Focus Supports in Safari

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

For those students who are easily distracted, there are a few plugins and add-ons to Safari that can help students stay focused. 1. Get Safari Extensions 2. Search Safari Extensions 3. AdBlock to Limit Web Distractions 4. WasteNoTime to Stay Focused on the Internet 5. OneNote Web Clipper to Highlight and Take Notes from the Read More …

Vision Supports in OSX

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

Apple’s MacBooks come with many vision accommodations built-in.  These settings allow changes in color, contrast, zoom etc.  There are also keyboard shortcuts which can turn these features on or off. 1. Vision Settings 2. Vision – Display Settings 3. Vision – Zoom Settings 4. Vision – VoiceOver   1. Vision Settings Many of these features Read More …

Writing Supports

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

For students struggling with writing, Apple has built in Voice-to-Text and thesaurus features that can help students complete writing assignments.  In the following sections, learn how to use these features to support students’ writing. 1. Automatically Check Spelling and Grammar 2. Get Suggestions While Checking Spelling and Grammar 3. Start Dictation from Keyboard 4. Start Read More …

Look Up Words

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

A built-in dictionary and the Dictionary application can be used to look up definitions and words similar to those in a text.   This feature is supported in Safari as well as other apps following the same instructions. For more information: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21573 1. Trackpad Look Up – Dictionary 2. Right-Click Look Up 3. Dictionary App Read More …

Text-to-Speech

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

In just about any application, you can use VoiceOver technology to read the contents of the screen.  For struggling readers, you can use text-to-speech commands to read the content of an article.  Text-to-speech works best in combination with Safari Reading View (covered in the previous section).   Support in OSX for this feature is described Read More …

Two accessibility stories about how your first “one” needs to be the student, not the tech

Earlier this week, I attended an assistive technology workshop where I was barraged with tools that, as it turned out, we already had available thanks to my district’s device of choice, Apple’s MacBook Air.  You know the type of training: “Here’s the categories; here are the options; here are their limitations [because they are free]; Read More …

Accessibility is the new ability on MacBook Airs: Working with students who have visual impairments

Since the roll-out of MacBook Airs to students across my school, I have tried to carve out some time each week to check in on our students from the state’s school for the blind, who take coursework on our campus. The state’s school for the blind is a residency campus that teaches students across the Read More …