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Force Touch is going to do incredible things for accessibility

Force Touch is going to do incredible things for accessibility

I'm really excited about Force Touch for a bunch of reasons. But where I think it's going to really succeed? Accessibility. I've been thinking about Force Touch almost non-stop since the Apple event a few weeks ago — what it means for Macs now, what it could mean for the future of software...
How to set up the accessibility shortcut on your Apple Watch

How to set up the accessibility shortcut on your Apple Watch

Need fast access to an accessibility feature on your Apple Watch? Set the shortcut! On the iPhone, you can set three quick clicks of the Home button as an accessibility shortcut. On the Apple Watch, you can do the same thing with three quick presses of the Digital Crown. It lets you quickly...
Apple Watch update includes fixes for VoiceOver accessibility

Apple Watch update includes fixes for VoiceOver accessibility

The Watch OS 1.0.1 update also brings fixes to VoiceOver for Apple Watch VoiceOver is an Accessibility feature that "speaks" the Apple Watch interface out loud for blind and visually impaired customers. There were a few bugs in the launch version, however, that are now fixed in today's Watch OS...
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 Global Accessibility Awareness  Day and what you should know!

Global Accessibility Awareness Day and what you should know!

It's Global Awareness Accessibility Day — #GAAD — and that matters to everyone. Accessibility and inclusivity are often thought of as helping people with visual, auditory, or physical challenges, learning challenges, are on the Autistic spectrum, or otherwise need assistance beyond what...
How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch, like all of Apple's products, has accessibility built right in. Devices like the Apple Watch can be convenient, even empowering for many people. For those with accessibility needs, however, they can be life changing. They can let people go where they could never go before, speak...
How to set up the accessibility shortcut on your Apple Watch

How to set up the accessibility shortcut on your Apple Watch

Need fast access to an accessibility feature on your Apple Watch? Set the shortcut! On the iPhone, you can set three quick clicks of the Home button as an accessibility shortcut. On the Apple Watch, you can do the same thing with three quick presses of the Digital Crown. It lets you quickly...
Apple Watch and accessibility: First impressions

Apple Watch and accessibility: First impressions

Thanks to my awesome girlfriend, I was fortunate to take delivery of an Apple Watch on April 24. Like others, I've spent the last few weeks trying to understand it and figure out how it fits into my life. So far, Apple Watch has left me very pleased overall. The fact that I'm so pleased with...
Apple Watch bands and accessibility

Apple Watch bands and accessibility

With the Apple Watch, accessibility is built into more than just the software — it's in the bands as well. While it has a bevy of software-based accessibility features, the Apple Watch also offers significant hardware accessibility as well. Whether it was intentional or just the result of good,...
Apple Watch update includes fixes for VoiceOver accessibility

Apple Watch update includes fixes for VoiceOver accessibility

The Watch OS 1.0.1 update also brings fixes to VoiceOver for Apple Watch VoiceOver is an Accessibility feature that "speaks" the Apple Watch interface out loud for blind and visually impaired customers. There were a few bugs in the launch version, however, that are now fixed in today's Watch OS...
American Foundation for the Blind honoring Apple for their VoiceOver accessibility tool

American Foundation for the Blind honoring Apple for their VoiceOver accessibility tool

Apple has been chosen by the American Foundation for the Blind as one of the recipients of the 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award. Apple is being honored with the Helen Keller Achievement Award for their work in making technology more accessible. Specifically, the American Foundation for the...
How to make on/off labels more visible on your Apple Watch

How to make on/off labels more visible on your Apple Watch

You can toggle a lot of settings from off to on and back again, including one that makes toggle state more visible. By default on the Apple Watch, thanks to its iOS heritage, the difference between "on" and "off" for a lot of options in settings is little more than what side the switch it on and...
How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch

How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch

Layers of gaussian blur and light and dark transparency can look great, but they can also make it harder for some people to read text and parse images. For accessibility reasons, you can go into your Apple Watch settings and reduce the amount of transparency used in the interface. That'll make...
How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch

How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch

Animation can make an interface look slick and sleek but it can also make it hard for some people to use. If you suffer from vertigo or any form of motion sickness and watching things slide and zoom around on your Apple Watch is causing you distress, don't worry. You can switch transitions to...

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