For the thirtieth anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act enacted in 1990, TechCrunch has interviewed a number of technology companies to discuss how new technologies have improved the daily lives of people with disabilities.
This choice could not miss the Apple, which is always attentive to issues related to accessibility on all its devices. Sarah Herrlinger, head of the policies of accessibility of the company, says that Apple “has always believed that accessibility is a human right“.
Apple has always been committed to making its products accessible to all, by implementing new accessibility features with each new version of the various operating systems. According to Herrlinger, the iPhone became the device to support more powerful than ever:
The historical impact of the” iPhone” as a product of traditional consumption is well documented. What has not been fully understood is the change of life brought by the iPhone, and from our other products for people with disabilities.
With the passage of time, iPhone has become the device to support more powerful and popular than ever. Broke screens, because it has been shown that accessibility can be integrated without problems in a device that all people use worldwide.
One of the most important features that the iPhone offers, as pointed by TechCrunch, is a VoiceOver, an accessibility feature that reads the contents of the screen to allow those with sight problems to use iOS. Kristy Viers has shown you how to use your iPhone to understand the importance of the VoiceOver:
I thought I would share how I, as someone who is visually impaired use my iPhone.☺️ pic.twitter.com/wPI9smOIq0
— Kristy Viers 🦯 (@Kristy_Viers), July 26, 2020
Herrlinger said that there is an opportunity for growth in the technology sector with regard to accessibility , and that “the representation and inclusion are fundamental“:
We believe in the mantra of many in the disability community: “Nothing for us without us”. We have created an accessibility team in 1985, but as with all things, on the inclusion, also, the accessibility should be part of everyone’s work at Apple.
With iOS 14, Apple introduced several new accessibility features such as Back-Tap, which allows you to tap on the back of the iPhone to perform certain actions, new features that enhance the listening through headphones and the option of recognition of sounds that warns users when the iPhone “hears” sounds, such as alarms or other.
Also VoiceOver has been improved in iOS 14, by exploiting the artificial intelligence of your iPhone to recognize elements on the screen, and offer support for app and web experiences that still do not integrate this function.