Assistive features built in
Assistive features are built into every Mac and iPad to help with vision, hearing, motor skills, learning and literacy to create opportunities for all learners. All stored together under Accessibility in System Preferences on macOS and under Settings on iOS.
VoiceOver offers support for more than 30 languages and quite simply will tell you exactly what is happening on the screen of your Mac or iPad, when you can’t see it. Giving auditory descriptions and helpful hints, the speaking rate and pitch can be adjusted to your preference.
To help with colour blindness or other vision challenges, iOS will let you invert colours, enable greyscale or colour filters can be applied. These settings will apply to everything once set and can be customised to what works for you.
In macOS, the Keyboard Viewer allows typing without a physical keyboard connected. Input keystrokes via a mouse or other device, using the “floating” onscreen keyboard. Keyboard shortcuts can also be entered when Sticky Keys is enabled.
Working in full screen or picture-in-picture, Zoom is a built-in screen magnifier that can be adjusted between 100 and 1,500% allowing you to see the zoomed area in a separate window. It also works with VoiceOver.
A new macOS feature that can move the cursor on-screen, by head- or eye-tracking hardware. A timer appears when the cursor dwells on a certain location, like on the Dock. A timer then appears and when it expires, a mouse click is prompted.
Another macOS feature for those with physical or motor skill limitations. It gives the ability to navigate the screen using “scanning”, using a variety of adaptive devices like switches, joysticks or even a keyboard space bar.
Safari Reader will reduce the visual clutter on webpages to help navigate the web by stripping away ad and banners. It also works with VoiceOver and Speak Selection.
This adjusts the sensitivity of the keyboard, building in a delay which can be adjusted to suit. Choose a sound to play when a key is entered.
This feature will speak the words you have selected and even highlight them at the same time to help with speech development.
macOS allows you to combine keyboard strokes using Sticky Keys, by pressing keys one at a time, instead of together to enter commands.
A great way to communicate using sign language, the high quality vide will capture every expression, available on mac OS and iOS.
Ask Siri to make a phone call, send a message or enable some of the assistive features listed above, it is your intelligent assistant on macOS and iOS.