On Monday, November 5th, the Center for Hearing and Communication awarded the corporation a prize for its significant contribution to the creation of inclusive technologies. The official press release of the event can be found on the CHC website.
Apple Senior Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives Sarah Herrlinger accepted the award on behalf of the company. Prior to the presentation, Herrlinger spoke with CHC Executive Director Laurie Hanin about the corporation's commitment to technology universality.
"Our products should reduce barriers so you can do just that, regardless of ability. For us, accessibility is not just a hot air and an option, the presence of which is necessary for conformity with the specifications. ”
For years Apple has incorporated accessibility assets like VoiceOver screen reader technology and system-level integration with hearing aids in its iOS and Mac devices.
Sarah Herrlinger noted that the company is also trying to make its stores accessible:
“Employees conduct seminars at the Apple Store to talk about the functions of new devices for people with disabilities. To do this, each store has special audio kits, and those who need an ASL translator (ASL is the main sign language in the USA) can pre-book its use.
Apple has a leading position when it comes to the creation of accessible devices. In 2015, the American Foundation for the Blind awarded the corporation for developing and implementing VoiceOver, and in 2017, the organizers of the annual Louis Braille Award honored Cupertino for their contribution to the community of visually impaired people.