All across the country, iPads are becoming more and more popular, especially in classrooms. iPads are not only fun and convenient, they’re also a powerful learning tool to help people with special needs.
One of the many features of the iPad is text to speech (TTS), which allows students to hear the words they’re reading. Not only does this benefit the visually impaired, but it also allows users to hear the proper pronunciation of the words as they read.
Another useful tool for the visually impaired is the VoiceOver feature, available for all apps. It is a screen reader that allows the student to point at something on the screen and hear a description of what is at that location. It has an adjustable speaking rate so those with both visual and hearing impairments can listen at the rate they need. Users can also use the Zoom feature to enlarge anything on the screen.
The iPad has adaptive technology that allows parents and teachers to customize the keyboard and touchscreen to meet each individual’s need. Shortcuts can easily be made and there are apps that allow parents and teachers to create an entire onscreen routine to help a student improve motor skills.
Are you and your family new to iPads? Here is a great eBook available to read for free: iPads 4 Special Needs explains all you need to know about iPads, the setup, and accessibility features.
Already familiar with your iPad? Here is a list of some great apps available for those with special needs:
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