Meet Christoper Hills! This inspiring young adult isÂ an Apple Certified Pro Final Cut Pro X, Level One and an accessibility ambassador. Christopher has Cerebral Palsy and uses a switch to access his Mac, iPhone, and iPad. He lives in Australia and runs his own business.
In his own wordsâ€¦ A brief history of my story: I started using a head switch over 10 years ago, when I used a PC with specialÂ assistiveÂ software called Discover Switch. I very quickly got the hang of it as it was my only way of being independent. Four years ago, I changed to the Mac because I found that the assistive software available was better than for PC. About 2 years ago, I made a video called â€œWhy Touch Screens Scare Meâ€ in which I talked about popular devices now having touch screens, such as the iPad, and me not being able to access them. A short while after that, Komodo got in touch with me and sent me the first generation Tecla Shield to try out.For the first time ever, I made a phone call to mum at work using my iPhone. She got a big surprise. After that, I discovered the advantages of having a smart phone with me all the time so I could also contact someone if I needed to. I made a video about this also called â€œMaking a Phone Callâ€ which you can find on my youtube channel. Â Thanks to the Tecla Shield, the last 2 years has seen a revolution for switch users, because suddenly they could access Apple devices out of the box and Android devices with special software. This has been incredible! Â Before that, switch users would have to buy really expensive, and often clunky third-party solutions for access. I remember when my dad was looking for a communication device for me. Â He was told it would take a five-figure sum! Â The only thing missing was official support for Apple, and that came 11 months ago with iOS7. I have a couple of videos on my youtube channel showing the huge benefits this gave me, including being able to access Gestures and play games on iOS devices. Since then, Iâ€™ve been part of a group here in Australia promoting the power of Accessibility for people with all kinds of different disabilities. Â Iâ€™m currently working on switching from my third party assistive software that I have used to access my Mac for a couple of years, to the Macâ€™s built in Switch Control feature. One of the benefits of this is that I can use my Tecla Shield with any Mac out of the box. Iâ€™m able to access Final Cut Pro X, which I am Apple Certified in. The combination of a bluetooth switch like the Tecla Shield and Switch Control in Apple Operating Systems means endless possibilities for switch users.
You can find all of Christopher’s Â videos here:Â https://www.youtube.com/user/icdhills/videos
Follow him on Twitter:Â https://twitter.com/iAmMaccing