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


This page lists all the categories and sub-categories applied to posts in this blog. Most posts have 2-5 categories applied to them, so you’ll find them listed multiple times if you check all the categories.

Following the link to a category page will show you a list of all the posts in that category and any sub-categories of that category. Numbers in brackets after the name show the number of posts in that category, including posts in sub-categories.

Assistive Tech Needs (107 posts)
The sub-categories within "Assistive Tech Needs" divide the posts up according to which are relevant to which users. For example, a post about keyboard shortcuts won't be very useful to somebody who can't use a keyboard but will be very useful to somebody who can't use a mouse.
AAC (14 posts)
For users of Augmentative and alternative communication, primarily about using your OS X machine as an AAC device.
Autism/Aspergers/ASD (3 posts)
Posts relevant to those with autism spectrum conditions including Asperger's and conditions like PDDNOS.
Deaf (4 posts)
For users who have no useful hearing ability.
Dexterity Impaired (28 posts)
For users who have impaired dexterity which impacts their use of Apple devices. This also includes users who have trouble with handwriting, for example those with dysgraphia.
Dyslexia/Reading Problem (9 posts)
For users with dyslexia or other reading problems which are not related to issues of sight impairment.
Environmental control (16 posts)
For users of ECU - environmental control units - also known as EADL - electronic aids for daily living. Primarily for those who use their computer or mobile device to replace remote controls and perform functions such as turning lights on/off, changing TV channels, and so forth. Also known as "smart home" or "internet of things" functions.
Hearing Impaired (7 posts)
For users who have problems hearing, but still have some useful hearing ability.
Intellectually Impaired (9 posts)
For users with a general intellectual impairment, developmental disability, developmental delay, or comprehension disability, known as a learning disability in some countries.
Medical Needs (3 posts)
Users with complex medical requirements. This category is mostly used for applications designed for tracking medical records and similar.
Mobility Impaired (8 posts)
For those who have impaired mobility, such as wheelchair users or bedridden users. Primarily used for environmental control-related applications or systems which replace otherwise external devices.
Neurologically Impaired (20 posts)
Users with cognitive impairments not covered by other categories. This include specific learning disabilities, dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism, attention deficit disorder, non verbal learning disability, memory and concentration problems, and others.
Other Impairment (3 posts)
These articles are aimed at specific impairments or assistive technology needs not covered by the other categories.
Overuse Injuries (9 posts)
For users dealing with problems related to overuse of their arms, usually due to excessive mouse use. This may include those with repetitive strain injury (RSI), tendonitis, overuse syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and other problems.
Primary Keyboard Users (9 posts)
For users whose main method of computer interaction is via the keyboard and who are unable or unwilling to use a pointing device like a mouse, or find it difficult to use a pointing device.
Primary Mouse Users (6 posts)
For users whose main method of computer interaction is via a mouse or other pointing device. These users generally use an on-screen keyboard or dictation software for inputting text.
Primary Switch Users (14 posts)
For users whose main method of computer interaction is via a switch interface, using single or multiple switches.
Speech to Text (13 posts)
Speech to text involves the computer understanding words spoken by the user. This includes dictation-related applications and command and control type speech-to-text.
Text to Speech (5 posts)
Text to speech involves computer generated speech - the computer reading to you. This category is used for all text to speech applications except VoiceOver - which has its own category.
Vision Impaired (14 posts)
For users with vision impairments and low vision who don't use the VoiceOver screen reader.
VoiceOver (17 posts)
For users of Apple's VoiceOver screen reader. VoiceOver is primarily used by blind users but some users with severe dyslexia use it, and some users who can't use a traditional pointing device use it for navigation on the screen.
Audience (129 posts)
The sub-categories within "Audience" divide the posts up according to which are most relevant to which types of readers.
Content Producers (3 posts)
For those who use Apple products to create content such as web pages, videos, etc., and wish to make sure their content is accessible as possible to users with disabilities.
Developers (4 posts)
For programmers of Apple software. This category is applicable both to programmers who write software which they wish to make accessible to users with a disability, and programmers who write software specifically designed to help people who have a disability.
Educators (26 posts)
Educators who teach and work with people with disabilities as a part of their job, including special education teachers, teachers with mainstreamed students in their classrooms, assistive technology specialists, and so on.
Supporters (39 posts)
For those who support people with a disability in their computer use. This may be teachers, parents, relatives, or other professionals such as speech therapists or occupational therapists.
Users (124 posts)
Users are the people with a disability. Most posts will have the users as the intended audience!
Complexity (9 posts)
The sub-categories within "Complexity" divide the posts up according to how difficult the article is to understand and use, however only unusually simple or difficult articles will have a tag in this area.
Geek (1 posts)
Articles tagged "geek" usually contain complex instructions that you'll need a reasonable level of familiarity with your device to manage.
Simple (8 posts)
These articles contain detailed step by step instructions with screen pictures that anybody can generally follow, no matter how little they know of their device. Excellent for beginners.
Platform (114 posts)
Divides up articles by which platform they're about - Mac computers, iPods, iPhones, etc.
Apple TV (1 posts)
Articles relating to the Apple TV device.
Apple Watch (3 posts)
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iDevices (74 posts)
All articles related to the "iDevices" - the iPhone, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch. This category contains all the articles which are about those devices which run the "iOS" operating system.
iDevice Peripherals (2 posts)
Peripherals used with iDevices such as an external keyboard, dock, etc.
iPad (6 posts)
For articles about Apple's iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini devices.
iPhone/iPod Touch/iTouch (5 posts)
For articles about Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch or 'iTouch' devices.
Mac Computers (48 posts)
Category for all Mac computers, including the iMac, MacBook and other Apple laptops, and Mac Pro devices.
External Mac Keyboards (1 posts)
Articles relating to external keyboards for Mac desktop or laptop machines.
Mac Laptops (1 posts)
Articles which are specifically related to laptop use, and don't apply to Mac desktop computers. These include the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
OS X Accessories (1 posts)
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Other Non-Apple Equipment (4 posts)
Articles related to non-Apple products which are used with Apple devices, for example a third-party keyboard or head tracking device would come under this category.
Popular (6 posts)
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Topic (154 posts)
The sub-categories within "Topic" divide the posts up according to what broad area the post is about - hardware, software, the blog, and so forth.
Admin (1 posts)
Admin posts are about the running of ATMac and about the blog itself, rather than having assistive technology relevant content.
Editorial (5 posts)
Editorials contain the opinions of the authors and are usually speculation or "wish" type articles. Writing on ATMac should be very clear about which parts are fact and which are rumour, speculation or wishes.
Hardware (16 posts)
Articles about newly available hardware, or hardware which hasn't previously been reviewed on ATMac.
Information (73 posts)
Posts in this category are informational, rather than introducing you to new hardware or software. This includes information about how to best use the facilities built into the operating systems and tutorials about pieces of third party hardware and software.
Product Review (1 posts)
A product review is an in-depth look at a specific piece of hardware or software that may be of use to readers of ATMac.
Reader Mailbag (1 posts)
Articles in the "Reader Mailbag" category have been asked by readers of ATMac and are answered publicly so that all readers can benefit from the information. Emails are never published without your specific permission.
Software (12 posts)
Articles about newly available third-party software, or software which hasn't previously been reviewed on ATMac. This doesn't include software which comes as part of the operating system, like Apple's Mail or Messages programs for example.
Upgraded (3 posts)
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User Stories (7 posts)
Posts containing stories of assistive technology users, and stories of people who've successfully deployed assistive technology for others to use.
Weekend Round-up (46 posts)
For the Weekend Round-Up posts which have small bits of information and meta-information.

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