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Accessibility in Education 

Hearing guide

Apple has built accessibility into all its devices. With innovative technologies and great accessibility features, students who are deaf or hard of hearing can communicate in a variety of ways with iOS and macOS devices. From hearing aid support, to visible alerts, closed captions and FaceTime, your iOS or Mac device is ready to support and help students enjoy the content even more. 

iOS and Mac Features

• FaceTime is ideal for students who like to communicate using sign language.
• Closed Captions offer all kinds of visual learners the ability to see captions in video to help with comprehension.
• Messages is ideal for communication between hearing and non-hearing students. In these situations typing is the fastest and most universal way to communicate.  
• Mono Audio. Stereo recordings usually have a distinct left- and right- channel audio tracks. Students who are deaf or hard of hearing in one ear may miss some of the audio contained in that channel. iOS and macOS can help by playing both audio channels in both ears.
• Screen Flash on Mac or Visible and Vibrating Alerts on iOS let students know when an app needs attention.



Speak2See utilises state of the art voice recognition software to rapidly convert your words into LARGE LEGIBLE TEXT. This gives students who are deaf or hard of hearing immediate access to the spoken word

Tap Tap is a brilliant app that allows those with hearing loss to react to sounds. When it detects noise, the app will vibrate and flash to alert the user.

British Sign Language app. All languages vary by location, and sign language is no exception. This app will show you how to spell using the British two-hand method.  

Learning and Literacy guide

Intuitive by design, iPhone, iPad and Mac also come with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience the power and simplicity of Apple operating systems.
Mac and iOS devices are fun and powerful learning tools for students with attention deficits or other cognitive and learning disabilities. Engage and empower them with features designed to help them to get organised, stay focused, and learn in ways that fit their unique capabilities.

iOS and Mac Features

• Guided Access helps students with autism or other attention and sensory challenges stay on task. A teacher or therapist can limit an iOS device to stay on one app by disabling the Home button, and even restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. So wandering taps and gestures won’t distract from learning.
• Speak Selection. Hearing a word as it’s being read can help with comprehension for a wide range of learners. Speak Selection can read a student’s email, iMessages, web pages, and ebooks out loud. Students can have words highlighted as they’re being read so they can follow along.
• Word Prediction. Word prediction in iOS can help students who have dyslexia or cognitive challenges, or are learning English, improve their vocabulary and word-building skills. iOS suggests the correct spelling after just a few letters are typed.
• iBooks. iBooks Author gives teachers a way to create customised learning materials for iPad to support a wide range of learning needs. Interactive features like 3D images, video, audio, and photo galleries provide multimodal learning opportunities that make iBooks textbooks more engaging to all learners.


Word Wizard offers several unique reading and spelling activities for children aged 4 to 10. A talking Movable Alphabet allows children to experiment with phonics and word building. Includes 3 Spelling activities that increase in difficulty.

Pictello - Talking visual story creator, create fun, engaging and imaginative stories. Make a social story or visual schedule for a child with autism. Text to speech voices or record your own voice to accompany your photos or video.

Typ-O HD - An easy to use dyslexia app, that that helps you write without spelling errors. Powerful word prediction helps you write, a synthetic voice allows you to hear the work prediction before selecting


Motor Skills guide

Intuitive by design, iPhone, iPad and Mac also come with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience the fun and function of Apple operating systems.
All Apple devices have built in technology to allow those with physical or motor challenges to do things such as converting words to text simply by speaking, or controlling their device just by talking. Customise students’ Mac or iOS devices with gestures and touches to suit them.

iOS and Mac Features

• AssistiveTouch allows students with limited motor capabilities to adapt the Multi-Touch screen of their iOS device to their needs. So more complicated Multi-Touch gestures, like a pinch or multi-finger swipe, are accessible with just the tap of a finger.
• Switch Control allows students with impaired physical and motor skills to navigate sequentially through onscreen items and perform specific actions using a variety of bluetooth enabled switch hardware.
• Platform Switching for Switch Control allows students to use a single device to operate any of their other devices synced with iCloud. Control the iPad or iPhone directly from the Mac without having to set up switches on every new device.
• Dwell Control is a feature of macOS that allows people who use head- or eye- tracking hardware to move the cursor and select or drag onscreen items.
• Siri, Apple’s built-in personal assistant, can help students do the things they do every day — just by asking.
• Dictation lets students talk where they would type. They can reply to an email, search the web or write a report using just their voice.


