A Foot on Both Platforms

Supporting Students Who Use Macs on a Windows Campus

Shawn Foster

Assistive Technology Specialist

Southern Oregon University

Why Talk About Macs?

History of Accessibility Problems on the Mac

Macs and Students with Disabilities - Advantages

Macs and Students with Disabilities - Disadvantages

Hardware Supports

Alternate Text Options

Windows Mac
Built-ins Narrator, Acrobat Reader VoiceOver, Acrobat Reader, Text Edit
Simple readers Natural Reader Text Reader
Readers w/ study tools Kurzweil, WYNN, Etext Reader Kurzweil
DAISY readers EasyReader, Victor ReaderSoft, AMIS, etc. Victor ReaderSoft, Katie Player, Aspire Reader under dev.
MP3 players Windows Media Player , iTunes,etc. iTunes, etc.

Operating System Adaptations

Windows Mac
Vision Screen appearance, Toggle Keys, High Contrast, Cursor Options, Mouse Keys, Magnifier Display contrast, Mouse Keys, Mouse Controls, Keyboard Access, VoiceOver, Zoom, Talking Alerts, Speakable Items
Hearing Sound Sentry, Show Sounds Flash, Visual Alert
Mobility Sticky Keys, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys, Cursor Options, Mouse Keys, On-screen Keyboard Sticky Keys, Slow Keys, Mouse Keys, Mouse controls, Keyboard access, Speech Control
Cognitive Combinations of above adaptations Combinations of above adaptations; VoiceOver captioning

3rd Party Applications

Windows Mac
JAWS, Window-Eyes, HAL VoiceOver
Dragon Naturally Speaking, ViaVoice iListen
Kurzweil, WYNN Kurzweil
ZoomText, MAGic Zoom
Inspiration Inspiration
Read & Write Gold Read & Write Gold

Personal Supports for SWD on a Mac

Universal Design Concepts for a Mac-User-Friendly Windows Campus

What’s the future for Mac accessibility?

Mac Accessibility References

For further information

Shawn Foster

Assistive Technology Specialist

Southern Oregon University

1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520

(541)552-8449 voice/TTY