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aaSsessMyVS and iOS10

Some of you will know that there are some new accessibility features in the upcoming version of iOS. Whilst we can’t talk in detail about the beta versions that we developers are already looking at, some information is already in the public domain and can be discussed.

For example a recent article in 9to5 Mac gives a lot of useful info from 9to5 Mac. You can find it here...http://9to5mac.com/2016/06/15/accessibility-ios-10-macos-appletv-watch/

The very good news is that these changes mean that you’ll be able to place a tunable coloured overlay overeverything on your iOS device when you upgrade to iOS 10. iOS 10 will be generally available from September 2016. If you can upgrade all of your devices then you won’t need aaLuminate at all. Once all your devices support iOS10, please don’t buy aaLuminate!

The not so good news is that many devices (any iPhone older than the iPhone 5 for example) won’t be able to be upgraded to iOS 10 and so can’t have these new features. Here is an article with the details of which devices can run iOS10 http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/06/13/heres-your-ios-10-device-compatibility-list/

For people on those older devices, we will continue to sell aaLuminate as it will still be useful but at a reduced price to reflect the fact that you won’t need it forever.

The companion testing app aaSsessMyVS will still be useful to everyone so will continue to be sold without a price reduction.



PARENTS, TEACHERS, CARERS, STUDENTS - YOU ALREADY KNOW IT'S VITAL TO IDENTIFY ANY BARRIERS TO READING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID PROBLEMS WITH SCHOOL WORK.


aaSsessMyVS is a handy assessment tool to check whether colour overlays will help you, your friends and family or your children to read more easily by avoiding a common source of visual stress.


Recent studies indicate that up to 5% of people find their reading speed increases by more than 25% when the correct shade of coloured overlay is used to change the look of the page.

Some dyslexics and migraine sufferers are among those that can benefit from employing such overlays. The precise shade required varies from person to person.


Sufferers from this form of Visual Stress also known as Meares-Irlen syndrome (or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome) can often be dazzled by bright white backgrounds to text.


Commonly experienced symptoms of sufferers when trying to read include...

-Text is blurry,

-Text moves around,

-Words spaced too close together/too far apart,

-Worm, river or waterfall type patterns appear on page

-Pain, nausea or dizziness.


If you're at school, these sort of experiences could make it very unpleasant to read and so it's that much harder to learn properly.

You may even be unaware that there is an issue affecting your ability to read - until you see how much better reading is with the right coloured overlay.


aaSsessMyVS costs as little as a few cups of coffee and it takes only a few minutes to assess someone you are responsible for.


As 1 in 20 people really seem to benefit from colour overlays when reading, that's not much to spend for some peace of mind.


For those who discover that coloured overlays would be helpful, there is a sister app aaLuminate(already available in App Store)to give you the right overlay on your device whenever you need it. 


EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS:


The test used in the app follows a similar pattern to traditional assessments that use physical coloured overlays placed over a piece of text and compared side by side.


aaSsessMyVS is a useful tool to determine quickly whether a formal Visual Stress test would be appropriate for any of your students.

It includes the ability to email the result of the test to an email address of your choosing, including the test subject name and an additional note.

So you can screen a whole group of students in 1 session and store the results in your email inbox to follow up on afterwards.



aaSsessMyVS runs in landscape orientation on any iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or iPad mini running iOS 4.3 or above. but it's ideally suited to the larger screen size of the iPad and iPad mini if you have access to one.


Most of the testing for version 2.0 has been carried out on an iPad mini running iOS 6.0, 

Some additional testing has been performed on

iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5,  iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3 devices running a variety of versions of iOS from 4.3 up to 6.0



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