Accessibility

How to invert screen colors for visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad

For certain individuals that are visually impaired, inverting the colors of the iPhone and iPad screen may make text easier to read, particularly for users who are colorblind, or partially colorblind. The ability to invert screen colors is a built-in accessibility option that comes with all iPhones and iPads. So whether you yourself are visually impaired or you know someone who is, inverting screen colors may enhance your experience while using iOS.

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How to tweak the Mac's display settings for better visual accessibility

A few weeks ago a customer came in to the Apple reseller store I spend my weekends working in. She was a long time Mac user who'd had an older Mac and recently upgraded. But ever since she got her new Mac, she'd been experiencing powerful headaches that made it all but impossible to use the computer. Could anything be done to fix it? It turns out that we found some solutions that worked great — and they're built right in to the operating system.

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How to set the triple Home-click shortcut for accessibility on iPhone or iPad

We use single and double clicks on our iPhones and iPads to return to the Home screen and open the app switcher. Apple also offers an accessibility option that lets you enable and customize a triple-click. You can choose between a few options so you can pick the one that's most convenient and useful for you.

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How to connect to hearing aids for auditory accessibility on your iPhone or iPad

The iPhone and iPad come equipped with some great accessibility features that open the door to all kinds of functionality for those with hearing and visual impairments. One especially useful feature for those with auditory impairments is the ability to pair their iPhone or iPad with many supported hearing aids. There are even some hearing aids that carry the made for iPhone moniker so you know your experience will be seamless. To get started, you've just got to pair them together!

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How to enable switch control for motor accessibility on iPhone or iPad

Switch Control is an accessibility feature on iPhone and iPad that can help someone with a motor disability easily select highlighted items with a single switch. You can either use your iPhone or iPad's screen as a switch or pair an external one. Many third party accessories are supported and once paired, your iPhone or iPad can use it as a selection trigger. When the icon or group you want is highlighted, simply trigger the switch to select it. In order to use Switch Control, just enable it and set your trigger!

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How to enable AssistiveTouch for motor accessibility on iPhone or iPad

AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that comes built-in to every iPhone and iPad in order to help those that may have problems with specific gestures. Instead of having to perform them, AssistiveTouch can do them for you. If you need to use adaptive accessories such as a joystick, AssistiveTouch supports those as well.

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How to enable mono audio for auditory accessibility on iPhone or iPad

If you have a hearing impairment, the iPhone and iPad feature accessibility options that make certain features more usable. One of them is a mono audio option. Since stereo sound offers distinct left and right channels, someone with a hearing impairment in one ear may miss something. Enabling mono audio will ensure that all sounds go through both ears at all times. You've just got to enable mono audio in Settings to start using it.

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Painting the back of the Apple accessibility fence

Robert and Allison of the Tech Doctor podcast, which focuses on accessibility, were gracious enough to invite me on to talk about Apple's efforts to increase iOS and OS X accessibility, and what iMore is doing to help promote them.

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How to adjust Home button click speed for motor accessibility on iPhone and iPad

The Home button on every iPhone and iPad is a button we use constantly. Launch an app, tap the Home button to return to your Home screen. Switch between apps by double tapping the Home button, or even access other features with a triple tap. If the default Home click speed is too fast, the iPhone and iPad both have accessibility options that allow you to change it.

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Apple and accessibility: Helping students with dyslexia





Can you imagine not being able to read printed words? What would your life be like if books, newspapers, websites, email, and even signs were all virtually incomprehensible to you? How would you get through the day? For up to one in five people like me with dyslexia these are not hypothetical questions, they are our reality. Yet, thanks to accessibility technologies built into Apple's iPhone, iPad, and Mac, it's a reality that can be challenged.

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