Review of Twitterific for IOS with Voice Over by Alternate Visions Coaching

If you would like to delve into Twitter, currently one of the most popular social media channels, but find the standard app or its web interface a challenge, the review of the Twitterific app by James Goldsworthy of Alternate Visions Coaching may be of interest.

Here is what he writes on

“It took me quite a while to get into using Twitter, initially for personal use and later for my business. One of the reasons it took some time was because I simply didn’t find the standard Twitter app for iOS to be particularly easy to use nor its home feed screen to flow particularly well. I also found that although the Twitter app itself is perfectly accessible with VoiceOver I really didn’t enjoy using it at all. As a result I began looking for an alternative Twitter client that would be easy to use, would give me a clean flowing home feed and of course would be fully accessible with VoiceOver.
When I was searching for information online I read a lot of good things from both visually impaired and sighted people about the Twitterific app for iOS. Not only that but it’s a free app! Needless to say I immediately found it on the App Store and downloaded it. I’ve been using the app for a few months now and have to say that I love it.
The first thing to impress me when I initially opened the app was that if you don’t already have a Twitter account you can actually sign up and create one directly using the Twitterific app. This really is excellent whether you’re a VoiceOver user or not as you can create your entire account and profile without ever needing to leave the app. Not only that but it’s completely accessible with VoiceOver and takes you through the process step by step.
The second thing to impress me was that every single button, tab and menu is labelled and fully accessible with VoiceOver. The app layout is simple, easy to navigate and crucially, is uncluttered.
There’s also a great help section which lists gestures that you can use for all manner of tasks and functions whilst using the app. The app is also customisable in terms of the notifications you receive, marking your current position in your home feed and how you view tabs and menu bars.
As you’d expect you can do everything with the Twitterific app that you can on the standard Twitter app, including posting and deleting tweets, replying to tweets, retweeting, liking and sharing other people’s tweets, private messaging, searching for and following other Twitter profiles etc.
There’s also an AppleWatch app which works smoothly with the iOS app allowing you to receive notifications directly to your AppleWatch.
Everything I’ve mentioned so far is excellent, functional and accessible, the most striking and impressive thing about the Twitterific app for me however is the simplicity of the home feed. It’s completely uncluttered, is wonderfully easy to navigate and works beautifully.
The only thing you can’t do with the Twitterific app that you can with the standard Twitter app is post tweets using Siri. I think I’ve only ever posted one or possibly two tweets using Siri on the standard Twitter app over the entire time that I’ve been using it. I much prefer typing my tweets on the virtual keyboard or using my Magic Keyboard as I find it a lot more accurate. However, the lack of Siri interaction with Twitterific might be something to consider if you normally post most of your tweets using Siri.
Finally, although the Twitterific app is free there are optional in app purchases. In a nutshell, when you get the app some adverts do appear on the home feed screen, the adverts aren’t actually too annoying and the app works perfectly regardless of them being there. However, if you prefer not to have adverts appear you can choose an in app purchase option to remove them. The in app purchase is a very small amount and in my opinion well worth it, not only because it removes the adverts but also because it contributes to the ongoing development of the app. Not to mention that by making an in app purchase you’re helping support a great and fully accessible product.
If you haven’t tried Twitterific for iOS yet you can download it from the app store at:
If you’d like to follow me on Twitter you can find me on @AVCoaching …”

Article by: Alternate Visions Coaching | 24/05/2017 at 17:12 |
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BG Word Candy – Latest Accessible Game from Spoonbill Software

B G Word Candy is the latest blind accessible offering from Spoonbill Software.

To read about the game please visit:

From this page, you can also directly download the game.

Be sure to also check out the long list of other accessible games in the Blind Gamers series available for free from Spoonbill Software.

Safety First: Adapting your Home for a Child Who is Visually Impaired

I have great pleasure in sharing the article below, written especially for us by Jackie Waters from

You can read more about her at
About Me | Hyper-Tidy
and feel free to check out the rest of her site as well. Many thanks, Jackie, for giving of your time and expertise. It is much appreciated.
Also, be sure to see the resource list that Jackie has provided at the end of the article for more information.

Safety First: Adapting your Home for a Child Who is Visually Impaired
by Jackie Waters

If you’re a parent of a young child or toddler who is visually impaired you obviously have concerns about your child getting around your home safely and comfortably, especially as she becomes more mobile and independent. There are a number of relatively simple changes you can make to ensure your child can move safely within your home using her limited sight and her other senses.
As well as thinking about safety issues, it’s important to consider how you can reorganize things at home so that your child can learn how to manage things independently.

