Blind and low vision users who want to test-drive the Apple Watch’s accessibility features can call 1-800-692-7753 and make a special Apple Store appointment to try on a fully functional model.
Since Apple’s release of VoiceOver in 2009, the iPhone has become the flagship product for what the National Federation of the Blind calls a “revolutionary breakthrough” in access. And they’re not exaggerating, either. The independence, information, and entertainment that the iPhone has given to its blind and low vision users has made it the go-to device when it comes to accessible technology.
Testing the Apple Watch as a blind consumer is now as easy as making a single phone call and scheduling an appointment. The number is 1-800-692-7753 (US and Canada), and all you need to do is say you would like a Watch appointment, and then pick your Apple store. Make sure to specify that you would like to test its accessibility features, and they will have someone fully equipped to show you how it all works.
Note: Be advised that, though you do not need to bring anything to the appointment, the Watch itself is meant to function only in tandem with an iPhone.
Apple has an accessibility page that has great information about using VoiceOver on Mac, iOS devices, Apple Watch, and Apple TV! Check it out at the link below!
There is a "bookshelf" function on the digital audio players that will play books stored on a USB drive inserted into the side of the player. Sometimes the drives are damaged because it sticks out at a 90 degree angle from the side.
Attaching the USB drive to the top of the recorder with strips of velcro keeps the drive with the player so it doesn't get lost. Then just use a length of connecting cable to one end of the drive that will plug into the side of the player. When it's time to transfer a downloadable digital book to the drive, it will be right there on top! Some example pictures are below.
The USB drive and connecting cable are attached
to the top of the player.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is a free braille/talking book library service that offers books the way patrons want them: in braille/audio format, mailed to their door for free, or instantly downloadable.
To learn more about this free library service, please submit the following online form. To speak to a librarian in your area during regular business hours, call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) (toll free) and follow the prompts. Your call will be connected to the appropriate library.
Links are below.
Details for eligibility and how to sign up are at this link