Since the release of the iPad in 2010, iPads have become more and more popular, especially in classrooms. iPads are not only fun and convenient, they’re also a powerful learning tool to help people with disabilities.
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One of the many features of the iPad is text to speech (TTS), which allows students to hear the words they’re reading. Not only does this benefit the visually impaired, but it also allows users to hear the proper pronunciation of the words as they read.
Another useful software for iPad tool for the visually impaired is the VoiceOver feature, available for all apps. It is a screen reader that allows the student to point at something on the screen and hear a description of what is at that location. It has an adjustable speaking rate so those with both visual and hearing impairments can listen at the rate they need. Users can also use the Zoom feature to enlarge anything on the screen.
The iPad has adaptive technology that allows parents and teachers to customize the keyboard and touchscreen to meet each individual’s need. Shortcuts can easily be made and there are apps that allow parents and teachers to create an entire onscreen routine to help a student improve motor skills.
The special education page on the Apple website explains all you need to know about iPads, the setup, and accessibility features. Visit the page here to learn more about special software for iPad.
Already familiar with your iPad? Here is a list of some great apps available for those with disabilities:
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