Mobile Accessibility Options

This fall, we’ve reviewed a variety of options for visual adjustments, text to speech, and speech to text. Over the next two weeks, we’ll focus specifically on options for mobile devices. This week, we’ll cover iOS, and we’ll follow up with Android next week.

iOS

iOS Accessibility

Settings > General > Accessibility > Vision, Hearing, Physical

  • VoiceOver for iOS (screen reader)
  • Siri (voice control/virtual assistant)
  • Dictation (Siri must be enabled)
  • Zoom
  • Visible & vibrating alerts
  • Font adjustments, invert colors & grayscale
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Predictive text
  • Speak Screen (New setting for iOS 8+): Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Screen; Highlight text toggle – visual highlight of the paragraph being read

iOS Accessibility settings

 

From the iTunes Store: Check out the Dragon Dictation app and a host of other 3rd party accessibility apps. Some are free, some charge a fee. Reviews may help you decide, or you may try a few out on your own. For example, Voice Dream Reader & Voice Dream Writer cost $9.99 each, but offer a robust set of tools for reading and writing. Check out more at Voice Dream.

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