Accessibility

Apple TV and accessibility

Apple's revamped [Apple TV][1] is a big deal, what with its focus on apps, gaming, and the Siri Remote. I'm excited about it—and I don't even have a high-def TV at home to plug it into. I'm tempted to rectify that, however, with the advent of the new box, as it's sure to be a staunch upgrade from the dreadful UI of my AT&T U-Verse box. From an accessibility perspective, channel surfing and getting program information is difficult, thanks to small text and cluttered interfaces.

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Apple features apps with VoiceOver for Blindness Awareness Month

October is Blindness Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion, Apple is highlighting a collection of apps that use VoiceOver on the app store.

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How to use Siri-like commands on your Mac with Dictation keyword phrases

If you've always dreamed of shouting spoken commands to your computers like the folks on your favorite science-fiction series, you can get just a wee bit closer with the dictation accessibility features in OS X El Capitan. Here's how.

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Apple Watch bands in all styles for all sizes!

Apple launched its watch with a seemingly diverse lineup of case sizes, metal finishes, and band choices. Like many consumers, I'm most interested in leather band options. There are three different types of leather watch band—something for everyone, right? Not exactly...

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Raising awareness for accessibility

Apple is one of the few, if only, tech companies that routinely puts accessibility front and center not only on the keynote stage, but in feature sets. And it benefits us all.

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Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for its VoiceOver accessibility tool

At a special event held by the American Foundation for the Blind this evening, Apple received the Helen Keller Achievement award for its work in accessible technology, specifically VoiceOver.

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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 technology normally supplies. The truth is, making products accessible and inclusive, the way Apple does, makes them easier to use and better for everyone. It lets people young and old, novice and expert, use an iPhone or iPad or Apple Watch, and use it well. For those with challenges, however, it's not just about access, it's about empowerment. It can improve their lives and let them travel, communicate, and interact in ways never before possible. #GAAD is about getting the word out, so everyone can help, and everyone can benefit.

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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 1.0.1 software update.

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

Apple will be honored with the Helen Keller Achievement Award by the American Foundation for the Blind for its work on VoiceOver, a technology that allows users to hear descriptions of what is happening on their device's screen.

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Apple Watch gets reviewed — for accessibility

Molly Watt, who has Usher Syndrome Type 2a, and severely limited sight and hearing, recently got her Apple Watch

She spent some time with it and has written a preliminary review. It's focused on the accessibility features, and her findings so far are impressive to say the least.

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