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Apple Provide Universal Access for Disabilties

August 31, 2009

By JFLMad and Fookem

We were just talking about iPhone and new OSX Snow Leopard and we checked out in Apple website www.apple.com to see what Snow Leopard provide with new features. We were in awe when we discovered that Apple mentioned about the deaf accessibility of using the iChat video chat. Apple even mentioned HOVRS (now Purple) of using the relay video call. You can click the picture below to see the full information or go at http://www.apple.com/macosx/accessibility/.

Every Mac comes standard with a wide range of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities enjoy the power and simplicity of the Mac. We call this Universal Access, and it includes many features you won’t find in other operating systems at any price. In Mac OS X, they’re built right in.

Screen shot 2009-08-31 at 9.14.07 PM

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  1. August 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Cool! The HOVRS iChat bot was developed by Chad Taylor, who is deaf and uses ASL.

  2. August 31, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Chad also consulted on the development of ConvoIM. Kudos to him for breaking down the barrier for deaf mac owners and VRS!

  3. Robert Alfred Hawkins
    August 31, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Besides Purple/HOVRS and ConvoRelay I read somewhere on a Twitter that CACVRS recently had a trial run with the iChat. Wonder what was made of that effort?

    iChat will be commonplace throughout 15+ providers of relay services across Video and IP will use this awesome feature. Apple will need to take a neutral position on this meaning the “free” Purple/HOVRS advertisement should be removed.

    Credit is deserved in form of recognition towards the individual(s) not business entities benefiting from such inventions.

    Folks must contact Apple to rectify this.

    All, keep up with the awesome job you’re doing!

  4. Insane Misha
    September 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Too bad that alert for deaf only flashes ONCE, that is not enough. I’d like it to flash a several times to alert me. Oh well, hope Apple may add that one day…perhaps next OS.

    Insane Misha 😀

  5. Joseph
    September 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Seems funny that we posted nearly at the same time – me on Apple’s lack of online media access, you on iChat’s accessibility! I love Apple and their products and want them to keep improving, so our feedback is always important.

  6. Jean Boutcher
    September 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    In addition to Snow Leopard, MAC also developed a hardware,
    “iStand,” for any MAC laptop. The middle of its frontal bar was designed for iPhone to be mounded in. Users would not have to hold an iPhone in hand whilst at the laptop. The price is unreasonably expen$ive: $199.99

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