iPad lets you learn, explore and create the way you think. If you prefer to hear what you’re reading or writing, Speak Screen can add auditory reinforcement. Safari Reader reduces visual clutter when you’re exploring the web. And Guided Access helps you stay focused in a specific app.

Reading Support Listen along as you read or write.

Speak Screen on iPad

If you learn better when you can hear what you’re reading or writing, features like Speak Screen, Speak Selection, Typing Feedback and Predictive Text can help by adding an auditory component to text. Turn on Speak Screen and swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers, or just tell Siri to Speak Screen, to have all the content on pages read back to you. The new Speech Controller provides a Speak Under Finger feature for more precise control. Or use Speak Selection to highlight the specific range of text you want to hear, in colours that you can customise. Then follow along as highlighted words, sentences or words within each sentence are read aloud. And with Typing Feedback activated, each letter you type on the keyboard is spoken aloud as well. You can also use Predictive Text, which suggests words that you can listen to and choose from to get help with spelling.1

Speak Screen on iPad

Dictionary Find even more meaning in your iPad.

Say you’re reading an article on astronomy and are stuck on some terminology. Just look it up — dictionary definitions are integrated into iPad. Get quick access to definitions and commonly used phrases to help with spelling, pronunciation and grammar.

Safari Reader Less visual clutter. Greater clarity.

For some students, navigating the web can be a sensory overload. Safari Reader reduces the visual clutter. It strips away ads, buttons and navigation bars, allowing you to focus on just the content you want. And Safari Reader works with Speak Selection and VoiceOver to provide auditory reinforcement for what you’re seeing.

Guided Access and Screen Time Do everything. One thing at a time.

Guided Access on iPad

Guided Access helps people with autism or other attention and sensory challenges stay focused on the task (or app) at hand. 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. You can even restrict access to the keyboard or touch input on certain areas of the screen. So wandering taps and gestures won’t distract from learning. And with Screen Time, it’s even easier for people to manage device usage for themselves and their families. Activity Reports give a detailed breakdown of where time is spent, and App Limits let you set a specific time to spend in an app. You can also schedule a block of Downtime in which the device can’t be used, or choose specific apps like Apple Books that will always be available.

Speech Communicate the way that’s right for you.

FaceTime lets you communicate visually, whether you use sign language, gestures or facial expressions.2 iMessage lets you chat with others via text. And Speak Selection, which now includes Siri voices, helps with speech development by speaking the words you’re reading. Or you can compose your own text and have your iPad speak for you. There are also more than 100 third-party speech apps that can turn your iPad into a powerful augmentative communication device.

Screen Time on iPad

Siri Streamline the things you do every day.

Siri on iPad

Siri helps you with the things you do every day.3 All you have to do is ask. Say something like “Tell Lucy I’m running late”. And now with Siri Shortcuts, you can initiate customised, multi-action commands by voicing a preferred phrase. A simple command like "Heading Home" can simultaneously notify a family member, pull up directions based on a bus schedule and start a favourite playlist — a great way to lessen the stress of travel, while encouraging planning skills.

Siri on iPad



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Enable accessibility features on iPad.

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Select accessibility. Then select and turn on the features you want to use.

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