This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA) and to celebrate the date, Apple shared some stories about people, the technologies created and what else can be done to improve their lives.
The company recalled that, since its foundation, it has been a pioneer in the democratization of powerful technologies through products and services designed for all. From VoiceOver and Talking Screen Content, to Voice Control, Assistive Control and even Siri, all products and services in the Apple ecosystem are designed with accessibility in mind as well.
Dean Hudson, an accessibility evangelist technician at Apple (and who is part of the team that developed VoiceOver), said that “accessible technology must be very clear”.
There really should be no layer between what I can do on my iPhone and what someone who is not disabled can do.
To prove this point, Apple shared not only Hudson’s story, but that of Matthew Whitaker (a blind black musician who started using VoiceOver on an iPod touch and currently uses a MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X to record his creations), by Haben Girma (disability rights attorney, speaker and author, she was the first blind / deaf person to graduate from Harvard Law School) and Tatiana Lee (wheelchair user, she is an actress, model, Hollywood inclusion activist and businesswoman).
Today, people use technology in many ways. There are many voices behind how a feature should work on Apple products, and all of those voices are important. This makes the product much more customizable for users.
In fact, Apple is one of the technology companies that most respects this diversity of customers. Of course, she can – and should – still do a lot for users, but the fact that she shares these stories shows how much the company cares about accessibility.