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An Overview of iOS 8′s New Accessibility Features

An Overview of iOS 8′s New Accessibility Features | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Since this year’s WWDC keynote ended, the focus of any analysis on iOS 8 has been its features — things like Continuity, Extensions, and iCloud Drive. This is, of course, expected: iOS is the operating system that drives Apple’s most important (and most profitable) products, so it’s natural that the limelight be shone on the […]

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Check out all the great iOS 8 Accessibility features in this article. Here are those features that are designed to "level the playing field".

> Alex

> Speak Screen

> Zoom

> Grayscale

> Guided Access

> Enhanced Braille Keyboard

> "Made for iPhone" Hearing Aids

> Third Party Keyboard API


Miscellany. iOS 8 brings with it a few housekeeping changes to Settings.app, where the Accessibility options are located. For example, the Subtitles & Captioning option — which previously was found under Hearing — has been moved to a new Media section, right next to a new Video Descriptions toggle. Furthermore, the Physical & Motor pane — home to such features as Switch Control and AssistiveTouch — has been rechristened Interaction.


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ISTE SETSIG Webinar: Built-in IOS Accessibility and Alternative Access to the iPad-Oct 4th

ISTE SETSIG Webinar: Built-in IOS Accessibility and Alternative Access to the iPad-Oct 4th | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

This webinar will focus on the many universal design technologies built-in to the iOS. This will be followed by alternative access options to the iPad – from styluses, to keyguards, to switches. Access options built into the iOS and into specific apps will be also be discussed. We will cover the range of switch interfaces that offer compatibility to switch accessible apps – and participants will be given links to resources for finding switch accessible apps.


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Assistive Technology Blog: New in iOS 8: Improved Guided Access with Timers and Touch ID Integration

Assistive Technology Blog: New in iOS 8: Improved Guided Access with Timers and Touch ID Integration | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

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How to activate and use Voice Dictation via the iPad and iPhone onscreen keyboard | The Spectronics Blog

How to activate and use Voice Dictation via the iPad and iPhone onscreen keyboard | The Spectronics Blog | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"The onscreen keyboard on the iPhone 4S and iPad (3rd Generation) has a new feature, Voice Dictation. This will provide speech recognition capabilities integrated right there via the keyboard."



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