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TechOWL and the Institute on Disabilities present The Mini Course Lecture Series on Disabilities Fall 2019

Access Abilities, an Introduction to Apple Accessibility and Assistive Technology

Learn about Apple accessibility and try out assistive devices for free!

Tuesday November 12, 2019 | 9 AM – 3 PM (sign-in begins 8 AM)


Temple University Student Center South (directions and parking)
1755 North 13th Street, Student Center Room 200, Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • 8 AM: Sign in and light breakfast
  • 9 AM - 9:45 AM Keynote: Janette Barrios, Apple Accessibility Marketing and Community Manager
  • 10 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions: Apple Products for Vision, Hearing, Mobility and Learning. Each breakout topic will run every 40 minutes, allowing you to attend all sessions.
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break (on your own)
  • 1:30 PM - 3 PM Accessibility Test Drive: Explore devices to understand accessibility in vision, hearing, mobility and learning.

More information

  • Event is free but registration is required.
  • Lunch: on your own.
  • Act 48 credits are offered upon request.
  • Please request accommodations with your registration, by November 4, 2019.
  • Questions/more information: or

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Breakout Session Descriptions


Mac: Every Mac is built with assistive technologies to support people who are blind or have low vision, including a built-in magnifier and the ability to cursor size, motion, and contrast. The VoiceOver screen reader describes screen content and allows navigation using gestures or a braille display.

iPad: Also features VoiceOver and a magnifier, as well as Display Accommodations which support color blindness and other vision needs.


Mac: Mac is designed with features to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing. "Type to Siri" allows the user to send commands and ask questions using the keyboard. FaceTime The user can communicate through sign language using FaceTime and instead of audible alerts, a Mac can flash its screen whenever an app needs attention.

iPad: iPad is also designed with features to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing including FaceTime which facilitates the use of sign language. Made for iPhone hearing aids, sound processors, and AirPods provide high sound quality with settings to personalize for the user. In "Type to Siri" mode users can ask questions, set up reminders, or issue commands for everyday tasks.


Mac: Mac is designed with assistive technology to allow people with physical limitations more ways to be creative and productive. With Switch Control, the user can navigate the screen with a single tap, and it works with switches, joysticks, head-tracking hardware, and other adaptive devices. Features like Sticky Keys, Slow Keys, and Mouse Keys allows for adjustment for interaction sensitivities, and the customizable onscreen keyboard has full Dwell support.

iPad: An iPad can be taken anywhere. Users can navigate onscreen keyboards and menus with a single tap using Switch Control and Siri can help with everyday tasks. With AssistiveTouch and Touch Accommodations, users can control screen interaction.


Mac: Mac is built with neurodiversity in mind. Text to Speech adds auditory reinforcement to books, websites, or homework assignments. Word Completion helps boost vocabulary and word-building skills. And Dark Mode makes it easier to focus on the task or project at hand.

iPad: iPad allows the user to learn, explore, and create the way they think. Speak Screen adds auditory reinforcement. Safari Reader reduces visual clutter for improved focus. Guided Access can help students on the autism spectrum or students with learning and attention issues stay focused in a specific app.

The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service