Assistive Technologies and iOS Devices

One of the greatest benefits of technology is the accessibility that technology gives to many people.  This post will detail accessibility features of iOS devices and how the features can be used for accommodations in the classroom.


VoiceOver allow the user to hear what they are touching on the screen.  You also use gestures to interact with the device.  Students will vision problems can use the voice over to help them interact with online resources.

Zoom – This feature allows the user to see more detail on the screen.  Again this will help students that have a vision impairment.

Invert Color/Grayscale – This feature gives the user the option to change how color is displayed on the screen.  This helps all users with strain of constant black text on a white background.

Speech – This feature will read any selected text aloud to the user. The speak screen also allows the user to hear all of the content on the screen.  This feature is especially user for students with vision impairments or students that struggle with reading.  One note of concern is that students should wear headphones while utilizing both the speech and VoiceOver features.

There are other feature for vision impaired that include: larger text, bold text, button shapes, and increased motion.


Mono Audio – Most audio is split into two channels one left and one right.  Mono audio places all of the sound together so that user does not miss any of the audio.  iOS also allows users to adjust the balance of the audio into one ear.  This features will help students with a hearing impairment.

Subtitle & Captioning – This features gives the user texts to read instead of hearing through audio. By turning this feature on the user will have access to closed captioning and subtitles when available.  This features will give students that have a hearing impairment the opportunity to continue to interact with video.


Assisstive Touch – This feature helps users that may have a hard time touching and interacting with the iPad.  The feature is helpful for learners that struggle with fine motor skills.


Apple – Accessibility. Retrieved from

All resources are from use of the Apple iPad with iOS 8.4 and the Apple website.


2 thoughts on “Assistive Technologies and iOS Devices

  1. Kristin,

    I really enjoyed reading your post! I am more of a Samsung girl myself, so I don’t know too terribly much about iOS, which is why your post was so interesting to me. I think it’s awesome how many great features are built into the iPad to make it accessible to users with disabilities. Hopefully this course and this program can help all of us be more knowledgeable about the ways teachers can use this technology with all students, whether they have disabilities or not.

    Great job!



  2. I’m really glad you did not list Siri as an assistive technology. I think that would be more of a hinderance. On iPads, an important one is to turn off gesture controls. When my kids use my iPad, it recognizes their small hands differently and changes between apps instead of just doing whatever their action was on the screen. Turning off gestures prevents that.


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