iPhone Life Magazine - - Education Multiple Disabilities -

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.

Larger Text

Choose a pre­ferred text size in apps that sup­port Dy­namic Type and on the Home screen.

In­crease Con­trast

Make text eas­ier to see by in­creas­ing the con­trast be­tween back­grounds and fore­ground images.

Hear­ing Aids

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.

Mono Au­dio

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.

As­sis­tive Touch

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.

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