We all know that Apple's commitment to accessibility is as strongz ever, which is much appreciated. However, those of us in the blind community who are speakers of Hebrew are concerned that Apple has not been willing to support our language in VoiceOver. This applies both to iOS and to OS for the Mac.
Responses from Apple's accessibility department have been disappointing at best. We are told that our support requests have been passed on. We have not been able to get an honest answer from Apple as to why Hebrew is not being supported at this time in both speech and braille.
A Hebrew voice, Carmit, is now included in Nuance's Vocalizer Expressive package. The Hebrew braille table is readily available either from the Central Library for the Blind in Netanya, Israel, or from Duxbury Systems in Westford, Massachusetts, USA.
Android's TalkBack and BrailleBack already have Hebrew support. There are demonstrations and lessons on Youtube on how to use Android with a speech engine called Aharon TTS.
We are asking for help and support from this forum and this amazingly wonerful website. We know that some people on this site have connections with Apple and might be able to obtain some information for us as to why Apple will not yet support Hebrew. We would very much appreciate the assistance of our fellow members of the Apple community who are blind and visually impaired, and we thank you in advance for that support.