April is Autism Acceptance Month, and Apple plans to mark the occasion in several ways, including a dedicated section in the App Store and retail field trips.
According to Steven Aquino
, a journalist who covers accessibility topics, Apple will offer field trips
to retail stores that will host music events designed to include children with disabilities.
Kids will be able to participate in the events using the Skoogmusic Skoog 2.0 Tactile Musical Interface
, one of the many accessibility-oriented accessories Apple sells in its online store. Skoog is a tactile cube that lets children with disabilities control sound through touch.
Along with special Apple Store events, Apple has created an Autism Acceptance App Store section
that includes dozens of important accessibility apps organized into sections like Apps for Every Day, Apps for Learning, Books, Podcasts, and iTunes U courses.
Some of the apps included are Proloquo2Go, :prose, Keeble Accessible Keyboard, Assistive Express, TouchChat HD, RocketKeys, and more.
Accessibility has always been hugely important to Apple, and the company has aimed to make its devices accessible for everyone, with in-depth accessibility settings to meet a range of needs. Back in October, Apple launched a new Accessibility website
that highlights accessibility features across all of its products.