Apple VoiceOver Receives The Helen Keller Acheivement Award
Ever heard of Apple VoiceOver? No? Well, check this out!
Recently, Apple VoiceOver was acknowledged by The American Foundation for the Blind at their 19th Annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards event held in New York City.
Apple’s Lisa Jackson attended the event as one of the “Dinner Chairs” along with other honorees Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Litton Entertainment, Vornado Realty Trust and Marriott International.
Apple VoiceOver was singled out as a revolutionary screen reader that allows consumers with special needs to navigate the screen without visual aids. It is absolutely phenomenal and makes life increasingly less difficult for those who are visually challenged.
In an official statement, Apple shared these words:
“Apple Inc. deeply believes in advancing humanity by making its products accessible to people with various disabilities. Intuitive by design, Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch come with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience the fun and function of the Apple ecosystem. With these innovative technologies built right in, Apple products become powerful and affordable assistive devices.”
However, Apple’s advancements in the field of accessibility is not limited to those with visual impairment. Assistive Technology on your Apple product is also available for those individuals with hearing impairment, physical challenges and learning/literacy difficulties.
I would strongly urge you to take a virtual walk on Apple’s Accessibility page because, at some point in time, you will need some of the fantastic technological advancements Apple has to offer. It is called aging gracefully in the age of technology.
Hey – I already use the Close Captions Feature when watching videos and movies on my device or Apple TV. But – shh – that will be our little secret okay?
It also comes in very handy when I am on the treadmill and have the fan running. The noise often drowns out the audio on the movie so closed captions comes in mighty handy. Try it – you’ll love it!
Thank you Apple for these very important advancements in the field of Accessibilty. Congratulations on a well -deserved award.