Interesting... Looks like it's a standalone app and you have to paste the text into whatever app you're using, which limits its usefulness.
I hope Apple eventually liberalizes its policy on input methods; things like this are better reasons why than the ability to add T9 or Swype or such (as nice as those are), since accessibility is a more demanding matter than convenience is.
(Incidentally; when I bought my iPad at the Apple Store, my clerk was totally blind; he handled the entire transaction himself through a stock store-issued iPod Touch, only needing a colleague to validate my credit card since he couldn't confirm the signature himself. We chatted a little afterwards; he seems much happier using his iDevices than he had been with older proprietary devices for computing for the blind.)
Great in-store experience you had! If I'm going to be spending my hard unearned cash for an iPad (like I'm fixin' to do at lunch time ) I'd like to have an elevated experience like that. Last year, I signed up for the Beta program and had a 30 minute chat over the phone with the U of Georgia researcher. I understand the concern you expressed over limits. However, usefulness, like running water will vary and be operator and app dependent.
The program was originally designed to aid sms, email & tweets. Agreed that Apple could do more for some developers. But... it's more than we had. And I expect the experience to improve.
Edited by Silent One - 1/3/13 at 8:36am