Consulting Manager at Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. (UD&C)
ADA/FHA Accessibility Specialist Lee Swinscoe began working with UD&C in 2004 and became a fulltime team member in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree from the University of Maryland. He received his certification in the Certified Access Specialist program (CASp) in 2010 and became a founding member of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) in the same year.
During his tenure with the company, Swinscoe has worked on a variety of projects, including those in the lodging, retail, food and housing arenas. As consulting manager, Swinscoe is responsible for discussing projects with clients, providing client proposals, coordinating survey schedules, logistics and training new employees. He is also responsible for conducting property surveys, reviewing plans and drafting/editing reports. Swinscoe also assists in the development of instructional material and training sessions for various projects and clients. See more at the UD&C’s Website.
TV provider AT&T U-verse recently launched an app that allows their customers turn their iPhone or iPad into a Universally Designed TV remote. When used on an iPad, the remote is much larger than traditional TV remotes, making it easier to use for people with low vision or fine motor impairments. The app provides different options for the screen color, button size and font size, so that users can customize the screen to work with their vision needs, plus the app works with Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader technology to provide audio feedback. The app also uses AT&T’s Watson℠ speech recognition technology, so that users can perform a variety of commands, including Channel Up, Channel Down, Fast Forward, Rewind, Replay, Pause, Play, Record and Go to channel (name or number) simply by talking into the device. The voice command feature also lets users choose a show by simply saying the show title into the device. The app can also respond to gesture commands, which allows you to control shows you’re viewing with different gesture movements. One-touch access to closed captioning makes it unnecessary to navigate through complicated menus in to turn on closed captions.