Apple Education Solutions
Making it easier to selectthe appropriate softwareand hardware for studentswith disabilities
“My computer has been the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. Now people do not have to read my words; they can listen just like everyone else. When I talk in my dreams, I have a computer voice.”
—Adam Wulf,student withcommunication difficultieswho uses a MacintoshSince 1985, when Apple created theindustry’s first Disability Solutions Group,we have been at the forefront of makingcomputer technology that meets thespecial needs of children and adultswith disabilities.There are many ways in which theMacintosh
—right out of the box—is acces-sible to someone with a disability. If yourstudent has a visual disability, you maywant to use CloseView—software includedwith every Macintosh—to magnify the com-puter screen. Or if someone uses only onefinger or a mouthstick to type, you’ll findthat features in the Easy Access controlpanel make it easier to use the keyboard.For example, Mouse Keys allows you tocontrol the pointer on the screen by usingthe keyboard instead of the mouse. StickyKeys makes keyboard shortcuts easier totype by allowing you to press the keys se-quentially instead of simultaneously. AndSlow Keys helps you avoid the accidentaltyping of unwanted keys.On the reverse side of this page,you’ll find information about assistive soft-ware and hardware devices that make usingMacintosh computers easier for peoplewith disabilities. And you’ll find additionalresources of information from Apple andother organizations.
A.Macintosh Access Passport.
A comprehensive database of access products for the Macintosh, available on disk from Apple.
This system uses a sip and puff tube attached to a headset that simulates the mouse. Used in conjunction with an on-screen keyboard, it can also replace the standard keyboard.
C.Screen magnification system.
This software enlarges everything on the screen at a variety of magnification levels.
An oversized keyboard with overlays (provided with the product or customizable) that provides larger key areas.