Webinar: Accessibility Features Series – Apple

About the Series

This webinar is part of a series focused on the built-in accessibility features included with the major technology operating systems: Apple, Microsoft, and Google/Android. 

Accessibility Features Series: Apple

Recorded: May 18, 2021 – Apple logoAccessibility features are meant to make the use of technology less challenging for those with disabilities. Common accessibility features include screen readers, text-to-speech, closed-captioning, voice control and keyboard shortcuts. Additional access features are designed to work with various assistive technologies including switch technologies.

This first webinar in the series starts off with the operating systems associated with the highly popular Apple devices, iPhones (iOS), iPads (iPadOS), Apple Watch (WatchOS) as well as their Macintosh (MacOS) devices.

Participant will learn:

  • How these features can assist users to control/activate the accessibility features of each device
  • How people can activate and use these features to access content, navigate, and control their devices
  • Where to get more information and training.


John Brandt is the Training Coordinator for Maine’s Assistive Technology program, Maine CITE. An early adopter of all technology, he has consulted on education, accessibility, and information technology for many years.



Subsequent to our May 18th webinar, Apple released news of some major new Access Features to be released in the coming months. Many of them are rather exciting and innovative. Read the May 19th Apple press release Apple previews powerful software updates designed for people with disabilities.

Videos used in presentation

Sound Recognition


Guided Access


Reader View and Speak Screen in Safari


Using the Apple Watch with voiceover – Kristy Viers


Rev: 05/21/2021