Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 8

This is the eighth post in a 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.

For the eighth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

8. Siri Support for 3rd-Party Apps

In this series, we've talked a lot about expanding Siri by bringing it to the Mac, getting it to help with dictation, and giving it more functionality on Watch OS. One thing we have not yet covered is Siri support for 3rd-Party apps. For years, there has been roomers that Apple will bring the feature to iOS. Siri support for 3rd-party apps would be great for all of us, but the group of users who would benefit most are those with limited mobility, especially those for whom Siri is their only or primary way of interacting with their iOS device. We are asking Apple to bring support for 3rd-party apps and help to close the feature gap for users who depend on Siri. Apple, while you are at it, please add Siri support to 3rd-party apps on the Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV as well.

1. Accessibility Preference Syncing Via iCloud

2. Inverted Colors That Don't Affect Images

3. Pronunciation dictionary for iOS

4. Offline and Advanced Dictation for iOS

5. Siri for Mac

6. Hey Siri Activated Dictation

7. An Expanded Siri for watchOS

The Christmas season is upon us and the spirit of giving is in the air. Writing articles for the Accessible Apple column takes time and energy. If you enjoy Accessible Apple articles and would like to see them continue into 2016, please consider making a donation to Camp Bowen, a summer camp for the visually impaired and blind that promotes independent living, education, and the fostering of creativity. A few dollars can go a long way towards ensuring the project can continue to serve generations to come.