ACCESSIBILITY SETTINGS FOR THE IPAD
Many schools provide iPads for students or allow them to bring their personal iDevices into the classroom. One of my responsibilities as a speech therapist was to help set up accessibility options for middle school students. Knowing their options can help students tailor the devices to their wants and needs. I’ve listed some of the most common accessibility options below. To get to your device’s accessibility options, head to Settings > General > Accessibility.
Turning on VoiceOver will enable the device to speak items that are on the screen. You can adjust additional options such as voice speed and inflection within this setting, so be sure to spend some time browsing.
Magnify the iDevice screen and use gestures to move content and zoom in further.
Choose a preferred text size in apps that support Dynamic Type and on the Home screen.
Make text easier to see by increasing the contrast between backgrounds and foreground images.
Many hearing aid manufacturers work with Apple to design hearing aids specifically for iPhone and iPad users. Features include accessing your hearing aid settings right from your mobile device and delivering sound straight to your hearing aid using the microphone on your device.
Using headphones? If you’re hearing impaired, you might be missing some of the audio, since many recordings separate right and left tracks. Mono audio plays both channels in both ears and allows you to favor one side, making it easier to hear the entire message or song.
For those with limited mobility, Custom Gestures within the Assistive Touch setting is a helpful feature that allows users to create gestures with which to command their device.