Accessibility

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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Apple highlights accessibility features of the Apple Watch

Apple had accessibility in mind when it came to the Apple Watch experience. The company has shared details on what options are available to those who require advanced assistance.

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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 that. From everything I've seen and heard about the watch, I would be thrilled to wear it every day. As with Apple's other products, the watch seemingly strikes a good balance of form and function. Secondly, the Watch as a device — how it works and how one interacts with it — is bound to have far-reaching effects on users with disabilities. As a person with visual and motor delays, I've wondered myself how accessible the Watch will be, especially in context of the size of watch displays.

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Amazing iPad apps to help with autism and awareness

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.

The United Nations General Assembly designated the day in 2007 as a way to raise autism acceptance and help those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Since it's launch in 2010, the iPad and iPad apps have been a tool in providing that help, and in aiding those with autism in finding their voice.

According to the CDC, one in 68 kids in the U.S. are on the autistic spectrum. According to a study by UCLA, using the iPad can help minimally verbal children more than double the amount of words in their vocabulary, and the earlier they start, the better they do.

Apple has created features like Guided Access expressly for people on the autistic spectrum, and developers around the world have created dozens of apps either specifically or incidentally helpful as well. The App Store is currently featuring a collection of apps for Autism Awareness Month, including several on sale. Toca has also assembled a TocaBox for autism bundle. Here they are, and more!

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