Accessibility Features for Everyone on iPads

 Accessibility Features for Everyone on iPads

Students looking at an iPad


Did you know that your iPad has great features built in that can enhance learning and literacy? Accessibility features built into the basic Apple apps can support all learners in powerful ways. All of the apps created by Apple support these features in both iOS and Mac OS.


Reading Support

iPad Settings ScreenSometimes it’s important to READ and HEAR the content that is critical. Turning on the Speak Screen or Speak Selection in Settings allows someone to quickly have any text read aloud.  A web page in the Safari browser, a document opened in Pages, and Notes taken in class can be accessible to read and hear. You can even choose to have the words highlighted as they are read aloud.

Reader View in Safari

Distracted by the jumble of ads or sidebars on a website?  Switch on Reader view in Safari to get only the article. No clutter! Couple that simplicity with Speak Screen and only the important information is read aloud!

screenshot of web page with reader view turned offscreenshot of web page with reader view turned on


A dictionary is built in to the iOS. Highlight a word and tap “Look Up” to open the dictionary. 

Writing and Presentation Support

Using Pages or Notes to write, you can have your essay read aloud to you. Do the first edit of your writing using Speak Selection.  Sometimes hearing your words can help you “hear” what you’ve written. You might choose a better word when you hear the way a sentence sounds OR “listen” to your presentation to hear how an audience will experience the words.   

Needing more focus?iPad Settings screen

Guided Access keeps you on a single app and disables the Home button. You focus on the task at hand and get the learning done!

Check out on the Apple Support page to learn more.

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