Parents' Guide to

VoiceOver

By ADK AccessAbility, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Apple's built-in text-to-speech tool makes Macs accessible.

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VoiceOver is a great, free program that offers access to the Mac for those who are blind or have reading difficulties. Because it's a part of Apple's operating system, it works very smoothly with all Apple programs, but it's also compatible with an increasing number of outside applications. Some of the keyboard commands are complex, and there are a lot of them to memorize, but there are excellent built-in tutorials and help options. Kids can start using the basic functions fairly quickly and then learn the more complex ones as they have need for them.

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