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Global Accessibility Awareness Day - Gesture Speak

Today, Thursday 20th May 2021, marks the tenth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, or GAAD. Its purpose is to raise awareness about accessibility issues, and to generate conversation about digital access and inclusion. It's an opportunity for everyone to learn more about how to be inclusive towards different disabilities. The GAAD website has many useful resources , so be sure to check them out! https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/


At Therapy Box, we strive to make our apps as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. Predictable includes a wide range of accessibility options, but in this blog post the focus is going to be Gesture Speak.



GestureSpeak allows you to assign specific actions or phrases in the app to gestures. For example, you might want to speak your message whenever you blink, or clear your message whenever you raise your eyebrows. Or, whenever you smile, you might like to say the phrase "Thank you". This allows you to quickly access certain actions or phrases purely through facial gestures.


However, you can also assign a series of up to three gestures to an action. We call these 'recipes'. For example, a blink followed by a smile could initiate a phone call, or say the phrase "I want a pizza". You can assign a sequence of up to three different gestures to an action, so it's possible to make a comprehensive system of gestures to very easily and quickly control Predictable.


In Predictable, all the features relying on face ID (head tracking, face & scan, face gestures, and of course Gesture Speak) are only available on these devices: iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd/4th generation), and iPad Pro 11-inch.


If you have any questions, or want to talk about accessibility both in our apps and beyond, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Don't forget that if you want to try out Predictable or other apps, we offer two week free trials, as well as free training for Speech and Language Therapists. Reach out on Twitter @TherapyBox or email us at support@therapy-box.co.uk




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