Tim Cook Talks About Accessibility with Three YouTubers On Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with three YouTubers who are Accessibility evangelists to discuss the importance of the assistive technologies built into the company’s iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS platforms.

 The interview comes just a day after Apple released a series of ‘Designed for’ videos highlighting how the Accessibility features in its devices are helping people in their daily life and with their creative work.

The YouTubers themselves make use of the Accessibility features in iOS and Mac, so they were the best choice for doing this interview with Cook. The YouTubers include blind filmmaker James Rath, deaf advocate and vlogger Rikki Poynter, and actress Tatiana Lee who suffers from Spina Bifida.
Cook explained to Poyter what Apple is all about when it comes to Accessibility:
Apple is founded on giving people power to create things, to do things that they couldn’t do without those tools. And we’ve always viewed accessibility as a human right. And so just like human rights are for everyone, we want our products to be accessible for everyone.
He added that accessibility should be a basic human right:
It’s a basic core value of Apple. We don’t make products for a particular group of people. We make products for everybody.
We feel very strongly that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and equal access. So we don’t look at this thing from a return on investment point of view—I’ve been asked that before. The answer is no, I’ve never looked at that. We don’t care about that.
A lot of these Accessibility features, everyone can use. With HomeKit, I use HomeKit every day and control my house with my voice.

 


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