University of Montana Accessibility Seminar

Apple believes that technology can provide great learning tools for all learning abilities. Innovative features in iOS like VoiceOver, AssistiveTouch, and Guided Access help students with special needs enjoy more of what iPad has to offer. And powerful features  designed for students with special needs are integrated in every Mac. Technologies like VoiceOver, built-in braille support, and Sticky Keys and Slow Keys help students navigate and control the Mac. All these features come standard in every Mac and iOS device.  No need to buy additional software.

During the seminar, Apple will present and demonstrate some of the built-in accessibility features of the Mac and iPad.

iPad, iPhone, iPod touch - iOS

    Vision. Students who are blind or have low vision can use VoiceOver, an advanced screen reader, to get the most from their iOS devices. And Siri and Dictation help type, launch apps, and read their calendars.

    Hearing. FaceTime helps students who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate and stay connected. And closed captions and mono audio let them get the most out of the content on an iPad.

    Physical and motor skills. Innovative iOS technologies make the Multi-Touch screen more accessible to those with physical or motor challenges. And features like Siri let students control an iPad.

Mac OS X. Putting the power in students’ hands.

Every Mac comes equipped with assistive technologies to help students with special needs experience the power and simplicity of OS X. With features like an advanced screen reader, FaceTime, and Photo Booth, OS X helps a wide range of learners get more from  their Mac.

    Literacy and learning. The Mac has several features designed to help students with cognitive and learning disabilities get organized, stay focused, and learn in ways that fit their unique capabilities.

    Vision. For blind or low-vision students, OS X comes with a variety of assistive technologies —such as a built-in screen reader, screen magnification, and Dictation. And new features  in OS X help them get even more out of a Mac, with enhanced VoiceOver  capabilities like multilingual voice support and spoken MathML equations on the web.

    Hearing. Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can take advantage of all that the 
Mac has to offer. FaceTime and iMessage allow for easy communication with teachers 
and classmates. And with OS X, now students can customize the appearance of closed captions—including fonts, highlights, and backgrounds—in apps such as iTunes and QuickTime Player.

    Physical and motor skills. For students who have difficulties using the keyboard, mouse, or trackpad, technologies in OS X  like Switch Control give them complete control of the Mac with a single button. Students can also convert words to text simply by  speaking.


Brenda Miller, Alternative Formats Coordinator

Disability Services for Students

Lommasson Center 154

University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59812

Phone: 406.243.2243  Fax: 406.243.5330  Disability Services Facebook Page