VoiceOver is the screen reader included with Mac OS X. This tutorial covers how to use the keyboard to navigate to the Universal Access preferences, where the accessibility settings for Mac OS X are found, while the screen reader is active.

Spotlight is the search technology built into Mac OS X. With Spotlight and VoiceOver, you can search your computer for files, folders, emails and other items using just the keyboard.

Mac OS X includes an onscreen keyboard that may be helpful to students who use a pointing device other than a mouse.

On newer computers with high resolution displays, the icons on the Desktop or in a Finder window may be so small that they are difficult to see for people with low vision.

The Dock includes shortcuts to the applications and folders on your computer. As you add shortcuts to the Dock it can become difficult to see all of the icons, especially if you have low vision.

The Mouse & Trackpad pane of the Universal Access window includes an option to change the cursor size. Increasing the cursor size can make it easier to locate on the screen for people with low vision.

The Speech Recognition feature in Mac OS X can be used to control the computer with your voice.

The Dock provides shortcuts to frequently accessed programs and folders. This tutorial explains how to interact with the Dock while VoiceOver is turned on.

The Sticky Keys feature of Mac OS X makes some keyboard shortcuts easier for people who have limited dexterity. When this feature is on, you can press the keys for a shortcut in sequence instead of needing to hold them down at the same time.

You can set up your computer to use spoken alerts when a popup window opens or when an application requires your attention. These two settings are helpful if you have limited peripheral vision that could cause you to miss alerts that open outside of your range of vision.

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