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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:

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

Our team

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.

Lizzy’s story

Lizzy Bull is 14 years old and a student at The de Ferrers Academy. Lizzy has Glaucoma and Cataracts with a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis. These conditions have seriously affected Lizzie’s vision. This video looks at the accessibility features of the iPad and how they have helped Lizzie push aside any learning barriers.

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