Apple on Thursday marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a slew of accessibility-centric announcements, spanning the company’s website and social media outposts.
First is a redesign of the company’s accessibility website, last refreshed in 2016 at the Touch Bar MacBook Pro unveiling. Visitors to this part of Apple’s site have long been able to learn about the assistive technologies across the company’s products. The site is divided into four sections representing the different developmental domains: vision, mobility, hearing, and cognitive. Anyone, whether they identify as disabled or not, can use the information as a resource for learning about Apple’s accessibility software. There also are helpful tips for users to get the most out of their device(s).
Next is an update to Apple Support materials. Apple has a popular presence on Twitter and particularly YouTube, where slickly-produced videos demonstrate how to use various features of various devices. New is a collection of accessibility-oriented videos covering Magnifier, Back Tap, and Voice Control. The Voice Control piece is a how-to, produced in collaboration with the United Spinal Association, on how to take selfies with the feature, introduced in 2019 as part of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina.
These all join Apple’s cadre of over twenty how-to videos on the Support channel.
Lastly, Apple is showcasing the work of Jordan Nicholson on its Instagram account. Nicholson is a photographer who was born with TAR Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by the absence of the radius bone in the forearm.
In a short interview, Nicholson told me photography is a passion of his and Apple products help him live it. They are “the standard” for creatives, he said. In addition to an iPhone, Nicholson also uses a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro.
“In my experience, everything just works really well. And I love how the products all work with each other,” he said. “AirDrop is actually one of my favorite features that I use constantly. As someone who is always making tons of different kinds of files, it’s super helpful being able to easily beam them from…