Totally blind person reviews Apple iPad: 100% accessible straight out of the box; thanks, Apple!

MacSpeech Dictate 1.5“The Apple iPad is one of the hottest pieces of technology on the market right now,” Waldorf PC reports for Associated Content. “Just about everyone is talking about how hot the iPad looks and how they must have one.”

“[We] blind folks are no exception. Because Apple has done a spectacular job at integrating accessibility in all of their products in an effort to include the blind and other disabled individuals, [we] blind people can enjoy being a part of these hot trends and feel cool like our sighted peers,” Waldorf PC reports. “This enables us to have something to relate to when it comes to conversing with our sighted counterparts, which to me is huge because I do not enjoy the feeling that I’m so isolated and can only relate to a certain subculture. Thanks so much to Apple; we are not left out in the cold, being forced to wait a long period of time to have some cool gadgets in our hands long after the coolness has died out. And thanks so much to Apple caring enough about our inclusion; I’m able to provide a first person iPad review from a blindness perspective.”

“The Apple iPad is one hundred percent accessible straight out of the box… Blind individuals can glide a finger over the screen, and as they glide their fingers, the options will be spoken aloud. When the users hear an option that they want to select, they can tap their fingers on that option twice, and the option will then be selected. There is no barrier to us blind folks using the Apple iPad’s touch screen,” Waldorf PC reports. “Of course, with me being totally blind, I’m going to give a lot of attention to detail in [how a product feels], as the sense of touch is very important to me. And if things feel nice, then I’m more inclined to pay better attention and be more interested. The iPad feels sleek, smooth, and thin, and I love that a lot.

Waldorf PC reports, “Apple has really changed the lives of many blind individuals by integrating accessibility in all things. I strongly feel that the rest of the electronic industry needs to follow in their footsteps, so [we] blind individuals can continue to enjoy equal usability at an equal price. Because Apple has taken this major step in including us, I’m able to sit and chill out with all of my sighted peers, use my iPad right along with them, and join other blind techs in providing information to our fellow blind peers about the device. Best of all, I did not have to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, to make the device accessible in order for me to use it.”

Full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brandon” for the heads up.]

47 Comments

  1. My brother in-law is deaf. He and his deaf friends/colleagues use video chat a TON. You might think they’d be big into instant messaging, but not really. iChat and Skype is where it is at for them.

    When iPhones and iPads have front facing video cameras, they will be THE device to have for the deaf community.

    It is very cool that Apple has such great usability built into iPad version 1 for the blind though!

  2. …”i would thin deaf community would benefit more”

    This implies that the blind community somehow doesn’t completely benefit from the device. I have a feeling that the community would be offended by such a statement. The review clearly states that the device is remarkable because it can be fully used out of the box, and has full accessibility support. Obviously, to the blind, iPhoto would be irrelevant, just as iTunes would be to the deaf. However, the features that ARE relevant are (apparently) fully accessible.

    Regardless, I can’t see why certain group of handicapped persons would benefit more than certain other, if the accessibility support is full and complete for all the features relevant to the specific kind of disability?

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