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Apple and Disabled People

by DSRoyall / January 28, 2010 1:56 PM PST

Regarding the iPad, Am I the only person on the planet who cannot use a capacitive screen? I'm physically disabled and must type everything with one knuckle. I don't have the dexterity to do finger-tip operations. A friend lent his original iPhone to me for several minutes, but I couldn't even get it to acknowledge my existance! I can use resistive screens, just not capacitive ones (don't get me started about Multi-touch either).

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Does this help
by Nicholas Buenk / January 28, 2010 3:15 PM PST

You could get a stylus if you're able to hold one, some are designed for a capacitive screen.
And the iPad has a dock for a physical keyboard.

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Nice, but
by DSRoyall / January 29, 2010 8:47 AM PST
In reply to: Does this help

Although those aren't bad ideas, I would have portability issues with them like anyone else.

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by Slikkster / January 28, 2010 9:41 PM PST
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I don't know
by DSRoyall / January 29, 2010 8:55 AM PST
In reply to: Curious...

I don't know. I suspect capacitive technology relies on the higher conductivity in fingertips.

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It is harder with a knucle for sure.
by minimalist / January 29, 2010 9:08 AM PST
In reply to: I don't know

Pinch and zoom are out of the question with a a single digit though so I can see your point.

What about regular computers? What kind of interfaces do you find works best with them?

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Laptops work
by DSRoyall / January 29, 2010 9:20 AM PST

Well, I've had a small fleet of Dell laptops over the years...

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(NT) so touch pads are good then.
by minimalist / January 29, 2010 10:40 PM PST
In reply to: Laptops work
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Yes, good enough
by DSRoyall / January 31, 2010 6:49 AM PST

So why does Apple ignore people like me?

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One time someone asked that
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2010 8:00 AM PST
In reply to: Yes, good enough

And I had to ask if they were a customer. They said no and in doing so found their answer.

Companies tend to ignore all unless there is some money involved.

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Isn't that a Catch-22?
by DSRoyall / January 31, 2010 8:31 AM PST

Point taken, but who can afford to buy things that they are unable to use? I have a capitalist's soul, but it did take a Class Action suit to get Microsoft to notice the Disabled. Now, free market forces are keeping me firmly in the Microsoft camp. Perhaps, it's Apple's turn.

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I hear you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2010 9:55 AM PST
In reply to: Isn't that a Catch-22?

There has been some losses here in the USA so for now, vote with your wallet. Vote with your letters to your congress and so on.

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(NT) It is just sad that disabled people are so underrepresented.
by DSRoyall / January 31, 2010 10:35 AM PST
In reply to: I hear you.
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I was wondering about this...
by shmody / January 29, 2010 1:20 AM PST

What are some successful (or, least objectionable) input devices/methods that have addressed your disability? there a tech product/service company that focuses on this market?


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It's funny
by DSRoyall / January 29, 2010 9:12 AM PST

It's funny how touchpads like me just fine. I'm unaware of anyone looking into the matter. Of course, in the interest of full disclosure, I have a full laptop with EVDO mounted on my wheelchair. About the only way Jobs could tempt me is with live sex on stage! Happy

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I was listening to the latest Gadgettes podcast...
by 1mrbig / February 14, 2010 11:41 AM PST

...and there's a certain brand of mini-sausage that they use in Korea when cold weather makes fingers ineffective for using touch pads. A trip to the local deli might be in order.

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It's a thought
by DSRoyall / February 14, 2010 12:03 PM PST

That story was also on a recent BOL, and I started to joke about it. My understanding is that only a couple types of sausage work, and I don't see disabled people carrying cold-cuts around just to use their idevices.

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Apple and Disabled People
by wizkids32 / January 29, 2010 6:33 AM PST

I think that the iPad might do the same thing that the iPod touch and the iPhone.

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No doubt
by DSRoyall / January 29, 2010 9:14 AM PST

I'm sure it is.

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by Winawer / February 5, 2010 1:50 AM PST
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by DSRoyall / February 5, 2010 5:52 AM PST
In reply to: Glove?

Thanks, I appreciate the thought. However, that page shows how you can make a glove co-exist with a capacitive screen. I think that just further demonstrates Apple's lack of concern about actual needs. Do Apple users never use their devices in cold weather? I certainly do. (And yes, I know there are "Apple-friendly" gloves, but that begs the point.)

In my case, a glove would not help. The issue for me is that capacitive screens only work with your fingertips, and I cannot hold a fingertip steady.

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Apple Ipad and the disabled.
by guytaur1 / February 6, 2010 8:33 PM PST
In reply to: Glove

I hope the glove works. IF it does then that will be a faster found solution than many for the disabled in the past.
A sign perhaps of the progress of society on disabled issues perhaps. Though of small solace to you in your situation.

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by DSRoyall / February 7, 2010 4:37 AM PST

I'm afraid you misunderstood the web page you referred to, because that's a solution for people who wear gloves. It doesn't really bear on any disability.

I suppose that, if I really wanted an iPad, I would have to strap a little piece of metal over my knuckle. Happy

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