Take a good look around your home and assess what changes would be helpful. Some things to consider may be:

Lighting: Are there areas of the house where you could add extra lighting, such as the bathroom or kitchen? LED lights can be very helpful in these areas. Lamps are a good idea if you want to focus light on a game or a particular project your child is working on. Try to eliminate glare; for most visually impaired children, light reflected from a shiny surface can be very uncomfortable.

Contrast and color: Using colors that contrast strongly can help your child distinguish different objects. For example, a red towel hanging on a white bathroom wall, or a blue plate on a white table cloth. Choose some of your child’s favorite colors and use color coded boxes in her bedroom to store different types of toys. You can also use contrast in cupboards and draws by using colored liners.

Texture: Using different textures can help your child learn to use her sense of touch to recognize different things around your home. For example, different textured ribbons tied around bottles can distinguish toiletries. You might put a textured rug in the corner of her room to help her find her toy box.

Labelling: Large print or braille labels can be used on food items, personal hygiene products and toys. Tactile labels are a great way to help your child recognize a wide range of items including food, toiletries, the contents of cupboards and drawers, and puzzles and games. You can also use an audio labeler to help her identify things around your home.

Clutter: Try to avoid crowding things together on shelves or countertops; this will make it very difficult for your child to pick out specific items. Eliminate clutter from her cupboards, dresser, nightstand and bookshelves. Keep bathroom counters clear of everything but necessities, such as soap dispensers. Putting space between items on shelves and surfaces will make them more visible.

Height: Look around your home from your child’s perspective. Imagine what she can and cannot see from her height. Make sure you put things she needs to see at her eye level. You don’t have to reposition every single thing in the house, but objects she needs to reach for should be at the appropriate height and depth.

Encourage your child to use her sense of touch to garner information about where things are throughout her home. For example, in the bathroom, you could put a rubber band around her toothbrush so she can distinguish it from everyone else’s or you could put tactile labels on the kitchen cabinet where her cereal is kept. She may also begin to use clues such as the difference in floor surfaces between rooms. She may begin to trail her hand along the wall at waist height as she walks around the room, or slightly in front of her to avoid obstacles.

Gradually she will build confidence in her ability to orient herself in your home and, as she gets older, other, less familiar and more complex environments.

Resource Links:
Tactile Marks and Labels for the Blind | Braille Superstore

PenFriend Audio Labeler for the Blind (Version 2) | Braille Superstore

Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

What is visual impairment?


I would like to share the link below in spite of the fact that the closing date for entries is just two days away.

Many or perhaps most of us are quite comfortable with our fairly familiar environments and predictable daily routines, but, there are, among us, those who could be described as true adventurers or explorers. Blindness or other disabilities are not likely to stop those who feel the need to conquer the unknown, no matter what adaptations they have to make to achieve their goals. In fact,
constant adaptations and innovations may just be one of the advantages needed for success in this competition. However, the Holman prizes are not only about an exploration of the physical world by blind or visually impaired people. It has a much wider scope as described in the post at the link below.

“The ideal candidate is someone who is willing to probe their environment and eager to savor the richness of a world that is so often thought of as inaccessible to the blind. This exploration may involve travel, community organizing, scholarship, daring art or projects we haven’t even considered. We’re looking for intrepid travelers, creative problem solvers, effective communicators, natural ambassadors, passionate advocates, joyful builders, active boundary-pushers and experience seekers.”

Good luck to all participants. For more information, visit
LightHouse Announces the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition | LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Braille Resources from Hadley Institute

I recently came across some past seminars of the Hadley Institute for the Blind in the category for braille literacy. As a long time braille reader I am always interested in resources pertaining to braille and related matters. The topics listed at the link below cover a wide range of subjects, all relating to braille literacy, including how to draw using braille, braille in everyday life, how to have fun with braille, and more.
So, feel free to explore this valuable resource and to share with others if you find it helpful or interesting.
Seminars@Hadley – Hadley Institute for the Blind hhjand Visually Impaired

The Neighborhood News – Double Decker Version Now Available

Patty L. Fletcher is the author of “Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life”, in which she recounts her journey from being a long-time cane user to acquiring her first guide dog.

She is also the creator of The Neighborhood News, a digital publication with lots of info and entertaining content.
If you have not downloaded the latest January/February double decker version of this popular publication, feel free to go to
The Neighborhood News | Campbells World
If you have a small business, work from home, or have something you would like to advertise, be sure to find out how you can be a part of this publication.
My best wishes to Patty for continued success with her writing and the wonderful work she is doing.

Blind Man Sets Out Alone In Googles Driverless Car

I thought I would share this very interesting article from The Washington Post with you all. I’d say this is moving forward in a very real way …
I also found some of the comments below the article quite interesting.
Hope you will enjoy reading and feel free to spread the info …
Blind man sets out alone in Google’s driverless car – The Washington Post