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Topic: Accessibility

iPad & FaceTime continues to open up communication options for disabled

11/27/2018, 09:11 am

The iPad has become an essential lifeline for some of its users, one account reveals, with Apple's tablet being used as an outlet for a person with Down syndrome to get in contact with other members of his family, a feat that was previously extremely difficult to perform.

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How to use Airpods with Live Listen in iOS 12 to help your hearing

11/11/2018, 11:11 am

Ironically, Apple keeps rather quiet about this feature but whether you're hard of hearing or just in a loud place, Live Listen is remarkable. AppleInsider explains how to get it set up and use it.

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Blind surfer uses iPhone XR and VoiceOver to take to the waves

11/09/2018, 10:11 am

Apple is highlighting the ability for the iOS ecosystem's accessibility functions to help the visually impaired, by sharing how one blind US Navy veteran uses the iPhone XR to prepare for his daily surfing sessions.

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Apple awarded Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for work toward device accessibility

11/05/2018, 08:11 pm

The Center for Hearing and Communication on Monday will award Apple the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for its efforts toward creating accessible products and technologies for people living with disabilities.

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Apple sued over claims website is inaccessible to visually impaired users

08/20/2018, 10:08 am

Apple has become the target of a new lawsuit, one that claims the iPhone producer's website is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being fully accessible to blind or visually-impaired consumers, due to the way the website itself is coded.

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Apple mulls system for helping visually impaired navigate environment

06/28/2018, 08:06 am

Apple has considered ways to help the sensory impaired travel between locations, by using a combination of sensors to model the local environment, then providing tactile feedback to the user advising what objects and structures are near them.

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Apple key to more universally compatible USB Braille display standard

05/31/2018, 11:05 am

The USB Implementers Forum backed by Apple announced a new interface standard for braille displays, which will simplify development and bring down costs for the blind dramatically.

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Apple's accessibility focus in iPhone, iPad, Mac highlighted for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

05/17/2018, 09:05 am

Apple temporarily switched the focus of its website on Thursday, highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day and celebrating enabling features in its products.

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Apple Watch use in Paralympian's training highlighted ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

05/14/2018, 09:05 am

The Apple Watch has helped to improve the way U.S. Paralympian Austin Pruitt trains, a report reveals, highlighting Apple's work to make its products and services accessible to all users, ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day occurring on Thursday.

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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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