A lot of things in Apple today are being questioned (like the supposed / apparent abandonment of Mac desktop computers, AirPorts accessories, among other things). But if there is something we should all take off the hat for, the care and commitment that the company has with accessibility.
The most powerful technology in the world is one that everyone, including people with disabilities, can use. Whether to work, create, communicate, get fit or have fun. That is why we do not create products that are suitable for just a few people or for most people. We create products for each person.
This is definitely an area that many other companies should follow in the footsteps of Ma. The proof of this was the most recent award received by the company, the Louis Braille Award, delivered by Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (something like Association of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired).
Since 1959, ASB has annually awarded the prestigious Louis Braille award to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions on behalf of blind or visually impaired individuals. The award was also given to people who are blind or visually impaired who have overcome great chances of making remarkable achievements and have provided inspiration to other people living with some visual impairment. The funds raised at the award ceremony directly benefit the association's programs and services.
Thank you @ASBPhiladelphia for honoring Apple with the Louis Braille Award. Proud of our team's dedication to #accessibility. pic.twitter/mnAGD8EUH5
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 27, 2017
Thank you, @ASBPhiladelphia, for honoring Apple with the Louis Braille Award. Pride of dedication of our teams to #accessibility.
Jordyn Castor, an Apple engineer who was born blind, was one of those who received the award on behalf of Ma.
In 2015, Apple was honored by AFB (American Foundation for the Blinds, or American Foundation for the Blind), receiving the Helen Keller Award; these recognitions only show that Apple is definitely on the right track when it comes to making its product lines accessible to everyone.