Mac Operating System Accessibility Features
About:The Mac Operating System (OS) is the operating system that powers the Mac computers within in LPS. Most computers in LPS have operating 10.8 or higher. The current Mac operating system is OS X. The Mac operating system includes many great accessibility features, such as text to speech, zoom, etc... These features can help students with special needs better access the computer. Information on these tools can be found below. If you have questions about accessibility and the Mac OS, just ask Rachel Kuberry.
Handouts/Tutorials:Current operating system (OS X):Older versions of the operating system:
Videos:Setting up the built-in text to speech: This video shows you how to set up the built-in text to speech feature found within system preferences. It demonstrates how to customize the voice settings, as well as how to set a keyboard shortcut to access the tool within other applications.Converting text to an audiofile within iTunes: This video shows you how to access the conversion tool that will take text and convert it to an audiofile within iTunes. It also shows you how to edit the information of the files within iTunes so that it appears as an audiobook.Enlarging the size of your cursor: This video shows you how to enlarge the size of your cursor.
- Handout: Bill Zielgler's fantastic handout on the accessibility features of OS 10.6 - Snow Leopard
- Article: Using Apple Technology to Support Learning for Students with Sensory and Learning Disabilities
- Article: Getting Started: Apple Technology for Diverse Learners
- Website: Apple's Accessibility Guide