Voice Over and Mac 101

Presented at 8:00am in Waverly on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • Robert Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist, Kansas City KS Comm. Col.

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


Using Voice Over on the Mac is different from using Windows based screen readers. This session will highlight some of those differences and give tips for getting started with Voice Over.


Apple is making great strides in the accessibility of their products. Voice Over, the built-in screen reader, provides visually impaired users a high level of access to the Mac computer. The move from the Windows to the Mac environment can be a bit confusing. Robert will demonstrate some of the basic functions of Voice Over for the Mac computer, give some comparisons to Voice Over on IOS devices, discuss differences between using a screen reader in Windows and Mac, and provide some resources for learning more about using a Mac with Voice Over.


  1. The differences between Windows screen readers and Voice Over, especially the concept of “Interaction”
  2. Navigation on the Mac
  3. An introduction to the Commanders in VO

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology

Speaker Bio(s)

Robert Beach

Robert has been the Assistive Technology Specialist at Kansas City Kansas Community College since January of 1994. He is a member of AHEAD and ATHEN. He currently serves on the ATHEN Executive Board as a Member at Large Representative, is the current president of KAN-AHEAD and is on the Advisory Council for the Assistive Technology for Kansans Project. He has presented several sessions at previous Accessing Higher Ground conferences as well as other regional and national conferences.

voice-over-101-for-the-mac (pptx)