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Today, our president Donna J. Jodhan uses her editorial to again call for the Apple Corp to please clarify, engage more fully, and to communicate with persons with disabilities.
They need to walk the talk; to make their exams more accessible to persons with disabilities.
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The Apple Announcement
by Donna J. Jodhan
In response to an Apple announcement on December 19 2023, I write the following and respectfully ask the Apple team to respond to my queries by writing to me at email@example.com.
In 2021, I successfully completed an Apple certification Support Professional certification with the assistance of a Procter through the Pearson Onvue company. However, I sadly state that Pearson’s online system failed to accommodate my needs as a vision impaired person despite having had a proctor to assist me. For starters, the promised additional time that Pearson said that they would give to me to complete my exam did not materialize.
Next, my qualified proctor had great difficulty describing images within questions, and finally he had to spend a great deal of time ensuring that I understood several of the questions based on their structure.
In short, it was impossible for me to complete my exam independently as a vision impaired person.
Upon contacting Pearson to engage with them to see how they could make their exams more accessible to vision impaired persons, I was quite shocked that in actuality they did not test their online system before hand for accessibility. In addition, the Apple team emphatically stated that the onus would be on Pearson to make their exams accessible to me.
Yes; I succeeded in passing my exam but the experience on the whole was nerve racking and it did not help that during the course of my engagement, the Pearson team wanted me to sign an NDA while at the same time refusing to pay me for my time.
I continue to hear horror stories of blind/vision impaired persons continuing to encounter insurmountable challenges when attempting to write various Apple exams and I am now respectfully asking both Apple and Pearson to have an open engagement with me to see how we can rectify this. For after all; Apple says that access matters so now it is time for to put their money where their mouth is.
The following is the Apple announcement.
Updated course content and exams based on iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma.
On December 19, Apple launched exciting new updates, including course content and exams based on iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma.
Here’s what’s changed:
Apple Device Support introduces you to the skills, tools, and knowledge you need to support and troubleshoot Apple devices in an organization as a level 1 or 2 help desk professional.
The prerequisite to pass the Apple Device Support exam prior to the Apple Deployment and Management exam has been removed. IT professionals now have more flexibility to take the course and exam that align better with their role.
The courses are free, open to the public, and available online. Exams cost $149 USD and are delivered in an online-proctored format through Pearson OnVUE <https://useclarus.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b8a98314f4186d20ba314f8b1&id=e4051ddc49&e=148db8d828> .
If it’s been a while, consider earning these new industry-recognized certifications from Apple. Visit the Apple Training website <https://useclarus.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b8a98314f4186d20ba314f8b1&id=a1bea236de&e=148db8d828> for more information.
Apple Deployment and Management introduces you to the tools, services, and best practices you need to deploy, secure, and manage Apple devices at scale in organizations.
Each course is self-paced, and includes articles, tutorials, and linked resources. Use the Planning for the Exam section and sample questions to help you prepare for the exam. If you pass the exam, you earn the corresponding digital badge, which is valid for 2 years from the date issued by Apple.
Just my two cents for today.
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