Apple celebrates 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with App Store collection

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in iPhone edited July 2015
Observing 25 years of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act, Apple is profiling a collection of accessibility apps expressly designed to accommodate users with vision, hearing, speech, physical and motor skills or learning and literacy issues.




Accessibility is seen as a core value at Apple, where engineers are specifically trained how to implement accessibility features across all products. Prior to today's ADA-inspired Accessibility app catalog, the company has regularly featured third party apps that take advantage of the accessibility features included in iOS, OS X and watchOS.

The company has set a high standard in innovative assistive technologies--including VoiceOver, Zoom and Mono Audio--which are built into the core of iOS, OS X and watchOS at no additional cost for users, a major advance from previous decades where users with special accessibility needs had to buy add-on products (such as a screen reader for Windows) that could easily cost thousands of dollars.

Apple's third party developers can make their apps seamlessly functional for a broad range of users using Apple's accessibility APIs provided in iOS, OS X and WatchKit.

Apple Accessibility


Earlier this summer, Apple's VoiceOver technology was honored with an award from the American Foundation for the Blind for its "success in improving quality of life for people with vision loss through groundbreaking innovation."

Last year, Mark A. Riccobono, the president of the National Federation of the Blind, similarly praised the company, noting that "Apple has done more for accessibility than any other company to date, and we have duly recognized this by presenting the company with at least two awards (including our annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award) and publicly praising it whenever the opportunity arises."

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    milkmagemilkmage Posts: 152member
    http://sales.freedomscientific.com/Product/340014-001/JAWS_Home_Edition.aspx

    it's a grand.

    you could get a min AND a watch all for the price of JAWS for windows (home ed)
  • Reply 2 of 7
    netroxnetrox Posts: 997member
    Oh great they're shoving their disabilities down my throat. I am done with Apple. /s
  • Reply 3 of 7
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    netrox wrote: »
    Oh great they're shoving their disabilities down my throat. I am done with Apple. /s

    LOL I came here to say something similar.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member

    Beaten to the punch by netrox. :(

     

    Tim Cook should concentrate on running Apple for the benefit of shareholders and stop pushing his disabilities agenda.

  • Reply 5 of 7
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by netrox View Post



    Oh great they're shoving their disabilities down my throat. I am done with Apple. /s



    Agreed.  Apple has lost its way.

     

     As a proud coal rolling conservative, I can't believe Apple is kowtowing to unproductive minorities like this.  What's next?  Recycling or being nice to people?

     

    AYN RAND AKBAR!!!

     

    Trump 2016.

  • Reply 6 of 7
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    ^^^ ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • Reply 7 of 7
    ...now if they'd just add close captioning to FCP.....
    I mean, text and timeline, how hard could it be? But it's not a "sexy" upgrade so it's been backburnered since the last time Apple was at NAB.

    Now if they REALLY want to get the broadcast market back.........
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