iPad includes an amazing screen reader along with other innovative accessibility features that make it easier to use for those who are blind or have impaired vision.

To enable or change accessibility feature go to Settings > General > Accessibility



With VoiceOver, you use simple gestures to physically interact with items on the screen. Instead of memorizing key commands
or repeatedly pressing arrow keys to find what you’re looking for, just touch the screen to hear an item’s description, then gesture with a double-tap, drag, or flick to control iPad.

Mono Audio - iPad can route both right- and left-channel audio source material into both earbuds, enabling users with hearing loss in one ear to hear both channels in each ear.

Speak Auto-text – automatically speak auto-corrections and auto-capitalizations

Triple-click the Home Button
  • Off – This disables triple-click functionality.
  • Toggle VoiceOver – Menus and options will be read to you whilst using the Home screen and applications.
  • Toggle White on Black – All screens are inverse colour a preference for some users during night time use.
  • Ask – This will prompt you to choose to Turn VoiceOver On, Turn Zoom On or Turn White on Black On.

Zoom – Zoom magnifies the entire screen
  • To zoom - double-tap with three fingers
  • To move around the screen – Drag three fingers while zoomed
  • To change zoom – with three fingers, double-tab and drag up and down.

White on Black -
If you prefer higher contrast, you can change the display on your iPad to white on black. This reverse-video effect works in all applications and on the Home, Lock, and Spotlight screens, and it can be used with Zoom and VoiceOver.

Closed Captioned – on video under settings

Assistive Touch

Assistive Touch is a new interface found in iOS 5 that gives users quick access to certain commands.

Assistive touch is an accessibility feature of the iPad which aims to enable people with physical impairments who may find traditional gestures and commands difficult, the ability to perform these using alternative simplified movements. This can include people who have limited mobility in their hands and fingers or people who use assistive devices such as a stylus or head pointer.
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With Assistive Touch, users can tap the onscreen controls with just one finger or a compatible pointer or stylus, and replicate gestures such as a pinch and swipe, or commands such as adjusting the volume and locking the screen orientation. Users can also create and name custom gestures by recording the individualised movement to perform specific movements. This means that users are able to accomplish many more tasks independently with the limited movements that they have.
It can be found under the Settings > General > Accessibility section of the iPad. Once turned ON, a small white dot will appear on your screen. This can be moved and docked anywhere on the screen.

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When you select the white dot you get four options.
  • • You can select “Home” which acts like the home button and takes you to the home screen – also an alternative if your physical home button breaks.
  • • You can select “Device” which performs actions related to the device such as volume up/down, rotate screen, lock rotation and shake, which “shakes” the device without actually physically doing it. This is great for people who find manipulating the small switches on the side of the device difficult or if the device is mounted on a wheelchair and the buttons are inaccessible.
  • • You can select “Gestures” which gives you the option of two, three, four or five-finger gestures. Once chosen, the same number of blue dots appears on the screen. You can then perform the multi-touch gestures using one finger or an assistive device such as a stylus. The device actually reads the gesture as a multi-finger gesture, even though only one finger is touching the screen. For example, if I want to swipe across to the previous app I had opened I would usually have to use a four-finger swipe. With assistive touch though, if I was using a head pointer for example, I could perform the same action with the head pointer only.
  • • You can select “Favorites” which will give you access to all of the custom gestures that you have programmed. For example, if you want to perform the five-finger pinch gesture, which returns you to the home screen, you can record this gesture, name it and then perform it by selecting one button. Some apps will also require very specific gestures, and custom gestures can be recorded and selected to perform these actions.