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Topic: Accessibility

Apple proposes guide dogs, wheelchairs & other disability-themed emoji for next version of Unicode

03/23/2018, 02:03 pm

Apple has submitted an assortment of disability-related emoji for consideration by the Unicode Consortium, which if accepted would change the messaging standards for all computing devices, not just Apple's.

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How to perform Siri queries without using your voice with Type to Siri on macOS and iOS

03/08/2018, 12:03 pm

Siri is an extremely handy digital assistant, but at times when it's best to keep quiet, it becomes a challenge to use the voice-centric tool. This AppleInsider guide will fill you in on how to use Type to Siri, Apple's existing solution to the problem that enables Siri to be used with a keyboard, on both iOS and macOS.

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Apple donates $250,000 to Magical Bridge Foundation to help construct accessible Sunnyvale playground

03/06/2018, 10:03 am

Apple has been identified as a major supporter of the non-profit Magical Bridge Foundation, providing $250,000 in sponsorship for the 'Innovation Zone' of an accessible playground due to be constructed later this year in Fair Oak Park located in Sunnyvale, California.

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Screenshots show HomePod customization in Apple's Home app, including option to disable screen

01/22/2018, 02:01 pm

Early testers of Apple's upcoming HomePod have shared screenshots of customizable settings for the speaker, which will be configured through the iOS Home app. Users will be able to disable features such as "Hey Siri," and the lighted display on top of the unit.

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New York's 'P177Q iPad Band' breaks through learning disabilities

12/18/2017, 11:12 am

A public school in Queens, New York is reportedly using iPads to great success in teaching music to kids with learning disabilities, particularly autism.

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iPhone X tips: Maximize battery life with 'dark mode' inverted colors and grayscale

11/06/2017, 09:11 am

Apple's switch to an OLED display on the iPhone X means users who dig into the settings of the device can squeeze out more battery life, reducing the power consumption of the screen and extending the time needed between charges. AppleInsider tells you how to do it.

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iPhone X tips: Miss the home button? Here's how to add a virtual one

11/04/2017, 02:11 pm

The removal of the home button on the iPhone X is a bold decision by Apple, but some customers may find themselves pining for the way things once were. Thankfully, the home button is not gone entirely, as iOS allows you to add a customizable virtual one to your screen. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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Apple and Cochlear partner on new hearing implant technology

10/25/2017, 07:10 pm

Australia-based company Cochlear on Wednesday debuted its latest hearing implant sound processor, the Nucleus 7, which was developed in cooperation with Apple to connect with and integrate sound from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

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Apple developed new BLE Audio streaming tech for users with cochlear implants

08/02/2017, 07:08 pm

Apple's work on Bluetooth Low Energy Audio, a new technology that streams digital sound directly to hearing air implants, enables people with hearing impairments to communicate and use their iPhone as mic via iOS 10's Live Listen feature.

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New Cochlear hearing implant tech will stream directly from iPhones & other Apple devices

07/26/2017, 10:07 am

An upcoming Cochlear sound processor -- the Nucleus 7 -- will reportedly let people stream audio directly to hearing implants from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Dr. Christine Darden, Todd Stabelfeldt and Miral Kotb deliver blockbuster special sessions on technology and changing the world at Apple's WWDC17

06/08/2017, 07:06 pm

This week at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple presented a series of lunchtime presentations from speakers who each shared their story of overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles through the application of technology and their own persistent determination.

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Stevie Wonder performs at Apple HQ to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

05/19/2017, 10:05 am

Multi-platinum Grammy winning artist Stevie Wonder performed at Apple's corporate headquarters this week, in an event recognizing Global Accessibility Awareness Day, focused on making technology accessible and usable for persons with disabilities.

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Apple marks Autism Acceptance Month at App Store, sets up musical 'Field Trips'

03/31/2017, 04:03 pm

Apple is engaged in a pair of activities to promote April as Autism Acceptance Month, including a new collection at the App Store, and tailored "Field Trips" at its retail outlets.

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Apple honored with Louis Braille Award for efforts in device accessibility

01/27/2017, 11:01 pm

The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Friday featured Apple as a corporate honoree at the 57th annual Louis Braille Awards, a ceremony that recognizes those who contribute to the blind and visually impaired community.

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Apple brings AirPod-style streaming, Live Listen accessibility to MFi hearing aids

11/05/2016, 05:11 pm

Apple has enhanced its iOS accessibility features for users with hearing impairments, adapting its enhanced Bluetooth-based streaming to Made For iPhone hearing aids while introducing Live Listen, a feature that uses an iPhone's mic to focus on conversations in loud environments.

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Profile highlights blind Apple engineer working on accessibility tech

07/10/2016, 06:07 pm

A profile published on Sunday details the experiences and work of Jordyn Castor, a blind Apple engineer now developing technologies like VoiceOver with company's accessibility design and quality team.

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Apple invites deaf, blind advocate Haben Girma to address developers on accessibility at WWDC16

06/14/2016, 05:06 pm

Speaking at a lunchtime conference that filled seats in the largest conference room at WWDC, accessibility advocate Haben Girma spoke to attendees about the value of designing products with disabled users in mind.

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Apple's online store gains new category for accessibility-focused accessories

05/05/2016, 10:05 am

Apple on Thursday launched an "Accessibility" section on its online store, making it somewhat easier for the disabled or their caretakers to find equipment for use with Mac and iOS devices.

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Apple profiles iPad apps for World Autism Acceptance Day

04/02/2016, 05:04 pm

At the release of its new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, Apple presented a video of Dillan, a young man who is both autistic and non-verbal, who was able to begin expressively communicating via apps on his iPad. Today, the App Store is featuring more of Dillan's story and a range of apps developed for autistic people.

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Tim Cook recruits Siri for advice in Cerebral Palsy Foundation "Just Say Hi" campaign

12/08/2015, 05:12 pm

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has joined a series of celebrities adding their voice to a new Cerebral Palsy Foundation campaign designed to spark conversations with people with disabilities--in a spot that seeks advice from Siri.

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