Mac Accessibility

Mac versus PC. It is a perennial debate and one that is currently raging in response to the high profile Get a Mac advertising campaign, which coincided with the launch of the new Windows operating system, Vista. Where does assistive technology fit into this discussion? What choices are open to Mac users who, for instance, require speech output, or need to access their Mac using an alternative input device, like a switch?

Below I’ll briefly touch on what has been available previously and move on to look at a range of new assistive software developed specifically for Mac OSX by AssistiveWare whom I discovered at the BETT educational technology show in January. At BRITE we have more information on Mac accessibility and can provide opportunities to try software and obtain training. If you work in one of Scotland’s FE colleges and would like to know more please get in touch with us at

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