Many of you use, or have access to, ipads and iphones. This little fact sheet gives you an introduction to some of the accessibility features that could assist you, or someone you care for, who is living with a disability.
Accessibility Features of iPhones & iPads
While the use of apps is a very individualised choice, there are a number of key accessibility features built into the iPhone and iPad devices, including
- Voice Over
- Large Text
- Invert Colours
- Speak Selection
- Speak Auto-text
- Mono Audio
- Guided Access
- Assistive Touch
- Home Click
- Multitasking Gestures
- Widescreen Keyboards
- Closed Captioning
Tap Settings icon then scroll down to General – double tap then double tap Accessibility. The screen will come up with a list of accessibility features grouped under disability categories – Vision, Hearing, Learning and Physical & Motor.
Voice Over…speaks items on the screen.
- Press Home
- Slide to unlock
- Tap Settings
- Tap General
- Scroll down the right side of the screen to Accessibility…Tap Accessibility
- 6. Tap VoiceOver
- Tap “Off” next to VoiceOver to turn “On”
Once the VoiceOver feature is turned on, you must use the following instructions to use the iPad:
- Tap once to select an item
- Double-tap to activate the selected item
- Swipe three fingers to scroll
You select an item on the screen by tapping it once. It will identify what function the selected item has.
Tapping it twice will then activate the function. To turn off the function double click on the home button
to reveal the Settings icon. Tap Settings; tap General and double tap VoiceOver ‘On’ button to turn it ‘Off’.
Speak Hints activates a prompt to tell you what the item is and an instruction of how to use it.
- Tap “Off” next to Speak Hints to turn “On”
- To turn off feature tap Speak Hints once to select, then double tap “On” button to turn “Off”
Speaking Rate can be adjusted by sliding the button back and forth along the bar.
There are a number of additional connectivity features available for accessibility tools such as
Braille Bluetooth Keyboard
Zoom…magnifies the whole screen.
1. Tap “Off” button next to Zoom to turn it “On”
Once the Zoom feature is turned on, you must use the following instructions to use the iPad:
- Double-tap three fingers to zoom
- Drag three fingers to move around the screen
- Double-tap three fingers and drag to change zoom
Large Text…allows you to adjust the text size.
- Tap on Large Text
- Tap on the text size required
- Press Home (button)
Invert Colours…enhances readability by altering background/text colours.
- Tap “Off” button next to Invert Colours to turn it “On”
Speak Selection…allows a speak button to pop up on screen when selecting text to allow for requesting items to be spoken aloud
- Tap “Off” button next to Speak Selection to turn it “On”
A number of additional features will now appear:
- Dialects – allows you to select a range of core languages & dialects for Speak Selection
- Speaking Rate – allows you to adjust the speaking rate by sliding the button along the bar
- Highlight Words – allows for text to be highlighted as words are spoken
v This feature can also be used to read iBooks
When you open a screen, select the text you wish to have read to you. A tool bar will then appear at the top of the screen and a speak button will be available. Tap this button to activate the Speak Selection.
Speak Auto-text…automatically speaks auto-corrections and auto-capitalisations
1. Tap “Off” button next to Speak Auto-text to turn it “On”
Mono Audio…allows you to adjust the audio volume between left and right channels
- Tap “Off” button next to Mono Audio to turn it “On”
- Then adjust the L or R volume by sliding the button back and forth along the bar
Guided Access…keeps the iPad in a single app, and allows you to control which features are available without passcode activation.
- Tap “Off” button next to Mono Audio to turn it “On”.
- 2. Tap Set Passcode
- To start using Guided Access in a program/app, triple click the Home button
- Passcode access will then be required to access any other programs
You can also Enable Screen Sleep…to allow the screen to dim after a period of inactivity. Pressing the Sleep/Wake button will put the screen to sleep immediately.
Assistive Touch…allows you to use your iPad if you have difficulty touching the screen or if you require an adaptive accessory for example a unique gesture or a touch pad.
- Tap “Off” button next to Assistive Touch to turn it “On”.
- On the top of your regular screens will be a Circle icon tap this to reveal soft touch shortcuts
You can also create a customised Gesture. Once Assistive Touch has been turned on the Custom
Feature bar appears.
1. Tap Create New Gestures
2. Touch the screen to record a Custom Gesture
3. Tap the Save button in the top right hand corner of the screen
4. The unique gesture will now be recognised as a command gesture
Home Click Speed…allows you to adjust the speed to activate double and triple click of the Home button
- Tap Home Click Speed
- Tap on required speed
Triple Click Home…allows you to select triple click of the home button to activate the VoiceOver, Invert Colours, Zoom and AssistiveTouch features.
Other setting adjustments that increase Accessibility…
Restrictions…allow you to code lock and restrict access to a number of the functionalities. For example you can restrict access to the camera or the installation of apps without the Passcode.
- Tap Settings
- Scroll down to General and tap
- Scroll down on right hand side to Restrictions
- Tap Restrictions
- Tap on Enable Restrictions
- Tap Set Passcode
- Activate restrictions by tapping on the “On”/ “Off” buttons
Multitasking Gestures….allows use of four or five finger swipe gestures
1. Tap “Off” button next to Multitasking Gestures to turn it “On”.
v Pinch to the Home Screen
v Swipe up to reveal multitasking bar
v Swipe left or right between apps
Lock Rotation…allows you to lock rotation and can mute the click sound of rotation…
v Double click on home button brings up most recent apps on a bar at the bottom of the screen
Capturing Student Work…
v Hold down Sleep button & Home button together to create a screen shot which will be available in the Camera feature.
v Go to Settings…tap on video…tap on Closed Captioning. Available on video with Closed Captions
Wide Screen Keyboards…
v All built-in iPad apps show a larger on screen keyboard when you rotate the iPad to
For more information: www.apple.com/au/accessibility/ipad/vision.html