• November 16, 2015

iPad AccessibilityThe iPad has built-in accessibility features that support students with special needs.

There are a variety of ways to adapt iPad settings to better support students with perceptual and physical impairments. In addition, all users will find the accessibility features helpful for increasing the function and flexibility of iPads for both classroom and personal use. This resource provides support for enabling and using the accessibility features on the iPad.

Hearing

iOS has a number of built in supports for those with hearing impairments. Use of these supports, singly or in combination can dramatically enhance iPad use for students who have difficulty or cannot hear sound. SET-BC consultants have created some resources with easy to follow instructions on how to activate these features.​

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Learning and Literacy

iOS devices (iPad, iPod and iPhone) offer tools to support a variety of learning challenges.  There are tools that will help to improve focus and improve the speed with which you can access favorite features.  SET-BC consultants have created a number of resources to help you use these tools in the context of BC classrooms.

Accessibility Shortcut - provides quick access to commonly used accessibility settings through the iPad’s Home ButtonGuided Access - allows users to lock the iPad to a single app and set time limits on usage




Physical and Motor Skills

iOS technologies are helping those with physical or motor challenges to access apps and functions by increasing the ways all users can communicate with their device.  Voice input as well as the ability to customize gestures offer increased control of features, functions and tools.  Check out some of the videos and resources that SET-BC consultants have created to learn more.

Assistive Touch - provides an onscreen button to control the iPad in place of the hardware buttonsHome-Click Speed - allows users to adjust the Home-click speed required to double and triple click the Home ButtonSiri - provides assistance with many different tasks on the iPad, and can support students in many different ways. Siri can open apps, perform web searches, compute math problems, and more.






Vision / Visual Perception

iOS 8.4+ has a number of built in vision supports. Use of these supports, singly or in combination can dramatically enhance iPad view-ability for users with low vision.  SET-BC consultants have created some resources with easy to follow instructions on how to activate these features.

Invert Colours - changes the iPad’s display to white on black, which can increase readability for some usersGrayscale - changes the iPad’s display color to shades of gray, which can increase readability for some usersSpeech - allows users to have the iPad read aloud any selected textLarger Text - allows the user to choose a default text size on the iPad. The chosen text size will be used in apps that support dynamic text. This setting can increase readability for some usersZoom - allows users to magnify either a portion of or the entire iPad screen up to 15X for easier viewing. The Zoom setting also allows users to apply filters to a portion of the screen for easier viewingBold Text - allows the user to display the default text in bold. This setting can increase readability for some usersReduce Motion - stops the motion of certain elements such as the parallax effect and screen transitionsButton Shapes - enhances the visibility of page buttons by either underlining or placing a highlighting block behindIncrease Contrast - makes text easier to see by increasing the difference between the text and the backgroundOn/Off Labels - enhances the look of the iOS settings toggles to make them easier to seeARC-BC/iBooks and Speech - is a service that offers access to digital print materials in a variety of formats including PDF for BC classrooms