Enabling VoiceOver on an iPad for Visually Impaired Students

May 11, 2017 Rex McWilliams

What is iPad's Accessibility?

The Accessibility feature is a tool included with iPad's operating system that allows visual and auditory impaired users to use the device. By default, the Accessibility features are disabled, and must be set up to meet the student's needs.

What are the limitations?

At this time, we do not support the use of third-party devices to assist with hearing impaired students. All functions of VoiceOver will assist visually impaired students, and may be used during secure or non-secure exams.

One of my student's is visually impaired; how can I set up VoiceOver?

Enabling the VoiceOver option on an iPad is very simple!

To get started:

1) Launch Settings from the Home Screen.

2) Tap General.

3) Tap Accessibility.

4) Within the Vision category, tap VoiceOver.

5) Toggle VoiceOver to enable it.

With VoiceOver enabled, the default gestures will change. VoiceOver changes the way gestures function in iOS so that visual and auditory impaired users know what they are tapping before they select it. Listed below is the gesture with VoiceOver enabled, followed by its action.

  • Single-tap anywhere on screen to have the action or text read aloud.
  • Double-tap an item to select it.
  • To scroll, use three-fingers.

What are the other Accessibility features to consider?

Change the speaking rate of VoiceOver:

1) Open Settings.

2) Tap General.

3) Tap Accessibility.

4) Tap VoiceOver.

5) Tap and drag the slider under Speaking Rate to change the rate of speech.

 

Enable Pitch Change

Enabling Pitch Change will change how Voice Over functions slightly. With Pitch Change enabled, Voice Over will speak at a higher pitch at the beginning of a sentence, and speak with a lower pitch at the end of a sentence.

1) Open Settings.

2) Tap General.

3) Tap Accessibility.

4) Tap VoiceOver.

5) Toggle Pitch Change to turn it on.

 

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