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Apple has always been a company that is very focused on accessibility. They have invested in making their products more accessible for people with disabilities.

Mac operating system Catalina is the version of macOS. It has a lot of new features and improvements, one of which is that it can be run on devices with an Intel Core i3 processor or better.

One of the features such as System Integrity Protection, it prevents applications from being able to modify the system files. This will help keep malware at bay and prevent your Mac from becoming infected. 

Another feature is Apple File System on iCloud Storage. You can use this to store documents, photos, and other data that you want to back up in the cloud. The APFS uses advanced technologies to offer faster access and more disk space. 

Some of other macOS Catalina features:

  1. A new Finder window that has tabs, a sidebar, and can have multiple windows open at once.
  2. A redesigned Mail app with a sidebar for easy access to Gmail, iCloud, and other email services.
  3. A new Home app that allows users to control all their HomeKit devices from their Mac computer.
  4. The ability to share files through AirDrop and AirPlay.
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Mac Accessibility Feature allows you to operate your Mac using your head and face

Apple Accessibility Features provide an array of options to customize your device and make it work better for you. You can use features like Voiceover, Zoom, AssistiveTouch, and more to be able to use your device with ease.

Apple Facial Expressions & Switches is an app designed to help people with disabilities, such as ALS, control their devices. It offers a variety of features such as face detection, eye tracking, and blink detection to help people with limited mobility or who are unable to use their hands.

The Apple Head Pointer Options are a set of preferences that allow you to change the way that the cursor moves in macOS. If you have an Apple Mouse, Trackpad, or Trackball, these can help you customize the cursor and scrolling behavior.

Contents

  1. How to Enable the Accessibility Features
  2. How to Adjust Facial Expressions and Switches
  3. How to Adjust Head Pointer Options

STEP 1: How to Enable the Accessibility Features

  1. In the desktop's menu bar, click the Apple icon.
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose System Preferences.
  3. Click the Accessibility option in System Preferences.
  4. Scroll down to the Motor group and click Pointer Control in the following screen's left-hand window.
  5. Choose the Alternate Control Methods tab.
  6. Select the Enable Alternate Pointer Actions and Enable Head Pointer checkboxes.
  7. Mac will ask for your permission to use your camera. If you grant it permission, the functionalities will be activated. 
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STEP 2: How to Adjust Facial Expressions and Switches

  1. In the desktop's menu bar, click the Apple icon.
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose System Preferences.
  3. Click the Accessibility option in System Preferences.
  4. Scroll down to the Motor group and click Pointer Control in the following screen's left-hand window.
  5. Choose the Alternate Control Methods tab.
  6. To Adjust Facial Expressions and Switches, click Options next to Enable Alternate Pointer Actions after enabling it.
  7. Click the plus + icon to apply a new switch or face expression.
  8. Choose whether to attach a physical switch or a facial expression, then click Next.
    1. If you choose Physical Switch, you'll be prompted to first push your switch (key). After that, you'll be prompted to name your switch and assign it an action. When you're finished, click Done.
    2. If you choose Face Expression, you must choose a facial expression from the list of available possibilities and then give it an action.  When you're finished, click Done.
  9. You can also activate Play Sounds to hear a sound when you do an action.
  10. You can also activate Show Actions Visually to see visual proof that an action was completed.
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STEP 3: How to Adjust Head Pointer Options

  1. In the desktop's menu bar, click the Apple icon.
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose System Preferences.
  3. Click the Accessibility option in System Preferences.
  4. Scroll down to the Motor group and click Pointer Control in the following screen's left-hand window.
  5. Choose the Alternate Control Methods tab.
  6. To Adjust Head Pointer, click Options next to Enable Adjust Head Pointer after enabling it.
  7. Select the technique you want to use to move your pointer next to the Pointer Moves option.
    1. If you choose Relative to Head, the pointer will go in the same direction as your head, regardless of which way you're facing.
    2. If you choose Facing Screen Edges, the pointer will move in the direction you are facing. 
  8. You can adjust the pointer movement using the Pointer Speed option.
  9. You can adjust the head movement required to move the cursor using the Distance to Edge option.
  10. You can choose which camera to use by choosing it from Camera options.
  11. When you're finished, click OK.
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macOS Accessibility Features also offers

  1. Voiceover allows for both speech input and audio output, as well as keyboard navigation.
  2. Zoom enables users to enlarge the screen.
  3. A scalable cursor allows users that they can enlarge the mouse cursor.
  4. Display adjustment allows users can adjust or reverse color contrast
  5. iChat helps deaf users can interact with one another using sign language with this video conferencing app.
  6. If available, Apple's QuickTime media player enables the display of closed captions.
  7. Speak text using the mouse by simply pointing to the text and then listening to it.
  8. Text-to-Speech allows reads screen notifications audibly and can even read documents in specific applications.
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