Molly Watt’s Apple Watch Review Highlights Accessibility Features



Molly Watt was born deaf and registered blind when she was 14. She was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type 2a and she is severely deaf and only has a small tunnel of vision from her right eye. Watt purchased an Apple Watch and posted her review on her blog.

“I decided to order the Apple Watch Sport 42mm (the bigger face size) with white strap so I’d not lose it quite so easily.

The white strap, silver casing and black face would be a workable contrast for me.”

Watt offers a unique review of the Apple Watch, which highlights how much effort Apple has put into the accessibility features of their devices. Watt writes:

“I am fortunate to have a few friends who also have the Apple Watch and together have devised ways of communicating in ‘Code’ when out, particularly when out at night and in dark situations when I am completely blind.

Useful codes in the event I need help of any kind, for instance if I am in a badly lit and noisy environment and struggling to be included in something I can get message to friend I’m uncomfortable or I need assistance or help of some kind or “I’m bored” can we do something else!”

Most reviews that have been posted have been focusing on the Apple Watch as a gadget or a fashion accessory. Be sure to read Molly Watt’s take to get an idea of how the wearable device can impact people’s lives in meaningful ways.

[via MacStories]


  • natedog

    This is really cool. I have type 2 usher syndrome as well. I love my apple watch. Haptic turn by turn navigation for walking. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nick

    Thank you for sharing as well! It’s nice to see that Apple is putting the effort into all the great accessibility features 🙂

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    I am profoundly deaf and still waiting for my Apple Watch. ReSound is the maker of my MFi hearing-aids. They recently upgraded their app to work with the Apple Watch. I hope to no longer need to pull out the iPhone to make a change say to Restaurant (noisy) mode from Regular mode. I also hope to use the Apple Watch microphone to talk to people while on the iPhone. The iPhone audio is sent to the hearing-aids but I have to have the iPhone out to talk to people. I really hope it works the way I am hoping.

  • ReSound

    Good afternoon Geoffrey,
    You are correct that the Apple Watch will allow access and adjustments to many of the hearing aid functions. This includes adjustments to your volume, mute, bass and treble settings, programs as well as having the ability to
    switch to any of your saved favorites. With the Apple Watch, the call
    audio will still be sent to the hearing aids, but you will need to use the
    microphone on your phone to speak to people. This is a current limitation of
    the interaction of the iPhone and the Apple Watch with the ReSound MFi hearing aids.

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    Hopefully someone at Apple is reading this and already has a solution to this limitation.

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