About the Author

January 9, 2013

Shelly Brisbin is a writer, editor, podcaster, and cocktail enthusiast. Her current project is iOS Access for All (iOS 11 edition), a comprehensive guide to accessibility for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. She contributes features and reviews to AccessWorld Magazine, and produces podcasts for freelance clients. Shelly’s career in tech journalism spans 25 years, 15 books, hundreds of articles and blog posts for leading tech publications, and several stints on the editorial staffs of leading trade publications and Web sites. She served as editor-in-chief of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, networking editor for MacUser Magazine, and an editor for online learning company, Powered, Inc. and  two Hoover’s Web sites. Her podcasts include The Parallel, Maccessibility Roundtable, and the award-winning Shelly’s Podcast. When she’s not working, Shelly spends time with her husband and cats in Austin, Texas, watches ancient movies, and reads books, many of which are made of paper.


  • Shelly July 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Well, I’m a podcaster myself; have been sine 2005.

  • Deborah Shadovitz July 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Shelley’s background and body of work is extensive. More so than most folks will actually ever know. Chances are great that if you’ve been reading about Macintosh since the early days, you’ve learned from Shelley.
    She’s also quite impressive.
    Shelley, I am excited that you’re doing this book. I’ve been writing and living in the tech world since 1989 and from all that I know, I don’t believe there’s another person more suited to this task and able to track, experiment, experience, question, document and explain.

  • Geoff Adams-Spink September 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Shelley, this is a great blog post about iOS 7 and Low vision. I really think that future releases will have to reinstate some of the previous, excellent colour contrast that we enjoy in I OS 6. Personally, I’m finding the keyboard to be particularly problematic and, as you say, inconsistent.

  • Sitkabob September 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Shelly – I found a reference to you this AM on Applevis – where a lowvision individual left a linkk to your site.
    How do I purchase your book – can it be downloaded onto my ipod nano?
    Looking forward to “hearing” what you have written.
    Bob in Sitka

  • Lynne Koral October 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I have blind and 61 and would like to learn podcasting, would like to coach and mentor others. I appreciate this information and congratulations, Shelly. Lynne

  • Ric Melton December 17, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I bought this book for my blind niece. She is already fairly proficient with iOS VoiceOver. However, anything that gives her any advantage is worth looking into.

    I just wish there were more resources available for OS X (Macintosh) VoiceOver, which is much, much more powerful (and complex). Ironically, there are very few resources that cover it. OS X VoiceOver is where she needs the most help and is also what would give her the biggest advantages.

  • Jessica R November 26, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Hello Mrs. Brisbane. Your work is very insightful and easy to follow. We at CoolBlindTech would love to provide you with the opportunity for a Spotlight Interview. This would highlight your work, and your unique talents in writing and podcasting. We hope you have an excellent holiday season.

  • C.W. December 12, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Hi Shilly,
    Apart IOS access for all, what other books you are currently working on? Will you write on Watch OS?

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