iPad Accessibility Features for Attention Deficit or Physically Impaired Students

iPad comes with accessibility features such as AssistiveTouch and Guided Access, that make it easier for physically impaired students or those with attention-deficit or problems focusing to use iPads in the classroom.

For students with limited motor skills, AssistiveTouch helps them perform actions using limited movements. For students who have trouble staying on task (whether it's because they suffer from attention-deficit or are simply very young), Guided Access can help focus them.

Turn on the Accessibility options by tapping the Settings icon, tapping General, and setting the feature you want to use to On.

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Limit access to iPad apps for those with attention-deficit

Guided Access is a new feature introduced in iOS 6 that helps students with disabilities such as autism, attention-deficit, and trouble focusing remain on task. When Guided Access is enabled, a parent or teacher can limit use of the iPad to one app by disabling the Home button.

Guided Access also allows you to restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.

To start Guided Access, first turn it on in the Accessibility options of the Settings app and then triple-tap the Home button in the app you want to use.

AssistiveTouch accessibilty feature for the physically impaired

The iPad has a wonderfully designed interface with lots of intuitive multitouch gestures that enable students to interact with it in simple yet powerful ways. Some users, however, such as the elderly and those with a physical disability, have difficulties with fine motor skills and multitouch gestures. Swiping, pinching, and other gestures can be challenging.

Apple released an AssistiveTouch feature in iOS 5 specifically designed with those users in mind. The AssistiveTouch feature allows you to mimic most of the multitouch gestures and button clicks with a single tap onscreen.

Turn AssistiveTouch on in the Accessibility settings. Remember that you get there by tapping Settings, General, and then Accessibility at the bottom of the display. The Accessibility page has a category toward the bottom for Physical & Motor features, and that’s where the AssistiveTouch feature is listed. Tap once to enter the AssistiveTouch page, and tap again on the button to turn it on.

The first thing you’ll notice after turning AssistiveTouch on is that a large round dot appears in one of the corners of the display. Whenever you press the dot, it displays a menu of single-tap AssistiveTouch options for Gestures, Device functions, Home, and any Favorites you may have defined. Everything can be maneuvered with a single tap of the options onscreen.

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