Airs-LA

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

The Airs-LA app was developed to provide blind, low-vision and print-impaired people with a free, on-demand source of streaming audio through their iPhone, iPod or iPad. Visually impaired people are in constant need of current information that they are unable to obtain through conventional sources such as news papers, magazines and books. AIRS-LA (the Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles) provides the information and entertainment reading services that this underserved audience needs - at no cost to them.

Users can easily navigate through the Airs-LA app using Voice Over functionality. Search top 5 podcasts, search podcasts by category, create a personal 'favorites' list and listen to high quality, free, streaming audio files through our easy-to-use, large-format audio player interface.

We are a non-profit organization that depends on support from users like you to cover our costs and allow us to bring this valuable service to this under served community. Please consider making a donation through our the app! We hope you enjoy!

Version

1.2

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone
iPad

Accessibility Comments

The only issue I have discovered is that there are frequent pop ups that alert you to when the app is loading a podcast and these get redundant. Otherwise, it works well.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Recommendations

2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Tess Tey 2 years 6 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by Blind I Am on Monday, July 30, 2012

These things don't generally bother me, but for some reason one line from the app's description really grates. It simply bears no resemblance to how I view myself or my capabilities.

Here's the offending (or should that be 'offensive') line:

"Visually impaired people are in constant need of current information that they are unable to obtain through conventional sources ..."

Submitted by Devin Prater on Monday, July 30, 2012

Club AppleVis Member

In reply to by Blind I Am

Don't we already have NFB newsline? Anything, well, distinct about this app?

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, August 31, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
What's New in Version 1.1 - UI Update - Multitasking/background play capability

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
What's New in Version 1.2

+ iPhone5 Support

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, August 17, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

This version now require you to have an account to use. Unfortunetly, if you do not have an account. Creating one through this version has a lot of issues. I was unable to successfully fill out the form. There quite a few unlabel buttons plus entering the Gender, Visual Status, and such are very cumbersome.

So if you use this app and want to use it and don't have an account. I may suggest holding off.

Would like to see if anyone else can confirm this for me?

What's New in Version 1.3

+ UI Update
+ Login Screen

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

As mentioned above in v1.3. The Membership Sign Up is still very problematic. I don't see any kind of improvements in this area at all.

What's New in Version 1.4

Improved VoiceOver navigation
Bug fixes

Submitted by Liz on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hi - Looking at the Membership Sign-up screen in this app's current version, it appears to be very useable and VO-friendly.

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