Apple yesterday held a concert at One Infinite Loop in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This morning, CEO Tim Cook tweeted out a thank you to Stevie Wonder, who performed at the concert. Thank you to the incomparable Stevie Wonder for lifting hearts and celebrating accessibility with us! #GAAD pic.twitter.com/WvePkgte5R — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) ...continue reading Apple Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day With Stevie Wonder Concert

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which takes place tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with three YouTubers to discuss the Accessibility features built into Apple's iOS and Mac devices. Each of the three YouTubers, who met Cook at Apple's campus for coffee, have shared their conversations with the CEO on their respective ...continue reading Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Accessibility With Three Accessibility Activists

Apple today updated its YouTube channel with a series of Accessibility videos, highlighting the different ways the Accessibility features built into the iPhone and iPad are used to help people accomplish a range of tasks. In one video, for example, a sight impaired singer and drummer named Carlos Vasquez shares how he uses features like ...continue reading Apple Highlights Accessibility Features in New ‘Designed for’ Video Series

Danish hearing aid company GN Hearing today announced the newest iteration of its IoT hearing aid solution, called the ReSound LiNX 3D, as well as new apps for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The major update to GN's new hearing care solution is a way for users to get their hearing aids remotely fine-tuned by ...continue reading ReSound LiNX 3D Hearing Aid and iOS App Connect Users to Their Audiologists for Remote Fine-Tuning

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and Apple plans to mark the occasion in several ways, including a dedicated section in the App Store and retail field trips. According to Steven Aquino, a journalist who covers accessibility topics, Apple will offer field trips to retail stores that will host music events designed to include children with ...continue reading Apple Highlights Autism Acceptance Month Through App Store, Retail Field Trips

Following Dropbox-related security concerns that surfaced earlier this month, developer Phil Stokes has confirmed that macOS Sierra now explicitly requires apps to ask for user permission to access Accessibility (via Daring Fireball). Users can give access to an app, or click "not now" to deny the request. Concerns were raised after it was demonstrated that ...continue reading macOS Sierra Addresses Dropbox Security Concerns by Explicitly Asking for Accessibility User Permission

Mashable today featured the inspiring story of Jordyn Castor, the 22-year-old Apple engineer who has been blind since birth and now plays a central role in improving the company's Accessibility features. Castor was born 15 weeks early and weighed just under two pounds – small enough to be held in the palm of her grandfather's ...continue reading Apple's Dedication to Accessibility Highlighted by Story of Blind Engineer

Apple on Tuesday hosted a WWDC 2016 session called What's New in Accessibility that provided an overview of new assisitive technologies and features added to iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. Physical and Motor Skills Switch Control can now be used to interact with the tvOS interface using a single physical button, ...continue reading Accessibility at WWDC: Dwell Control, Taptic Time, Software TTY, and More

Apple recently updated its online storefront with the addition of a new "Accessibility" category, which is broken up into sections pertaining to the assistance of individuals with impairments related to vision, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy (via Amvsement). There are 15 total products broken up into each of the three sections, with ...continue reading Apple Begins Selling Accessibility Accessories on its Online Store

Facebook has introduced a new accessibility tool to its iOS app for blind and visually impaired people to help identify images posted on their social feed. The function, called Automatic Alternative Text, works via VoiceOver and generates descriptions of photos that are spoken out loud as a user swipes past photos in the Facebook app. ...continue reading Facebook iOS App Gets VoiceOver Feature to Help Blind Users 'See' Photos