AppleVis is a community-powered website for vision-impaired users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Apple includes assistive technology in these products as standard features, whilst 3rd-party developers have seen the potential of OS X and the iOS platform in particular to create and deliver solutions specifically for the blind and those with low vision. The result has been a convergence of mainstream and assistive technologies onto single devices that are accessible to the vision-impaired. This is why they have been adopted in such large numbers by the community, and why the need for a resource such as AppleVis arose.
AppleVis is a rich resource that strives to empower the community by offering multiple pathways to access and share relevant and useful information. With this information, the vision-impaired become more informed consumers of these extremely popular mainstream products, and are better-equipped to access and enjoy the features and functionality that most sighted users take for granted.
AppleVis endeavors to further raise awareness of the added value that these products can offer to vision-impaired users, and to encourage and support people in exploring the many ways in which they offer opportunities for personal enrichment, independence and empowerment.
In addition to providing members of the community with multiple ways to connect and engage with each other, AppleVis has a strong commitment to further improving the accessibility of the OS X and iOS platforms and the 3rd-party applications that are available. This is achieved by creating relationships with developers of applications, raising awareness of the needs of vision-impaired users, actively campaigning for improved accessibility, and recognizing those developers who have demonstrated a firm commitment to making their products accessible to the vision-impaired.
AppleVis is the primary resource for vision-impaired users of Apple products. It is independent, highly valued by the community, and has an established commitment to accessibility advancement and consumer information and empowerment.
How you can help
The best way that you can help is by simply becoming actively involved with the AppleVis website, either by submitting new content or by commenting on existing content. The more people who actively contribute to this website, the more valuable it becomes as a resource for the community.
You can also help by raising awareness of this site. So, if you have a web site, a blog, or simply a Twitter or Facebook account, please consider posting a link to AppleVis. Of course, the old fashioned way of simply mentioning AppleVis to people is just as valuable, so please do what you can to help spread the word about our community.
AppleVis Editorial Team
More information on the volunteers who help maintain this site and their role can be found here.