VoiceOver compatibility of Radio Scanner audio streaming apps

Accessibility Advocacy

Hello World! I'm recently blind as 3rd disability, after 35 wonderful years of computer science, including software development for all operating systems.
Since I became blind, as a former developer, I am routinely in E-Mail contact with Android & now iOS developers, in making my favorite apps to have accessibility for blind users. If an app is not working with my screen reader, I contact the developer.

ScannerRadio: 100% accessible with VoiceOver! However, on-screen volume control also changes VoiceOver volume level; don't press Mute or else you won't hear VoiceOver! Developer is researching how to separate audio channels.
LiveATC: 100% VoiceView compatible! Same audio issue with ScannerRadio, however LiveATC developer has not responded to my E-Mail.
Broadcastify: warning! Broken VoiceOver controls! Developer has disregarded my E-Mail messages and BANNED me from their website, because I'm blind!

My iPhone is 60+ days old and I have now discovered how to use Apple Mail! I've been following the AppleVis Twitter account for some time, and I needed a place to post my volunteer accessibility advocacy posts.
Have a Great Day, everybody!



Submitted by René Jaun on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hello! Thanks for your reports.
However... I am more than concerned about a side note you wrote:
Did you really get banned from a website BECAUSE you are blind? Or BECAUSE you gave blindness-related feedback?
If so, this is highly unacceptable to me; and it may well be illegal as well. Could you detail the situation? And can we, as a community, support you in any way regarding this?
Anyway, you do seem to be very active when it comes to accessibility advocacy. Thanks for the work you do!

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I use scanner radio. And I use Broadcastify but not as much. I don't see the problem you are having. If I want to turn the volume up on the scanner I use the volume buttons. I have 2 say I had the same issue finding accessible police scanner apps. I tried 5-0 radio but found it's accessibility lacking. With ads in particular. One day I seen this app while browsing for an app like this but accessible. Decided to try it since it was free & have been in love ever since.
As to getting banned, I'd like a little more info too. You may be able to report this to government agencies. And if not that, at least you can spread the word in other blindness & blindness apple related forums. Maybe get the Acb. Nfb. or equilelent involved. I don't know where you live, but these are blindness related advocacy orgs in the US.