The American Foundation for the Blind announced today that Apple will be one of the four honorees receiving the 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award.
The foundation is recognizing Apple for its VoiceOver technology:
AFB is recognizing Apple for VoiceOver, a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to hear a description of everything happening on the display, and other features that make iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices accessible to people with vision loss. Apple received an AFB Access Award in 2009 for its trailblazing engineering of accessible products and continues its extraordinary efforts to make their products accessible for everyone.
Along with the iPhone and iPad, the technology is built into the Apple Watch and Mac OS X.
Designed for blind or vision impaired users, it helps them navigate their device by announcing what is happening on the screen. You can hear what’s on the screen by placing a finger on top of a specific area. The speaking rate and pitch can even be adjusted to suit a specific user.
VoiceOver includes built-in voices that speak more than 30 languages.
Besides Apple, the three other award winners are actor Charlie Cox from the Netflix series “Daredevil,” musician and band leader Ward Marson, and Vanda Pharmaceuticals. All four will be honored at a special gala in New York next month.
I’m thrilled to see Apple receive such a prestigious honor. The company continues to work hard to make their products accessible to all users.
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