Apple iPad Key Accessibility Features
Some of the most useful key accessibility features on the iPad include:
Voiceover: A powerful screen reader that provides auditory descriptions of on-screen elements, enabling blind and visually impaired users to navigate the device.
Magnifier: Allows users to use the iPad’s camera as a magnifying glass, making it easier to read small text or view objects up close.
Zoom: Enlarges the entire screen content, benefiting users with low vision by making text and images more visible.
Display Accommodations: Offers various options to adjust display settings, including colour filters, invert colours, and reduce white point, catering to users with visual sensitivities.
Dictation: Converts spoken words into text, enabling hands-free text input for individuals with mobility challenges or those who prefer speaking.
Siri: Apple’s virtual assistant, which can be controlled through voice commands, assisting users with various tasks and information retrieval.
Switch Control: A comprehensive accessibility feature for users with motor impairments, allowing them to control the iPad using external switches or other adaptive devices.
Assistive Touch: Provides customizable touch gestures and on-screen controls for users who have difficulty with physical touch interactions.
Subtitles & Captioning: Users can enable closed captions and subtitles for videos, benefiting those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Speak Selection: Allows selected text to be read aloud, enhancing reading comprehension for users who prefer auditory input.
Speak Screen: Swiping down with two fingers can activate the iPad to read the entire contents of the screen, providing an audio representation of the displayed content.
Guided Access: Restricts the iPad to a single app and allows users to control which features are accessible, useful for individuals with cognitive disabilities.
Accessibility Shortcut: Customize a shortcut to quickly enable and toggle between various accessibility features.
Sensory alerts: Inclusive ways of receiving notifications, that cater for neuro-diversity.
Reduce Motion: Screen actions can become simplified, helps with motion sensitivity.
Background sounds: Setting within iPad allows background noise (rain, ocean etc) to be played from the phone’s speaker and/or through headphones, to support emotional regulation.