Mac's Accessibility Features Teachers Should Know About

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After we have learned about the different accessibility features embedded in iPad we move to Mac and show you what it offers in terms of assistive technology to help students with learning difficulties. You will get to learn how you can use Mac's VoiceOver with the blind and those with low vision, the different things people who are deaf or hard of hearing can do with Siri, how to tap into Mac's assistive features for learners with physical limitations, and explore the numerous ways to leverage the educational power of Mac in your instruction. Click on each of the links below to learn more about it.

1- Features for vision

"Every Mac is built with assistive technologies to support people who are blind or have low vision. The VoiceOver screen reader describes exactly what’s happening on your screen and lets you navigate using gestures or a braille display. Zoom gives you a powerful built-in magnifier. You can also make adjustments to cursor size, motion, and contrast to meet your specific vision needs."

2- Features for hearing

"Siri on Mac lets you quickly find and open files, set reminders, send text messages, and more, making it easy to handle the things you do every day.2 With “Type to Siri” mode, you can make requests using a physical or onscreen keyboard. And Siri can also predict your next word based on what you’ve said before, so you can minimize typing over time."

3- Mobility features

"Create amazing things with your Mac without touching a mouse or keyboard. With Switch Control, you can navigate through onscreen keyboards, menus, and the Dock using a variety of switch options."

4- Explore all features for learning

"If you learn better when you can hear what you’re reading or writing, Text to Speech lets you highlight any text and have your Mac read it aloud. And you can choose from more than 70 male or female voices across 42 languages."

Images source: Apple Accessibility