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What accessibility features are available within the Macintosh operating system ?

What accessibility features are available within the Macintosh operating system ?

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Some individuals with disabilities require assistive technology (AT) in order to access computers. Although Apple has been criticized for the accessibility shortcomings of its Mac OS operating system, it made significant progress in improving accessibility with the release of Mac OS X, and has taken it upon itself to develop and provide AT that supports and ships with its OS, without additional cost to the consumer.

The following is a list of basic accessibility features that are included with Mac OS X, listed by disability category. For more information about how to access the features described below visit Apple Accessibility [1].

Vision

The following features and utilities are availalable for individuals who have difficulty viewing the screen:

Hearing

The following features and utilities are availalable for individuals who have difficulty hearing or are unable to hear sounds from the computer:

Physical/Motor

The following features and utilities are availalable for individuals who have difficulty using the keyboard, mouse and/or track pad:

Literacy and Learning

The following features and utilities are availalable to support literacy and learning, and may be particularly beneficial to individuals with specific learning disabilities:

For a comparison of accessibility features across operating systems, see the AccessIT Knowledge Base article How does accessibility differ across operating systems? [4]

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