G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

About

G’day, and welcome to ATMac!

This website covers all Apple products with a slant towards disability. This website is about users with a disability, adaptive and assistive technology, and making accessible programs and content. I aim to cover all Apple products including all Mac OS X computers – the iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, and older models; the iPod range; the iPhone and iPod Touch/iTouch; the iPad range; and other products such as the Apple TV and Apple’s remote controls, mice and keyboards.

As well as people with a disability and assistive and adaptive technology users, ATMac’s audience includes teachers and educators, supporters such as parents and families of AT users, content producers, and application developers.

Mac in a wheelchair logo
ATMac’s logo is a G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair

The topics I cover on the website include:

  • Accessibility news about all Apple products
  • New and updated AT software
  • Software which has AT uses, although it may not be written with this purpose
  • New and updated AT hardware that works with Apple products
  • Getting the most from your existing hardware and software in terms of accessibility
  • Hints, tips and tutorials about all of the above
  • Coding accessible software
  • Developing accessible content with or for Apple products

Much of the accessibility information available for Apple users and developers centres around the VoiceOver spoken interface for blind users ATMac will include relevant information about VoiceOver, but other areas of accessibility will be covered in equal detail.

Ricky Buchanan

I started ATMac because I use a bunch of assistive technology to access my own Mac, and couldn’t find any sites that dealt with all types of assistive technology for OS&X – this was before the iPod had any accessibility features and before the iPhone/iTouch/iPad had been announced.

Even with all the huge changes now we have iPhones, iPads, and even Apple Watches, it is still important to have a central place where people can investigate all kinds of assistive and adaptive technology for all Apple products – both what’s provided by Apple and what’s provided by third party developers.

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If something moves you to write an article I suggest that you contact me first just to make sure nobody’s already started writing it, but I am generally happy to accept all articles that are relevant. There are article guidelines available for contributors.

Everyone is encouraged to comment on existing posts to add experiences, ideas, or anything else related to the post. You don’t have to have an account to make a comment, and if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your name then that’s fine too – anonymous comments are also very much welcome. If you’re too shy to leave a comment, you can always contact me privately – all feedback is welcome!

– Ricky

Using Assistive Technology to Empower Apple Users With Disabilities