Today Apple highlighted how its technology is designed for everyone in a new feature on its website. The feature comes on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act made it illegal to discriminate against people due to a disability, it officially became law in 1990.
“Accessible technology should be very clear,” says Dean Hudson, accessibility technical evangelist at Apple, who is part of the original team behind VoiceOver, the screen reader that enables people who are blind and low vision to navigate iPhone and Mac. “There really should not be any layer between the things I can do on my iPhone and the things someone who doesn’t have a disability can do.”
Apple shares some of the stories of activists, artists, and others who have fought, and continue to fight for technology to be made for everyone. Here is one of their stories.
When I was young, my parents became very involved with support groups for parents of blind children. They learned about the ADA then. I used to hear the term but it was not until later, as I got older, that I understood what it meant.
History shows that there needs to be laws in place to protect citizens from discrimination due to race, color, religion, and disability. The Civil Rights Act led the way for the ADA by promoting equality. As a Black American with a disability, I value the two equally. They are both just as important in protecting Americans against discrimination.
I still remember the day my dad gave me an iPod touch. I remember teaching myself how to use VoiceOver. I was so happy that I used it every day.
Read the other amazing stories here.