updated 12:40 pm EDT, Fri September 3, 2010
Likely attributable to Apple accessibility tech
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be getting a Lifetime Achievement in Technology award from the Vision Awards come September 23rd, says the Beverly Hills Courier. The Awards were founded in 1972, and grant recognition to "pioneering visionaries" in the fields of music, movies, TV, technology, medical research and leadership. The group is primarily concerned with fighting blindness, and has a number of celebrity supporters such as Barbara Walters and Colin Farrell.
It is not known if Jobs will accept his award in person at the Beverly Hilton ceremony, as the CEO is selective about which events he attends. A number of other celebrities are being honored this year however, such as anchorman Dan Rather, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Jobs' award is most likely connected to the accessibility features in Mac OS and more recently iOS. Despite being based on a touchscreen, for example, the iPad can be set to read out onscreen text, or verbally describe the items underneath a person's finger.