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Educational ValueKids can learn to navigate a Macintosh computer with a series of commands. Kids with blindness will need some initial training to begin using VoiceOver successfully, but once that happens, they can progress to more and more sophisticated control of and interaction with the digital world. They’ll be able to communicate and express themselves online, which can bring a new sense of confidence and self-esteem. VoiceOver opens an important door for kids with visual disabilities, who can now navigate a Mac very much the same as their sighted peers.
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The program is free -- once you've purchased an Apple computer, that is.
Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that their kids with visual disabilities can use VoiceOver to interact completely with a Macintosh computer. This solid text-to-speech tool is free (so long as you've already purchased a Mac); it's a part of the operating system that comes with every Apple computer. Kids will have to spend a bit of time memorizing the commands, but they can be learned in steps. There's a lot of motivation to learn quickly, though, as the digital world really opens up to kids who haven't been able to experience it previously. Because VoiceOver is a free part of Apple's operating system, there are no competing or alternate screen readers for the Macintosh, so you're sort of stuck with it for now. However, it gets updated regularly and kids should be happy with its voice options and simplicity.
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