Apple and Universal Access

Apple’s Commitment to Accessibility

For more than 20 years, Apple has provided new and innovative solutions for people with disabilities, allowing them to access — and enjoy using — advanced technology products such as the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.

In fact, Apple has built many accessibility solutions directly into its products as standard features. VoiceOver, screen reading technology that’s part of Mac OS X, provides voice description and offers plug-and-play support for Braille displays. For those who find it difficult to use a mouse, Spotlight search technology makes it easy to launch applications and find files, images, calendar events, or Wikipedia entries using a keyboard. And iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and other products support closed captioning.

Take some time to explore Apple’s accessibility solutions on this website. If you have comments or suggestions, send email to

Latest in Accessibility

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    Mac OS X supports more than 40 refreshable Braille displays. Learn more

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    Closed Captioning

    Purchase or rent captioned movies from the iTunes Store and play them on iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, QuickTime, and iTunes (Mac and PC). Learn more

  • AT&T Icon


    A Text Accessibility Plan (TAP) for iPhone is now available from AT&T. Learn more

  • iTunes U Icon

    iTunes U

    Now enjoy improved access using a Mac or PC screen reader. Learn more

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    Now available: VPAT files for iWork ’08, Mac OS X Leopard, and the new Intel-based Mac systems. Learn more


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Mac OS X

Mac OS X includes many features and technologies designed for people with special needs. Learn more

iPod nano

iPod nano

Spoken menus on iPod nano (4th generation) let blind and low-vision owners choose music more easily. Learn more


Review all VPATs

You can download Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) for a variety of Apple products from the Resources page. Learn more


From to Users in Control, you’ll find a wide assortment of websites catering to those interested in accessibility. Learn more

Accessibility in Action

Watch a demonstration of the Universal Access features included in Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard. Download from iTunes