Unlocking the Power of iPad for the Blind

Gail Johnson has written this article:


On this week’s “Innovators,” Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman takes us inside a workshop that instructs teachers on how to unlock the power of the iPad for the visually impaired. Bloomberg West profiles Ed Summers, who, as head of accessibility at international software company SAS, “has made it his mission to help other visually impaired people unlock the power of the iPad.” Summers is traveling around the United States to teach accessibility on the iPad.



iPad incorporates numerous accessibility features, including:

  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Zoom magnification
  • Large Text
  • White on Black
  • Speak Selection
  • Speak Auto-text
  • Mono Audio and balance
  • AssistiveTouch
  • Support for braille displays
  • Playback of closed-captioned content

Zoom, White on Black, and Mono Audio work with all apps. Large Text works with Mail and Notes. VoiceOver works with the built-in iPad apps, and with some third-party apps you can download from the App Store. Closed-captioning works with videos and podcasts that support it.

For more information about the iPad accessibility features, go to www.apple.com/accessibility.


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