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Accessibility Tips and Tricks Using Apple's iOS

Are you or your child iPad, iPod, or iPhone-crazy? If so, you’ll want to learn about the accessibility features built in to Apple’s iOS that might be particularly beneficial to people with learning disabilities (but worth noting for all).

Speak Auto Text

The "Speak Auto Text" feature allows the device to speak text corrections and suggestions as you are typing. To turn it on:

 

  1. Click the "Settings" icon on the home screen
  2. Under the "General" menu, select the "Accessibility" heading
  3. Toggle "Speak Auto Text" to "On"

 

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Speak Selection

This feature turns on a “speak” button that will appear when you highlight text. When you select “speak,” the device will read back and highlight each word of the selected text in the dialect and speed you choose. To turn this feature on:

 

  1. Click the "Settings" icon on the home screen
  2. Under the "General" menu, select the "Accessibility" heading
  3. Toggle "Speech Selection" to "On"
  4. Select the "Dialect" and "Speaking Rate" desired and toggle "Highlight Words" to "On" (Please note that this feature may not be available within specific apps, but is still a great option to have available while texting, emailing, or surfing the web.)

 

With these two items turned on, you should manually turn down your device's volume to its lowest setting—otherwise, your device could get noisy while attending a conference, meeting, or class lecture. (Note: This is the case even when "Mute" has been turned "On"—so be sure to manually make the change.)

 

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