useful tool to educate and empower those in their community to use the potential of their mobile device for accessibility and independence.

Check out the Device Finder today, or share it with someone who might find it useful!

Resource Round-up

Long-term Planning for People Who Are Deaf

A diverse group of adults communicates in sign language as they sit outside and laugh.

Managing deafness and hearing loss requires a long-term strategy. Ability Central addresses financial, technological, and mental health needs in this article.

Read more on the Ability Central Portal.

Down Syndrome: Symptoms and Early Signs

Young Asian father kisses his infant daughter with Down Syndrome.

Ability Central explains the diagnostic process for hearing loss and deafness, treatment options available, and what to expect at each stage.

Read more on the Ability Central Portal.

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