Tag Archive: Accessibility

The Mac “Differentiate without color” Accessibility Setting Explained

Mac users who have explored the Display Accessibility preference panels, perhaps to disable transparency or to increase visual contrast, have likely seen another setting called “Differentiate without color.” If you have wondered what that setting does or means, you’re certainly not alone, and you may have even toggled it on or off trying to see … Read More

Apple Stores to start stocking accessibility products in 2016

Apple is reportedly set to start selling new accessibility-related peripherals and accessories for both Mac and iOS in its brick-and-mortar Apple Stores as well as online. The accessories, which are reported to be going on sale in the first quarter of calendar year 2016, are designed to help users with disabilities to better engage with […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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National Federation of the Blind praises Apple’s work on accessibility

Last week there was a big furore when it turned out that a Reuters report about the National Federation of the Blind taking issue with the accessibility of Apple’s apps was based on inaccurate reporting. Given how seriously Apple takes the issue… Read more ›

Triple Click The Home Button For Accessibility Options [iOS Tips]

IMG_0269There are a host of accessibility options within iOS, and many of them can be the difference between someone being able to use a mobile device and not being able to use it. There are also a ton of reasons why those of us without a disability might want to check them out. That said, […]

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Five Great Ways To Use Accessibility Features For Your Own Benefit, Even If You Don’t Have A Disability [Feature]


Accessibility is a priority to the designers and engineers at Apple. They have built some amazing software right into each operating system, from OS X to iOS, all for no etra charge and no need to add extra programs on to be able to use the products if you have a visual, hearing, motor, or cognitive disability.

But if you don’t have a disability (yet–we’re all just a lucky step or two away),  [Read More…]

Barnes And Noble’s Nook App Gets VoiceOver And Zoom Accessibility

Good news, everyone! Barnes & Noble’s Nook app for iOS has just been updated with support for Apple’s fantastic VoiceOVer accessibility feature, as well as the zoom functionality. This brings the Nook iOS app up to parity with iBooks, the only other iOS e-reader app that can be used by folks with a visual impairment or learning disability to have books read out loud.

Zoom lets those with low vision see the  [Read More…]

Enable Accessibility Options Anywhere In Mountain Lion [OS X Tips]

Built in to every Mac are a host of accessibility options. People with visual disabilities may need to zoom into the screen, making everything on it bigger, in order to see enough to use the Mac. Individuals who experience blindness can use VoiceOver, which has the Mac speak everything on screen, including menus and dialog buttons. Other people with visual impairments may need to invert the Display colors and adjust the contrast  [Read More…]

Instantly Summon Accessibility Options from Anywhere in OS X Mountain Lion

Accessibility Options panel in OS X

OS X Mountain Lion makes it easier and faster than ever to access and tweak Accessibility Options from anywhere on the Mac. Just hit Command+Option+F5 and a preference window will instantly appear that allows you to adjust commonly used Accessibility features.

The settings list includes enabling zoom from keyboard or scrolling, enabling and disabling VoiceOver, toggles for sticky keys, slow keys, and mouse keys, contrast adjustments,  [Read More…]