Built-in Accessibility Features – Part 1 (iOS)
From Windows to Chromebooks to Apple, the operating systems we use today, have built-in accessibility options. Whether a student has a learning disability or a visual, hearing, or physical disability, your operating system has features to make using a computer, tablet, or smartphone easier.
This month we are discussing the Apple iOS accessibility features. Over the next couple of months, we will discuss the highlights for Windows and Chromebooks, so no matter what operating system your district is using, you can find the features to help your students.
Apple iOS Accessibility
iOS is packed with a lot of great accessibility features, but iOS 13 brought us three new accessibility highlights:
- Mouse Control: This much-expected feature allows the use of a Bluetooth or USB alternative mouse. It’s available for both iPad and iPhone. Check out the GlassOuse Bluetooth Head mouse and the BJOY Ring, two great companions to this new accessibility feature.
- Voice Control: The new Voice control provides editing and menu navigation support, along with advanced dictation. This includes better support for users with an accent. Use simple voice commands to navigate, open apps, dictate and edit text. View the Apple support video to learn how to control your tablet or phone hands-free.
- Dark Theme: This high contrast feature is available for low vision users or anyone who wants easier nighttime viewing. The dark mode is a separate function from the accessibility Smart Invert and is not available for every app. It can be on all the time or set to turn on automatically. Learn how to use the Dark Theme for both iOS and iPadOS.
We will discuss the following accessibility options in follow-up emails:
- VoiceOver and Magnifier for low vision
- Live Listen and closed captioning for the hearing impaired
- Switch control and AssistiveTouch for physical impairments
- Speak Screen, Guided Access, and Safari Reader for learning disabilities
“Accessibility allows us to tap into everyone’s potential.” ― Debra Ruh