AbleNet Jelly Bean Twist

Small enough to wear, the AbleNet Specs Switch is a compact, wired switch that is activated with a light touch. Requiring only 100-grams of force to activate, the 1.4-inch activation surface provides an auditory click and tactile feedback. Pair with a switch interface, such as Hitch, Blue2 or Hook+, in order to operate functions on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Meru Flexzi 1 eco clamp

Flexzi is an adjustable support system for items like buddy buttons,  mobile phones, sat navs and remote controls. It is made from one strand of flexible plastic segments which allows perfect positioning of your devices. The ‘eco’ clamp base is lightweight and discreet, enabling Flexzi to be fixed on the edge of tables or tubes, such as on a wheelchair.

Speech and Language Therapy guide

iPhone, iPad and Mac are being utilised by speech therapists across the world to improve communication for people who suffer from speech and language difficulties. Using accessibility features built into Apple devices, students can communicate in a variety of ways. There is also a huge number of third party apps developed by therapists that address specific issues.

iOS and Mac Features

• Speak Selection. Hearing a word as it’s being read can help with comprehension for a wide range of learners. Speak Selection can read a student’s email, iMessages, web pages, and ebooks out loud. Students can have words highlighted as they’re being read so they can follow along.
• Messages is ideal for allowing learners with speaking difficulties to communicate. Quite often typing is the fastest and most universal way to communicate.
• Closed Captions offer the ability to see captions in video. This can greatly help learners hear pronunciation and increase comprehension of word formation.
• Voice Memos can be used to record students speaking and let them hear their progress. It can also help with continuous assessment and ongoing evaluation of a pupil's progress.



Articulation Games is a comprehensive, flexible, and fun speech-therapy iPad app that was created by a certified speech and language therapist for children to practice the pronunciation of over forty English phonemes, organised according to placement of articulation. It includes thousands of real-life flashcards, accompanied by professional audio recordings and capability of audio recording. 

Proloquo2Go is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app designed to ensure growth of communication skills and to promote language development. It covers all users, from beginning to advanced users, while catering for a wide range of fine-motor, visual and cognitive skills. 

School of Multi Step Directions app was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for students ages five to 12, to improve auditory comprehension of multi-step directions in the academic context. School of Multi Step Directions app is built around the theme of school and allows children to follow increasingly longer and more complex multi–step unrelated directions in three different “classroom” settings such as English, Math and Chemistry Lab. 

Vision guide

From VoiceOver to Siri, all Apple devices come with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience all the fun and function of Apple operating systems.
Students who are blind or have low vision can easily navigate, type and launch apps and enjoy learning even more. With Braille support, Zoom and display features, every Apple device can be customised to ensure it fits the needs of that student.

iOS and Mac Features

• Voice Over is a gesture-based screen reader that comes as standard with every Mac or iOS device. It lets students know what’s happening on their Multi-Touch screen – and helps them navigate it – even if they can’t see it.
• Zoom is a built-in magnifier that enlarges anything on the screen up to 20 times. It works both on Mac ands iOS devices and also with all apps from the App Store.
• Magnifier works like a digital magnifying glass for real-life objects. It uses the camera on your iOS device to increase the size of anything you point at, so you can see the details more clearly.
• Dictation lets students talk where they would type.
• Siri, Apple’s built-in intelligent assistant, is available in both iOS and macOS. Students can ask Siri to perform a multitude of tasks without interfering with what they’re doing on the keyboard.



AccessNote is the official iOS notetaker from the American Foundation for the Blind. It works in collaboration with VoiceOver to create a systematic, feature-rich note taking aid for visually impaired learners.

Talking Scientific Calculator works with VoiceOver for the blind, or has a high contrast options for those with limited sight. Features include large colourful buttons and the option to use speech for answers, button names and formulas.

KNFB Reader Take a pic. The app reads the print. The app helps you get a good photo. Hear it aloud, or read in Braille. Very simple, yet effective app that helps visually impaired learners to read printed pages



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