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Powerful assistive features are built into iPad to complement your vision, hearing, motor skills, learning, and literacy.

The iPad has many built in assistive features to support students with their vision, hearing, motor skills, learning, and literacy.


Some of these features are:


Colour Filters – A range of customisable colour filters to complement different forms of colour blindness or other vision challenges.


FaceTime – High-quality video and a fast frame rate make FaceTime ideal for people who communicate using sign language.


Dictation – Say what you want to write and your iPad converts your words (and numbers and characters) into text


Guided Access – Helps people with autism or other attention and sensory challenges stay focused on the task (or app) at hand. With Guided Access, a parent, teacher, or therapist can limit iPad to stay on one app by disabling the Home button, and limit the amount of time spent in an app.


The following page on Apple’s website covers a number of accessibility features:

Schools we work with

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Cedar Lodge School

Braidwood Trust School for the Deaf

Paul Hutton

Paul is a highly experienced teacher and engaging presenter across all ages and phases. He is passionate about inspiring quality learning, exploiting creativity and enabling all users to show their learning with technologies in a wide range of contexts.

In addition to teaching in the UK he taught in France and in Australia; he led ICT development as a local authority consultant for a decade, worked in leadership teams and served as vice chair on a school governing body. Paul is an Apple Distinguished Educator and an Apple Education Trainer.

Stuart Hammersley

An educator of 10 years experience who has spent time working with staff in a variety of schools to transform teaching and learning through the use of technology. Stuart is an Apple Distinguished Educator and manages South Birmingham Apple Regional Training Centre, the first RTC to be based within an SEN setting. He is a well respected presenter carefully planning sessions for both pupils and teachers alike, to engage in an enjoyable and informative manner. Stuart is well versed in a variety of strategies to assist pupils with a variety of additional needs; as well as methods of using new technologies to support these needs within the classroom. Stuart has a passion to equip young minds to learn about the academic world, introducing them to subjects using innovative and exciting methods and to inspire awe and wonder about the exciting world around them.

SEND Event @ Cedar Lodge School

Cedar Lodge School is a special school based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The School recently became an Apple Regional Training Centre and their vice-principal Chris Murphy is also an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE).


During this event both Paul Hutton and Chris Murphy covered a series of topics and Apps that support learning in a SEND context. The event was attended by teachers and support staff from a range of different Schools across Northern Ireland.

Academia’s Special educational needs and disability (SEND) library

Powerful assistive features are built into iPad to complement vision, hearing, motor skills, learning, and literacy.

The built in accessibility features of the iPad

An overview of some useful apps for the SEND classroom

Activity ideas for the SEND classroom

Case studies of how Apple technology is used within the SEND classroom