Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which promotes making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities. Once again, Apple is highlighting the day on the front page of its website in the United States with a message promoting the subject: “Technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone.” The iPhone maker is also highlighting the day in the iOS App store.
Apple is encouraging visitors to the website to explore more accessibility features by visiting its existing accessibility page, where it continues the theme with a video from 2016 that highlights differently abled folks using Apple products.
Taking a family portrait. Catching up over FaceTime. Raising the blinds to let in the morning light. We want everyone to enjoy the everyday moments that technology helps make possible, so we work to make every Apple product accessible from the very start. Because the true value of a device isn’t measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers you.
Apple is also highlighting the day in its iOS App Store, featuring stories about developers building iOS apps to aid folks with disabilities.
The company also shared a new press release about California-based photographer Rachael Short, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident nine years ago, and now uses her iPhone XS to capture images.
“It took about a year for me to have enough arm strength to start holding an iPhone,” Short recalls. “It was the first camera that I started using [after the accident], and now it’s the only camera that I’ve been using because it’s nice and light, small and easy to use.”
Today, Apple is hosting events around the world to promote inclusive design and emphasize how technology can empower everyone. To learn more about Apple’s accessibility features and services, visit apple.com/accessibility.