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Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

Apple's message that Apple Watch is "the most personal and intimate device we've ever created" resonates with me in two ways. First, regarding the Apple Watch as an object, as a timepiece and fashion accessory: It's been years since I regularly wore a watch, but Apple Watch is pushing to change...
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...
Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for its VoiceOver accessibility tool

Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for its VoiceOver accessibility tool

Apple received the Helen Keller Achievement Award for its work in accessible technology. This evening at an event held by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple received the Helen Keller Achievement Award for its breakthroughs in making technology accessible. Specifically, the AFB...
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Raising awareness for accessibility

Raising awareness for accessibility

Accessibility is about making apps and interfaces that are usable by everyone. Apple is one of the few, if only, tech companies that routinely puts accessibility front and center on both its keynotes and its feature sets. Just this week, Apple received the Helen Keller Award for VoiceOver, a...
Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for its VoiceOver accessibility tool

Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for its VoiceOver accessibility tool

Apple received the Helen Keller Achievement Award for its work in accessible technology. This evening at an event held by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple received the Helen Keller Achievement Award for its breakthroughs in making technology accessible. Specifically, the AFB...
App Store VoiceVoer feature

App Store highlights apps that support VoiceOver

The App Store has highlighted some of the very best apps that support VoiceOver, Apple's assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired. Built right into the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, VoiceOver provides audio cues and gestures, allowing accessibility enough for the iOS interface...
My favorite Apple Watch accessibility features

My favorite Apple Watch accessibility features

There are Accessibility features aplenty in Watch OS, but four in particular have become my favorites. As part of my ongoing efforts to better use and understand Apple Watch, I've recently taken to looking at a few of Watch OS's Accessibility features in more detail. While my vision is good...
 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 use Accessibility on Apple Watch: The ultimate guide

How to use Accessibility on Apple Watch: The ultimate guide

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...

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